What is a Depraved Heart Murder?

A charge of depraved heart murder can pose serious consequences for defendants in the state of California. California outlines multiple levels of offenses that can involve the loss of life of an alleged victim. Common terms heard are murder, homicide or manslaughter. Sometimes modifiers such as involuntary are also used to describe a suspected crime. … Continue reading

Why domestic Violence Charges Can Be Tricky To Defend Against

The evidence is not always clear cut in domestic violence cases, and they are often emotionally charged, making them tricky to defend against. Domestic violence is a tricky area of the law in California-for both prosecutors and defense attorneys. For example, it may come down to a “he said, she said,” case. In general, such … Continue reading

Why No Marijuana Breathalyzer Will Actually Catch High Drivers

This article looks at why so-called marijuana breathalyzer tests can’t actually determine intoxication. On January 1, 2018, California became the latest and by far the largest state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. While legalization has the support of most Californians, many have raised concerns about whether legalization will lead to an increase in … Continue reading

Wrongful convictions in California

According to a study from the California Wrongful Convictions Project at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, there were more than 200 wrongful convictions in the state since 1989. These wrongful convictions included serious offenses like rape and murder. California has the highest number of exonerations of any other state. Wrongful conviction costs … Continue reading