Criminal

As one of the few multi cultural law firms in the Coachella Valley, we offer our legal services to our clients in most world languages. We have many Spanish speaking clients and we are able to offer direct communication with and for our clients throughout the pendency of their case. We also serve many Chinese and Vietnamese clients in our Valley by providing services to them and most other Asian clients through our interpreter services from trained professionals who understand our needs and maintain strict confidentiality with their services. And most importantly, when it comes to DUI, domestic violence,…
As one of the few multi cultural law firms in the Coachella Valley, we offer our legal services to our clients in most world languages. We have many Spanish speaking clients and we are able to offer direct communication with and for our clients throughout the pendency of their case. We also serve many Chinese and Vietnamese clients in our Valley by providing services to them and most other Asian clients through our interpreter services from trained professionals who understand our needs and maintain strict confidentiality with their services. And most importantly, when it comes to DUI, domestic violence,…
A Contra Costa deputy sheriff who shot and killed an unarmed man during a slow-speed pursuit in 2018 was charged with homicide Wednesday by District Attorney Diana Becton, who recently closed a nearly three-year investigation into the killing. Deputy Andrew Hall was charged with one count of voluntary manslaughter and one count of assault with a semi-automatic weapon that led to the death of 33-year-old Laudemer Arboleda, Becton said during a press conference. Hall shot Arboleda nine times on Nov. 18 while Arboleda was driving. Each charge carries an enhancement alleging Hall personally used a firearm and the assault charge…
We have recently noticed an increase in arrests by law enforcement of men who are seeking the companionship of a woman by use of the internet. Just last week it was reported that several men were entrapped through the use of online advertising method to go to a La Quinta hotel or similar location to meet a woman to spend some personal social time together. This is all being done in the name of the government’s fight to end so-called human trafficking in the Coachella Valley…although there is no such human trafficking occurring here! False Arrests If you have been…
The Ninth Circuit held Thursday that the current version of a federal sentencing guideline isn’t the proper legal standard for motions criminal defendants file under the First Step Act, a 2018 law that among other criminal justice reforms expanded prison inmates’ opportunities to have their sentences reduced. The defendant in this case, Patricia Aruda, pled guilty to a drug charge in 2015 and was sentenced to 130 months in prison and five years of supervised release. In June 2020, Aruda filed a motion for compassionate release under 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A)(i), which was amended by the First Step Act. She…
In our effort to be the best DUI and domestic violence attorneys in the Coachella Valley, we keep our eyes on the arrest trends of local law enforcement to be able to best determine how we can serve you. Because we monitor the daily arrest records of local law enforcement, we have seen a steady rise in the number of DUI and domestic violence arrests in our area since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Even though bars are closed, restaurants and liquor stores are still serving and selling as much alcohol as ever. And, since the pandemic hit us,…
The California Supreme Court unanimously held Thursday that habeas corpus relief is available to inmates whose continued incarceration has become constitutionally excessive but who have been denied release by a parole board. However, the court held, excessive incarceration didn’t justify ending a habeas petitioner’s parole supervision altogether. The petitioner in this case, William Palmer II, asserted that his continued incarceration for a crime he committed in 1988, when he was 17 years old, had become grossly disproportionate under the California and U.S. Constitutions. Palmer claimed that he’d had 10 parole suitability hearings between 1996 and 2015 but had been denied…
The Ninth Circuit held in a per curiam opinion Tuesday that after a 2019 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, an H-1B visa holder must know that their visa is a nonimmigrant visa in order to be convicted under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(5)(B), which prohibits nonimmigrant visa holders from possessing a firearm. After Rehaif v. United States (2019) 139 S.Ct. 2191, the court held, the government must prove the defendant knows they have a nonimmigrant visa in order to satisfy the statute’s mens rea requirement. The case arises from the conviction of Melvyn Gear, an Australian native who moved to Hawaii…
A new bill proposed by California Democrats could extend the reach of a recently passed racial discrimination law that prohibits the state from seeking criminal convictions or sentences based on race, ethnicity, or national origin. AB 256 would make AB 2542 retroactive, which could open up a large number of challenges to convictions where race may have been a factor. When it went into effect on Jan. 1, AB 2542 added evidence of racial discrimination to new or false evidence as factors that defense counsel could cite upon filing a writ of habeus corpus. The new bill was introduced on…
The defendant held responsible in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland that killed 36 people in 2016 has been offered a plea deal for nine years in prison. Derick Almena, the founder of the arts collective dubbed the Ghost Ship, will take the plea deal instead of facing 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter, according to relatives of the victims of the fire who were told the news on Wednesday morning. Dec. 2, 2020, marked the four-year anniversary of the blaze, which is considered one of the deadliest fires in California history. Prosecutors accused Almena of extreme negligence as the…