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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.

There is no statute of limitations on murder

Some of you may have heard the term statute of limitations used in reference to personal injury cases but did you know that there are criminal statutes of limitations as well? Much like tort law statutes of limitations, which put a time limit on when compensation can be sought from a negligent party, criminal statutes of limitations prevent prosecutors from charging someone with a crime after a specified number of years have passed.

Should a pregnant drug user face additional charges?

We all know that the possession and subsequent use of prohibited drugs such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines is illegal and can result in criminal charges. But in some states, the use of such drugs may result in additional criminal charges if the user is pregnant. It’s because of a new law out of another state that we bring up this issue with our California readers in hopes of sparking a conversation about how far the law can go before it is considered overreaching.

College campuses and sexual assault: how should it be reported?

Did you know that colleges and universities across the United States are required by federal law to follow up on reports of sexual assault? If you didn’t, you’re not alone. Neither did more than 40 percent of schools across the nation, says a congressional subcommittee.

New ballot measure aims to reduce sentences for nonviolent crimes

Depending on how California residents vote on the 2014 ballot this November, good news could be coming to people who are or have faced criminal charges for certain nonviolent crimes. That’s because the new ballot measure, if passed, would convert some crimes that were previously considered felonies into misdemeanors instead.

California bill to increase penalties concerning cyber-bullying

California legislators recently proposed a bill that could toughen penalties for juveniles charged with sharing images of a sexual nature to harass others under the age of 18. Minors charged with a similar offense under current law could be charged with distributing child pornography. However, one attorney who drafted the proposed legislation was hoping to address what is referred to as the bullying nature of sharing these images.

Study: far more Americans are arrested before 23 than in the 60s

"It's really damaging ... putting handcuffs on a child at 12, 13 or 14 years old," the head of a gang diversion program told reporters. "Even for something like jumping a turnstile, those acts have ripple effects that can be catastrophic."

If suspected of a crime, avoid taking 'selfies'

Tween girls post photos of themselves on Facebook every time they're doing, well, anything. Your co-worker posts a new picture of himself on Instagram every time he's at the gym. Love them or hate them, "selfies" are everywhere. Generally, they're harmless, albeit mildly annoying. A recent situation in Oakland, however, shows that sometimes selfies can get you into trouble.

San Francisco jury acquits man of sex crime for peeing in park

Sometimes prosecutors demonstrate a somewhat over-abundance of vigilance when making the decision to prosecute an alleged sex crime. Unfortunately, that sometimes means attempting to put someone behind bars for perfectly ordinary behavior. Luckily, a San Francisco Superior Court jury acted just as one might hope -- as an appropriate check on prosecutorial excess.

DNA databases: another layer of discrimination in criminal law?

This week, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is holding a rare re-hearing on the constitutionality of collecting the DNA profiles of arrestees into databases intended to solve future crimes. The appellate court has heard the case before but decided to rehear it in light of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a similar Maryland law this June.

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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