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Is a DUI a Felony in California?

It’s illegal to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in California. While most first-time DUI offenses will be charged as misdemeanors, it is possible for DUI to be a felony. Getting a felony DUI can be devastating. The consequences of a conviction can stay with you for life. It’s important to understand […] Read More

California Abandons Money Bail In Favor of Risk Assessment

California will soon become the first state in the country to abandon its money bail system. Instead of assigning bail after arrest, a court will determine if a defendant should be detained based on their perceived threat to society. In theory, this should help to minimize racial bias in California’s criminal justice system. The California […] Read More

What is Deferred Entry of Judgment and How Can It Help Me?

Earlier this summer, a video depicting a woman stealing a “Make America Great Again” hat from a man’s head went viral. The clip showed UC Riverside student Edith Macias, 22, grabbing the hat from a classmate and accusing him of advocating genocide. While stealing someone’s hat may not seem like a major crime, Macias was […] Read More

What is Identity Theft?

After months of investigations, police in Los Angeles County finally arrested two men suspected to have stolen thousands of items from cars across San Fernando Valley. The two men, who are both in their mid-20s, have each been charged with several crimes of theft. Those charges included several counts of identity theft. Identity theft, which […] Read More

Understanding the Different Types of Warrants

Warrants are an important part of our criminal justice system. They help to protect you from unreasonable and invasive police actions. There are three primary types of warrants in California: search, arrest, and bench. It is important to understand the function of each of these warrants and when they can be issued. You have a […] Read More

Avoid a DUI This Fourth of July Weekend

In California, drunk driving arrests tend to spike in the summer, particularly on and around certain holidays. The Fourth of July is no exception. In 2016, more than 1,110 drivers across the state were arrested on suspicion of DUI on the Fourth of July. That same night, at least 35 fatalities were tied to drunk […] Read More

Are Escorts Legal in Los Angeles?

In today’s society, it seems like you can purchase just about any service you need or want. This is even true of human companionship. Escorts are individuals who are paid to simply spend time with you. Escorts can be hired to accompany you to a public outing or family event, or simply to sit and […] Read More

Understanding Abortion Laws in California

Is it legal to get an abortion in California? Thanks to the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, women do currently have the right to make decisions about their own reproductive lives. However, many states, including California, do place some restrictions on when, where, and how women can make the choice to terminate […] Read More

4 Defenses to Statutory Rape in Los Angeles

Statutory rape is unlike most other sex crimes in California. Most sexually-based offenses involve situations where one person forces another person to engage in sexual activity against his or her will. Statutory rape, however, does not necessarily have to follow this same pattern. In fact, the sexual behavior at the very center of statutory rape […] Read More

What is a Hung Jury?

Last year a jury could not agree about whether or not Bill Cosby was guilty of sexual assault. Earlier this year, a second jury had little trouble finding him guilty on all counts. How, though, could Cosby be tried a second time for the same crime? Doesn’t double jeopardy protect defendants from situations like this? […] Read More