1. 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

  2. Police-Citizen Encounters Explained

    The Fourth Amendment protects us from unreasonable search and seizures by government actors (e.g., police). To be exact, the Fourth Amendment states: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particul…Read More