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Increasing Prevalence of Plea Bargains May Be a Threat to Defendants’ Rights

Increasing Prevalence of Plea Bargains May Be a Threat to Defendants’ Rights Although television and movies make it seem that nearly every legal conflict results in a dramatic trial, the reality is that the majority of cases in the California criminal justice system never go to trial. In fact, in most cases, a criminal defendant […]

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What Is the Difference Between Expungement and Sealing a Juvenile Criminal Record?

What Is the Difference Between Expungement and Sealing a Juvenile Criminal Record? You have probably heard the legal terms “expungement” and “record sealing” before, but may not know exactly what these terms mean. Expungement means that an individual’s criminal record is cleared completely of a certain crime or arrest. In other words, expungement clears a […]

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Cosby’s Legal Team Files Appeal Claiming Bias Played a Part in Sentencing

Cosby’s Legal Team Files Appeal Claiming Bias Played a Part in Sentencing Few celebrities have fallen from fame more dramatically than the once-adored comedian and television personality, Bill Cosby. In September, Cosby was sentenced to three to ten years’ imprisonment for three counts of aggravated indecent assault. These are only a portion of the sex […]

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Bill Cosby Sentenced to State Prison for Sex Crimes

Bill Cosby Sentenced to State Prison for Sex Crimes The last few years have been monumental with regard to bringing awareness to sex crimes. A staggering number of famous actors, comedians, political figures, and other celebrities have been accused of sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct. Women and men who have been sexually harassed or […]

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When You Are Falsely Accused of a Sex Crime

When You Are Falsely Accused of a Sex Crime Over the course of the last year or so, concerns regarding sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other forms of sexual misconduct have grabbed national headlines. Film mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused of multiple incidents of sexual assault last fall. In May, legendary entertainer Bill Cosby was […]

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Bill Would Require Doctors on Probation to Notify Patients

Bill Would Require Doctors on Probation to Notify Patients In the last few years, horrifying allegations have been made against high-profile medical professionals including USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar and University of Southern California gynecologist George Tyndall. Nassar was convicted of molesting hundreds of girls while Tyndall’s alleged behavior is the subject of an […]

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You Have a Right to Know About Exculpatory Evidence

You Have a Right to Know About Exculpatory Evidence Throughout a criminal investigation, sometimes evidence is discovered that proves the defendant did not commit the crime being investigated. This evidence, called exculpatory evidence, has the ability to completely end the ordeal of a drawn-out investigation and the associated costs for the defendant on trial. Unfortunately, […]

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Understanding Ignition Interlock Devices in California

Understanding Ignition Interlock Devices in California If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI), chances are you may be required to install an ignition interlock device. These devices are required in some states as a consequence for individuals convicted of a DUI, but California law varies depending on the county. In order […]

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Innocent Until Proven Guilty and Due Process

Innocent Until Proven Guilty and Due Process The presumption of a defendant’s innocence is one of the most important tenets of the criminal justice system in the United States. One could reasonably argue that it is THE most important principle. While the idea of “innocent until proven guilty” seems to have been forgotten in the […]

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Risk Factors Associated with Juvenile Crime

Risk Factors Associated with Juvenile Crime Any good parent is interested in knowing where their child is and what they might be up to at any given time. As a child grows up, it becomes impossible—and arguably unhealthy—to keep a constant eye on him or her. Parents must do what they can to raise their […]

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