What is the 10-20-Life Law in California?

The 10-20-Life law refers to laws which allow judges to enhance your sentence in a felony case if it is found that you used a firearm during the course of committing that crime. You may also hear it referred to as the “use a gun and you’re done” law.  The numbers refer to the number…

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Carjacking Defenses in Los Angeles, CA

Carjacking has been in the news lately thanks to a Los Angeles landscaper who had their pick up truck stolen during a police chase. While most of these cases don’t generate as much news as the landscape case did, it’s still a very common occurrence in the city of Los Angeles.  If you’re being charged…

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How to Fight Breathalyzer Test Results in Los Angeles

Breathalyzer test results are one of the most common pieces of evidence used in a Los Angeles DWI case, but they aren’t foolproof. You might not be guilty, and a competent defense lawyer can often help you fight these test results.  One court even recently tossed every breath case in Washington state when four judges…

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Understanding Plea Bargains in Los Angeles

90% to 95% of cases are plea bargained in Los Angeles County. There are quite a few reasons for this, though one of them is that overburdened public defenders tend to push plea bargains through rather than taking cases all the way to trial.   Another reason is that prosecutors tend to try to coerce people…

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What is Child Endangerment in Los Angeles?

Child endangerment is outlined in California Penal Code Section 273A.  “Any person who, under circumstances or conditions likely to produce great bodily harm or death, willfully causes or permits any child to suffer, or inflicts thereon unjustifiable pain or mental suffering, or having the care or custody of any child, willfully causes or permits the…

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New Law Seals California Arrests and Convictions

 SBI 731 has been signed into law, which means arrest records and conviction records will be sealed for at least 225,000 Californians. Many Los Angeles residents will find their records are eligible for automatic sealing, while others will have to petition a judge.  Are you eligible for records sealing? Here’s what you need to know.…

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How Long Does a Criminal Case Take in Los Angeles, CA?

It’s natural to want your Los Angeles criminal case to resolve itself quickly. Nobody wants to be caught up with the justice system for very long. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to tell how long a case will take. Nevertheless, there are some laws, guidelines, and rules of thumb we can share. Misdemeanor Cases Many…

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Clearing Pot Convictions in Los Angeles, CA

California has been required to clear cannabis convictions since 2018, but the process hasn’t gone quickly. A new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom may help. Under current California law, a person 21 years of age or older may possess, process, transport, purchase, obtain, or give away up to 28.5 grams of cannabis and up…

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