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Recent Changes in Criminal Defense in Ventura County

Recent Changes in Criminal Defense in Ventura County By now a lot of people have heard or dealt with the changes that have occurred in Ventura County’s criminal justice system. The biggest ...
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Now is the Right Time to Post Bail

Now is the Right Time to Post Bail One of the common questions in my business is: Should I bail him/her out? My answer is always the same – It depends. There are some basic rules of thumb I ...
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Beware of the Habitual Deuce Offender (H2O) Unit

Beware of the Habitual Deuce Offender Unit (H2O) You likely didn’t notice several plain clothed cops hanging around outside of court in Van Nuys or San Fernando. They may have a cop radio hidden ...
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Innocent Unless and Until Proven Guilty Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

I have been working in and around the criminal justice system for well over 25 years. I started out working for a small state police agency, I worked for a local prosecutor, and I sat as a volunteer ...
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Suspect Couldn't Escape Police with his Pants Around his Ankles

Suspect Couldn't Escape Police With His Pants Around His Ankles Yes, I know…We are all innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. But I couldn't help myself, ...
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Avoiding the Stress of the Trifecta

It's hard to believe that summer is over, the kids are back in school and fall is upon us. Actually it's my favorite time of year because Halloween is approaching and shortly after that we ...
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Simple Advice When Searching for a Criminal or DUI Defense Attorney

Happy Labor Day, or Not Simple Advice When Searching for a Criminal Defense or DUI Lawyer I woke up this morning, happy to not to have to shave, put on a suit and drive to court somewhere in Southern ...
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Thousand Oaks DUI Checkpoint Tonight

DUI Checkpoint Tonight in Thousand Oaks The Ventura County Star reports today that officers from the Thousand Oaks Police Department (Ventura County Sheriff's Deputies) will be conducting a ...
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A Good Lawyer Knows the Law, A Great Lawyer Knows How to Negotiate

A Good Lawyer Knows the Law, A Great Lawyer Knows How to Negotiate When I graduated from law school about 20 years ago one of my friends thought they would be funny and bought me a new coffee mug that ...
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Don't Steel Watches Equipped with GPS Tracking Devices

Don't Steel Watches Equipped With GPS Tracking Devices Ten men were arrested yesterday after what police describe as a movie-like robbery in the Korea Town area of Los Angeles. The men stormed ...
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Don't Evade Police When you are Drunk or Don't Have a License

Don't Evade Police Even When you are Drunk or Don't Have a License I hear a lot of similar stories when it comes to clients being arrested for evading law enforcement. Why didn't you stop? ...
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"I thought the Bulletproof Vest Would Work" is not a Good Defense

"I thought the bulletproof vest would work" is not a good defense Friday night in Northern California 3 young men appear to have been extremely bored as one the men put on a "bullet ...
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Posting Cash Bail in California Criminal Cases

Posting Cash Bail in California Criminal Cases If I Google the word "bail" or "jail" or "arrested", I get thousands of returns for bail bondsmen throughout the state of ...
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Don't Take Deferred Entry of Judgment at Arraignment

Don't Take Deferred Entry of Judgment (Drug Divesion) at Arraignment Here is the hypothetical: You get arrested for possession of narcotics or being under the influence of narcotics. You are ...
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How Criminal and DUI Defense Lawyers in California Get Paid

The majority of lawyers in the country charge for their services on an hourly basis. The lawyer speaks to the client, discusses the case and takes a "retainer", or advance funds, and bills ...
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Don't Run People Over With Your Car

Don't Run People Over With Your Car It may seem like common sense, but we really shouldn't run people over with our cars. Unfortunately there seems to be a lot of this going around lately and ...
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How Can You Benefit From Proposition 47?

How Can You Benefit From Proposition 47? A man was arrested recently for the felony charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm in violation of Penal Code Section 29805. The gentlemen was ...
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Finally Something Worth Steeling...Grapes?

Finally, Something Worth Steeling…Grapes? http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/ex-vineyard-manager-winery-owner-pleads-not-guilty-to-grape/article_366c1816-6577-57b8-b730-c15a655aa796.html ...
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Don't Hire a Lawyer You Find on the Internet

Don't Hire a Lawyer You Find on the Internet That's right, I said don't hire a lawyer you find on the internet. Why, you ask? There is an old saying: "Don't believe everything you ...
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