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

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

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

AB 1950: Probation Recall

Assembly Bill (AB) 1950 became effective January 1, 2021. It limits probation sentences for most misdemeanor offenses (currently 3 years for most crimes), to one year, and two years for most felony offenses (currently between 3-5 years). What Violations Does AB 1950 Affect? The new law will reduce probation for most misdemeanors. However, not all [...]

By |2022-09-09T21:06:46+00:00March 24th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Choosing the Right Lawyer

Needing a lawyer is serious business, and selecting the right one – no matter which type – is a big decision that can seriously impact your case and your future.  Whether you need a contract to protect your business, a family court order granting you custody of your children, or representation in a criminal matter, [...]

By |2021-03-24T22:54:31+00:00March 24th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Welcome to our blog!

I felt that it was appropriate to focus this first post on why I decided to follow in Doug’s footsteps and what brought me to the profession of criminal defense lawyering!  Growing up, I watched my dad head off to work every day in a suit and tie, coffee mug and brief case in [...]

By |2021-03-03T23:33:05+00:00March 3rd, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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