Many Californians have heard of plea bargaining, but they may not understand why it is used or what benefits it might offer to each of the parties who are involved. Plea bargaining has been an accepted practice in the U.S. for decades as a way to resolve cases.
California residents who are facing criminal charges may also face a question about their state of mind at the time the incident allegedly happened. "Mens rea" is a Latin term that means "guilty mind" and that in a legal sense refers to whether or not a person intentionally committed an act.
On May 21, police from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department apprehended four men in New Cuyama who were attending an event held at the Cuyama Buckhorn Restaurant. According to authorities, the men, who all reside in Bakersfield, face various charges involving drugs and weapons.