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March 2015 Archives

Investigation leaves Fresno officer facing federal drug charges

There are a lot of people in California as well as across the nation who are stunned when a police officer is arrested for allegedly committing a crime. That's because most people believe that because police are sworn to uphold the law, they should know better or simply wouldn't take the risk of attempting to commit a crime. But when you think about it, police officers are people too and just as we do, they too can make mistakes that can leave them on the wrong side of the law.

Federal government pushes for reform of civil forfeiture laws

There are a lot of laws in our state and across the nation that go mostly unnoticed by the majority of people. It isn't until we find ourselves up against these laws that we realize their gravity, oftentimes requiring us to seek the help of a skilled attorney in the process. One such law that fits this description is civil asset forfeiture and it's a law that has been creating legal headaches for California residents for years, possibly even decades.

Critics and GAO agree: TSA's observational screening is bunk

The Transportation Security Agency has a tough job when it comes to airline passenger screening, doesn’t it? Not only must it screen every passenger getting ready to board a commercial airliner, it must focus additional scrutiny on any passengers who appear suspicious. And, like any U.S. law enforcement agency, the Constitution requires them to define “suspicious” in a way that isn’t based on irrational and/or illegal criteria like race, ethnicity or ethnic appearance.

The impact of Proposition 47, nearly four months later

Prior to the passing of Proposition 47 -- the piece of legislation that reduced some property and drug crimes from felonies to misdemeanors -- it was difficult to know how much of an impact it was going to have on California. All anyone knew was that it was likely going to lead to the release of hundreds of prisoners who could have their sentences commuted because of the legislation.

Is it illegal to ditch school in California?

When most kids reach a certain age, they begin to question whether they have to attend school every day. For some, the question turns into the decision to skip a couple of days of school without their parent's permission. But while this action might seem innocent enough to the student, the law considers it anything but. In fact, unexcused absences and truancies are considered infractions in the eyes of the law; and if a student racks up enough, they as well as their parents could face prosecution and penalties.

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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