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I'm Charged With a Misdemeaor. What Happens Next?
You're charged with a misdemeanor and have a court date coming up in a few weeks, or, worse yet, you are in custody and have to be brought to court within two business days. You are nervous, concerned, even afraid. What happens next? Here is a run down of the upcoming court proceedings. more...

Posted over 1 year ago. Applies to California.


EXPUNGEMENT - What is it? When can I do it? How do I do it? Does it really matter?
What is expungement? This is a question I am asked probably more than any other. Expungement is a reference to Penal Code section 1203.4 It allows successful probationers to have their plea withdrawn and case dismissed. Hold on, it's not all that it may first appear to be. more...

Posted over 1 year ago. Applies to California.


Reducing a Felony to a Misdemeanor
If you are eligible to have your felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor, do so, and do so now! Not all felonies are eligible for reduction, but if yours is, do it as soon as possible. This does not happen automatically, and requires a motion filed in court and an order by the judge. more...

Posted over 1 year ago. Applies to California.


I'M INNOCENT! I DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' LAWYER!
I'm innocent! It wasn't me! I have an alibi! They can't prove it! I have heard them all, and many more. In over 18 years of practicing expclusively criminal defense, I have heard just about everything. You only get one shot at his, so hire the best lawyer you can afford! Now! more...

Posted over 1 year ago.


1st Time DUI
I often describe a 1st time DUI as the only equal opportunity crime I know of. In other words, it doesn't matter if you're male or female, young or old, white, green, purple or yellow, if you drink and drive you put yourself in the pool to be a potential DUI defendant. more...

Posted over 1 year ago. Applies to California.