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Proposition 47 cited as evidence that criminal law reform works

California stands out starkly from most other states when incarceration-linked numbers are crunched by statisticians and demographers.

Reportedly, the state has reduced its prison population in recent years by more than 20%. That is a startling reduction, given the still-lingering effects of "tough-on-crime policies" that continue to inform sentencing guidelines and outcomes across large pockets of the country.

They've failed before: Will new CA lineup proposals fly?

A California man was identified from a photo lineup some years back by witnesses who targeted him as the shooter in an attempted murder. He was sentenced to a 53-year prison term.

The witnesses were wrong. The man was actually an hour away from the crime scene at his workplace when the shooting occurred.

What is the Brady Doctrine, and why is it key in criminal defense?

How concerned are prosecutors who have engaged in professional misconduct that they will be legally called to task for their acts or purposeful omissions?

Reportedly, not very stressed over the prospect at all.

Sobriety checkpoints: California's legal parameters

Many motorists in Alameda County and elsewhere across California have never encountered a sobriety checkpoint set up by a local police department or other law enforcement agency.

Many have, though, with tales to tell in the aftermath.

National paper's editorial opinion: Sessions's pot move illogical

How can you come to a conclusion regarding any social experiment without first seeking to understand it through objective analysis?

The Editorial Board of The Washington Post implicitly asks that question in the wake of a government mandate recently issued by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

On SCOTUS' docket: 4th Amendment search/seizure case, part 2

There is a degree of wiggle room -- an exception, if you will -- in the 4th Amendment's requirement for police officers and other enforcement officials to secure a warrant prior to engaging in a search and potential seizure of criminal evidence.

We note that exception in our January 3 blog post, specifically as it applies to the notion of some expanded freedom for searches of motor vehicles.

Supreme Court to focus on 4th Amendment search/seizure issue

The U.S. Constitution directly addresses citizens' rights in the face of governmental search-and-seizure actions.

Paramount American law is set forth in the Constitution's 4th Amendment, with that provision stating that people have a legal right "to be secure … against unreasonable searches and seizures."

Here's why rehabilitation makes best sense for most juvenile crimes

Some voices within the criminal justice system in California and nationally still stridently demand harsh penal outcomes as go-to punishments for juvenile offenders.

Thankfully, though, their insistence that the nation's youngest defendants be largely treated in the same way as adults is a call that no longer resonates with most people.

Are there effective ways to defend against a DUI charge?

Many people would automatically assume that if you are accused of a drunk driving charge, whether you are truly guilty or not, you're gonna be in a lot of trouble. The consequences are so severe and the implication of the charge so strong that the accused individual has little they can do to actually help themselves. But this perception is purely a myth. There are plenty of ways that an accused individual can defend himself or herself against a DUI charge.

First and foremost, the actions of the police officers involved are critical to any defense. Did the police officer have probable cause when he or she pulled you over? Did the officer respect your rights and tell them to you? What about after they collected evidence from you, such as a breath or urine test? Was the chain of custody on that evidence proper and secure?

One man's journey through criminal system instructive for all

Individuals blindsided by misapplied "justice" in a legal matter often suffer dire consequences as a result. That is true whether a challenge resides in bankruptcy, family law, business litigation or estate planning.

Or criminal law. A starkly negative and life-altering outcome is arguably nowhere greater than for an individual targeted in a criminal matter.

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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