Blog Posts in June, 2015

  • 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Lawyer

    || 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"

    || 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?

    || 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

    || 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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