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Penal Code section 1203.4 Relief

Contrary to popular reference, true expungements do not exist in California.  A true expungement is defined as the act of legally destroying, deleting, obliterating, or striking out records or information in files, computers, and all forms relating to criminal charges.  Once officially expunged, such records cannot be accessed for general or even law enforcement use.   [...]

By |2021-10-14T19:12:52+00:00October 14th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Juvenile Cases

Generally speaking, minors under the age of 18 are tried in the California juvenile court system. However, there are cases in which younger minors can be tried in adult court. In certain circumstances, particularly very serious cases, a minor may be subject to a “transfer hearing,” where the judge decides whether the minor should be [...]

By |2022-09-09T20:55:33+00:00September 27th, 2021|Juvenile Cases, Legal Advice|0 Comments

How Does a Case Start?

Knowledge is power, and when you know what to expect when involved in a legal dispute, you could have a better chance of getting a favorable outcome. Here is the general process a person would expect after an arrest. First, the police cite or arrest someone and write a report that summarizes the events leading [...]

By |2022-09-09T20:58:59+00:00July 14th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Know Your Rights: Wiretap Orders and Search/Seizure Authority

What are police officers allowed to do (or not allowed to do) when conducting a search? It is important to note that all police searches require warrants unless one of the exceptions to the warrant requirement applies (e.g., consent, exigent circumstances, plain view). What they MAY do A police officer may perform a search without [...]

By |2022-09-09T19:15:57+00:00June 20th, 2021|Warrents, Wiretap Order|0 Comments

Social Media and Criminal Law

In the age of social media and viral videos, it can be easy to find yourself in a messy situation after sharing information about an arrest or an incriminating event. Many social media users do not understand that content is not permanently deleted from their online history or on their social media profiles (even on [...]

By |2022-09-09T21:01:53+00:00May 6th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Can police arrest me without evidence of my guilt?

Law enforcement can only arrest you if they have probable cause to believe you've committed a crime. Once the police have established probable cause, they can proceed as follows: They can make an arrest. Once you are in police custody, your initial arraignment generally must occur within 48 hours. The initial arraignment is your first [...]

By |2021-04-06T19:23:16+00:00April 20th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

COVID Update: April 6, 2021

This last year has brought changes to just about every industry – and the judicial system is no exception. Right around St. Patrick’s Day of 2020, all court rooms in Santa Barbara County closed their doors, except for two arraignment departments for in-custody arraignments only (one in South County and one in North County). The [...]

By |2021-04-06T19:01:09+00:00April 6th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How does California Law Define Criminal Identity Theft?

Identity theft occurs when a person uses another person’s identifying information in a fraudulent or unlawful manner. It can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. What is considered identifying information? Identifying information can include a wide range of information, including but not limited to: Names Addresses Telephone numbers Account numbers Driver’s License [...]

By |2022-09-09T21:05:52+00:00March 24th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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