Recent Posts in Criminal Defense Category

Blog Home
  • 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • 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, ...
    Continue Reading
  • What are the Penalties for Attempted Crimes?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 16-Oct-2015

    Many people are surprised to learn that even if a crime has not been completed, the very act of attempting to commit a crime is, in itself, a crime according to state and federal law. What does it mean to attempt a crime? An attempt is defined not only as intending to commit a crime, but also taking steps toward completing it, even if those steps proved ineffective. Because the potential to cause ...
    Continue Reading
  • Celebrities Push Back Against "Stalkerazzi"

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 9-Oct-2015

    Security and privacy is a major issue these days, especially among celebrities who face constant harassment by paparazzi. That is why a number of celebrities, empowered by social media, are fighting back in an effort to protect not only their personal privacy, but also the privacy of their children. Many have taken to using the term “stalkerazzi” to describe aggressive photographers ...
    Continue Reading
  • Why is Probable Cause Important to My Case?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 17-Sep-2015

    You may have heard that police need “probable cause” to arrest you, but what does this mean? Because probable cause is often subjective, the answer is not always clear. The term probable cause comes from the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, which states that law enforcement must have a legitimate reason grounded in firm evidence for making an arrest, searching an ...
    Continue Reading
  • False Domestic Violence Claims

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 20-Aug-2015

    Los Angeles Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer Inaccurate domestic violence claims can be detrimental to the other partner’s criminal record and may affect the rest of that person’s life. For this reason, it is best to handle the situation using professional, legal help to make sure rights are protected. Below, we have listed a few different methods you may want to use when handling a ...
    Continue Reading
  • Is It Illegal For Me to Buy Adderall Without a Prescription?

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

    When it comes to college, many students study in libraries or close-by coffee shops, isolating themselves from human contact to cram for tests. With such heavy workload, many students partake in substances, such as energy drinks and coffee, to stay awake and focus. However, another substance has become increasingly popular amongst college students, especially during finals weeks. This substance is ...
    Continue Reading
  • Can I Get a DUI Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 6-Aug-2015

    The short answer is, “Yes. You can be charged with DUI if you are caught driving under the influence of marijuana in California.” In fact, driving while high can land you with the same charges a person caught drinking and driving might face. While some may argue, marijuana possesses the ability to impair a driver’s ability to react as he/she might when sober. For this reason, a ...
    Continue Reading
  • How to Avoid a DUI the Morning After Drinking

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 30-Jul-2015

    Drunk driving is a serious issue all over the United States. However, many people fail to notice that drunk driving arrests can occur at any time of day. While many alcohol-related arrests occur at night, law enforcement can arrest you for driving under the influence at any time, including mornings! Studies show that on average, a human body can only metabolize one drink per hour. That means if a ...
    Continue Reading
  • What is the Difference Between Theft, Robbery, and Burglary?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 3-Jun-2015

    You might think that theft, robbery, and burglary are the same. In reality, these terms refer to three criminal offenses with different penalties. These offenses are generally “property crimes,” but only share a few similarities. California’s Theft Law Also called “larceny” or “petty theft,” theft happens when a person intentionally takes another ...
    Continue Reading
  • Los Angeles Law Enforcement Prepare for Thanksgiving Weekend DUI Crackdown

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 26-Nov-2014

    With Thanksgiving nearly here, many of us are preparing for family get-togethers, meetings with old friends, and a long weekend. Law enforcement officers, on the other hand, are preparing to crack down on motorists who drive under the influence this holiday weekend. According to statistics, holidays and weekends see higher rates of alcohol-related accidents than any other time of year – and ...
    Continue Reading
  • Was the Dunn Verdict in Florida a Victory for the Prosecution or Defense?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez || 28-Feb-2014

    Earlier this month, Michael Dunn, the Florida man accused of fatally shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis, was convicted on 4 of 5 felony charges. The case, which had garnered national attention, stemmed from an incident in November 2012 when Dunn – who is white – fired 10 rounds into an SUV, killing Davis – who was black. The shooting erupted after a confrontation between Dunn and ...
    Continue Reading
  • 22 results found. Viewing page 1 of 1.