Fresno Criminal Lawyer Blog
Effective January 1, 2023, Senate Bill 357, the Safer Streets for All Act, went into effect eliminating from the law books the crime of loitering in a public place with the intent to commit prostitution in California. If you feel you have been unfairly profiled by a police officer with the intent to engage in prostitution in California, it is important to take into consideration Senate Bill 357 and review the circumstances involved.
Emergency Protective Orders are the initial order given by law enforcement on the scene when there is a domestic violence incident. If you have been charged with domestic violence in California, please contact us at once for a free consultation. It is imperative to know and follow all boundaries of the orders that have been placed against you and all parties involved.
Many of my client's are baffled by the complexities of the impact a DUI conviction can have on their out-of-state license. This article discusses the specifics regarding obtaining a DMV waiver of the DUI program requirement when you live in another State and can't complete the in state DUI program.
Mental health diversion is a pretrial program in California that diverts individuals from the criminal justice system into mental health treatment in lieu of facing a criminal trial or conviction. This is an alternative, created for individuals where mental health played a significant part in their alleged crime. However, is it available after the entry of a guilty/no contest plea or the commencement of trial?
New California law AB 1259 which extends PC 1473.3 to trial convictions, was effective as of January 1, 2022. This expands access to post-conviction relief. PC 1473.3 allows people who were convicted by plea bargain to request that the court vacate their conviction if they were not informed of the immigration consequences of their conviction. AB 1259 extends PC 1473.3 to additional defendants, including those convicted by jury trial.
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.
AB 333 makes changes to current law that will reduce gang enhancements, and can possibly reduce the sentences of current inmates with gang enhancements. Amending Section 186.22 and adding Section 1109 to the Penal Code relating to criminal gangs, AB 333 makes several important changes to the law. Read more...
New misdemeanor diversion law doesn't apply to California DUI's, it is found after confusion. Prosecutors argued instead that an existing state Vehicle Code provision forbids diversion for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Regardless if it’s a DUI or any charge, if you have been charged with a misdemeanor and think you may be eligible for Diversion, please contact us at once for a free consultation.
Many newly released prisoners stay out of prison only at the whim of judges and probation officers. Individuals can lose their freedom on a technicality. However, AB 1228, a newly-enacted law, makes it harder to revoke their freedoms and take them back to prison.
Have you been charged or convicted with a crime, but are a survivor of violence? You may be eligible for a plea bargain or resentencing, that considers your status as a victim of violence. This violence can be psychological, physical, or childhood trauma, including, but not limited to, abuse, neglect, exploitation, or sexual violence.