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Other Felonies in Los Angeles

Felonies are the most serious kinds of crimes in the United States. Depending on the type of crime and the circumstances surrounding the criminal act, a felony is typically punished by a large fine, more than one year in a state prison or both. Being convicted of a felony can also result in the loss of several rights for a period of time or possibly for life, including the right to vote and the right to own firearms. Examples of crimes that are typically classified as felonies include terrorism, arson, murder, rape, burglary, and kidnapping. Because of the very serious nature of a felony charge, a person charged with a felony should not attempt to defend himself.

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Who Can Be Busted for Gang Crimes in California?

California has several criminal laws in place to combat gang violence and activities.

According to CNN, Southern California is one of the areas in the country with the largest number of gang members.

Under California laws, there are several ways for people to get busted for gang crimes, even if you aren't a gang member.

Calif. Attorney General to Fight Concealed Firearm Ruling

Attorney General Kamala Harris plans to appeal the Ninth Circuit's ruling that requires counties to grant law-abiding residents permits to carry concealed weapons.

If the federal appellate court's decision isn't overturned, then sheriffs in California may be obligated to issue concealed weapon permits simply because the applicant requests it, according to the Bay Area News Group.

What will the attorney general's appeal likely discuss? And what are the current concealed gun laws in California?

7 Crimes Which Can Get Legal Immigrants Deported

In light of Justin Bieber's recent DUI arrest and those arguing for his deportation, what crimes can get legal immigrants deported?

Like Bieber, who's allegedly in the States on an O-1 performer's visa, the Los Angeles Times reports, other non-citizens who are lawfully in the country could face immigration issues if they commit a crime here.

People convicted of the seven following types of crime may face deportation as well as be prevented from re-entering the country:

5 New California Criminal Laws for 2014

California rang in the new year with more than 800 new laws. As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, the new laws of 2014 span a wide variety of legal issues. In the context of criminal law alone, the issues range from age requirements on texting while driving to an entirely new parole hearing process for juveniles.

Here are five standouts of the new criminal laws:

California's HIV Reporting and Exposure Laws

HIV infections have somewhat declined due to the increasing success of medicating those living with HIV and redoubled efforts for sex education, yet Los Angeles is still troubled by new HIV infections every day.

According to a Los Angeles County Department of Public Health study published in March, Los Angeles County comprised more than a third of the reported new cases of HIV infection in California in 2011.

Because of this great public health concern, California laws require that HIV infection be reported in some cases, and for intentional exposure to be punished.

3 Dangerous Dog Laws Owners Should Know

California has its fair share of vicious dog attacks, with some incidents claiming the lives of innocent victims.

How have state and local lawmakers attempted to take a bite out of the problem? Here are three dangerous dog laws that all Los Angeles-area dog owners should be aware of:

Top 5 Ways to Help Protect Your Car from a Break-In

In an reported “random act” of vandalism, a rash of tire slashings occurred in northwest Glendale on luxury cars and SUVs. The vandalized high-end cars — including BMWs, Lexuses, Cadillacs, Audis, Mercedes-Benzes, and Porsches — were parked in home driveways and on dimly lighted streets, otherwise known as a vandal’s paradise. In a Smokey Bear teachable moment, the police reminded people to always take precautions to protect your car from vandalism and break-ins.

Here are five easy ways to help protect your car from vandalism or a break-in:

The Difference Between Felonies and Misdemeanors in California

The difference between a felony and misdemeanor charge can be significant because California, like other states, divides the categories based on length of imprisonment.

Under state law certain crimes are always felonies, others are always misdemeanors, and some are known as "wobblers." Those wobbler crimes can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor at the discretion of prosecutors. What they choose will limit the maximum punishment.

So what exactly is the dividing line between a misdemeanor and a felony?

Recent Marijuana Cases Illustrate Issues With Federal-State Legal Conflict

Have you ever tried that trick where after being shot down by one parent, you go to the other and ask for permission to, for example, go out on a school night? That's a perfect analogy for marijuana laws in this country. California allows medical marijuana use. Other states have legalized recreational use. Meanwhile, the federal government continues to spend resources fighting marijuana production in states where it is completely legal.

Maybe you think marijuana ought to be banned. It is a drug, after all. And we all know what marijuana use leads to: Justin Bieber fans committing acts of self-mutilation. Or perhaps you are on the other side, and see it as a harmless drug, no different from alcohol.

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Though Meatloaf would do anything for love, one has to wonder if he would do that.

Rachel Buffett, 25, pleaded not guilty to charges of protecting her beloved future husband, legally referred to as being an accessory after the fact. Police say that she provided them with a fabricated story after her fiancé murdered two people, reports the Los Angeles Times. She claims that she is only guilty of being a poor judge of character and of trusting the wrong man.