Blog Posts in October, 2015

  • Keys to Winning Criminal Trials

    || 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?

    || 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

    || 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

    || 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

    || 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!

    || 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?

    || 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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