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What is Possession of Burglary Tools in California?

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Differences Between Robbery and Theft Charges in California

PC 211 & PC 484 – THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ROBBERY AND GENERAL THEFT RELATED OFFENSES IN LOS ANGELES If I had to sum up in a nutshell the key differences between a robbery offense and a general theft related offense, it would be that a robbery has an element of force or … Continue reading “Differences Between Robbery and Theft Charges in California”

Differences Between Robbery and Theft Charges in California

PC 211 & PC 484

Charged with Corporal Injury to Spouse?

LEARN THE INS AND OUTS OF CORPORAL INJURY TO SPOUSE / DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DEFENSE IN LOS ANGELES California Penal Code Section 273.5 This is the law that delineates a spousal abuse battery.  I have been defending these cases for the past 25 years and have negotiated and conducted jury trials in every courthouse in Los … Continue reading “Charged with Corporal Injury to Spouse?”

Learn How Federal Drug Cases Are Being Prosecuted Across The Nation

THE FEDERAL AUTHORITIES PROSECUTE FEDERAL DRUG CASES ACCORDING TO POLICIES SPECIFIC TO EACH JURISDICTION In traveling across the nation defending federal drug charges (involving sales, distribution and trafficking of illegal drugs) I have seen that different states handle federal drug charges according to their own unwritten policies. For example, I have noticed that criminal defendants … Continue reading “Learn How Federal Drug Cases Are Being Prosecuted Across The Nation”

Different Types of Burglary Charges in California

LEARN THE FACTS RELATED TO BURGLARY CHARGES There are a number of different offenses that can trigger a burglary charge in California. In general, burglary is classified as a first and second degree offense. First degree burglary has to do with residential burglary cases where someone goes into another person’s home and takes their property. … Continue reading “Different Types of Burglary Charges in California”

Understanding Grand Theft Charges in Los Angeles

LEARN WHAT A GRAND THEFT CHARGE IS IN LA A Grand Theft charge in Los Angeles in controlled by Penal Code Section 487 (a) and involves someone stealing something worth $950 dollars or more. However, because it is a wobbler (it can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony), even if the loss in $950 … Continue reading “Understanding Grand Theft Charges in Los Angeles”

Consequences of a Probation Violation in Los Angeles

LEARN HOW JUDGES DEAL WITH PROBATION VIOLATIONS IN LA In most criminal cases in Los Angeles County, that are resolved by way of a conviction for the defendant, the person is put on probation and ordered by the judge to abide by certain terms and conditions of the probation.  If one of those terms and … Continue reading “Consequences of a Probation Violation in Los Angeles”

What does an expungement really mean in California?

UNRAVELING THE CONFUSION RELATED TO DISMISSALS / EXPUNGEMENTS IN LOS ANGELES For a long time now the area of expungements has been a very murky area that has caused much confusion in the criminal defense arena in California and specifically Los Angeles.  In California, there is no such thing as a true expungement.  In other … Continue reading “What does an expungement really mean in California?”

When Vehicular Manslaughter Can Be Charged As Murder

LEARN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER AND MURDER For those people who are charged with murder related to a car accident which resulted in the death of another human being the distinction between murder and manslaughter can literally mean the difference between spending the rest of their life in prison and being given an opportunity … Continue reading “When Vehicular Manslaughter Can Be Charged As Murder”