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Adolescent Brain Development as a Defense

Can an adolescent’s brain development or lack thereof be a defense? Three general differences between juveniles under 18 and adults demonstrate that juvenile offenders cannot reliabl be classified among the worst offenders.  First, any parent knows…juveniles lack maturity and have an underdeveolped sense of responsibility much more so than adults.  Moreover, juveniles are overrepresented statisticallyContinue Reading

Teenage Angst: Alcohol, Drugs, Courts, and the DMV

There is a strange phase we all go through where we choose the hardest roads possible and refuse to listen to anyone.  We decide that our favorite ways to learn are the hard ways.  This phase is commonly called our “teenage years” and, for most of us, we wish we could do them all overContinue Reading

Understanding Bail in a Criminal Case

It is extremely important to understand the factors in deciding bail prior to your court date.  Bail is governed by the Bail Schedule for the respective county in which the crime is alleged to have occurred.  Factors in the setting of bail are controlled by the California Penal Code Section 1275. Factors in reducing, increasingContinue Reading

Airport Courthouse Criminal Defense Strategies

The Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles prosecutes felonies and misdemeanor cases in the surrounding community.  There are several prosecuting agencies that prosecute out of the Airport Courthouse.  The Santa Monica City Attorney and Los Angeles City Attorney prosecute misdemeanor cases in their respective courtrooms.  If you are arrested for any misdemeanor in Santa Monica, youContinue Reading

Metropolitan Courthouse DUI Attorney

If you or a loved one has been arrested for a DUI and are ordered to appear in the Metropolitan Courthouse in downtown L.A., then you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible.  If arrested for a DUI you generally have 10 (TEN!) calendar days from the date of your arrest to requestContinue Reading