What Happens During My First Court Appearance in a California Criminal Case?

If you have recently been arrested and charged with a criminal offense in California you are likely apprehensive about your first court appearance. Unless this is not your first arrest, you may have no idea what to expect from your initial appearance in court. Although every case is unique, there …

Can I Finish My Probation Early in California?

If you were convicted of a criminal offense in California, either through accepting a guilty plea agreement or at trial, you may have been sentenced to a lengthy term of probation. Probation can be restrictive, costly, and time-consuming. In some cases, you may be able to terminate your probation early …

Can I Be Arrested for Theft by A Credit or Debit Card in California?

Can I Be Arrested for Theft by A Credit or Debit Card in California?

In today’s electronic age most people do the bulk of their financial transactions online and with bank cards. Few people use cash anymore to make purchases or pay bills. As a result, theft offenses involving credit cards and debit cards have risen dramatically over the last decade.  If you have …

Should I Take My Criminal Case to Jury Trial in California?

Should I Take My Criminal Case to Jury Trial in California?

As a defendant in a criminal prosecution in California you have a number of rights guaranteed to you by the United States Constitution as well as the California State Constitution. Among those rights is the right to a trial by a jury of your peers. This is one of the …

Can My Probation Be Reinstated after a Technical Violation in California?

Can My Probation Be Reinstated after a Technical Violation in California?

If you were convicted of a criminal offense in California and were sentenced to probation in addition to, or in lieu of, a term of incarceration it is crucial that you take the terms of your probation seriously. We often have clients ask “ Can my probation be reinstated after …

Can I Have a Jury Trial on a Misdemeanor in California?

Can I Have a Jury Trial on a Misdemeanor in California?

In the State of California, criminal offenses are separated into two main categories – felonies and misdemeanors. Felonies are more serious offenses that carry a penalty of a year or more in prison if convicted whereas misdemeanors are less serious offenses for which you cannot be sentenced to more than …

California DUI: When Can I Get My License Back?

There are some very harsh penalties that are imposed if you are convicted of a DUI charge in the state of California. You are faced with significant fines and penalties that can take a bite out of your wallet, and jail time is also going to enter the equation. These …

Does a Domestic Violence Conviction Result in Jail Time?

The prospect of spending time in jail for a domestic violence conviction is certainly not a very pleasant one. You may wonder if you will automatically be placed in jail if you are found guilty of a domestic violence offense. In this post we will look at the penalties that …

I Am Not Guilty, Should I Talk to the Police in San Diego?

talk to the police in san diego

People often make mistakes when dealing with the authorities, particularly when dealing the police. Mistakes are understandable because the police have a tendency to intimidate people unless they deal with them on a regular basis. One of the biggest mistakes people make is thinking that it is o.k. to talk …

Warrantless Searches in San Diego: Can the Police Enter Your Home without a Warrant?

warrantless search in san diego

If you are like most people you likely consider your home to be your own private domain – the one place where you can count on complete privacy and peace. What happens, however, if the police show up at your door asking to search your home? Can the police enter …