Los Angeles Criminal Defense Blog

  • Accused of Child Sex Abuse in Los Angeles?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    Being accused of child sexual abuse can be one of the most stressful allegations any parent, relative or person could face. Often, prosecutors may file a criminal case with little or no physical evidence and uncorroborated statements of the victim. If the case goes to trial, it may come down to a “he said, she said” case where the result will have a lot to do with who you believe. ...
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  • Violating A Court Order In Los Angeles: Contempt of Court

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    A court order is a ruling, direction or instruction issued by a court or judge requiring a person to do or abstain from doing certain acts. Willful violation of a court order is a crime in California, charged as Contempt of Court and prosecuted under California Penal Code section 166. If you are accused of violating a court order, we can help. Call and schedule a consultation with one of our ...
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  • Elder & Dependent Adult Abuse Restraining Orders

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    California law provides protection from abuse for Elder and Dependent Adults in the form of restraining orders. These restraining orders are a powerful tool that can be used to stop the conduct of a person abusing an Elder or Dependent Adult. An Elder Adult refers to any person 65 years or older; a Dependent Adult is any person between the ages of 18-64 years of age who has physical or mental ...
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  • Is Giving False Information To The DMV A Crime in Los Angeles?

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    Many people may think that lying to the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) is no big deal, but in California it is misdemeanor crime punishable by up to 6 months in county jail as well as a $1000 fine. California Vehicle Code section 20 states “ It is unlawful to use a false or fictitious name; to knowingly make any false statement; or conceal any material fact in any document filed with the ...
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  • Got a Criminal Record? How To Clean and Expunge Your Criminal Record in Los Angeles

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (U.S. Department of Justice) 68 million Americans have become “criminalized” with misdemeanor, felony, or other criminal records. This criminalization of Americans could be a roadblock to living a normal and productive life. Fortunately, most states, including California, provide relief to people convicted of certain misdemeanors and ...
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  • Los Angeles Handicap Parking Fraud California Law

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    You're running late to work and you need your coffee fix. On your way to work you spot a Starbucks and pull in and grab the only parking space available – Handicap Parking. You figure you will only be several minutes and you park there. You then run in and grab your favorite tall latte and dash to your car only to find a citation on your windshield. You just committed Handicap parking ...
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  • Los Angeles Grand Theft Auto ... It's Not A Game!

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    Grand Theft Auto (California Penal Code section 487(d)(1) is a serious crime in Los Angeles. If convicted, you could face some stern consequences. Grand Theft Auto “ GTA ” is charged when someone takes another person's vehicle without the owner's permission and with the intent to deprive the owner of the vehicle permanently or for a period of time long enough to deprive the ...
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  • If I Borrow Or Rent A Car Can I Be Charged With Theft In Los Angeles?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    The answer to that question is both yes and no. It depends on the circumstances. A key factor in any auto or vehicle theft offense is what the borrower or renter specifically intends to do with the car at the time of taking it. Generally, a person is guilty of auto theft when he or she takes a car, without the owner's consent and with the specific intent to take it from its rightful owner ...
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  • Can I Seal My Arrest Record in Los Angeles?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    In Los Angeles, you can be wrongfully arrested and still have the arrest record show up on a criminal background check for the rest of your life, unless you seal that arrest. This is true even if that arrest did not lead to a conviction. An arrest on a background check can be an obstacle to employment, promotion, renting or buying a house. Employers and landlords who depend on background checks to ...
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  • Sealing Your Arrest Records in Los Angeles

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    In California, innocent people wrongfully arrested have a unique opportunity to have their arrest records sealed and destroyed by filing a Petition for Factual Innocence, according to California Penal Code section 851.8. This petition must be filed no later than two years from the date of arrest or the filing of a criminal complaint, whichever is the most recent. If you succeed in sealing your ...
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  • Is Flying A Drone A Crime In California?

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    As drones grow in popularity, states across the nation are adopting laws to protect privacy and limit drone usage, but what about California? Drones are classified as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and often carry cameras, video recording devices, or, sometimes, weapons. While sometimes the visual and audio aids help the operator to fly the drone or create videos, they can also be used for more ...
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  • Is Driving On A Suspended License A Crime In Los Angeles?

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    If you are driving a vehicle on a suspended or revoked license in Los Angeles and are stopped by the police, you can be arrested and thrown in jail and have your vehicle impounded. California Vehicle Code section 14601 makes it a misdemeanor crime to drive when you know that your driver's license is suspended. It is presumed you knew of your license suspension if the DMV sent you a letter ...
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  • Is Driving Without A License A Crime in Los Angeles?

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    Yes, drivers caught driving without a valid driver's license in Los Angeles can be charged with a crime. California Vehicle Code section 12500 makes it illegal and a misdemeanor to drive a motor vehicle without a valid license in your possession. If you are charged and convicted of a misdemeanor it will be on your criminal record. Driving without a license can also be charged as an infraction ...
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  • If I Have a Criminal Conviction in California, Can I be Deported?

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    “Permanent residents” and “visa and green card holders” enjoy most rights and privileges of other U.S. citizens. They can both work and live in the United States. However, if they commit certain crimes in California, they can be stripped of their status as a permanent resident or have their visas and green cards taken away, leading to deportation and permanent removal from ...
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  • Is Leaving The Scene of An Accident A Crime in California?

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    Leaving the Scene of an Accident Leaving the scene of an accident, also known as Hit and Run, is a criminal offense committed when the driver of a vehicle leaves the scene of an auto accident without immediately stopping and exchanging driver information with the other party or rendering reasonable assistance when the accident involves death or injury. A driver is required to immediately stop ...
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