Fresno Criminal Lawyer Blog


Category: Juvenile Defense

It may seem as if juvenile offenses won't have a major impact on the future because juvenile records are typically sealed. However, juvenile cases need to be treated very seriously to try and minimize negative consequences for the future. The Mitchell Law Group has experience handling juvenile cases and recommends anyone charged with a crime as a juvenile hire an experienced Fresno Criminal Attorney.

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Category: Criminal Defense

If you've been charged with a crime and will be facing a judge, no matter what it is, you need a skilled and trusted lawyer in your corner to protect you and your rights. But how do you know what to look for when making an informed decision as to who will defend you?

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Category: Traffic Law

This is interesting. Starting in mid-September of this year, auto manufacturers will be allowed to use California roads for vehicle tests involving self-driving cars. After much deliberation, the DMV has come up with regulations on the testing of these vehicles. It's likely that at some point soon, they'll also issue rules to the general public.

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Category: Criminal Cases

For years now, the state of the California prison system has been hotly debated by legislators and various advocacy groups. The prisons are overcrowded, the conditions often posing serious dangers to inmates' health and safety.

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Category: Traffic Law

The April issue of Pediatrics magazine includes results of a study that links teens riding with impaired drivers to their propensity to drive impaired themselves. The study commenced in 2009, and it included approximately 2,500 high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Each year, a student was given a survey that sought to determine whether he or she had driven while under the influence or drugs or alcohol. Importantly, it also asked the student whether he or she had been a passenger in a vehicle driven by someone who was under the influence.

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In 1994, California enacted a 'Three Strikes' sentencing law for repeat offenders who perpetrate felonies. The law was prompted by the murder of an 18-year-old woman, Kimber Reynolds. One of the men involved in her murder was charged with 'accessory to murder' and was released from prison after serving half of his nine-year sentence. In the years since, he has been arrested and convicted of various crimes. Now, he's facing charges that might put him prison for the rest of his life under the Three Strikes law; as reported in the local news, he allegedly perpetrated corporal injury to a spouse, along with making criminal threats and violating his probation.

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Category: Traffic Crimes

It's been all over the news here in Fresno, and perhaps it's time a Fresno criminal lawyer talks about it and gives expert interpretation. It was a tragic event that deserves to be chronicled, in a situation that is difficult for everyone involved. In late January, around 6 P.M. there was a fatal crash. A man was driving drunk in his red, Chevy minivan, ran a stop sign in which he hit one motorist, continued around the turn and as he drove down McCall, he drifted into the lane of an oncoming car. In that car were four women. All four sisters who grew up in Del Rey. Three died as a result of the crash. The fourth, the driver, in critical condition and taken to the hospital.

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Category: Traffic Crimes

On January 1st of this year, several new driving and vehicle ownership regulations went into effect in California. A few of them are worth mentioning here, as they could result in new penalties on the road or change the way you drive.

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Category: Traffic Crimes

As a driver, you often have to share the road with bicycles. Sometimes this doesn't come easily. Bicyclists may not always obey traffic laws. Roads may be narrow, without any extra lanes or considerable space left for bicycles to travel and maneuver. Even responsible and experienced drivers may sometimes find sharing the road with a bike challenging. Because bicyclists are usually at a greater risk of severe injuries or death in the occasion of a crash with a motor vehicle, there's been a push for additional legislation to protect them on the road. In early fall of 2013, a new law was signed that will go into effect in California in mid-September of this year: the Three Feet for Safety Act.

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Category: Appeals

In a case which was just published, the First District Court of Appeal in People v. Mashburn, ruled that a certificate of probable cause is required in addition to a notice of appeal when the plea bargain involves a waiver of appellate rights. This case is an extremely important case for Fresno Criminal Lawyers. As a criminal law practitioner, I am always on the look out for cases that are potential malpractice traps.

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