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California's New Diversion Program

Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1810, enacted by the Legislature and, as a budget trailer bill, effective and operative immediately. Among other things, the bill created Penal Code section 1001.36, which sets forth a discretionary pre-trial diversion procedure for any defendant charged with a misdemeanor or felony (without any charge...

Posted: July 17 2018 read more

Bribery of a Witness Laws in California

Bribery of witnesses is covered under California Penal Code Sections 137 and 138. A “bribe” is basically described as when a witness changes their testimony, or makes an agreement to not appear at a trail in exchange for money or anything of value. However, the California Penal Code does not...

Posted: July 09 2018 read more

Preliminary Hearings in California

In a felony criminal case in Los Angeles County, you have a constitutional right to a , where the prosecutor has to show the judge there is sufficient evidence to support allegations that a crime has been committed. In other words, the primary purpose of a preliminary hearing is for...

Posted: June 27 2018 read more

Pitchess Motion in California

Did you have a bad cop on your case and a victim of police misconduct? A is designed to find impeachment material to challenge the credibility of a police officer, based on their prior misconduct within the last five years. In other words, it’s an attempt to identify any...

Posted: June 20 2018 read more

Search Warrants Laws in California

Most people have a basic understanding of California search warrants, but don’t typically know all the legal requirements, probable cause, and how a search warrant is issued. A search warrant gives police the legal authority to search your home, car, business, or any other area they suspect has evidence of...

Posted: June 13 2018 read more

Early Termination of Probation in California

California Penal Code Section 1203.3 gives a judge the authority to terminate your probation early. However, it’s important to note that these requests are granted only if you can show the court good reasons, which is commonly known as “good cause.” If you are seeking early termination of your probation,...

Posted: June 06 2018 read more

Impersonating a Police Officer Law in California

Impersonating a police officer law is covered under California Penal Code Section 538d. In basic terms, it’s a crime to wear an authorized law enforcement uniform with the intent to fraudulently impersonate or induce someone into believing you are a peace officer. PC 538d is a misdemeanor offense that carries...

Posted: May 30 2018 read more

Reduce Felony Conviction to Misdemeanor

A felony conviction on your criminal record is life-altering. Reducing a Felony conviction to a misdemeanor is covered under California Penal Code Section 17(b). If you have been convicted of California felony offenses, you may have a chance to reduce them to misdemeanor offenses. In other words, just because you...

Posted: May 23 2018 read more

California Felony Reckless Evading Law

Felony reckless evading charges are covered under California Vehicle Code 2800.2. It’s commonly known as “felony evading police” and generally described as fleeing law enforcement while driving a vehicle with willful disregard for the safety of other people or property. In other words, you evade police in your car and...

Posted: May 16 2018 read more

Child Abduction Laws in California

Child abduction laws are covered under California Penal Code Sections 277-280, which basically describes child abduction as the taking, enticing, keeping, or concealing a child with specific intent to keep them away from their legal custodian. It’s commonly known as . It should be noted this law only applies when...

Posted: May 09 2018 read more