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Hip-Hop Testimony Leads to Murder Acquittal

A California jury recently dismissed murder charges against a defendant after a hip-hop artist testified on the possible meanings of the slang term ‘lick’. The case stemmed from the fatal shooting of two individuals in September 2014, in what appears to be a marijuana deal. The acquitted defendant’s two other companions who fired their […]

By |June 15th, 2017|Criminal Law|Comments Off on Hip-Hop Testimony Leads to Murder Acquittal|

The Rise of Jewelry Theft in Celebrity Homes

Police are currently investigating what appears to be a series of jewelry theft occurring in some high-profile celebrity homes. Just recently, thieves broke into the Beverly Hills residence of singer Nicki Minaj and took jewelry worth about $175,000. The theft is believed to have transpired late last year while the singer was out of […]

By |May 31st, 2017|Criminal Law|Comments Off on The Rise of Jewelry Theft in Celebrity Homes|

Cyber Safety Symposium for Los Angeles Teens

Most people are familiar with the fact that teens and tweens are using the internet more than any generation before them. Gone are the days of having one social media page, now children are connected on numerous sites with people from all over the world. While this opens up a lot of opportunity for […]

By |May 12th, 2017|Internet Crimes|Comments Off on Cyber Safety Symposium for Los Angeles Teens|

Potential Relaxation of Gun Control Laws

After the recent election of Donald Trump, there are murmurings that a federal reciprocity law will soon be in the works. The federal law would allow reciprocity for citizens of states with a concealed carry permit to carry in other states where they are not currently authorized to carry firearms.
This law comes as a […]

By |April 28th, 2017|Criminal Law|Comments Off on Potential Relaxation of Gun Control Laws|

Teenager Protecting Mom Raises Domestic Violence Defense

A 17-year old was recently charged with aggravated assault-family violence, a type of domestic violence case, in Southwest Austin. While the child admitted that he attacked the alleged victim, his mother’s ex-boyfriend, he claimed that it was in self-defense and in defense of his mother. In California, self defense or defense of another is […]

By |April 14th, 2017|Criminal Law|Comments Off on Teenager Protecting Mom Raises Domestic Violence Defense|

Theft Defenses When Charged with Series of Thefts

The San Francisco District Attorney’s office recently charged 16 defendants for their alleged participating in a series of thefts in San Francisco and other cities around the United States. The accused persons are alleged to be members of a shoplifting ring dubbed as the “Rainbow Crew” for the colorful outfits that they allegedly wear […]

By |March 31st, 2017|Criminal Law|Comments Off on Theft Defenses When Charged with Series of Thefts|

Northern California Man Facing Manslaughter Charges in Suspected DUI Case

One man was killed and another was placed under arrest early last month, after an early morning collision in Turlock, California.
According to officers with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the victim was driving his 2002 Toyota Corolla through Turlock when he stopped at a stop sign. Once he proceeded into the intersection, his vehicle […]

By |March 17th, 2017|DUI|Comments Off on Northern California Man Facing Manslaughter Charges in Suspected DUI Case|

California Governor Signs Bill Restricting Homemade Guns

Back in July, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced the signing of Assembly Bill 857, which requires any person who assembles or manufactures homemade firearms to first apply for a unique marking or serial number from the California Department of Justice.
In addition to requiring the unique marker, the measure also requires that it be affixed […]

By |March 3rd, 2017|Criminal Law|Comments Off on California Governor Signs Bill Restricting Homemade Guns|

Drug Crime Defense for Possession of Illegal Substances

The Los Angeles Police Department has been busy lately, conducting a series of raids and arrests involving narcotics suspects. A major drug bust recently happened at the residence of an alleged drug kingpin in Cerritos. Police maintain that the arrested individual headed a drug ring that supplied cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine in downtown LA.

Seized […]

By |February 17th, 2017|Criminal Law|Comments Off on Drug Crime Defense for Possession of Illegal Substances|

Importance of Domestic Violence Defenses

The Los Angeles Police Department takes domestic violence cases seriously. According to the LAPD website, while an alleged victim may request that an accused person not be charged with domestic violence, the State may still prosecute even where the alleged victim decides against it.
Domestic violence may stem from marital or domestic altercations, but not […]

By |February 3rd, 2017|Criminal Law|Comments Off on Importance of Domestic Violence Defenses|

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