Residential Burglary Charge Dismissed at the Preliminary Hearing

July 16, 2020 2:49 pm Published by
I had a case a number where my client was charged with residential burglary.  It was actually a pretty weak case against him but the prosecutors had filed it anyway.  Basically, whoever the burglar was had gone up to burglarize a house and apparently was wearing some plastic or latex gloves to make sure that his or her fingerprints weren’t left at the burglary scene. They broke through the plane… Continure reading

No Jail Time in a Federal Child Pornography Case

July 15, 2020 3:37 pm Published by
A number of years ago I represented a client who will obviously remain anonymous, but he had thousands of images, including photographs and videos of child pornography. Normally, he would have been facing 7 to 10 years in federal prison, but I was able to get him no time in jail.  Now, really what you need to do in these types of cases if you expect to get a good… Continure reading

Appearing in Court Due to Coronavirus

April 17, 2020 2:38 pm Published by
If You Have a Criminal Case Pending in one of the San Fernando Valley Courts do you Have to Appear in Court and Disobey the Governor’s Order Regarding the Corona Virus? This is a good question because the Governor’s order right now as I put this content in the website says that nobody can leave except for essential things.  So, the bottom line is, the San Fernando Valley courthouses — if you… Continure reading

Avoiding Jail Time Due to Coronavirus

April 17, 2020 2:15 pm Published by
If You Have a Case Pending in the San Fernando Valley, How Can You Avoid Jail Time and the Virus? This is a good question because a lot of people are fearful of jail, but when you combine the fact that there’s the Coronavirus and you could end up going to jail in the San Fernando Valley and being exposed to the Coronavirus because the jail population is to compacted together,… Continure reading

How are San Fernando Valley Courts Dealing with the Coronavirus?

April 16, 2020 3:35 pm Published by
It’s an interesting question.  Based on the Governor’s order, you would figure that all of the courthouses in Los Angeles would just close down.  Unfortunately, because they are viewed as critical need when it comes to criminal defense, the San Fernando Valley courts are open. In fact, all 38 courts in Los Angeles county are open.  They’re opened for limited business.  For example, in Van Nuys for felony cases, if… Continure reading

What Is Aiding and Abetting?

March 24, 2020 3:20 pm Published by
Aiding and abetting is a legal theory as to how prosecutors can capture additional suspects in a criminal case, beyond the principal actor. For instance, in a bar fight, two people attack two other people and one person hits someone with a bottle, cutting their eye. The man is charged with assault with a deadly weapon. His friend, who fought along with him, is charged with the same, as an… Continure reading

Illegal Car Search Defense in Criminal Cases

February 26, 2020 4:57 pm Published by
The police derive a lot of cases from searching people’s cars and one big trick that they have is they’ll pull you over.  They’ll order you out of the car for officer’s safety and then they’ll claim they have to go back in the car to search the car for your driver’s license, your insurance information, your car registration.  That just pretty much gives them a free search of the… Continure reading

Use of Excessive Force by a Police Officer

February 10, 2020 5:26 pm Published by
Excessive force an interesting concept because the way I use it in criminal defense is, as a defense to certain crimes that my client is charged with.  For example, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer (CALCRIM 945). Some of these other charges that the police drum-up once they rough somebody up and the person either fights back or they don’t fight back, the police are just putting a crime… Continure reading

Consequences of Auto Insurance Fraud in California

January 27, 2020 5:26 pm Published by
This is an interesting area of the law and it’s usually where insurance companies feel like they are going to have to pay out money or they’ve already paid out money on some auto insurance claim that they don’t think is either fair or they think the person is attempting to pull a fast one on them and get money for something that’s not a legitimate accident or not a… Continure reading

How Long Does It Take to Resolve a Criminal Case in Van Nuys Court?

January 23, 2020 3:22 pm Published by
I’ve been practicing now in the Van Nuys courthouse for over 25 years, handled hundreds of criminal cases there and I have a pretty good feel for the time frame of most cases.  Once I sit down with the client and get all the information related to the case, I can usually give you a pretty good idea of how long the case will take to resolve itself. Misdemeanor Cases… Continure reading