Criminal Consequences for Unpaid Child or Spousal Support?

It may come as quite a surprise to some that if one does not pay court-ordered child support, that person can be sentenced to state prison for a year and a day. Naturally, most people would question how that helps the guilty spouse earn the money to pay the arrearage and how being in custody would help the real victim in the case, the ex-spouse or the children. Nonetheless, the judge does have such power. A failure to pay child support can also support a contempt charge as a criminal case. To read more about the tough laws on this issue, please click on the following link.

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Why One Should Not Represent Oneself If Charged with a Crime

Nowadays, one can open the newspaper or read on the Internet an infinite amount of legal advice and criticism of attorneys. Almost daily, I receive phone calls from people who tell me their attorney was incompetent or stupid. It is consequently no surprise that many people genuinely believe they can do a better job than an attorney if they just get fifteen minutes of advice. This is a big mistake. Even someone like myself who has 21 years of experience as a licensed attorney should not represent himself if charged with a crime. To read why, please click on the following link.

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8 Crimes That Lead to Suspension of One’s Driver’s License

If an average person were asked what crimes may lead to suspension of one’s driver’s license, that person may answer with DUI and perhaps a minor in possession of alcohol. However, there are six more crimes that may lead to suspension of one’s driver’s license. What are these? Vandalism is perhaps the most commonly unknown crimes, but then there are five more. To find out what these are, please click on the following link.

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What’s a Murphy Conservatorship If Someone Declares a Doubt?

When a defense attorney declares a doubt as to the ability of a defendant to understand the nature of the charges and participate meaningfully in his or her defense, proceedings are suspended until defendant is found competent to proceed. What if defendant is never returned to competency? What if defendant is in custody for the maximum time allowed as punishment for the crime? The case is then dismissed under Penal Code § 1382(a)(3), but is defendant then released from custody? Often, a Murphy conservatorship is ordered to supervise the defendant. What is a Murphy conservatorship? To read about this, please click on the following link.

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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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