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Criminal Protective Orders in California

In California, if you are accused of domestic violence or other type of crimes, the prosecutor will often ask the judge to issue a criminal protective order (CPO). However, it’s important to note that while the prosecutor will petition the court to issue one, the judge has the final authority on...

Posted: February 19 2020 read more

Burglary and Related Crimes in California

Burglary is often a serious felony offense in the state of California which potentially carries lengthy prison sentences. However, it is important to distinguish between what is most commonly thought of as burglary - a first-degree residential burglary - and other related offenses such as second-degree burglary, shoplifting, and possession...

Posted: February 12 2020 read more

Criminal Harassment in California

Conduct that would be considered “criminal harassment” in California is criminal threats, stalking, cyberstalking, and domestic violence related incidents. Criminal harassment charges are pursued by a prosecutor in a criminal court with intent to impose a penalty for committing a crime.   This is different than “civil harassment” where someone is seeking financial...

Posted: January 29 2020 read more

Pretrial Process in California Criminal Courts

If you were arrested for criminal offense in Los Angeles County, the pretrial process will proceed when you enter a not guilty plea. The pretrial is a court appearance that allows for motions such as to suppress evidence under California Penal Code Section 1538.5 or a motion to set aside...

Posted: November 29 2019 read more

Carjacking Felons Sentenced to California State Prison

Two convicted felons who were accused of assaulting and carjacking a man – then leading police of a high-speed chase ending in a car crash causing injuries – pleaded guilty to the felony charges and were sentenced to a California state prison. Defendant’s Donovan Adame, 22, and Eric Guzman, 21,...

Posted: November 18 2019 read more

Largest Child Pornography Website Shutdown by Federal Prosecutors

The operator of the world’s largest child pornography file-sharing website site located in South Korea was by United States federal prosecutors on charges. They filed against him for what they called the “world’s largest dark web child porn marketplace.”   Jong Woo Son, 23, was already serving an 18-month...

Posted: October 23 2019 read more

LAPD Officer Charged with Felony Corporal Injury to Spouse

Los Angeles County Prosecutors have filed felony criminal charges against a Los Angeles Police officer that accuse him of beating his girlfriend causing serious injuries on three separate incidents. He was arrested by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies and booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Station.   His bail was originally set...

Posted: September 23 2019 read more

Battery Causing Serious Bodily Injury - California Penal Code 243(d)

Under California law, a battery under Penal Code 242 is defined as an offensive touching. In practical terms, this means that anyone who physically touches someone else without their permission is guilty of a battery.   When that non-consensual, unprivileged touching results in serious enough injuries to the victim, the crime of...

Posted: September 17 2019 read more

Victim Restitution in California Criminal Cases

In Los Angeles County Criminal Courts, if you were convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime where a victim suffered some type of loss, you will normally be required by the court to pay restitution to the victim, which would be a condition of your probation.   Victim restitution is the right...

Posted: September 16 2019 read more

Ex-Cal State Northridge Soccer Player Convicted of Rape on Campus

A former soccer player at California State Northridge has been convicted of raping a woman on the campus that occurred in January 2018.   According to Los Angeles County jail records, he was taken into custody in August 2018 by Cal State Northridge police, but was released on bond. He was then...

Posted: September 12 2019 read more