John M. Kaman’s Guides

John M. Kaman

San Francisco Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. When No Search Warrant is Needed (Warrantless Search)

    Written by attorney John Kaman, about 5 years ago. STAFF PICK

    Many people think that if they have been searched and there is no warrant -- the results of the search are going to get thrown out. Maybe, but there are a number of exceptions to the requirement that officers must have a search warrant before they search. These exceptions are s...

    17 people found this Legal Guide helpful

  2. The Difference Between Theft, Burglary and Robbery

    Written by attorney John Kaman, about 5 years ago. STAFF PICK

    What Is Theft? Theft is simply the unlawful taking of another person's property without the intent to return it. This is the lowest in seriousness of the three crimes under discussion and carries th

    22 people found this Legal Guide helpful

  3. Scientifc Evidence in Criminal Cases

    Written by attorney John Kaman, over 5 years ago. STAFF PICK

    We all love to watch those CSI programs where seemingly no evidence is tested scientifically and results in a conviction of someone no one would otherwise have suspected. The real world is different and duller. Some forms of scientific evidence may be part of the prosecutor's c...

    13 people found this Legal Guide helpful

  4. Understanding Probation in California

    Written by attorney John Kaman, over 5 years ago. STAFF PICK

    CA Probation: Formal or Informal? To understand how probation works in CA you must understand the difference between formal and informal probation (court probation). Formal probation requires that y

    17 people found this Legal Guide helpful

  5. New Gun Rights Legislation Before Congress

    Video posted by attorney John Kaman, almost 3 years ago.

    A summary of a proposed new law which would allow those with concealed carry permits in one state to travel to other states with their heat if if the new state's requirements are different. A brief guide to the new bill.

    1 person found this Legal Guide helpful

  6. Gun Right Restoration Pt 2

    Video posted by attorney John Kaman, almost 3 years ago.

    What are the circumstances under which you may have your gun rights restored in certain states? This guide provides an explanation.

    1 person found this Legal Guide helpful

  7. State Relief from Federal Firearms Laws

    Written by attorney John Kaman, almost 3 years ago.

    I have long taken the position that certain persons disqualified from owning or possessing firearms cannot have their gun rights restored under state law. The list of such persons is set forth at 18 USC 922g and it seems unequivocal in its terms. Some states, not California, do a...

    1 person found this Legal Guide helpful

  8. Can a Public Defender Refuse to Defend Your Case?

    Written by attorney John Kaman, almost 3 years ago.

    In this era of budget crises and mass lay-offs of public workers, regardless of whether refusing a case for lack of resources is ethical or not it is being done. In San Francisco County the Public Defenders Office refuses whole categories of cases, specifically those that are goi...

    1 person found this Legal Guide helpful

  9. Amanda Knox: Innocence and Guilt

    Written by attorney John Kaman, almost 3 years ago.

    Most people commonly understand jury trials to determine the innocence or guil of the accused. Such is not the case however. The jury can return one of two substantive verdicts: guilty and not guilty. Not guilty is not synonmous with innocence. It simply means that the prosecutor...

    1 person found this Legal Guide helpful

  10. Pro Bono Criminal Lawyers

    Written by attorney John Kaman, almost 3 years ago.

    One of the most persistent questions I see on Avvo is a request for a pro bono lawyer. This guide will hopefully clear upsome misconceptions about such lawyers. Do they exist? Yes they do and they are calledpublic defenders. They don't work for free, however, as generally their s...

    2 people found this Legal Guide helpful

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