Not Guilty Verdict for Murder but for Voluntary Manslaughter

August 9, 2020 1:05 pm Published by
I had a case a number of years ago in downtown Los Angeles where my client was charged with murder.  He had been involved in a bar fight with another person and that other person actually waited outside for him and my client ended up stabbing him with a knife.  It was captured on video and there were obviously witnesses. So, he really couldn’t say that he didn’t do anything… Continure reading

Manslaughter Charge Dismissed After Defense Investigation

August 7, 2020 12:34 pm Published by
I had a client once who was trying to drive to work and ended up getting in an accident with a motorcycle and the motorcycle driver died.  After a year-long investigation, prosecutors charged him with involuntary manslaughter under California Penal Code 192(b). He was looking at a criminal record.  He was looking at responsibility for this accident.  It was unbelievable to me just reading the police report, it just did… Continure reading

Attempted Murder Charges Dismissed After Hung Jury

August 5, 2020 1:24 pm Published by
This was one of the more interesting cases I’ve done in my career and I’ve been doing this a long time — 26 years.  I’ve worked for the DA’s office, a Superior Court judge, and then since 1994 I’ve been a criminal defense attorney, only defending people who are charged with crimes. In this particular attempted murder case under California Penal Code 664/187, my client was basically looking at 30… Continure reading

Road Rage Charges Dismissed in Los Angeles

July 24, 2020 2:24 pm Published by
I represented a client who I liked a lot because he was a good guy and he was charged with road rage related offense based on an issue he had on a freeway with another driver.  The big dispute in the case was these guys ending up crashing into each other while they were mad at each other. One of these situations where somebody is going too slow, a guy… Continure reading

Assault with a Deadly Weapon Dismissed the Morning of Trial

July 23, 2020 2:52 pm Published by
Years ago I had a case that I tried in the San Fernando courthouse.  My client basically woke up and he was hallucinating, probably because he had taken drugs — a combination of drugs — and he believed that there was somebody in his house and that they were going to get him, so he grabbed his shotgun and started firing throughout his house.  Reloaded and fired multiple shots. The… Continure reading

Battery Causing Great Bodily Injury Dismissed on Eve of Trial

July 19, 2020 3:34 pm Published by
I was trying a big battery case where my client was an Uber driver who ended up kicking passengers out of his car because they were trying to jam five passengers in a car that could not have five passengers. One of the passengers challenged him to a fight, stepped outside and my client, in defending himself, punched the guy in the face and that caused him to break his… 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 is Aggravated Kidnapping?

September 13, 2019 12:19 pm Published by
This has to do with a kidnapping that takes place for purposes of ransom or to commit some other serious crime like rape, robbery, extortion.  So, obviously this is one of the more serious crimes that an individual case . Penal Code Section 209 in the San Fernando Valley in California can cause a person to end up serving life in prison if they’re convicted.  Other serious kidnapping charges are… Continure reading

3 Gang Members Charged Robbery and Kidnapping

September 17, 2012 10:10 am Published by
Phillip Ely, 29; Lavelle Mosley, 22 and Terion Lamarr Collins, 25, three known 40s Crips gang members, were charged on Friday September 14, 2012 with robbing a bank, leading the police on a high speed chase, and then on top of it all, throwing bulks of money out the car window. The three are charged with four counts each of second-degree robbery and one count each of kidnapping to commit… Continure reading

Man Shot By Officer Facing Assault With Deadly Weapon

July 27, 2012 11:43 am Published by
Los Angeles police today released the name of the officer who shot an armed man last week in Winnetka. Bruce Oakley, a West Valley patrol officer, shot an armed man in Winnetka on july 19, 2012. Oakley was responding to a battery call on Welby Way about 4:45 a.m. July 19. A man told him that his roommate was inside and when the officers went to a bedroom, the man,… Continure reading