San Diego Law Blog

How Robbery Charges Are Categorized

By San Diego Attorney on November 30, 2020

Theft laws in California are extremely complex, often applying in only specific scenarios and situations. With regards to robbery, it is the act of taking another person’s property through force or violence while he or she is in the immediate vicinity. This law is specifically designed to contrast with burglary, shoplifting, and other common theft crimes. But even robbery has its own unique categories that can heavily influence the penalties you face.

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Posted in: Theft Crimes

The Legality of Sexting in California

By San Diego Attorney on November 21, 2020

Since the invention of Craigslist, the internet has hosted numerous posts surrounding users’ romantic and sexual interests. While some instances do lead to genuine and respectful connections, others can devolve into inappropriate and even nonconsensual messages. The further expansion of cell phones, social media, and dating apps led to the development of “sexting,” the sending of intimate and sexual messages through digital devices. This unique form of communication has become commonplace in modern society, but California courts are slowly coming to terms with how to handle situations when sexting involves criminal actions.

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Posted in: Sex Crimes

What Charges Can Affect Immigration Status in California?

By San Diego Attorney on November 13, 2020

One of the biggest fears many San Diego residents have is being deported back to their home country, whether they are here illegally, on a green card, or have a visa. As such, many try their best to avoid criminal activities, which could jeopardize their immigration status in the United States. However, not all crimes can lead to deportation, and the courts must determine how to categorize a crime under immigration laws before a defendant can be deported.

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Posted in: Criminal Defense

Differences Between Manslaughter and Murder Charges

By San Diego Attorney on October 28, 2020

Whether it was due to a fight or vehicle collision, any criminal charge that involves a death should be taken extremely seriously, as the prosecution will want to find someone to blame immediately for a homicide. They may launch an in-depth investigation into all suspects, invade your privacy, and follow thin trails of evidence to your doorstep. But while you may assume these cases typically lead to a murder charge, manslaughter is another very real possibility. While a conviction is typically lighter than murder, every defendant should take a manslaughter charge as seriously as possible.

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Posted in: Criminal Defense

Defending Against Parental Kidnapping Charges

By San Diego Attorney on October 21, 2020

While most parents believe they have the right to see their child at any time or take them on trips whenever they want, divorced parents operate under different rules and requirements. Once a couple separates, they must enter into a custody agreement by law in California. These custody schedules are not simple guidelines, and violating them can lead to serious consequences, including criminal charges of parental kidnapping.

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Posted in: Criminal Defense

The Value of a Wet Reckless Plea

By San Diego Attorney on October 14, 2020

When you are charged with a DUI in San Diego, you may automatically assume that the charges against you are set in stone. However, DUIs are complicated cases, and defendants have several options that can allow them to avoid significant prison time and fines. This will all depend on the specific evidence in your case and the effectiveness of your attorney, but you may be able to avoid a charge with a plea of wet reckless.

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Posted in: DUI

Getting Legal Aid Before You Are Charged

By San Diego Attorney on October 8, 2020

While you may assume you can only contact a lawyer after investigators have charged you with a crime, the reality is that you are always allowed to reach out to a lawyer no matter the status of your case. The law is extremely intricate, and most people are not aware they have committed a crime until they are arrested. However, if you do suspect that you are being investigated for a crime, then you should reach out to jD LAW immediately to ensure you have proper legal guidance throughout a pre-file investigation.

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Posted in: Criminal Defense

Privacy Laws and Cell Phones as Evidence

By San Diego Attorney on October 6, 2020

Cell phones have become so commonplace that it is hard to go anywhere without someone taking a photo, making a call, or recording a video. While most of the content on a phone may seem mundane, it can also be extremely relevant during a criminal trial. It is extremely normal for witnesses to pull out a cell phone and start recording an alleged crime or arrest. However, this footage does come against certain California laws regarding privacy, including eavesdropping laws, that could influence how effective it is in the courtroom.

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Posted in: Criminal Defense

Understanding DUI Enhancements in California

By San Diego Attorney on October 1, 2020

The state of California has complex laws regarding DUIs that most defendants are not aware of how serious their charges can be. Even for first-time offenders, prosecutors in San Diego County can level significant charges if they have evidence of additional crimes or you meet certain criteria. These are often referred to as “enhancements” and can take a single misdemeanor charge and turn it into a felony.

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Posted in: DUI

The Costs of a Spinal Cord Injury

By San Diego Attorney on September 29, 2020

There is almost nothing more devastating than a spinal cord injury. In minor accidents, these injuries may come with a large amount of discomfort and pain while you recover and get back on your feet. But the more catastrophic accidents can leave a victim with the inability to walk, move their hands, control their bladder, and feel below the waist or neck. Paralysis is a common side effect of spinal cord injuries, and it can come with a massive price tag.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

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