If You Had to Hire an Attorney, What Would You Want Done?

Many people, in hiring an attorney to represent their self in a criminal case, have little to no idea what an attorney can do or should do.  The following article is meant to be a very general overview of what an attorney ought to do at a minimum. Depending upon the facts of the case and the legal issues specific to the case, much more is often necessary.  To read a short article about just the basics, click on the following link.


What Is the Consumer Arrest Equity Act, SB 393?

Sadly, many people have been denied employment, the ability to rent a home, volunteer at their children’s school and other opportunities because they have a record for an arrest, although the case was never filed in court, or the case was later dismissed.  This stigma has scarred many until now, with the passage of SB 393.  To read about this new law, which can follow expungement, click on the following link.


At What BAC Can One Display Objective Signs of Intoxication?

At what blood alcohol content (BAC) does one’s eyes become bloodshot or watery?  At what BAC is the odor of an alcoholic beverage detectable?  At what BAC is an unsteady gait, slurred speech or horizontal nystagmus observable?  Naturally, the answer varies by individual, but there are certain estimates that have been made after studying large numbers of people.  To read what these are, click on the following link.


What Is the Punishment & Defenses to Having a Fake ID?

Having a fake ID, a violation of Penal Code § 470(b), is considered a form of forgery.  It can be a felony or a misdemeanor, depending upon the person’s prior history and the facts of the case.  If brought as a misdemeanor, the punishment can be up to a year in jail; if brought as a felony, it can be up to three years in state prison, plus court fines up to $10,000, plus penalties and assessments.  To read more about § 470(b), including the defenses to this offense, click on the following link.


How Does AB 1008 Help Job Applicants with Criminal Records?

Government Code § 12952, the codified version of AB 1008, benefits job applicants seeking employment at any employer with five or more employees.  It provides that the employer may not consider an applicant’s criminal history until after making a conditional offer of employment.  The new law also provides four key guarantees that help applicants with criminal histories. To read about the new law, click on the following link. –


What Is the Status on Legalizing Pot in the South Bay?

Proposition 64, also called the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, was hailed as overdue and a boon for tax revenues.  However, its provisions included respect for local cities and counties and their localized requirements for cultivating, distributing, selling and advertising marijuana.  Such cities retain the ability to outlaw marijuana sales.  To read how the cities of Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Inglewood, Hawthorne, Gardena, Torrance and Rancho Palos Verdes are implementing Prop 64, click on the following link.


Should I Sign the Prop 63 Firearm Relinquishment Form?

As of January 1, 2018, Proposition 63 came into effect, imposing on courts a requirement that individuals convicted of certain offenses that carry with it a prohibition on purchasing, having or buying firearms and ammunition sign a Personal Firearm Relinquishment form in court immediately after entering the plea.  Should someone sign this form?  Certain pubic defenders say, as a blanket policy, not to sign it.  Why?  What is the issue?  Click on the following link to find out.