Orange County Criminal Defense Blog

Author: David A. Stein Criminal Law Attorney

School Zone Crime Defense Attorney

California has some of the strictest gun control laws and, for firearm owners, it has become increasingly important to know where you can carry a gun legally. The 1995 California Gun-Free Zone Act, or Penal Code § 626.9 PC, makes it a crime to knowingly possess a loaded or unloaded firearm in a school zone.…
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Fighting a Restraining Order

In the state of California, a restraining order is a court order that protects a person from harassment, abuse, stalking or threats by another person. It includes three primary orders – a stay-away/no-contact order preventing a respondent from contacting the protected person; preventing a respondent from coming within a specific number of yards from the…
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Types of Evidence in Criminal Cases

A post here earlier this month reported on an audit in the Orange County Sheriff’s Department about evidence in criminal cases being improperly booked as evidence. A second audit has reportedly found that in 57 cases sheriff’s deputies had not booked evidence in criminal cases, even though they reported that they had done so. The…
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Police Conduct Reports in California

Three dozen news outlets across California collaborated on an investigative research project that resulted in the publishing a series of local news articles about “criminal cops;” police officers who have been convicted of crimes. The reports have stirred up controversy in the state capital, in police unions and among prosecutors and the public. Some legislators…
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New Propositions That Could Undo Some Pending California Justice Reforms

Two propositions have qualified for the 2020 ballot in California, both of which aim to undo certain provisions of recently passed criminal justice reform laws. One proposition seeks to undo provisions of Propositions 47 and 57 as well as AB 109, all of which were aimed at reducing the prison population. The other seeks to…
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White Collar Crime Podcasts: Five You Should Try

As the long days of summer disappear, your commute seems just a little longer in the dark, and the mood shifts toward home-body, I’ll suggest adding some white-collar crime podcasts to your listening habits. If you aren’t a podcast listener, maybe these will convert you into one. There are podcasts out there that are every…
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