Monthly Archives: September 2008


My son was arrested for misdemeanor shoplifting. Now he faces felony burglary charges. How did that happen?

Burglary is when a person enters a building with the intent to steal or commit a felony inside. The prosecution must feel they have evidence to show your son’s intent to steal before he entered the store. If they cannot show that intent, the burglary charge must be dismissed.  Since burglary is a felony and […]

Can I get a prior conviction taken off my record?

If you were convicted of a misdemeanor or most felonies and were granted probation, you may be eligible to have the conviction expunged or taken off your record. There are limitations on what expunging a conviction means and what crimes are eligible. If you were convicted of a felony and were sentenced to state prison, […]

If I am charged with a sexual offense, will I have to register as a sex offender?

You do not have to register if you are arrested, only if you are convicted – and then, only if you are convicted of a crime that requires registration.  That registration is a lifetime requirement and becomes part of a public database, so even though you are not required to register for an arrest, you […]

When is 0.08% really not 0.08%? – Orange County DUI Lawyer/Attorney

As I discussed in another post, just driving a car with a blood alcohol level at or above 0.08% is a crime.  But when is that 0.08% magical number really not what we think it is?  There are defenses to driving with a blood alcohol above the limit.  One common misconception is that the blood […]

What is Bail? How can I get someone out of jail?

When someone is arrested and booked into jail, a bail amount is set.  Bail is designed to ensure a person released from jail will return to court to face the charges.  The amount is usually determined from a standard scheduled amount for each crime.  The bail for most felonies can range from $10,000 and up.  […]