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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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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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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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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Ride Share Drivers: What You Need to Know About Insurance

Over the past few years, as ride sharing has become more and more prevalent, government regulation has sought to make it safer for the riders. . . but what about the Uber and Lyft drivers? What about their safety? What happens to ride share drivers when they get in an accident or are injured while […]

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Q&A with Attorney Jason Beahm About FX: The People v. O.J. Simpson

Attorney Jason Beahm answers your questions about FX: The People v. O.J. Simpson: What is your favorite scene to date? – Alan Dershowitz sending a fax from a Harvard Law classroom while he is teaching criminal defense. The fax is received in the courtroom in LA and utilized by Johnnie Cochran. I’ve spoken to many […]

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California Ride Sharing Just Got Safer

On January 1 of this year, a new California law (AB1422) went into effect to make ride sharing safer. The law makes ride sharing companies more accountable for their drivers. The new law requires the DMV to provide Transportation Network Companies (TNC) with current and prospective drivers’ records, AND the DMV is required to immediately […]

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HUI: Hoverboarding Under the Influence

Hold on to your hoverboards folks! California lawmakers have made it illegal to ride your hoverboards while intoxicated. While some might say that it is common logic that no one would even be able to hoverboard while drunk, the legislature, in a surprising twist, has kept up with the times. New legislation, AB604, that was […]

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