Blog Posts in May, 2018

  • 8 Things to Know Before You Represent Yourself in Court

    Facing criminal charges is something you should never do alone. But unless you know what you’re up against, it can be easy to make the decision to forgo an attorney to save some money, especially if you’re facing potentially steep fines . If you are considering representing yourself in court , consider these eight fundamentals of criminal defense first. 1. Say Goodbye to Your Free Time Defending ...
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  • 3 Common Myths About Jail Sentences

    The number one fear of many people seeking criminal defense help is jail time. Our office fields calls daily from people who will do anything to avoid jail. We can thank the media for some of this fear. But, in reality, most people have never seen the inside of a jail cell or know what exactly life in jail is like. So, while many people fear jail when facing criminal charges, few know what to ...
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  • 3 Things to Avoid When Accused of Domestic Violence

    If you’ve been accused of domestic violence, you could face criminal prosecution and a lifetime of consequences from a criminal conviction . But whether you are guilty or not, it’s important to understand that what you do and say during this time can affect the outcome of your case . You should be proactive by talking to an attorney and discussing your case. And you should avoid—as best you ...
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  • 5 Mistakes That Could Cost You Your Case

    Influencing the Outcome Too many defendants think they can represent themselves when facing criminal charges. If they can’t afford an attorney, they may reason that they can do as good a job as a public defender and try to fight their charges alone. Even if they can afford an attorney, many opt for self-representation because they don’t fully grasp the importance of skilled legal counsel. ...
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  • How Domestic Violence Offenders are Affected By Politics

    A Look at a Controversial Offense Domestic violence is a politically charged category of offenses. State laws vary greatly in their treatment and definitions of domestic violence offenses, which means there is relatively little consensus on what constitutes domestic violence and how domestic violence offenders should be punished. Where there is little consensus, there is room for political ...
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  • Think You Know California’s Open Container Law? Think Again

    What Is California’s Open Container Law? California has a group of open container laws that pertain to driving with an open container of a prohibited substance in the car. Most people are familiar with the illegality of having an open container of alcohol in a car while driving. What many people don’t realize, however, is driving with an open container of marijuana is illegal as well. This may ...
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  • Crime Caught on Video? Fast Facts About California’s New Recording Law

    Changing Ways As our society changes, so do our laws. Perhaps a good example of this is California’s new law on recording violent felonies, which the court can now view as an aggravating factor. The new law on recording crimes seeks to keep pace with the times, as social media is now being used to publicize violent crimes. Let’s take a look at this new law, why it is important, and what could ...
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