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

Appeals Court Examines San Diego Police Tactics

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will soon decide how far San Diego police can go to "get the bad guy" before they cross the line. Ironically, the lawsuit currently before the court does not involve a "bad guy," and according to some civil libertarians, that it exactly the problem. The case […] Read More

An Army National Guard veteran who served in Iraq shot dozens of people at a Florida airport, highlighting the particularized needs of military veterans when they run afoul of the criminal justice system. 26-year-old Esteban Santiago received a general discharge from the ANG shortly after his tour of duty in Iraq. According to friends and relatives, […] Read More

Advocates Temporarily Halt Prop. 66

In a decision affecting 749 death row inmates, the California Supreme Court blocked the controversial Proposition 66 and asked the parties to provide legal briefs. Voters narrowly approved changes to California's capital punishment system that would have essentially moved cases through the system more quickly. In the lawsuit, former California Attorney General John Van de Kamp said […] Read More

Holiday Saturation Enforcement Campaigns

'Tis the season to be jolly, and it also 'tis the season for California Highway Patrol officers to keep an extra sharp lookout for people who are a little bit too jolly and/or are on the naughty list. California law enforcement officers will participate in two STEP programs this December. First, there is the perennial […] Read More

Understanding Expungement In California

Criminal records in the Golden State have always been available to anyone who cared to look them up. However, until just a few years ago, such efforts involved sifting through literally millions of civil and criminal records to find ones that belonged to a certain person, as as such efforts were often fruitless,many employers and […] Read More

Drug addiction takes a terrible toll on the addicts, their families, and society at large. The criminal courts have been stretched beyond the breaking point, in large part because drug addicts are clogging up the system. There are two possible solutions for this problem: more incarceration or more treatment to break the grip that drugs […] Read More

Social media outlets have removed many of these built-in filters that could once defuse tense situations. The anonymity of the Internet compounds the problem because insults can be hurled at someone that a person does not know. These insults can be shared with thousands--or even millions--at the touch of a button. A situation of this […] Read More

A San Diego teacher was found guilty of having sex with her male student and sentenced to two years in prison on Friday, July 29, 2016.  Toni Sutton, 38 years old, was convicted on two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Additionally, she will have to register as a sex offender for the […] Read More