I Got Caught Shoplifting – Will It Be on My Record?

By | July 2nd, 2018|Criminal Law|

Many people go through a brief “rebellious” phase at some point in their life. For some, this can be as harmless as dying their hair a funky color or wearing provocative clothing. For others, rebellion can come in the form of petty crime, with many going more specifically with shoplifting. Shoplifting is never ok, as [...]

Caught Smuggling Drugs Across the California Border?

By | May 23rd, 2018|Criminal Defense, Criminal Law|

Trying to smuggle drugs from Mexico into San Diego is a bad idea. Not only is it dangerous, drug smuggling and trafficking is very illegal, and getting caught will result in a long prison sentence. If you are caught smuggling drugs across the California border from Mexico, it is essential to find an experienced and [...]

The Difference Between a DUI Felony and DUI Misdemeanor

By | April 18th, 2018|Criminal Defense, Criminal Law|

Driving under the influence of alcohol is never ok. It doesn’t matter if it is one drink or ten, putting yourself behind the wheel while intoxicated endangers your life and the lives of those around you. Not only that, if caught you will get in serious trouble with the law, resulting in a DUI infraction, [...]

7 Ways A Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help You

By | December 22nd, 2017|Criminal Law|

A criminal conviction can change your life in an instant. Whether you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence, theft, or another crime, your freedom and future are at stake. This is when a criminal defense attorney becomes essential. In a system where it feels like everyone is up against you, a defense lawyer can [...]

Different Types of Theft Charges and How A Lawyer Can Help

By | December 13th, 2017|Criminal Law|

Theft, also known as larceny, is a serious crime that involves unlawfully taking or using property that belongs to another person. If you have been arrested for theft, you have either been charged with petty theft or grand theft. Under these two main categories, there are many different types of theft, including embezzlement, shoplifting, fraud, [...]

Driving Under The Influence of Marijuana

By | July 20th, 2017|Criminal Law|

If you are high on pot and you're driving in California, you can be arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Marijuana-DUI arrests – and serious traffic collisions and injuries related to marijuana intoxication – are increasing in this state and across the nation. If a person consumes any intoxicating substance, legal or illegal, [...]

Crime Rate Declines In San Diego – Is Proposition 47 The Reason?

By | June 23rd, 2017|Criminal Law|

It's hard to believe, but it is nevertheless true. While the national news was filled with stories last year about rising crime in Baltimore, Chicago, and several other major cities, crime in San Diego was plummeting. In fact, the crime rate in this city in 2016 was the second-lowest in 47 years. Violent crimes dropped [...]

How A Motion To Suppress Can Help Your DUI Case

By | May 20th, 2017|Criminal Law|

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, in the decade starting with 2003 and ending with 2012, prosecutors in this state won DUI convictions against 76.6 percent of those charged with the crime. Thus, in any typical year, almost one in four California drivers charged with driving under the influence is not convicted of [...]

Misdemeanor vs. Felony DUIs In San Diego

By | March 16th, 2017|Criminal Law|

All fifty states have laws that govern drinking and driving. Whether a state calls it DWI (driving while intoxicated), DUI (driving under the influence), or OUI (operating under the influence), the laws are similar, the enforcement is aggressive, and the penalties can be harsh, even for a first offense. Overwhelmingly in California, driving under the [...]

California’s New Parole Law Redefines “Violent” Crimes

By | February 23rd, 2017|Criminal Law|

California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 57 in November 2016. The measure gives the state parole board new powers to approve the early release of inmates whose offenses are not defined as "violent" under California law. Proposition 57 is one part of California's extensive and ongoing work to bolster rehabilitation programs and to reduce the number [...]