Criminal Defense

Is There a Difference Between a Lawyer and an Attorney?

by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Oct 21, 2020 | Criminal Defense

For many people, the terms lawyer and attorney carry the same meaning and are used interchangeably. While modern parlance allows for substituting one for the other, there is actually a distinction between the two. A lawyer is someone who has graduated from an accredited law school. The individual holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree though… read more

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Six Questions You Need to Ask During Interactions with the Police

by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Sep 30, 2020 | Criminal Defense

Any encounter with a law enforcement officer can be intimidating and frightening. Even when you have not committed a crime and have nothing to hide, being detained by a police officer is stressful. Knowing what to do and what to say can be beneficial if the police decide to detain you. What Should You Do… read more

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UCLA Researcher Accused of Destroying Evidence

by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Sep 16, 2020 | Criminal Defense

According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) opened an investigation into Guan Lei in July. Lei has been at UCLA since 2018. He was working with a professor on a project related to machine learning. An affidavit prepared by an FBI agent stated that the FBI suspected… read more

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10 Examples of Police Misconduct to Refer to for Your Case

by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Sep 07, 2020 | Criminal Defense

Police misconduct is an issue that has increasingly become a part of our national consciousness over the last few years. With an alarming number of high profile police shootings driving calls for police reform, every American has dealt with this issue in one way or another. Police misconduct refers to actions taken by law enforcement… read more

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8 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer

by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Sep 05, 2020 | Criminal Defense

If you have been charged with a crime, one of the most important things you can do is hire a qualified Los Angeles defense attorney. However, not all criminal defense lawyers are going to be of the same quality. In fact, there are many criminal defense attorneys who will gladly take your money, represent you… read more

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6 Signs You Hired a Bad Criminal Defense Lawyer And How to Avoid it in the Future

by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Sep 02, 2020 | Criminal Defense

Hiring a high-quality criminal defense lawyer is one of the most crucial steps you can take in defending yourself against criminal charges. A truly skilled and effective lawyer will know how to advocate for you and work toward the results you desire. Unfortunately, not all criminal defense lawyers take their job seriously, and there are… read more

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Do I Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer If I’m Arrested For a Misdemeanor?

by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Aug 05, 2020 | Criminal Defense

Misdemeanor can often be a misnomer. Too often we think about misdemeanors by directly comparing them to felonies. Yes, they are less serious than felonies. However, that doesn’t mean that a misdemeanor charge isn’t serious, in and of itself. It is a costly mistake to assume that misdemeanors do not come with serious consequences. This… read more

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LA County Votes to Initiate Plan to Close Men’s Central Jail Within the Year

by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Jul 21, 2020 | Criminal Defense

In a 4-0 vote, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors decided to look into closing a jail in downtown Los Angeles. The fifth supervisor did not respond to the roll call for the vote. The vote opens the door to developing a plan to shut down the Men’s Central Jail within one year. Proponents… read more

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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

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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

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