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Yes, teenagers, legal troubles can arise from sexting

Remember what it was like to be a teenager?

Most adults flash back occasionally to the wonder years, of course, especially those who now have kids of their own. Some readers of this blog likely had more than their fair share of challenges and setbacks while growing up, with others perhaps remembering little but upsides and strongly positive memories.

Videotape issues lead to adverse court ruling against prosecution

As complex as some legal considerations are, others are fundamentally simple.

And few things could be simpler than the judicial admonition that both sides in a criminal case play fair.

Accessing social media: a win for California defense attorneys

A jarring disconnect in criminal justice fair play was remedied last week by the California Supreme Court, and defense attorneys across the country took due note of it.

Last Thursday’s high-court ruling -- long pushed for by the state’s defense bar and lauded as “so significant” by one commentator – eliminates what had been widely perceived as unfairness that made prosecuting some cases easier and defending them correspondingly harder.

Tale underscores why even arrest sans conviction can be a problem

Alleged criminal offenders in California and elsewhere can sometimes suffer stark personal downsides even if an encounter with police officers does not ultimately yield a conviction.

Take a DUI charge, for instance, or law enforcers’ allegations of a sex crime. An individual battling legal authorities in either of those contexts can suffer loss of personal and professional reputation and be otherwise stigmatized as well, even if all charges are subsequently dropped. Other penalties can also result, like costs incurred via down time at work, paying for court costs and administrative matters and more.

Troublesome questions surrounding widely used DUI breathalyzer

Why might you harbor concerns as a California motorist if the alcohol you consumed at an office party was minimal and you flat-out know you’re well under the legal threshold for drunk driving?

Here’s one reason why: If you are stopped, the state trooper or police officer approaching your car might have an Alcotest 9510 in hand.

Starbucks altercation underscores several criminal defense concerns

What happened recently in a Starbucks outlet in Philadelphia could provide a law school student and fledgling lawyer with about a week’s worth of study material to chew on.

We suspect that most of our readers across California heard about the incident. Ironically, some of them might have been clued in on the details while having a coffee at a local Starbucks shop.

Are you a taxpayer that needs to circle September 28 on your calendar?

Our principal attorney at the long-tenured Bay Area Law Office of John W. Noonan has a deep well of experience representing diverse clients in both state and federal criminal matters.

There can be a world of difference between those two spheres, as we note on our website. Federal investigations, for example, often feature manpower, resources and extended time commitments that are simply unmatched in state criminal probes. Moreover, post-conviction reality is often comparatively dismal for a defendant in a federal case, given the long prison terms that are often handed down in such matters.

Cyber-defamation falsely links man to Parkland shooting

On February 14 of this year, a disturbed individual entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He took out a gun and opened fire, murdering 17 people.

Following this tragedy, the website published an article about the shooter. The headline read, “Reported Florida Shooter Dressed as a Communist, Supported ISIS.” The article was accompanied by a photo of Marcel Fontaine—a Massachusetts resident who had never been to Florida and had nothing to do with the shooting. In the photo, Mr. Fontaine was wearing a novelty T-shirt displaying cartoon images of historical communist party leaders.

New fed proposals re opioid manufacturing, sales, enforcement

Pressure without punishment.

That is how a recent New York Times article succinctly describes a new initiative from the U.S. Department of Justice aimed at curbing the problematic distribution of prescribed narcotic drugs across the country.

San Francisco's 'Dark Prince' may get new trial

An alleged San Francisco swindler known as the “Dark Prince” was found guilty of murder in a 2012 trial in Riverside County. He was sentenced to life in prison. Now he may get a new trial because secret recordings have emerged of the trial judge making biased and homophobic comments about him and other defendants.

For years, the existence of these recordings was rumored. The Desert Sun newspaper obtained and released them last week. Apparently, the alleged con man’s co-defendant left a laptop on a table during a break in the trial, and that laptop recorded the judge’s comments.

Recent Case Results

  • Drunk Driving Offenses

    John was able to get client a reduction of charge of a DUI because of being a nurse it could mean her license.

    He secured a Drunk in Public , and she would attend a 3 month program. Additionally, the dmv hearing was also set aside.

    Both being a win for the client.

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  • Domestic Violence

    A client was arrested for a Felony Domestic Violence, could have devastated her potential for future employment. John was able to get the case dismissed. Client was thrilled.

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  • 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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