Los Angeles Criminal Defense Blog

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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Understanding a Hate Crime Charge in CA

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on April 7, 2021

When someone is accused of committing a hate crime, they face enhanced penalties under both federal and state law that can extend their sentence. Hate crimes are essentially any crime that involves an element of bias, such as crimes committed based on the victim’s race, gender, or sexuality. These charges not only come with harsh criminal penalties, but can forever damage your reputation if you do not have a strong legal defense.

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Intent Crimes: What Do They Mean for You?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on March 24, 2021

With certain crimes, to get a conviction, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant not only committed the criminal act but also intended to commit a certain harm.

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What You Need to Know About CA’s Good Samaritan Law

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on March 3, 2021

The Good Samaritan law has ancient roots. However, your understanding of it is likely based on how it is portrayed in pop culture. In truth, trying to be a good person is not always an excuse for your actions.

Understanding the limitations of this law should help you make the difficult decision between admitting to breaking the law and helping someone in need.

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Synthetic Cannabis: Still a Schedule I Drug

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on February 24, 2021

Cannabis, more commonly known as weed, has been legal for recreational use in California since 2016. For those over the age of 21, it is perfectly legal to use the drug, whether that means smoking it or consuming it. However, synthetic cannabis is still illegal. In fact, it is considered a Schedule I drug, meaning the penalties for using it are incredibly harsh.

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After a Felony Conviction, What Rights Do You Lose?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on February 2, 2021

As an American citizen, you have certain rights that you may assume you’ll never lose. Sadly, that may not be true. After a felony conviction, you will lose incredibly important rights. This kind of loss can leave your life in shambles.

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When Does Selling Weapons Become Arms Trafficking?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on January 27, 2021

California has incredibly strict gun restrictions. While the ownership of a firearm is protected under the Second Amendment, the state laws set in place around gun ownership are restrictive. This is especially true when it comes to the selling of guns.

Arms trafficking is a serious offense that could result in several months behind bars. Knowing what is and what is not legal when it comes to firearm sales is key to ensuring your own freedom.

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What Is Cyberstalking?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on December 26, 2020

The fact of the matter is, the life of the average American is now predominantly online. We check in with family and friends via video calls. We update the world about our life through social media. Many of us are even working remotely these days.

However, this rise of online living has also impacted the way we interact with each other, and it has made way for a new kind of crime: cyberstalking.

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What You Should Do Immediately After an Arrest

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on December 17, 2020

Being arrested is chaotic and frightening. From the flashing lights to the sirens to the tightening of the handcuffs, you may feel overwhelmed and at a loss as to what to do next. That is completely understandable. However, a slip-up could result in a conviction, so knowing what to do and what not to do is paramount when it comes to being arrested.

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