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Author Archives: Douglas A Ecks

Being in a drugged area

Recently had a client charged with an unusual crime, to wit: Being in a drugged area. Had to actually look it up in the California penal code, and it looks like a classic example of legislative overreach. In the usual enthusiasm to maximize crime and punishment someone clearly thought it would be much easier ifContinue Reading

Obscure misdemeanor “Being in a drug area”

Recently had a client charged with an unusual crime, to wit: Being in a drug area.  Had to actually look it up in the California penal code, and it looks like a classic example of legislative overreach. In the usual enthusiasm to maximize crime and punishment someone clearly thought it would be much easier ifContinue Reading

Look Before You Charge – California Unlawful Detainer Actions

Recent case came up, not a criminal one, a civil. A client called me on a Thur night with a default judgment entered against him. He was very distressed. Possibly the other attorney he had hired had dropped the ball. (This guy changes attorneys more often than some people change their underwear) Anyway, I chargedContinue Reading

Hardfought victory in Traffic Court

Recently I was in traffic court for a client, as it happened it was one of my colleagues infinite number of cousins that he was asking me to take care of for him. Thus I was headed into traffic court facing a 102 mph speeding charge with very little facts with one asked for goal,Continue Reading

Occupy Orange County

I was volunteering in the organizing of the Occupy Orange County movement that is planning an occupation of Santa Ana on the 22nd. And on the 12th I was in on the meeting of an organizer and the higher ups of the Santa Ana police department and a city attorney. Several issues came up thatContinue Reading