Monthly Archives: October 2008


I have a court date for arraignment – now what?

I have discussed what happens at the first court appearance and what an arraignment is.  The question still remains – what do you do if you’re facing a criminal charge and about to be arraigned on the charges? The criminal justice system is now in full effect.  Yes, you have the right to represent yourself, […]

If you have been accused of a crime…

It could be anything from a misdemeanor to a felony – petty theft to homicide or anything in between.  Someone has accused you of a crime.  Whether or not the police were contacted at that time, the possibility of being charged with a crime exists.  What do you do? My suggestion to you is this:  […]

Getting a prior conviction off your record

One of the most common questions asked is, “How do I get a prior conviction off my record?” Especially today, I understand why that question is asked.  You made a mistake in the past and ended up with a criminal conviction.  But you’ve done your time, paid your debt to society and now need a […]

What are the laws about knives in California?

Unless you’re asking about carrying a knife in specific areas that are prohibited (schools, courthouses, some governmental offices, etc.), the two laws you need to know are Penal Code sections 12020 and 653k. Penal Code section 12020(a) 21310 (that is the new code section) makes it a felony to carry a “dirk or dagger” concealed […]

DUI and Miranda rights

As I wrote in another post, the Miranda rights are important Constitutional rights that must be given to you before any custodial police interrogation.  “Interrogation” is any direct questioning by officers about your involvement in suspected criminal activity.  Its whole purpose is to get incriminating statements from you. But in virtually every DUI arrest, the […]