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How does the criminal system work when I have been arrested or given a citation to appear in court for a misdemeanor?

The criminal justice system can be confusing for a first time accused and without training or experience in the court system, it is intimidating and stressful.  Here is a brief synopsis of how the process works when you are faced with criminal charges. If you are arrested for a misdemeanor, chances are you were released […]

What to do if you get stopped for a driving under influence (DUI)

Being arrested for a DUI or driving under the influence in California is covered by the Vehicle Code statutes 23152(a) through(f).  VC23152(a) states: “It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle.”  This means that if you have any amount of alcohol in your system […]


What constitutes a “hit and run” charge and what can I do about it if I am charged with the crime of  ”hit and run”?  California Vehicle Code Section 20002(a) says: “The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting only in damage to any property, including vehicles, shall immediately stop the vehicle at the nearest location that […]

Theft Crimes

Have you been arrested for petty theft or grand theft?  Because these crimes are considered crimes of moral turpitude it is important to do everything possible to avoid a conviction for theft related crimes.  Theft crimes unlike many other misdemeanors or even some felonies carry a stigma of sneakiness and deceit that can make it […]

Why Do I Need To Hire an Attorney if I Have Been Arrested for DUI?

Why Do I Need to Hire an Attorney If I Have Been Arrested for DUI? Driving under the influence charges are some of the most frequent charges filed by the District Attorney’s office in California.  In this state alone nearly 600 people are arrested every day for D.U.I.  I am frequently asked by my clients and prospective clients, […]

Richard McGuire