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Types of Cases in Los Angeles Criminal Courts in Coronavirus Lockdown

Which Type of Cases are the Los Angeles Courts Dealing with in Today’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Lockdown? Believe it or not, all 38 of the Los Angeles criminal courts are still open for business as I make this post in late March and they probably will be through this virus.  I don’t think there’s going to be a complete shutdown of the courthouses. However, unless things really get out of control and I think the reason for that is because there’s a lot of people who are in custody and also, the criminal justice system in Los Angeles county is huge with… Read More

Cononavirus Update on Los Angeles Criminal Defense

What’s Happening in Criminal Defense with the Los Angeles County Jail System and the Cononavirus (COVID-19) Right now a lot of people are terrified about going to jail as it relates to a criminal case they might have pending in Los Angeles county or maybe they’re still supposed to be sentenced and they’re obviously worried about being trapped in the Los Angeles county jail with the Coronavirus going on.  Our California criminal defense lawyers are providing an overview below. Not Reported Cases of Coronavirus in Los Angeles County Jails One good things about the Los Angeles County jail right now… Read More

Auto Insurance Fraud Cases in San Fernando Valley Courts

How do the San Fernando Valley Courthouses Handle Auto Insurance Fraud Cases Pursuant to Penal Code Section 550? There are a lot of individuals who are involved in auto insurance-related offenses and usually where I see the prosecutors in the San Fernando Valley courts, such as the Van Nuys Court and the San Fernando Court, getting involved is where somebody tries to pull a fast one on their insurance company and then they end up getting caught by the insurance company. The insurance company then turns it over to law enforcement and now law enforcement gets involved and ends up… Read More

The Real Skinny About Los Angeles Criminal Defense

Having practiced in Los Angeles for 25 years, worked for the District Attorney’s office and also worked for a Superior Court judge, I think I have a pretty good idea about the inner workings of the Los Angeles criminal defense community, and obviously the Los Angeles criminal court system. One of the biggest I see is I read other attorneys websites and I can tell that 90+% of the websites were not written by the attorney.  So, you basically have website companies putting content on the site, putting information on these sites and a lot of the time a lot… Read More

Hiring a Los Angeles Criminal Attorney While You’re Out of the Country

I do have a lot of people who retain me from an out of country position.  A lot of times they’re doing it for a family member who is here in custody in the country or in Los Angeles or maybe they’re out of custody but the family member is trying to hire the attorney. I do that a lot.  In fact, I’ve had a lot of people hire me from being in an out of country position.  A lot of times we’re able to communicate through the WhatsApp and various other forms of communication like e-mail. Various Forms Of… Read More

Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney While You’re Out of State

I’ve been practicing now for 26 years in Los Angeles County.  I’ve had a lot of out of state individuals contact me and hire me.  Sometimes it’s another lawyer who is practicing in a different state and who has connections and a client in Los Angeles and they need help. Other times it’s a family member of somebody who’s been arrested in Los Angeles — a mother, father sister or brother — some other family member and they’re calling on behalf of their family member who has been arrested and who needs help in Los Angeles. Other times it’s people… Read More

Hiring Your Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney Over the Phone

This has been a question for years whether it’s a good idea to hire a criminal defense attorney over the phone.  In today’s society with the internet being used more and more. Now as I write this post there being Coronavirus, it’s starting to make more and more sense and some people might want to hire a criminal defense attorney over the phone, so I thought I would give some information about it.  Our California criminal defense lawyers are providing an overview below. Coronavirus Quarantine First, if you’re either suffering from the Coronavirus or you or a family members is… Read More

Were Los Angeles Criminal Courts Closed Because of Coronavirus?

There’s a lot of questions that I’m getting right now and as I write this March content, the Los Angeles criminal courts have just closed down for three days.  I think they’re going to take more measures, but right now I think the judges are figuring out exactly what they’re going to do.  The criminal judges are the ones that typically control the courthouse, also backed up by the Governor of California. I think they’re going to put a bunch of restrictions on the courts right now.  Before they did this closure which starts March 17, 2020, basically they had… Read More

What is a Penal Code 995 Motion to Dismiss in California?

Basically, for a felony case the defendant is entitled to have what’s called a preliminary hearing.  During the preliminary hearing the prosecutor has to put on the evidence that shows that the individual that’s being charged is guilty of whatever crimes the prosecutors have alleged against them. Our California criminal defense lawyers will explain the process. Asking Trial Judge to Dismiss Case After the preliminary hearing the prosecutor will ask the judge to hold the person to answer for the charges.  Meaning, find that the prosecutor has presented a prima facia case — in other words, the bare elements of… 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