• 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

      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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    • 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 Anatomy of a Criminal Case: Discovery & Investigation

      It has been a few months since my last entry in this series, detailing the anatomy of a criminal case. In case, you missed the previous entries, you can find them here: Pre-filing & pre-filing ...

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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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    • The Decision of McCoy v. Louisiana

      On May 14, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of McCoy v. Louisiana. They settled a question that I, frankly, thought had been settled long before this case. Robert McCoy had been ...

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    • How Most Criminal Cases Are Really Resolved

      Watching television, you would think the logical conclusion to most criminal cases is the glamorous and high-stakes jury trial. Sit in any criminal court in this country and you will quickly find that ...

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • California's Definition of Drug Paraphernalia

      In California, you can be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for just possessing an item considered to be drug paraphernalia. Many of these arrests lead to $1,000 fines and 6-month jail sentences ...

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    • California Marijuana Laws: Cultivation and Possession

      While the recreational use of marijuana has been decriminalized in a number of different states in recent years, it is still illegal to possess or cultivate marijuana in the state of California. ...

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  • DUI
    • 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 ...

      Read More
    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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 ...

      Read More
    • 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
    • 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
    • California Marijuana Laws: Cultivation and Possession

      While the recreational use of marijuana has been decriminalized in a number of different states in recent years, it is still illegal to possess or cultivate marijuana in the state of California. ...

      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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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 ...

      Read More
    • 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 ...

      Read More
    • 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 ...

      Read More
    • 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 ...

      Read More
    • 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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    • 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 ...

      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
    • 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 ...

      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