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Closing Argument In A Los Angeles Criminal Jury Trial

At last count, I did over two hundred jury trials in the course of the past twenty-five years of dealing with criminal defense cases in Los Angeles, throughout California and even some federal cases across the nation. A closing argument is probably the most important aspect of a trial because it’s where the lawyers argue for their positions. I usually like to get a theory of my case at the beginning and then I carry that theory all the way through the criminal trial and then the theory comes to fruition in the closing argument because the closing argument is… Read More

The Three-Strikes Law In Los Angeles, California

When I was a relatively young attorney, the three-strikes law came out in California. It was a very new concept that was basically designed to put career criminal offenders away for a long period of time. The legislature basically touted it as going after individuals who simply will not stop committing crimes and who are the most worst violent offenders in our system. However, over the years since the early 1990’s when that law was passed, there’s been changes to it, it’s been used inappropriately, and many people have gone away based on the three-strikes law in Los Angeles and… Read More

Cross-Examination Techniques In Los Angeles County

One of the most effective weapons that a criminal defense attorney has against the prosecution in a criminal case is their ability to cross-examine witnesses. In order for the prosecutors to prove any case, if the defense challenges them, they’re going to have to put witnesses on the witness stand in order to prove up the evidence of any charges that a person has. The criminal defense attorney will then be given the opportunity to cross-examine each of the witnesses. This is where the rubber meets the road in criminal defense. If you cannot challenge the witnesses through an effective… Read More

Arguing Bail In A Los Angeles Criminal Case

When it comes to arguing bail in one of the LA courtrooms – I’ve been doing it for twenty-five years, so I think I have a pretty good feel for it – there are a lot of factors that go into what the bail is going to be set at and whether or not the person is going to be able to bail out at all. The Judges in LA county have come up with what’s called a bail schedule where basically they have a bail for almost every single crime there is and it’s what they would call the… Read More

Asserting Your Fourth Amendment Right in Los Angeles County

The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution has a lot of protections for those people who find themselves on the wrong side of the law. It pretty much protects us against unreasonable searches and seizure by law enforcement. That can be any law enforcement – the police, the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agencies – anybody who’s toting a badge and searching people’s cars, people’s homes, people’s persons – so, the bottom line is the Fourth Amendment has a lot of protections in Los Angeles. Of course, you’re going to need an attorney who knows how to utilize the Fourth Amendment… Read More

Asserting Your Fifth Amendment Right In Los Angeles

When it comes to the issue of when you can assert your Fifth Amendment right this is something that people do not understand and they have to gather their information from watching TV and listening to other people. The reality is there are only limited circumstances where you can assert your Fifth Amendment right and they usually have to do with you possibly saying something that can incriminate yourself. A lot of times people will take the witness stand and they will attempt to assert their Fifth Amendment rights because they don’t want to testify and they will be quickly overruled… Read More

Visiting Inmates At Men’s County Jail In Los Angeles

I’ve been visiting my clients at the Men’s County Jail and Wayside and Lynwood for the past twenty-five years, so I know the jail system pretty well. For many, many years it was very difficult to visit inmates – all kinds of issues – and I think to some degree that still exists as I post this. But there was a sweeping investigation of the Los Angeles jails a few years ago and that did help with some of the issues relating to seeing inmates and some of the things that the deputies in LA county do in order to… Read More

Learn How To Pick A Jury In A Criminal Case In Los Angeles

I’ve picked many juries of the course of the last twenty-five years of trying criminal cases in LA and many other counties and states across the nation. Obviously, you want to pick a jury that you think would be sympathetic to your client, the theory of your case and what your case stands for. But the reality is it’s very difficult to tell who is going to be sympathetic to your case and who won’t. There is a lot of guesswork that goes into picking a jury. However, if you know what you’re doing, you have experience and you know… Read More

Body Cam Evidence In Los Angeles

Not too long ago, the Los Angeles police department issued body cams for all of their officers. Now the fall-out from that issuance is starting to hit the criminal defense arena. There are many body cam evidence requests being sent out by criminal defense attorneys all over LA county and many of them are being answered with evidence. The problem sometimes though is that the police are in control of when the body cam is turned off and turned on. So, a lot of times it is missing time gaps of body cam evidence that you are unable to get… Read More

Relationship Between Heroin Abuse And Prescription Opioids

The use of heroin has gained popularity recently because many people have become addicted to opioids involving prescription drugs. According to statistics, nearly 50% of young people addicted to heroin started out using prescription opioids and then progressed to heroin because of the simple fact that heroin typically costs less and is easier to obtain than prescription opioids. The rise in heroin use has consequently led to a rise in charges for possession of heroin. If someone is caught possessing an amount of heroin that exceeds personal use, they can be charged with HS 11351. In order to prove guilt… Read More

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