This matter involved complex, intensive litigation over 3.5 years, 2 preliminary hearings, a dismissal for failure to disclose Brady evidence, a lengthy trial, and a double jeopardy motion granted. Charges were dismissed multiple times. On February 8, 2015, a trial judge ended a tortuous 3 year 7 months battle in “Recent Successful Case Result: Vehicular Manslaughter, Felony Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol”
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The California Supreme Court decided to uphold sex offender registration for a simple misdemeanor assault conviction where the jury acquitted the defendant of the greater felony charge alleging a lewd act on a child under the age of 14, pursuant to Penal Code section 288.
The United States Supreme Court pronounced yet another opinion safeguarding a person’s expectation of privacy, this time with respect to detentions occurring after a motor vehicle stop. The Court ruled that the police may not prolong traffic stops to allow a drug sniffing dog access to the vehicle. In California, “Supreme Court Continues to Protect the Fourth Amendment”
A student has procedural rights enshrined in the state and federal constitutions, Title IX and Department of Education regulations, and the Civil Code, to challenge the evidence supporting allegations of misconduct and to present relevant evidence to the Title IX investigator before the university concludes its investigation and decides on “California Student Disciplinary and Title IX Proceedings”
If you are currently facing charges relating to Xanax you need to know the punishment for the possession or sale of Xanax in California.
At some point in your life you may find the police at your door asking to search your home. If this is not the first time you have answered the door to the police you may already know how to handle the situation. If, however, you have never been the “Do the Police Always Need a Warrant to Search Your House?”
If you were convicted of a criminal offense in California and sentenced to serve a period of time on probation as a result you are likely counting the days until your probation is over. You may also be wondering, “can I terminate my probation early in California?” The good news “Can I Terminate My Probation Early in California?”
If a protective order has been issued against you it is imperative that you abide by the terms of the order because violating a protective order in California has serious consequences, including the possibility of a lengthy term of imprisonment.
If you have been served with a notice that someone has filed a request for a protective order against you in California, you may be surprised or you may be expecting the notification. Either way, it is imperative that you take the matter seriously. One of your first questions may “Can I Contest a Request for a Protective Order in California?”
If you are convicted of a criminal offense in the State of California you may be ordered to complete a term of probation in addition to, or in lieu of, incarceration. While probation is certainly preferable to being in jail or spending time in prison, probation can also be very “What Rights Do I Give Up While on Probation in California?”