Tag Archives: Criminal Procedure

All about search warrants – Orange County criminal defense attorney

What is a search warrant? A search warrant is an order in writing, commanding a peace officer to search a particular person or place for specific listed items and return them to court.  Right off the bat, note that a warrant only allows the police to search.  A citizen cannot obtain a search warrant.  Although […]

Miranda and making a statement to police – Part 1 of a series

Miranda rights in criminal cases   This is the first part of a series I decided to write regarding the Miranda rights and talking with the police… or more importantly, NOT talking to them.   First, the law of Miranda: In 1966, the United States Supreme Court decided the now-famous Miranda decision (384 U.S. 436). […]

Can two people use the same defense attorney?

What if you and a friend (or husband/wife) got arrested together and charged with the same crime?  Can you use the same defense attorney to represent both of you?   The short answer is “maybe”. If there is no overlap (such as you blame him and he blames you), one attorney *may* be able to […]

Arrested in Orange County – why am I getting letters from lawyers?

What you’re getting is commonly referred to as “jail mail.” Unfortunately, you got arrested and either got released with a court date coming up or you posted bail with a date to appear in the future.  Now, your mailbox is flooded with letters from lawyers and law firms. That “jail mail” comes from attorneys that […]

Caught shoplifting – police weren’t called. Will I face charges? Fines?

I get lots of questions about shoplifting incidents.  Many times, the question is:  “I was detained by store personnel for shoplifting, but the police weren’t called.  They made me sign some papers and let me go, telling me I would have to pay a fine.  What is going to happen?” Are the police going to […]