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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Senate Bill 1437 – Eliminating Felony Murder in California

Senate Bill 1437 Senate Bill 1437 would amend the penal code to more equitably sentence offenders according to their involvement in the crime. Specifically, to be convicted of murder, the prosecution would need to prove that a participant in a crime acted with “malice.” Senate Bill 1437 aims to ensure …

Can Police Search if They Smell Marijuana?

Can Police Search Me if They Smell Marijuana? With some exceptions, police may not search a suspect or his/her property solely because they smell marijuana. Proposition 64, known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, was enacted November 9, 2016. It prohibits a search based on legal possession or use …