Sexual Assault Crimes in California

According to RAINN, an American is the victim of sexual assault every 98 seconds. The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault reports that between 2011 and 2012 rape crisis centers in the state served nearly 32,000 victims of sexual assault. Sexual assault is a problem and can have lifelong consequences for victims and perpetrators. The potential […] Read More

If you are arrested for a misdemeanor in California you may wonder if it is worth the effort to hire an attorney to defend you. You may believe that a misdemeanor arrest or conviction may not be a big deal or that it may not have a significant negative effect on your life. It is […] Read More

Do police always need a warrant to arrest you? When can law enforcement search your home or car? Do police need both an arrest warrant and a search warrant? What is the difference between an arrest warrant and a search warrant? These are important questions and it is crucial to understand your basic legal rights […] Read More

How to Protect Your Property From Vandalism?

Vandalism refers to the offense of destroying or defacing someone else’s property without their permission. This includes acts such as breaking windows, drawing graffiti, damaging cars and even damaging or destroying another person’s website. Results of vandalism can be seen on billboards, street signs, building structures, cemeteries and many other public spaces. It is a […] Read More

Last week a California state prosecutor was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. Raymond Liddy, who is the son of the notorious Watergate Scandal participant Gordon Liddy, reportedly downloaded, and possibly forwarded, sexually explicit photographs of children. Liddy pleaded not guilty to the crime and was released on $100,000 bond. If convicted, Liddy […] Read More

There is no statute of limitations in the state of California for any offense which is punishable by death or life in prison, including murder. The embezzlement of public funds also has no statute of limitations. Perhaps one of the primary reasons there is not statute of limitations for the crime of murder, aside from […] Read More

California Fake ID Laws

If you are caught with a fake ID in California you could face some serious consequences. Under California Penal Code 470b PC it is a crime to possess a fake ID with the intent to use it to deceive or defraud another person. Prosecutors can charge this crime as either a misdemeanor or a felony. […] Read More

Is a Hit and Run a Felony in San Diego?

The short answer to the question of whether a hit-and-run is a felony in San Diego is—“It can be.” The circumstances surrounding the hit-and-run, will dictate whether it is charged as a felony or a misdemeanor. Both offenses are very serious, in resulting criminal penalties and long-term consequences. According to the California Office of Traffic […] Read More

Domestic violence is a very serious problem in the United States, and California is no exception. As a result, prosecutors have become particularly zealous in prosecuting domestic violence crimes in California. While this is great in cases where domestic violence has legitimately occurred, it can be disastrous when false allegations are made by a vengeful […] Read More

What Happens After You Are Arrested in San Diego?

If you are wanted for a crime, you are probably wondering what happens after an arrest. At the Law Office of Vikas Bajaj, APC, we have over 16 years experience helping people accused of a crime. To assist you, we put together an infographic that explains the post-arrest process. If you need more information, call […] Read More

What is Clemency?

Clemency occurs when a person from a governmental executive branch makes the decision to pardon a person who has been sentenced to prison time. The President of the United States, or the governor of a state are the persons who grant clemency. However, the governor is only allowed to grant clemency on state-related crimes, while […] Read More

Charges of Public Urination in San Diego

While the majority of people might think charges of public urination are nothing more than a nuisance, in fact, the penalties associated with public urination can be extremely serious, as can the long-term consequences. In the state of California, charges of public urination may go hand in hand with other types of disruptive behaviors, such […] Read More

Public education is a serious issue in the State of California, with as much as $76.6 billion dedicated each year to ensuring public school students are afforded the opportunities they need to thrive. To protect this investment in the education of California’s youth, the state is home to some of the country’s most stringent attendance […] Read More

San Diego Court Records

Court records can be either civil or criminal, however both summarize all the events which occurred during the court date or dates. Court records are public in nature, therefore anyone can request access to the records. A criminal court record is known as a docket, which shows a series of checked boxes and arrows detailing […] Read More

What is Stalking?

California Penal Code § 646.9 governs criminal behavior described as “stalking.” Enacted after several notable murders, Penal Code § 646.9 punishes stalking, which occurs when someone “willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly, follows or…harasses…and makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her safety, or…of his or her […] Read More

Defrauding an Innkeeper in San Diego

Perhaps you have heard of people who go to an expensive restaurant, eat a nice meal, then surreptitiously slip out of the restaurant without paying. Also known as “dine and dash,” this offense is more properly known as defrauding an innkeeper, and can have serious consequences. The crime is detailed under California Penal Code 537, […] Read More

How Bail and Bonds Work

At some point in our lives, we may know someone who is arrested or be arrested ourselves. It is imperative to educate yourself on what you can do to help yourself should you find yourself in this situation. When a loved one is arrested, it is a time sensitive matter. Understanding how bails and bonds […] Read More

What Does it Mean to Dismiss Without Prejudice?

At a time of dwindling resources both in terms of physical facilities and prosecutor/judicial staff, California's criminal courts process over six million cases a year. Even though the vast majority of these cases are resolved by plea bargain, and many of these plea-bargained cases are settled very early in the process, there are still a […] Read More

This infographic outlines the top 8 questions to ask a criminal defense attorney during a free consultation. They are: Where Did You Go To Law School? How Long Have You Been Practicing Law? How Long Have You Been a Criminal Defense Attorney? How Many Criminal Defense Cases Have You Handled? How Many Jury Trials Have […] Read More

Understanding DUID Offenses In San Diego

As the drug overdose crisis deepens, prosecutors in California and elsewhere are filing criminal charges much more aggressively, an attitude that spills over into hard-to-prosecute Driving Under the Influence of Drugs infractions. In 2016, Ventura County prosecutors filed manslaughter charges against several people connected with overdose deaths; in December of that year, Simi Valley authorities […] Read More