Bribery

Giving or Offering a Bribe to a Ministerial Officer – Penal Code Section 67.5 California punishes anyone who attempts to bribe: An “executive officer” (See Penal Code Section 67), and A “ministerial officer” defined in Penal Code Section 67.51 A “ministerial officer” is essentially a government employee who performs tasks without discretion.2  A clerk in the…

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Misprision of Treason – Penal Code Section 38 “Misprision of Treason” is an obscure crime that still remains on the books in California.  The term “Misprision” means the deliberate concealment of an act of treason.  The crime of “Misprision of Treason” is committed by anyone who “knowingly conceals” an act of treason by another person….

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Unethical Prosecutors Now Face Felony Charges and Prison Time (AB 1909), by Bill Haney – Ventura County Criminal Defense Attorney: A recent scandal involving Orange County prosecutors stirred California law makers to action over the subject of prosecutorial misconduct.  AB 1909 authored by Assemblywoman Patty Lopez authorizes FELONY punishment and up to three years of…

DUI-Related DMV Victory

Another DMV Victory in a DUI Case – by Bill Haney, Ventura County Criminal Defense Attorney I received a joyful email  yesterday from a client who opened a letter from the DMV and learned that his license will NOT be suspended for driving under the influence of alcohol.   The client was arrested months ago when officers found…

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Attacking the Credibility of a Witness – by Bill Haney, Ventura County Criminal Defense Attorney Effective defense lawyers know how to attack the credibility of prosecution witnesses. An attack on the credibility of a witness is called “impeachment.” The goal of impeachment is to convince the jury that the witness should not be believed either…

Eye In the Sky

Shodan – The All-Seeing “Dark Google” In 2013, CNN Money published an article concerning a new internet search engine that led with the title, “Shodan: The Scariest Search Engine on the Internet.”  (Read here)  I stumbled on the Shodan search engine this morning via my twitter feed, and my reaction three years later is the same…

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On May 9, 2016, Arkansas Judge O. Joseph Boeckmann, Jr. resigned his position as an Arkansas District Court Judge following utterly revolting accounts of lascivious crimes committed by the disgraced jurist against young male criminal defendants. Read his resignation letter here. According to the Reuters news service, the disgraced judge resigned after he was accused…

Your Freedom May Depend on the Quality of Your Defense Attorney

Preventing Cases from Being Filed, by Bill Haney, Ventura County Criminal Defense Attorney.   In recent weeks, I have had five cases REJECTED for prosecution pursuant to a defense-initiated investigation and report to the District Attorney’s office. I am a former supervising prosecutor and major crimes attorney. I understand how to investigate a case and a…

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Early Termination of Probation in Ventura County   I routinely seek the early termination of  a client’s probationary period in Ventura County. In most cases, I move simultaneously to have the conviction expunged. My method has proven to be very successful for clients.   What is Probation? Most prosecutors and many judges seem to be unaware…

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The “Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016” will soon dominate the criminal justice reform debate in California. Governor Brown and a number of reform groups appear ready to take on the California District Attorneys Association with a ballot initiative that will rival Proposition 47 in its impact on criminal sentencing laws. Governor Brown seems…