First Offense Domestic Violence Case

November 25, 2019 5:22 pm Published by
People are shocked to know how seriously domestic violence cases are taken in Los Angeles county.  On a first offense there’s bare-minimum sentences that are going to be imposed by the prosecutors if they can find you guilty of a first-time domestic violence or spousal abuse case.  Those minimum sentences — that means there can be additional punishment depending on the circumstances — how bad the injuries were, what your… Continure reading

Common Defenses in Domestic Violence Cases

November 21, 2019 8:28 pm Published by
There’s a number of different defenses in domestic violence cases.  But obviously, before anybody is going to start telling you over the phone what your defense is, they’re going to need to know what the facts and circumstances are surrounding your case.  In other words, what happened?  How are you being accused, arrested, charged with domestic violence, and then you can start to develop your defense. The first step in… Continure reading

What is a Specific Intent Crime?

November 11, 2019 4:15 pm Published by
A specific intent crime has to do with a criminal defendant having the specific intent to commit a specific crime.  For example, let’s assume that the crime we’re talking about is attempted murder. In order to be convicted of attempted murder, one of the elements of the crime is that the defendant has to have the specific intent to kill the victim.  So, for example, if you take the Reginald… Continure reading

What Should I Do If Police Want To Search My Home?

November 4, 2019 4:52 pm Published by
Obviously, the easy answer to this question is don’t let them, but the police are little bit more persistent than that and a lot of times they will get a search warrant to search your house.  If they come with a valid search warrant, then you ought to just get out of their way and let them search the home. You certainly don’t have to provide any statements to them… Continure reading

When is Defense of Others a Valid Defense?

October 28, 2019 4:16 pm Published by
Defense of others you don’t see a lot in criminal defense.  I’ve been doing this for twenty-five years.   Very rarely see it used as a defense.  Once in a while where it comes into play is where somebody does something to another individual or individuals in defense of another person. For example, of somebody were beating somebody up and another person came in and knocked that person down, hit them… Continure reading

Can You Charged With Hit and Run If You Return to the Scene?

October 14, 2019 2:23 pm Published by
Can You Be Still Be Charged With Hit and Run If You Return to the Scene of the Accident? This is a good question because this happens all the time in hit and run cases throughout the San Fernando Valley and that is, people get in some sort of an accident, they will leave for some reason or another — maybe they don’t have insurance; maybe they don’t have a… Continure reading

California’s New Upcoming Bail System

October 8, 2019 3:42 pm Published by
It appears that California is attempting to do away with bail bondsmen.  What they’re doing — again it appears because everything hasn’t been all structured up and set up — but it looks like it’s very similar to the federal system where basically a bail bondsman is not used. California Money Bail Reform Act California will become the first state in the nation to abolish bail for suspects awaiting trial… Continure reading

What are Considered Burglary Tools?

October 3, 2019 12:37 pm Published by
Believe it nor not, there’s a lot of different items that can be considered burglary tools, but of course, a built-in defense in possession of burglary tools is that the tools could also be used for innocent purposes as well. So, in addition to having the burglary tools, a lot of times the police are going to need to show some sort of suspicious circumstances surrounding the possession of burglary… Continure reading

What is Attempted Burglary in California?

September 24, 2019 4:34 pm Published by
You almost never see attempted burglary filed because whenever the authorities think someone’s trying to burglarize a location, it’s so easy to do it, especially a residential burglary.  If you break any part of the plain of the home. Burglary in described under California Penal Code 459, and attempted crimes are described under Penal Code 664. So, I’ve seen people put tools in a home trying to unlock the door,… Continure reading

What Should You Do If Accused of Burglary?

September 18, 2019 4:55 pm Published by
The crime of burglary in the San Fernando Valley is a real problem because it brings with it a lot of negative connotations — meaning people who are convicted of burglary are viewed as individuals who can’t be trusted because the steal other people’s properties. California Penal Code 459 defines the crime of burglary. But also, it brings with it — if it’s a residential burglary — a strike, and… Continure reading