Injuring, Destroying or Taking the Personal Property of An Officer – Penal Code Section 102: Section 102 is the first of many crimes listed as “Crimes against Public Justice.”1 Penal Code Section 102 is used extremely infrequently. Under Section 102, any person who destroys, takes, or attempts to take the personal property of a public…

Superintendent of Printing

Collusion by Superintendent of State Printing – Penal Code Section 100 Penal Code Section 100 follows up on Section 99 and the Legislature’s historic concern for removing corruption and conflicts of interests in the awarding of government contracts.1 Like Section 99, Penal Code Section 100 addresses an extremely narrow legislative concern that first arose in…

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Conflicts of Interest by Superintendent of State Printing – Penal Code Section 99 Penal Code Section 99 addresses an extremely narrow legislative concern that first arose in the late 1800’s. California’s Superintendent of State Printing may not have any financial interest, either directly or indirectly, in any contract impacting the binding, engraving or printing of…

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Government Officials Requesting Benefits, Gratuities or Rewards For Doing Official Acts – Penal Code Section 70 With notable exceptions, California law forbids government officials from accepting benefits, gratuities, rewards or other forms of compensation in exchange for doing official acts.1 The law applies to both executive and ministerial government officers. Executive officers utilize discretion in…

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Requesting or Taking a Bribe – Penal Code Section 68 California law punishes government officials who request or take bribes in exchange for influencing the manner in which they perform their public duties. Penal Code Section 68 applies to all state, federal and local government employees accused of requesting or taking a bribe.1 (Penal Code…

Shoulder Tap Sting Would Violate Federal Law

Oxnard Police Department Conducts Repugnant “Integrity Checks” on Private Citizens With Its Shoulder Tap Sting, by Bill Haney, Ventura County Criminal Defense Attorney The Oxnard Police Department unveiled its “Shoulder Tap” sting operation program recently for the Ventura County Star. In an article entitled, “Oxnard police target adults who buy alcohol for minors,” a veteran…

Arrests Stemming From Abusive California Gun Sweeps

California Department of Justice Launches Terrifying Gun Sweeps, by Bill Haney, Ventura County Criminal Defense Attorney Many Californians are becoming alarmed by gun enforcement “sweeps” conducted by the California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms and cooperating local police agencies. With no warning, alarmed homeowners are being confronted by military-style police units in search of…

Beach Party

Sycamore Beach – A Warning to the Under 21 Crowd, by Bill Haney, Ventura County Criminal Defense Attorney Sycamore Cove Beach is a wonderful place to camp and spend time with friends.  The beach is located at Pacific Coast Highway and Sycamore Canyon Road in Malibu.   The campground adjacent to the day use area…

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Citizen’s Arrest, by Bill Haney, Ventura County Criminal Defense Attorney Anyone attempting to make a citizen’s arrest is risking civil liability. I strongly discourage anyone from making a citizen’s arrest without the aid of a police officer except under the most dire circumstances. To prevent personal injury and civil liability, always call a police officer to…

Justice Corrigan set forth California guidelines in People v. Marcos Sanchez for the  use of hearsay by gang-experts.

California Supreme Court Limits the Scope of Gang Expert Testimony, by Bill Haney, Ventura County Criminal Defense Attorney Defense attorneys have been frustrated for decades by the scope of expert testimony allowed in California gang cases.  In countless trials, police officers qualified as gang experts have been permitted by judges to testify to historical information about…