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Street Racing and Assault with Deadly Weapon (the Car) Conviction Upheld

Two witnesses at different locations observed his van going at about sixty miles per hour as it approached Estelle Avenue.

“Duty of Driver, etc. of Motor Vehicle if Accident Occurs” in Victoria

Got into a car accident? If you were driving a motor vehicle in Victoria when the accident occurred, you could be charged with “Duty of Driver, etc. of Motor Vehicle if Accident Occurs”. Find out the possible legal consequences and the best way to deal with this charge.

Duty of Driver etc. of Vehicle that is Not a Motor Vehicle if Accident Occurs in Victoria

What criminal responsibilities are there for Victorian drivers of non-motor vehicles when accidents occur? Know the law, the maximum penalty, criminal defenses, and the steps you should take when attending courts.

Riot in Victoria, Australia

Charged with a Riot offense? What is the difference between public order offences and how other violence offenses? Learn the law and know how a case is established and defended in Victorian courts.

What are White Collar Crimes?

A question we get asked on our website all the time is, what are white collar crimes? With the rise in today's technology it's highly likely that you or someone you know has been a victim of a white collar crime from counterfeit currency to identity theft. Continue reading this article to understand more about the most popular forms of white collar crimes.

Addison Traffic Warrant Roundup Lawyer

City of Addison, Texas Traffic Ticket Lawyer

Careless Driving in Victoria - Australia

When can you be found guilty of careless driving? If you’re in Victoria, this article can help you prepare to face the Court on carelessly driving charges. Learn the legal aspects surrounding the offence of Careless Driving.

Production of Child Pornography in Victoria - Australia

When can you be found guilty of child pornography in Victoria? If you’ve been charged, especially for the production of child pornography, the consequences for conviction could be very severe. Know your criminal rights and find out how you can defend yourself in Court.

What is Kidnapping and Aggravated Kidnapping?

Kidnapping is often considered a crime only practiced in third-world countries like El Salvador and Ecuador.

Extortion with Threats to Destroy Property in Victoria - Australia

When can you be found guilty of Extortion with Threats to Destroy Property? Learn about the Victorian criminal law for this charge – the penalties, criminal defenses, legislation, and the steps you should take when charged with this offense.

Fraud: Chinese Style - A Case Study

Fraud emanating from the employee level rather than the more typical organization level is often indistinguishable to the victim. However, these are two distinct forms of misdeed and must be approached differently in order to affect a positive outcome for the victim.

Recklessly Causing Serious Injury in Victoria - Australia

Do you know the Victorian criminal law for Recklessly Causing Serious Injury? Find out how the charge is established and defended in Victorian Courts.

When Must a Juvenile Be Sentenced to a Juvenile Facility?

The discussion usually continues into a discussion of fire camp and home on probation (HOP).

Can an Out of State Conviction Count as a Strike under California’s Three Strike Law?

In each Illinois case, the crime is defined as involving personal infliction of “great bodily harm.”

Involuntary Manslaughter Conviction Upheld for Injury from Eight Years Earlier

Jose Moncada was caring for his then three month old son, Joseph. Joseph was fussy and Jose became frustrated from the crying.

Assault in Victoria - Australia

Have you been charged with an Assault offence in Victoria? Know more about the law and find out how you can defend yourself in Court.

Filing an Appeal against a Criminal Conviction

If you are facing a criminal conviction, you need to consult an appellate lawyer to understand whether filing an appeal will be appropriate

When Must a Juvenile Be Sentenced to a Juvenile Facility?

There is such an apparent “crimes spree,” a common question we hear is whether the juvenile will go to “juvenile hall,” prison or jail for an extended period, or at all

Can An Out of State Conviction Count As A Strike Under California’s Three Strike Law?

CIn 2012, Mr. Washington faced prosecution in California for assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury (Penal Code § 245(a)(1)) and battery causing serious bodily injury (Penal Code § 243(d)). The jury convicted him of such charges and found true three sentencing enhancements for personal infliction of “great bodily injury” as a serious felony under Penal Code § 1192.7(c)(8).

IP FAQ: When Does Trade Secret Theft Become a Federal Crime?

Trade secret theft is generally addressed through civil lawsuits. However, in some cases, the misappropriation of trade secrets can rise to the level of a federal crime. The Economic Espionage Act of 1996 criminalizes trade secret theft committed for personal benefit within the country or for the benefit of a foreign government.

In Juvenile Vandalism Case Involving Graffiti, Restitution Cannot Include Investigation Costs

The alleged damage was over $400, a violation of Penal Code § 594 (a) (“Felony Vandalism”).

Steroids Are a Controlled Substance

Different Categories of Drugs

Crime Spree Arrests in Temecula

A recent news story recounted the events surrounding the arrest of three alleged criminals in Temecula. A homeowner called police after a confrontation with three people in his garage.

Causing Injury Recklessly in Victoria

Have you been charged with Causing Injury Recklessly in Victoria? Learn more about this charge and how you can defend yourself in Court.

Causing Injury Intentionally in Victoria

Have you been charged with Causing Injury Intentionally in Victoria? Know more about the offence and what you should do to defend yourself in Court.

Florida: Legal Help with Bonds

Bonds can be an extremely confusing matter. Sure we have heard of them being referenced in movies and our latest favorite legal drama, but do you actually know what it means or how it works?

Confession Is Inadmissible if Probation Offic Promised Shorter Sentence If Suspect Waived Right To An Attorney

Nn parole, Christopher Gonzalez used a hammer to hit Daniel Castillo in the face, fracturing his jaw, skull, cheekbone and nose

Operator Of Medical Marijuana Collective Is Entitled To Assert Defense Under Prop 215 And The MMPA.

Voters passed Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (“CUA”) and it was put into legislation

Field Sobriety Tests in Florida

In Florida, when a police officer pulls you over under the suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), the officer may ask you to take a field sobriety test. To learn about the three standardized field sobriety tests used in Florida and whether you can refuse to take such tests, read on below. After all, when it comes to your legal rights, knowledge is power.

How to Beat a Breath Test

DUI convictions rest on the evidence from breath tests, but they are not always accurate. Learn the tricks of the trade from a Los Angeles DUI lawyer.

Understanding the Minnesota Implied Consent Law

Under Minnesota’s implied consent law, any individual who chooses to operate, drive or be in control of a motor vehicle is automatically assumed to have consented to a blood, urine or breath test. These tests are used to determine whether there is a presence of alcohol or any other controlled or hazardous substance in a person’s body.

Police Detention Is Illegal When Based On Only One’s Resemblance To A Suspect

It is well-established law that in order to justify an investigative stop or detention, police must have a “reasonable and articulable suspicion that some activity relating to a crime has taken place or is occurring or is about to occur and that the person is involved in that activity.”

Underage Possession of Alcohol in Florida: Your FAQs Answered

It’s no secret that South Florida is a party town. Between its idyllic beaches, recreational boating culture, vibrant nightlife, cultural and sporting events, and dozens of colleges and universities, it is certainly a fun area to live and play. Unfortunately, underage drinking is rampant. The police in South Florida take this problem very seriously and frequently make arrests for underage possession of alcohol.

A Juvenile Court May Not Automatically Transfer Case to Adult Criminal Court Without a Hearing

The People filed separate Penal Code § 602 petitions in juvenile court against Juan G., alleging such violations. Juan G. was sixteen years old in early 2012 when he allegedly committed attempted murder and violated the terms of a criminal gang injunction. The People filed separate Penal Code § 602 petitions in juvenile court against Juan G., alleging such violations.

Sixth Amendment Not Violated in DUI Case When Someone Testifies about Lab Report by Someone Else

On the night of August 17, 2007, Virginia Lopez was working at a restaurant in Julian, California, near San Diego. While working, she had three shots of tequila between 8:45 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. At about 11:00 p.m., she left work to drive home. As she drove home, she ran head-on into a pick-up driven by Allan Wolowsky, killing him. About two hours after the accident, Ms. Lopez provided a blood sample.

Juvenile Fake ID Laws in Florida

Persons under the age of 21 in Florida will often purchase or make their own driver’s license or identification card with an altered or forged date of birth or use the driver’s license or identification card belonging to a sibling or friend over the age of 21 who they resemble. For more information, check out the following summary of the laws related to fake, false, or altered IDs in Florida:

Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus

For those that are pulled over and tested by an officer for signs of drinking and driving, one thing that is commonly looked for is the onset of Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, which can be a sign of alcohol consumption. While nystagmus can be evident in anyone, alcohol can cause it to be more severe or occur sooner than it normally would.

You Don’t Have to Pay Traffic Tickets in Fort Lauderdale

If you have received a traffic ticket in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, or Miami Dade County, do not pay it. If you pay the ticket you will get points that will stay on your record for a long time. Your insurance rates will go up. Your driving privilege will be put in jeopardy. So don’t pay your traffic ticket. Want to avoid getting points for a traffic ticket in Fort Lauderdale?

How to Avoid Becoming the Victim of Medicare, Medicaid, or Healthcare Related Fraud

The senior population in this country continues to grow, presenting even more viable targets for Medicare, Medicaid and other healthcare related frauds. As it stands now, this type of fraud costs the government billions of dollars each year. Help yourself avoid becoming a victim by learning what types of scams are out there, as well as what steps to take to avoid being victimized.

Shooting Someone with ABB Gun Can Be Assault With A Deadly Weapon (Penal Code § 245(a)(1))

Quamie Brown allegedly drove his white Cadillac up to Gerardo Calderon and Jesus Castro, who were standing on the sidewalk. Brown allegedly called over to Castro, through his rolled down window, “What the fuck are you guys doing here? Get the fuck out of our neighborhood.” Castro then told Calderon, “Let’s get out of here.”

Following an Arrest in Fort Lauderdale?

The arrest of a suspect is the first step in the process of a criminal case getting filed. The arrest is followed by a police report which describes the circumstances of the arrest. A prosecutor then goes through the report to decide whether or not to press for criminal charges. The prosecutor may also seek an indictment from a grand jury, as an alternative.

The Effects of Refusing to Submit to DUI Testing In Florida

As a criminal defense lawyer in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, I get asked at every social event I go to “what happens if I get stopped for DUI “? The answer depends on whether you have been drinking and how much you have consumed. If you have had nothing to drink (and aren’t under the influence of any other substance) fully cooperate with the police, take all of the tests they ask you to, and answer all of their questions.

DUI Defense in Phoenix, Arizona

Arizona laws surrounding drunk driving and those arrested for DUI are very strict. These days police officers pretty much have the right to pull someone over for any reason, even something as small as a minor traffic violation. The moral of the story is if you are going to drink, do it very, very responsibly. Make sure you take a cab if you plan to have a night out, don't take your chances.

The Process for Posting Bail in Florida

A defense attorney can assist during a Miami bail hearing to ensure that your or a loved one’s rights are protected. If you recently received a phone call from a relative or friend who has been arrested, posting bail is probably at the forefront of your mind. While the process is relatively simple, you have to ensure that bail is posted correctly in order to expedite your relative's or friend's release.

Wiretap Information Leading to Seizure of 353 Kilograms of Cocaine Properly Denied to Defendant

Law enforcement obtained orders authorizing wiretaps involving fourteen cell phones used by defendant Steven Montes. The orders involved the magistrate’s finding of probable cause that Montes and others “have committedIn 2005 and 2006, law enforcement obtained orders authorizing seven wiretaps involving fourteen cell phones used by defendant Steven Montes.

Atlanta Criminal Attorneys Discuss New Jury Selection Procedure

Georgia rolled out its new procedure for jury selection on July 1st, and some Atlanta criminal attorneys are questioning whether the new procedure could lead to misrepresentation of the general population. By using a master list compiled from driver’s licenses and voting registration records, some lawyers fear that the process will exclude many Georgia residents who are not traditionally documented.

Plea Bargaining Explained

Plea bargains account for nearly 90 percent of all criminal cases in Florida, making them the most common way to resolve a criminal case within the American justice system. Critics of plea bargains are of the view that it is an unethical way to easily dispose of a criminal case as plea bargains save the State considerable time, money and resources.

How Does a Felony Affect Your Immigration Status

If you are facing deportation for being convicted of a felony, you would need to contact a lawyer immediately. If you are in the United States on a green card or a visa, the worst thing you can do is commit a felony. Committing felony may get you deported out of the country. The immigration officials may even downgrade your status on the basis of felony or non-felony conviction.

Learn More about White Collar Crimes

If you have been charged with a white collar crime, there are several defenses that can be used to save you. Get in touch with a defense lawyer as soon as you can. When a businesswoman or a businessman commits a crime at a business, it is referred to as white collar crimes. Such crimes may also include crimes like fraud and embezzlement. Sociologist and criminology expert Edwin Sutherland came up with this term in a speech that he gave in 1939.

Marietta Police Arrest Suspect in 15 Year Old Crime

Reported Marietta Crime and Criminal Defense - Jurors in Marietta, GA are expected to deliberate on a killing that occurred 15 years ago. The defendant was arrested in 2010 and charged with a crime that was committed in 1995. The defendant has been charged with the murder of a 30 year old woman and also with the stabbing of her then 5 year old son, who survived the attack.

CHP Investigation of Accident Causing Brain Damage

In May, 2012 a newly licensed driver hit 8 high school students in a cross walk. It was first reported that he was travelling at 50 miles per hour or more and had been known to drive at high speed up and down the street where he lives. However the actual investigation found witnesses that said the truck was actually only going 15 miles per hour when it reached the cross walk where the high school students were hit by his truck.

One Count of Indecent Exposure (Penal Code § 314) Proper Even if Multiple People Witness Conduct.

Troy Smith allegedly masturbated in public view of others on three separate occasions. Two separate groups of people claim they saw this. In the third incident, Mary Hernandez allegedly was standing in her house and looked out the window to see Smith masturbating in her backyard. Ms. Hernandez quickly closed the curtains.

Raiding in Ukraine

It’s funny how things change. Just a few years ago, foreign companies flooded into Ukraine, driving up the prices of everything – buildings, factories and land. Now, just a few years later, Ukraine is considered to be a high-risk country with a notoriously difficult business environment. Unfortunately, this is a fair assessment, and it’s largely due to systematic government corruption and bureaucracy.

What to do When You are Pulled Over by the Police for a Traffic Stop

Follow these seven tips from a Miami traffic attorney if you are ever pulled over for a traffic stop. 1) Pull over at a safe location: If a police officer indicates for you to pull over, put on your turn signal to drive to the nearest, safe location and pull over. If possible, pull over as far to the right as you can, so that when the officer approaches your driver’s side window he will not have to worry about being hit by cars in the right lane.

What is Arson (Penal Code § 451 and § 452) and Its Defenses?

Penal Code § 451 states that a person is “guilty of arson when he or she willfully and maliciously sets fire to or burns or causes to be burned or who aids, counsel or procures the burning of any structure, forest land or property.” A conviction for a violation of § 451 is a felony, carrying with it a minimum prison sentence of sixteen months and a maximum sentence of three years in state prison.

Felony Vandalism Charges Proper When Prosecutor Adds Damages Up from Multiple Victims

The Second Appellate District recently made new law by affirming a Pomona judge’s decision that felony, rather than misdemeanor, vandalism charges were proper when the total damages are considered. In this case, there were damages suffered by defendant’s mom and an apartment owner, which when totaled, exceeded the misdemeanor vandalism limits of $400.

Man Sentenced to Death Row for Murdering Mother and Son Seeks New Trial

A man sentenced to death row after allegedly murdering two members of a family wants a new trial. His appellate lawyer appeared before the Georgia Supreme Court arguing that the man’s rights had been violated. Cobb County, Georgia – A man sentenced to death row for murdering a mother and her twelve-year-old son is seeking a new trial.

Driver on PCP Causes Car Accident in Houston

A DUI is not exclusively for drivers who drink and get behind the wheel. A driver under the influence of drugs, either illegal or prescription, can experience impairment to the extent that it affects the ability to operate a vehicle safely. Just recently, a man and woman died as they pulled away from a Houston gas station parking lot. They were killed by a driver who was high on drugs and slammed into their vehicle after he ran a red light.

Alexis Wright the Zumba Teacher in Maine Faces a Prostitution Charge

If you have been charged with or are the subject of a prostitution investigation you need to hire a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney or a Miami criminal defense attorney immediately to help you navigate the prostitution laws in Florida. Alexis Wright is a 29 year old Zumba instructor who lives and works in Kennebunk, Maine. As she taught her Zumba classes she developed a side line of offering prostitution services to the men in her community.

Underage DUI Law in Florida

A recent study shows that in Florida, an estimated 83 traffic fatalities and 3,345 non-fatal traffic injuries were attributed to driving after underage drinking. One way the state is trying to combat the devastating traffic, health, and social problems associated with underage drinking is through its zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking.

What is Resisting Arrest Under Penal Code § 148(a)(1)?

Resisting arrest under Penal Code § 148(a)(1) is the misdemeanor version of Penal Code § 69, which is usually a felony. Section 148(a)(1) is violated when one obstructs an officer or EMT when the officer or EMT is performing his or her duties. The prosecution must prove that defendant knew or should have known that the person affected was an officer or an EMT performing such duties.

BUI (Boating Under the Influence): Your FAQs Answered

Both residents that reside in Miami, Florida and tourists just visiting the extravagant city take advantage of the beauty by taking boats out on the water. While being on a boat is great fun many act irresponsibly mixing their boating experience with alcohol and ultimately find themselves getting charged with boating under the influence. Here are answers to common questions when charged with a BUI in Florida.

Cristian Fernandez Case: Key Evidence Suppressed

The Cristian Fernandez case was a rather upsetting one. It is the case where a young boy was responsible for the death of his younger half-brother. There has been a lot of controversy following this case for the state has decided to try the young boy as an adult. A recent ruling has suppressed key evidence in the case which has led the state to file an immediate appeal.

Difficulty in Proving Impairment for Prescription Drugs

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) by prescription drugs is considered a crime, just like driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Yet reports have shown that drug-related DWI offenses can be much more difficult to prove. While there are clear standards for determining whether a person’s driving is impaired by alcohol consumption—the legal blood alcohol concentration threshold is 0.08 percent in Texas and in other states—there is no such standardized limit for impairment by drugs.

What Are Criminal Threats and the Defenses to this Charge?

Penal Code section 422 defines criminal threats as “willfully” threatening to kill or injure someone, unequivocally and with sufficient specificity that the recipient of the threat is placed in a state of reasonably “sustained fear” for his immediate safety or that of his or her family. The threat can be communicated verbally, in writing or electronically.

Five Differences Between DUI and BUI in Florida

Learn about the differences between a DUI and a BUI in the State of Florida from a Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer. - The Operator - Unlike a motor vehicle, a boat can be operated without a driver. When it comes to DUI (driving under the influence), it’s easy to tell who is driving or operating the motor vehicle—the person behind the wheel. However, when it comes to BUI (boating under the influence), it can be a little more difficult to determine who is operating the boat.

Charged With Boating Under the Influence?

Find out what to do if you are charged with boating under the influence in the State of Florida. The Florida courts take BUI charges seriously due, in part, to the unfortunate fact that Florida has more annual recreational boating deaths than any other state and that one third of these recreational boating fatalities are alcohol related.

Second–Time DUI Offender Must Be Granted Restricted License After 90 Days of Actual Suspension

On July 1, 2010, Vehicle Code § 13352(a)(3) was amended to allow second time DUI offenders to apply for a restricted license with installation of an IID after ninety days of actual suspension. Previously, a second-time DUI offender was stuck with a one year license suspension.

2013 Illinois DUI Sentencing Guide

Illinois DUI Laws and Penalties - 2013 - First Offense • Class A Misdemeanor • Court Supervision up to 2 years • DUI Tech Fee $750.00 (P.A. Act 96-1342 eff. 1-1-11) • $50.00 Roadside Memorial Fund Fee (730 ILCS 5/5-9-1.17) • Fines of $0-$2,500.00 and • BAC > .16 or greater.

2012 Illinois DUI Sentencing Guide

Illinois DUI Penalties - 2012 - First Offense • Class A Misdemeanor • Court Supervision up to 2 years • DUI Tech Fee $750.00 (P.A. Act 96-1342 eff. 1-1-11) • $50.00 Roadside Memorial Fund Fee (730 ILCS 5/5-9-1.17) • Fines of $0-$2,500.00 and • BAC > .16 or greater.

Summary of New Illinois Traffic and DUI Laws in 2012

P.A. 97-466, eff. 1-1-12 Short Description: School Bus Driver and Alcohol Testing · Amends 625 ILCS 5/6-106.1; adds 625 ILCS 5/6-106.1c new - · Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that an employer of a school bus driver permit holder who holds a commercial driver's license and who works for the employer as a school bus driver and is therefore subject to 49 CFR 382.307 shall, within 48 hours...

Drinking on the Move in Wentzville: Thoughts on Open Containers in Vehicles

Missouri's pro-alcohol reputation, supported by a strong alcohol industry lobby, continues to grow based on a recent decision by the Board of Alderman in Wentzville, Missouri. Despite efforts to tighten DUI/DWI laws, Missouri municipalities are having a tough time finding support.

Personal Portable Breathalyzer Tests to Help Avoid Tickets for DUI

Portable breathalyzers can help you and your friends avoid driving drunk and risking a DUI. As we begin this holiday season in St. Louis, Missouri, consider buying your favorite partier a portable breathalyzer for $30.00 to $100.00. While they may not be as accurate as police testing for DUI, they are valuable in helping someone realize they need to call a cab.

How Much Custody Credit Do I Get?

Since 2009, there have been no less than five legislative changes to the way presentence conduct credits are calculated, leaving even the most informed judges, district attorney and defense attorneys confused. The recent case of People v. Paul Garcia (2012 DJDAR 13257 (Sept. 24, 2012)) serves to clarify the law on this important issue.

White Collar Crime FAQs

The majority of my practice focuses on the defense of federal white collar crimes, which can be a confusing area of law for people who are unfamiliar with the system. In that vein, I've compiled some basic questions and answers regarding white collar criminal defense to help shed some light on the process.

How to Protect Against Identity Theft

In today’s digital age, identity theft is a serious concern for everyone. Not only is stealing an identity potentially easier in the electronic age, but once an identity has been stolen, a considerable amount of damage can be done in a relatively short period of time. Sometimes, the damage cannot be repaired, leaving victims without their life savings in their golden years.

Can An Anonymous Cell Phone Call to Police Support a Traffic Stop for DUI?

With the proliferation of cell phone use, police often receive calls from motorists who claim to be witnessing a driver who appears to be intoxicated and a danger to other motorists. Sometimes, the driver is not willing to give his name for fear of being called to court as a witness. The witness may believe that he will be arrested on an outstanding warrant, overdue child support or for immigration issues.

Child Rape Charges Aided by Criminal Defense Attorneys

Criminal defense attorneys understand the seriousness of a child rape charge. Not only is your freedom at stake but also your reputation, because you could be registered as a sex offender. When it comes to this type of charge, even an accusation can impact the rest of your life. There will always be the question as to whether or not you are guilty of this crime.

Virtues of Forgiveness, Love and Decency - Pakistan

A Book Review - Suppose you wanted to write a novel about the activities of a man and chronicles of his day’s life, obviously it requires a powerful narration and lot of details. Faced with such narrative limitations you might be tempted to invent a wider canvas of things, places, events, books and things. The good news is that Ian McEwan has presented a beautiful novel on these concepts.

Juvenile Commits First Degree Residential Burglary by Stealing Guns from Closet Near Home Entry

In San Diego County, a juvenile (“M.A.”) entered a house with the owner’s permission without any intent to commit a felony therein. While inside, he learned that there were guns in a closet and then decided to steal then. The closet was three feet by four feet and in the home’s entry way, but not in the home’s interior.

Money Laundering, Asset Forfeiture and Recovery and Compliance Country Report: Turkey

Turkey, even restructured its banking sector several times, has still not made sufficient progress in money laundering and compliance legislation for improvement of the inspection obligations. In particular due to its location bridging Europe to Asia attracts the foreign criminal organizations of migrant smuggling, terrorism and narcotics. Turkey hosted many brass plate companies in the past set for the purpose of placement, layering and integration of laundering transactions by 1990s.

Georgia Lawmakers Crack Down on Drug Abuse, Atlanta Criminal Attorneys Report

Prescription drug use and abuse is a rising problem in our country, according to Atlanta criminal attorneys, and Georgia lawmakers and state officials are cracking down on dealers and users across the state. The recent arrest of Richmond County family physician Dr. John Rumbaugh has gained national attention as the state of Georgia attempts to rein in prescription drug fraud.

Three Felonies and You’re Out

Named for the penalty in baseball for hitting strikes, the three strikes law is state legislation that imposes a life penalty for individuals that are convicted of three or more serious charges. This is typically reserved for felony crimes but is left up to the state to determine the details.

First Degree Burglary Conviction Upheld When Residential Home Uninhabited and Realtor’s Wallet is Stolen.

Under Penal Code § 460, every burglary of an inhabited dwelling is first degree burglary. Burglary of a structure that is not an “inhabited dwelling house” is second degree burglary. On June 27, 2010, realtor Janice Konkol was conducting an open house of a home in Irvine. Rodney Little and his girlfriend walked into the house.

The Consequences of Florida Child Abuse and Molestation Charges

Charges of child abuse and molestation can result in serious criminal consequences. If you are charged, you could lose your rights as a parent and face serious jail time.

If I Am Arrested, Can Police Look at My Text Messages?

Erik Rangel allegedly beat and stabbed a man in a San Mateo park. The crime was believed to be gang related. Days later, a judge signed a warrant for Rangel’s arrest and a search warrant for Rangel’s home. The search warrant authorized the seizure of stabbing instruments, as well as items containing stains or traces of human blood. The search warrant further authorized the seizure of items commonly known as gang indicia.

The Police Took Your Money, So You Usually Get it Back, Plus Interest

Under Health and Safety Code § 11469(i), when a government agency seizes a person’s money, the agency has a duty to protect the money and preserve its value. The government does this by placing the money into an interest bearing account instead of allowing the money to lose value over time. Moreover, the person whose money was taken is often entitled to get his money back, plus the accrued interest.

Statute of Limitation in Sex Abuse Cases - Interview with Thomas Simeone

Recent instances of sexual abuse have again ignited debate in the subject of statute of limitations. This sensitive area of law is under national scrutiny in light of numerous sexual abuse scandals in the media. Establishing fairness for both plaintiff and defendant has become a balancing act with important repercussions.

Federal Conviction Reversed for Assault Because Federal Officer Not Aware Defendant Threw Rock at Him

On June 18, 2009, Enrique Acosta-Sierra threw a baseball-size piece of concrete at U.S. Custom and Border Protection Officer Abram Lopez. Acosta-Sierra missed, although he was only seven or eight feet away. Officer Lopez only became aware of the attempted battery (assault) when the concrete hit the metal gate behind him and made a loud noise.

Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and DWIs

Originally developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, field sobriety tests can be used by officers when they are determining whether or not a driver should be taken into custody for driving while intoxicated. There are three tests that an officer may choose to use separately or in combination with the others. There are a number of tools that officers will use to aid them in determining which drivers are operating their vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Seven Years to Life Sentence for Dissuading a Witness for Benefit of a Gang Reversed Because Force Threatened

Michael Valles was fatally shot at a tattoo parlor in Stanislaus County in 2004. Felix Lopez was charged with violating Penal Code § 187, murder, as well as four other counts associated with the crime, including attempting to dissuade a witness from testifying (Penal Code § 136.31(a)(2) and active participation in a street gang (Penal Code § 186.22(a)).

Securities Fraud in California - Understanding Securities Fraud

Investing always involves a degree of risk taking and not all investment losses are due to investment fraud. There are cases however, where investors have lost substantial amounts of money because of brokerage firms, stockbrokers, or financial advisors violating the securities laws.

Get Better Understanding of Federal Criminal Appeal

After the trial court convicts and sentences an individual of a crime, the defendant will have the right to appeal to an appellate court to have the judgment of the trial court reviewed. Learning about the procedure is essential if you are looking to make an appeal. After a defendant is found guilty of committing a crime and a verdict has been passed down by the trial court, he/she will get the right to make an appeal to the higher courts (appellate courts) for having the verdict reviewed.

Why You Should Advise Your Michigan Drivers License Attorney of Any Addictive Prescription Medications

If you are meeting with Michigan drivers license appeal lawyers to select one to help reinstate your drivers license, make sure to disclose any medications you are currently taking. Failing to advise your Michigan drivers license appeal lawyer of the medications you are taking can be fatal to your case. This is especially important if you are taking addictive prescription medication

Cruising the Caribbean Leads to Litigation Labyrinth

Two men who who jetted from New York to Fort Lauderdale to board Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas cruise ship to Jamaica last week, but their vacation took a twisted turn when they found themselves locked away in the cruise ship's brig, accused of raping a young woman.

Does the Law Against Carrying a Dirk or Dagger Violate My Constitutional Right to Bear Arms for Self Defense?

On September 28, 2010, a security guard removed Kenyatta Quinn Mitchell from the San Diego trolley because Mitchell did not have a ticket to ride the trolley. Another guard came to assist and noticed that Mitchell had a concealed knife sticking out from under his sweat shirt. The police were then summoned to the scene. They arrived and found Mitchell with an eleven inch knife.

Resisting Arrest During a Protest or Demonstration

This article explains the Florida statutes that dictate an individual’s consequences if he/she is arrested during a protest or demonstration. When you’re in a crowd for a political, religious, or social gathering, your actions will be strictly observed and judged by the police. While this differential treatment is necessary for law enforcement to maintain control, their demands may seem ridiculous or irrational, causing many to disregard them.

If You Want a Brooklyn Bagel, Go to Brooklyn, not Palm Beach….

Any Floridian bagel junkie will know that Brooklyn Water Bagel company is for producing the ‘best’ bagels on the east coast, made with New York City's famously pure tap water. Recently, however the Palm Beach County company claimed it had nailed the secret of how to make locally baked bagels taste like those from up coast. The secret; there is no secret.

The Police Asked Me to Be an Informant- Should I?

The activities of an informant are glamorized in movies and on television as dangerous, exciting, and dramatic. The informant can be the key witness everyone relies upon, so they are respected as powerful. Police appreciate this image of an informant, so it is not uncommon for police to appeal to this sense of adventure in saying, “Give us three and we’ll set you free.”

What Is Mayhem (Penal Code § 203) and Aggravated Mayhem (Penal Code § 205)?

If one is charged with mayhem, or aggravated mayhem, it is not unusual for the rhetorical question of, “what is mayhem?” to be asked. After all, “mayhem” is not a word often used nowadays.

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