What Is Meant By a Rising BAC Defense?

What Is Meant By a Rising BAC Defense?

If you have been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, or another alcohol related driving offense, in the State of California you are likely already aware of the harsh judicial and non-judicial penalties you face if convicted. The days of getting a “slap on the wrist” for drunk driving …

What Happens If You Refuse a Chemical Test in California?

What Happens If You Refuse a Chemical Test in California?

As a motorist it is probably your worst nightmare scenario aside from a collision – looking in your rearview mirror and seeing the flashing lights and knowing that you had a glass of wine or chugged a beer before you got behind the wheel of your vehicle. Most likely, the …

Will a California Conviction Stay on My Permanent Record?

Will a California Conviction Stay on My Permanent Record?

In today’s day and age having a criminal record has serious repercussions. Even a relatively minor conviction on your record could cause you serious problems in all areas of your life. Not surprisingly, one of the most common questions we are asked is “ Will a California conviction stay on …

Statutory Rape and Romeo and Juliet Laws in California

Statutory Rape and Romeo and Juliet Laws in California

Being accused of rape – any type of rape – has a profound and lasting impact on your life. Just the word “rape” typically calls to mind a horrible act of violence for most people. Rape, however, is a crime that is extremely fact specific. For example, “rape” can mean …

California’s Three Strikes Law

If you are a California resident you likely know something about the state’s “Three Strikes Law” given the fact that the law has garnered national attention since it was originally enacted back in 1994. The intended purpose of the Three Strikes Law was to provide for additional, harsh penalties for …

What Are Minimum Mandatory Sentences?

What Are Minimum Mandatory Sentences?

If you are charged with a criminal offense in the State of California you will face a number of potential penalties if convicted of the offense. The exact penalties, both judicial and non-judicial, you face will depend on a number of factors. Many criminal offenses in California include minimum mandatory …

Free Report: Appealing a Criminal Conviction in California

Appealing a Criminal Conviction in California

The goal of the defendant in any criminal prosecution is to be exonerated of all charges, either through a dismissal of the charges or through a “not guilty” verdict at trial. Failing to achieve that goal, however, does not mean you have to give up the fight. In the United …

Can I Be Prosecuted for Rape in California If It Happened Years Ago?

Can I Be Prosecuted for Rape in California If It Happened Years Ago?

Rape, and other sexual abuse offenses, are serious crimes in the State of California that can result in serious penalties if convicted. Finding out that you have been accused of rape is frightening enough; however, finding out that you are being accused of a rape that occurred years ago is …

What Is Discovery in a California Criminal Prosecution?

  If you are facing criminal charges in California and you have never been through the process before it is likely an intimidating and frightening process. Conviction of even a relatively minor misdemeanor offense can haunt you for life. If you are facing major felony charges your freedom is literally …

Excluding Illegally Obtained Evidence in a California Criminal Case

Excluding Illegally Obtained Evidence in a California Criminal Case

If you currently have criminal charges pending the State of California you undoubtedly hope those charges do not result in a criminal conviction. Avoiding a conviction can occur in one of three basic ways – dismissal, plea agreement, or acquittal. An acquittal means that you took your case to trial …