Tag Archives: Orange County

What can’t I bail them out of jail? Orange County criminal “no bail” holds

Questions about posting bail? Recently, I was asked why a person couldn’t be bailed out of jail.  The follow-up question was, “I thought you were innocent until proven guilty?”   You’re right – there is the presumption of innocence in almost every aspect of criminal law, but when it comes to setting bail, the judge […]

Orange County DUI Patrols – Sunday December 19, 2010

. Orange County DUI Taskforce and saturation patrols will be continuing over the holiday season.  Announced by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department were several DUI checkpoints and extra patrols.  Here are the announced locations for Sunday, December 19: DUI Taskforce operations in La Habra (with Buena Park and Placentia Police Departments) DUI Saturation Patrol 8 […]

Court date in Orange County but can’t be there? What do you do?

. I can’t be there at my court date!  What do I do? If you have an upcoming date in court for a misdemeanor criminal case, but you cannot appear on that date, what do you do?  For example, let’s say you have a family vacation planned, booked and paid for months in advance, but […]

What is a 1538.5 motion in a DUI case?

It’s a motion under Penal Code section 1538.5 to suppress evidence obtained from an illegal search under the Fourth Amendment. In a DUI situation, the challenge can be to either the initial stop (arguing that the officer did not have reasonable suspicion of criminal activity in order to lawfully detain you) or the arrest (claiming […]

Stages of a Criminal Trial

What are the basic stages of a criminal trial in California? Pre-Trial Motions First – before the case even gets to trial, there may be motions run that can dramatically change the evidence, charges and even possibly get the entire case dismissed. 995 Motion – if the case is a felony, a motion to challenge […]