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Criminal Defense

March
15
The Mitchell Law Group handles all major areas of criminal defense, both in State and Federal Court. If you're faced with a serious felony or misdemeanor charge, and you're concerned about the impact on your life and livelihood, our Fresno Criminal Defense Lawyers will provide the dedicated defense you need to see you through his difficult period in your life. If charged, you may be wondering though, how do criminal cases work in California and what can I expect? Here are some steps the courts will follow.
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July
20
California enacted a new law effective July 1, 2022. This law addresses court video appearances in criminal matters AB 199. This bill extends the courts’ ability to allow defendants and witnesses in criminal proceedings to appear remotely under certain circumstances. AB 199 still requires the defendant’s consent, and the court still maintains the discretion to require the physical presence of any defendant or witness in a criminal proceeding.
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February
14
Being subjected to misconduct from a Police Officer or Police Gang? Bill AB 958 states that it will define law enforcement gangs and officers, require law enforcement agencies to have a policy prohibiting law enforcement gangs, and make participation grounds for termination. Read more to find out how we can help if you have been subjected to misconduct.
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January
10
Accused Of Arson? Arson charges are dependent on the accused perpetrator's intent. Did you mean to start a fire, or was it an accident? Did you intend to burn down a garage or an entire neighborhood? Did you intend to hurt anyone?
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November
18
There may be times when you're not sure whether the police have arrested you in a lawful way. Don't the police always need a warrant to make an arrest? Can they arrest you without one? You may not be sure about the answer, and it might help you to know whether the police followed due process while arresting you.
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April
21
The California Supreme Court, last month, upheld the Court of Appeal Decision in In Re Kenneth Humphrey. This is a game changer for the bail system in California. Now the court can consider a defendant’s ability to pay the bail in deciding what the bail should be, or if alternatives to incarceration can be arranged.
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April
07
Finally, defendants are getting some financial relief when it comes to the burden of onerous court fees. Starting July 1, 2021, administrative fees for criminal court proceedings will be no longer be charged in California. If you are a Fresno resident with questions about fees imposed in a criminal proceeding, contact us for more information on this new law.
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March
10
Unemployment benefits skyrocketed as soon as the coronavirus made itself known. Many states, including California, are finding out that they gave out millions of dollars in benefits that they have now decided to revoke. Some authorities in California are saying that mass unemployment fraud has been committed.
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February
10
Are you facing criminal charges that could attract a hefty fine or imprisonment? A competent criminal lawyer can help to mitigate or negate the charges you are facing. Experienced Defense Lawyers understand that no criminal case is like another; they spot unique aspects of your case and use tactics to safeguard your rights and interests. Read more to find out how.
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January
13
There's some good news for many Californians facing criminal misdemeanor charges. As of January 1, 2021, Assembly Bill 3234 is now an active law. A primary provision in this bill means California judges can now offer a pretrial diversion in a qualifying misdemeanor case even when the prosecuting attorney objects to the offering. This can be a great tool for experienced lawyers to help clients avoid criminal convictions.
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January
01
With the start of the new year, we have some important new criminal laws going into effect in the Golden State. Read more to find out what laws these include.
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November
11
If you've been accused of a crime, one of the most important things to do is to find a good criminal defense lawyer to represent you. Sometimes it can be hard to know how to choose the right one for your case, particularly when time is of the essence. Below are three things to look for in your legal representative.
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October
28
We have all seen the videos and heard the recordings of people who were caught saying or doing something the public sees as racist. Many of these individuals are not only shamed and embarrassed, but they can lose their careers and personal relationships based upon their behavior. But what happens if someone accuses you of a crime that you didn't commit because of their racial biases? What if there is no video to prove your innocence? If you’ve been accused of a crime in this area, you speak to an experienced criminal lawyer who can help you sort out the truth.
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July
22
Michael E. Mitchell is an excellent attorney with proven results. He works tirelessly for his California Community. Contact us, immediately, if you have been wrongfully accused of any crime, and we will build a plan to clear your name and protect your children. Your initial consultation is free and without obligation. Come in and witness our dedication for yourselves.
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July
08
Recently, California courts extended, in certain cases, the time frame to hold preliminary hearings in March of 2020. However, preliminary hearing time frames were, often violated, due to unilateral extensions. A California Court of Appeal (First App. District, Division 5), ruled the “speedy” preliminary hearing right of a Defendant in a human trafficking case were violated when the Contra Cost County Court did not hear his preliminary hearing within the 10 day period as required by law. For those lawyers looking for the citation, the case is Dejuan Bullock v. Superior Court of Contra Costa County (2020) 51 Cal.App.5th 134.
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June
24
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives radically; business closures, social distancing, and public health measures have all created a new normal for society. At Mitchell Law Group, we understand that going through criminal prosecution is already difficult on its own, let alone during a global health crisis. We've adapted our approach to ensure you still get the defense you need while staying safe, and we've compiled a list of tips so you can do so as well.
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June
10
Most new laws in California go into effect on January 1st following the year they were enacted. However, AB12, an expansion on gun violence restraining orders, goes into effect on September 1, 2020. This mid-year activation may catch those tasked with enforcing the new law by surprise, and may catch those who are the targets of such a law even more by surprise.
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May
27
Everyone argues. Tensions continue to rise when we cannot separate from each other to cool down and, sometimes, people continue to fight until the situation becomes volatile. It has become common knowledge that domestic assaults have increased in number due to current world events.
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April
29
One of the most common questions I get, besides, they didn't read me my rights, is whether the police have to give you a phone call. The following is my public service announcement regarding this oft-requested information.
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April
15
All nonessential businesses should be closed while banks and restaurants maintain their take-out and drive-thru operations. If you have been stopped and accused of nonessential travel when you had the right to be out of your home, a practiced and aggressive lawyer should be fighting by your side.
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April
01
For most people getting arrested is not a common occurrence. What you've seen in the movies or television is likely all you have to base your expectations on. Rarely is Hollywood's portrayal of something a true-to-life depiction. So, what can you expect when you are arrested in the state of California?
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March
17
If you live in California and own a gun, it is critical that you know CA Senate Bill 23, for both your safety and others. Effective since January 1, 2000, CA Senate Bill 23 established new criteria to define assault weapons. Penal Code Section 12276.1 defines an assault weapon as any weapon that exhibit any of following...
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March
03
Many US veterans have received unfair treatment by the California judicial system and found that the judge did not take into consideration their mental capacity during sentencing. As of January 1st, 2015, California judges are required to consider the trauma and mental health issues of US veterans while sentencing them. Those who did not receive fair and ethical treatment during their sentencing may qualify for resentencing under California Penal Code 1170.91. To be eligible, a qualified veteran must fit specific criteria.
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February
19
Recently enacted, The Mental Health Diversion Law (PC 1001.36) allows for alternative sentencing and treatment under special circumstances. A written motion submitted by a well-qualified attorney is routinely opposed by the prosecution. Thus, when considering defense options in a misdemeanor or felony case, it is critical to use the expertise of a Lawyer.
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January
08
The Mitchell Law Group handles all major areas of criminal defense, both at the State and Federal level, including the appellate level. If you're faced with a serious felony or misdemeanor charge, and you're concerned about the impact on your life and livelihood, our Fresno Criminal Defense Lawyers will provide the dedicated defense you need to see you through his difficult period in your life.
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Michael E. Mitchell, at the Mitchell Law Group, Inc., is one of the top DUI defense attorneys in Fresno, California. He has over a decade of experience handling DUI cases throughout the Central Valley, including in Clovis, Madera, Tulare, Visalia. He is a certified field sobriety instructor and practitioner under the standards of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and is a member of the California DUI Lawyers Association. His advice and knowledge is, routinely, sought after by other attorneys practicing in the area of DUI defense. He is an expert in the area of DUI defense in both Federal, State, and on the Appellate level. If you're looking for the best DUI Lawyer in Fresno to handle your case, give us a call today to see how we can put our knowledge to work for you.