How Much Does a Criminal Defense Attorney Cost?

Attorney cost varies depending on who represents you. There are three options for representation in criminal defense cases: Self-representation Public defender Private attorney Self-representation Self-representation, commonly known as “in pro per,” has no attorney cost. However, you could have to pay court costs and discovery charges. Public Defender The public …

I Just Got Arrested, Now What?

After you are arrested, continue to assert your 4th Amendment right to refuse search (except when arrested for DUI) and 5th Amendment right to remain silent. right to remain silent It is very important to remain silent because your own statements can be used to convict you. Wait until your …

My Path To Becoming a Criminal Defense Lawyer – Levende Lounge Interview

On April 22, 2020, I spoke with Levende Cloud owner, and long-time friend Justin Pugh regarding how I became a criminal defense attorney.

Police Stops and Your Rights

tips on safely interacting with police during stops Knowing your duties, rights, and law enforcement objectives can help you safely navigate an encounter with law enforcement. Below is a brief discussion of things to consider if you are stopped by the police. step 1: know your duties Identify Yourself You …

Marijuana DUI California Q&A #1

You can beat marijuana DUI Charges. Contact us to find out how. High-Quality Criminal Defense. An attorney you can trust. (805) 635-7766 Law Office of Russell Brown ◆ Santa Barbara, California Marijuana DUI in California The correct answer is “C.” In California, it is illegal to drive a vehicle with …

Firearm Prohibition for Misdemeanor Domestic Violence

Firearm Prohibition Current law places a ten year firearm prohibition on person convicted of certain violent crimes. Basically, this means a person cannot own, possess, control, purchase, or receive a firearm. This includes a misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence. Assembly Bill 3129 Beginning January 1, 2019, a conviction for misdemeanor …

Assembly Bill 931 Aims to Reduce Use of Deadly Force by Police

Current Status of Assembly Bill 931 As of October 16, 2018, Assembly Bill 931 is in the Senate Rules Committee of the California State legislature. Proposed Changes Assembly Bill 931 aims to reduce the use of deadly force by law enforcement in California. Above all, it declares that every person …

When Do SB 1437 Changes to Felony Murder Rule Start?

Felony Murder Rule Relaxed by Senate Bill 1437 On September 30, 2018, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1437 into law. SB 1437 relaxed the felony murder rule. Beginning January 1, 2019, a participant in a felony is guilty of felony murder only if he or she: Was the actual killer, …

Assembly Bill 1511 – Bringing Back Property Crime Enhancements

***As of September 29, 2018, Assembly Bill 1511 is awaiting decision by Governor Brown.*** Assembly Bill 1511 Assembly Bill 1511 would impose sentencing enhancements for property damage. It replaces former Penal Code Section 12022.6, which expired on January 1, 2018. Assembly Bill 1511 also allows the legislature to adjust for …

Senate Bill 1142 – Changing How Jails Release Inmates

Senate Bill 1142 Senate Bill 1142, also known as “The Getting Home Safe Act,” would change how inmates are released from county jail. Changes Proposed by Senate Bill 1142 First, sheriffs would release inmates between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. If inmates are not released during that time, they could …