Joseph P. Hougnon, Attorney at Law

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The California Contractor’s State License Board Oversees Contractors in the State

If you are a licensed member of the construction trades in California, you are regulated by the California Contractor’s State License Board (CSLB). The board oversees about 300,000 contractors in 44 different categories, protecting consumers by education, outreach, and imposing fines as well as other penalties when a contractor violates state laws. This can take place when a license holder has impacted public safety, caused financial harm to a consumer, failed to meet the terms of an agreement, or violated the rules and regulations governing licensees in California. In addition, CSLB’s Statewide Investigative Fraud Team focuses on the state’s underground… Read More

Are You an Insurance Broker or Agent Facing a Professional Accusation?

The insurance industry in California is regulated by the California Department of Insurance (CDI). It is charged with overseeing the actions of more than 300,000 insurance brokers and agents who represent almost 1,300 insurance companies in the state, making the CDI the largest protection organization in California. Activities are governed by the California Insurance Code and the California Business and Professions Code. When a complaint is filed against a broker or an agent, the enforcement arm of the CDI investigates the accusation to see if the complaint has merit. If a complaint is upheld, a broker or agent could face… Read More

Nursing is a Noble Profession but It Can Take a Toll

Nursing is one of the most noble of all professions. But the overwhelming desire to help others in need can come at a price. Most nurses work long hours in demanding and stressful situations, and often times must deal with keeping their emotions in check while running the risk of fighting off depression, burnout, and other related issues. Many nurses deal with these challenges on a daily basis, yet the care they provide is the essential backbone of the healthcare industry. It’s estimated that there are more than 330,000 actively licensed nurses in California, making it the single largest health… Read More

How Physical Therapists Are Regulated in California

There are almost 20,000 licensed physical therapists in California. As important members of the healthcare community, they provide a critical service by helping patients gain and regain mobility in a number of situations after an injury or an accident. They are responsible for evaluating a patient’s physical status, establishing a plan of care and goals, and then administering treatments to provide optimal health. Under the oversight of the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Physical Therapy Board of California regulates and oversees the practices and conduct of physical therapists in the state. This includes administering disciplinary actions after a complaint has… Read More

If You’ve Been Charged with a Crime…

Nobody likes to run afoul of the law. Your life is going to change for the foreseeable future, and you must do everything you can to make sure your rights are protected and that you give yourself the best possible chance at beating the case and preserving your freedom. To do so, you must find the best possible criminal defense attorney for your particular situation. There are many talented and experienced attorneys in the Sacramento area, and that can make your initial task a bit intimidating. But finding the right attorney with a little extra work on the front end… Read More

Understanding the New Laws About Marijuana and Driving

After years of debate, in January 2018, marijuana became legal in California. The change in the law raised several questions about where and how a person could use marijuana legally. Some people erroneously believe that there are no restrictions, which is wrong. Use is still regulated to certain places and conditions. One of the biggest questions to arise from legalization was how marijuana would be viewed in the context of operating a motor vehicle. The bottom line is that marijuana is still considered a drug, and that smoking a joint while driving or as a passenger is still illegal and… Read More

Felony DUI Charges Have Serious Implications

Being charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in California can have serious impacts on your life. Without the assistance of a felony DUI charges defense in Sacramento, DUI convictions can always carry the possibility of stiff fines, jail time, and a big increase in your insurance rates. In addition, you could also be facing the loss of your job and the stigma of being convicted of a crime that is heavily frowned upon by society. When a DUI Charge Can Be a Felony in California In most cases, a DUI charge is a misdemeanor offense. This… Read More

Injury Related DUI Cases Can Be Charged as Misdemeanors or Felonies

DUI accidents where a driver causes an injury to another person are known as “wobbler” cases. This means a defendant can be charged with either a felony or a misdemeanor. The primary determining factor is the nature and the scope of the injuries that were a result of the collision. Unfortunately, when an officer arrives on scene and learns that someone has been drinking, they tend to automatically assume that that person is to blame. Many times, accident reports are written with that bias and based on that assumption. Defending Against an Injury-Related DUI Charge The circumstances of a particular… Read More

Despite DUI Legalization in California, You Can Still Get a Drug-Related DUI

On January 1, 2018 marijuana became legal for recreational use in California. Although it is a law that has been many years in the making, there are still some particulars related to how marijuana and its use is regulated in the state. For example, although it has been legalized, you must still use marijuana as you would any other drug, such as alcohol, when out in public. And make no mistake about it, you can still be charged with a drug-related DUI in Sacramento if you light up and get behind the wheel. Defending Against a Drug-Related DUI Prosecution of… Read More

Dealing with the Epidemic of Domestic Violence

Even in the best marriages, the stress and strain of everyday living can sometimes take its toll. Communications can break down, and two people in a relationship can bring their outside problems to bear and take things out on each other, leading to unfortunate incidents of domestic violence. According to the Partnership to End Domestic Violence, about 40% of Californian women experience physical violence by their partners in their lifetimes, and younger women between 18-24 years old are significantly more likely to be victims. Because the threat of violence is always possible in a domestic violence situation, law enforcement officials… Read More