November 15, 2016

Should I Plead Guilty To DUI?

If you have recently been arrested and charged with drinking and driving you might be wondering if you should plead guilty to DUI. Although you may think you are guilty, in order for the court to find you guilty of DUI, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were above the legal […]

November 7, 2016

Arrested For Solicitation For Prostitution In California?

California’s law against prostitution, California Penal Code section 647(b), makes it a crime to engage in, agree to engage in, offer, or seek out sex acts in exchange for money or another form of compensation. Solicitation for prostitution means to offer or accept money or other compensation for sex. Persuading, inducing, or urging someone to […]

October 17, 2016

Supreme Court Appoints Attorney Mark Broughton to the Californian State Bar Board of Trustees

Attorney Mark A. Broughton has been appointed by the California Supreme Court to serve on the Board of Trustees for the California State Bar. Mr. Broughton began serving a three year term on October 1, 2016. He was sworn in at the State Bar of California’s Annual Conference by the Chief Justice of the California […]

August 14, 2016

Your Miranda Rights (Part 2 of 3): When Do You Have The Right To Remain Silent?

In 2013, Salinas v. Texas was decided 5-4 by the United States Supreme Court, becoming the most recent landmark case regarding a person’s Fifth Amendment Right. In Salinas, two brothers were shot at their Houston home. There were no suspects in the case because no one witnessed the murder or witnessed anyone fleeing from the […]

August 4, 2016

Your Miranda Rights (Part 1 of 3): What Does Miranda Mean For You?

From TV lawyer dramas to the hit franchise “Cops”, millions of Americans have heard the famous words, “You have the right to remain silent…” These words have become a staple in American culture but what exactly do they mean? Miranda v. Arizona just celebrated its 50th anniversary, and this week’s blog will be focused on […]

July 5, 2016

Attorney Sally Vecchiarelli Provides Insight to a New Law in the Juvenile Court System

On July 1, 2016, California courts will adopt rules of court in juvenile cases to ensure that appointed defense attorneys are qualified to represent juveniles. This legislation comes in response to the public outcry for better representation for juveniles. The California juvenile justice system is guided by different rules and procedures than the adult criminal […]

June 3, 2016

Plea Deals Have to Consider the Defendant Immigration Status

In the past, the list of criminal offenses that resulted in deportation as a consequence of the conviction was rather short, and judges had more sentencing discretion. Over the years, however, this list of offenses has grown to include even minor offenses, and judges now have less sentencing discretion than they did in the past. […]

May 6, 2016

Forgiving and Forgetting-New Model of Assisting Federal Offenders Get Past Their Convictions

When people are convicted of a crime, they serve their punishment in the form of probation or incarceration, and then they are released back into society to live as a productive law abiding citizen in society. That is the idea behind the rehabilitation theory in the criminal justice system. However, not all citizens that are […]

April 11, 2016

Governor Jerry Brown Pardons Citizens

Governor Jerry Brown granted 59 pardons on March 25, 2016. Pardons are granted sparingly to those citizens that show true rehabilitation and live their lives as productive law abiding citizens. A pardon allows for certain rights to be restored, including the right to serve on juries and to possess guns, unless had been convicted of […]

March 11, 2016

The Big Debate: Who will replace Justice Scalia?

There is considerable controversy surrounding the Justice Scalia’s empty seat on the Supreme Court bench. This is a big responsibility for any president, but with the timing of it being an election year coupled with a Republican majority Senate could make appointing a new Supreme Court Justice very difficult. •Should someone be nominated to the […]