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The Anatomy of Criminal Cases: Filing & Arraignment

In previous entries in this series, I discussed the various steps that lead up to the actual filing of a criminal complaint. Today we will look at the charging documents that initiate and sustain a ...
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Jose Ines Garcia Zarate Acquittal

At the end of November, a jury in San Francisco acquitted Jose Ines Garcia Zarate of the murder of Kate Steinle. As anyone who has not been living under a rock for the last month knows, uproar ensued. ...
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New Law Regarding Sealing Arrest Records

The end of 2017 was a tremendous time for criminal justice reform in California. Governor Brown signed into law a number of laws that will have real impact in swinging the pendulum back towards the ...
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Standard of Proof in the Court of Public Opinion

Ever since the Harvey Weinstein accusations broke, we have been inundated with people coming forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful people. Perhaps most significantly, last ...
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The Anatomy of Criminal Case: If and How to File a Case

In the last entry of this series, we discussed the first step in a criminal prosecution, the pre-filing investigation. This is the period between law enforcement discovering that a crime may have been ...
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Thoughts on DACA

For the last four weeks, I have been intending to write about DACA and Donald Trump's attacks on the policy that the Obama administration instituted seeking to balance our desire to enforce ...
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The Anatomy of Criminal Case: Pre-filing and Investigation

Last month, I announced I would be writing a series in an effort to demystify the process of a criminal case and hopefully correct some of the current misconceptions I frequently observe. I am ...
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Solar Eclipse & Race Relations

Last month, we experienced our first total solar eclipse since 38 years ago! The nerd in me was pretty psyched up for this event. At the same time, the humanist in me was angry and heartbroken by ...
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An Honest Insight on Our Relationship with Law Enforcement

On August 4 th, a Los Angeles jury returned a 2.25 million dollar verdict against the County of Orange as a result of its finding that the policies of the Orange County Sheriff's Department had ...
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How Can I Encourage My Child to Stay Out of Legal Trouble?

Summer break starts, a welcome relief for children and teens excited to begin a host of activities with their friends. This time of relaxation can help children recover from the stresses of school, ...
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Firework Legality in California

With the 4 th of July almost upon us, many people have already heard their neighbors shooting fireworks late at night. However, some areas of California are extremely dry this time of year, and state ...
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Underage DUI: What to Expect

In many states, those under 21 who are driving can't legally have a blood alcohol content (BAC) over 0.01%. This law applies to California as well. California is a zero-tolerance state, which ...
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Is a Military Diversion Program Right for You?

For a military member, even when your time at war is over, the effects of combat can stay with you, continuing to hurt you and sometimes having a severe and lasting impact your life. Serving in the ...
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Expungement: How to Get a Criminal Record Cleared

Receiving a conviction for a misdemeanor, or even just being arrested on suspicion of criminal charges, can negatively impact all facets of your private life. Employers generally do not want anyone ...
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Ignition Interlock Devices: What You Need to Know

One of the many possible consequences of being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in California is the requirement to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in your vehicle. An IID is ...
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The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40

Attorney Frances Prizzia has dedicated her practice to protecting the rights of those accused of criminal violations in Southern California. Through striving to always better herself, which in turn ...
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Is Posting Bail As Soon As Possible After an Arrest the Right Call?

After being arrested and charged with a crime, before you can actually get to work on your defense case, the first thing that you need to worry about is actually spending time in a jail cell. For most ...
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How Prop 57 Changes California's Criminal Justice System

Voters in California approved of Proposition 57 last month in a winning ratio of 2-to-1. The ballot described the measure as something that would increase parole chances for nonviolent felons, as well ...
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What are Bench Warrants?

Not all warrants will send the police to your door for an arrest. In fact, the most common type of warrant in California is a bench warrant, or one that is issued by a judge. Bench warrants do not ...
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DUI Arrests When the Driver is Under the Legal BAC Limit

The federal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for a civilian motorist is 0.08%. This number is typically generated through roadside breathalyzer tests but it can also be determined through a ...
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Do I Need to Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Being arrested can be one of the most frightening experiences of your life. If you have been charged with a crime, you will be given two options for your defense: a court-appointed public defender or ...
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An Overview of California's Medical Marijuana Laws

Medical cannabis has been a legal treatment option available to Californians ever since the passing of the Compassionate Use Act in 1996. Under this legislation, patients and their designated primary ...
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Comparing Restraining Orders to Emergency Protective Orders

When someone has been accused of domestic violence, the alleged victim or the court may react by issuing a restraining order or an emergency protective order (EPO), which can also be called an ...
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Arrested for a DUI on Labor Day?

Did you have a run-in with the law over Labor Day weekend and end up in handcuffs or a jail cell for driving under the influence ( DUI )? The first thing you should know is that this is not an ...
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Assault & Battery: Two Separate Crimes

People arrested for a violent crime will usually find the term "assault & battery" somewhere on their arrest record. The commonality of seeing these two terms together can understandably ...
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