1. Getting Out Of Probation & On With Your Life

    Serving out a probation sentence can have a serious impact on your ability to live your life. It can restrict activities such as travel and give a bad impression to potential employers, loan officers, and even potential romantic interests. If you can’t wait for your probation sentence to expire, you may want to consider the possibility of seeking an early termination. San Diego criminal defense …Read More

  2. 5 Key Benefits of Expungement

    Obtaining an expungement can provide a number of benefits to the recipient. Quickly learn about the key 5 benefits, as well as the eligibility requirements, from San Diego defense attorney Paul Hefley. 1. Employment: It's estimated that approximately 80% of employers conduct criminal background searches. It's easy to see then that having a criminal conviction on your record can have devastating ef…Read More

  3. The Limitations of “Implied Consent” in DUI Cases

    On February 26, 2016, the Court of Appeal of California, Sixth Appellate District, released its opinion in the case of People v. Arredondo. The chief question in the case was under what circumstances may authorities seize a blood sample from an unconscious person suspected of drunk driving without offending the Fourth Amendment's guarantee against unreasonable searches and seizures. Facts Shortly …Read More

  4. How Does a Felony Case Proceed Through the Criminal Court System?

    California crimes are classified as infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. A felony is the most serious of the three and is punishable by more than one year in prison. Being charged with a felony can be a confusing time in one's life. As a dedicated defense attorney, my hope is that this brief overview of how a felony case moves through the San Diego County criminal justice system will reduce so…Read More

  5. Understanding the DMV’s 10-Day Rule

    In 1990, California initiated the administration license suspension program, also known as "Admin Per Se" (APS), in hopes of creating a powerful deterrent to drunk driving. Under the APS program, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is required to suspend/revoke the driving privilege of any person arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or a combination of alcohol and drugs, wh…Read More

  6. What is “Petty Theft” in California?

    Petty theft (PC 484) is charged when someone takes, for any amount of time, property (valued up to $950) not belonging to him and deprives the rightful owner of potential enjoyment or value of that property. Sentencing in Petty Theft Cases In California, petty theft is a misdemeanor. If found guilty of this offense, potential sentencing consequences may include: Up to 6 months in county jail Up to…Read More