Blog Posts in 2019

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  • Mental Diversion for Criminal Cases
    Mental Diversion for Criminal Cases

    In the early 1980s, federal funding for mental health treatment and facilities was dramatically slashed. In the movement for deinstitutionalization (moving patients out of hospitals and back into the ...

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  • What is Young Adults Court?
    What is Young Adults Court?

    In the last two decades, research has revealed a great deal of new information about the development of the adolescent brain. One of the most interesting discoveries is that this development continues ...

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  • Attorney Prizzia joined Board of Directors for FLOC
    Attorney Prizzia joined Board of Directors for FLOC

    Usually, I use this space to write about news and developments in the courts that I believe will be of interest to clients and potential clients, but it is my blog, so every now and then I need to ...

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  • Jury Recommends Death Penalty in “Hollywood Ripper” Case
    Jury Recommends Death Penalty in “Hollywood Ripper” Case

    After several hours of deliberation, the jurors hearing the case of the “Hollywood Ripper” recommended the death penalty. The defendant, Gargiulo, was accused of murdering two women – Ellerin and ...

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  • Does a Police Officer in CA Have Probable Cause to Search for Marijuana?
    Does a Police Officer in CA Have Probable Cause to Search for Marijuana?

    Although recreational marijuana use has been legal in California since 2016, there is much uncertainty surrounding the margins of legalization. One issue that often arises is whether the possession of ...

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  • Can a Criminal Conviction Harm My Immigration Status?
    Can a Criminal Conviction Harm My Immigration Status?

    When someone chooses to plead guilty in a criminal case, the plea must be “knowing, intelligent, and voluntary.” This means they must understand the rights they are giving up in order to plead guilty, ...

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