San Diego Criminal Defense Blog

The Basics of Arson Charges in California

By Criminal Defense Attorney on September 19, 2018

Deliberately setting fire to anything in California is a serious offense. Our hot and dry climate has lots of things ready to burn, and firefighters always seem to be battling wildfire season. As such, when a person sets a fire that gets out of control, whether in a structure, on land, or to property, he will face severe penalties.

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When a Fight Becomes Assault and Battery

By Criminal Defense Attorney on September 7, 2018

Just about everyone has been in a heated situation. Tension can turn into arguments, yelling, or even become physical. So when does a simple fight turn into assault? And when does it become battery?

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A Little About Prescription Drug Dealing

By Criminal Defense Attorney on August 24, 2018

The United States continues to suffer from an opioid epidemic. In a related twist, selling or dealing prescription drugs is considered a very serious offense in most states. So what is the difference between possessing prescription drugs and dealing prescription drugs? What are the penalties for each under the California Penal Code, and how has Proposition 47 affected those penalties?

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Posted in: Drug Possession

Burglary vs. Robbery vs. Theft in California

By Criminal Defense Attorney on August 10, 2018

Burglary, robbery, and theft are terms that are often used interchangeably. However, California Penal Code separates burglary, robbery, and theft into individual crimes. Each has its own provisions and its own possible penalties. So what are the differences between these crimes?

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Posted in: Theft Crimes

A Guide to Sentence Enhancements in California

By Criminal Defense Attorney on July 21, 2018

When someone has been convicted of a crime, the judge will look at the number of punishments allowed under the law and assign one of them depending on the nature of the crime and the past criminal record of the defendant.

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The Difference Between Federal and State Drug Crimes

By Criminal Defense Attorney on July 6, 2018

When a person is arrested for committing a crime, he may be charged with either a state crime or a federal crime. Who has jurisdiction over what crime has been called into question in recent years. More and more states are making certain drugs, such as recreational marijuana, legal, but it remains a federal crime.

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Posted in: Drug Possession

A Guide to Drug Penalties in California

By Criminal Defense Attorney on June 22, 2018

It seems that drug laws in California are changing all the time these days.

With recent laws, such as Proposition 47 passed in November 2014, the penalties for many drug crimes have been reduced or altered. Of course, any drug crime will have different penalties for different individuals depending on how many prior offenses they have, and the circumstances of the crime.

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Posted in: Drug Possession

The Deal with Prison Alternatives

By Criminal Defense Attorney on June 12, 2018

When people are convicted of crimes, they may think that serving jail time is their only option. But in many cases, Southern California judges opt for alternative sentences. An alternative sentence is one that does not include jail time but some other form of punishment to deter the individual from committing another crime in the future.

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How Drug Smuggling Affects Immigration

By Criminal Defense Attorney on May 18, 2018

Immigration is one of the most hotly debated issues in the United States.

According to the federal government, in 2008 there were about 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. About 75% came from Mexico. By the end of that year, California had about 3 million undocumented residents living in the state.

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Posted in: Illegal Trafficking

Graduation and Prom: Avoiding Underage DUI

By Criminal Defense Attorney on May 8, 2018

As graduation and prom approach, California teens may be planning to do more than attend ceremonies and dances. This time of year also has many teens tasting their first alcoholic beverage. Unfortunately, many teen drinkers then get behind the wheel.

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Posted in: DUI

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