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August 2013 Archives

Oakland study reveals apparent racial bias in juvenile arrests

A seven-year study of juvenile arrest data from the Oakland Police Department and the Oakland School Police Department has revealed a clear and troubling pattern: African-American boys are far more likely to be arrested than girls and ethnic peers. And, once they’ve endured one juvenile arrest, they are yet again more likely to be re-arrested and enter a spiral of negative contact with police that can result in school suspensions, jail time and lost employment opportunity.

Are fake 'likes' and followers a new cybercrime or just spam?

Living near Silicon Valley as we do, we may get caught up in the latest electronic gadgets and lose track of the criminal side of the Internet. Cybercrime, however, is big business. Did you know that Internet scams, viruses and malware, such as the notorious “Zeus” virus, are effective enough that 1,000 stolen credit card numbers can be purchased for only $6 on a hacker forum?

8 alleged members of violent crime 'cliques' arrested in Oakland

Police and prosecutors make a habit of publicly accusing people of crimes long before they’ve had their day in court. Sometimes, apparently, they slip into making public accusations before people have even been charged with crimes. It seems to be good public relations, but often enough it turns out they were wrong. Names have been named in a flurry of excitement after an arrest, but seldom does the press hail the news when the arrested person is acquitted or even exonerated.

Culture change ends mistreatment of Sacramento juvenile offenders

Lately it has been hard to find a positive story about California’s prisons, but there is a great one coming out of the Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility. Sacramento’s juvenile hall houses around 200 juvenile offenders as they await trial in either adult or juvenile court.

Internet intimidation of witnesses, court officials escalating

“When I started as prosecutor, the intimidation was a lot more direct,” says one former prosecutor who now works for the Vera Institute of Justice. “It’s a new frontier and being done in ways we never could have imagined before. We see a lot more people being intimidated through Facebook and even on Twitter.”

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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