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Pretrial Services Available in L.A. County

In Los Angeles County, the Pretrial Services Division of the Los Angeles County Probation Department administers nine separate programs concerned with community safety, incarceration, and the alternative sentencing of particular offenders. Several of these programs include the possibility of early release and/or the dismissal of criminal charges. Some are cooperative programs that involve other county [...]

By | July 21st, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

What Constitutes A Criminal Threat In California?

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution fully and uncompromisingly protects your right to free speech in California and in every other state. Everyone in the United States has a legal right to express an opinion, no matter how unpopular or offensive that opinion might be. Still, the law has always placed some reasonable restrictions [...]

By | June 24th, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

What Is Factual Innocence?

The presumption of innocence is the legal principle that a defendant who is accused of a crime is to be considered innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The presumption of innocence is not only foundational to the criminal justice system in the United States, but it's also a part of the [...]

By | May 22nd, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Recording In Secret: Invasion Of Privacy Or Freedom Of The Press?

In California, if you record someone without obtaining that person's permission, it's an invasion of privacy, and it's always against the law. Or is it? Are there legal exceptions to the state's invasion of privacy law? That's the question that will be answered when the State of California prosecutes two antiabortion activists on felony invasion [...]

By | April 17th, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

The Pros And Cons Of California’s Proposition 36  

California Proposition 36, the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000, went into effect in 2001 after 60.86 percent of California's voters approved the measure in 2000. This is a general introduction to the pros and cons – and the impact, sixteen years later – of Proposition 36, which allows eligible defendants who are [...]

By | March 23rd, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Are There Consequences To Pleading No Contest?

Although in the state of California, criminal defendants actually have six different ways they may plead to a criminal charge, the most common pleas entered are guilty, not guilty, and nolo contendere. Literally translated, the Latin phrase nolo contendere means "I do not wish to contest." When a defendant enters a plea of nolo contendere [...]

By | February 24th, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Sentencing For Sex Crimes Must Now Include Jail Time

Brock Turner was a 19-year-old freshman at Stanford and a member of the school’s swim team when he was arrested on January 18, 2015. Turner was convicted in March 2016 on three counts of felony sexual assault. The convictions carried a potential sentence of fourteen years in prison, and the prosecutors asked for six years. [...]

By | January 27th, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Notes From The LAPD “Gangster Squad”

We don’t hear very much about the Mafia in Los Angeles these days. Gangs and terrorists are a much bigger concern in the 21st century, and the typical Los Angeles County criminal defense attorney probably defends more accused drunk drivers and shoplifters than mobsters. It wasn’t always this way, however. Organized crime activity was so [...]

By | December 22nd, 2016|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Leaders In Long Beach Endorse Local Medical Marijuana Measures

With the passage of Proposition 64 – the Adult Use of Marijuana Act – by California’s voters on November 8th, recreational marijuana will soon become legal in this state for adults age 21 and over. Possession of up to one ounce of marijuana will be legal for adults to possess, transport, purchase, consume and share. [...]

By | November 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

San Bernardino: A Surge in Deadly Violence

Almost a year after a frightening terror attack that took 14 lives here, the city of San Bernardino is facing a disturbing and unprecedented wave of crime and violence. As of August 31, there had been 150 shootings and 47 homicides in San Bernardino (plus three people who have been killed by the police), already [...]

By | October 20th, 2016|Domestic Violence|0 Comments