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Recent Posts in Criminal Defense Category

  • What Does Expungement Not Do?

    Expungement provides many important benefits for those with a criminal record. Expunging a conviction from your record can significantly improve your chances of getting a job, an apartment, or even a loan. But there are some things expungement does not do, which you should learn about if you are considering starting the process. Expungement will not remove a conviction entirely from your record. ...
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  • Accidents Happen: Immediate Steps After a DUI Collision

    A DUI involving a collision can have dramatically different consequences than a DUI alone. DUI collisions frequently involve injuries and property damage, which raise the stakes of the DUI offense. It’s important to take the right steps after a DUI collision to minimize the potential consequences. Because you are under certain legal obligations after an auto accident, you could face additional ...
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  • Facing Criminal Charges? Audit Your Social Media Accounts ASAP

    Your Public Life It should come as no surprise that what you post on social media is public. By sharing your personal life with friends and family online, you inadvertently share your life with everyone online, including the California criminal justice system . Thus, if you are facing criminal charges of any type, you should audit your social media accounts ASAP, and here’s why. Public Access ...
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  • Domestic Violence Involving Deadly Weapons: Increasing Penalties

    Domestic violence is treated as a serious offense in California, much more so when the offense involves a deadly weapon. In California, domestic violence involving deadly weapons can result in a charge of assault with a deadly weapon or assault with a firearm. The consequences of a charge of assault with a deadly weapon may differ from those of a domestic violence crime such as spousal (or ...
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  • 5 Tips for Claiming Self-Defense

    Many domestic violence incidents involve self-defense. Unfortunately, claiming self-defense as a defense to domestic violence charges isn’t foolproof. It’s not enough to claim you were using self-defense, and not all acts of self-defense leave you immune from criminal liability. To help clear up some of the common concerns regarding this defense tactic , here are five tips for when claiming ...
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  • Waiting to Get Behind the Wheel: Why Experts Can’t Agree on BAC Calculators

    Calculating BAC Blood alcohol concentration or content (BAC) is a critical legal element in DUI cases. Many assume BAC defines DUI in California statute, and indeed it plays a significant role. Unfortunately, breathalyzer devices can be inaccurate, and there is no sure-fire way to accurately calculate your BAC without a professional grade device or a blood draw . Even just using one of the many ...
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  • First Time Arrested? Here’s What You Need to Know

    An arrest is a stressful experience. It can happen quickly before you even know it. Police officers don’t waste time. If they have what they need to make an arrest (e.g. a warrant or probable cause), they will take action immediately. Then you’re put into the squad car and taken into the station for booking. Suddenly you are facing a reality you weren’t ready for and fearful for what happens next. ...
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  • How California’s Bail System Is Changing and Why

    States nationwide are fighting for bail reform. Proponents of bail reform argue certain bail practices disproportionately burden people of color and those with limited financial resources. When a dollar amount is all that keeps some behind bars while others walk free, the system is indeed flawed. California’s bail system is under attack and in need of reform, although the State is somewhat behind ...
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  • 5 Steps Commercial Drivers Must Take After a DUI Arrest

    What CDL Drivers Should Do After a DUI Arrest Commercial drivers provide us an essential service by keeping the flow of goods across this country moving. Unfortunately, one misstep could put their entire career on the line, something most of us don’t have to worry about. A DUI conviction can wreak havoc on the life of a commercial driver. Even just a DUI arrest can put their CLD and thus their ...
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  • 5 Strategies to Fight False Allegations of Domestic Violence

    A domestic violence conviction in California can change your life significantly. Unfortunately, false domestic violence allegations are all too common, and the system is designed to favor the alleged victim, not the defendant. The good news is many skilled attorneys have successfully fought charges of domestic violence for those falsely accused, often using one or more of the following defense ...
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  • Lost Your License? Consider These 5 Facts Before You Drive

    The California DMV and the court can suspend your California driver’s license for a number of reasons, including unpaid fines, failure to appear in court, and certain citations and convictions. While losing your license can be a significant inconvenience, driving on a suspended license is never worth the risk. If you don’t believe me, review these five facts before you get behind the wheel with a ...
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  • Technology is Changing the Way We See Criminals

    An Era of Transparency Our lives are online, whether we like it or not. Even if you don’t share your personal life with friends online, chances are someone could view your personal information with just a click of a button. And the information that can be discovered is the kind that can hurt you the most. Primarily, I’m talking about your criminal record. If you are arrested for, charged with, or ...
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  • Want to Save Your License? Immediate Steps to Take After a DUI Arrest

    After a DUI arrest, most people are rightfully concerned about losing their license. Police officers will confiscate your license when arresting you for a DUI, which sets in the realization that, in just a few weeks , you’ll no longer be able to drive. But before you give up hope and start planning your Uber commute, take these steps first. Request an Administrative Hearing Many people don’t ...
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  • Can You Avoid Deportation When Facing DV Charges?

    The Aftermath of Domestic Violence A domestic violence (DV) conviction can hit anyone hard. With fines, protection orders , and incarceration on the list of potential penalties, anyone convicted of domestic violence can expect a significant life change. But non-citizens face an even greater potential penalty: deportation. When it’s your very home and livelihood on the line, jail and fines are the ...
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  • Cleaning Your Record in the Ban the Box Era

    Ban the Box Protections In the Ban the Box Era, more Californians with criminal records are being treated fairly than ever before. With new laws to protect those at a disadvantage in place, people are being judged on their own merits first and their criminal histories last. This represents a shift in the right direction. But few comprehensively understand the Ban the Box law and what protections ...
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  • What Self-Driving Cars Could Mean for California DUI Laws

    How Self-Driving Cars Will Change Driving There are over 35 million registered cars in California today. That number has almost caught up to the population of California , which is over 39 million to date. With nearly as many cars as people in the Golden State, it’s easy to see why DUI laws are so harsh. Considering one in three fatal car accidents involves alcohol, the risks of drunk driving are ...
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  • A Look at California Laws on Marijuana Use in Your Car

    Transporting Marijuana As California’s marijuana use laws continue to evolve, so do the laws regarding transport and use in vehicles. Because these laws are changing so rapidly, every year, in fact, it’s hard for Californians to stay up to date and in the know about what they can and cannot do with marijuana. The laws are relatively straightforward, however, so it’s beneficial to take a look at ...
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  • 3 Ways to Move on From a Criminal Conviction

    Being convicted of a crime is something most people want to move on from, and fast. But doing so can prove difficult if you don’t know where to start. Moving on from a criminal conviction happens in steps, some small and some large, so here are three effective ways to move on from your criminal conviction . 1. Finish All Requirements of Your Sentence If you’ve been ordered to pay fines, take ...
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  • Could the California Sex Offender Registration Law Change for the Better?

    Sex Offender Registration Laws Public debate surrounding sex offender registration laws keep this topic alive and well and the laws ever changing. Whenever the media covers a “loophole” in sex offender registration policies (e.g. an offender reoffends or fails to register), people argue the laws need to be stricter and broader. At the same time, those required to register as sex offenders face ...
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  • 10 Steps in a California DUI Arrest

    Learning About California DUI Arrests Maybe you’ve never been arrested but want to be prepared. Maybe a friend or family member was arrested for a DUI, and you want to help him or her navigate the process. Or perhaps you’ve been arrested before and want to know how to handle the situation better if you’re arrested again. Whatever your reason for wanting to learn about the steps in a California DUI ...
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  • Top Tips for Making a Good Impression in Court

    Your Day in Court You’ve been arrested and are facing criminal charges. You have at least one court appearance ahead of you before you can resolve your case and move on with your life. Unfortunately, first impressions are everything. You want the judge to go easy on you, which means you need to get on his or her good side. Appearing in court for criminal charges is a high-stakes event for these ...
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  • What Red Flag Laws Mean for California Gun Owners

    Raising the Flag Red flag laws enable law enforcement to remove firearms from people whom the court has deemed a threat. Few states enforce these laws, but in the wake of the recent Parkland tragedy, that may change. California is among the few states that have red flag laws , including Connecticut, Washington, Indiana, and Oregon. These laws essentially allow for an expedited process when a ...
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  • California May Dismiss Thousands of Marijuana Convictions; Is Yours One?

    A Shifting Legal Landscape As State lawmakers continue to redefine the legality of marijuana, those with prior marijuana-related convictions may see the light. A conviction for possession of a controlled substance is a serious matter. And many Californians now have a conviction for possession of a drug that is now entirely legal in the state. To make amends, California is dismissing thousands of ...
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  • 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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