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The Facts on Parole and Probation

When working with clients new to the criminal justice system or when speaking with family members of incarcerated clients or clients facing conviction, I am frequently asked about parole and probation. It is also common for current or prospective clients to seek my support after violating parole or probation. If you or someone you love is in a situation where learning about parole and probation in California may be beneficial, I hope the answers to the following frequently asked questions are helpful. Of course, I will be happy to discuss this and other topics as they relate specifically to your...

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When the Feds Come Knocking: What Happens When Someone is Arrested on Federal Criminal Charges

As a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer, I am often called upon to represent clients in a federal criminal court case. These type of cases differ greatly from criminal cases in State Court and that is why it is important to hire a criminal defense attorney who has experience in representing clients before the criminal courts. What Happens When a Person is Arrested on Federal Charges First Appearance A federal criminal case starts out much like any other with the first appearance. This takes place before a Magistrate judge and is usually done on the day of the arrest. At...

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Self-Defense in California

If you have been charged with assault or another violent crime in California, there is a possibility that you may be acquitted of this charge if you are able to prove that you were acting in defense of yourself, your home, or another person. However, it is important to realize that there are specific circumstances under which self-defense is considered to be a reasonable response to a threat. Here are the basics of self-defense in California criminal courts. First, California is not one of the states that has a standard “stand your ground” law, which is a statute that removes...