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Best Defenses for Attempted Murder Cases in CCB Courthouse

What are the best practices for handling California Penal Code 664/187 attempted murder cases in Criminal Courts Building (CCB) downtown Los Angeles court? I’ve handled many attempted murder cases in CCB court at 210 West Temple, also known as the Clara Foltz Courthouse.  This is the central hub court in downtown Los Angeles, and obviously, they’ve got most of their best prosecutors. They treat attempted murder cases very seriously. I think the best practice is to first meet with your attorney.  If you’re a loved one calling on behalf of a family member who’s been arrested and charged with attempted… Read More

Defense Strategies for PC 211 Robbery Cases at CCB Court

Many California Penal Code 211 PC robbery cases are being filed at the downtown courthouse, 210 West Temple, CCB, also known as the Clara Foltz Courthouse. Robbery cases are severe because they are a strike and a violent felony, and they stay with you for the rest of your life if you are convicted. Strategy-wise, number one, if you’re going to have to take a conviction, you’ll want to take a conviction for something other than robbery. For example, they could hit you with a Penal Code 487(c) PC which is a grand theft person. Not a strike.  It can… Read More

Why Hire a Private Criminal Lawyer in a PC 187 Murder Case?

I can tell you that all the marbles are on the line regarding California Penal Code 187 PC murder cases.  If you or your loved one loses the case, they’ll probably never come out of prison again. So, the answer to that question is, you want, in my opinion, an attorney you paid for, somebody whom you have researched and can see that they know what they’re doing. One who has the experience and has fought these cases and has been successful versus taking a chance that some public defender is assigned to your case, that either doesn’t have the… Read More

Why Are Experts Used in Many PC 187 Murder Cases?

I can tell you right now that California Penal Code 187 PC murder cases are serious business and when someone has lost their life. Prosecutors do everything they can to make sure they get the conviction. If they think you or your loved one is the one that murdered or is involved with the murder, they will spend as much money as they need to, and they will hire experts to prove the case. When the experts are relevant in murder cases – and they’re not always applicable – it’s usually some testimony that requires somebody that knows what they’re… Read More

How Do You Choose a Lawyer If Charged with PC 187 Murder?

California Penal Code 187 PC murder is the highest crime known to man, so the best prosecutors and investigators will be assigned to the case.  You will need the best attorney to defend you or your loved one in a murder case. Murder is defined as the unlawful killing of somebody or a fetus with malice aforethought. First-degree murder includes all premeditated killings and felony murder that involves a scenario where someone dies during a carjacking, robbery, rape, or other serious crimes. A PC 187 first-degree murder conviction means a defendant will face a sentence of 25 years to life in… Read More

Why Does It Matter Who Prosecutes a Murder Case in LA?

Having handled California Penal Code 187 PC murder cases for the last 30 years, I’m intimately familiar with how they’re prosecuted in Los Angeles County, how the police investigate them, and how prosecutors charge them. It matters because they will put the best of the best in these cases.  So, let’s say a robbery occurs, and somebody dies during the robbery.  Robbery homicide are the best detectives for LAPD, and they’ll put the best detectives for the sheriff’s department if they have the jurisdiction. Those guys have the technology, training, and experience to investigate these cases and put much time,… Read More

Who Is the Best Criminal Defense Lawyer at the CCB Court?

The criminal courts building (CCB) is the main courthouse.  It’s also known as the Clara Foltz Courthouse downtown at 210 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, phone: (213) 628-7900. There may be about 30 courthouses throughout LA County. However, the one at 210 West Temple in downtown Los Angeles is the central hub courthouse. It’s the most significant court and has the most judges.  It’s where all the prosecutors are assigned. Thus, they usually file high-profile prominent criminal cases in that courthouse. The severe cases will probably receive some publicity. All the head supervisors of the District Attorney’s office… Read More

Difference Between Direct and Circumstantial Evidence?

This always comes up, and the judge explains it, or even the attorney’s in a jury trial for a criminal charge. Simply put, without evidence, there is no criminal case and no conviction. There are many types of evidence seeking to prove different things in cases. One commonly used form of evidence in criminal and other issues is circumstantial evidence, which is the most common in criminal cases. It’s proof of a fact or even a set of facts from which somebody could infer the facts in question. For example, perhaps a suspect in a crime was seen by a witness… Read More

How Does the Passage of SB 1437 Impact Murder Charges?

Many think the passage of California Senate Bill 1437 only impacted prior Penal Code 187 PC murder convictions. Those people now are saying they were improperly convicted because they were not significant participants in the murder. They didn’t act with reckless indifference to human life, and therefore, they should have never been convicted.  That is a viable argument, depending on the facts and circumstances of the murder and what that person’s role was. But SB 1437 also impacts murder cases moving forward because the California Criminal Jury Instructions has been changed to reflect the new law. Now, once a getaway… Read More

Are Miranda Rights Mandatory in a DUI Traffic Stop?

The Miranda Rights get their name from the famous Supreme Court Case Miranda v. Arizona, which established that the police must “read you your rights” after an arrest and before they ask you questions. Thousands of people get arrested for DUIs routinely. When meeting with defense lawyers, they frequently say they were not read their Miranda rights.  Many DUI defendants believe that this can be used to help them avoid a conviction. However, this is mostly a myth. I will tell you; there are limited situations where it could be helpful to your case as prosecutors typically have other evidence… Read More

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