“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.” 

California’s Bail System and a Move for Change

Bail is collateral intended to motivate a potential defendant to participate in the criminal proceedings. When most people get arrested in San Diego County, they are booked into jail and bail is set based on a bail schedule. For instance, the standard bail for a DUI (VC 23152) arrest is $2,500, for an assault with … Continue reading California’s Bail System and a Move for Change

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

The Importance of Contract Law in Plea Agreements 

For many attorneys that practice in criminal law, contract law is a distant and haunting memory. While certainly pragmatic, for those of us that wished to be in court everyday, contract law represented the antithesis of becoming trial attorneys. But when it comes to plea agreements, knowing the fundamental principles of contracts is necessary to … Continue reading The Importance of Contract Law in Plea Agreements