• California Car Thefts Rank High On a Nationwide List of Auto Crimes

      According to recent studies conducted by The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), seven out of the 10 worst hot spots for auto theft crimes in 2014 were in Californian metropolitan areas, most of ...

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    • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 and Top 100 Trial Lawyers

      Attorney Frances Prizzia has devoted her career to providing criminal defense resources to the people of Southern California. For her tenacity and compassion on behalf of her clients in their pursuit ...

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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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    • Belated happy birthday, Jesus!

      Merry Christmas, everyone. This post is inspired today by my savior's birthday. Those of you who know me know that I am Catholic. People have asked me how I reconcile the work I do, representing the ...

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    • Can Contesting Evidence Help Me Win a Drug Case?

      It may seem impossible to put together a defense if the police found you possessing illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia —excuses like “it’s not mine!” or “I didn’t know what it was” only go so far in ...

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    • The Power of One

      The jury in the retrial of the sentencing phase for Jodi Arias deadlocked 11-1 in favor of death on Thursday. I have not paid much attention to the case, but I do always take notice when a criminal ...

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    • The Pros and Cons of Going to Trial

      When someone is accused of a crime, the decision of whether to go to trial or resolve their case with a plea bargain may be one of the most difficult decisions that person has ever faced. Compounding ...

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    • New Ignition Interlock Device Requirements in California DUI Cases

      Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1046 into law, effective January 1, 2019. The bill is a statewide expansion of a pilot program that ran in Alameda, Los Angeles, Tulare and Sacramento counties. The ...

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    • A Winning Election for Criminal Justice Reform

      Most of the focus this election season was on the Senate and the House in an election seen by many as a referendum on Trump that would set the playing field for 2020. Not as widely reported was the ...

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    • 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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    • A Prosecutor's Duty: Defining Justice

      In my last blog, I began talking about the structural imbalances in the criminal justice system between the government and the accused and the ways the Constitution and courts have devised to attempt ...

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    • Up And Vanished and the Evidence Requirement

      I recently listened to a great podcast called Up and Vanished. Yes, despite working in the criminal justice system day in and day out, I too love a good true crime story. Getting to listen to these ...

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    • One DNA Test Could Free Kevin Cooper

      The New York Times recently published an absolutely remarkable piece examining the pending execution of a potentially innocent man here in California. I write about it here primarily with the hope ...

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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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    • What to Expect at a DMV Hearing

      If you should ever be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in California, you will face two separate legal proceedings: a criminal DUI charge and a hearing with the California Department of ...

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    • False Accusations of Domestic Violence – Why Do They Happen?

      Were you recently approached by a police investigator who told you that your spouse, ex, or significant other had accused you of domestic violence? Are you seeing your boyfriend or girlfriend take to ...

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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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    • 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 Contesting Evidence Help Me Win a Drug Case?

      It may seem impossible to put together a defense if the police found you possessing illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia —excuses like “it’s not mine!” or “I didn’t know what it was” only go so far in ...

      Read More
    • 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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  • DUI
    • New Ignition Interlock Device Requirements in California DUI Cases

      Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1046 into law, effective January 1, 2019. The bill is a statewide expansion of a pilot program that ran in Alameda, Los Angeles, Tulare and Sacramento counties. The ...

      Read More
    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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  • FAQ
    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Explaining the Differences Between Felonies & Misdemeanors

      Legal definitions can get pretty complicated and convoluted. Thankfully, for the most part, the average person who has not dedicated their career to laws and regulations do not have to worry about ...

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    • The Times They Are A Changing

      The signs seem to be everywhere. After about 35 years of politicians and policy makers falling over themselves to jockey to be viewed as the toughest on crime, Americans finally seem to be waking up ...

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    • Musings on Ferguson

      So much has been said and written about the death of Michael Brown, the ensuing investigation and grand jury proceeding and most recently the decision of that grand jury not to indict Darren Wilson ...

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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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    • 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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    • 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, ...

      Read More
    • California’s Hate Crime Laws Are Leading to Harsher Sentencing

      Politics and other current, newsworthy events have led to an increase in attention to possible affronts made because of one’s affiliation with a minority group. The data shows that, despite the ...

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    • Marc Kelly: A Man of Courage

      "The truth is, that, even with the most secure tenure of office, during good behavior, the danger is not, that the judges will be too firm in resisting public opinion, and in defence of private rights ...

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    • The Power of One

      The jury in the retrial of the sentencing phase for Jodi Arias deadlocked 11-1 in favor of death on Thursday. I have not paid much attention to the case, but I do always take notice when a criminal ...

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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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    • Do Juvenile Offenders Get Different Treatment in Criminal Court?

      The youth will always be rebellious by nature. It doesn't matter what time period you enter or what culture you are surrounded by, this is the way of young teenagers. How much they rebel, however, ...

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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 been ...

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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 ...

      Read More
    • What to Expect at a DMV Hearing

      If you should ever be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in California, you will face two separate legal proceedings: a criminal DUI charge and a hearing with the California Department of ...

      Read More
    • 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 ...

      Read More
    • Can Contesting Evidence Help Me Win a Drug Case?

      It may seem impossible to put together a defense if the police found you possessing illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia —excuses like “it’s not mine!” or “I didn’t know what it was” only go so far in ...

      Read More
    • 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 ...

      Read More
    • 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 ...

      Read More
    • 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 ...

      Read More
    • 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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    • Interrogating Children

      It may surprise you to learn that despite all we know about the development of the adolescent brain, until very recently, children were essentially treated like adults in police interrogations. ...

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    • Can Contesting Evidence Help Me Win a Drug Case?

      It may seem impossible to put together a defense if the police found you possessing illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia —excuses like “it’s not mine!” or “I didn’t know what it was” only go so far in ...

      Read More
    • Musings on Ferguson

      So much has been said and written about the death of Michael Brown, the ensuing investigation and grand jury proceeding and most recently the decision of that grand jury not to indict Darren Wilson ...

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    • The Documentary, "Knock Down the House"

      I watched an amazing documentary on Netflix yesterday, “ Knock down the House .” The movie follows four candidates, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearingen, during the 2018 ...

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    • Thoughts on Robert Mueller's Investigation

      After almost two years of waiting, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is finally over and his 400 page report has been submitted to the Department of Justice. Predictably, it has not done ...

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    • Edward Snowden: Patriot and Hero

      Edward Snowden has been on my mind recently. His name has been back in the news recently because Congress has been revisiting many of the abuses that we never would have known about had Snowden not ...

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    • Belated happy birthday, Jesus!

      Merry Christmas, everyone. This post is inspired today by my savior's birthday. Those of you who know me know that I am Catholic. People have asked me how I reconcile the work I do, representing the ...

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    • California’s Age of Consent, and What it Means for You

      Understanding Consent in California Since 2014, California has defined consent as an “affirmative and ongoing” process for any sexual activity. This standard is useful for determining what counts as ...

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    • The Kavanaugh Hearings

      I have been wrestling with my feelings about the Kavanaugh accusations this week. On the one hand, I am a proud supporter of the #MeToo movement and believe that women who are the victims of sexual ...

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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 Capture of the Golden State Killer Demonstrates the Ways Privacy is Dwindling in America

      The capture of the alleged Golden State Killer brought national attention to the relatively new ability of law enforcement to identify suspects by following their genealogical family trees to close ...

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    • California’s Hate Crime Laws Are Leading to Harsher Sentencing

      Politics and other current, newsworthy events have led to an increase in attention to possible affronts made because of one’s affiliation with a minority group. The data shows that, despite the ...

      Read More
    • Legislative Update: Senate Bill 1437 Significantly Changes Murder Liability in California

      On September 30 th , Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1437, a bill that drastically changes the ways in which the government can charge someone with murder, as I will explain below. Importantly, this ...

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    • One DNA Test Could Free Kevin Cooper

      The New York Times recently published an absolutely remarkable piece examining the pending execution of a potentially innocent man here in California. I write about it here primarily with the hope ...

      Read More
    • 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 ...

      Read More
    • 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 ...

      Read More