Robbery

Robbery (PC 211): Penal Code 211 defines “Robbery” in the state of California as: taking the personal property that is in the possession of another person, from their immediate presence, Read More …

Immigration

A California criminal conviction can weigh heavily on those individuals who are not yet United States citizens. Certain kinds of criminal convictions can lead to deportation- regardless of how long Read More …

Personal Injury

If you have been injured due to another person’s negligence (or in the result of an accident), as a victim, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries and losses. Read More …

DUI with Injury

DUI with Injury (VC 23153) If you drove under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and while driving you injured another person, you may be convicted with VC 23153(b) “driving Read More …

DUI Refusal

California DUI Refusal (VC 13353): Refusal to take Blood, Breath, or Urine Sample Chemical test/DUI refusal charges can be very serious. Refusing to take a blood, breath, or urine sample Read More …

Transportation for Sale

Transportation for Sale (HS 11352): In order to be convicted under statute HS 11352, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you either: engaged in transporting, importing, selling, Read More …

Possession of Controlled Substance

Possession of Controlled Substance (HS 11350): California Health and Safety Code 11350 HS prohibits the possession of specific “controlled substances” without a valid prescription. A “controlled substance” is defined as Read More …

Conspiracy to Sell/Transport Controlled Substance

In California, conspiracy to sell drug crimes extend further than possession (HS 11350) and possession with intent to sell (HS 11351), charges. There are a variety of crimes that fall Read More …

Possession of Marijuana

Possession of Marijuana: As of January 1, 2011 possession of marijuana (one ounce -28.5 grams or less) is an infraction, punishable by up to a $100 fine (plus fees), with Read More …

Possession for Sale

Possession for Sale (HS 11351): It is a crime to possess narcotics in California. Possession for sale of controlled substance(s) is an even more serious crime. If you are found, Read More …

Petty Theft/Shoplifting

Petty Theft (PC 484) & Shoplifting (PC 459.5) There are many forms of theft under California law. Theft, in the simplest form, is the unlawful taking of someone else’s property. Read More …

Assault (Great Bodily Injury)

Assault with Great Bodily Injury (PC 240(a)): Assault with “great bodily injury” refers to significant and substantial physical injuries. Emotional and financial do not fall under this category, nor do Read More …

Gang Related Crimes/Gang Enhancements

Gang-Related Violence/Gang Enhancements (PC 186.22): Penal Code 186.22(a) is the crime of participation in a gang and Penal Code 186.22(b) is defined as the gang sentencing enhancement. The second part Read More …

Juvenile Crimes

Juvenile Crimes Juvenile crimes are any crimes committed by a person under the age of 18 being handled in the Juvenile Court system. The Juvenile Court system seeks to rehabilitate Read More …

Resisting Arrest

Resisting Arrest (PC 148(a)(1)): California Penal Code 148(a)(1) describes the crime most commonly referred to as “resisting arrest.” In California, “resisting arrest” law prohibits you from willfully obstructing, delaying or Read More …

Child Pornography

Child Pornography (PC 311.11): Child Pornography is a criminal defense that is defined as any visual depiction involving the use of a minor, or one appearing to be a minor, Read More …

Lewd Acts with a Child/Child Molestation

Lewd Acts with a Child/Child Molestation (PC 288): Child Molestation is a serious charge that carries serious legal and social consequences. An accusation of this nature can ruin an innocent Read More …

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender (PC 290 (b)): If you are required to register under California’s sex offender registration law, and you fail to do so, you may Read More …

Prostitution & Solicitation

Prostitution & Solicitation (PC 647 (b)): California prostitution law under Penal Code 647 (b) PC prohibits: engaging in the act of prostitution, and offering (also known as “solicitation) or agreeing Read More …

Death Penalty

Charges in California that carry the death penalty are: first-degree murder with special circumstances (capital murder); sabotage; train wrecking causing death; treason; perjury causing execution of an innocent person; fatal Read More …

Second Degree Murder

The second degree murder rule attaches to felonies that are both inherently dangerous, and not specifically included under the first-degree felony-murder rule. “Inherently dangerous” felonies are those that cannot be Read More …

First Degree Murder

The unlawful killing of another human being- homicide- may either be charged as murder or manslaughter. Murder requires “malice aforethought,” which means the defendant had expressed or implied malice and Read More …

Manslaughter

Voluntary Manslaughter: When you kill another person during a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion, you may be charged under Penal Code 192(a), California’s voluntary manslaughter law. The Read More …

Vehicular Manslaughter

California’s vehicular manslaughter laws (PC 191.5 & 192) punish acts of driving that kill another person when the driver drives in an unlawful way, with or without gross negligence, or Read More …

Expungements

Expungements Once you have completed summary probation, you can apply to have your initial charges “dismissed in the interest of justice.” Having a conviction(s) expunged can be very beneficial for Read More …