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What are the Penalties for Robbery in California?

Posted on Sep 20, 2018 by admin
Robbery is an extremely serious criminal charge in the State of California. A guilty plea or conviction can land you in jail for a significant period of time and can subject you to a whole host of other penalties. If you are currently facing robbery charges in California, time is of the essence, and you should retain an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer as soon as you can. At The Law Offices of David S. Chesley, our criminal defense attorneys will work tirelessly to help you obtain the best possible result in your criminal case. In some instances, this may mean an outright dismissal of your robbery charge. In other instances, it may mean a favorable plea deal with the prosecuting attorney or a charge reduction that would allow for a decreased criminal penalty. If the State of California has charged you with robbery, you should contact The Law Offices of David S. Chesley today at 1-800-755-5174, or contact us online to find out more about how we can help you defend your case. Proving Robbery Charges In order for a court to impose a criminal penalty for robbery, the prosecution must be able to demonstrate that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This does not mean, however, that the prosecution must prove its case 100 percent. Instead, it means that the prosecution must prove all of the elements of the robbery crime beyond a doubt which is based upon ordinary common sense and ordinary reason. Under California Penal Code 211, the prosecution must be able to prove the following legal elements – beyond a reasonable doubt – in order to obtain a conviction:
  • That the property which was taken did not belong to the defendant
  • That the property taken was in the physical possession of someone other than the defendant
  • That the property was taken from the victim while the victim was still present
  • That the property was taken from the victim against his or her will
  • That the defendant used force or threat of force to obtain the property from the victim
  • That the defendant had the specific intent to permanently deprive the true owner of his or her property (or deprive him or her of the property for a significant period of time)
If the prosecution is unable to prove one or more of these legal elements beyond a reasonable doubt, then the state cannot obtain a conviction for robbery. Potential Penalties upon Conviction The penalties upon sustaining a conviction for robbery depend upon a number of different factors. One of the most important factors is whether the robbery was committed in the first degree or the second degree. A first-degree robbery occurs when the alleged victim is a passenger or driver of a taxicab, bus, cable car, trackless trolley, subway, or streetcar; the robbery occur after (or while) the alleged victim uses an automatic teller machine (ATM); or the robbery occurs in an inhabited trailer, house, or boat. A conviction for first-degree robbery in the State of California is a felony conviction. Consequently, the conviction can result in a period of formal probation; a period of incarceration lasting three, four, or six years in a state penitentiary; and/or a maximum monetary fine in the amount of $10,000. In the event the accused committed the crime of first-degree robbery in a structure that was inhabited – and committed the crime with two or more other individuals – then the potential prison sentence upon conviction will be for three, six, or nine years. The ultimate decision about the penalty to be imposed upon conviction rests with the sentencing judge who is assigned the case. Second-degree robbery is a less serious offense than first-degree robbery, and the potential penalties imposed upon conviction are less than for first-degree robbery. Pursuant to the California Penal Code, a second-degree robbery is any robbery which occurs in the state and which does not fit within the legal definition of first-degree robbery. A conviction for second- degree robbery can result in any of the following penalties:
  • A period of felony probation
  • A period of incarceration in state prison lasting for two, three, or five years
  • A maximum monetary fine of $10,000 which the defendant must pay
Again, the sentencing judge ultimately determines the penalty upon conviction. Robbery Penalty Enhancements Along with the potential penalties listed above, a robbery conviction can result in various sentence enhancements. One such sentence enhancement is for “great bodily injury.” In other words, if you cause the alleged victim to experience great bodily injury during the commission of a robbery, a judge could tack an additional three to six years onto your criminal sentence. Moreover, if you used a gun to commit the robbery offense, you can receive any one of the following penalties:
  • An additional ten years’ incarceration for using a firearm during the commission of the robbery
  • An additional 20 years’ incarceration if you intentionally fire a gun during the commission of a robbery
  • An additional 25 years’ incarceration for causing the alleged victim to suffer death or grievous bodily injury using a firearm during the commission of the robbery
The “Three Strikes Law” in California California employs a "three strikes law" when it comes to robbery charges. This is because, under the California Penal Code, robbery is deemed a violent felony. Consequently, if you already have a robbery conviction on your criminal record and you later sustain a charge for any felony in the State of California, you will be subject to two times the standard criminal sentence imposed for committing that felony. Moreover, if you incur a total of three of these “strike” convictions, one of which may be a robbery conviction under the California Penal Code, a court can impose a sentence of 25 years’ incarceration to life in prison. Potential Defenses to a Robbery Charge In some cases, you may be able to raise a valid legal defense to your robbery charge. When that happens, the prosecutor may nolle prosse or dismiss your criminal charge, along with your entire criminal case. If that happens, you will not face any criminal penalties for your charge. Potential defenses to the crime of robbery in California include the following:
  • The defendant did not use force or threat of force to commit the crime.
  • The defendant harbored an honest belief that he or she was entitled to the property in question.
  • The defendant was mistakenly identified, and it was someone else who actually committed the crime.
  • The defendant was falsely accused by someone of committing the crime.
Call Us Today to Speak with a California Criminal Defense Attorney Robbery charges should never be taken lightly. If you are currently faced with a robbery charge in the State of California, you should contact The Law Offices of David S. Chesley as soon as possible. Our knowledgeable legal team will work hard to help you obtain the best possible outcome in your criminal case. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a criminal defense lawyer in California, please call us today at 1-800-755-5174 or contact us online.
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California Drug Possession FAQ

Posted on Sep 20, 2018 by admin
A criminal conviction for drug possession or drug trafficking in California can result in serious criminal penalties. The law in California criminalizes two distinct types of drug possession. Those crimes include simple drug possession and possession with the intent to sell. The law also differentiates between possession of controlled substances (i.e., narcotics) and marijuana. There are also separate criminal offenses for phencyclidine (PCP) and methamphetamines. If you are currently facing a drug possession charge in California, the experienced California criminal defense attorneys at The Law Offices of David S. Chesley may be able to help. Our experienced legal team can go over your charge and potential penalties with you and develop a plan for moving your case forward. Call us today at 800-755-5174 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. How does Simple Drug Possession Differ from Possession for Sale? If the defendant is found in possession of any substance which is listed under the California Health and Safety Code, then the prosecutor can charge him or her with simple possession. However, if the prosecutor believes that the defendant possessed the drugs with the intention of selling or distributing them, then the prosecutor can charge the defendant with “possession for sale” or “purchase for the purpose of sale.” What Constitutes Drug Possession in California? There are two types of drug possession which are criminalized under the law. Those include actual physical possession of a drug and constructive drug possession.
  • Actual physical possession of a drug means that the individual actually has the drug present on his or her person. For example, the drug could be hidden in the person’s front or back pants pocket or in the pocket of a jacket or coat which the person is wearing.
  • Constructive possession usually means that the drug is present in the defendant’s immediate vicinity. For example, if drugs are found during a house raid, a person who is merely visiting the home could conceivably be charged with constructive drug possession. The same holds true in the motor vehicle context. Lack of ownership over the home or vehicle may be a valid legal defense in a drug possession case.
What Penalties can be imposed for Drug Possession in California? The potential penalties upon conviction for a California drug possession crime depend upon several factors. Those factors include the type and amount of the drug possessed and the reason why the defendant was possessing the drug. With the passage of Proposition 47 in 2014, drug possession offenses became punishable only as a misdemeanor in California. Moreover, individuals serving time for drug possession charges in a state prison were allowed to file a petition with the court for resentencing. However, under this new law, not every inmate is eligible to petition the court for resentencing. This includes individuals who have been convicted of murder or rape or are registered sex offenders. Following the passage of Proposition 47, possession of controlled dangerous substances which are not marijuana is always punished as a misdemeanor, rather than as a felony. A conviction for drug possession of this type can land a person in the county jail (rather than the state prison) for a maximum of one year. Drugs which qualify as controlled dangerous substances in California include the following:
  • Schedule I opiates and opium derivatives
  • Cocaine
  • Mescaline
  • Peyote
  • Synthetic cannabis
  • Schedule II narcotics
  • Schedule II opiates
  • Schedule III hallucinogens
  • Schedule III, IV, or V drugs
Marijuana possession, however, is penalized differently than other drugs under the law. Specifically, if an individual is found in possession of greater than 28.5 grams of marijuana (with the exception of concentrated cannabis), he or she can be incarcerated for a maximum of six months and/or fined a maximum of $500. If the individual found in possession of marijuana (28.5 grams or less) is 18 years of age or younger, he or she will receive an infraction. This typically requires that the individual complete a mandatory drug education course, along with a specified number of community service hours. What are the Potential Penalties for Possessing Concentrated Cannabis? Individuals found in possession of a maximum of eight grams of concentrated cannabis are not breaking any California law. However, possessing over eight grams of concentrated cannabis can lead to a maximum of one years’ incarceration and/or a maximum monetary fine of $500. How is Marijuana Possession Handled in California? Under Proposition 64, recreational marijuana has been decriminalized, pursuant to the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. Under this new law, adults who are 21 years of age or older are allowed to buy, possess, and consume a maximum of 28.5 grams of marijuana. The law also permits them to consume eight grams of marijuana at their home or residence – or even in an establishment which holds a license for marijuana consumption. Although limited consumption is legal under the new law, users are not permitted to smoke marijuana while operating a motor vehicle. They are also prohibited from smoking marijuana in any location where tobacco products are prohibited, as well as in most public places. In addition to these general prohibitions, Californians are not permitted to possess marijuana on school grounds or on the grounds of a youth center, day care center, or other public place where children are present. Individuals may grow a maximum of six marijuana plants in their private residence. However, the residence is required to be locked and may not be visible from a public vantage point. The new California laws regarding marijuana do not change anything with regard to medical marijuana. Moreover, medical patients who have a doctor’s recommendation do not have to pay a state sales tax on medical marijuana. What are Possible Legal Defenses for California Drug Possession Crimes? If you have been charged with drug possession in California, you may have one or more legal defenses available to you. These defenses can be hard to spot, however, so it’s important to have a qualified California criminal defense attorney review your case. Some common defenses in drug possession cases include:
  • Medical necessity – Specifically, you may be able to allege that you have a medical condition warranting limited drug use and/or that you are in possession of a valid prescription issued by a licensed physician.
  • Unlawful search and seizure – You may be able to allege that the drugs in question were found pursuant to an improperly issued search warrant or following an invalid search or seizure that violated your Fourth Amendment rights.
  • Entrapment – You may be able to allege that police officers or investigators utilized improper tactics or that they entrapped or illegally coerced you into committing the drug crime.
  • Faulty lab analysis – You may be able to challenge any lab analysis that was performed on the drugs in question, in order to show that you possessed a smaller amount of the drug than prohibited by law.
Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney in California Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation If you have been charged with a drug possession crime in California, you need experienced legal representation in your corner advocating for you at all times. The experienced California criminal defense lawyers at The Law Offices of David S. Chesley can advocate for you throughout your criminal case, including at all criminal court proceedings and trials. The potential consequences of a drug possession conviction are too great for you to handle your criminal case alone. Therefore, to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a criminal defense lawyer in California, please call us today at 1-800-755-5174, or contact us online.
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4 Benefits of Expungement in California

Posted on Sep 20, 2018 by admin
If you have been charged with a crime in the State of California, you will still have a criminal record which can be viewed by members of the general public. This is true even if you were never convicted. Fortunately, however, California law allows for some criminal charges to be removed for a person's criminal record, offering them a clean slate. Expungement means that a guilty plea or conviction on a person’s criminal record is withdrawn. It is then replaced with a not-guilty plea, after which the court dismisses the criminal case. While California criminal courts routinely grant expungements, not every criminal conviction is eligible for expungement. If you have been charged or convicted of a crime, the experienced California criminal defense lawyers at The Law Offices of David S. Chesley will be able to determine if you are eligible to have your record expunged. To schedule a free consultation with a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles, call us today at 1-800-755-5174 or contact us online. Qualifying for a Criminal Records Expungement in California In order to apply for a criminal records expungement in California, you must first meet certain criteria. Those criteria include the following:
  • You must not be serving a term of probation when you are petitioning the court for expungement.
  • You must not have been charged with any other crime.
  • The crime which you want to be expunged must have been a misdemeanor or a felony which could have been prosecuted as a misdemeanor.
If the charge you want to be expunged was a felony charge that resulted in a period of incarceration, you do not qualify for a records expungement. The same is likely true if the underlying crime involved a sexual offense perpetrated against a minor or a motor vehicle violation which caused two or more points to be added to your driving record. Moreover, in order for your criminal record to qualify for expungement, you must have paid all court-ordered fines and restitution for the underlying offense. Expunging a Felony Conviction The only felonies eligible for expungement in California are “wobbler” charges. In a nutshell, these are felony charges which could have been prosecuted as misdemeanors under the law. In order to expunge a “wobbler” charge from your criminal record, you must ask the court to reduce the charge at issue from a felony to a misdemeanor. In most cases, if the offender can prove to the sentencing judge that he or she has taken responsibility for all criminal actions and has successfully rehabilitated, the judge will likely grant the charge reduction petition and reduce the charge to a misdemeanor. In that case, the charge will be eligible for expungement and dismissal. In the case of other felony convictions, the expungement process depends upon whether the defendant was sentenced to jail time and probation versus a state prison sentence. In the latter case, the defendant can only obtain a dismissal if he or she has lived in the same county for a period of five years. The defendant must also file a petition and prove to the judge that he or she is trying to change for the better. Cost of a Records Expungement Expunging a criminal record in California can cost anywhere from $100 up to about $400. The exact amount of the fee depends upon the courthouse where the defendant files his or her expungement petition. If you hire an attorney to help you expunge your record, the fee will likely be higher. At The Law Offices of David S. Chesley, our California criminal defense lawyers will work with you to provide a plan for expungement services that is affordable and meets your needs. Benefits of a Criminal Records Expungement There are significant benefits associated with expunging a criminal record. Those benefits include the following:
  • Helping you find a good job – Criminal background checks on prospective employees are becoming more and more common among employers. A criminal background check on a prospective employee will reveal all of the job applicant’s prior convictions, as well as prior arrests. The background check will also show whether or not the job applicant has ever been placed on a period of criminal probation. Also, during job interviews, most employers will ask a prospective employee if he or she has ever been convicted of a crime in the past. A records expungement allows a prospective employee to answer "no" to that question truthfully. Moreover, employers may not consider an expunged conviction revealed as part of a background check when making a hiring decision.
  • Helping you obtain a state license – Many professions, including the legal profession and the medical profession, require a state license in order to practice. The same is true for contractors and real estate professionals. Even if your record is successfully expunged, you must still disclose your prior conviction in response to any question asking for this information – including an application to hold public office. However, many state licensing agencies will overlook a prior conviction if it was successfully expunged from an applicant’s criminal record.
  • Helping you become a member of a professional organization – Similar to employers, many professional organizations perform criminal background checks on prospective members. However, a criminal records expungement helps to lessen the impact of any prior conviction and makes it more likely that the applicant will be offered the position or seat in a professional organization.
  • Helping you in court – In civil trials, if you are on the witness stand, the opposing attorney cannot use a prior expunged conviction to bring your credibility as a witness into question. In a civil case, such as a personal injury case, this expungement benefit may help you, since your personal testimony can be extremely important o the outcome of your case. In a criminal case, however, opposing counsel may be able to bring up a prior expunged conviction at trial in order to call your credibility (i.e. your propensity for truthfulness or untruthfulness) into question.
Interested in Expungement? Call a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer Today If you are trying to obtain a records expungement in a California criminal case, having an experienced lawyer on your side can make all the difference. An experienced lawyer can first review all of the circumstances which are pertinent to your charge or conviction and determine whether or not you are eligible for a criminal records expungement. A lawyer can also help you complete all of the necessary paperwork to help you petition the court for a charge reduction (i.e. reducing a felony down to a misdemeanor), if necessary, as well as obtain a records expungement. Finally, a lawyer can represent you throughout your expungement proceedings and can attend any courtroom proceedings with you. A records expungement can provide you with a sense of relief and will allow you to move on with your life. If you are interested in learning more about a criminal records expungement in California, you should contact the skilled legal team at The Law Offices of David S. Chesley. Our team has successfully pursued hundreds of records expungement cases and is ready to review your case today. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a California criminal defense lawyer, please call us today at 1-800-755-5174, or contact us online.
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California Statutory Rape Charges – Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on Aug 30, 2018 by admin
According to the CDC, 40% of teens reported being sexually active in 2017. However, sex with a minor remains illegal. Statutory rape can lead to significant penalties, including probation, fines, and even jail time.  In this post, we hope to address many of the common questions that are raised with regard to statutory rape.Continue reading →
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How A DUI Conviction Can Affect Your Professional License

Posted on Aug 30, 2018 by admin
The most recent report available from the California DMV indicates that over 160,000 people were arrested for DUI (Driving Under the Influence) in 2013. Drinking and driving is a serious issue, and many otherwise law-abiding and productive members of society get behind the wheel after they’ve had a few glasses of wine with dinner or some after-work beers with colleagues. If you’ve been arrested for DUI, it’s imperative that you contact a defense attorney in Los Angeles as soon as you can.Continue reading →
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Did the Police Find Drugs in Your Car During a Routine Traffic Stop? The Police May Have Violated Your Rights

Posted on Aug 30, 2018 by admin
It’s an all too common scenario: the police make a routine traffic stop for some small infraction such as failing to use your turn signal. The next thing you know, the police are searching your car - looking under the seats, in the trunk, in the glove box, and rifling through your possessions. Then they find drugs and you’re charged with, at a minimum, possession of a controlled substance. The next thing you know, you’re being told that you could be facing jail time and a drug conviction on your permanent criminal record.Continue reading →
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Potential Defenses in a California Domestic Violence Case

Posted on Aug 8, 2018 by admin
In general, when it comes to California domestic violence cases, a common perception is that the criminal justice system tends to favor the accusers. False domestic violence charges in California, however, are unfortunately all too common, and domestic violence conviction can lead to a myriad of serious consequences. Those consequences may include criminal fines, jail time, and protective orders being issued against you – as well as irreparable harm to your reputation.Continue reading →
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How a Sex Crime Conviction can affect the Rest of Your Life

Posted on Aug 8, 2018 by admin
Generally speaking, a sex crime is any crime of a sexual nature. Although the specific penalties upon conviction may vary depending upon the nature of the charge, a sex crime conviction can affect you for many years to come. As a result, if you're facing allegations of a sex crime, you should speak to a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer as soon as you can.Continue reading →
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Do You Need a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer for a First-Time DUI?

Posted on Aug 8, 2018 by admin
Many Californians – even after consuming a significant amount of alcohol – rationalize that they will be “okay” driving home from the bar or party. This is especially common when it is late at night, the person is tired, and he or she is anxious to get home. The driver may even figure that given the late hour, police officers will not be out patrolling. This can be a serious mistake and error in judgment and can result in a first-time California DUI charge or conviction.Continue reading →
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DMV HEARING

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 by admin
If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, you only have 10 days to request a hearing with the DMV, or you risk having your license suspended. At The Law Offices of David S. Chesley, our attorneys specialize in DUI cases and will treat your DMV hearing exactly like a criminal case.Continue reading →
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Is your DUI a felony or misdemeanor?

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 by admin
If this is your first DUI, you might be confused and not know what to expect. When you call our law firm, one of the first things we’ll ask is if your DUI is a felony or misdemeanor. Usually it is a misdemeanor, which means an attorney can take care of your DUI without youContinue reading →
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Eric Garner and Excessive Force

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 by admin

Eric Garner and his wife.

By now most people are familiar with the story of Eric Garner’s death. An unarmed black man dies after an encounter with the police where an officer (Daniel Pantaleo) puts Garner on a chokehold. The Garner story has brought up a lot of tension between the police department responsible for Garner’s death and the community.Continue reading →
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Michael Brown Shooting, What We Know.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 by admin
Michael Brown, 18 years old, was shot on August 9, 2014 by Darren Wilson, 28, who was a Ferguson police offices at the time of the shooting. Shortly before the shooting took place, Brown robbed a convenience that was close by, where he took a $48.99 box of cigarillos. Wilson, who was on duty atContinue reading →
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Police Enforcement Demolishes Home to Serve DUI Warrant.

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 by admin
Innocent people often get injured and sometimes killed when police serve warrants, even for minor offenses. Police may even destroy your home or property and will not stop until they finish the job. This story is evidence of what can happen when police serve a warrant, even when it’s for a non violent crime. Although thisContinue reading →
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Former Deputy Sheriff James Sexton Convicted of Conspiracy and Obstruction of Justice

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 by admin
A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy, James Sexton was convicted of conspiracy and obstruction of justice yesterday, August, 16th. Sexton, 29 was found guilty during a federal retrial. In Sexton’s first trial the jury could not agree, with their votes tied 6-6, the prosecutors decided to retry Sexton. In a separate trial, Sexton’s six co-defendants were convicted and are awaiting sentencing.Continue reading →
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Forme L.A. Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested Under Suspicion of Child Pornography Distribution

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 by admin
Lorne Reed, 32, an ex Los Angeles county sheriff’s deputy was arrested on Wednesday under the suspicion of distributing child pornography. Police came to his home in Santa Fe Springs, where Reed was arrested without any incident. Law enforcement from multiple agencies arrived at his home in the morning with a search warrant, Reed at homeContinue reading →
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11 Arrested at Jay Z/Beyonce Concert

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 by admin

On Saturday, 11 people were arrested at a concert that took place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. 55 Thousand Fans came to see Jay and Beyonce perform. Out of those 55 thousand, 8 were arrested for public drunkenness, 2 people for ticket scalping and 1 man who was accused of biting another man’s finger tip off.

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LAPD Using New Computer Techniques to Predict Crimes

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 by admin

The LAPD says they are now using a new tool to help them lower the crime rate. What the LAPD is calling “predictive policing” is a technique were the police use a computer that takes data from all types of crime in a specific area.

Computer algorithms take this data and maps out 500 squareContinue reading →


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Elliot Rodger’s Attacks UCSB Students: Six Dead, Thirteen Injured

Posted on May 30, 2014 by admin

With all the tragedy around the world, it is sad when tragedy strikes so close to home. With the murder of 6 UCSB students, locals are mourning and asking themselves how this happened.

It was last Friday when Elliot Rodgers, a former student a UCSB went on a killing rampage.  Rodger’s therapist contacted his motherContinue reading →


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Woman Injured, Dog Killed in Sacramento Shooting

Posted on May 28, 2014 by admin

Yesterday Evening on Olmstead Drive, Sacramento one person was injured and a dog was killed during a drive by shooting.

The Police Department was called at 6:55 in the afternoon about a reported shooting. The injured person was a woman, who sustained a shot in the leg and was immediately transported to UC Davis Medical Center.

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Universal CityWalk: One Dead and Three Injured During Officer Involve Shooting

Posted on May 13, 2014 by admin

Yesterday Morning, James White Jr. was killed during an officer-involved shooting. White was shot when police officers opened fire in Universal City Walk after hearing gunfire and seeing an individual with a gun. The shooting took place near the Infusion lounge.

The L.A. County Fire Department pronounced the suspected gunman dead at the scene ofContinue reading →


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Mourning of LAPD Officer Killed in Collision Continues

Posted on May 5, 2014 by admin

LAPD Officer Roberto Sanchez, was killed early in the morning of Saturday May, 3rd. According to the LAPD, Officer Sanchez was involved in a Hit & Run accident at 3:45 am, when an SUV “T-boned” his patrol car, killing Officer Sanchez andContinue reading →


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California DNA Collection Law For Felony Arrests Upheld

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 by admin

Much to the dismay of various civil liberties advocates who have challenged the law, a five year old California law that permits the collection of DNA sample during a felony arrest is being upheld. The samples may be collected without a judge’s review over the matter and even if criminal charges are not pressedContinue reading →


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Homeless Man in Prison for Vehicle Theft and Animal Cruelty

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 by admin

Mateo’s 2 year old daughter with Maru

Danny Fis, a 30 year old homeless man has been sentenced to sixteen months in prison for stealing a van with a dog inside of it and ultimately causing the dog’s death. Fis plead “no contest” to both the vehicle theft and animal cruelty charges, according to a statement from the L.A. County District Attorney.Continue reading →
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Victory in the Courts for Gun Rights Advocates in California

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 by admin

On Thursday, the 20th, A federal appeals court overturned some restrictions that will allow gun owners to carry a concealed weapon. The majority of votes said that the restrictions imposed on gun owners are in violation of the 2nd amendments right to bear arms.

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Eighteen Sheriff’s Deputies Charged With Engaging In Corruption and Civil Right Abuses.

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 by admin

Eighteen current and former Los Angeles County deputies are currently facing charges for engaging in corruption and civil right abuses. The charges include beating inmates and visitors, as well as falsifying reports and trying to block an FBI investigation.

The charges were announced yesterday after 16 of the 18 deputies were arrested. The two deputiesContinue reading →


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Reward Offered for Information on the Hit and Run that Killed a Probation Officer

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 by admin

On Wednesday, a 50 thousand dollar reward was offered for any information that may lead to the arrest and conviction of the person who committed the fatal hit and run that killed Kenneth Hamilton, an employee with the Los Angeles County Probation Department.

On October 28, Kenneth Hamilton was struck and killed, while riding his Continue reading →


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Child Shot Multiples Times During Gang Related Shooting

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 by admin

Last night an adult in his 20s and a 5 year old child were shot in Orange Avenue, Long Beach. The child, a 5 year old playing in his yard is believed to be an innocent bystander in a gang-related shooting targeted at the adult. The shooting took place just before 7:00 p.m. When policeContinue reading →


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State Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Father Shot During Home Invasion

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 by admin

The Father of California State Assemblyman Mike Gatto, Joseph Gatto was found dead at his residence in Silver Lake Wednesday night. A member of the Gatto family arrived at their home to find 78 year old Joseph’s body over a desk. Firefighters arrived just past 8 pm to conduct a death investigation, the investigation determinedContinue reading →


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Former Texas Prosecutor, Ken Anderson Convicted of Criminal Contempt

Posted on Nov 10, 2013 by admin

A former Texas district attorney plead guilty to intentionally failing to disclose evidence. Ken Anderson, former district attorney for Williamson County will be serving 10 days in jail and is giving up his license to practice law. Anderson withheld information that led to the conviction of an innocent man, Michael Morton,Continue reading →


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Sam’s Club Shoppers Accidentally Discharge a Gun Outside the Store

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 by admin

A southern California man, Robert Duncan and his wife, Helen Marie Duncan were arrested after a gun Helen was carrying inside a fanny pack accidentally went off outside of Sam’s club in Glendora.

The incident took place outside the Sam’s club located at 1300 block of South Lone Hill Avenue just beforeContinue reading →


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California Punishes Sex Offenders Who Tamper With Their GPS Devices

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 by admin

California Governor Jerry Brown

On Saturday Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation requiring sex offenders who disarm or disable their GPS trackers while on parole to return to jail.

A recent investigation showed that because of jail crowding many sex offenders who were detained for tampering with their GPS devices were released immediately after they wereContinue reading →


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San Diego Man Arrested for Marijuana Possesion and Child Endangerment

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 by admin

A 23 year old man from San Diego, Christopher Palmer is currently being held in custody after police officers found dozens of cannabis plant along with 13 puppies, 3 adult dogs and a 3 month old baby at his home.

Firefighter’s arrived at Palmer’s home in the City Heights after a garage fire was reported Continue reading →


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Undocumented Immigrants in California Will be Eligible to Receive a Driver’s License

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 by admin

Luis Alejo (left) being congratulated by fellow lawmakers on AB60

Joining nine other states and the District of Columbia, California is giving driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. An issues that has come up many times in recent years, California was among the first states to give driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants consideration.

Senator Gil CedilloContinue reading →


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Deputy of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Charge With Lewd Acts with a Minor

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 by admin

Deputy John Rose (left) along with a colleague.

John Augustus Rose, A deputy of the Los Angeles county sheriff’s department was arrested after allegations of him having sexual relation with an underage girl arose.

When the sheriff’s department became aware of the allegations against deputy Rose, they immediately commenced an investigation to look into the matter.Continue reading →


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How the War on Drugs is Changing

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 by admin

Currently, the United States imprisons more people than any other country, a large portion of U.S. prisoners are there because of drug sentencing policies that are not helping people in need, instead they are throwing nonviolent drug offenders into state prisons along with violent criminals.

Because of the policies and mandatory minimums that are tiedContinue reading →


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Undocumented Immigrant Fights for His Right to Practice Law

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 by admin

Sergio Garcia

On Wednesday, Sergio Garcia, 36, was the subject of a Supreme Court hearing in California. Garcia is an undocumented immigrant who was brought to the U.S. as a baby, then returned to Mexico when he was 9 and came back to the U.S. at the age of 17. He graduated from high schoolContinue reading →


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Costs of a first time DUI

Posted on Aug 28, 2013 by admin

In the United States, DUIs are the most frequently committed crimes. It is estimated that DUIs account for 32% of all fatal car accidents.

Because of the dangers of drunk driving, strict penalties have been put in place for DUI offenders. For a first time DUI you could face jail time, loose your driver’s licenseContinue reading →


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Landlord’s Property Seized by Federal Government

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 by admin

After an undercover Anaheim police officer used a doctor’s recommendation to purchase marijuana from a medical marijuana dispensary located at one of Tony Jalali’s office spaces, the federal government began proceeding in order to seize the building in which the sale of marijuana took place in.

Jalali’s building consists of 12 offices and is worthContinue reading →


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What to do When You are Pulled Over for a DUI

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 by admin

Drinking and driving is a very serious offense that can lead to serious injuries and may even lead to death. You should never drive under the influence of alcohol or any other mind altering substance. The information below is a guideline on what to do if you are pulled over for a DUI, and yourContinue reading →


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Loophole Fixed in California Rape Law

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 by admin

Early this year in People v. Morales, the court overturned a rape conviction of a man who posed as a woman’s boyfriend as she slept in order to have sex with the victim. The court ruled that California’s rape law covered impersonators, however the court said, only when the impersonator acts as a spouse.

BecauseContinue reading →


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Felony DUI

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 by admin

Under California law driving under the influence is usually a misdemeanor offense. Unlike in other states, in California blood alcohol level has no impact on how the offense is charged. There are only three factors that can make a DUI a felony instead of a misdemeanor.

4 or more subsequent DUIs within a periodContinue reading →


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Applying for Deferred Action (DACA)

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 by admin

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain young people who were brought to this country illegally through no fault of their own, will be allowed to apply for deferred action for a period of two years.

The requirement for applying are as follows:


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Blood Alcohol Content

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 by admin

In the United States it is illegal to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content) level of 0.08% or higher. For a minor the legal limit is lower at 0.01%. BAC level will be used as evidence to prove that a person was driving while intoxicated.

If you are pulled over for a DUIContinue reading →


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Eric Holder Proposes Changes in our Justice Department

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 by admin

Attorney General Eric Holder

Attorney General Eric Holder has announced a new policy in our Justice Department, under this new policy low level, nonviolent drug offenders who are not tied to gangs or drug organizations will no longer be charged with offenses that require mandatory minimum sentences.

Holder revealed this new policy at the AmericanContinue reading →


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California Releasing Around 1,000 Inmates Early.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 by admin

Overcrowding in a CA State Prison

California, currently under court orders to minimize the crowding of their prisons by the end of the year is facing a tough time figuring out how to relocate 9,600 inmates. Officials claim that they may be forced to free about 1,000 inmates before they complete their prison sentences.

ManyContinue reading →


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How to Behave During an Arrest

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 by admin

Today we will talk about a few guidelines to follow if you are being arrested. While these do not cover every situation, they will give you an overview of how to deal with an arrest.

Be polite:

If you are stopped by a police officer, stay calm, be polite and courteous. If you believe youContinue reading →


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High School Teacher Facing One Year in Jail After Pleading Guilty to Six Counts of Sex Crimes

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 by admin

Elizabeth Whitehurst at her trial in San Bernardino County

A former High school teacher is facing a year in jail after she plead guilty to sex crimes she committed with three of her students. Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 28, faced 41 felony counts of sex crimes, on Wednesday she plead guilty to two counts for oral copulation andContinue reading →


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DUI penalties

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 by admin

In the United States there is a DUI-related fatality every hour, because of this most states have made their laws and penalties regarding DUIs more severe, especially when dealing with repeat offenders.

Here we have an overview of the most common penalties you will face when charged with a DUI

Fines:

Fines for DUI casesContinue reading →


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Riot in Huntington Beach Sunday 7/28/2013

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 by admin

Looters breaking into a bike shop in Huntington Beach

Sunday night a violent group of rioters broke away from the thousand gathered at Huntington Beach for the Vans U.S. open for surfing. Vehicles, street signs, newspaper racks, and a bike shop were damaged during the incident.

According to police and witnesses the violence started after Continue reading →


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Police Officer Fired, After Voicing Concerns Over Ticket Quota

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 by admin

Former Auburn police officer, Justin Hanners

A former police officer of Auburn, Alabama has recently spoken out against the police department’s ticket quota tactics. “When I first heard about the quotas I was appalled.” says Justin Hanners, whose refusal to drop the issue of ticket quotas lost him his job.

“I got into law enforcementContinue reading →


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Hundreds Marched Against Police Brutality

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 by admin

Protestors gathered in Anaheim

On Sunday, hundreds of civilians marched through Anaheim, marking the one year anniversary of a police shooting that killed Manuel Diaz, 25, who was unarmed.

The demonstration also focused on the police brutality that has taken place in Anaheim recently. The day after police shot Manuel Diaz, another police shooting tookContinue reading →


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Hollywood’s Roaming Robbers

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 by admin

Band of robbers in Hollywood Boulevard

Tuesday night a band of robbers tore through Hollywood Boulevard. Police believe these are the same juveniles who broke off from the Zimmerman protest in the Crenshaw district and attacked people earlier this week.

Los Angeles Police Department’s Sergeant Johnson said “I think this specific group came up to Continue reading →


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Los Angeles Zimmerman Protests continue

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 by admin

Protestor gathered at Leimert Park

After the fourth day of protest over the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Los Angeles police have vowed to crack down on disorderly conduct. On Monday night, the police department said that protesters will no longer be able to march on the streets, as the department allowed on previous nights. Instead,Continue reading →


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Largest Prison Hunger Strike in California History

Posted on Jul 13, 2013 by admin

Supporters of the inmates protesting outside twin towers correction facility

Monday morning nearly 30,000 inmates stopped eating in order to protest prison conditions and rules. The protest has spread over two-thirds of California prisons, and many inmates are also refusing to attend their work assignments.

The strike is centered on the state’s solitary confinement practicesContinue reading →


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Detroit, Nearly Bankrupt and Paying its Lawyers $1000 an Hour

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 by admin

Detroit, currently facing a $380 million deficit is paying its lawyers $1,000 an hour because as Charlie Langton, a legal analyst at WWJ (A Detroit based TV Channel) explains it “that’s the going rate.”

Jones Day, the company hired by Detroit government to restructure its finances has already stacked a bill of $1.4 million accordingContinue reading →


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Couple Arrested in Davis for Indecent Exposure

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 by admin

Wenyi Xu and Nicholas Bowen

Davis police have arrested a couple under charges of indecent exposure and lewd acts in public after a city park worker saw Wenyi Xu, 30, flashing bicyclists.

Police say the couple was targeting kids at a popular Davis bike trail yesterday morning at 9:30 am. Her accomplice, Nicholas Bowen, 61Continue reading →


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Criminal Law

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 by admin

Criminal law is the area of our justice system that relates to behavior that is dangerous to the public, or damaging to society. This behavior labeled as “crime” is punishable by monetary fines, prison or jail sentences, or other means of punishment. What exactly is labeled a crime, and what its corresponding punishment is varies Continue reading →


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Arson Suspect Faces Charges for Nine Fires

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 by admin

The Mill Fire in Yucaipa

On Wednesday, July 10, 2013, Stephen Taylor Rutherford, 47, was charged with 13 felony counts of arson.  He has been accused with the burning of more than 600 acres in the San Bernardino and Riverside counties, including the Mills Fire in Yucaipa. Rutherford is currently behind bars with a set Continue reading →


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  • Multiple defendants each facing 7 years charged with smuggling prescription drugs into California from Mexico our client was the only defendant who received NO JAIL TIME!

  • Client facing 5 years for possession of deadly weapon we negotiated a plea for NO JAIL TIME!

  • Client facing 3 life terms for multiple felony counts of Child Molestation and Sodomy with child we proved the charges were fabricated by victims mother DISMISSAL of all charges at preliminary hearing!

  • Strike case: Client charged with possession of methamphetamine facing 25 years we filed a Romero Motion which was granted case REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR!

  • Client's estranged girlfriend alleged Client broke into her room and choked her facing 14 years in State Prison we won at trial JURY ACQUITTAL.

  • Police allegedly discovered 3 bags of marijuana in client's glove box faced 6 years we filed a 1538.5 motion to suppress resulting in DISMISSAL of all charges!

  • Client allegedly sold rock cocaine to undercover officer faced 10 years following our argument client received NO JAIL TIME!

  • Client facing 15 years for Armed Robbery we proved misidentification Judge DISMISSED the case!

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