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Prior Bad Acts in Domestic Violence Cases

Prior Bad Acts in Domestic Violence Cases A new client came in a few months ago. He was charged with felony domestic battery and violating a criminal protective order from a prior misdemeanor DV ...
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Pitchess Motions and Getting Better Results in Criminal Defense Cases

Leveraging Better Results in Criminal Defense Cases: Pitchess Motions Almost every time a new client comes in they want to know how their case will end up. Often times, clients want me to “lay ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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An Interview With a Criminal Appellate Lawyer

An Interview with a Criminal Appellate Lawyer Sometimes things may not go as planned in the trial court. Maybe the jury didn't see things the way you had hoped, or maybe there is a change in the ...
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When Not to Post Bail...and Maybe Hire a Lawyer

When NOT To Post Bail...and Maybe Hire a Lawyer I hope you all had a happy Halloween. This weekend, not one but two friends called to say that their children had been arrested. One was a juvenile and ...
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What Happens After You Get Arrested?

What Happens After You Get Arrested? This weekend was the Budweiser Made in America Music Festival in downtown Los Angeles. Between Saturday and Sunday there were about 60 people either arrested or ...
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Do Good DUI Lawyers Take Payment Plans?

Do Good DUI Attorneys Take Payment Plans? Lots of lawyers take payment plans. I often joke about one lawyer who I still see in the Metropolitan traffic court who has bright orange stickers on his ...
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How Do I Know When it is Time to Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

If I got arrested for some serious charge, like murder, I would likely want to hire a lawyer. But what if I am got driving on a suspended driver's license? Do I need to hire a lawyer then? What if ...
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