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Blog Posts in September, 2011

Finding a Good Criminal Defense Lawyer in Los Angeles

I am constantly asked how a potential client can find a good criminal defense attorney. My answer is often the same: Meet with the lawyer whenever possible; Do you feel comfortable with the lawyer? Be ...
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Los Angeles Veteran's Court Accepting Transfers from Other Courthouses

I currently have a client charged with evading arrest and DUI in the San Fernando Courthouse of Los Angeles County. He also has a 20 year old strike prior from a previous alcohol-related driving ...
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a Defense in Criminal Cases

Post Traumatic stress disorder is a popular defense these days. With the establishment of veterans courts around the country, courts are seeing more and more defenses to crimes based upon combat ...
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Help Stop the Execution of Troy Davis

As a criminal defense attorney I am constantly trying to stay up to date on new criminal case law and legislation as well as the state of the justice system in California and the United States. One of ...
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Medical Marijuana Is Not A Crime

Many years after the voters in California passed an initiative to allow legal use and possession of marijuana, the federal government still does not see it our way. The Compassionate Use Act allows ...
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DUI Arrests Were Up This Labor Day Weekend

The California Highway Patrol reported that DUI arrests were up significantly from last Labor Day Weekend. Not only were DUI arrests up, but fatal accidents were up as well, says the CHP. Last year ...
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$2,500 or More to Hire a Competent Criminal Defense Attorney

$2,500 or More to Hire a Competent Criminal Defense Attorney One of the first questions that a prospective client asks me is always about cost: How much will it cost to hire a criminal defense ...
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29 to Life for a $20 Theft...Another Failure of the Justice System

A Riverside County man was tragically sentenced to 29 to life in prison for shoplifting less than $21 worth of merchandise from a Home Depot Store in the Lake Elsinore area. Yes, he had an extensive ...
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Immigrants Must Get Bond hearing Before Prolonged Detention

In a landmark case, the Federal Court just ruled that immigrants are entitled to a hearing and potential bail before any prolonged detention. The Court said that failure to do so is unconstitutional ...
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Mistrial In Brandon McInerney Case

Judge Charles Campbell declared a mistrial in the high profile murder trial of Brandon McInerney. A mistrial is declared for many different reasons, but in this case it was declared because the jury ...
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