Corporal Injury to Spouse – California Penal Code 273.5

The domestic violence offense of “corporal injury to spouse” is defined under California Penal Code Section 273.5. It’s described as willfully inflicting a physical injury on a spouse or intimate partner and commonly called “domestic abuse.” It should be noted Penal Code 273.5 corporal injury to spouse is similar to... View Article

Grand Theft Auto Laws in California – Penal Code 487(d)(1)

Grand theft auto, also known as “GTA”, is defined in California Penal Code Section 487(d)(1), which criminalizes the act of intentionally taking a vehicle belonging to someone else. In many GTA cases, when someone has been charged with  grand theft auto, they will also face an additional charge of “joyriding”... View Article

Embezzlement Laws in California – Penal Code Section 503

The crime of “embezzlement” is defined under California Penal Code Section 503, which describes this white collar offense as fraudulent appropriation of property by somebody who was entrusted. It is also commonly referred to as employee theft. Embezzlement is different than most common California theft crimes because there is a... View Article

Domestic Battery Laws in California – Penal Code 243(e)(1)

Domestic battery is described in California Penal Code Section 243(e)(1), and is often referred to as “spousal battery.” In Los Angeles County criminal courts, domestic battery is one of the most common charges filed in a domestic violence related incident. This crime is generally described as willful and unlawful offensive... View Article

Criminal Threats Law in California – Penal Code 422

Making criminal threats in California are covered under Penal Code Section 422. It’s described as willfully making threats of great bodily injury or death to someone else – with an intent their statements were to be taken as a threat. It doesn’t matter if there was ever an intent to... View Article

Criminal Protective Orders in California

In the state of California, after anyone has been accused of being involved in domestic violence or other incidents, the prosecutor will typically ask the court to issue a Criminal Protective Order, commonly known as a “CPO.”  It should be noted that although the prosecuting attorney normally petitions the court... View Article

Former UCLA Campus Gynecologist Arrested for Sexual Battery

A former UCLA physician has been charged with sexual battery, which is the latest incident in a series of sexual related cases where trusted medical professionals have been accused of preying on college students. He surrendered to police and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office requested his bail to be... View Article