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Current Status of the Los Angeles County Jails

If you or a loved one has a criminal case pending and you’re worried about going to jail in Los Angeles county or your loved one is already in jail and you’re concerned about their health, safety and well-being in the jail, it certainly is a legitimate concern. Since I’ve been doing a lot of criminal cases over the last 26 years and I seen the evolution of the jails and where we stand now, I thought it might be a good idea to give a little bit of information. Own Recognizance Release Due to Coronavirus Since I’ve been practicing… Read More

Why Are Some People Held at the Los Angeles Wayside Jail?

Why are Some People Held at Wayside While they Have a Criminal Case Pending in Los Angeles? Wayside is one of the jails in Los Angeles county that holds inmates.  It is a huge ranch just to the north of Magic Mountain and it has a number of different facilities on many acres.  It’s also known as Pitchess Detention Center. There is north facility which usually holds inmates who don’t cause any trouble.  It’s kind of a medium facility.  Then there’s NCCF for North County Correctional Facility which holds more of the serious inmates. In that facility they have both… Read More

How Long Will I Stay in Custody at Los Angeles County Jail?

What is the Likelihood of Staying in Los Angeles County Jail if You’re Charged with a Crime? Right now, the Los Angeles county jail is under seize.  What I mean by that is that they have way too many inmates in their population for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the state prisons are not taking any new bodies as I write this post because of the Coronavirus.  That’s one huge factor. People are getting sentenced to prison — they’re supposed to go to prison — but because of the Coronavirus, the prisons are now allowing anyone to go… Read More

Is it Possible to Avoid Jail Time Due to the Coronavirus?

Is it Possible to Avoid Jail Time in Los Angeles For a Criminal Case Because of the Coronoavirus (COVID-19)? Right now Los Angeles County is trying to empty their jails.  They’re not alone.  Orange county is doing the same — Riverside county and San Bernardino county. Al 38 of the courthouses have coordinated with the judges and the prosecutors and they have a list of criminal defendants who are in custody that are eligible to be released on their own recognizance or get their bail lowered.  I’m trying to make arguments in all my cases where people are in custody. Defendant’s… Read More

What Percentage Of Jail Time Will You Serve On A Los Angeles Criminal Case?

This is a big question that I see asked all the time and a lot of times my clients ask me this question. Obviously, nobody wants to go to jail. It’s an unpleasant place. The conditions in the county jail are not good. It’s overcrowded and there’s a lot of violent individuals in there so it becomes a dangerous location as well. When I’m asked about the percentage of time that you actually serve on a criminal sentence in the Los Angeles County jail, it’s not the easiest question to answer with exactness, because the sheriffs have developed their own… Read More

Use of Jailhouse Informants

Illinois v. Perkins The United States Supreme Court has handed down a new ruling which further damages the dictates of the Miranda holding. Basically, what it allows police to do is – when they have somebody in custody who they believe might have committed a crime and that person won’t talk to them – they can send either a police officer in there posing as an inmate or they could send an inmate in there directly attempting to get the person to confess to whatever charge they hope to get them to confess to. In Illinois v. Perkins, Perkins was… Read More

Jail Versus Prison In Los Angeles County

More and more, whether someone goes to jail or to prison is a big issue in the criminal defense system in Los Angeles and across California. The Governor of California has really tried to clean out the prisons because of the overcrowding in the past and has really tried to set it up so only the worse offenders in the criminal justice system actually do prison time. Therefore, there’s a list of crimes that determine whether someone goes to prison or whether they serve their time in county jail. What I mean by that is a lot of people are… 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

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