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Federal Child Pornography Charges

What’s the Difference Between Possession, Distribution and Production of Child Pornography for Criminal Purposes? When it comes to the area of federal child pornography charges, typically what ends up happening is the federal authorities find child pornography in somebody’s computer and then the question becomes what are they going to charge that person with? It’s illegal under 18 U.S.C. § 2252 to produce, distribute, receive or possess any child pornography. Under federal law, it’s also illegal to knowingly search for and view child pornography even if the images are deleted. A conviction for a federal child pornography can result in… Read More

Federal Child Pornography Investigations

Once Federal Agents Seize Your Computer in a Child Pornography Investigation How Long Does It Take? Under federal law, child pornography is any “visual depiction” of a minor who is engaging in “sexually explicit conduct.” A visual depiction is can be a photos, videos, or even a digital image. A minor is anyone under 18 years old. “Sexually explicit conduct” can include a wide range of sexual activity including intercourse, masturbation and  exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of any person. Nudity is explicit conduct if it is sexually suggestive. To give readers a better understanding of federal child… Read More

Can I Be Charged With Resisting Arrest If I Refuse To Get Out Of Vehicle?

In that scenario you are interfering with the police in the performance of their duties and that fits under the umbrella of resisting arrest, which is defined under California Penal Code 148(a). Even though it’s not the classic scenario where you’re wrestling with the police, your refusal to get out of the car is still interfering with them while they’re trying to perform their duty. In this situation, the duty of the police is to see whether or not you are driving under the influence of alcohol. Under the implied consent law, you have to cooperate with the police if… Read More

What Is Considered Resisting Arrest in California?

You can be charged with resisting arrest if law enforcement informs you that they’re going to arrest you and you try to prevent them from being able to arrest you. Resisting arrest usually involves some sort of physical force. California Penal Code 148(a) defines the crime of resisting arrest. If you’re not cooperating with the police and you get in a fight or an argument with them, then they’re going to arrest you and they’re going to have you charged with resisting arrest. To give readers a better understanding of resisting arrest, our California criminal defense lawyers are providing an… Read More

Romeo Pimp Charges in Los Angeles

Law enforcement now has identified what they think is a different type of pimp as it relates to sex crimes in Los Angeles.  Most classic pimps related to pimping and pandering charges in Los Angeles have to do with someone who fits the stereotypical prototype of someone who’s mean, beats the women who work for him, threatens them, takes all their money.  So, this will be the classic pimp. To give readers useful information about being charged as a Romeo Pimp, our California criminal defense lawyers are providing an overview below. Romeo Pimps and a Love Relationship Today’s pimp, supposedly,… Read More

Illegally Videotaping Someone for Sexual Purposes

This is more and more of a common crime in Los Angeles that I’m seeing prosecuted in the local courthouses.  People are taking small video cameras and filming people in dressing rooms and other locations. Even peeping-tom-type activity where they’re filming them in their own home or filming them in the person’s home when the person goes to the bathroom or when they have sex with the other party and they don’t tell them about the filming. If it comes to light that somebody is filing somebody, catching private parts or sexual activity, then that can be prosecuted in Los… Read More

California Rape Charges When Both Parties Intoxicated

This is a classic scenario where people are dating. Maybe it’s their first or second date — and both parties are drinking alcohol and get drunk. Then, some sort of a sex act occurs and then later on one of the parties believes that they were taken advantage of because they were drunk. Rape charges are defined under California Penal Code 261. To give readers a better understanding of rape charges, our California criminal defense attorneys are providing an overview below. Rape of Unconscious Person So, then the police come and arrest the defendant and they charge him with basically, rape… Read More

Internet Sex Crimes in California

As the internet has become more and more prevalent in our society, so have internet sex-related offenses.  People have through of all sorts of different ways to either satisfy their interest in sex or to make money off sex crimes.  To give readers useful information about common internet sex crimes, our California criminal defense attorneys are providing an overview below. Sex Trafficking and Child Pornography Whether it be sex trafficking, child pornography or whatever other thing that somebody can think of.  We’ve even moved into the realm of individuals who have videotaped their partners having sex with them and attempted… Read More

What Juries Look for to Decide a Verdict in a Murder Case

What do Juries Look for in Determining Guilt or Innocence in a California Penal Code 187 Murder Case? As you might guess, when a jury deliberates whether somebody is guilty of a murder, they’re going to look at the evidence.  They’re going to look at what the prosecutors present.  Are there any eye-witnesses?  Is there any video evidence?  Is there any admissions by the defendant?  Is there any DNA evidence?  Is there any fingerprint evidence? To give readers a better understanding of what exactly juries look for in order to determine whether a defendant is guilty or innocent in a… Read More

What To Do If Police Lie Regarding Your Criminal Case

I’ve been doing this over twenty-five years and I’ve had a lot of clients come to me and tell me that the police are lying about some aspect of their criminal case — either as part of the investigation or most of the time clients are claiming that the lies are related to a statement that the client allegedly gave to the police. Of  course, the prosecutors are using that particular statement in order to prosecute the person.  I’ve noticed that most of the time when defendants give statements in criminal cases that usually ends up being the evidence that… Read More