Can the police legally search through my phone?

Cellphones are essential for most people. We use our phones to keep us connected to the world around us, including our friends and family. It makes sense that police would want to have such an essential tool in their possession. It begs the question of what can the...

DUI convictions cover more than just alcohol

Most people associate DUI charges with alcohol, which makes sense. Public awareness campaigns on impaired driving focused on alcohol, because it was easily obtainable in communities throughout California. However, with the legalization of weed and the popularity of...

Underage drinking and driving in California

Most people are quite familiar with the DUI laws in California. They understand that if they are stopped by police and register a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher, that they could potentially be charged with driving under the influence. The state has...

Computer crimes a growing concern in California

In the heart of Silicon Valley, we see many software and tech companies devoting substantial resources to keeping products and platforms safe for all users. Cyber threats that find a way to exploit customers or businesses can cause serious problems for everyone...

What are criminal protective orders?

Domestic violence is something that courts in California take very seriously. Prosecutors will usually seek a criminal protective order against the defendant during the pendency of a criminal case, or after, in cases of domestic violence.  Ironically, the prosecutor...

Questionable tests lead to questionable results

Most drivers know that field sobriety tests are routine for most traffic stops, especially if you’re frequently driving on Friday or Saturday nights. However, few drivers understand the validity of these tests and the possibilities to challenge any questionable...