Invoking your right to stay silent

Most people have seen television shows that show someone getting arrested and being told they have the right to remain silent. You may even play into the saying as a joke when someone asks an uncomfortable question where you “choose to remain silent” or...

The laws surrounding search warrants in California

Search warrants are a tool for police officers to use to gain access to search property and gather evidence for specific investigations. When the majority of evidence in a case is tied to a search warrant, it is important to examine the warrant in question to make...

Understanding resisting arrest charges

Facing an arrest is a terrifying experience, especially if you are caught by surprise. You may have dozens of thoughts and questions running through your brain as the officer places you in handcuffs and then dictates your rights. This can be a very scary and confusing...

Dealing with DUI charges as a commercial driver

Commercial vehicle drivers depend on their licenses for their livelihood. They need to be able to drive to put a roof over their heads and feed their families. There are very strict requirements placed on drivers with CDLs, and if they run afoul of these laws, their...

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...