Steps to Take If You Believe Your Rights Were Violated

Being arrested and charged with a crime can have far-reaching consequences on your life. Apart from the potential jail term or fine, you may have problems getting a job in future, particularly if you're charged with a felony.  Nonetheless, people charged with crimes have a right to a free and fair trial, as well as not having their dignity or privacy infringed. If your constitutional rights were violated at one point, here are the steps to take: Be Informed and Know Your Rights  First things first, it's important to know [...]

The Ins and Outs of Armed Robbery Charges

Incidents of armed robbery in the US are still considerably higher compared to the rest of the first world countries. National statistics put the number of armed robberies that occurred in 2018 at slightly over 121,000, with targets ranging from convenience stores to wealthy people’s houses. […]

September 11th, 2019|Categories: Criminal Law|Tags: , , , , , , |

Eyewitness Misidentifications & Wrongful Convictions  

An eyewitness account is one of the most reliable methods of settling cases. However, there have been instances where innocent people are wrongfully convicted based on testimony presented against them by eyewitnesses.  It is therefore vital to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help scrutinize witness accounts and any other evidence brought against you.  Situations Where Misidentification Can Happen As mentioned earlier, eyewitness accounts aren’t always perfect. The ability of an eyewitness to recall events may be hampered by several factors such as forgetfulness and confusion. This is especially [...]

Miranda Rights Overview

If you are a fan of police dramas or law TV series, then you’ve probably heard the line, “You have to remain silent…,” playing out so many times. This phrase normally pops up when an officer arrests a suspect. These words are a tidbit of what we call, “Miranda Rights.” Unfortunately, most people do not understand what the Miranda laws are all about, considering that cop dramas never state the full rights. As a result, you might misconceive that you can walk scot-free in case a law enforcer does not [...]

August 10th, 2019|Categories: Criminal Law, DUI|Tags: , , , , |

Police Interrogations FAQ

If you ever find yourself being questioned or interrogated by the police, you need to be aware of all your applicable rights. You also need to know what you should or shouldn’t disclose to them. This helps to avoid self-incrimination or violation of your rights, which is a common occurrence in most police investigations. In this writeup, a local Orange County criminal defense lawyer helps answer some frequently asked questions regarding police interrogations. Am I Required to Answer Questions if Randomly Stopped by A Police Officer? Police officers on duty [...]

July 26th, 2019|Categories: Criminal Law|

What Happens When You Get A DUI For The Second Time In California?

Driving under the influence is very serious and a criminally punishable offense. And while a first DUI offense will be treated as a misdemeanor, repeat offenses carry much higher penalties. Statistics show that about 27% of people arrested on DUI grounds in California are repeat offenders. As a result, there have been concerted efforts by state legislators and law enforcement agencies to curb and deter repeat offenses. One of the most effective deterrents is incremental penalties, which become harsher with subsequent DUI convictions. Hence, when you're charged with a second [...]

July 15th, 2019|Categories: DUI|Tags: , , , , |