Response to Gangs by Government

In 2004, a group known as the National Youth Gang Survey (NYGS) estimated that there were 760,000 active gang members…

Criminal Court Process: The Preliminary Hearing

One step in the criminal court process in the State of California is “the hearing.” The legal definition of a…

The Exchange of Information Between the Prosecution and Defense – “ Discovery ”

Before a trial begins, there is a period of time that both sides – the prosecution and the defense –…

Murder vs. Manslaughter: It Comes Down to State of Mind

To understand the distinctions between murder and manslaughter, one must first understand the legal term “homicide.” Homicide is the killing…

Criminal Court Process: Sentencing

While moving through the court process in California, a defendant will go through the sentencing phase. A judge will decide,…

Which Court Will Hear Your Case: State or Federal?

Are you facing charges in California and are unsure which court will hear your case? The circumstances of your alleged…

Criminal Court Process: Jury Trial

Criminal charges in California can lead to a jury trial for a defendant going through the criminal court process. A…

Deadly Weapon Assault And Defenses (Penal Code 245)

An assault with a deadly weapon is a crime in California, in accordance with the state’s Penal Code 245. Often,…

Felony Appeals

According to California’s Penal Code 17, someone is charged with a felony when law enforcement officials believe that individual committed…

Defending against Penal Code 187 (murder)

California’s Penal Code 187 defines murder as “the unlawful killing of a human being or a fetus with malice aforethought.”…