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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2016 was a remarkable year for our office.  This year, Pat received his Criminal Law Specialist Certification from the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.  Not only does that put him in an exclusive category with less than 1% of lawyers California, Pat is also now the youngest Certified Specialist in the state. Our… Read More »

Uber & Lyft Drivers – New Dui Law

Uber and Lyft drivers: did you know there is a law change effective this weekend?  Effective at midnight on New Year’s day, Assembly Bill 2687 goes into effect.  While it is currently unlawful for standard California drivers to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or greater, the law for “passenger for hire” vehicles… Read More »

What Does A Dui Lawyer Cost?

When you are arrested for a DUI, after the shock wears off, everyone considers the difficult question of “what is this gonna cost me?”  People also think, “hey, I’m guilty, should I just go in to court and plead guilty myself and not waste money on a lawyer.”  While a logical thought, it would be… Read More »

What does getting my case expunged do for me? Penal Code Section 1203.4

Many people are of the incorrect belief that getting their case expunged means it is completely removed from your record.  That is not the case.  With that said, however, getting your conviction expunged per California Penal Code Section 1203.4 can offer you many benefits. The number one complaint of those who have been convicted of… Read More »

Fail to Appear, Forfeit Your Bail

The California Supreme Court took the time today to rule on one of the most obvious issues in criminal justice:  if you fail to appear, your bail will be forfeited.  Imagine that?!  If you hire a lawyer, you won’t have to appear in court if you are charged with a misdemeanor offense.  It’s one of… Read More »

The Burden of Proof – the Adnan Syed Case and Faulty Criminal Convictions

Very few truly understand the burden of proof in a criminal case – “beyond a reasonable doubt”.  It is a question pondered by many, and the issue with many convictions which are later re-investigated such as the one of Adnan Syed, who in 2000 was convicted of murdering his then girlfriend, Hae Min Lee.  The… Read More »

Getting a DUI – Circumstantial Evidence is Enough, Says California

Did you know that you don’t need to be “caught in the act” in order to get busted for a DUI?  Many have challenged their license suspension for a DUI based on the fact that they were not caught while driving, arguing that circumstantial evidence should be insufficient to prove their guilt.  In Orange County,… Read More »

Supreme Court Weighs in on Controversial Three Strikes Law

In general, California’s three strikes law is fairly straightforward.  If you have a prior “strike” offense (a serious or violent felony), your second felony results in twice the term it would get if you didn’t have a prior felony. If that second strike is for a serious felony, then five more years are added on. Thus,… Read More »

California Supreme Court Declines 290 Case

The California’s Supreme Court declined to revisit a controversial January ruling on mandatory registration for certain offenders. The case the court declined to rehear, Johnson v. Department of Justice, revived a mandatory registration law that many argued was homophobic and unjustly subjected gay and lesbian defendants to greater punishments than their straight counterparts. For expert… Read More »