California Laws Help Non-Citizens Avoid Collateral Immigration Consequences in Low Level Drug Cases

AB208 was passed to help those arrested and charged with low-level drug related offenses enter into a diversion program without having to first enter a guilty plea. Prior to the enactment of AB208, California Penal Code (PC) 1000 required those who qualified, to enter a guilty plea and then waive their time for sentencing in … Continue reading California Laws Help Non-Citizens Avoid Collateral Immigration Consequences in Low Level Drug Cases

New Law Could Require Driver’s Handbook to Advise Drivers of Their Rights

As a criminal defense lawyer, I often wish that my clients had an opportunity to (properly) learn about their rights prior to contact with law enforcement. Many of us do not think ahead with regards to what we are required to do, or what we don't have to do, upon being contacted by police. California … Continue reading New Law Could Require Driver’s Handbook to Advise Drivers of Their Rights

Important Court of Appeal Decision Regarding Prolonged Detention of Third Party During Probation Compliance Search

On March 29, 2018, the Court of Appeal reversed a Trial Court's decision denying Defendant's motion to suppress pursuant to Penal Code section 1538.5. The Court of Appeal ruled "the extended detention of defendant was unreasonable where the court could not say that the entire period of defendant's detention was justified by government interests made … Continue reading Important Court of Appeal Decision Regarding Prolonged Detention of Third Party During Probation Compliance Search

What is a Penal Code 1275.1 Hold on Bail?

When bail is set, a defendant can post that bail in order to get out of custody pending the resolution of the criminal case. Sometimes, mostly in drug and financial crimes or fraud allegations, a "1275.1 hold" will prevent the defendant from posting bail unless a hearing is first held. A hold is placed on … Continue reading What is a Penal Code 1275.1 Hold on Bail?

Understanding Plea Bargains in San Diego

For some of the reasons discussed in this Avvo Guide, many client choose to accept a plea bargain rather than proceed to trial. Making that choice is an important one, and it must be guided by a thorough analysis and understanding of what a plea bargain is.

A Little Self Promotion…

This site is intended to discuss topics relevant to criminal defense and related news. I'm going to say that this announcement qualifies as San Diego criminal defense news... "The Law Office of David P. Shapiro, an exclusive criminal defense firm in San Diego, California, has announced that Stefano L. Molea has become a partner..." Learn more … Continue reading A Little Self Promotion…

“Just Because You Did It, Doesn’t Mean You’re Guilty.” 

The statement is a jarring one. Most of us react to such claim by saying "that's exactly what it means, actually." But aside from making a controversial billboard, the attorney that decided to make this statement the headline for his advertising started an important discussion. If you've ever served on a criminal jury, you know … Continue reading “Just Because You Did It, Doesn’t Mean You’re Guilty.” 

5 Things to Know About the San Diego County Criminal Justice System

Where do I go if charged with a crime? San Diego County has four courthouses that hear criminal cases (misdemeanors and felonies): Central Division in Downtown San Diego, South County Division in Chula Vista, East County Division in El Cajon and North County Division in Vista. Where a case is filed will depend where the … Continue reading 5 Things to Know About the San Diego County Criminal Justice System

Can You Be Arrested, Charged And Convicted Of A DUI In San Diego County If You Are Not Observed Driving? 

The title is a bit misleading, because really, one can be arrested for any alleged crime. The important questions are whether the officer had probable cause to make the arrest and whether the prosecuting agency, later, has enough evidence to meet their burden at trial. But to answer the question posed, yes. California law allows the … Continue reading Can You Be Arrested, Charged And Convicted Of A DUI In San Diego County If You Are Not Observed Driving?