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Category: Criminal Defense

Purposes of a Preliminary Hearing in Los Angeles Criminal Cases

This is a good question about why do they do preliminary hearings?  What are they used for?  What’s the significance to a criminal case?  The reality is that a preliminary hearing is only something that is available and utilized if the person is charged with a felony. Prosecutors Must Meet Certain Elements of the Crime You’re not entitled to a preliminary hearing if you’re charged with a misdemeanor.  Basically, what this is, it’s the government — the prosecutors having to meet certain elements and satisfy the prima facia case when they’ve got somebody charged with different crimes. It really amounts… Read More

Criminal Court Process in California

A lot of people that haven’t been charged with a crime in California wonder what is the criminal procedure is all about?  How does it work?  Am I looking at jail time?  Am I going to have a record for the rest of my life?  How is this going to impact me, my family, my future and my career? These are all great questions; but it’s scary, because when somebody gets arrested they lose control.  They don’t know what’s going to happen and they’re looking for answers. This section is meant to give you some of those answers.  Obviously, your… Read More

How to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney in Today’s Modern Society

This is a good question because a lot of people are actually going to the internet to hire their attorney.  They can do a very broad search.  They can find out about the attorney’s reviews.  They can look at their credentials.  They can look at how long they have been practicing.  They can check the State Bar of California and see whether they’re a member in good standing. I am a top-rated criminal lawyer in Los Angeles. There’s all sorts of things.  And they can do it very quickly.  So, that’s what is so impressive about the internet. What I’m… Read More

Reasonable Doubt in a Criminal Case in California

The bottom line is that the prosecutors in any case in Los Angeles, whether it be a misdemeanor or a felony, have to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.  Now trying to figure out exactly what that means is not always easy.  There’s a jury instruction — and the jury instructions that are used in Los Angeles are the CALCRIM 103 – Reasonable Doubt.  It basically says, the Judge tells the jury, I will now explain the presumption of innocence and the People’s burden of proof. The defendant has pleaded not guilty to the charges.  The fact that a… Read More

Can Co-Defendant’s Statements Be Used Against Other Co-Defendants in Criminal Cases?

This is a big question because a lot of times — especially in felony cases; not as much in misdemeanor cases — there’s a group of people arrested who are allegedly involved in a criminal conspiracy or other criminally-related activity and the police will separate all the people and take statements from them, and a lot times some of the defendants actually make statements that not only hurt themselves — incriminate themselves — they also incriminate their co-defendants and say stuff that causes their co-defendants to be put in a bad position.  That statement, if used against the co-defendant, would… Read More

Why Are Waiver Forms Used In Criminal Cases In Los Angeles?

Waiver forms basically give the defendant in a criminal case their Constitutional rights that are available and they also tell them all them all the consequences of a plea in a criminal case.  So, before somebody actually pleads guilty or no contest in a criminal case, their attorney needs to go over their rights with them and then a lot of courts have what they call “waiver forms,” which basically expressly state all of the defendant’s criminal rights. The defendant needs to initial each right which applies to them and their particular criminal case and then sign the form at… Read More

Should You Represent Yourself In A Criminal Case In Los Angeles?

Believe it or not, a lot of people do choose to represent themselves in criminal cases in LA, even if the case is a misdemeanor or a felony, or even an infraction.  I’ve seen people for many years now, representing themselves.  Sometimes it really doesn’t matter.  A lot of times, especially in an infraction case, the result may well be the same as if you had an attorney.  Tough to say without obviously seeing the details — whether you had a defense — and sometimes there’s lesser charges that can be negotiated by a good criminal defense attorney. Critical To… Read More

Can Social Media Be Used To Help Convict Somebody Of A Crime?

Unbelievably enough, people post all sorts of criminal evidence and activity on their social media accounts — whether it be Facebook of Instagram — they’re writing messages and saying things and showing photographs.  I saw one case where a criminal defendant actually posted a picture of himself with a watch that he had stolen from somebody. Other people are making statements regarding crimes that they committed and then those statements are being used against them to prosecute them in their criminal case. Detectives are now trained.  The first thing they do when they get a suspect in a criminal case… Read More

Risks of Not Hiring an Attorney Related to Your Criminal Case in Los Angeles

Your attorney, especially when it comes to a criminal case with all the things that are on the line, is pretty much your champion.  They’re the ones that have your whole life story and your version of events.  With the police taking a very one-sided account of what happened and really trying to get you so to speak and really thinking that you’re completely guilty and having a very negative view of you and giving that information to the prosecutors — who are the lawyers that prosecute the case — that puts you behind the eight ball from the beginning.… Read More

How To Hire A Criminal Defense Attorney In Los Angeles

This is probably a big question on a lot of people’s minds.  How do you hire a criminal defense attorney?  I’ve been doing this for twenty-five years and I have a lot of people who come in that are confused.  They don’t know exactly what to ask. It’s not easy to go to friends or family for help, obviously, because it’s embarrassing if you’ve been arrested and you have a criminal case pending against you.  So, figuring out how to hire and attorney is important if you’re concerned about your rights, your freedom, your reputation and all of the potential… Read More