California Ends Arrests for Loitering for Prostitution

This month Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new state law which prevents police from arresting people for loitering for prostitution. This bill does not legalize prostitutions. “To be clear, this bill does not legalize prostitution,” Newsom said in a signing message. “It simply revokes provisions of law that have led to disproportionate harassment of women…

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Can You Record Officers in Los Angeles?

Worried about getting arrested for recording police officers in Los Angeles, CA? While it is legal to record a police officer in California, there are certain rules you must abide by in order to remain on the right side of the law.  Here’s what you need to know in order to keep yourself as safe…

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How Does Probation Work in Los Angeles, CA?

One of the ways we can help our clients avoid jail time is by seeking to negotiate an alternative sentencing arrangement. “Probation” is one of those sentences. It is a program that has been quite successful here in California.  Usually probation is open to first-time offenders, though there are some instances in which we’ve been…

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How Does Parole Work in Los Angeles, CA?

If you are convicted of a felony in California and go to prison you will deal with parole upon your release. Violating the terms of your parole could mean being returned to prison in very short order, so it’s important to understand what you’re getting into. Parole is separate from probation, which is a sentence…

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What Happens if You Confess to a Crime in Los Angeles, CA

Many people don’t realize that confessions can be involuntary, coerced, or false. People imagine that the only possible reason why someone would ever confess to a crime is if they are guilty of one. Nothing could be further from the truth. Almost every wrongful conviction involves some form of false confession. Even the courts know…

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How Pretrial Diversion Works in Los Angeles, CA

One of the options we have for helping you with your criminal defense matter is to pursue a pretrial diversion program. Here in Los Angeles, there are four programs that we might be able to take advantage of if you meet the eligibility criteria for one of the programs. Here’s what you need to know…

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How Do Insanity Pleas Work in Los Angeles, CA?

The “insanity defense,” or the M’Naghten Rule, plays a huge role in television portrayals of criminal defense law. But how much of a role does it really play in a California criminal case? And is it a good defense? It’s certainly invoked. In 2021 a man accused of fatally shooting two people inside of a…

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