What Is "Expungement"? Many states have procedures for “expunging” a conviction. These laws typically allow “cleaning” of a criminal record after successful completion of probation, by technically wi
How can anyone be "presumed guilty" in American Courts? The authorities do not call it that, of course. But here is what happens in some jurisdictions when a 911 call is made reporting domestic viole
Save Your Breath Don't try to convince the officer of your innocence. It's useless. He or she only needs "probable cause" to believe you have committed a crime in order to arrest you. He does not dec
The Policed Are at My Door. What Should I Do? First of all, do not answer the door yourself. Either let them knock or have someone else go to the door WITHOUT LETTING THEM IN, and see what they want.
Most people never see the inside of a courtroom, but when they do see it as a criminal defendant, few realize that they can make serious mistakes that will impact the bottom line result. Here are some tips and warnings.
"One hit and I OWN her." A convicted wife abuser stated in an interview: “When I get a new woman, I hit her once. If she leaves, I move on. If she stays, I know I own her.” What you should read into
The Problem with Civil Restraining Orders in California It is easy to file wild accusations of domestic violence, even totally false ones. It is today's best "Gotcha". It is free. It is permanent and
If you have been arrested in California, but not convicted, you may be able to totally seal and destroy your arrest record to protect you from highly negative social, legal and career consequences of the arrest record.
When Is Consented Sexual Intercourse Actually a Rape? Rape does not seem on the surface to be a very confusing or hard to understand crime. It is using force, threats or intimidation to achieve sexua
Who is REALLY "taking accident victims to the cleaners?" I responded to an inquiry on line from a woman who was injured in an auto accident and she expressed serious concerns with lawyers’ contingenc