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 …

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 …

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 …