A Los Angeles Expungement Can Be a Game Changer

More of our clients than ever are seeking a Los Angeles expungement. Of the eight million Californians living with an old criminal conviction, their prior conviction has a long lasting impact. Technically, in California the processes informally known as expungement is called a “petition for dismissal,” (it is also known as a 1203.4 motion.) Through a […]

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Am I Eligible For An Expungement?

Clients often ask us whether they are eligible for an expungement, and how to have a past conviction expunged from their record. Changes in the law and technology means that a background check is a reality for all sort of important situations, such as promotions, professional licenses, immigration, Global Entry and TSA precheck. Expungement eligibility […]

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What is Reckless Driving? (CVC 23103)

In California, under California Vehicle Code Section 23103, “a person who drives a vehicle upon a highway in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving,” which is a misdemeanor.

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What Does an Expungement Do in California?

These days, people want a clean record more than ever. However, few understand the options available and how expungement law works. That’s why I am often asked: “what does an expungement do in California?” An expungement (actually know as a “petition for dismissal”) is a granted by motion under California law, typically via Penal Code, […]

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Could the Portuguese Drug Policy Model Work Here?

Click here for the audio version of this article Lisbon is very similar to its sister city, San Francisco—right down to the cable cars and a virtually identical version of the Golden Gate Bridge. However, Portugal has a radically different drug policy than the US. As an attorney who deals with drug policy on a […]

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How to Fight a California Misdemeanor Hit and Run Under VC 20002

Hit and run charges often come from what was actually a misunderstanding of the situation or the law. Or maybe you hit someone and simply drove off. Either way, I am not here to judge you, but to help you get the best possible outcome if you are suspected of a California hit and run […]

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The Ask The Festival Lawyer Podcast – Know Your Rights

I am thrilled to announce that I have been recording episodes of ‘The Ask The Festival Lawyer’ podcast with legendary festival law attorney Cameron Bowman. The podcast features Cameron, aka “The Festival Lawyer,” and I discussing legal news in the festival and nightlife scene. The podcast stresses the importance of knowing your rights. We will be discussing […]

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Is a Marijuana Breathalyzer On the Way in California?

Driving under the influence of marijuana to the extent you are impaired has always been illegal in California, prior to the invention of a new marijuana breathalyzer. California has yet to establish a standard measurable intoxication level for marijuana for law enforcement official use. With a new marijuana breathalyzer, that may be changing. California police […]

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All About the Bench Warrant

Most people have heard the term warrant at some point in their lives, usually in the form of an arrest or search warrant.  In California, there is another type of warrant that is quite common and could land you in jail: the bench warrant. A bench warrant is an arrest warrant issued by a judge […]

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The People vs. OJ Simpson: Closing Thoughts on “The Verdict”

The “Trial of the Century” started nine episodes ago, taking us back to the night of the killing of Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson and then to the famous chase of the Ford Bronco through Los Angeles. Prosecutor Marcia Clark appeared to have an overwhelming case–a glove matching the one found near the victims surfaced on […]

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