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