Category: Self-Defense

Do Veterans Get Special Treatment in Criminal Courts?

Yes.  Military veterans do get special treatment in the criminal courts. The California Legislature has enacted several sentencing schemes to give special or preferential treatment to veterans in criminal cases who are suffering from specified conditions.  All misdemeanor charges can be diverted from sentencing and conviction completely under specific circumstances.  For a description of how [..]

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Are Veterans Eligible for Diversion?

In 1972, the California Legislature enacted diversion for people accused of low level drug offenses.  This law could be used by anyone who met the criteria for diversion.  See Blog Post: Am I Eligible for Criminal Diversion? In 2014, California passed a new law regarding the diversion of military veterans who meet specific criteria.  (Penal [..]

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Employment Consequences of a Penal Code section 1203.4 Dismissal

You were convicted of a felony, have completed probation successfully, and went back to court for a dismissal.  The court agreed to reduce your conviction to a misdemeanor and dismissed the charges under California Penal Code section 1203.4.  Now what? Can you answer “no” to the question of whether you have ever been convicted of [..]

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The Police Are Listening!

  UPDATE: The American Bar Association (ABA) recently filed a report about prosecutors obtaining video recordings of attorney-client meetings from private-run prisons.  This absolutely confirms that law enforcement officers and prosecutors are attempting to listen to confidential communications in violation of the law. See the ABA story at this link. ORIGINAL POST: In 2003, I [..]

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The Dangers of Speaking with Law Enforcement

The Dangers of Speaking with Law Enforcement ***** UPDATE: On September 4, 2016, an essay written by Professor James Duane from Reagent Law School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was published in the local Redding, California newspaper.  This essay discusses the very real danger of false confessions as a result of relentless law enforcement interrogation.  Included [..]

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