Los Angeles Criminal Defense Blog

  • Can You Be Charged & Prosecuted For Accidentally Shoplifting?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 14-Nov-2016

    Have you or someone you know been accused and charged with shoplifting ? It can happen to anyone and there are several reasons people shoplift: Economic Necessity - Some people do not have the money to purchase what they need or want. Excitement & Thrill – Some shoplifters experience a high or an adrenaline rush when stealing. Often these shoplifters have no need for the products they ...
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  • Police Knock at the Door and Ask to Come In - Can You Say No?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 26-Oct-2016

    You’re entertaining friends in your living room when you hear a knock at the door. You peek through the window: it’s the cops, and they’re asking you to let them in. What do you do? Are you legally required to open the door? What if the officer claims they only want to talk to you – are you required to say something? Can you ignore them, or will they break down your door? ...
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  • What Do I Say If Pulled Over By Police?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 18-Oct-2016

    Getting stopped by law enforcement can be a stressful experience, whether or not you have anything to hide. Most people will be pulled over several times during their driving career, usually for minor traffic violations. However, a routine stop can quickly become a serious situation if the officer suspects the driver or passenger(s) of committing a crime. You should be aware of your rights if you ...
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  • Can the Police Search My Car?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 6-Oct-2016

    Can the police search your car? The short answer is yes. The police do not need a valid search warrant to search your car during a traffic stop. People in cars have a lower expectation of privacy than in their homes. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that because cars are mobile, there is an opportunity to transport contraband and weapons or use it to commit crimes. A car search must be ...
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  • Can I Get Arrested For Drugs That Weren't Mine?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 29-Sep-2016

    If you have been arrested or charged with possession of illegal drugs that weren’t yours, you may in for the shock of your life. Many people attempt to assert their innocence to law enforcement, though that may backfire. “ They aren't mine ” or “ I don't know how they got there ” are excuses that officers hear all the time and are often dismissed as untrue. If ...
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  • Can I Be Extradited from Los Angeles for an Out-of-State Warrant?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 26-Sep-2016

    What is Extradition? Extradition is the legal process by which one state turns over a wanted criminal to another state. The reasons for which a person may be extradited include: commission of a crime, escape from imprisonment, or probation, parole, or bail violation. There are two types of California extradition cases: extradition into California and extradition out of California. If you have been ...
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  • Can I Be Charged with Rape if the Minor Consented?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 22-Sep-2016

    A 19-year-old boy is dating a 17 year-old-girl from the local high school. No problem. There is only a two-year difference in age and nowadays that's common behavior amongst teenagers. However, if he is having sex with the minor and lives in California, he can be prosecuted for Statutory Rape even if the sex was willing and consensual. That's because in the eyes of the law, a minor is ...
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  • What Does Soliciting a Prostitute Mean?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 15-Sep-2016

    The California prostitution law, Penal Code section 647(b), makes it is illegal to engage in, agree to engage in, offer, or seek sexual services in exchange for money or some other form of compensation. Soliciting for prostitution means to offer or accept money or other compensation for sex. Soliciting means to persuade, induce, or urge someone to do something. Soliciting for prostitution also ...
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  • California Peeping Tom Laws

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 8-Sep-2016

    Peeping Tom Laws exist to safeguard peoples' privacy. These laws are intended to protect you from voyeurs, nosy neighbors, stalkers, strangers, ex-boyfriends, and perverts. A Peeping Tom refers to a person who obtains sexual gratification by secretly watching others through windows at night. The Peeping Tom laws are contained in California Penal Code sections 647(i) Peeking While Loitering and ...
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  • Can Possession of a Fake ID Land You in Jail?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 6-Sep-2016

    While most people think of possession of a fake ID as a harmless crime, Los Angeles prosecutors view the possession of a fake ID as serious business. According to California Penal Code section 470b, possessing or displaying a fake ID is a crime in California. The criminal law definition of a “ fake ID ” is any government-issued driver’s license or identification card (US ...
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  • Is Road Rage a Crime in California?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 1-Sep-2016

    Road Rage is aggressive or violent driving done intentionally and maliciously with disregard for public safety. Some behaviors that lead to Road Rage include: Cutting off a driver Driving too slow on the fast lane Making obscene gestures to other drivers Yelling or using profanity Making threats to other drivers Blocking traffic Using your horn excessively Brandishing a firearm or a weapon ...
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  • Escort Laws in Los Angeles

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 26-Aug-2016

    An escort is a paid companion or date who accompanies another person to a social or entertainment event. Escorts are booked through an agency or, in many cases, through internet ads such as CityVibe, Backpage and Eros. Escorts are legal in California if they have a valid California permit or license. Escort licenses are very difficult to obtain in Los Angeles. Escorts who provide sexual services ...
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  • Busted for Speaking to a Prostitute?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 19-Aug-2016

    Most people know that prostitution is a crime in California. However, one common question we receive is, “can I get arrested and charged with a crime for simply speaking to a prostitute?” The laws concerning these matters can be complex, but the potential for an arrest and criminal charge depends on various factors. California Law Under California Penal Code Section 647(b), if a person ...
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  • Can Adderall Get Me in Trouble?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 13-Nov-2015

    Adderall is a popularly prescribed drug used primarily to treat the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While the drug can be beneficial in this regard, in recent years a number of people have taken to using stimulants like Adderall or Ritalin for other off-label purposes, such as to stimulate mood or as a study aid. Because the drug is effective at sharpening cognitive ...
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  • How to Interview & Hire the Right Defense Attorney

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 2-Nov-2015

    If you’ve been arrested or charged with a crime in Los Angeles, DON'T PLEAD GUILTY without considering all your options. The law provides that everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty. That’s what we believe, and that is why we fight for our clients. Pleading guilty results in a permanent criminal record. A guilty plea comes with risks of jail time, large fines, probation, ...
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