Criminal Defense

Recent Posts in Criminal Defense Category

  • Introducing Evidence in a Criminal Trial

    The Rules of Using Evidence In a criminal trial, both the prosecution and the defense have a chance to introduce evidence in the case. The evidence helps inform the judge or jury’s decision. Only certain things can be introduced as evidence in a criminal trial, and the evidence must adhere to the rules of evidence set forth by the California criminal courts. These are collectively called the ...
    Continue Reading
  • What Prop 64 Means for Those With Marijuana Convictions

    Changing Times and Changing Laws Over the years, the legal status of marijuana across the nation has changed. As we grow more tolerant, better understand how marijuana affects the body, recognize the detrimental effects from incarcerating marijuana users, and learn about how revenue can be generated from the legal sale of marijuana, more and more states are legalizing recreational use. California, ...
    Continue Reading
  • The Role of the Arresting Officer at Criminal Trials

    A Key Witness In criminal trials, both sides (the prosecution and the defendant) can produce witnesses to provide information ( testimony ) relevant to the case. In many cases, the prosecuting attorney will call the arresting officer as a witness. Indeed, the arresting officer is sometimes the most pivotal witness in the case. That being said, they play a very important role. Reviewing the Facts ...
    Continue Reading
  • The Basics of Trial Rules and Procedures

    Rules of the Court One of the reasons why many defendants need attorneys when facing criminal trials is because there are numerous trial rules and procedures that all involved parties must adhere to. To ensure the fairness and integrity of the judicial system, California courts set forth detailed rules on judicial proceedings . Trial rules and procedures provide guidelines that must be followed ...
    Continue Reading
  • What Is the Different Between a Rap Sheet and a Criminal Record?

    Understanding Criminal Records When you are arrested, charged with a crime, or convicted of a crime, information about your case will be put on your criminal record. Criminal record is a general term. Different pieces of information and levels of detail will be included on different records, and these records are accessible by different parties. The record law enforcement will see will differ from ...
    Continue Reading
  • What You Should Know Before Giving Statements to the Police

    Seek Advice and Review Your Rights Law enforcement officers intimidate many people. Today we hear stories of police misconduct and police brutality, and this causes many people to distrust the police. But entering into a police encounter with this attitude can work against your interests. You have a certain duty to cooperate with law enforcement, and you can face criminal charges for resisting an ...
    Continue Reading
  • Bail and Being Released from Jail

    Booking Then Bail After you are booked into jail, you may be able to be released from custody on the condition that you return on your court date. Posting bail is one of the ways you can be released before your court date. Bail is money you give to the court to be released. The bail works as a security deposit. By posting bail, you promise to return to court at the agreed upon date for your ...
    Continue Reading
  • How Can the Prosecutor Prove I Was Intoxicated Without a BAC Test?

    Proving You Were Driving Under the Influence In California, you can be convicted of a DUI for driving while under the influence of alcohol or by having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. The prosecutor does not have to prove both of these elements to convict you, but in most cases, they are able to. This is because most DUI defendants are required to take a BAC test either at ...
    Continue Reading
  • Who Can Get a Public Defender?

    The Right to Representation Criminal defendants in the U.S. have a right to counsel . This means they have a right to attorney representation when facing criminal charges. Public defenders can also be appointed in juvenile cases as well as some family law matters. The right to representation is a valuable one. Our legal system is difficult to understand and isn’t always intuitive. An attorney is ...
    Continue Reading
  • Paying Court-Ordered Fines

    Understanding Court-Ordered Fines For many California crimes, you can face steep fines as a component of your sentencing. Your fines may be the least of your worries, especially if you are also facing a jail sentence, but they are a part of your sentence that must be fulfilled. Some people don’t take these fines seriously, but if a judge orders them, they are a requirement that must be fulfilled. ...
    Continue Reading
  • Why an Attorney Should Be Your First Call After an Arrest

    The Phone Call Most people don’t know what to do when they’ve been arrested. Being handcuffed and booked into jail is a demeaning experience, in the midst of which you may not be able to think clearly about how to protect yourself. For this reason, the first thing you should do after an arrest is to contact an attorney. An attorney can do many things for you before you even appear in court . Most ...
    Continue Reading
  • Your Chance of Beating DUI Charges

    Do You Have a Chance? Facing DUI charges would leave even the most grounded person in a panic. You stand to lose your license, several thousand dollars, and not to mention your dignity. The good news is many defendants are able to beat their DUI charges with the help of a skilled attorney. You should speak with an experienced California DUI defense attorney if you are facing charges to get a ...
    Continue Reading
  • 5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Domestic Violence Charges

    Disadvantages of Domestic Violence With many crimes, you can face fines, imprisonment, and probation if convicted. Certain crimes, domestic violence crimes for instance, also result in a host of other consequences, some of which cannot be avoided. Here are five facts about domestic violence charges you may not be aware of. The victim cannot drop the charges . Once the victim notifies the police of ...
    Continue Reading
  • The Details on Legal Weed After Prop 64

    A More Progressive State Laws are always changing, especially in a progressive state like California. Like recent changes in Washington and Oregon, California’s marijuana laws have recently been changed under Proposition 64 , which was passed by voters in the November 2016 election. Marijuana users across California probably want to know exactly what Prop. 64 did and how it will affect them going ...
    Continue Reading
  • Domestic Violence in California: By the Numbers

    It’s All in the Numbers Domestic violence offenses are aggressively prosecuted in California. California employs dedicated prosecution units to ensure every case is prosecuted and each and every guilty defendant is punished. While other criminal offenses aren’t handled with this level of scrutiny, domestic violence offenses rarely slip through the cracks. And once a domestic violence case is ...
    Continue Reading
  • What Is a No Contact Order?

    Establishing Legal Protection Victims of domestic violence, assault, harassment and stalking, or other similar crimes often turn to the police to seek help. The police can then help a person ask the court for legal protection. If the court finds reason to believe the victim needs protection, it can issue a protection order. Different protection orders serve different purposes. No-contact orders ...
    Continue Reading
  • The Differences Between a Public Defender and Private Attorney

    One of the most well-known rights of criminal defendants is the right to an attorney . This right is protected under the Sixth Amendment and is one of the most important rights criminal defendants have. A criminal defendant has the right to seek legal counsel in most criminal cases. Here is where the right is less understood. Some people think that because you have a right to an attorney, the ...
    Continue Reading
  • Have a Criminal Record? Here Are Some Tips for Job Hunting

    Beating the Odds Job hunting is hard enough. You have to dress the right way, talk the right way, and know the right people just to get your foot in the door. Factor in a criminal record, and you can face some serious adversity in the job market, no matter the charge. We all have to work, and having a criminal record shouldn’t prohibit you from finding employment. You can overcome adversity and ...
    Continue Reading
  • Fighting Your DUI License Suspension

    Fight for Your Rights For many people, having a driver’s license is a necessity. Many of us need to drive to work or school, during our jobs, or to take care of our family. It’s no wonder why so many people panic when they find themselves facing DUI charges. Criminal conviction aside, some people worry more about losing their license than any of the other DUI penalties. This is understandable. ...
    Continue Reading
  • Emotional Abuse and Domestic Violence

    The Different Types of Abuse Domestic violence is one of the least understood crimes. The terms violence and abuse tend to bring to mind physical injuries, such as broken bones and bruises. In reality, domestic violence goes far beyond such injuries. All acts of domestic violence are a crime in California, whether the victim was seriously injured or not. Domestic violence includes a broad range of ...
    Continue Reading
  • Have a DUI Trial? Here Is What You Need to Know

    Going All the Way When being charged with a DUI, you have a few options for dealing with your case. Unfortunately, many people aren’t aware of their options and plead guilty or no-contest, thinking they have no chance if they choose to fight. But there are other options. You can also hire an attorney to negotiate a plea bargain for you. This allows you to plead guilty to a lesser offense, usually ...
    Continue Reading
  • Consequences of Multiple Domestic Violence Convictions

    Facing the Penalties A domestic violence conviction will result in several harsh penalties, including jail time and large fines. California takes an aggressive stance toward domestic violence offenses. Dedicated prosecution units handle domestic violence cases, giving defendants very little chance of slipping through the cracks. Even first-time offenses are punished severely in hopes of deterring ...
    Continue Reading
  • Suppressing Evidence in Criminal Trials

    Trial Procedure The use of evidence in criminal trials is heavily regulated. We all enjoy the right to freedom from unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment. This is a very important right to have, especially in a criminal trial. In a criminal trial, the prosecutor bears the burden of producing evidence sufficient to convict the defendant. Without that evidence, the case could be ...
    Continue Reading
  • How Drug Charges Can Affect Student Financial Aid

    Essential Student Aid For many students, federal financial aid is an indispensable source of support that helps them get through school. Without financial aid, many students do not have the option to go to college. Federal financial aid is indeed a valuable privilege, but students can lose that privilege. Unfortunately, certain criminal charges can affect a student’s financial aid eligibility. ...
    Continue Reading
  • 3 DUI Defenses You Didn’t Know About

    Different Defenses Facing DUI charges doesn’t necessarily mean you will be convicted. Successful DUI defenses are used to help people avoid convictions everyday. The prosecution must prove you were driving under the influence to convict you, and sometimes this is hard to do based off of the relatively little evidence collected during a DUI investigation. Many defendants take advantage of this and ...
    Continue Reading
Page 1 of 12