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A new look at compensation for wrongful conviction

Few people would ever want to be sent to prison for a crime they didn't commit. Unfortunately, wrongful convictions happen all the time in the United States, including here in California. And as we explained back in January in a piece on wrongful conviction compensation, reimbursement by our state government for time spent in prison can seem mediocre when compared to the rest of the nation.

Juveniles are more likely to falsely confess to a crime

Research shows that while false confessions occur among defendants of any age, the phenomenon occurs more frequently among juveniles. The Innocence Project explains that people may admit to a crime they didn’t commit for the following reasons:

Olivehurst man's plight highlights importance of having attorney

Have you ever run up behind someone on the street, calling their name, only to find out it wasn't the person you thought it was? It's an honest mistake that has probably happened to many of our Pleasanton readers. Usually in these situations, you both walk away from the situation -- no harm done.

Even false allegations of a sex crime can ruin a person's life

When we are young, our parents constantly remind us that lying is wrong. While we don't completely understand why at the time, we certainly do as we get older. That's because we come to learn that some forms of lying can actually have a profound effect on our lives as well as others. In some cases, such as with false accusations, it can lead to criminal investigations and litigation that could wreak havoc on a person's reputation or may even lead to a wrongful conviction.

Is California's compensation for wrongful conviction fair?

Did you know that only 30 states, including California and the District of Columbia, have passed laws that grant compensation payments to people who have served time in prison because of wrongful convictions? This may seem surprising especially when one considers the serious impact a conviction can have on a person's life.

Man sues after being coerced into a false confession

We see it in movies and police dramas all the time: someone confessing to a crime they did not commit in order to protect someone they care about. But while many people believe that no one would ever risk a false confession for someone else's sake, a case out of another state is proving that it does happen in real life sometimes.

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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