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COVID-19 And Court Appearances

4/30/20 At , we are doing everything we can to stay on top of the changing situation to keep everyone informed.  For up-to-the-minute information, please call our office and we can answer any questions. We are open and available during normal office hours, 9:00am to 5:00pm. We will do our best to keep updating this blog as things change. Supreme…

COVID 19 Criminal Court Update

COVID 19 Criminal Court Update Sacramento Valley as of 3/26/20 With the current COVID-19 situation, there is a lot of uncertainty with the courts and the criminal justice system as a whole. is doing everything we can to stay on top of the situation to keep everyone informed. Be aware that the situation is changing on a daily basis. For up-to-the-minute…

BAIL REFORM??

BAIL REFORM?? With very few exceptions, anyone who is arrested is entitled to be released with some sort of bail. The purpose of bail is to assure that the accused will appear in court and to protect the community from a potentially dangerous person. While I have always understood how posting bail assures that people come to court, I have…

California’s Bail System

California’s Bail System There is growing concern in California that its bail system is unjust and many in the legal community are calling for reform. The average bail amount in California is five times that of the national median amount. This gross disparity has many in the legal community concerned that the current bail system results in undue monetary punishment…

Traffic Ticket Amnesty

Getting a traffic ticket can be expensive. Failing to pay the ticket can lead to getting your driver’s license suspended and even more fines for not paying the original fine or failing to appear in court. Many have found themselves in a downward spiral of getting a ticket, not having the money to pay the fine and then losing their…

Reducing a Felony Conviction to a Misdemeanor Does Not Happen Automically – Proposition 47

In November of 2014 Proposition 47 passed giving certain low-level, nonviolent felony convictions the opportunity to be reduced to misdemeanors on old criminal records. The law itself reclassified several categories of theft and drug possession crimes from felonies or “wobblers” (crimes that can be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor) to straight misdemeanors. Prop 47 is a benefit to…

Posting violent language on facebook towards another, is this a criminal threat?

Facebook and other social media can be fun and informative. It can also be abused and abusive. Where is the line drawn? When is it protected free speech and when does it become a criminal threat? The United States Supreme Court weighed in on that question in Elonis v United States (decided June 1, 2015). In this case, Mr. Elonis sent a…

Getting to the Other Side – Sage Words from a Criminal Defense Attorney

The Importance of Having a Good Attitude Mike , founder of The criminal justice system can be a harsh mistress. It is not very sympathetic or caring. Sometimes people screw up and make mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes rise to the level that law enforcement gets involved and people are prosecuted. If this ever happens to you, you need to determine…