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The Holidays Are the Biggest Time For Crime

The holiday season is often the biggest time for crime. If you’ve been accused of committing a crime during the holidays, you’ll want to know just what you’ll need to avoid jail time in 2017.

The Biggest Time for Crime is the Holidays

The most common crimes that occur during the holiday season are the following:

Netflix Hit Sheds a Light on Police Officer Tactics

If you’re a fan of the Netflix hit “Making a Murderer,” then chances are you’ve witnessed exactly what we’re discussing in this blog: police officer tactics that are used to get people to confess.

How Netflix Hit Sheds Light on Tactics of Police Officers

Fans of the show “Making a Murderer” were given a look into exactly what kinds of police officer tactics are used to get suspects to confess. Many viewers were shocked by just how blatantly the investigators of Manitowac county lead a young Brendan Dassey to confess to a crime. While Dassey’s case has many ins and outs, “Making a Murderer” is a rare case in which viewers were able to take a peek into what they might face if they are accused of a crime and subjected to various police officer tactics.

DUI on Thanksgiving

Many people decide to celebrate Thanksgiving with a few drinks. But if you decide to get in your car after those few drinks, you’ll want to know your rights if you get pulled over.

Thanksgiving DUI

DUI allegations are not to be taken lightly. There are a number of things you will need to address if you were or accused of being under the influence while behind the wheel of a car.

Felony and Misdemeanor Charges for Ray Donovan Actor

Actor Marion “Pooch” Hall, of the Showtime series “Ray Donovan,” was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol with his 2-year-old son on his lap and crashing his Chrysler sedan into a parked car at the beginning October. The actor is facing felony and misdemeanor charges for the incident.

Ray Donovan Actor Marion Hall Facing Felony and Misdemeanor Charges

Last month Hall, 44, was arraigned on one felony count of child abuse and one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence of an alcohol and driving with a 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content.

No Bail Holds for Burglary Suspects

Four men, including a father and son, were been arrested in connection with a string of nearly 20 “reach-in” burglaries of homes in the Westlake district last month. While some of them were allowed to post bail, two of them are being held on no bail holds.

Burglary Suspects Denied Bail

While bail is typically awarded to burglary suspects, there are cases in which suspects are held on “no bail holds.” Typically, this happens when they have prior arrests or are deemed as potential risks of flight.

Halloween and DUI

As Halloween draws closer and closer, it’s important to remember that driving recklessly or driving under the influence (“DUI”) can land you in jail.

Halloween and DUI Press Release from the CHP

In a recent press release from the California Highway Patrol reminds us that:

Suspect Identified in Skull Mask Estes Robbery

Skull Mask Suspect Identified in Estes Robbery

A man disguised in a skull mask is wanted in connection to at least three armed robberies, including one where he beat a woman with a pistol.

Police have identified Daniel Joseph Macias as the suspect who has now been involved in at least three crimes, including one where he used force to escape the property.

Steps of a Criminal Investigation: Part 2

If you have been accused of being involved in a crime, you’ll want to understand what’s going to happen next. There are numerous steps of a criminal investigation. A case must be investigated, built, taken to trial, and should the accused be found guilty, the penalties must be determined. Below we outline the second half of what happens following a crime.

Going to Trial After a Criminal Investigation

Trial Following Criminal Investigation

A “trial” is the legal proceeding during which evidence is presented either just to a judge, or in front of a jury, for the purpose of determining guilt. Typically, a trial goes before a jury, unless a defendant chooses to waive his or her right to trial by jury or if it the defendant is being charged for a certain misdemeanor. If a case is just heard before a judge it is called a “bench trial.”

Steps of a Criminal Investigation: Part 1

If you have been accused of being involved in a crime, you’ll want to understand what’s going to happen next. There are numerous steps of a criminal investigation. A case must be investigated, built, taken to trial, and should the accused be found guilty, the penalties must be determined. Below we outline the first half of what happens following a crime. The second portion will be covered in a later post.

Following a Crime – the Pre-Arrest Investigation

A pre-arrest investigation is done following a suspected criminal activity. Once law enforcement is made aware that a criminal activity has occurred, they must investigate what happened before an arrest can be made. Following the investigation, if law enforcement determines evidence that reveals a crime was committed, they must make steps to try and identify a suspect. Once a suspect is identified, law enforcement may arrest the suspect. Depending on where the crime occurred, law enforcement might be required to first present evidence of the crime to a prosecuting attorney.

LAPD Arrests Suspects in Celebrity Burglary Case

The LAPD has made an arrest in connection to a string of recent celebrity burglary cases at the homes of Los Angeles celebrities, including Alanis Morissette, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, David Spade, Christina Milian, and Yasiel Puig.

Celebrity Burglary Case Brings Arrest of Suspects by LAPD

19-year-old Tyress Williams has been arrested in connection to a slew of celebrity burglaries.

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