Orange County Criminal Defense Blog

Claiming Self-Defense in California

Are you facing assault or battery charges in Orange County or anywhere else in California? If so, you may be wondering, “But I was defending myself, can I claim self-defense?” Under ...
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Will My Criminal Case Go to Trial?

Are you facing criminal charges for the first time? If so, you probably have lots of questions. After all, you’re in a scary place right now. Will you go to jail or prison? Will you have to pay ...
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Penalties for Sexual Battery in California

Are you being accused of unwanted sexual contact in Orange County, California? Or, are you facing criminal charges because you allegedly “touched” someone inappropriately without their ...
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About California's Drug Courts

You’ve probably heard people complain about the penalties for drug possession offenses: “Jail doesn’t help. What these people really need is rehabilitation. Drug possession is a sign ...
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Misdemeanors vs. Felonies in California

In criminal law, there are state and federal crimes. State laws are enacted by state legislatures, whereas federal laws are created by Congress. Here in California, when you break a state law, ...
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Hate Crimes Defined

Traditionally, hate crimes referred to crimes where perpetrators acted out against a victim because of his or her race, religion, or nation of origin. However, today’s definition of hate crime ...
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Penalties for Drug Possession in California

Are you facing drug possession charges in Orange County, or anywhere else in California? If so, and this is your first drug offense, you’re probably wondering, “What types of penalties am ...
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Can I Bring My Children to Court?

If you were recently arrested for a crime in Orange County, California, you can expect to attend a series of court appearances. Unfortunately, court appearances are not “optional.” So, if ...
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Juvenile Court Hearings in Orange County

If a minor (someone under the age of 18) is arrested in Orange County, California, a petition will be filed, asking the court to get involved in the matter. The petition will say what the state thinks ...
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Child Prostitution is a Federal Crime

Prostitution may be one of the oldest occupations ever to exist, but it’s still criminalized under state law. Many wonder why exchanging money for sex is criminalized and much of it has to do ...
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Age of 'Consent' in California

In California and throughout the nation, the states have enacted what is called an “age of consent” law. Age of consent laws refer to the legal age where someone can consent to sex. In ...
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Understanding Federal Crimes

In the United States, we have state-level crimes and federal-level crimes. State-level crimes are enacted by state legislatures, whereas federal crimes are enacted by Congress. Some crimes are only ...
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About California Firearms Restraining Orders

Are you a gun enthusiast? Or, do you live in a part of Orange County where you feel it’s necessary to own firearms in order to protect your family and your home? In either case, your right to ...
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How a Criminal Record Can Affect You

If you plead guilty to a criminal offense, or if a jury finds you guilty of a crime and you are convicted, you will have a criminal record, which lasts indefinitely. While there are “criminal ...
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Can the Police Search Your Cellphone?

If you are arrested in Orange County, California, or anywhere else in the nation, can the police grab your cellphone and start going through it without your permission? Can they read your text ...
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Criminal Convictions & Your Gun Rights in OC

Parts of Orange County can be dangerous, but that’s also the case in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego counties, not to mention the rest of the nation. If you’re like a lot of people, ...
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Tax Evasion, a White Collar Crime

Given the fact that it’s the end of April, we can’t help but have taxes on our mind. Of course, every April people have to file their state and federal taxes. Some people will send in ...
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Probation in Orange County, CA

If you, or someone you love was recently arrested for a crime in Orange County, California, you will be interested in learning more about probation, what it is, and what it can do for criminal ...
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Consequences of Failing to Appear

When it comes to the criminal process in Orange County and throughout the rest of California, criminal defendants must attend a series of court hearings. If a defendant is scheduled to appear for an ...
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Public Defenders vs. Private Lawyers in Orange County

A lot of people have a misunderstanding about public defenders; they think that they are available to more people than they actually are. For example, when someone is arrested for a crime in Orange ...
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Grand Theft Auto Charges in Orange County

Have you, or someone you love been accused of stealing someone else’s car, truck or SUV? If so, it’s important to take these accusations seriously because the consequences of a conviction ...
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Child Endangerment Charges in Orange County

In California, when adults put children in dangerous situations that could lead to serious bodily injury or death, they can be prosecuted under California Penal Code 273(a) for child endangerment. If ...
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Applying for a Pardon in Orange County

If you were convicted of a felony in Orange County, you may be interested in cleaning up your criminal record, improving your employment possibilities, and restoring your right to bear arms. You may ...
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Will My Orange County Case Get Dismissed?

If you are facing criminal charges, we’re guessing that your life seems to have come to a pause, especially if you’re facing felony charges. Right about now, your freedom and your future ...
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Can You Trust a Public Defender to Handle Your Criminal Defense?

There comes a time for many individuals charged with crimes to consider whether they will retain the services of a private defense lawyer or allow their case to be handled by a public defender. As the ...
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