Los Angeles Criminal Defense Blog

What Does the Secret Service Do?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on October 27, 2021

The Secret Service is a federal investigative law enforcement agency founded in 1865. It was established as a branch of the U.S. Treasury Department to fight counterfeiting of U.S. currency. Counterfeiting was a serious problem at that time. It is estimated that, after the Civil War, approximately one-third of the currency in circulation was counterfeit. In 1901, after the assassination of President William McKinley, the Secret Service was given a second mission – to protect the President of the United States.

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Posted in: Criminal Law

How Is Jurisdiction Determined Between State, Local, and Federal Governments?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on October 14, 2021

When you have been accused of a serious crime, jurisdiction is an important matter. The difference between state and federal charges can be significant. In the U.S., we have a federal government, and each state has its own legal system. Federal and state courts each hear specific types of cases (which is known as jurisdiction), and each legal system has specific laws and unique procedures.

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The Serious Nature of Ransomware

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on September 19, 2021

Ransomware is a particular type of malware (software designed to disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorized access to a computer system). It uses encryption to hold the victim’s information at ransom. With critical data encrypted, the user or organization cannot access its databases, files, or applications. Then a ransom is demanded to restore access, from which the term ransomware derived.

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Posted in: Cybercrime

When Is Lobbying Considered Bribery?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on September 9, 2021

The legal line between lobbying and bribery can appear to be thin at times. There is no doubt that money plays a significant role in the political process in our country. Nevertheless, politicians must obtain their contributions in a legal manner. Otherwise, they could face accusations of accepting a bribe.

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Posted in: White-Collar Crime

Crimes Involving Cryptocurrencies

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on August 10, 2021

Virtual currencies are a digital means of exchange that are unregulated and allow for transactions to occur without bank involvement – but times are changing. When the government believes that any digital currency is being used to commit a crime, as the transactions cross state lines, cryptocurrency crimes are under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

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Posted in: Financial Crimes

False Imprisonment vs Kidnapping

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on August 3, 2021

The legal differences between false imprisonment and kidnapping are revealed in the California Penal Codes that describe these crimes.

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Protect Yourself From a Conspiracy Conviction

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on June 30, 2021

Conspiracy theories are incredibly common in everyday life these days — especially online — but criminal conspiracies are a whole another beast. Being accused of conspiring to commit a crime can irreparably damage a defendant’s reputation, impacting career prospects, relationships, and future.

These accusations should never be thrown around lightly, and anyone facing a conspiracy charge should only trust their case to a dedicated white-collar defense attorney.

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What the President’s Ghost Gun Order Means for Californians

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on June 23, 2021

“Ghost guns” have been an intensely debated subject over the past few years, as technological advances have allowed individuals to manufacture and distribute unregistered firearms. These ghost guns can be assembled with 3-D printers – which are now more affordable than ever – and lack serial numbers, making them untraceable. But a possible executive ban by President Joe Biden may drastically change how these ghost guns are handled in California.

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What Are the Punishments for Attempting a Crime in CA?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on June 10, 2021

Under California law, it is a crime to attempt to commit a criminal act, whether or not you succeed. In other words, it is an “attempted crime” when a person tries to break the law but fails.

As stated at 664 PC, “Every person who attempts to commit any crime, but fails, or is prevented or intercepted in its perpetration, shall be punished where no provision is made by law for the punishment of those attempts… “ Criminal attempts are penalized with one half the sentence that would be imposed if the crime were completed.

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Understanding California’s Gun Laws

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on May 3, 2021

Most adults aged 21 and older have the right to purchase, own, and possess a gun in California, but state laws impose restrictions as to how firearms can be stored, transported, and carried. In addition, it is illegal to make, sell, or possess certain types of firearms, and you can face significant penalties and loss of rights in California if you violate these laws.

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