Monthly Archives: October 2008

Fingerprint evidence found to be faulty

From the Los Angeles Times website, an article from October 17, 2008 exposed at least two people wrongly accused of a crime based on improper fingerprint comparison.  An internal report was obtained by the LA Times that brought to light the cases where charges were eventually dropped after it was determined that the fingerprints from […]

10, 20, Life firearm allegations – Orange County weapons defense lawyer

In 1997, Penal Code section 12022.53 was enacted, drastically increasing the punishment for the use of a firearm during the commission of a crime.  Under the old law, the use of a firearm during a felony added several years.  After the “10-20-Life” section of 12022.53 came about, prison sentences grew.  But does this apply to […]

I was arrested, but bailed out. No charges were filed by my court date – now what?

Unfortunately, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re free. The District Attorney has, in most cases, up to three years from the date of the crime to file felony charges and up to a year to file misdemeanor charges. It just means that for some reason, your case was not filed by the date you were told […]

California firearms laws – loaded guns

One look at the Attorney General’s website under the firearms section will show you just how convoluted California’s laws are when it comes to firearms.  The most recent information posted on their website is from 2006!  (Update – as of February 2009, the booklet is now only 2 years behind and is from 2007)  In […]

I was arrested for DUI. Why are there two charges against me?

In California, driving under the influence (DUI or “drunk driving”) is covered in two ways under two different laws. The general section for DUI is 23152(a) of the Vehicle Code. It makes it illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs at any level. The second charge is 23152(b) – driving with a […]