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December 2014 Archives

Could your genes indicate the possibility of committing a crime?

No parent or guardian wants to hear that their child has been arrested for committing a crime. That's because, try as most parents might, without considerable knowledge of the law, it's hard for parents to truly teach the difference between what is legal and what is illegal, thereby preventing a crime from occurring in the first place. On top of that, without an understanding of the juvenile criminal justice system, it is often difficult for parents to prepare a child for the challenges ahead.

The difference between multiple charges and double jeopardy

Most people are familiar with the concept of double jeopardy. Present in both the United States Constitution as well as Article 1, Section 13 of the California Constitution, the jeopardy doctrine protects an individual, who has been convicted or acquitted, from being tried again for the same offense.

Cosby case raises questions about statute of limitations

Did you know that here in California, as well as other states across the nation, there is a statute of limitations when it comes to prosecuting certain crimes? With a statute of limitations, law enforcement has a certain number of years in which to prosecute someone for a crime before the law "forbids prosecutors from charging someone with [that] crime." This is true with the exception of some crimes such as murder, as we pointed out in an August post.

Proposition 47 has passed! What does this mean now for prisoners?

Back in October, as some of our more frequent readers here in Pleasanton may remember, we discussed in a post the pros and cons of Proposition 47, a bill that, if passed, would change how the law classified certain nonviolent crimes and how prosecutors and the courts were allowed to handle sentencing in the event of a conviction.

Even an idle threat can lead to criminal charges in California

Growing up can be a challenge. Between school and day-to-day life, children are constantly bombarded with difficult situations and seemingly impossible choices that require them to weigh the pros and cons in order to reach the best resolution. But making the best choice oftentimes requires considerable knowledge and life experiences, something a child or teenager may not have just yet.

Recent Case Results

  • Juvenile Charges

    A juvenile was arrested for 2nd Degree Robbery. After 6 months the case was dismissed.

    A juvenile was arrested for Sexual Battery. After 6 months and 80 hours of Community service, the case was dismissed.

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  • Drunk Driving Offenses

    A client with a 1st DUI arrest. Fearing she would go to jail; lose her license for a year and lose her job. Got a wet reckless and minimal fines.

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  • Drug Charges

    A client with 4 Felony charges on a Transportation Charge, a Attempt to Sell, Possession of Marijuana, (50 pounds), Conspiracy Charge all where reduced to 1 Misdemeanor. No Jail.

    Client was charged with 6 Felony drug possessions. Facing jail time. The results: Client got a deferred entry of judgment and then dismissed.

    Client charged with several felony counts of possession of Marijuana with intent to sell. Client was involved in a medical marijuana grow. Case was reduced and later dismissed.

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  • Sex Crimes

    A client with alleged 2 Felony Sex charges and he faced jail and sex registration. The case was entirely dismissed.

    Client charged with prostitution; facing jail time and sex offender registration. Result: NO JAIL TIME AND NO SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION Deferred Entry of Judgment.

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  • Domestic Violence

    Client charged with domestic violence, with great bodily injury. Case reduced to a misdemeanor with time served.

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