Monthly Archives: January 2009


Sex crimes defense – allegations of molestation

A recent case [People v. Graff (2009) __ Cal.App.4th__ ] reversed the convictions of a man accused of multiple counts of lewd acts with a child (Penal Code section 288 – also known as child molestation).  The court found that the prosecution argued for a conviction based on conduct that was not proven at the […]

OC DUI Checkpoint – Costa Mesa 1/23/09

The Orange County Register published an article announcing that the Costa Mesa Police Department will be conducting a DUI checkpoint Friday night, January 23, 2009.  The location is also being announced – northbound Santa Ana Avenue at 18th Street.  It will begin at 6 p.m. and go until midnight. Why not level the playing field?  […]

DUI “Roving Patrols” out tonight in Orange County

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has issued a press release announcing they will be conducting “DUI roving patrols” tonight in the cities of Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita. Just calling something a “DUI enforcement action” doesn’t mean there are relaxed rules for the police to follow.  In order to pull somebody over, […]

What are the stages of a felony prosecution in California?

Photo -Thomas Roche If you are arrested on a felony charge in California, this is an overview of the stages of the prosecution. Arraignment Upon your arrest, the police are required to bring you before a “magistrate” (judge) within 48 hours, excluding Sundays and holidays.  (Penal Code section 825)  The district attorney has until then […]

Teaching at Solo Practice University

Today, I was announced as the latest in a growing number of working attorneys that are on the faculty at Solo Practice University – a truly unique resource that reflects today’s legal practice. Solo Practice University (SPU) is a much-needed bridge between where you are (law student or attorney at a large firm) and where […]