1. DUI Convictions and the “Watson” Advisement

    In 1981, the California Supreme Court decided the case of People v. Watson. Therein, the Court held that a drunk driver who causes a fatal accident can be found guilty of second degree murder. The Court's decision has since been codified in Vehicle Code section 23593 advisal. Upon being convicted of a DUI offense in San Diego County, the court will read aloud the following statement to the defenda…Read More

  2. 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