School Shootings And What Every Parent Needs to Know About Their Kids’ Use Of Social Media

Last month I wrote an article, based on my experiences handling certain juvenile cases, regarding the use of social media and kids joking about school shootings; the thesis: help your kids realize that such jokes are inappropriate and can lead to intervention by law enforcement. When I was invited to speak on the subject before … Continue reading School Shootings And What Every Parent Needs to Know About Their Kids’ Use Of Social Media

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?

“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.” 

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? 

Legal Implications of Customs and Border Protection Officers Making Arrests for Suspected Violations of State Law

Each day, thousands of people request entry into the United States via the San Ysidro port of entry. At the border, individuals have significantly reduced constitutional protections against unreasonable searches and seizures; in fact, many detentions and searches are not deemed unreasonable because of the great national security interests. Of course, the main purview of … Continue reading Legal Implications of Customs and Border Protection Officers Making Arrests for Suspected Violations of State Law

Can Using an Insult Subject You to Criminal Charges?

A prosecutor in the UK thought so, when charges were filed against a woman for leaving a voicemail calling the alleged victim a “pu**y.” Apparently, the defendant had been trying to collect on a debt when the “criminal act” was committed. The court ultimately dismissed the case and expressed its displeasure with the prosecution’s efforts. … Continue reading Can Using an Insult Subject You to Criminal Charges?

San Diego Court Rules Warrant Ordering Defendant to Provide iPhone Pass Code Violated Fifth Amendment

In a follow up to my earlier post indicating this was an issue of first impression in California, a San Diego Superior Court Judge ruled that the compelled disclosure of the defendant’s pass code violated the Fifth Amendment. Since the court determined, partly relying on U.S. Supreme Court precedent, that providing a pass code is … Continue reading San Diego Court Rules Warrant Ordering Defendant to Provide iPhone Pass Code Violated Fifth Amendment

Weird News: California Driver Arrested and Charged for a Caffeine DUI?

In Solano County, California, a man faced DUI (driving under the influence) charges where his blood test only showed the presence of caffeine. According to the officer, the man was initially pulled over for weaving all over the road and almost causing several collisions. Based on the man's agitated state and dilated pupils, he was arrested … Continue reading Weird News: California Driver Arrested and Charged for a Caffeine DUI?