In late 2018, Congress voted to pass substantial criminal justice reform measures, the first of its kind in several decades. Known as the First Step Act, the prison reform bill has several components that are aimed to increase early release and living conditions for those incarcerated. In particular, the act is expected to reduce recidivism rates, or the regression of criminals to commit...Read More
What is the Difference Between Manslaughter and Murder?
There are several different designations of murder and manslaughter, which vary greatly in the degree of the penalty associated. While there are also civil and criminal classifications and penalties, the following information considers felony charges only. When charges are filed, factors such as premeditation and whether the death was an...Read More
If you break the conditions, or stipulations, of your probation, you could have it revoked or face a more severe sentence. The laws surrounding probation violation in San Diego can be complex, so make sure you secure dependable legal representation if you’re in trouble with the law.
Your criminal defense lawyer’s job is to navigate you through the legal system and work for your best interests....Read More
A guardian has the legal obligation and responsibility to protect children from harm and to provide them with their basic needs, including shelter and nourishment. Having guardianship over a child also means keeping them away from situations that may appear unreasonably dangerous. If an adult fails to look after a child’s well-being, they may face child endangerment charges—which can have some...Read More
In criminal law, there’s a distinction between felony charges and misdemeanor charges. A felony includes a wide range of crimes which can involve alcohol or drugs, white-collar crime, sex crimes, and crimes of violence. Without proper knowledge facing a felony charge can be confusing. A felony is any crime that is punishable by one year or more in jail. The maximum sentence for a misdemeanor...Read More
What the End of Cash Bail Means
Under the old cash bail system, which remained virtually unchanged until late August, a person accused of wrongdoing gets brought before a judge. During this time, the judge informs them of the charges against them and sets bail at specified cash value. The purpose of the cash bail stands to ensure that accused persons appear for trial when released from jail....Read More
Driving while under the influence of alcohol is considered a crime. If you are charged with a first offense DUI you may receive a punishment that is less severe than if you had been charged for the same crime in the past. If you should find yourself in this unfortunate position, it is essential to know what to expect.
VC 23152 (a) or (b) – Driving Under the Influence
Every state...Read More
A restraining order, or a protection order, is put in place by a judge to protect an individual. Protection may be sought from different types of crimes of violence including harassment, stalking, domestic abuse, and even verbal threats. The purpose of placing a restraining order is to prohibit the respondent from contact with the protected individual. These interactions would not only be face...Read More
Facing criminal charges following an arrest is not a situation anyone wants to experience, but truth be told the consequences won’t simply vanish. Instead, it is important to take charge of your defense in order to meet the charges directly and to ensure you have a fair and equitable experience within the justice system. After being charged, the most common concern many people face is...Read More
To avoid being charged with a crime unfairly, it is essential to understand your right to remain silent under California law. The right to remain silent was established by the famous Miranda v. Arizona court case. Under this United States Supreme Court case, if being taken into police custody, you must be advised of your Miranda Rights before undergoing any questioning. These rights fall...Read More
If you have been charged with or convicted of domestic violence, you may be wondering if you are able to get your domestic violence charge expunged from your record. In general, your eligibility for expungement will vary depending on the severity of the crime of which you were convicted and your criminal record. In the state of California, domestic violence crimes may either be charged as a...Read More
If you have a recent charge with driving under the influence (DUI) in the State of California, you may be wondering what to do next. As a DUI conviction can lead to severe consequences and may impact your future, it is essential to contact a DUI attorney right away. There are many different types of attorneys, but to fight DUI charges, you will want to contact a criminal defense attorney....Read More
White-collar crimes are non-violent crimes and involve some type of fraud or corruption. Some of the more common forms of white-collar crime include money laundering, wire fraud, securities fraud, health care fraud, insider trading, and public corruption. The perpetrators of these crimes tend to be business or government professionals.
White-Collar Crimes in a Professional Setting