May

Blog Posts in May, 2013

  • Felony Child Abuse PC 273a(a)

    Felony Child Abuse, PC 273a(a) California makes it a crime to intentionally injure a child, or to put a child in a situation where it is likely that great bodily harm or death will result. Penal Code Section 273a(a) You can be charged with Felony child abuse if you do any of the following. You willfully inflicted unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering on a child; or, You caused or ...
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  • What are Wobbler Crimes

    What are Wobbler Crimes A wobbler is the name given to certain types of crimes which can either be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor. For example, the illegal possession of a controlled substance in violation of penal code section 11377 is an example of a wobbler. A crime which is charged as a misdemeanor carries a max county jail time of 1 year. In contrast, the minimum confinement time for a ...
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  • Getting a fresh start - Expunge your record

    Expunging your Criminal Record Attorneys from the Law office of Christopher Martens can help you get an expungment of your case for convictions in Kern County, Kings County, Tulare County, or Fresno County. This includes courts in Hanford, Visalia, Bakersfield, Fresno courts. Why would you want an expungment? An expungment of your record is in the simplest terms a second chance at a clean record. ...
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  • Commonly Asked Questions

    Commonly Asked Questions of Christopher Martens criminal defense lawyer in Fresno, Visalia, and Hanford Courts. California knife laws in 2013 Is it legal to carry a knife in California? Switchblades, gravity knives or any knife that opens automatically is almost always illegal. Under California knife carry laws in 2013 a fixed blade knifes are only illegal to carry if they are concealed on the ...
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  • How Can I find out information about my Fresno Court case?

    How Can I find out information about my Fresno Court case? The easiest way is to contact an attorney that is familiar with the Fresno Superior Court. A phone call from an Attorney to the Fresno County Court or Fresno County District Attorney’s office can go a long ways to determining what is happening with your case. You can also call the Fresno Superior Court yourself at (559) 457-2000 The Fresno ...
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  • What is Kidnapping?

    What is Kidnapping? If you are charged with Kidnaping the Fresno Defense Lawyer can help you fight the charges, here is what you need to know. Kidnaping is using fear or force to move someone a “substantial distance” without their consent. The movement must be more than a slight or trivial distance. Kidnapping PC 207(a) Penal Code 207(a) The People must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that: The ...
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  • What is a Criminal Threats, Penal Code, PC 422?

    If you are charged with Criminal Threats in the Tulare County Courts (Visalia and Porterville) or Fresno County Courts or Kings County Courts (Hanford or Corcoran) you need a trial attorney to help defend you. People often say things that that don’t mean out of anger of frustration. It is common for angry confrontation or dispute for someone to day “I want to kill you” or “I’m going to kick your ...
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  • Common Defenses to California Crimes.

    The most common defenses of Crimes charged in California. For those charged with crimes in Porterville, Tulare, Visalia, Fresno, Hanford, Corcoran, and Lemoore the Law offices of Christopher Martens is prepared to present and defend your case. Here is a list of some of the most common defenses to criminal charges. Accident - Under California law crimes must be committed “willfully” that means the ...
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  • Burglary PC 459

    There are three types of Burglary: First degree, Second Degree, and Grant Theft Auto. First Degree Burglary which is entering into an occupied home with the intent to commit a felony. A home that people live is an occupied residence even if they are not home at the time. If people are present when the burglary takes place the defendant can face enhancements make the prison sentence much longer. ...
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  • What is domestic violence

    What is domestic violence crimes that I can be charged with and what are some common defences? Battery on spouse or cohabitant, PC 243(e)(1) The prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt two things: That the defendant committed a battery on a victim. (A batter in an unlawful touching without consent) At the time of the battery, Victim was the defendant’s spouse or fiancé, or an individual ...
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  • Attempted Murder

    What is attempted Murder? The prosecution must prove that the defendant took some action towards killing another person AND The defendants’s act was intended to kill a person Attempted murder requires a direct action "A 'direct step' requires more than simple planning, preparing, or arranging a murder.” and proof of intent to kill. Murder (first degree): is the unlawful killing of a human being ...
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