Stop the Execution of Rodney Reed!

November 15, 2019 The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals provided a reprieve to Rodney Reed just five days before his planned execution.1. Hours earlier, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended delaying Reed’s scheduled death by lethal injection.2 The move by Texas officials followed a national outcry to spare Reed’s life. The Innocence Project marshaled…

Stop the Execution of Rodney Reed!

November 13, 2019 Stop the Execution of Rodney Reed! Rodney Reed is scheduled to die by lethal injection in a Texas death chamber on November 20, 2019. The State of Texas will forever alter the course of the capital punishment debate if Reed is put to death. A competent review of the evidence suggests to…

California Expungement Documents (Ventura County) Note: Any person seeking to expunge a criminal conviction should first consult with a qualified criminal defense lawyer. This article does not constitute legal advice. Misdemeanor Expungement Petitions To obtain an expungement in California, a petitioner, or an attorney working on the petitioner’s behalf, should lodge the following documents: (1)…

Ventura County Law Enforcement Agencies Partner with Amazon’s Ring Camera Surveillance Network The Washington Post recently revealed that approximately 400 American police agencies now engage in a public-private partnership with Ring, Amazon’s doorbell-camera firm.1 According to the Post, the relationship allows police to access the vast network of homeowner-installed doorbell cameras within a specific time and…

Penal Code Section 181 - Slavery

Penal Code Section 181 – Slavery California law punishes the crime of “Slavery.” Under Penal Code Section 181, any person who does the following is guilty of Slavery: holds or attempts to hold any person in involuntary servitude; assumes or attempts to assume the rights of ownership over any person; sells or attempts to sell…

The Survirors Guide to Prison is a compelling film by Matthew Cooke.

Netflix Presents Riveting “Survivors Guide to Prison” Netflix recently released the “Survivors Guide to Prison,” a chilling explanation of how the criminal justice system can go terribly wrong in important cases. Directed by Matthew Cooke, the “Survivors Guide to Prison” is a must-see for anyone interested in criminal justice reform. More importantly, the film is an…

Penal Code Section 155.5 – Disposal of Property to Avoid Criminal Restitution Payments1 Penal Code Section 155.5 criminalizes certain attempts by criminal defendants to shield their assets from court-ordered restitution payments. Penal Code Section 155.5(a) – Misdemeanor Punishment for Specified Acts of Concealment Under Penal Code Section 155.5(a), the prosecution must prove the following elements…

California Penal Code Section 152 – Concealment of Accidental Death1 California law sets forth misdemeanor punishment for any person who conceals or attempts to conceal an accidental death. Elements of a Penal Code Section 152 Violation: The defendant knew of the accidental death of another person; The defendant actively concealed or attempted to conceal the death.2…

Senate Bill 1030 Adds A Point to Driving Records

California Legislature Passes SB 1030 – Distracted Driving To Add a Point to Driving Record1 Senator Josh Newman (Fullerton) gained approval for Senate Bill 1030 on April 30th. If Governor Brown signs the Bill into law, insurance companies will add a point to the driving record of any person caught operating a cellular telephone while…

False Identification to a Peace Officer

Penal Code Section 148.9 – Providing False Identification to a Peace Officer Elements of the Offense – Penal Code Section 148.9(a)1 The prosecutor must prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt: The Defendant falsely identified or represented himself as another person or a fictitious person to a peace officer; AND The Defendant was lawfully detained…