As complex as some legal considerations are, others are fundamentally simple.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Pressure without punishment.
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.
American law holds that criminal punishment should be tightly linked with a defendant's willful decision to commit wrongdoing. It seems illogical and even indefensible to lock a person away who lacked knowledge that he or she was even doing wrong or that criminal punishment might attach to select behavior.
What is wrong with what a recent New York Times opinion piece terms "one-size-fits-all fines" in criminal law cases?