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My Boyfriend Told me to Refuse the Test

/Criminal-Defense/Traffic-Offenses.aspx My Boyfriend told me to Refuse the Test I repeat client called me yesterday to tell me she was arrested for her third DUI last weekend. She was driving home ...
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Meet Your Lawyer Before You Hire Him

Meet Your Lawyer Before you Hire Him I got a call Friday from a potential client. I was walking out the door to meet a colleague for lunch when the phone rang. I asked the caller if I could call her ...
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The Mill vs. the Real Criminal Defense Lawyer

The Mill vs. the Real Criminal Defense Lawyer Almost every criminal defense lawyer who is under 70 and has been practicing for more that 6 weeks, has a website. Some sites are better, and some are ...
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Jail Alternatives in LA's Criminal Justice System

Welcome to Los Angeles County. Home of the largest municipal jail facility in the world; Home of one of the most overcrowded jails in the country; Home of some of the most disgusting jail conditions ...
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Don't Plead Guilty at Arrignment

Don’t Plead Guilty at Arraignment I recently wrote a blog entitled: “Don’t Take Deferred Entry of Judgment at Arraignment”. It has received more views in the last year than any ...
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Winning Criminal Defense and DUI Cases

Winning Criminal Defense and DUI Cases Winning in criminal defense takes a variety of different forms. First, a dismissal of all of the charges is the best example of a “win”. I have had a ...
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Once Reduced, A Felony is a Misdemeanor for All Purposes

Once a Felony is Reduced to a Misdemeanor, it is a Misdemeanor for “All Purposes” If you have been convicted of a felony in California, there is a good chance that the felony conviction ...
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Prostitution: Beware of a Crime Involving Moral Turpitude

Take Caution: Prostitution is a Crime Involving Moral Turpitude Many people, myself included, feel that prostitution should be legalized, regulated, licensed and taxed. Maybe one day that will happen ...
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What to do if you were Arrested for DUI Over the Holidays?

Arrested for DUI Over the Holidays? If you or someone close to you was one of the unlucky people who were arrested for DUI this holiday season, then you are in good company. The task forces were out ...
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Getting Arrested During the Holidays really Sucks!

Getting Arrested During the Holidays Really Sucks Getting arrested is NOT a good way to avoid family events during the holidays. I know that we all have certain obligations this time of year. We need ...
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How Much Should it really cost to hire a Criminal Defense Attorney

How Much Should it really Cost to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney? I got an unsolicited email this weekend. A potential client was asking how much I would charge to represent them in a drug ...
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Before you go out Drinking, Have a Plan

Before you go out Drinking, Have a Plan If you start the night off with a plan, you are more likely to end the night sleeping in your own bed instead of sleeping at the grey bar motel. Throughout the ...
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Drunken Boater Not Charged in Connection with Friend's Death

A Los Angeles man was sentenced to 36 months of probation in Sonoma County Superior Court on October 12 th, 2016 in connection with the death of his lifelong friend while wakeboarding out on Lake ...
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Military Diversion Avoids any Criminal Conviction

Getting Clients into Military Diversion Have you ever heard of Veteran’s Court ? Some people have, but even fewer people have heard of the Military Diversion Program. Diversion is a concept that ...
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DEJ is Better than Prop 36

No I don’t Want Prop 36 When I can get Diversion Drug cases these days are interesting. If the case does not involve sales or possession for sale, it will normally be a misdemeanor. When I speak ...
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Valley Criminal and DUI Defense Lawyers Relocated

San Fernando Valley Criminal Defense and DUI Lawyers Jeffrey Vallens and Ross Erlich Have Relocated In the olden days I would have called up my printer and had formal announcements printed up which ...
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Boating Under the Influence

I had lunch today with a few colleagues who do criminal defense. We started out talking about the election and the possibilities of simply sailing away to some sort of paradise. At some point a ...
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The Right Way to Do Criminal Defense vs. The Wrong Way to Do Criminal Defense

The Right Way to Do Criminal Defense vs. The Wrong Way to Do Criminal Defense I was in CCB* Tuesday on a motion to reduce a felony to a misdemeanor and expunge an old felony conviction for a client. ...
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Vandalism Charges Dismissed

Vandalism Charges Dismissed It took over a year, but I finally civilly compromised another vandalism case. My client and his friends were out smashing mailboxes, light fixtures and even a couple car ...
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"When Darkness Reigns", By Philip R. Dunn

When Darkness Reigns, by Philip R. Dunn A couple months ago I rented a new office in the Conejo Valley in order to better serve my Ventura County clients. The office is located near the Thousand Oaks ...
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How to Deal with Criminal Protective Orders in Domestic Violence Cases

How to Deal with an Emergency Protective Order or Criminal Protective Order in Domestic Violence Cases If you have been arrested for domestic violence there is a good chance there will be an emergency ...
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Mental Health Issues in DUI and Criminal Defense

Mental Health Issues in Criminal and DUI Defense I have often said that the majority of my cases involve substance abuse, financial pressures or relationship troubles. Many involve more than one of ...
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Twenty Years of Criminal and DUI Defense

Twenty Years of Criminal and DUI Defense Yesterday was my twenty year anniversary practicing law. May 28, 1996, I was sworn in as a lawyer, meaning that I was officially able to start ...
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How to Avoid Posting Bail in California Criminal/DUI Cases

How to Avoid Posting Bail Not everyone has to post bail in order to secure their pre-trial release from custody. Just yesterday I walked a woman into court after a warrant was issued for her arrest. ...
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Reducing and Expunging Criminal Convictions

The Importance of Reducing and Expunging Convictions I get a lot of questions these days about expunging convictions, reducing felonies to misdemeanors, sealing records and even certificates of ...
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