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Blog Posts in May, 2013

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  • THE ARRAIGNMENT
    THE ARRAIGNMENT

    So you've been charged with a crime. Your first court date is coming up and you're wondering what to expect. You might be wondering what you should wear, what you should say, who the judge will be, ...

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  • MOUTHING OFF TO POLICE
    MOUTHING OFF TO POLICE

    When actress Reese Witherspoon was arrested recently (seemingly for mouthing off to the police officer), many people started asking if it is a crime to mouth off, cuss, or yell at an on duty police ...

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  • Why Do Prosecutors Hate Reasonable Doubt?
    Why Do Prosecutors Hate Reasonable Doubt?

    Why do prosecutors hate reasonable doubt? I recently delivered a closing argument in which I attempted to convince a jury that reasonable doubt wasn't something we should simply pay lip service to, ...

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  • What is a Wobbler?
    What is a Wobbler?

    Many California offenses qualify for punishment as either felonies or misdemeanors. A crime which can be filed as either a felony or a misdemeanor is called, in lawyer slang terms, a "wobbler". ...

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  • KEEPING YOUR LIFE ON TRACK DURING YOUR CRIMINAL CASE
    KEEPING YOUR LIFE ON TRACK DURING YOUR CRIMINAL CASE

    Achieving a favorable outcome in a criminal case is only half the battle; getting through the ordeal without your life falling apart along the way is equally important. If you're facing life in ...

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