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Could you be denied a real estate license due to a crime?

Some employers are hesitant to hire people who have criminal convictions, no matter how light or serious the convictions seem to be. That is one reason quite a few people with convictions start their own businesses, from relatively simple lawn care businesses to more elaborate tech startups.

If you are in this boat or are currently facing criminal charges, working as a real estate agent might seem appealing. After all, it is a common yet fairly lucrative job, and you can be your own boss. However, be aware that you could be denied a real estate license due to a criminal conviction.

Are you facing accusations of shaken baby syndrome?

Are you facing accusations, arrest or charges for shaking a baby? This is a serious criminal allegation that may result in conviction of child abuse or even murder if the baby dies. However, it is possible to defend against these charges and prove you are not a child abuser.

In order to combat the accusations you are facing, it is important to understand exactly what shaken baby syndrome is and how common it is for false allegations to occur. 

A guide to marijuana and driving in California

Now that recreational marijuana is officially legal in California, you must know about the regulations about the drug when it comes to driving. Although you may be able to legally use the drug if you are over 21, it is still unlawful to drive while high. Driving under the influence of cannabis may result in DUI charges.

While this behavior has always been illegal, it is an important reminder now that pot use is becoming more commonplace. Read below for all you need to know about drugged driving in California.

3 FAQs about recreational cannabis in San Francisco

If you are feeling excitement to purchase recreational marijuana in San Francisco when sales become legal on January 1st, you may have to practice your patience. Despite the fact that the city as a whole is fairly supportive of marijuana legalization, the city is not going to issue permits until it passes equity laws to help people of color, former drug offenders and low-income entrepreneurs, according to an SFGate report. 

So, what does this mean for consumers like you who are eager to buy cannabis from a local retailer? Here are some answers to questions you may have as January gets closer. 

Consequences associated with domestic violence restraining orders

If someone you have a close relationship with files a domestic violence-related restraining order against you in California, it can have a serious and considerable impact on many different aspects of your life. In order to have a restraining order filed against you, the person who requested the protective order must have said they felt threatened, harassed or stalked by you, or they may have done so because of a physical interaction that occurred between the two of you.

While the exact consequences you will face after having a domestic violence restraining order filed against you will vary based on a variety of circumstances, you may face the following penalties.

What crimes and conditions prohibit gun ownership in California?

If you receive certain types of criminal convictions in California, you may have concerns about whether you will be able to retain ownership of your guns. There are many criminal convictions and other circumstances that make it unlawful to possess a firearm within the state, and if you receive or meet one or more of them, you may indeed have your gun rights stripped away.

Criminal convictions that prohibit gun ownership

3 important facts about recreational marijuana in California

Marijuana is legal for recreational use in California, but there are certain restrictions. Proposition 64 is 62 pages long with a lot of details. You cannot simply smoke marijuana anywhere at any age in California and get away with it. While California might seem relaxed and accepting about marijuana, you still need to be aware of the details. 

If you are not careful, you could still face criminal charges for using marijuana. Here are some important things you should know about legal pot in California. 

Things to know after a bar fight

San Francisco is densely populated with bars. According to data collected by The Huffington Post, there are approximately six bars for every 10,000 households in the city, making it one of the most bar-filled cities in the country. The area may have a reputation for peace and harmony, but it does not make it exempt from the occasional fight breaking out. 

Bar fights may not seem like a dangerous occurrence. However, they can come with serious consequences. Regardless of what side of the fight a person is on, certain actions are beneficial following a brawl. 

3 types of marijuana crimes you should keep in mind

California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. A full two decades later, in 2016, its recreational use was legalized. Things have certainly evolved in the time since, and though cannabis is now legal, some law enforcement has continued to crack down on infractions related to the drug. If you want to responsibly enjoy marijuana, it is a good idea to be aware of the crimes that it could be associated with.

Driving under the influence

3 common criticisms of shaken baby syndrome

News outlets love to sensationalize stories of child abuse and other scandals befalling the otherwise seemingly perfect lives of suspects. The contrast between the appearance of a loving home and the gruesome details of a crime are a winning combination to garner views. One piece of evidence commonly cited in cases involving child abuse, though, is particularly controversial.

Shaken baby syndrome is a form of brain injury that results — as the name suggests — from violently shaking an infant. It is a diagnosis that often accompanies child abuse charges leveraged against parents or caretakers. According to Fox News, however, many critics are emerging to question the diagnosis.

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