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What is Kidnapping?

Posted by Philip Israels | Jan 01, 2022 | 0 Comments

California Penal Code 207 PC describes the crime of kidnapping as moving someone a substantial distance against their will using force or fear. Penal Code 236 false imprisonment is similar to PC 207 kidnapping, but the difference is whether the victim was moved to another location required...

What is Child Endangerment?

Posted by Philip Israels | Nov 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

California Penal Code 273a PC defines the crime of child endangerment as the willful exposure of a child to unjustifiable pain, suffering, or danger. The child doesn’t have to be injured to face charges under this statute. Just exposing a child to danger could lead to a child endangerment arrest, charge...

What is Sexual Battery?

Posted by Philip Israels | Nov 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Sexual battery is described as touching someone’s intimate parts without consent for the purpose of sexual gratification, arousal, or abuse. This sex crime in California is covered under Penal Code 243.4 and is commonly known as “sexual assault.” PC 243.4 sexual battery is touching somebody's intimate parts...

What is Annoying or Molesting a Child?

Posted by Philip Israels | Nov 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

California Penal Code 647.6 PC makes it a crime to annoy or molest a child under 18 years old while motivated by an abnormal sexual interest of the minor. This statute is commonly known as “child molestation.” The meaning or annoying or molesting is to become engaged in conduct that...

Intimidating a Witness or Victim Law in California

Posted by Philip Israels | Aug 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

California Penal Code 136.1 PC describes the crime of dissuading or intimidating a witness or victim, which can be filed as either a misdemeanor or felony crime. This statute is often called “witness tampering.” Witness intimidation charges can be filed against someone for different types...

New Misdemeanor Diversion Law in California – AB 3234

Posted by Philip Israels | May 03, 2021 | 0 Comments

New Law in California Allows a Judge to Grant Diversion for Most Misdemeanor Cases Under Assembly Bill 3234. The state of California has significantly expanded an opportunity for diversion in most misdemeanor cases after Assembly Bill 3234 took effect on January 1, 2021. AB 3234 allows a defendant...

New Law Shortens Probation Time in California

Posted by Philip Israels | Apr 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

Probation has been reformed and changed in California and Assembly Bill 1950 provides substantial benefits to probationers in criminal cases. AB 1950 took effect January 1, 2021 and shortens the amount of probation time. Specifically, Assembly Bill 1950 shortens the length of probation in most m...

What Are the Sexting Laws in California?

Posted by Philip Israels | Mar 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

Sexting is normally described as exchanging sexually explicit pictures using a mobile device, but also includes stalking and harassment. When one of the people involved in the sexting is a minor, then it could lead to criminal charges. The crime of sexting involves sharing sexually explicit picture...

Speedy Trial Motions in California

Posted by Philip Israels | Feb 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Review of a Serna Motion in California to Dismiss Criminal Charges for Lack of Speedy Prosecution A Serna motion can be filed for lack of a speedy trial to ask judge to dismiss charges. In California, a “Serna motion” (known as speedy trial motions) is a legal motion to dismiss misdemeanor or fe...

Bail Hearings in California Criminal Cases

Posted by Philip Israels | Jan 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

After someone is arrested by police, one of their first thoughts is whether they will be able to post bail in order to get released from custody as quickly as possible. When someone is arrested for a California state crime, they are normally allowed to post a cash bond, which is most often achiev...

Extradition Warrants in California

Posted by Philip Israels | Jan 08, 2021 | 0 Comments

Extradition is a process where a fugitive from justice is brought back from another state or country into California. It's a very common occurrence for a defendant in a criminal case in one jurisdiction to be arrested by law enforcement in another jurisdiction because: they fled to avoid gett...

What is a Misdemeanor Crime Under California Law?

Posted by Philip Israels | Dec 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

There are different levels of crimes in the state of California, including an infraction, misdemeanor and a felony, which is the most serious crime. This article will review misdemeanor crimes and how criminal courts and prosecutors handle these types of cases. A California misdemeanor is a crim...

What is a Felony Crime Under California Law?

Posted by Philip Israels | Dec 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Felony crimes in California are described as any offense that can result in a maximum sentence of over one year in jail. In California, any criminal offense that can result in a maximum sentence of more than one year is considered a felony crime. Also, anyone convicted of a felony crime in Calif...

Best Defenses for California Domestic Violence Charges

Posted by Philip Israels | Dec 08, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the context of fighting a domestic violence charge in California, the “best defense” means a strategy most likely to result in a favorable plea agreement from the prosecutor or an acquittal at trial. If you are fighting a domestic violence charge in Los Angeles, you need a defense lawyer who ...

How To Change a Domestic Violence Protective Order

Posted by Philip Israels | Nov 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

One aspect that is unique to domestic violence cases in Los Angeles is the court issuing a criminal protective order against a defendant. If you were charged or convicted of a domestic violence related crime, then you will normally be subjected to a protective order that will prohibit contacting ...

Plea Bargains in California Criminal Cases

Posted by Philip Israels | Sep 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Our Los Angeles criminal defense law firm is frequently asked by defendants whether they should accept a plea bargain that was offered by the prosecutor.  The correct response to this question is that it's rarely a simple answer because it will always depend on a wide range of different factors. ...

Subpoenas in California Criminal Cases

Posted by Philip Israels | Aug 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

In simple terms, a subpoena is a demand for someone to provide testimony in court. A prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer can issue a subpoena to someone to give testimony or demand they bring documents or some other type of evidence to court. Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center – 2...

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