California Motion to Suppress Evidence

In California, the prosecution can be prohibited from using any evidence that was gained illegally. This prohibition is not automatic - as the defendant, you must ask the court to suppress any illegally-obtained evidence. This request is made when your attorney files a formal motion to suppress evidence. It is important to understand when evidence […] Read More

Understanding the Arraignment Process

Have you been arrested and are criminal charges in San Diego? If so, it is important to understand how the early phase of the criminal proceedings against you will unfold. The Arraignment hearing is the first official legal proceeding in a criminal case. Here is a brief overview of the Arraignment process in San Diego. […] Read More

Protesters and Criminal Trespassing Charges

SeaWorld is not a stranger to protests. Each summer, many animal rights activists line up in front of the San Diego attraction armed with megaphones and posters. Earlier this summer, SeaWorld asked the San Diego County Superior Court to issue a restraining order against at least three of these protestors. The protesters who were named […] Read More

Harvey Weinstein is the latest Hollywood heavyweight to be accused of sexually-unacceptable behavior. Stories told by dozens of female celebrities and Hollywood insiders have shaken the nation. Some accusations in these stories recall seemingly minor incidents of sexual harassment, while other stories paint a darker image. At least 5 women have accused Weinstein of rape. […] Read More

Understanding Factual Innocence

Every time a person is arrested for a crime in California a record of that arrest is created. It does not matter if the person is actually guilty of the crime. Arrest records in California are available to the public. This means that if you have been wrongfully arrested in California, a record of that […] Read More

Fighting Charges for Being Drunk in Public in San Diego

Earlier this summer, actor Miles Teller was reportedly arrested in Pacific Beach for being drunk in public. Teller was in town visiting a friend when he ran into a San Diego police officer shortly after midnight. The officer described Teller as visibly intoxicated, stating that he was slurring his speech, had difficulty keeping his balance, […] Read More

Think twice before filing a false workers’ compensation claim in California. Filing a fraudulent claim to recover workers’ compensation benefits can have both civil and criminal consequences. The California state government and your employer may not hesitate to press charges and file civil claims against you. If you are accused of workers’ compensation fraud in […] Read More

Violating a Restraining Order in California

When someone feels threatened by another person or fears for the safety of his or her immediate family they may ask a California court to issue a restraining order. A restraining order, if issued, places some legal restrictions on your ability to go about your normal day-to-day activities. Often, restraining orders prevent you from going […] Read More

Drunken driving cases are taken rather seriously in San Diego; the consequences may sometimes be very harsh depending upon the nature and the number of offenses. DUI refers to Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or any other intoxicant. If the driver’s blood alcohol content is above the legal limit of 0.08% as decided by […] Read More

Federal Bank Robbery Charges

An Illinois man is facing federal criminal robbery charges for robbing a PNC bank in Skokie earlier this month. The man entered the bank, slipped a note to the teller, and demanded that she give him cash. Police caught the man in a neighboring Walmart as he attempted to change into a disguise. The man, […] Read More

Consequences of Child Endangerment in California

Child endangerment refers to intentionally putting a child, of age 18 years or under, at risk. The danger may involve physical or psychological harm. Child endangerment is classified among serious felonies. Crimes that can be classified as child endangerment can include a number of different behaviors. Depending upon the severity of the offense, the related […] Read More

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