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

Consequences of a Joyriding Conviction

January 20, 2020 3:50 pm Published by
Joyriding, also known as taking an owner’s vehicle without their consent, can have serious consequences.  You used to be subject to potentially three years in prison, but now since Governor Brown has changed the prison and county jail system, a conviction for the theft crime of joy-riding would not expose you to prison. The crime of joyriding is defined under California Vehicle Code 10851. Rather, it would instead expose you… Continure reading

Common Defenses in California Theft Crime Cases

January 13, 2020 4:25 pm Published by
One defense, obviously, is that you’re not the person who stole whatever it is that is claiming to have been stolen and the prosecutors do not have the evidence to prove that you are. So, that would be more of an identification-type issue as it related to a theft crime offense.  Another one is, and I’ve seen this theft at either supermarkets, stores in the mall, high-priced places like big… Continure reading

Consequences of a Carjacking Conviction

January 8, 2020 7:37 pm Published by
Carjacking is a very similar crime to robbery.  In fact, a carjacking is a robbery.  Carjacking is defined under California Penal Code 215. I think the legislature just go more specific in these cases because people were specifically, and still are, targeting high-dollar cars, to take away from people by either force, fear, the use of a weapon or threat. So, the legislature has gotten real specific about calling it… Continure reading

What are the Consequences of a Robbery Conviction?

January 6, 2020 3:23 pm Published by
If you don’t know, robbery has been declared a strike pursuant to the California Three Strikes Law and the legislature of California.  It is characterized as a violent felony because usually somebody’s doing something violent during the robbery, whether it be using force or fear to take somebody’s property away. California Penal Code 211 describes the crime of robbery, which is considered a type of theft crime offense. Most times… Continure reading

Domestic Violence as a Felony or Misdemeanor

December 6, 2019 2:41 pm Published by
The dividing line between felony and misdemeanors as it relates to domestic violence-related offenses is important, because obviously, nobody wants to get hit with a felony, because if you get charged with a felony in a domestic violence case you’re looking at prison time, loss of weapons, loss of the ability to vote. There’s all sorts of bad things that flow from a felony.  Plus, when somebody runs your criminal… Continure reading

Reduced Charges in Domestic Violence Cases

December 5, 2019 4:03 pm Published by
What I notice is that a lot of criminal defendants when they’re being charged with domestic violence and it looks like they’re going to have to take a deal on their case because the prosecutors have good evidence against them. For example, they admitted everything when the police came to their own; their spouse or significant other has said a lot of bad stuff about them and there’s photographs of… Continure reading

Difficulties Prosecuting Domestic Violence Cases

December 2, 2019 3:44 pm Published by
The prosecutors do have a difficult road when it comes to prosecuting many domestic violence cases because a lot of times what happens — and they are used to this — is that the alleged victim decides they don’t want the person prosecuted. So, now the prosecutors have to deal with somebody in their own camp who is adverse to them and what they’re trying to do.  Realize, the prosecutors… Continure reading

What To Do If Charged With Domestic Violence

November 29, 2019 2:44 pm Published by
I would say probably one of the first and most important things to do if you’re charged with a domestic violence case is not to put yourself in a position where you’re having any more problems with the alleged victim in the case. This is a common problem that pops up and what will end up happening is number one, they’ll be a full protective order against you so you can’t… Continure reading

Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction

November 27, 2019 5:59 pm Published by
If you’re convicted of a domestic violence or spousal abuse case in Los Angeles, you could be facing up to a year in custody.  The sheriffs in LA county usually will let people only serve 10% to 25% of their sentence as of this posting on the website. However, they will keep domestic violence defendants longer in my experience than the average inmate.  That’s one of the crimes that for… Continure reading