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Disparity in Sentencing Between Federal and State Courts
Disparity in Sentencing Between Federal and State Courts

Disparity in Sentencing Laws Between State and Federal Courts For many years we have been hearing about harsh sentences handed down in federal courts for non-violent drug offenses. Even after the Federal Sentencing Guidelines became discretionary instead of mandatory, ...

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    • Mental Health Diversion

      Diversion: Mental Disorders I recently posted a blog about pre-trial diversion in low level drug offenses. If you haven’t read it, you should read ...

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    • Pre-Plea Diversion

      Pre-Plea Diversion As of January 1, 2018, California courts are offering "pre-plea" diversion in some drug cases. The benefit of pre-plea diversion is ...

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    • Mental Health Problems and the Criminal Justice System

      Mental Health Problems and the Criminal Justice System I have had the troubling situation lately of having to deal with a number of clients with ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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    • Finding the Right Criminal Defense Attorney in Los Angeles

      How do you find the right criminal defense lawyer in your community? You do what everyone else does when you want something: You sit in front of your ...

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    • Deputy Fire Chief Arrested for Arson and Theft

      A former Compton Deputy fire chief was arrested wednesday for arson and grand theft. Marcel Melanson, 37, of Torrance, California was arrested for ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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    • Recent Developments in Bail Law in California

      Recent developments in Bail Law in California If you ask most lawyers about bail , they will tell you to call a bail bondsman. Many will even suggest ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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    • Glendale Man Arrested for Residential Burglary of Sandra Bullock Home

      A 39 year old Glendale, California man was arrested yesterday for residential burglary after police found Joshua Corbett on the Bel Air estate of ...

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    • Angry and Arrested for Burglary in Hollywood

      Los Angeles Police arrested a man in Hollywood Tuesday after he (allegedly) smashed the window of a police car, stole a computer and walked away. The ...

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    • Deputy LA City Attorney Arrested for Child Porn

      A Deputy Los Angeles City Attorney was arrested Thursday for possession and distribution of child pornography . He was taken into custody at his home ...

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    • Disparity in Sentencing Between Federal and State Courts

      Disparity in Sentencing Laws Between State and Federal Courts For many years we have been hearing about harsh sentences handed down in federal courts ...

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    • Recent Developments in Bail Law in California

      Recent developments in Bail Law in California If you ask most lawyers about bail , they will tell you to call a bail bondsman. Many will even suggest ...

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    • Your Right to a Speedy Trial and Serna Motions

      Your Right to a Speedy Trial and Serna Motions When we are in court we often hear things like the “right to a speedy trial”. Usually we hear about it ...

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    • Recent Developments in Bail Law in California

      Recent developments in Bail Law in California If you ask most lawyers about bail , they will tell you to call a bail bondsman. Many will even suggest ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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    • Disparity in Sentencing Between Federal and State Courts

      Disparity in Sentencing Laws Between State and Federal Courts For many years we have been hearing about harsh sentences handed down in federal courts ...

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    • Mental Health Diversion

      Diversion: Mental Disorders I recently posted a blog about pre-trial diversion in low level drug offenses. If you haven’t read it, you should read ...

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    • What Can Be Done About Your Hit And Run?

      If you are driver involved in an automobile accident and there is any property damage, regardless of fault, you are required to stop and leave your ...

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    • Finding the Right Criminal Defense Attorney in Los Angeles

      How do you find the right criminal defense lawyer in your community? You do what everyone else does when you want something: You sit in front of your ...

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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 ...

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    • Prostitution: Beware of 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 in our fine ...

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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 ...

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    • Ventura Man Arrested for Marijuana Cultivation...Again

      The threat of jail and deportation was not enough to deter Ricardo Valencia from allegedly tending to over 6,000 marijuana plants shortly after his ...

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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 ...

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    • Prostitution: Beware of 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 in our fine ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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    • Victory Over California's Opaque Police Privacy Laws In State Court

      California is the only state that limits access to the personal files of law enforcement witnesses resulting in a lack of fair trials for accused ...

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    • Pre-Plea Diversion

      Pre-Plea Diversion As of January 1, 2018, California courts are offering "pre-plea" diversion in some drug cases. The benefit of pre-plea diversion is ...

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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 ...

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  • DUI
    • 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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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    • Once Reduced, A Felony 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 can be reduced to a misdemeanor under ...

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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 ...

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    • News You Can Use About Expunging Criminal Convictions

      TO EXPUNGE OR NOT TO EXPUNGE? THAT IS THE QUESTION. The answer is yes. But, why? You have put your small lapse in judgment behind you. Yes, you were ...

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    • Disparity in Sentencing Between Federal and State Courts

      Disparity in Sentencing Laws Between State and Federal Courts For many years we have been hearing about harsh sentences handed down in federal courts ...

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    • Prostitution: Beware of 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 in our fine ...

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    • Two LA Deputies Charged With Beating Handcuffed Inmate

      I am going to start this blog by saying that I am NOT a cop hater. I worked for a small police agency while I was in college and that was one of ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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    • Mental Health Diversion

      Diversion: Mental Disorders I recently posted a blog about pre-trial diversion in low level drug offenses. If you haven’t read it, you should read ...

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    • Pre-Plea Diversion

      Pre-Plea Diversion As of January 1, 2018, California courts are offering "pre-plea" diversion in some drug cases. The benefit of pre-plea diversion is ...

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    • Mental Health Problems and the Criminal Justice System

      Mental Health Problems and the Criminal Justice System I have had the troubling situation lately of having to deal with a number of clients with ...

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    • Fisherman Get Fed, Poachers Get Busted

      I read the news every day. I search out articles about people being arrested almost as often. Sometimes what I find makes me sad, sometimes I find it ...

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    • Studio City Man Arrested for Identity Theft

      Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man in Studio City for identity theft after allegedly took a new Porsche from a local auto leasing ...

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    • Medicare Fraud Suspect Arrested at LAX

      One of Medicare's most wanted fugitives was arrested today after he voluntarily flew back to Los Angeles from South Korea. Won Suk Lee, a Huntington ...

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    • County Assessor John Noguez Bails Out...Finally

      County Assessor John Noguez Bails Out...Finally The Los Angeles County Tax Assessor who was arrested months ago on charges of corruption and fraud was ...

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    • One-Eyed Gang member Arrested for Panorama City Double Murder

      A one-eyed gang member whose street name is "Winky" was arrested yesterday after authorities linked him to a double murder in Panorama City, ...

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    • MS-13 Gang Members Arrested in Food Truck Extortion

      20 gang members were arrested after a police raid suspted MS-13 gang members of extorting money from food truck operators. Operation "Protecting The ...

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    • Police Investigation Yields 33 arrests in Gang Sweep

      A yearlong police investigation targeting the Eastside Anaheim gang resulted in 33 arrests of various criminal activities including drug trafficking ...

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    • Mental Health Diversion

      Diversion: Mental Disorders I recently posted a blog about pre-trial diversion in low level drug offenses. If you haven’t read it, you should read ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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    • What Can Be Done About Your Hit And Run?

      If you are driver involved in an automobile accident and there is any property damage, regardless of fault, you are required to stop and leave your ...

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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 ...

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    • Civil Compromise in Amanda Bynes Hit and Run

      Under California law when a victim of a misdemeanor crime has been fully compensated for their out of pocket expenses the judge may permanantly stay ...

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    • Heroin abuse on the rise in Simi Valley

      Heroin use is on the rise in Ventura County, with a spike of cases found in Simi Valley. The prevalence of heroin addiction is often connected to ...

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    • Finding the Right Criminal Defense Attorney in Los Angeles

      How do you find the right criminal defense lawyer in your community? You do what everyone else does when you want something: You sit in front of your ...

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    • Police Questioning of Students at School Requires Miranda Warnings

      The Supreme Court rules that when police take a child out of school for the purpose of questioning them about a crime, Miranda warnings are required. ...

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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 ...

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    • Bicyclist Kills Pedestrian Charged With Felony Manslaughter

      The San Francisco bicyclist travelling at least 30 mile per hour who failed to stop at an intersection and struck a pedestrian will be tried for ...

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    • Riverside County Woman Gets 17 Years for DUI Crash Killing 3

      A Riverside County resident was just sentenced to 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of gross vehicular manslaughter resulting ...

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    • Medical Marijuana is Legal in California -- Just do it the Right Way

      Medical Marijuana is Legal In California -- Just do it the Right Way These days one of the most common requests I get from clients is to help them ...

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    • Garcetti Says Enforcement of Marijuana Laws Diverts Law Enforcement From More Important Tasks

      In a brief interview with a Spanish language television station this weekend, Mayor elect Eric Garcetti voiced his opinion that medical marijuana is ...

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    • Bath Salts and Marijuana Dispensaries Don't Mix

      Three men were arrested in Ventura County after an extensive undercover operation led police to believe a couple of local medical marijuana ...

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    • Mental Health Diversion

      Diversion: Mental Disorders I recently posted a blog about pre-trial diversion in low level drug offenses. If you haven’t read it, you should read ...

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    • Pre-Plea Diversion

      Pre-Plea Diversion As of January 1, 2018, California courts are offering "pre-plea" diversion in some drug cases. The benefit of pre-plea diversion is ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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    • One-Eyed Gang member Arrested for Panorama City Double Murder

      A one-eyed gang member whose street name is "Winky" was arrested yesterday after authorities linked him to a double murder in Panorama City, ...

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    • Body Found Buried in Compton Yard, Boyfriend Arrested for Murder

      A dead body was unearthed today in the backyard of a Compton, California home. Los Angeles County Sheriff's officers said the body was that of the ...

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    • Chris Brown Charged With Hit and Run and Faces Probation Violation

      Chris Brown was just charged with hit and run and driving without a valid license after he crashed his Range Rover into a Mercedes in the Toluca Lake ...

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    • Probation officer arrested for worker's comp fraud

      A six year probation officer was arrested Tuesday on allegations of filing nine fraudulent workers' compensation claims over the last three years. ...

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    • Parole Sweep Called "Operation Guardian" Nets 70 arrests in Los Angeles County

      A joint task force of federal, state and local law enforcement just executed a parole sweep called "Operation Guardian" in Los Angeles County. The ...

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    • Prostitution: Beware of 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 in our fine ...

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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 ...

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    • Force or Fear Makes Turns Burbank Burglaries Into Robberies

      Three teens turned bad to worse when they forced their way into two residences in Burbank, California, scaring away the residents and stealing ...

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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 ...

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    • Veteran DC Police Officer Arrested for Child Pornography

      A 7 year veteran Washington DC police officer was arrested yesterday after a report was filed that he took naked pictures of a 15 year old girl . ...

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    • Five Arrested for Child Pornography in Los Angeles

      Five Los Angeles County men were arrested yesterday after an intensive investigation by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputies described four of the ...

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    • Disparity in Sentencing Between Federal and State Courts

      Disparity in Sentencing Laws Between State and Federal Courts For many years we have been hearing about harsh sentences handed down in federal courts ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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    • Miguel Arrested for DUI in West Los Angeles

      Grammy winning singer and songwriter Miguel was arrested yesterday for DUI in Los Angeles, California. Miguel, whose full name is Miguel Pimentel, was ...

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    • Ex NBA Star Gilbert Arenas Arrested With Load of Illegal Fireworks

      Former NBA start Gilbert Arenas was in trouble with the law, again, after getting pulled over by CHP for speeding at 2:30 in the morning. Officers ...

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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 ...

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    • Finally Something Worth Steeling...Grapes?

      Finally, Something Worth Steeling…Grapes? ...

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    • Prop 47 Passes Making Most Drug Possession and Theft a Misdemeanor

      Proposition 47 Passes Making Many Drug and Theft Offenses Misdemeanors In case you have not heard yet, Proposition 47 just passed. This means that ...

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    • Finding the Right Criminal Defense Attorney in Los Angeles

      How do you find the right criminal defense lawyer in your community? You do what everyone else does when you want something: You sit in front of your ...

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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 ...

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    • Finding the Right Criminal Defense Attorney in Los Angeles

      How do you find the right criminal defense lawyer in your community? You do what everyone else does when you want something: You sit in front of your ...

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    • Amnesty for Unpaid Traffic Tickets in Los Angeles County Superior Court

      The Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles will begin an amnesty program where offenders can get their traffic tickey fines cut in half. Any ...

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    • Fighting Your Traffic Ticket

      FIGHTING YOUR TRAFFIC TICKET Another common question that I get as a criminal defense attorney is: How can I beat my traffic ticket? My answer is ...

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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 ...

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    • Rapper Arrested After Search of Justin Bieber's House

      Xavier Domic Smith, a 20 year old rap artist was charged with multiple felonies in Los Angeles County on Friday. Smith, also known as "Lil Za" was ...

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    • Sea Shepherd Captain Paul Watson Comes to Ground Without Arrest

      Paul “The Captain” Watson was not arrested this week as he came on land in Los Angeles, California after 15 months at sea. Watson, who appears to be ...

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    • Topless Activist Jailed and on Hunger Strike

      Topless Activist to Die in Jail? Not Likely. Phoenix Feeley is in jail in Monmouth County New Jersey for not paying a fine she was assessed back in ...

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    • Medicare Fraud Suspect Arrested at LAX

      One of Medicare's most wanted fugitives was arrested today after he voluntarily flew back to Los Angeles from South Korea. Won Suk Lee, a Huntington ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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    • SouljaBoy Arrested in The San Fernando Valley With a Loaded Gun

      Soulja Boy was arrested in Granada Hills, California with a loaded firearm in his possession according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The rap ...

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