September 10, 2014

What can I do if someone has falsely accused me of sex with a minor?

Go speak to a criminal defense attorney. Do not post any information about your situation on any social media sites. If the cops call you, or want you to come down to the station so they can ask you a few questions, neither talk to them on the phone nor go to the station without […]

September 10, 2014

Is selling knock-off name brand items illegal?

Yes, it is illegal under 18 United States Code Section 2320. The penalty is based upon the value of the infringed item (which is the genuine item, such as Gucci or Chanel) instead of the value of the infringing item (the fake). It is punished similarly to a theft. Advising a potential customer that it […]

September 10, 2014

My son was charged with Grand Theft Auto. What are the possible outcomes?

If your son pleads to auto theft, Vehicle Code Section 10851(a), there are five possible sentences for that crime: (1) felony probation with up to one year in jail; (2) the mitigated term in prison, which is 16 months; (3) the middle term in prison, which is 2 years; the aggravated term in prison, which […]

September 10, 2014

Can a felony weapons charge (PC 12020) be reduced to a misdemeanor?

The charge of Penal Code Section 12020 is a charge that can be reduced to a misdemeanor. Prosecutors and judges will typically look at the defendant’s history of violence, or lack thereof, and the facts of the case to determine whether to reduce a felony weapons charge to a misdemeanor.

September 10, 2014

What is commercial burglary?

Commercial burglary is a charge that can be either a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail, or a felony, punishable by up to three years in prison. Commercial burglary is entering a business with the intent to commit a crime, such as theft or fraud. You may be charged with this crime, […]

September 10, 2014

What can happen if I provide false information to the police?

If you provide false information to a police officer, you could also be charged with making a false police report (a misdemeanor).