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California’s Battery Laws and Penalties

When Can I Be Charged With Battery? California law defines battery as “any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon” another individual. You can face battery charges even if you do not cause another person to be injured. In fact, the “force” required for a...

Understand Your License Suspension

A DUI charge can result in several consequences if you receive a conviction. A court may suspend your license, and you will be unable to drive until the suspension period is over. How Long Will You Lose Your License? The length of a suspension depends on the number of...

Bad Check Laws in California

Is It Illegal To Bounce a Check? Bouncing a check occurs when you have less money in your account than the amount drawn on the check. For a bounced check to be a crime in California, you must know you did not have enough money in your account to cover a check....

California’s New Felony Murder Rule

What Is the Felony Murder Rule? Under California’s “felony murder rule”, you can be convicted for a homicide if another individual dies while you are committing a crime. This is true even if you did not kill the individual yourself or intend for them to die. The state...

California’s Auto Burglary Law

Can I Commit Burglary on a Car? In California, burglary is defined as entering a structure with the intent to commit a crime. But what about breaking into a car? Vehicles are different from buildings or structures, so California created a specific law to address auto...

Rising Blood Alcohol and DUI Arrests

Can I Use the “Rising Blood Alcohol” Defense To Fight My DUI Charge? Because the human body takes time to process alcohol, you may cite rising blood alcohol as a reason you were not driving under the influence. Your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) can...

Resisting Arrest Charges in California

When Can I Be Charged With Resisting Arrest? During recent protests and high-profile incidents on camera, the question of when someone is resisting arrest has been a contentious matter. In California, the crime is defined broadly, which allows a wide array of conduct...

California Drive-By Shooting Laws

What Are the Penalties for Driving-By Shootings? In California, if you are convicted of a drive-by shooting, you can face substantial penalties. In fact, you do not even have to be the person who pulled the trigger to face jail time. Drive-by shootings can also lead...

Altering a VIN Crimes in California

Is It Illegal To Change a VIN? There are actually two California laws that criminalize changing a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), which is used to register motor vehicles or a part of a car, such as an engine. Typically, you can find your VIN on the driver’s side...

Credit Card Crimes in California

What Is Credit Card Fraud? California law criminalizes various type of credit card fraud, and there are different laws that address each type of misuse. However, in some instances, you may commit credit card fraud without even using stolen information. This blog is a...

Drug DUI Laws in California

What You Need To Know About California Drug DUIs You can be arrested for a drug DUI in California. Unlike an alcohol DUI, where your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) will be measured, drug DUIs only require that your driving be impaired. If you have been pulled over...

Lie Detector Test Laws in California

Are Polygraph Tests Admissible in Court? For decades, law enforcement has attempted to use polygraph tests in court to persuade juries a suspect was guilty. Polygraphs are also known as lie detector tests, and their reliability has been challenged since they were...

California Stun Gun Laws

Can I Own a Stun Gun in California? Protecting yourself and your family can be a constant worry in today’s society, and owning a stun gun can help put your mind at ease. Also referred to as a taser, a stun gun is a defensive weapon that uses an electric shock to...

Diabetics and California DUI Laws

Can Diabetes Cause a False Positive on a Breathalyzer? Medical conditions, such as diabetes, can result in false positives on a breathalyzer test. The consequences of a false positive breath test are severe. They can include a DUI arrest, an automatic driver’s license...

California EDD Fraud Laws

What Is Considered Unemployment Fraud Under California Law? The law criminalizes anyone defrauding California’s unemployment insurance system, whether they are an employee or an employer. California’s unemployment program is run by the state’s...

The No Driving Defense for DUI Arrests

Can I Be Arrested for DUI for Sitting in My Car? Driving under the influence convictions can ruin your day-to-day life. Your license will be suspended, and you may face jail time and steep fines. Additionally, DUI charges can cost you a job or promotion. California...

Inciting a Riot Laws in California

Can Someone Be Arrested for Inciting A Riot? Throughout the past year, incitement, rioting, and protesting have frequently been in the news. What is the difference between a protest and a riot? When does someone go from peacefully exercising their constitutional right...

Custom Hydraulic Systems in El Monte CA

At Bernell Hydraulics, we know that out of the box hydraulic systems don’t work for everyone. You might have different needs or different specifications than standard hydraulic systems and equipment can supply. Thankfully, Bernell Hydraulics offers custom hydraulic...

Ride-Share DUI Laws in California

When Can an Uber Driver Get a DUI? Ride-sharing mobile apps like Uber have grown to become part of everyday life in many places. Whether it is an Uber, a Lyft, or another operator, ride-share drivers take on immense responsibility. When you drive for a ride-share, the...

California Statutory Rape Laws

What Is the Age of Consent in California? California law is precise in that only someone over the age of 18 years old can consent to have sexual intercourse. Unlike other states, there are no so-called “Romeo and Juliet” laws in California that allows minors to...

Prohibited Assault Weapons in California

What Are Assault Weapons and Are They Illegal? While the right to bear arms is guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, Californians can still face punishment for having assault weapons. The laws surrounding what each state can and cannot...

Third-Time DUIs in California

What Are the Penalties for a Third-Time DUI? California punishes each DUI you commit more harshly than the last. The penalties for a third-time DUI are more severe than for a second DUI, which are more serious than the sanctions when you commit your first DUI. Because...

Extortion Laws in California

What Is Extortion? Also called blackmail, in California, the crime of extortion is committed when you make someone give you something or do something that you want through threats or violence. Many situations may seem like extortion but do not rise to the level of a...

California Assault Charges

Assault With a Deadly Weapon vs. Means Likely To Produce Great Bodily Injury Anytime you unlawfully attempt to cause someone else a violent injury, you have committed the crime of assault in California. The way you go about trying to cause the harm will determine what...

California BB Gun Laws

Are BB Guns Illegal? California law generally allows adults to own BB guns, but it criminalizes their display or use in public. Additional crimes may be committed if you shoot someone else or their property using a BB gun. The punishments you could face if you are...

California Assisted Laws

When Is Assisted Suicide a Crime in California? While it is not necessarily a crime to attempt suicide in California, you can be charged with a felony for assisting someone else’s suicide. California recently passed the End of Life Option Act, which creates a legal...

Wet Reckless Plea Bargain After a DUI Arrest

What Is a “Wet Reckless” Plea Bargain? If you’ve been charged with a DUI in California, you might have heard about the advantages of a wet reckless plea bargain. By agreeing to a wet reckless plea bargain, you will plead to the offense of reckless driving. ‘Wet...

California Red Flag Laws

In response to gun violence and the increasing demand for gun law reforms, states across the country have amped up their “red flag” laws. Red flag laws attempt to prevent gun crimes by removing firearms from the possession of someone who is potentially dangerous. In...

Can I Get a DUI Expunged?

A DUI conviction can hang over your head for years, but California may now allow it to be expunged from your record. While a DUI expungement will not affect how the DMV treats you, it can help your employment prospects. Read on to learn the process for DUI...

Attempted Murder Laws in California

When Can I Be Charged With Attempted Murder? Attempted murder, where you take concrete action towards killing another individual, can be punished by life in California’s state prison system. If you want to kill someone else and take any action towards killing them but...

Criminal Hit and Run in California

When Is a Hit and Run a Crime? At what point does a car accident become a hit and run? In California, there is a requirement that you attempt to make contact with the owner of any property damaged in a car accident. Leaving the scene without trying to make contact is...

California Child Endangerment Laws

When Can I Be Charged With Child Endangerment? In California, there are a variety of crimes that can stem from how you treat a child, one of which is child endangerment. Endangerment laws prohibit putting a child in a situation that unnecessarily exposes them to risks...

California Fire-Starting Laws

Arson vs. Reckless Burning There are two separate crimes for starting fires in California: arson and reckless burning. The differences between the two are substantial, and punishments can range from six months in jail to almost a decade in prison. Knowing what is a...

California Restraining Order Laws

What Happens if I Violate a Restraining Order? You have had a restraining order imposed against you, and you are worried about violating the order. In California, no matter what the court calls the order — protective, stay-away, TRO, or restraining order — it is a...

California Vehicular Manslaughter Laws

What Are the Types of Vehicular Manslaughter? Under California criminal law, there are four different types of vehicular manslaughter. If you are arrested for killing somebody with your vehicle, the degree of your negligence, your purpose, and whether you were under...

Blood Test Procedures in California

How To Challenge a DUI Blood Test If you were pulled over on suspicion of DUI in California, law enforcement might draw a DUI blood test to prove you had an illegal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). After an arrest for an alleged DUI, you will likely be offered...

California Money Laundering Laws

The Types of Money Laundering Crimes in California The state of California has two different types of money laundering crimes on its books. Both crimes specifically target people who have actual knowledge that the cash came from an illegal source or was going to be...

Underage DUI Offenses in California

Can I Be Convicted of Both a DUI and an Underage DUI? California has enacted a zero-tolerance law for underage DUI. Generally, a person cannot be convicted of more than one DUI offense stemming from the same traffic stop. However, underage DUI is an exception to the...

Refusing a Breathalyzer in California

Can I Refuse To Take a Breath Test? If you have been stopped by a law enforcement officer in California, you can refuse to take a breath test. The roadside preliminary alcohol screening (PAS) test, which is commonly known as a breathalyzer, is optional in most...

Hate Crime Laws in California

What is a Hate Crime? California has a separate law that punishes anyone who commits a hate crime. A hate crime is a criminal act conducted because of ill will directed towards a specific group of people. To be convicted of a hate crime, you must also commit an...

Criminal Revenge Porn in California

The term “revenge porn” describes the act of sharing a private, sexual image or video in order to harm the person exposed in the material. The rise in the incidence of revenge porn led to California recently adding a law making certain instances of sharing...

California Protest Laws

The summer of 2020 was defined by protesters in the streets across America. Many times, people would use the words ‘protest’ and ‘riot’ interchangeably. You may have wondered, when does a protest become a riot? In California, the right to protest is constitutionally...

Punishments for Identity Theft

Can I Go To Jail for Identity Theft? The short answer is that, in California, yes, you can go to jail for identity theft. Identity theft is a growing area of crime, and California laws allow severe punishments for identity theft. Personal Identifying Information and...

Elder Abuse Law in California

What Is Elder Abuse? California has enacted a law that explicitly punishes anyone who has committed elder abuse. This statute adds an extra layer of protection for a vulnerable population and backs up that protection with severe punishments. However, there are very...

Sobriety Checkpoints in California

Are DUI Checkpoints Legal in California? On your way home from a night with a few friends, you encounter a DUI checkpoint in the road. After a brief interaction, the police officer or highway patrol trooper asks you to step out of the car. Though you only had a couple...

Looting Laws in California

When Can I Be Charged With Looting? You’ve watched on the news as people break into stores across the country. A broken plate-glass window, and suddenly a mass of people are pouring into the Gap or Best Buy and taking whatever they can grab. This seems like...

Criminal Torture in California

How Does California Define the Crime of Torture? You may think of torture as something done by corrupt foreign governments. Or that it’s a strategy the police use to get you to confess to a crime. What you might not know is that torture is a well-defined crime...

California DMV DUI Hearings

What Is a DMV DUI Hearing? A Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrest in California is a serious event that can impact your life in numerous ways. After being stopped for a DUI, two processes will begin: A criminal case, including possible jail terms, fines, and...

Arguing Self-Defense in California

When Can I Argue Self-Defense? California law recognizes that you have the right to defend yourself, your property, and other persons. Self-defense is a doctrine that functions as a legal defense, arguing that you are not legally liable for a crime. If your argument...

What is the Meaning of Probable Cause?

You hear the term on prime time television shows such as Law & Order and Chicago PD, yet few of our clients understand the legal implications of probable cause. What is the meaning a “probable cause,” and how is the legal term applied in criminal cases? Overview...

SB 384 and California Sex Offender Laws

How Will California Sex Offender Registration Change Under SB 384? If you are required to register as a sex offender due to a past conviction, the current rules require that you continually register for as long as you live, work, or attend school in California....

Interlock Ignition Devices in California

Will I Have To Install an Interlock Ignition Device if I’m Convicted of DUI in California? Being convicted of a DUI can be embarrassing, inconvenient, and expensive. You may have to spend time in jail, pay hefty fines, take expensive educational classes, lose...

Defenses to Forgery in California

The Most Successful Defenses if You’re Charged with Forgery in California In today’s world, a signature is required for all kinds of transactions. You squiggle your name on electronic receipts every day. Often spouses or close family members may not think twice...

Homicide Laws in California

The Different Types of Homicide in California In 2019, California’s homicide laws changed. Before 2019, you could be convicted of murder in California if someone died while you were committing a felony, regardless of whether you intended to kill someone or were...

California DUIs with a BAC Under 0.08%

Can I Be Charged with DUI in California if My BAC Is Less Than 0.08%? Generally, 0.08% is the legal limit for Blood Alcohol Concentration (“BAC”) in California while operating a personal motor vehicle. However, in some circumstances, you can be charged...

Domestic Violence Laws in California

The Legal Definition of Domestic Violence in California and Who Counts as a Victim In everyday life, the term “domestic violence” can be applied to various crimes and cover a broad range of intimate relationships. However, in California, the legal...

Theft of Trade Secrets in California

What Is Theft of Trade Secrets Under California Criminal Law? Imagine a spy film from the 1960s. A young agent is bustling down a crowded sidewalk, looking over her shoulder as she carries a black leather briefcase full of secret documents. When you think about trade...

False Imprisonment in California

What Does False Imprisonment Mean under California Laws? The store security guard orders you to their office. Your spouse blocks the door so that you can’t leave during an argument. A police officer says you have to wait in the back of the patrol car for a few...

Habeas Corpus Law in California

What Is Habeas Corpus, and Can It Get Me Out of Jail? After your arrest, as your case crawls through the legal system, you may have overheard lawyers or judges throwing around the word “habeas corpus.” It sounds legal and important, but what does it mean?...

Sealing and Expungement in California

What Is the Difference Between Expungement and Sealing Records in California? Your dream job opens up. You have all the qualifications and are an ace at all the required skills. You’ve built up years of experience in this field. This is the job for you! On the...

California Kidnapping Charges

The Definition of Kidnapping According To California Law A robber takes a bank teller hostage. An absent parent suddenly picks their child up from school. A powerful businessperson’s children go missing from their home. Are these all examples of kidnapping? The answer...

California Field Sobriety Tests

What Are Field Sobriety Tests and Do I Have To Take Them? If a police officer pulls you over on suspicion of drunk driving, they may ask you to participate in field sobriety testing. Field sobriety tests (FSTs) are a series of physical and mental tests that are...

Assault and Battery in California

What Is the Difference Between Assault and Battery in California? In movies and on crime-based TV shows, the terms “assault” and “battery” are often used together, leading many people to believe that they are a single offense. However, in...

Shoplifting Laws in California

What Crime Will I Be Charged With if I’m Arrested for Shoplifting in California? From a kid sneaking a candy bar from below the checkout counter to a thrill-seeking adult stuffing an expensive shirt in their bag at the mall, shoplifting happens every day....

Burglary vs. Robbery in California

Burglary vs. Robbery: What’s the Difference in California? In casual conversation, people often discuss robbery and burglary interchangeably. However, California laws have distinct definitions for each term that reveal substantial differences between the two...

What Is a Negligent Operator Hearing?

You will lose your license if you are deemed a negligent operator. In every driving under the influence (DUI) case, there are two components. First, there is an administrative aspect, as the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will administratively suspend...

SR-22s and California DUI Laws

What Is an SR-22 and When Do I Need One in California? If you’ve been convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in California, your car insurance is probably the last thing on your mind. However, it is essential if you want to get your driver’s...

When Can I Be Charged with Kidnapping?

Kidnapping may be charged in one of two ways. The crime of kidnapping happens less often than people may think. More frequently, what we refer to kidnapping is often better described as custodial interference or child abduction, which occurs when a person is deprived...

Can I Get My Plea Deal Reversed?

Plea agreements are generally binding — with some exceptions The overwhelming majority of criminal cases never make it to court. While defendants in criminal cases have a right to have their case heard by a jury of their peers, most charges are resolved prior to...

California Seeks to Diversify Jury Pools

The Fair Juries Act expands the jury pool to include taxpayers. A fundamental principle of our criminal justice system is the right to trial by a jury of your peers. If you are charged with a criminal offense, you not only have a right to take your case to trial — but...

What Is Domestic Battery?

Domestic battery can only be charged in certain situations. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. At the Chambers Law Firm, we understand just how serious domestic violence can be, whether it involves physical abuse, emotional abuse, reproductive coercion, or...

Should You Vote “No” on Prop 25?

Many progressive groups have come out against this criminal justice measure. Election Day is fast approaching, or if you have already received your mail-in ballot — is already here. In addition to choosing a president, you will be asked to vote yes or no on a number...

New Law Will Allow DUIs to Be Dismissed

AB 3234 would permit individuals to enter into a diversion program for most DUIs California has long been known as a state that is tough on crime. Studies have shown that our harsh criminal justice laws haven’t actually reduced crime — which has led to a wave of...

Can I Be Extradited to California?

The state must follow specific procedures to have you brought back to California. If you have been charged with a crime in California, you may be tempted to flee the state to avoid being brought to justice. If you do so and are apprehended in another state, then...

What Happens During Arraignment?

An arraignment is one of the first steps in the criminal justice process. After you are arrested, you may be overwhelmed by what is happening. It can be a time of incredible stress and anxiety, regardless of whether you have previously been involved with the criminal...

Can I Challenge a Search Warrant?

A Franks motion is the legal document used to challenge the truth of the information used to support a search motion. If you have been arrested for a crime, your arrest may have been based on evidence that the police seized pursuant to a search warrant. But what...

Will Getting a DUI Affect My Job Search?

Even with California’s “ban the box” law, having a DUI conviction can make it harder to find a job. California takes the crime of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI) seriously. Anyone convicted of a DUI — even for a first-time offense — may be...

What Is California’s 10-20-Life Law?

Your sentence in a felony case may be enhanced if you used a gun during the crime. It’s no secret that California has tough gun laws. California has strict limitations on who can buy, sell, and possess both firearms and ammunition. The state also seeks to reduce gun...

What Is Criminal Negligence?

Criminal negligence means that a person acted with a disregard to obvious risks to human life and safety. Under California law, criminal offenses typically require a prosecutor to prove that a defendant acted in a certain way. Some crimes require that a person acted...

What Is False Imprisonment?

False imprisonment involves detaining, restraining or confining someone without their consent Picture this scenario: you’re in a fight with your partner and they try to leave the room in the middle of the argument. Angry, you grab you partner’s shoulders and prevent...

Is Loitering a Crime in California?

By itself, loitering isn’t a crime. You have probably heard of loitering — perhaps on TV or in a movie, or on a sign. It basically means that someone is hanging around a public or private place for no apparent purpose. For example, if a group of teenage boys are...

What Are My Rights During a DUI Stop?

You never have to take a field sobriety test. Imagine this: you’re on your way home from a friend’s house after a few glasses of wine. You know your tolerance, and that you are safe to drive based on the amount of alcohol that you had over a period of a few hours. But...

What Is Evidence Tampering?

Evidence tampering is a form of obstruction of justice. The California Criminal Code has a vast array of laws that penalize certain actions. This includes a variety of acts that interfere with the administration of justice (both civil and criminal). One such crime is...

Will I Lose My CDL If I Get a DUI?

Any DUI conviction will result in a loss of your CDL. Most people know that it is against the law to drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs in California. What many people aren’t aware of is the serious consequences of doing so. Not only do you put your own...

What Is Hazing?

Hazing is a crime in certain situations in California. If you follow the news, you have likely seen stories about hazing, such as the Penn State student who died after his fraternity brothers forced him to drink large amounts of alcohol and then didn’t seek medical...

Understanding California’s Arson Laws

Willfully and maliciously burning a structure, forest land or property may be charged as arson under California law. In a state that regularly faces raging wildfires, it is little wonder that the crime of arson is taken so seriously. A person who commits this crime...

Is Bookmaking Illegal in California?

Taking and paying out on bets could result in a felony or misdemeanor charge. Placing bets on something, like a sporting event, may not seem like that big of a deal. But if you are the person taking, recording, and paying out on the bets, you may be charged with a...

Can You Get a DUI on Private Property?

Even if you’re driving on your own property, you can still get a DUI charge. If you think about what may happen during a typical DUI stop, you probably imagine that a person is pulled over on a highway or road. Most DUI arrests do come from a person driving under the...

What Is a Deferred Entry of Judgment?

Putting off sentencing and a judgment is an option for crimes that are eligible for diversion. The state of California has strict laws regarding both crime and how those crimes should be punished. At the same time, the state recognizes that in some cases, a person...

Will Smoking Affect a Breathalyzer Test?

Smoking can lead to a higher reading on a breathalyzer test. In California, there are two ways to be charged with a DUI for driving under the influence of alcohol. First, you may be charged with a “per se” DUI, which can be charged when you drive with a blood alcohol...

What Is a Sexually Violent Predator?

A person who has committed a sexually violent offense must undergo a special evaluation before they can be released from prison. In California, certain types of crimes may result in harsher sentences — or even additional challenges to being released from prison. This...

What Is Measure R?

Los Angeles County voters approved the measure in March. In March, Californians went to the polls (or mailed in their ballots) to vote for a candidate in the presidential primary. For voters in Los Angeles County, there was another important issue at stake in this...

Is Swatting a Crime in California?

Sending emergency responders to a fake emergency — known as swatting — may lead to criminal charges. In recent years, the practice of “swatting” has become all-too-common. Swatting occurs when a person tries to get police to respond to another person by creating a...

What Is White Collar Crime?

White collar crime can include both misdemeanor and felony offenses. If you follow the news, you have probably heard the term “white collar crime.” This phrase is often used to describe something that an executive did, like embezzling. It may also be used when a...

California Sued Over Private Prison Ban

A new California law that bans all private prisons in the state is under attack by the federal government. If you watched the hit Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, you are likely familiar with the arguments against private prisons. In short, when a prison is run...

Can You Get a DUI on an E-Scooter?

California law forbids operating any type of motor vehicle while impaired. Electric scooters — or e-scooters — are becoming increasingly popular in cities across California. Offered for rent by companies like Lime and Bird, e-scooters are an environmentally-friendly,...

What Are the Benefits of Expungement?

There are many reasons to pursue expungement of your criminal history. Expungement is a legal process that releases a person from most of the “penalties and disabilities” that are connected with a criminal conviction. It is available to a large number of Californians...

What Is Fraudulent Conveyance?

The crime may also be referred to as concealing assets from creditors. If you owe money to someone or to a company, you probably want to find ways of getting out of debt. This may include setting up a budget, taking out a loan to pay off higher-interest credit cards,...

Is a DUI a Criminal Charge in California?

A DUI may be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony offense. There is a misconception among some Californians that driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI) is a traffic violation, rather than a criminal offense. While the Department of Motor...

What Is Witness Tampering?

This crime may be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor. If you have been charged with a criminal offense, or a loved one has been charged with a crime, you may be feeling stressed and overwhelmed. It may be tempting in this scenario to reach out to a witness (or the...

When Can Bail Be Denied in California?

In murder cases, a judge may deny bail entirely. In recent years, California has worked to reform its bail system, attempting to outlaw the cash bail requirement that often prevented people without financial resources from being released for even minor crimes. This...

Can You Get a DUI on a Motorcycle?

Just as in a car, you can get a DUI while riding a motorcycle. In Southern California, motorcycles are incredibly popular. With temperate weather, it is possible to ride a motorcycle nearly year-round in this area of the state. Choosing a bike over a car also can help...

Attempted Murder Under California Law

Attempted murder is a felony offense Killing someone is a criminal offense, typically referred to as murder. However, in some cases, you can be charged with a crime — and spend the rest of your life in prison — for attempting to kill a person, even if you do not...

Understanding a DUI Murder Charge

If have a prior DUI conviction, you can be charged with murder if someone dies while you were driving under the influence. We know that driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is against the law, and can result in serious criminal charges. But is there a...

What Happens If You Get Three Felonies?

The answer depends on whether the felonies are considered serious or violent. In California, any crime for which you can be incarcerated for more than a year is considered a felony offense. A felony is the most serious type of criminal offense. Capital crimes, such as...

What Happens After You Are Arrested?

After an arrest, you will be booked and arraigned. In California, there are several things that will happen after you are arrested on suspicion of committing a crime. Along the way, you will have the option of asserting your rights. Doing so can help to protect your...

What Is SB 1437?

Under California’s new felony murder rule, only certain people can be convicted of this offense. SB 1437 is California’s new felony murder rule. Governor Jerry Brown signed this bill into law in September 2018. SB 1437 limits who can be prosecuted for felony murder....

Should You Refuse a Breathalyzer?

Most people should refuse the roadside breathalyzer test. If you are stopped by the police on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), you will likely feel intimidated. This isn’t surprising — after all, the law enforcement officer has the power in this...

Can I Refuse a DUI Checkpoint?

While you cannot refuse a DUI checkpoint once in it, you can avoid the checkpoint entirely. Although it may seem counterintuitive, driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoints are legal in California. These checkpoints are an exception to the general rule that the...

What Is Extortion?

In most cases, extortion is charged as a felony Blackmail is a major plot point of many television shows, movies and books. A politician may be extorted into voting a certain way, or a baseball player may be blackmailed into blowing a big game. It all seems very...

What Is Failure to Appear in California?

You can be sent to jail for not appearing in court There are any number of reasons why a person may not make a court date. Your car may break down, you may become sick, or maybe you just forgot about it. But in certain circumstances, if you don’t appear in court when...

Three Strikes Lawyer in California

Contact a Three Strikes Lawyer in California if You Have Been Accused of a Three Strikes Crime The alleged purpose of the Three Strikes laws in California is to prevent repeat offenders from being released over and over again in the system. The unfortunate truth about...

Understanding Felony Probation

Learn about what will be expected of you on felony probation If you have been charged with a felony offense, your criminal attorney Los Angeles County, CA may be able to negotiate a deal for you to serve your time through felony probation instead of in county jail or...

What Is a Diversion Program?

Diversion programs allow you to seek help — rather than be punished If you are charged with a California criminal offense, you are likely worried about the possible outcome. A criminal conviction can have a serious impact on your life. It may prevent you from getting...

Can a Judge Deny Bail in California?

In certain situations, a judge can keep you in jail after an arrest In recent years, California has enacted a number of criminal justice reforms. This includes a law that is designed to abolish the cash bail system. While this law is currently being challenged in...

Three Ways to Defend a California DUI Case

A good defense can lead to a positive outcome In California, a DUI can lead to a number of serious consequences. Even for a first conviction, you may be facing jail time — or probation. You will also likely be required to perform community service, attend mandatory...

Can You Sober Up in Your Car in California?

You could be charged with a DUI in certain circumstances In an ideal world, we would all plan ahead when we go out for a few drinks. We would have a designated driver, make sure that we have the Uber or LYFT app on our phone, get a hotel, or have a friend who can come...

Current Case News

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The Advantages of a DUI Plea Bargain

Plea deals usually involve either a sentence reduction or a charge reduction If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in California, you may be feeling overwhelmed or scared about what may happen to you. A conviction for DUI carries serious...

What Is Extradition?

There are several steps involved in the extradition process If you are a fan of tv shows that involve the criminal justice process or the “true crime” genre, you have likely heard the term “extradition.” For example, you may have heard of a suspect in a murder case...

What Is an Alford Plea?

This type of plea is permitted in all states except Indiana, Michigan and New Jersey In the criminal justice system, situations may arise where a person has been charged with a crime, even though they are innocent. Yet they feel trapped, because there simply is not...

What Is a “Ghost Gun”?

These types of guns are an end run around California’s strict gun laws In August, a convicted felon shot and killed a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer and wounded two others during a shootout in Riverside. In the exchange, the shooter was shot and later died at...

First Inmate Released Under AB 2942

The law permits prosecutors and — in some cases — inmates to have unduly harsh sentences reviewed This summer, a California man got a new lease on life when he was released from prison after 16 years, despite being sentenced to 50 years to life. Kent Williams had not...

When Can Police Use Anonymous Tips?

The police must be able to demonstrate that the information supplied by a tipster is reliable. In many crime dramas, the police uncover wrongdoing through an anonymous call.  They then rush to the scene, arrest the suspect, and save the day.  But does it work like...

Degrees of Robbery in California

In our everyday lives, we may use legal terminology to describe something that happened, like saying that a person got robbed, without necessarily knowing if that is the accurate term.  In most cases, the common understanding of the word is fine: most people know what...

How a California DUI Could Impact DREAMERS

Significant misdemeanor or felony convictions could lead to ineligibility for the DACA program Many adults who are in the United States without papers (undocumented immigrants) came here with their parents when they are children. The Deferred Action for Childhood...

What Is Restitution?

If you fail to pay restitution, you could face a civil judgment If you are convicted of a crime, you may expect to be sentenced to jail or prison, to pay fees, or to be required to do community service.  What many people do not realize is that restitution is a part of...

Just Say No: Refusing Field Sobriety Tests

Taking field sobriety tests is optional Picture this scenario: you’re driving home from work (after having an after work drink with your colleagues) when you see lights and hear a siren. You pull over, wondering what you could have done wrong. The officer approaches,...

What Is Embezzlement is California?

Embezzlement charges can be filed when large or small sums of money are taken Famed California lawyer Michael Avenatti — the man who made it his goal to take down President Donald Trump — was recently arrested on a number of criminal charges related to fraud and...

New Bill Would Target Package Thieves

The offense could be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor In recent years, more people than ever before have come to rely on online retailers for everything from holiday shopping to stocking up on their daily necessities. In turn, this has spawned a new crime way:...

Can You Modify Your Sentence?

A motion for resentencing asks a judge to modify a criminal sentence For many people, the criminal justice process is a mystery. Their only experience with it may be through episodes of Law & Order, or what they have seen on other courtroom dramas. While it is...

Proposed Bill Would Lower DUI Limit

If it becomes law, California would join Utah as states with a .05 legal limit It is no secret that DUIs can be incredibly dangerous, and often deadly. Driving under the influence is considered a serious crime under California law, and if two lawmakers have their way,...

Understanding Attempt Crimes

If you intend to commit a crime and perform a direct act towards it, you may be charged with an attempted crime Charges involving “attempt” crimes can often be confusing. It may seem as though something that hasn’t actually happened can’t be charged, but the reality...

Is Driving on Ativan Illegal in California?

Even if you have a prescription, you may be charged with a crime if you drive on Ativan For many people, anxiety is a fact of life. Ativan is often used to treat anxiety, along with other conditions, such as epilepsy and other seizure disorders. It belongs to a class...

California Bench Warrant Basics

A bench warrant puts you at risk of arrest If you’re a fan of criminal justice-type TV shows and movies, you may have heard the term “bench warrant.” It’s a common term used in pop culture, but its meaning isn’t always clear. It is important to know what a bench...

Defending Against a Three Strikes Case

A skilled attorney can use several strategies to defend against a Three Strikes case California has one of the harshest sentencing schemes in the country with its “Three Strikes” law.  Under this law, which was first enacted in the 1990’s, repeated offenders who are...

Can You Use Waze to Avoid DUI Checkpoints?

Some law enforcement believes that the app allows drunk drivers to avoid detection The navigation app Waze is incredibly popular, and for good reason. Waze, powered by Google, allows users to submit real-time traffic updates so that other drivers can avoid hazards...

What is a “Heat of Passion” Murder?

This type of murder is usually charged as voluntary manslaughter Devotees of true crime — or anyone who watches soap operas — may be familiar with the term “heat of passion.” A person may be accused of killing someone, but claims that they did not plan to kill anyone...

How a DUI Can Impact Your Career

The consequences of a DUI go beyond criminal sanctions You may not think that getting a driving under the influence (DUI) charge is that big of a deal. Perhaps most people in your social circle get behind the wheel after a few drinks, so you don’t feel particularly...

What Is the Meaning of Premeditation?

A premeditated murder is one that involves some degree of planning. In California, murder is defined as the unlawful killing of another human being with malice aforethought and without legal justification. This relatively straightforward definition seems simple — but...

What Is Witness Intimidation?

There are a number of ways that this crime may occur. If you have been charged with a criminal offense, it may be tempting to attempt to talk to the witnesses in the case. Perhaps you believe that they have misinterpreted your actions, or that you can explain...

How Is a DUI Counted as a Prior Conviction?

A DUI is a “prior offense” for a period of 10 years. When it comes to driving under the influence (DUI) offenses, there is considerable confusion about what it exactly means to have a conviction on your record. After all, it is technically a criminal offense — but the...

The Connection Between DUIs and Veterans

The study shows an increase from 1.6 to 2.5%. Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol is something that is not limited to any specific type of person. People of all races, religions, classes, and occupations are charged with drinking and driving. As an...

How Are Dash Cams Used in California?

If a dash cam was used, you have a legal right to view the footage. In California, some — but not all — law enforcement vehicles are equipped with dash cameras, or what are commonly referred to as “dash cams.” The technical name for this equipment is Mobile...

California Arrest Rates at Historic Low

The statistics do reveal stark racial disparities in California arrests. One of the big fears of opponents to criminal justice reform in California is that if penalties for crimes were reduced in any way, crime rates would soar. A recent report has demonstrated that...

DUI Arrests Increase Over the Holidays

The California Highway Patrol schedules a maximum enforcement period during the holidays. The holiday season is upon us. Not only are we all treated to endless holiday music in stores, restaurants and seemingly everywhere else, but it is also the time of year for...