Los Angeles Criminal Defense Blog

Can You Still Be Charged with Arson if You Start a Fire Accidentally?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on October 20, 2022

Under California law, the legal definition of arson reads as follows at California Penal Code Section 451: “A person is guilty of arson when he or she willfully and maliciously sets fire to or burns or causes to be burned or who aids, counsels, or procures the burning of, any structure, forest land, or property.” This offense is charged as a felony.

To charge you with the crime of arson, the prosecution must prove that you acted both willfully and maliciously. “Willfully” means the act was committed willingly and on purpose. “Maliciously” means it was done with the intent to commit a wrongful act, or with unlawful intent to injure, defraud, or annoy another person. If you accidentally started a fire, you cannot be charged with arson, because you did not start it intentionally.

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What Are “Cooked Books”? What Charges Could It Lead to?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on October 10, 2022

“Cooked books” is a slang term for accounting records in which facts or figures have been altered illegally or dishonestly. Some companies use various tactics to manipulate their financial records and improve their results. Sophisticated accounting techniques can be used to overstate a company’s profitability.

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When Does Sexual Harassment Become Sexual Abuse?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on September 20, 2022

Sexual harassment and abuse can encompass a variety of behaviors in varying degrees of severity. If you are facing a claim of sexual harassment or abuse it will be imperative to have an experienced attorney to help you navigate these claims.

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Facing Los Angeles Grand Theft Auto Charges?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on September 10, 2022

Grand Theft Auto is a serious charge relating to the unlawful taking and moving of a vehicle with the intent to keep it. It can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony and can carry a sentence of up to three years in prison. It’s important to obtain skilled and experienced legal representation to help navigate these charges.

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SEC Investigations 101

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on August 20, 2022

The SEC investigates various types of cases and charges to ensure optimal functioning of the securities markets. If you are currently being investigated by the SEC, you’ll want an experienced attorney on your side to help you understand and protect your rights.

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What To Expect Following an Indictment

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on August 10, 2022

A federal indictment represents the end of a government investigation and confirms that you’re suspected of committing a crime. An indictment generally implies that one must appear in court. However, despite being served an indictment, you may still resolve your case before a court verdict. In order to resolve your case postindictment and prehearing, it’s essential to understand all of the possibilities available and leverage these in your favor. Five potential outcomes follow a federal indictment:

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Do You Have a Duty to Report a Crime in California?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on July 15, 2022

In California, you are required to report certain infractions if you have witnessed them. Here are some infractions that you may be liable for not reporting if you have witnessed them. These include:

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What Should You Do If You Get a Target Letter?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on July 1, 2022

A target letter is a formal document sent to a person or entity that has been the subject of a federal investigation. Target letters are typically sent by the US Department of Justice or one of its agencies, but can also be sent by other federal law enforcement agencies and even state or local prosecutors.

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The Difference Between Fanaticism and Stalking

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on May 24, 2022

The offense of stalking is defined by California Penal Code Section 646.9 PC as following, harassing, and threatening someone to the extent where the target becomes concerned for their safety. Both misdemeanors and felonies are possible charges for stalking. Up to 5 years in jail or prison may be imposed as punishment for a conviction.

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Are You Facing Deportation Due To Federal Charges?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on May 2, 2022

Immigrants, even those with green cards, may be deported when proof that they have been convicted of a crime exists, particularly one that is referred to as an “aggravated felony” or a “crime of moral turpitude.” Additionally, the legislation clearly lists a number of crimes that can result in deportation.

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