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  • You've Been Cited for Petty Theft, Now What!?

    Many good people make bad mistakes and wind up committing Theft Offenses, most notably Petty Theft (i.e. Shoplifting). Most Thefts under $400 in California are prosecuted under Penal Code section 484. A first time Petty Theft conviction can carry up to 6 months in jail. More...

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  • Multiple DUIs: Alcohol Problem or a Criminal Contempt Problem?

    Tips and Suggestions on How to Minimize the Damage Already Done .... Enroll in DUI Programs ASAP Enroll and Complete MADD Meeting ASAP Self-Help (AA/NA Meetings) Consider Intensive Outpatient or Residential Treatment Many judges view multiple DUIs, while on probation, as either ...

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  • Please Don't Talk to the Police without an Attorney Present...It Can Only Hurt You!

    A person suspected of a crime should not be compelled to make a decision having such important consequences for his or her guilt or innocence without the benefit of counsel. When counsel is involved, a defendants decisions reflect an awareness of his or her rights and calcul...

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  • "Experience" is Much More than Just Years in Practice...Ask your Prospective Attorney About Theirs!

    Many attorneys boast of their "years of experience." The more important question is how many cases the attorney has handled during their years as an attorney, andhow many jury trials the attorney has participated in. Unfortunately, Avvo Rankings are based in large part on how ma...

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  • Please Don't Post Your Confession To A Crime In Avvo Questions!

    STOP confessing to crimes on public websites such as Avvo.com. Stop posting incriminating photos on social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook. You are risking SEVERELY HANDICAPPING your defense if law enforcement or the prosecution gains access to your page or post. S...

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  • "Aggressive" Criminal Defense Representation....but at What Cost?

    An attorney's job is to place his or herclients in the best position possible, given the facts of each case, by adopting a dual-track approach. They should simultaneously investigate the facts while mitigating the damage which is already done. Many attorneys claim to be aggressiv...

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  • Theft Crimes

    (Theft Crimes) Many good people make bad mistakes and wind up committing Theft Offenses, most notably Petty Theft (i.e. Shoplifting). Most Thefts under $400 in California are prosecuted under Penal Code section 484. A first time Petty Theft conviction can carry up to 6 months...

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  • What is an "Experienced" Criminal Defense Attorney?

    How Experienced is Your Attorney? Many attorneys boast of their "years of experience."The oldest attorney, or the most expensive attorney, is not usually the best for your case. Of great significance is the familiarity with the type of charges,and the knowledge andpractical e...

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  • In Rehabilitation "Punishment?"

    Is Rehabilitation and Treatment for Substance Abuse Issues"Punishment?" Many times as attorneys, we represent clients who are model law-abiding citizens except when they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. While there is no dispute amongst the judge, prosecutor, and...

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  • Sex Crimes

    Sex Crimes include, but are not limited to: Child Pornography, Child Molestation, Indecent Exposure, Rape, and Sexual Assault. All carry serious penalties of imprisonment, lifetime registration as a sex offender, and the scorn of the community and loss of reputation. Child mo...

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