San Diego Law Blog

Sex Crime Defense for LGBTQ+: Challenges and Considerations

By San Diego Attorney on September 30, 2023

A person in handcuffs with balled fists.

LGBTQ+ individuals face unique challenges in sex crime cases. They may encounter stereotyping, bias, and discrimination within the legal system. Police brutality against the LGBTQ+ community is common, particularly against transgender individuals. Statutes related to sex and HIV may be enforced in a discriminatory manner. If convicted and sentenced to jail or prison, LGBTQ+ individuals may become victims of rape or abuse disproportionately to the general population.

Continue Reading “Sex Crime Defense for LGBTQ+: Challenges and Considerations…”

Posted in: Sex Crimes

DUI and Ignition Interlock Devices: What You Need to Know

By San Diego Attorney on September 20, 2023

Man blowing into an Ignition Interlock Device in his car.

California is tough on DUI. A conviction of driving under the influence carries heavy penalties. Even for a first offense, with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher, if you are 21 or older, you could be facing jail time, fines, probation, driver’s license suspension, and mandatory attendance in a DUI education program. An ignition interlock device (IID) installation may reduce some of the penalties.

Continue Reading “DUI and Ignition Interlock Devices: What You Need to Know…”

Posted in: DUI

College Student Drug Crimes: Campus Policies and Your Rights

By San Diego Attorney on September 10, 2023

Several pills and needles and illicit substances in baggies on a black table.

Being accused of a college drug offense can significantly impact your future. Most colleges have strict rules regarding illegal drugs, whether they are controlled substances, steroids, or illegally obtained prescription drugs. The rules cover the possession, distribution, and manufacture of illicit drugs.

Continue Reading “College Student Drug Crimes: Campus Policies and Your Rights…”

Posted in: Drug Possession

How California’s Work Release Furlough Program Works

By San Diego Attorney on August 30, 2023

A businessman released from prison holding a box of belongings outside the prison gates.

California implemented work release and work furlough programs as alternative sentencing options to help reduce overcrowding in correctional facilities. These options allow eligible convicted individuals to serve their sentences while working to earn income. Qualifications may vary from one county to another.

Continue Reading “How California’s Work Release Furlough Program Works…”

Posted in: Criminal Defense

California Determinate vs. Indeterminate Sentences

By San Diego Attorney on August 20, 2023

Judge holding a gavel.

Although the main focus of a criminal trial may be on a verdict of not guilty, sentencing is also a major concern. Under California law, many criminal statutes require specific lengths of jail sentences or determinate sentencing. On the other hand, indeterminate sentencing allows for a wider range of potential penalties and gives more discretion to judges.

Continue Reading “California Determinate vs. Indeterminate Sentences…”

Posted in: Criminal Defense

DUI and Commercial Drivers: Unique Challenges and Consequences

By San Diego Attorney on August 10, 2023

A cup of whiskey next to a set of car keys

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious matter in California under any circumstances. Commercial drivers are subject to more oversight and much stiffer penalties than other drivers. A conviction of a commercial driver DUI can mean the loss of your commercial driver’s license (CDL) and a significant impact on the ability to earn a living.

Continue Reading “DUI and Commercial Drivers: Unique Challenges and Consequences…”

Posted in: DUI

Discussing the Role Consent Plays in Sex Crime Charges

By San Diego Attorney on July 30, 2023

An opened dictionary or encyclopedia shows the entry for Consent

Consent is a crucial factor in sex crime cases, playing a significant role in determining the legality and potential liability of the parties involved. It is important for criminal defense lawyers to shed light on the complexities surrounding consent in sex crime charges. We will explore the concept of consent, its importance in sex crime cases, and the legal implications it carries.

Continue Reading “Discussing the Role Consent Plays in Sex Crime Charges…”

Posted in: Sex Crimes

Common Misconceptions About Domestic Violence Charges

By San Diego Attorney on July 10, 2023

Parent is holding her little girls arm and is about to use violence. Representing child abuse and domestic violence.

Domestic violence is a serious legal matter. The justice system in California takes domestic violence cases very seriously and imposes heavy penalties for such offenses.

It is essential to fully understand this issue under the law and debunk the myths surrounding domestic violence. Being aware of common misconceptions will better prepare you in the event that you are accused of a domestic violence offense.

Continue Reading “Common Misconceptions About Domestic Violence Charges…”

Posted in: Domestic Abuse

Do Misdemeanors Usually Show Up in Background Checks?

By San Diego Attorney on June 30, 2023

Close-up Of Human Hand Filling Criminal Background Check Application Form With Pen

In California, a misdemeanor is more severe than an infraction but not as serious as a felony. If you were convicted of a misdemeanor, you may be curious about the lasting impact it could have on your life. As you move forward and apply for jobs, you may also have concerns about your misdemeanor conviction rearing its ugly head in a background check. The short answer is yes; a misdemeanor conviction would be revealed in a background check unless it was sealed or expunged. If you were only arrested and not convicted, however, it would be unlawful for a company or an employer to access information about your arrest.

Continue Reading “Do Misdemeanors Usually Show Up in Background Checks?…”

Posted in: Criminal Defense

Fixing Relationships After a Domestic Violence Incident

By San Diego Attorney on June 20, 2023

A married couple both with their heads in their hands in a couples therapy.

Domestic violence is a sensitive topic, and after an incident, it might seem impossible to keep the relationship intact. Both parties may want to heal and reconcile, but the road toward rebuilding trust is a long one paved with the need for change. If you are trying to repair your relationship after a domestic violence incident, it is not impossible, but it will take a lot of work and require honest effort.

Continue Reading “Fixing Relationships After a Domestic Violence Incident…”

Posted in: Domestic Abuse

Don’t Waste Any Time!
Call us today for a FREE Consultation
(760) 630-2000

James N. Dicks

About James N. Dicks

Don’t Waste Any Time!

Time is of the essence when your future is in jeopardy.
Contact jD LAW today for the aggressive defense you need.