Pasadena Criminal Defense Blog

  • What Warning Signs Alert a Police Officer to Drunk Driving?

    || 27-Mar-2015

    Drivers often feel that drunk driving arrests are completely random – the officer just got “lucky” when they pulled someone over. In reality, a police officer is actually much more strategic as they search for intoxicated drivers. Officers are trained to be on the alert for certain red flags and when they spot them, it often leads to pulling the driver over. While many of the ...
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  • Nine California High School Students Arrested Due to Sexual Assault Accusations

    || 17-Mar-2015

    According to several different news articles, nine young men at Venice High School were recently arrested following accusations of sexual assault. Authorities say that the unlawful acts persisted for more than a year against two underage girls. The majority of the alleged offenders were arrested while on the school’s campus, while others were brought into custody away from the high school. ...
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  • City of Carson Seeks to Make Bullying a Crime: Proposal Passes Preliminary Approval

    || 20-May-2014

    The city of Carson – located in Los Angeles County, California – is seeking to outlaw bullying in schools. The Carson City Council gave preliminary approval of a proposal to make bullying a misdemeanor offense for anyone up to 25 years old, including kindergarteners. The final vote on the matter will take place on May 20, 2014 as stated in the Daily Breeze. If the law is passed, a ...
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  • What Is Sex Offender Registration?

    || 27-Mar-2014

    If you are convicted of any crime, you could potentially be facing consequences that could have lasting implications. If the crime you are convicted of is related to a sexual offense, however, you are not only at risk of permanent and life altering consequences, but you are also at risk of being subjected to additional and even harsher penalties. Under state law, anyone who has committed a crime ...
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  • Can I Fight a Breath Test?

    || 21-Mar-2014

    A breathalyzer test is one of the leading ways in which law enforcement officials can obtain probable cause to make an arrest for driving under the influence ( DUI ). If the breathalyzer test shows a result of a 0.08% BAC level or higher, you will have failed the test and will likely be arrested. Penalties for a DUI can be steep. They can include hefty fines, loss of license, community service, ...
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  • The Process of a Criminal Case: The Appeal Process

    || 25-Nov-2013

    A lot of effort is put into the trial and when a guilty verdict is given, the defendant may feel as though they have run out of options. A guilty verdict does not have to be the end of the road and many people are able to find an alternative outcome through the appeal process. There are various reasons why a verdict may be appealed but this can be a difficult thing to do. Finding the right ...
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  • The Process of a Criminal Case: The Verdict

    || 22-Nov-2013

    Trial can be a long process as the defense and the prosecution attempt to persuade the jury of their side of the case. Following the lawyers' arguments and the presentation of the evidence at trial, the verdict will be given. The jury may deliberate for the time they need before coming back with a verdict of guilty or not guilty. If they do find the defendant guilty then they will need to all ...
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  • The Process of a Criminal Case: The Trial

    || 20-Nov-2013

    After an arraignment will be the trial. In a criminal case, defendants have a right for their case to be tried by a jury of their peers. Prior to the trial, the defendant will need to choose if they want a jury or court trial. It is more common that a defendant will request a trial by jury, but in some cases, the Pasadena criminal attorney may suggest that the alternative is used. In the United ...
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  • The Process of a Criminal Case: The Arraignment

    || 18-Nov-2013

    After an arrest will be the arraignment. It is here that the judge will state the charges against the defendant, ask how they plead, present what their rights are and ask if they need a lawyer to be provided. Depending on how the defendant pleads, the remainder of the case can go several ways. A plea may be not guilty, guilty or no contest. A judge may then decide the following: To release the ...
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  • The Process of a Criminal Case: The Arrest

    || 15-Nov-2013

    The first thing that will take place in a case is the arrest. In order to make an arrest the officer will need to have probably cause. This can be through a warrant that has been issued by a judge or they can make a judgment call that they will need to justify later. Upon taking a person into custody, their Miranda Rights will need to be read to them. These include the following: The right to ...
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  • Plea Bargains in California

    || 11-Nov-2013

    For those who are charged for a crime, weighing your options is important. You want to consider if your case is worth taking all the way to court, or if you want to seek a reduced sentence through negotiations. A plea bargain may be sought and this will essentially be an agreement that is made between you and the prosecutor in your case. You are agreeing that you will plead or no contest guilty to ...
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  • New Law May Help Workers with Criminal Backgrounds Get a Job

    || 6-Nov-2013

    The large amount of workers in the state of California means that there is a greater chance for employees with a criminal past. Many of these employers provide hard work and their past record is never an issue. That doesn't mean that individuals with a criminal record won't face a bias when seeking a job or even be prevented from getting hired in the first place. To help provide more of a ...
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  • Drug Crime Defense

    || 2-Oct-2013

    In California, drug crimes are highly penalized and those who are convicted can face costly fines, jail time and even a strike on their record. An accusation of sale, transportation, possession or any other offense should be fought at all costs and there are a number of strong defense options. Not all accusations are accurate and the court understands this. There are people that are falsely ...
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  • Types of Theft Crimes in California

    || 25-Sep-2013

    Theft crime is somewhat of an umbrella term that refers to a number of different types of illegal activity involving removing property from the possession of the owner without their consent. It can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the circumstances. Below are the different forms of theft crimes, and if you are faced with allegations of committing these or another crime, we ...
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  • Officers Receive App to Access Criminal Records on Smart Phones

    || 17-Sep-2013

    New technology allows officers to get the information on a suspect's background quicker than before. Previously, an officer would have to call back to the station in order to get access to the statewide criminal record. This could cause for delays, and made officers dependent on the station when they were out in the field. Now, they have a new app on their phone called JusticeMobile and it ...
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  • Battery vs. Assault

    || 11-Sep-2013

    The laws for battery and assault will differ from state to state, but many times these terms are used synonymously when they are actually two different charges. The two charges often go hand in hand but that does not mean it is always the case. You may be charged for assault and battery, but you can also be charged for assault alone. Battery however, will require the inclusion of an assault ...
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  • What to Look for When Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer

    || 2-Sep-2013

    Hiring a criminal defense lawyer is a very personal matter. As each case is different, a criminal defense lawyer who works well for one person may not necessarily work well for another. It could not be more important that you have a criminal defense lawyer is an advocate who you feel comfortable opening up to, and who has a certain level of compassion and understanding of what you are going ...
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  • California Drunk Driving Punishments: California Vehicle Code 23152

    || 26-Aug-2013

    According to California Vehicle Code 23152, " Driving Under Influence of Alcohol or Drugs " it is illegal for any individual to drive a vehicle while he or she is under the influence of either alcohol, drugs or both. It is also illegal for any person to be driving a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 % or more. Any commercial driver who drives with a BAC level ...
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  • DMV Hearings: You Have 10 Days to Act

    || 19-Aug-2013

    If you have been placed under arrest for driving while under the influence (DUI) in Pasadena, you should have already received a notice of suspension or revocation from the arresting officer. As California law requires that the officer forward a copy of that notice to the DMV at once, you will need to act fast. The law allows DUI suspects to request a DMV hearing, but only if the request is made ...
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  • Do I Need a Lawyer for a DUI?

    || 5-Aug-2013

    Have you been recently arrested for a DUI offense? If so, the decisions you make in the few days following your arrest may be a game changer when it comes to fighting for your future and challenging the charges that have been placed against you. Many people may feel as though they don’t need a DUI defense attorney on their side to prove their innocence, though it is important to realize that ...
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  • Consequences of Drunk Driving in California

    || 1-Aug-2013

    Annually, there are a number of Californians who are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. While some are more fortunate to be arrested after making a simple traffic violation or being caught at a DUI checkpoint, there are others who are arrested under much more devastating circumstances. Every day people are injured and killed as a result of drunk driving accidents, and because of ...
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  • The 15 Minute Observation Period

    || 23-May-2013

    How does an officer know if someone is intoxicated? If they are assessing them based on outward signs how long does it take before they can come to an accurate conclusion? In the state of California that question is answered with 15 minutes and this is the minimum time that an officer should be inspecting a suspect before they are able to more accurately determine if they are in fact under the ...
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  • Forensic Analyst Accused of Drugs from Evidence

    || 16-May-2013

    Drug crimes may come with a stigma but the reality is that people in every type of profession and from all walks of life may find themselves accused. Many times this is a wrongful allegation and it is just an issue of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. A false accusation should be forcefully fought, but many people can also deal with receiving harsher penalties than what actually fits the ...
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  • What are the Defenses for a DUI?

    || 10-May-2013

    For those that are accused of drinking under the influence of alcohol, these allegations can be fought and there are a number of ways to do so. There are many valid reasons for a why a person can be wrongfully accused and may come across as being intoxicated without this actually being true. One of the things that an officer can base their assumption off of is the appearance of a person. They may ...
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  • What You Should Know if You are Arrested

    || 16-Apr-2013

    After an arrest, what can you expect to happen? There are a number of questions you may have and there are key items that you should be aware of. The first thing you can expect upon being taken into custody is that you should be read your Miranda Rights. Officers are obligated to inform you of these so you understand what your rights are and these are protected under the Constitution. This will ...
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