What Is the Flannel Doctrine of Imperfect Self-Defense?

When a defendant uses deadly force in self-defense, but really did not need to do so under the circumstances because the belief of being in imminent peril or of the need to use deadly force was unreasonable, an imperfect self-defense, or Flannel doctrine issue arises. If a jury believes the person was operating under such a belief or need (and is not just fabricating this for defense of a criminal case for murder), the jury may convict the person on voluntary manslaughter instead of murder, reducing the sentence that a judge may impose. To read more about the Flannel doctrine, please click on the following link.


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A Civil Compromise No Longer Applies in a Hit and Run?

As a criminal defense attorneys for over 20 years, we have seen how civil compromises can be creatively applied to allow dismissal of certain criminal cases. However, as someone who has been the victim of a hit and run, one often looks deeper at the offense. Civil compromises, for years, have been regularly applied to misdemeanor hit and run cases, until recently, when a court of appeal ruled such a practice was improper. To read more about this opinion, which we believe may find application of other crimes as well, please click on the following link.


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What Is the P.A.T.H. Diversion Class? What Happens?

The Promising Adults Tomorrow’s Hope (P.A.T.H.) program in Long Beach is a great program that helps young adults with no criminal history facing a minor misdemeanor avoid a criminal record and perhaps gain a new perspective on becoming a successful, law-abiding adult. To read more about this program, please click on the following link.


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