Bail Hearings in California Criminal Cases

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... View Article

What is a Misdemeanor Crime Under California Law?

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 misdemeanor is a crime where the maximum sentence... View Article

What is a Felony Crime Under California Law?

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 California can also be fined up to $10,000 and a judge has the option of imposing formal felony probation. The... View Article

Subpoenas in California Criminal Cases

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. Once you are charged with a crime,... View Article

Victim Restitution in California Criminal Cases

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... 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