You may be shocked—and perhaps even outraged—to learn that here in Los Angeles and throughout the state of California, law enforcement has the right to take a DNA sample from you if you are charged with a felony. They don’t have to wait for conviction: the arrest is enough.  If you are convicted of a…

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Los Angeles County has a set bail schedule. Yet many who are charged with misdemeanors and non-violent crimes will not have to pay bail.  The California Supreme Court has ruled that the state trial courts must consider an individual’s ability to pay before setting bail, and they can’t set it in an amount a person…

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In some assault, battery, and murder cases, asserting your appropriate use of force in response to the situation can help protect you from criminal charges. Appropriate use of force doesn’t just cover self-defense, but defense-of-others and the defense of your home as well. While self-defense isn’t quite the slam dunk get-out-of-jail-free card it’s portrayed as…

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