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

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

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?

“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

Mass Phone Searches Following Inauguration-Day Rioting Arrests

BuzzFeed has reported that DC prosecutors have sought and obtained warrants to search over 100 phones of those arrested and charged with rioting. They also report that many were legal observers and journalist, which triggers interesting questions regarding the First Amendment and the protection and freedom of the press. The government's ability to search our … Continue reading Mass Phone Searches Following Inauguration-Day Rioting Arrests

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?