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Misdemeanor criminal defense & procedure – Orange County

I have previously written about the stages of a felony prosecution, but what about a misdemeanor? Misdemeanors, such as DUI, assault & battery, petty theft (shoplifting), driving on a suspended license, some domestic violence charges and violations of court orders, have their own time line and procedures. You may not even have to appear in […]

I was arrested in Orange County – do I need a defense attorney?

The short answer is yes.  Think about all that’s working against you already.  If the police think they had enough evidence to arrest you, your case is more than likely going to be referred to the District Attorney’s office for prosecution. So what should you do in the time period between when you were arrested […]

Illegal searches – Search warrants

The Fourth Amendment is your Constitutional protection against illegal searches by the police.  It is based on the principle that you have a right to privacy and before the government (the police) can search, they must have legal justification.  You are not absolutely protected against all searches by the police.  The Fourth Amendment protects against […]

Interacting with the police

Another recent post sparked a comment and question from a visitor to my site.  He asked, “What orders of action can I refuse and what orders of actions am I required to perform?”  I get asked this question in various forms all the time. The answer depends on what your legal status is at that […]

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 […]