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Police Traffic Stops Involving Drugs and Money

Why Would Police Pull Someone Over, Take Their Drugs and/or their Money and Let Them Go? I confront this situation all the time as a criminal defense attorney where the police are either not arresting my clients, or not arresting some that my clients are associated with. However, yet they’re taking the drugs that they find with them or they are taking a bunch of cash that they find on them, but then they don’t’ arrest the person, and they can’t figure out why the police are doing that. The reality is that you probably got caught up in the middle… Read More

What Is The California Criminal Appeals Process?

Once you’re found guilty of a crime, a judge will inform you that you have 60 days to file an appeal. If you don’t file an appeal within that time frame, then you will lose the ability to file an appeal. Once you  file the appeal notice, you will be appointed counsel if you cannot afford an attorney yourself. It is important to talk to your trial lawyer about whether or not they feel that you have an appealable issue. One of the main grounds for appeal is damaging and prejudicial evidence at trial that never should have been let… Read More

When Should You Accept a Plea Bargain in Your Criminal Case?

If you are dealing with a criminal case in Los Angeles or the San Fernando Valley, one of the first things you’ll have to decide is whether you want to try your case or accept a plea bargain. If you are innocent or feel that you can beat the charges, then you might want to try the case. If the prosecutors have good evidence against you or doctored evidence, then you might want to have your attorney accept a plea bargain on your behalf. Your attorney will need to gather evidence of all the mitigating factors, such as character letters… Read More

Home Invasion Robbery vs Regular Robbery

Why are Home Invasion Robberies Treated Different than Regular Robberies in California? Obviously, anytime someone is going into somebody else’s home that’s a real concern for prosecutors, judges and law enforcement.  They all view things from an eye that the victim in the case could be them. In other words, they don’t want people going into other people’s homes committing violence against them, robbing them, holding their family hostage, kidnapping them — these are the types of things that end up happening when somebody commits a home invasion robbery.  That’s why these robberies are a different twist than a normal… Read More

Are LA Prosecutors Filing Criminal Cases During the Coronavirus?

Are Los Angeles County Prosecutors Still Filing Criminal Cases During the COVID-19 Pandemic? This is a good question because your first thought would be, of course they’re going to file a case if it’s a criminal case. You would think you’re not just going to let somebody get away with a criminal case in Los Angeles just because there’s a pandemic. Covid-19 – the courts are crowded and there’s issues dealing with the cases.  But the reality is, they are arresting people.  The police are giving the cases to the prosecutors, and obviously a lot of cases are being prosecuted… Read More

Should I Talk to Police During an Investigation?

Is it Ever a Good Idea to Talk to Police During a Criminal Investigation? In my experience having practiced criminal defense at both the state and federal level for the past 26 years, I would say it’s almost never a good idea to talk to the police. The problem is, sometimes they tape record the statement; sometimes they don’t. When they don’t take recorded statements, I’ve noticed that my clients are complaining that either the statement is not accurately depicted in the police report or they take something that the client says out of context and are trying to use… Read More

Coronavirus Update on Domestic Violence Protective Orders

The Latest News on Protective Orders Related to Los Angeles Domestic Violence Criminal Cases During Coronavirus I’ve been handling domestic violence – spousal abuse type matters involving husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, two husbands, two wives together.  It doesn’t really matter.  I’ve been handling these cases now for over 26 years and all the cases are handled the same. But one of the biggest things that has changed over the course of the last few years has to do with a criminal protective order. The police might tell you to go get a restraining order.  Sometimes people get one; sometimes they don’t.  You… Read More

Nursing License Criminal Defense in California

Many people who are trying to get a nursing license will try to cut corners and end up getting investigated by the Nursing Board and also sometimes criminally because a lot of the documents that people are signing are documents that are under penalty of perjury. Therefore, if you sign the documents and you lie about the contents of the documents then you can be prosecuted criminally.  Believe it or not, prosecutors take this sort of stuff very seriously because you’re seeking a license where you have other people’s lives in your hands. You are part of a system that… Read More

Can Illegally Obtained Evidence Be Used Against You?

When can illegally obtained evidence be used against you, if at all? Evidence that is illegally obtained is usually not going to be able to be used against the defendant in a criminal case. However, sometimes, a defendant or their attorney will think that the evidence was obtained illegally but the prosecutor and the police will make the argument that the evidence was legally obtained. One example is a statement illegally obtained from a defendant where someone was arrested, put in the back of a police car, and then asked questions without being read their Miranda rights. The whole purpose… Read More

What if You’re Caught with a Gun at the LAX Airport?

More and more I see these cases being prosecuted in the Airport or LAX court where people are going into the airport and somehow getting caught with a gun, either at the metal detector, or just in general anywhere where you’re going to board a plane. Obviously, having a gun makes the authorities that  you’re going to do something really bad, and especially remembering 9-11 and all the security precautions that were put in place.  They’re very harsh on these cases.  They take no chances. Even if you say it’s a mistake they don’t care.  They’re going to arrest you. … Read More

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