Driving Offenses

Driving Without a License Under California Law, Explained

In California, driving on public roads is legally considered a privilege, not a right. California law therefore restricts who can drive a motor vehicle, and under what circumstances. The most fundamental driving law is the… Continue Reading

Driving Offenses
California Law on Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI)

DUI Laws in California: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

In California, it is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol (often referred to as “DUI”). A driver of a motor vehicle is under the influence of alcohol when they have enough alcohol in… Continue Reading

Driving Offenses
Driving on Drugs Charges in California

Driving on Drugs and California’s DUI Laws, Explained

In California, it is illegal to drive under the influence of any drug, regardless of whether the drug is legal or illegal. Drugs, for these purposes, include any substance other than alcohol that impairs the… Continue Reading

Driving Offenses
DUI Causing Injury in California

California Law on DUI’s that Cause Injury (Vehicle Code, § 23153)

In California, it is illegal to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol (often referred to as a “DUI”). It does not matter whether the driver thinks they are good at it, or that… Continue Reading

Theft Offenses
California Petty Theft Law

Petty Theft and Shoplifting Under California Law, Explained

In California, a theft is committed when a person takes someone else’s property without their consent. To be guilty, the person must have the intent to permanently deprive the true owner of his or her… Continue Reading

Assault Crimes
Female Victim of Domestic Violence in California

Beginner’s Guide to Domestic Violence Law in California

Domestic violence laws in California are intended to protect people from being hurt by a current or former significant other. These are emotionally charged cases, from the time when someone is arrested for the alleged… Continue Reading

Assault Crimes
California Couple Involved in a Domestic Violence Fight

California Domestic Violence Law, Explained

The great majority of domestic violence cases in California come from emotional and heated arguments between a couple. At some point, someone feels physically threatened and they call the police. When police arrive at the… Continue Reading

Police Interactions
Man Being Investigated by California Police

Pre-Police Investigation Legal Services

If you are being investigated for a crime it is important that you understand your rights. A police officer or police detective is not your friend and is usually looking to find incriminating evidence against… Continue Reading

Police Interactions
Bench Warrant Being Cleared in California

Clearing or Recalling a California Bench Warrant

A bench warrant allows any California police officer to arrest a person and bring them before the court to answer for the charges or issues they have in their criminal case. Warrants are usually issued… Continue Reading

Assault Crimes
Man committing assault and battery under California law

California Assault and Battery Laws, Explained!

The most commonly charged crimes of violence in California are assault under Penal Code 240 and battery under Penal Code 242. If you have been charged with any assault or battery, it is important you… Continue Reading

Assault Crimes
Man Ready to Commit Assault with a Deadly Weapon in California

Assault With a Deadly Weapon: California Law Explained!

Assault with a Deadly Weapon or Assault Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury (also known as “ADW,” “aggravated assault,” or “felony assault”) are serious offenses. Being charged with assault under California Penal Code section 245… Continue Reading

Theft Offenses
Man Committing Burglary under California Law

California Burglary Laws under Penal Code § 459, Explained

California burglary laws are very broad and cover many types of theft or crimes. Entering a structure with the intent to commit any felony inside the structure can be charged as burglary under Penal Code… Continue Reading

Police Interactions
Man resisting arrest in California

Resisting, Delaying or Obstructing a Police Officer in California

California Penal Code section 148 (called “PC 148”) defines the crime of resisting, delaying or obstructing a police officer, can be either a felony or misdemeanor. No violent act is necessary for a conviction of… Continue Reading


Public Intoxication Charges under California Law, Explained

Penal Code section 647, subdivision (f), is a law that makes it a misdemeanor crime to be excessively intoxicated in public. The crime commonly called: public intoxication, being drunk in public, public drunkenness, or simply… Continue Reading

Driving Offenses
Hit and Run Aftermath in California

Hit and Run Law in California

California law requires every vehicle driver to stay at the scene of an accident or collision if someone is hurt or property is damaged under Vehicle Code sections 20002 and 20003 (sometimes called “VC20002” or… Continue Reading

Pricing for Criminal Defense Attorney Services

Legal Services Pricing

There are usually three ways attorneys are paid by private clients. Those are: The hourly fee model, The contingency or percentage fee model, and The flat fee model. Some attorneys are also paid in some… Continue Reading

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