Victim of a Crime? Submit a Claim to the Victim Compensation Board

After experiencing the pain and indignity of a crime, a crime victim may be left attempting to navigate the court process and communicate with law enforcement and the district attorney’s office, which can be frustrating in its own right. Several of Janssen Malloy LLP’s attorneys have experience both in criminal and plaintiffs’ personal injury law that informs their ability to … Read More

New Mental Health Diversion in CA Criminal Cases

AB 1810, passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Brown this past summer and codified as Penal Code section 1001.36(link is external), is among California’s raft of recent criminal justice reforms. The law provides for pretrial diversion of individuals with specific DSM-V diagnoses if the defendant agrees to engage in a mental health treatment program targeting his or … Read More

Latest U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Digital Privacy Marks Sea Change

Departing from prior precedent, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Friday that in order for law enforcement to collect a substantial amount of information from a cell phone provider about one of its subscriber’s whereabouts by using cell phone tower location information, the government must first apply for a search warrant. In Carpenter v. United States, No. 16-402, Chief Justice John Roberts, writing … Read More

Petitions for a Certificate of Rehabilitation & Governor’s Pardons

We are sometimes asked what can be done to clean up a person’s Record of Arrests and Prosecutions, more commonly called a criminal record or RAP sheet. The answer, as it often is with legal questions is: It depends. In the vast majority of cases, once convicted, a criminal defendant is placed on probation. Upon successful completion of probation, that … Read More

Trial Preference in Civil Cases Based on Felony Conduct

California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) section 36 provides a mechanism for certain civil litigants – the elderly, minors  age 14 or younger bringing a wrongful death action, or the terminally ill – to have the court schedule their trial within 120 days. Janssen Malloy LLP partner Michael Crowley previously wrote about the procedure here. A lesser known provision of that … Read More

New Law Strengthens Miranda for Minors 15 and Younger

This past year the California Legislature passed SB 395, which is designed to protect youth aged 15 or less from the pressure of custodial questioning by law enforcement and, in reality, from themselves. Under existing law, the same Miranda rights and standards for waiving those rights apply whether the person in custody is a 14- or 40-year-old. Effective January 1, 2018, this … Read More

Maybe Not So “Inevitable” After All – First District Court of Appeal Says “No” to Prosecution’s Claims of Inventory Search and Inevitable Discovery

One of the most common motions a criminal defendant and his or her attorney might bring is a motion to suppress evidence that was illegally obtained by law enforcement in violation of the defendant’s constitutional protection against warrantless, unreasonable search or seizure. This constitutional right is guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment. Instead of seeking and obtaining a search warrant from … Read More

Proposition 64 Eliminates Drug Registration in Cannabis Cases

The passage of Proposition 64 in California has changed more than the class of offense for certain cannabis crimes.  It was specifically designed to be retroactive, permitting reductions in prior sentences, credit for time served, potential reduction in prior fines, and even outright destruction of certain records. Another little discussed change in the law after Proposition 64 is the right for … Read More

Janssen Malloy LLP Criminal Restitution Award Upheld on Appeal

In People v. Clark, Janssen Malloy LLP represented a victim of a sexual assault.  Pursuant to statute, victims of Penal Code (PC) section 288 are entitled to recover in criminal courts for pain and suffering as part of restitution.  PC section 1202.4(f)(3)(F) provides for the recovery of non-economic losses, including but not limited to psychological harm caused by a violation of … Read More