The Benefits of Expunging a Criminal Record

Many people have made youthful mistakes in the past that could have led to a criminal case being filed against them.  When a youthful transgression becomes a criminal conviction it can severely diminish one's job prospects.  Having an experienced … [Read more...]

Why an Expungement?

Expungements are extremely important is today's economy.  First, in a tough job market employers can be very picky as to who they hire.  All things being equal, the last person they'd hire is a person with a criminal record.  There is no amount of … [Read more...]

DUI Discovery

Being arrested and charged with a DUI can be devastating.  Hiring an attorney can be a daunting task and deciding whether or not to take a deal can also be stressful.  After your first court appearance by your retained attorney the focus should be on … [Read more...]

Domestic Violence Arraignment

Whether filed as a simple misdemeanor P.C. 243(e)(1) or felony P.C. 273.5, domestic violence charges can have very serious consequences on your life....even before the case is resolved.  At your arraignment the judicial magistrate will decide whether … [Read more...]

Expunging Criminal Records

You must be off of probation in order to qualify to expunge your criminal record.  If you are currently on probation, your attorney must file a formal noticed motion asking the court to terminate your probation early.  If the motion to terminate … [Read more...]

Human Trafficking Penalties

The new trend in filing criminal charges against defendants alleged to have been involved in pimping is to add human trafficking charges.  Whereas the low term for pimping is 3 years in state prison, the low term for human trafficking is 8 years in … [Read more...]

Dismissing Domestic Violence Charges

A frequently asked question is whether or not the case will be dismissed if the alleged victim decides not to press charges. The answer is yes in most cases.  Charges will generally remain against the accused regardless of whether the victim decides … [Read more...]

Petty Theft/Grand Theft/Commercial Burglary

Petty Theft/Grand Theft/Commercial Burglary Defense Petty Theft and Grand Theft The prosecutor will file charges against a person for petty theft or grand theft if that person takes someone's property without their consent, and intends to keep it … [Read more...]

Embezzlement and Fraud

Embezzlement & Fraud The crimes of fraud and embezzlement are on the rise.  These White-Collar crimes are usually the result of desperate financial circumstances and poor decisions.  Whether the amount of theft is relatively small (in the … [Read more...]

Should You Represent Yourself in Court in a Criminal Case?

Representing Yourself in a Criminal Case I've been contacted by numerous criminal defendant's who ask me, "Should I represent myself in court?"  Short Answer?  Yes, but only if you are not on probation and are only charged with disturbing the … [Read more...]

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