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  • Statute of Limitations on Rape Cases Eliminated in California

    Posted By Bill Nimmo & Raymond Gomez, Attorneys at Law || 3-Oct-2016

    California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill eliminating the existing statute of limitations on rape cases. The bill, which is believed to be influenced by the over 50 allegations of sexual assault made by different women against comedian Bill Cosby, states that acts of rape, sodomy, lewd or lascivious acts, sexual abuse of a child, sexual penetration, and oral copulation committed after ...
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  • War Injuries and the Law

    Posted By Bill Nimmo & Raymond Gomez, Attorneys at Law || 20-Nov-2015

    It is a cold fact that up to a third of the men and women in our nation’s prisons are veterans. It is also a cold fact that California leads the nation in recidivism, men and women caught up in the revolving door of incarceration. Our prisons have become little more that graduate programs in crime and this is unacceptable. However, with regard to combat veterans who are caught up in the ...
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  • Should You Take The Witness Stand?

    Posted By Bill Nimmo & Raymond Gomez, Attorneys at Law || 3-Nov-2015

    There is always a question in a criminal case of whether or not a criminal defendant should take the witness stand in their own defense. And it is a good question. Real criminal defense lawyers (those who actually have a talent for trying cases) are divided on the issue. Some trial lawyers steadfastly believe a defendant should not take the stand, while others firmly believe the defendant should ...
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  • Keys to Winning Criminal Trials

    Posted By Bill Nimmo & Raymond Gomez, Attorneys at Law || 22-Oct-2015

    Part of being an effective trial lawyer is the ability to cross examine witnesses. Usually there is at least one witness whom you need to effectively impeach and demonstrate that they are wrong. And usually there is at least one witness you need to show that they are just not credible or believable. Many times you won’t be able to find physical evidence or other circumstantial evidence that ...
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  • How Can You Afford a Lawyer in This Economy?

    Posted By Bill Nimmo & Raymond Gomez, Attorneys at Law || 20-Oct-2015

    These are the toughest economic times in this country in a long time. Now this may not be an interesting subject for you to read but you need to understand it because it affects you directly. Families are having a much harder time accessing enough money to hire good lawyers. You have probably seen in the news all the big companies who are going under because of the collapse of our economy. When ...
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  • Strategy for Preliminary Hearing in San Diego County Criminal Courts

    Posted By Bill Nimmo & Raymond Gomez, Attorneys at Law || 15-Oct-2015

    I am writing this article so you can understand the value of the preliminary hearing. The preliminary hearing is that hearing when witnesses are called to determine whether there is enough evidence to bind a case over for trial. It is also a major crossroads in the case because once it is over you are set for trial and you change the readiness department never to go back to the old department ...
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  • Police Officer Credibility: Pitchess and Related Motions

    Posted By Bill Nimmo & Raymond Gomez, Attorneys at Law || 12-Oct-2015

    Whether your attorney is trying to get the best “deal” or win your case at trial, casting doubt on the credibility of the cop(s) involved in the case can become important to your defense. Broadly, there are two ways to go about casting doubt on the cops’ credibility: First, you can directly assert that the cop(s) knowingly engaged in deceitful or wrongful behavior contributing to ...
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  • Bruising Can Tell a Story

    Posted By Bill Nimmo & Raymond Gomez, Attorneys at Law || 8-Oct-2015

    A lot of times when accusations are made that the defendant committed a violent act against another, the alleged victim claims that various bruises and other marks on the body were caused by the defendant. Usually they claim that these bruises are evidence of a beating or some criminal restraint of them so they couldn’t escape or get away from the defendant. You see these accusations a lot ...
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  • A Judge With Balls!

    Posted By Bill Nimmo & Raymond Gomez, Attorneys at Law || 6-Oct-2015

    I suppose it is politically incorrect in this modern world to talk about a Judge with balls! But I don’t work for the government, a big company, or anybody else so I really don’t have to be as politically correct as the bureaucrats. When I say “balls,” I’m sure anybody that has lived knows I am talking about courage and not some piece of human anatomy. It is in this ...
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  • Gun Enhancement Laws: Can They Be Stricken?

    Posted By Bill Nimmo & Raymond Gomez, Attorneys at Law || 4-Oct-2015

    This is an article on the everpopular topic of firearm enhancements in California. These laws provide very stiff penalties and in some cases, once placed in the case they cannot be stricken. 1) What subjects defendants to a gun enhancement? Use of a firearm during the commission of a crime makes a defendant mandatorily subject to a gun enhancement. In fact, just being a principal actor in the ...
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  • 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Lawyer

    Posted By Bill Nimmo & Raymond Gomez, Attorneys at Law || 24-Jun-2015

    These questions are designed to help you determine whether your lawyer is doing what they are supposed to be doing to gather information and prepare to advise you to plea or go to trial: If you are involved in a criminal case you should monitor your lawyer's progress. It is important to see not only if your lawyer is doing their job but also it is important for you to be involved in your case. ...
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  • Criminal Defense: The Game Has Changed "Big Time"

    Posted By Bill Nimmo & Raymond Gomez, Attorneys at Law || 23-Jun-2015

    When I first started practicing criminal defense back in the early 80’s the laws were tough but they left a lot of discretion and wiggle room to get a good result even if the prosecution was being especially hard on the case. As the years went on our population grew, the amount of people committing crimes grew, and legislatures everywhere enacted laws making penalties greater for criminal ...
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  • Riverside County can be a difficult place to be charged with a crime and get adequate justice. A recent article in the Los Angeles Daily Journal reported that a grand jury faulted the Riverside County District Attorney for causing major backlogs in the courts. We submit that these problems have caused a real problem with adequate justice for anyone charged with a crime. Riverside County causes ...
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  • Can Our Justice System Be Fixed?

    Posted By Bill Nimmo || 10-Jun-2015

    Having worked in the criminal court system in San Diego daily for the last 30 some years I have made some observations that I would like to share. As we watch this presidential election I can’t recall when there was more vocal dissatisfaction with the system as we see today. The economy is in shambles and this recovery is about as slow as a recovery gets. Yet when I am in the court system ...
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  • Why Many People in Jail Can't Afford a Lawyer

    Posted By Bill Nimmo || 2-Jun-2015

    If you are wondering why your family can’t afford a private lawyer, it has a lot to do with the state of our economy. Everybody is talking about it. It's on the TV every day and whenever an election is coming up both sides use it in an attempt to get themselves elected. The fact is that their economic problems have very little to do with who is president and a whole lot to do with what ...
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  • If you are charged with murder or some equally serious crime and your family cannot afford to hire a high quality lawyer for trial, consider hiring a high quality criminal defense lawyer through the preliminary hearing. Typically in a murder case, the preliminary hearing can be continued out several months, so that the defendant can process the usually massive amounts of police reports and ...
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  • The Daily Ledger, a part of One America News Network (OAN), recently interviewed Attorney Bill Nimmo regarding the violence in Missouri after the Michael Brown shooting. Newsman Graham Ledger asked several excellent questions, including the following: "The fact that the victim, Mr. Brown, was shot multiple times by the police officer shouldn't be surprising because police officers are ...
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  • How to Fight DUI Charges in California

    Posted By Bill Nimmo & Raymond Gomez, Attorneys at Law || 16-Jun-2014

    The state of California takes a strict stance on driving while under the influence. Law enforcement makes it a priority to pull over drivers who are intoxicated or potentially under the influence of drugs. There are often frequent DUI checkpoints set up in both residential and commercial areas. Due to the tough laws surrounding this crime and the enhanced enforcement by police officers, many ...
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  • Charged with a Felony Criminal Case in Vista? The Process Explained

    Posted By Bill Nimmo & Raymond Gomez, Attorneys at Law || 12-Jun-2014

    The San Diego North County has a population of nearly 1,000,000 people. The Court system that services all of North County is the Superior Court in Vista. They handle cases from south Rancho Bernardo or to Del Mar and all points north to the Riverside and Orange County border. If you have been arrested or charged with a case in Vista, you will have investigated or handled by any number of law ...
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  • San Diego Police Couple Arrested on Drug Charges

    Posted By Bill Nimmo & Raymond Gomez, Attorneys at Law || 10-Jun-2014

    In the latest scandal to hit the San Diego Police Department just this yes, a veteran police couple have been arrested on various drug-related charges. The couple was married in 2013, both serving for the San Diego Police Department for numerous years. The wife, Jennifer Charpentier, has been with the department for 18 years, while her husband, Officer Bryce Charpentier, has been serving for 6 ...
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  • Police Still Search for Hit-And-Run Suspect

    Posted By Bill Nimmo & Raymond Gomez, Attorneys at Law || 5-Jun-2014

    SDPD continue to search for a hit-and-run suspect who was involved in a crash early this morning. According to police reports, the crash occurred around 5:40 a.m at light at Streamview Drive and College Blvd. The Hispanic man, near his late 30s, reportedly ran the red light, causing him to hit another car. A middle aged man and woman were in the other vehicle. Both were taken to the hospital, ...
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  • Reducing the Degree of Murder

    Posted By Bill Nimmo & Raymond Gomez, Attorneys at Law || 31-May-2014

    This sounds like a bleak topic for anyone charged with murder, but it is important to recognize and deal with all options. In a murder defense case the prosecutor usually tries to prove the highest mental state. They typically want to show that the killing was in cold blood and was premeditated and deliberate. Classically, a premeditated and deliberated murder is a “first-degree” ...
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  • Police Investigate Armed Robbery in San Diego

    Posted By Bill Nimmo & Raymond Gomez, Attorneys at Law || 25-May-2014

    Around 8:00 p.m. on May 24 th, a man armed with a knife walked into a cellphone store in the San Diego area. The robbery proceeded to rob a Go Wireless store employee, demanding cash on the spot. He then fled with a phone with an estimated value of $600. The store is located on University Avenue, near Richmond Street. The armed robber was described as a black man close to his 30's or 40's ...
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  • Defending a Shoplifting Case

    Posted By Richard Muir || 15-Apr-2014

    If you are accused of shoplifting, here are some important things you need to know: Is shoplifting a felony or a misdemeanor? Assuming the amount of the items taken from the store is under $950.00, shoplifting is considered petty theft, which is a misdemeanor. There are three ways, however, that a shoplifting case can be elevated to a felony: If the amount of the theft exceeds $950.00, the case ...
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  • The TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) Where Family Law Crosses Over in Criminal Law

    Posted By Bill Nimmo & Raymond Gomez, Attorneys at Law || 4-Apr-2014

    You are already going through a divorce. You're dealing with child custody, support payments, selling the house, hiring lawyers, getting property appraisal, etc.., etc. Suddenly you are served with Restraining Order papers. Those TRO papers allege "under oath," that you struck, threatened, bothered, or you annoyed your ex-spouse to be. The papers may recite a whole array of acts that ...
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