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What Qualifies James Dicks for Your Case?

By Criminal Defense Attorney on January 22, 2016

When you are charged with a crime, a lot of questions likely rush through your head. What should your next step be? How do you find a lawyer that is qualified to handle your case? What questions should you ask potential defense attorneys before you hire one?

Facing criminal charges is no small matter—regardless of how serious or minor you may think your charges are. Finding the right defense attorney in San Diego to handle your case can seem overwhelming. James N. Dicks is here to make simple for you.

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San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Hit with $20 Million Suit

By Criminal Defense Attorney on October 19, 2015

As a business many on vacation at Harrah’s Southern California Resort Hotel, Joven J. never expected to endure the incident that he did on his stay. After getting into a disagreement with another guest at his hotel, the police were called. The San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene and decided to charge Joven with simple battery.

The deputies broke up the altercation, handcuffed Joven, and began to escort him down the hallway of the hotel. Unhappy about the incident, Joven made a rude comment to one of the deputies walking him. What happened next was extremely shocking.

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New California Law Requires Warrant for Cell Phone Searches

By Criminal Defense Attorney on October 12, 2015

As technology continues to develop, the laws that monitor the use of this technology must also develop. Sadly, California has remained far behind in this area for the last several years. Laws on how and when officers can seize and search a "suspect's" cell phone, computer, or other electronic devices were very vague and arguably unjust until last Thursday.

Governor Jerry Brown signed new legislation that will now require law enforcement officers to obtain a warrant before they can dig through a suspect's text messages, emails, or other electronic information. Senate Bill 178 was pioneered by Senator Mark Leno and Senator Joel Anderson. The bill was heavily supported by a coalition of major tech companies and civil rights organizations and will help boost the rights and privacy of consumers in regards to their electronic information.

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North County Jury Deliberates Over Wife’s Murder Retrial

By Criminal Defense Attorney on October 8, 2015

On the morning of August 7 of 2012, an argument broke out between Julie H. and her husband, Jason. There in the couple's master bedroom, Julie claims she feared so much for her safety that she accidentally shot her husband. Jason died from the fatal gunshot wounds.

Now, more than three years later Julie is facing her second trial—a retrial of the initial murder case. The retrial began on September 14, with the closing arguments taking place just this past Tuesday and Wednesday. But there are some conflicting stories and interesting pieces of evidence that the North County jury will have to wade through as they begin their deliberations.

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What Should I Do If I Have a Warrant?

By Criminal Defense Attorney on May 28, 2015

Discovering that you have an active warrant can be terrifying, especially if you don't know the reason for the warrant. Whatever the reason your warrant has been issued, it is important that you take action as soon as possible to clear your record, ideally with the help of a criminal defense lawyer. Doing so can protect you both now and in the future.

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Do I Have to Talk to the Police After my Arrest?

By Criminal Defense Attorney on February 3, 2015

So you've been arrested-now what? After an arrest, you may be facing an overwhelming and intimidating situation. It is crucial to understand your rights and practice them to the fullest extent during this time. Police should read you your Miranda rights to you during an arrest, but it is helpful to be aware of them regardless, as they are not always required to go into detail.

Remember, you have the right to:

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The Penalties for Resisting Arrest in California

By Criminal Defense Attorney on October 28, 2013

In the state of California, you could be charged with a crime if you have knowingly resisted, delayed or obstructed a law enforcement officer or emergency medical technician while they were performing, or attempting to perform, their duties. While this offense is commonly referred to as "resisting arrest," California Penal Code 148(a)(1) PC describes this crime as Resisting, Delaying, or Obstructing an Officer. This means that you could be charged with a crime under a number of different circumstances – not just in situations where you have resisted or evaded arrest. For example, you could be charged with this crime if you have:

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How Does the Three Strikes System Work in California?

By Criminal Defense Attorney on August 22, 2013

California's Three Strikes Law dictates that any individual who has two prior "serious" or "violent" felony convictions, or strikes, on their record will face between 25 years to life in prison upon his or her third serious felony conviction. He or she will also be ineligible to receive parole until the minimum sentence has been served. This particular law gets its title from the baseball phrase, "three strikes and you're out" and was enacted in an effort to deter repeat offenders from committing additional violent felony offenses.

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What Constitutes Stalking Under California Law?

By Criminal Defense Attorney on August 15, 2013

Stalking is considered to be a serious criminal offense in the state of California. When one person repeatedly harasses or follows another person in an attempt to intentionally intimidate, frighten, scare or torment his or her intended target, he or she may be charged with stalking. Although in and of itself stalking is not a violent crime, stalking can leave itself victims fearing for their lives or the lives of their loved ones. Individuals who use email, social media or other online methods to harass or threaten another person, may be considered to be cyberstalkers and in violation of state law.

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Posting Bail and How It Works

By Criminal Defense Attorney on July 18, 2013

Perhaps the only thing that is as difficult as being arrested is watching someone you care about be arrested. Feelings of anxiety and helplessness are not uncommon experiences for family members and close friends of those suspected of committing a crime. However, you are not helpless, especially when it comes to bailing your loved one out of jail so that they can await their trial date from the safety of your home.

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