1. Avoiding Harsh Sentencing With A Romero Motion

    In 1994, California’s voters passed Proposition 184, which created the state’s "Three Strikes" sentencing system. The "Three Strikes Law" significantly increased the penalties for second and third serious or violent felony convictions. If a defendant has a prior strike and commits a second serious or violent felony, she can have her sentence doubled. And if a defendant has two prior strikes an…Read More

  2. What’s a “Pitchess” Motion?

    A Pitchess motion is a pre-trial discovery tool that is regularly used by San Diego criminal defense attorneys when a defendant believes he was a victim of police misconduct. Examples of police misconduct include: use of excessive force, dishonesty in police reports, coerced confessions, etc. Pitchess motions are very common in resisting arrest cases. If, for example, a defendant states that he ac…Read More

  3. 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