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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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Is the Government Monitoring Your Social Media Accounts?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on April 25, 2022

Even when you use your privacy settings, your social media accounts are not totally private. In most cases, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media companies will voluntarily share your information and personal messages with law enforcement agencies, whether they have a warrant or not.

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Ignorance of the Law – Is It a Defense?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on March 16, 2022

It is a fundamental legal principle in the U.S. that ignorance of the law is no defense. If ignorance were accepted as an excuse, any person charged with a criminal offense could claim ignorance to avoid the consequences. Laws apply to every person within the jurisdiction, whether they are known and understood. This is based on the idea that laws have been made known to the public in government journals, newspapers, printed publications, online, and other sources.

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What to Do When You’re Accused of Ponzi Scheming

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on March 2, 2022

A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment scam that generates returns for early investors with money that comes from later investors. It is named after Charles Ponzi, an Italian swindler who operated in North America and was arrested in 1920. Ponzi schemes promise investors high rates of return with negligible risk. Eventually, when there are not enough new investors to provide sufficient funds to go around, the scheme unravels.

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What Happens When You Don’t Give a Police Officer Your Real Name?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on February 15, 2022

False identification to a police officer is illegal under California Penal Code Section 148.9. The law states, “Any person who falsely represents or identifies himself or herself as another person or as a fictitious person to any peace officer . . . upon lawful detention or arrest of the person, either to evade the process of the court, or to evade the proper identification of the person by the investigating officer is guilty of a misdemeanor. . .”

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Accused of a Hate Crime in Los Angeles?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on January 3, 2022

A “hate crime” is not a crime in itself, but penalty enhancements for a bias-driven criminal offense. A hate crime is defined as:

“hate crime is a crime against a person, group, or property motivated by the victim’s real or perceived protected social group. You may be the victim of a hate crime if you have been targeted because of your actual or perceived: (1) disability, (2) gender, (3) nationality, (4) race or ethnicity, (5) religion, (6) sexual orientation, and (7) association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Hate crimes are serious crimes that may result in imprisonment or jail time.”

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How Does a Grand Jury Work?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on December 13, 2021

A grand jury is a body of 19 average citizens called for jury duty. It serves an entirely different purpose than a trial jury. While a trial jury renders a verdict in a criminal trial, the purpose of a grand jury is to determine whether charges should be brought against a suspect. Grand juries work closely with prosecutors and have the power to view evidence and interrogate witnesses. They do not have to be unanimous to issue an indictment (formal charge or accusation of a serious crime). Usually in serious felony cases, prosecutors work with grand juries to determine whether to bring criminal charges against a potential defendant.

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