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Criminal Threats-Penal Code 422 PC

What Constitutes Criminal Threats in California As a criminal defense attorney, I often defend clients who are facing charges for criminal threats. Formerly knowns as terrorist threats, Penal Code 422 criminal threats do not involve any actual physical harm to the victim but merely a fear of harm that was conveyed by the Defendant. This often confuses clients because a person can be charged with a crime without ever lifting a finger to harm anyone. Many times, criminal threat charges will arise out of domestic violence cases or from a dispute that did not rise to the level of physical...

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Best Criminal Defense Attorney Los Angeles

When you or someone you love is charged with a crime, you will want an experienced criminal defense attorney to handle the case in criminal court. An internet search for best criminal defense attorney Los Angeles will yield thousands of results of attorneys claiming to be the best. Knowing which criminal attorney to hire can be confusing and intimidating to someone who has little or no experience working with criminal lawyers and the criminal court system. In this blog, I will list five things that you should ask from your criminal defense attorney before deciding if that attorney is the...

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What to Do If Your Child is Arrested

There are few things more startling than a phone call (or worse, a visit) informing you that your child has been arrested. If this ever happens to you, it’s essential that you understand a few things about juvenile crime and know what you and your child should and should not do going forward. Retain a defense lawyer right away Often, police officers will tell parents in these situations that they don’t need a lawyer. They may say they only want to talk to your child and get the honest truth about the issue at hand. However, if your child has...

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California’s DNA Collection Program Faces Opposition

California’s DNA collection program continues to be challenged by civil libertarians who say the program is too broad. Currently in California, when a person is arrested for a felony, he or she is required to submit a mouth swab that is processed and stored in a state data bank. Under the state’s DNA collection program, expungement isn’t automatic even if the charges are dropped or the person is acquitted. In order to have the DNA removed from the database in California, persons have to apply, even if the charges are dropped. In other states, the terms of the DNA collection...

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Is California’s Realignment of Inmates Causing an Increase in Crime?

Many Republican law makers, law enforcement officials and victims’ rights groups argue that the shift in California’s penal system pushed through legislature by Gov. Jerry Brown a couple years ago has spurred crime rates across the state. The shift, referred to as “realignment” has been one of the nation’s largest criminal justice experiments and while it has resulted in some benefits, it has also resulted in an increase in California’s crime rate, according to some. Under realignment individuals accused of non-violent, non-sexual and non-serious felonies in the state of California are required to serve their sentences in county jails instead...

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Support for End to California Death Penalty and Changes to Three-Strikes Laws Increase

Results from a Los Angeles Times poll show voters support ballot measures to repeal California’s death penalty and to ease the state’s three-strikes sentencing laws. According to the results, the gap between those who support Proposition 34 and those who oppose it has shrunk to only 3 percent. The poll shows that 42 percent of voters say they would vote for Prop 34 and 45 percent say they would vote against it. The vote could go either way as 12 percent say they are still undecided. Proposition 34 would apply retroactively to condemned inmates and would require those convicted of...