California’s Theft And Larceny Laws

The ancient wisdom says thou shalt not steal, and that seems simple and straightforward enough. But under California law in the 21st century, stealing can include theft, robbery, burglary, carjacking, embezzlement, fraud of several kinds, and even identity theft. How are these crimes distinct from one another? If you're falsely accused of stealing in California, [...]

By | November 19th, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Sexual Extortion Will Now Be Considered A Crime In California

Parents in California need to know. According to the FBI, it's the leading threat to children on the internet, but until just recently, it was specifically against the law in only four states. Beginning in 2018, however, sexual extortion will also be a specific crime in California under Senate Bill 500, which was signed into [...]

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

Do Warrants Expire In California?

In the state of California, if a law enforcement officer takes you into custody without an arrest warrant, you probably committed a crime that was observed by the officer. When you are suspected of committing a crime, but no law enforcement officer saw you do it, the police will usually ask a judge to issue [...]

By | September 18th, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Plea Bargains In California

In the state of California, if you are charged with committing a crime and the state's case against you is weak, you may dispute the charge, exercise your right to a trial, and hope for a "not guilty" verdict from the jury. However, if the jurors determine that you are guilty of the crime, a [...]

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

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