The California Wobbler Offense Explained: Charges, Reductions, and Expungements

In California, a ‘wobbler’ offense is uniquely flexible within the criminal justice system, characterized by its ability to be charged and punished either as a felony or a misdemeanor. The distinction between these two levels of charges typically depends on the specifics of the case, including the severity of the offense, the circumstances surrounding the […]
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What to Expect During a Criminal Trial in Los Angeles

Defendant’s Right to Have a Lawyer In California, every criminal defendant has the right to legal representation. This right is guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. If a defendant cannot afford a lawyer, the court will appoint one. This is known as a public defender. Defendants can also choose to hire a […]
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Understanding the Difference Between Restraining Orders and Protective Orders in California

In California, people often use “Restraining Orders” and “Protective Orders” interchangeably, but understanding their specific applications and legal implications is crucial. Both orders, which are judicial decrees, aim to protect individuals from unwanted behaviors like stalking, harassment, threats, or physical abuse. The court directs these orders at specific individuals, named in the orders, to stop […]
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Violating a Restraining Order: California Penal Code Section 273.6 PC

Violating a Restraining Order: California Penal Code Section 273.6 PC

Violating a Restraining Order Violating a restraining or protective order is a serious offense under California Penal Code 273.6. This crime occurs when an individual intentionally and knowingly disobeys a court-issued protective or restraining order. Such orders, including temporary restraining orders (TROs) in civil cases and protective orders in criminal court, are designed to safeguard […]
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California Penal Code § 243(e)(1) PC – Domestic Battery

California Penal Code 243(e)(1) PC – Domestic Battery

What is Domestic Battery? Under California Penal Code Section 243(e)(1), domestic battery is a misdemeanor offense that involves the use of force against an intimate partner. This charge is commonly applied in cases of spousal abuse, cohabitant altercations, or other domestic violence conflicts. Key Elements of Domestic Battery: Willful and Harmful Touching: The defendant must […]
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Violating a Court Order | California Penal Code 166 PC

Violating a Court Order | California Penal Code 166 PC

Definition and Elements of the Crime Under California Penal Code Section 166 PC, various behaviors are classified as contempt of court. This includes disruptive conduct during court proceedings, refusal to comply as a witness, and notably, the intentional violation of a Court Order. This statute is particularly relevant in cases involving Protective Orders, Restraining Orders, […]
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Juvenile Process for Domestic Violence in California

Domestic violence is a significant issue that doesn’t spare any age group, including minors. In California, the rise in domestic violence cases among juveniles has led to a more focused response from the legal system. When minors are involved in such incidents, they face a legal process that can lead to either misdemeanor or felony […]
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Assault and Strangulation Charges: The Legal Storm Surrounding Kevin Porter Jr.

In the early morning hours of  Monday, September 11, 2023 a disturbing incident unfolded at a Manhattan hotel in New York City, leading to the arrest and charging of Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. The allegations against him include assault and strangulation, and the incident involved his girlfriend, former WNBA player Kysre Gondrezick. Let’s […]
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From the Field to the Courtroom: The Julio Urias Domestic Violence Arrest

The Los Angeles Dodgers‘ pitcher, Julio Urias was arrested and charged with a felony domestic violence. The incident took place after a Major League Soccer match in Los Angeles and has sparked discussions about domestic violence, its legal consequences, and the policies in place to address such cases in California. Julio Urias Arrested On Felony […]
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Brad Pitt Under Investigation for Child Abuse

On September 22, 2016, it was reported by TMZ.com that Brad Pitt is being investigated by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (“DCFS“) for child abuse. TMZ revealed that Brad Pitt allegedly “got wasted” on a private plane and “went wild, screaming and getting physical with the kids.” Witnesses claimed once the […]
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Ray McDonald Arrested Twice In Three Days

Ray McDonald, who was released in December of 2014 by the San Francisco 49ers, was arrested again for violating a restraining order. The former NFL Defensive player signed a free agent contract in March with the Chicago Bears. He was arrested in May for domestic violence and child endangerment. This led to McDonald’s release by the Bears who had been hopeful […]
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If Ray Rice was not a famous NFL player would anyone care?

In February of 2014, NFL player Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens, and his fiancee Janay Plamer,  were arrested in Atlantic City. The arrest was the result of a “simple domestic assault” which took place between Rice and Palmer. At the time Rice’s attorney said the incident was nothing more than a misunderstanding. On February 19th […]
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