Domestic Violence Penalties in California

Most people who have been accused of a domestic related crime have many questions about potential penalties they will face if convicted. Under California law, there are many types of charges related to domestic violence and subsequent penalties. Most cases are filed as a misdemeanor crimes and there are several that... View Article

Criminal Threats in Domestic Violence Cases in Los Angeles

Getting charged with a domestic violence related crime doesn’t always involve the use of physical force. Under California Penal Code 422, it’s a crime to make criminal threats against a victim and these frequently include a spouse, cohabitant, family member, or co-parent. Penal Code 422 prohibits making willful threats to... View Article

Misdemeanor vs Felony Domestic Violence Charges in Los Angeles

Under California law, domestic violence is generally defined as a physical assault against a current or former spouse, cohabitant, boyfriend, girlfriend, a person who has a child with victim, or another type of relationship described under the domestic violence statute. A domestic violence crime includes a physical assault, like pushing,... View Article

Factual Innocence Motion in California – Penal Code 851.8

There are California criminal cases where the person arrested didn’t commit the crime.  In legal terms, this means they are factually innocent of illegal conduct and were falsely accused of committing a criminal offense. There have been cases when someone was falsely accused because of overly aggressive police tactics in... View Article

California Invasion of Privacy Laws

There have been many invasion of privacy cases in California that have received significant media attention. A lot of news outlets cover the event using private and graphic pictures that were posted on a social media platform without consent from either party involved. In some situations, criminal or civil action... View Article

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