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Sentencing and Felonies

June 3, 2013
"Many clients and their families have questions about sentences for felonies as a result of the changes made by the Criminal Justice Realignment Act of 2011 ("CJRA").  This new law applies to any person sentenced on or after October 1, 2011.  The basic purpose of the CJRA is to allow more sentences for felony convictions…
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Court Must Help Stop Unlawful Prosecution Tactics

May 28, 2013
Fifty years ago this week, the United States Supreme Court held in Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963) that the government must disclose to the defense all information favorable to the accused in a criminal prosecution. This obligation, which applies at both the guilt and sentencing phases of the case, is still ignored by…
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Miranda and Self-Incrimination

May 14, 2013
Appellate court rules that specific objection at trial on grounds of self-incrimination is necessary to avoid introduction of precustody/pre-Miranda statements defendant makes to detective On May 10, the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, ruled that a specific objection at trial on the grounds of self-incrimination is necessary to avoid introduction of the defendant’s…
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Sex Crimes–What is a “CSAAS” Expert?

In many cases involving sexual molestation or other sex crimes involving children, it is common for the prosecution (and sometimes the defense) to call a Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome ("CSAAS") expert. This expert, typically a psychiatrist or psychologist, seeks to provide insight to the jury concerning why children are reluctant to disclose sexual abuse and how children attempt to Continue Reading