Los Angeles Crime Up 250% in the First Week of June, According to LAPD 
by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Jul 03, 2020 | Criminal Defense

Reopening businesses and returning to “normal” life has an impact on everything, from the economy and your health to crime rates. According to the LAPD, homicides rose by 250% for the week of May 31 through June 6. Shootings for that week increased by 56 percent from the prior week. Interestingly, after the initial stay-at-home… read more

Read More
How Does a Guilty Verdict in a Criminal Case Affect a Subsequent Civil Trial?
by Ambrosio Rodriguez | May 29, 2020 | Criminal Defense

Maybe you made a mistake and you hurt someone. Maybe you’ve been charged and found guilty in a criminal trial. Did you know you could also be sued by the victim in civil court? But, what about “double-jeopardy”? Unfortunately, double jeopardy doesn’t apply between criminal and civil cases. In a criminal case, you are being… read more

Read More
Is it Legal to Drive Barefoot in California?
by Ambrosio Rodriguez | May 16, 2020 | Criminal Defense

It is a common myth that it is illegal to drive barefoot in Los Angeles, California. However, the fact is that there is no state law making it legal or illegal to drive without shoes in California. The law does not explicitly address this issue. However, all drivers have a duty of care to operate… read more

Read More
How Likely is Martial Law in California and how Would it Affect my Criminal Case?
by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Apr 21, 2020 | Criminal Defense

There is no plan to put California under martial law. Rumors of martial law in California have been circulating since Governor Gavin Newsom issued his Executive Order on March 19, 2020, ordering Californians to shelter in place at home or their place of residence. The shelter in place order came after the Governor issued a… read more

Read More
What Happens If You Violate the Coronavirus Lockdown in Los Angeles?
by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Mar 31, 2020 | Criminal Defense

In quick sequence, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Gavin Newsom delivered orders forcing most residents to remain home and limit their social interaction until further notice. The move – not seen in modern times – is aimed at curbing the outbreak of the coronavirus. While the orders allow for people to leave… read more

Read More
What Should I Do If I’m Arrested for Drug Possession?
by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Jan 31, 2020 | Drug Crimes

Drug charges in California carry some pretty harsh penalties. The things you do and the decisions you make after an arrest can have a huge impact on your criminal case. Here’s what you need to know. 1. Don’t Panic. Stay Calm. An arrest doesn’t mean that your life is over. The state has the burden… read more

Read More
How Long After an Accident Can I Be Charged With a DUI?
by Ambrosio Rodriguez | | DUI

You’re driving home one night after having a few drinks with your friends in downtown Los Angeles. Before you know it, your car crashes into another. The police show up at the scene and ask some questions. Then, to your surprise, they complete a report and send you on your way. How long after that… read more

Read More
How Long Does a Felony Stay on Your Record in Los Angeles?
by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Jan 23, 2020 | Expungements

If you’ve been convicted of a felony in Los Angeles, that will remain on your criminal record indefinitely. That is, unless, you file a petition to have your conviction expunged. Certain felonies in California can be expunged – or removed – from your record. However, there are certain limits regarding when you can initiate the… read more

Read More
Southern California Uber Driver Accused of Rape
by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Jan 16, 2020 | Sex Crimes

Uber can be really convenient. You can avoid traffic and not have to worry about driving if you’ve had a few drinks. However, there are increasing safety concerns when it comes to Uber – and those concerns aren’t about accidents. Those concerns center on sexual assaults, rapes, and murders committed by Uber drivers. Earlier this… read more

Read More
How Long Does Alcohol Stay On Your Breath?
by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Dec 12, 2019 | DUI

You have a few drinks at the bar. Then you have a glass of water and some food. You want to make sure that you’re alert and able to drive home safely. You get into the car and begin your journey home. Then, not long after you begin to drive away, you see red and… read more

Read More