California Self-Defense Laws

California’s self-defense laws allow you to protect yourself in certain situations. By law, you can’t be guilty of a violent crime that you may have committed in order to protect yourself, as long as the conduct was “reasonable under the circumstances.” This primary factor is often aggressively debated by defense... View Article

Pretrial Motion Practice in Los Angeles Criminal Cases

In California State criminal cases, pretrial motion practice is a crucial factor in an effective defense strategy. Clearly, any appropriate pretrial motions to be heard by the criminal court will always depend on the facts, circumstances, and allegations in the case. There are specific categories of motions often litigated in... View Article

Preliminary Hearings in Los Angeles Criminal Courts

In felony criminal cases in in Los Angeles County, you will have a guaranteed legal right to have a preliminary hearing. This is when the prosecutor must prove there is sufficient evidence supporting that you committed a crime. The primary function of a preliminary hearing is for the court to decide... View Article

Felon in Possession of a Firearm – California Penal Code 29800

It’s common knowledge the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution gives citizens the legal right to bear arms, but it’s possible to have you gun ownership rights forfeited. For example, California Penal Code 29800 makes it a crime for anyone who convicted of a felony offense, some misdemeanor offenses,... View Article

Electronic Monitoring Jail Alternative in California Criminal Cases

Most California criminal courts seek ways to relieve overcrowding in jails while maintaining control of criminal behavior.  For example, Los Angeles County criminal courts offer a wide range of alternative sentencing options for some people – rather than incarceration – while they attempt to ensure public safety. A popular alternative... View Article

What Is a “Wobbler” Offense in California?

There are some crimes in California when a prosecutor has the discretion to file the case as either a misdemeanor or felony misdemeanor crime – commonly known as a “wobbler.” When making their decision, they normally take into consideration different factors – such as the specific circumstances of case and... View Article

Crimes Involving “Moral Turpitude” in California Law

A crime involving moral turpitude is described as an offense of serious dishonesty, fraud, or conduct that would shock a reasonable person. The distinction is often important for a defendant who is attempting to decide whether to accept a plea bargain, or take their case to trial. This is especially... View Article