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Best Defenses for California Domestic Violence Charges

Posted by Sam 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 Sam 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 Sam 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 Sam 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...

Victim Restitution in California Criminal Cases

Posted by Sam Israels | May 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

If you are convicted of a misdemeanor or felony offense and the victim of your crime sustained some form of loss, the court will generally order you to pay restitution to the victim to recover those losses. Paying victim restitution will be a condition on your probation. Victim restitution is des...

Domestic Violence Penalties in California

Posted by Sam Israels | May 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

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 th...

Criminal Threats in Domestic Violence Cases in Los Angeles

Posted by Sam Israels | May 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

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...

Factual Innocence Motion in California – Penal Code 851.8

Posted by Sam Israels | Mar 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

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 agg...

Motion to Withdraw a Plea – California Penal Code 1018

Posted by Sam Israels | Feb 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

The withdrawal of a Plea is described California Penal Code 1018, which grants a defendant the right to withdrawal a guilty or no-contest plea, if there is good cause. This means a defendant who pleads guilty in a criminal case part of a plea agreement, could decide they made a mistake and now be...

California Invasion of Privacy Laws

Posted by Sam Israels | Feb 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

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, crimina...

California Self-Defense Laws

Posted by Sam Israels | Jan 07, 2020 | 0 Comments

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 d...

Pretrial Motion Practice in California Criminal Cases

Posted by Sam Israels | Dec 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

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...

Preliminary Hearings in Los Angeles Criminal Courts

Posted by Sam Israels | Dec 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 dec...

What Is a “Wobbler” Offense in California?

Posted by Sam Israels | Nov 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 o...

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