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What is Return Fraud?

01/07/2018 08:43:01 AM

This holiday season, many San Diego retailers will be on high alert for any acts of fraud and theft that may hurt their bottom line. This includes acts return fraud, which occurs when you return property that you have not purchased. Return fraud ...

What Happens When You’re Pulled Over for a DUI?

01/05/2018 07:31:03 AM

During the holiday season, drivers are more likely to have a few drinks and then get behind the wheel of a car. When this happens, it puts the lives of that driver, their passengers, and anyone else on the road at risk of serious injury and ...

California Motion to Suppress Evidence

11/22/2017 13:33:09 PM

In California, the prosecution can be prohibited from using any evidence that was gained illegally. This prohibition is not automatic – as the defendant, you must ask the court to suppress any illegally-obtained evidence. This request is made ...

Understanding the Arraignment Process

11/10/2017 12:24:59 PM

Have you been arrested and are criminal charges in San Diego? If so, it is important to understand how the early phase of the criminal proceedings against you will unfold. The Arraignment hearing is the first official legal proceeding in a criminal ...

Protesters and Criminal Trespassing Charges

11/03/2017 22:51:09 PM

SeaWorld is not a stranger to protests. Each summer, many animal rights activists line up in front of the San Diego attraction armed with megaphones and posters. Earlier this summer, SeaWorld asked the San Diego County Superior Court to issue ...

Weinstein Could Face Criminal Charges for Alleged California Rape

10/23/2017 13:42:04 PM

Harvey Weinstein is the latest Hollywood heavyweight to be accused of sexually-unacceptable behavior. Stories told by dozens of female celebrities and Hollywood insiders have shaken the nation. Some accusations in these stories recall seemingly ...

Understanding Factual Innocence

10/05/2017 14:16:43 PM

Every time a person is arrested for a crime in California a record of that arrest is created. It does not matter if the person is actually guilty of the crime. Arrest records in California are available to the public. This means that if you ...

Fighting Charges for Being Drunk in Public in San Diego

09/28/2017 15:24:45 PM

Earlier this summer, actor Miles Teller was reportedly arrested in Pacific Beach for being drunk in public. Teller was in town visiting a friend when he ran into a San Diego police officer shortly after midnight. The officer described Teller ...

Consequences of Filing a Fraudulent Workers’ Compensation Claim

09/20/2017 23:26:42 PM

Think twice before filing a false workers’ compensation claim in California. Filing a fraudulent claim to recover workers’ compensation benefits can have both civil and criminal consequences. The California state government and your employer ...

Violating a Restraining Order in California

09/15/2017 03:16:15 AM

When someone feels threatened by another person or fears for the safety of his or her immediate family they may ask a California court to issue a restraining order. A restraining order, if issued, places some legal restrictions on your ability ...

What are the Criminal Penalties Associated with a DUI Conviction in San Diego?

09/13/2017 01:04:35 AM

Drunken driving cases are taken rather seriously in San Diego; the consequences may sometimes be very harsh depending upon the nature and the number of offenses. DUI refers to Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or any other intoxicant. If ...

Federal Bank Robbery Charges

09/12/2017 23:08:03 PM

An Illinois man is facing federal criminal robbery charges for robbing a PNC bank in Skokie earlier this month. The man entered the bank, slipped a note to the teller, and demanded that she give him cash. Police caught the man in a neighboring ...

Consequences of Child Endangerment in California

08/28/2017 12:42:59 PM

Child endangerment refers to intentionally putting a child, of age 18 years or under, at risk. The danger may involve physical or psychological harm. Child endangerment is classified among serious felonies. Crimes that can be classified as child ...

Sexual Assault Crimes in California

08/16/2017 02:51:28 AM

According to RAINN, an American is the victim of sexual assault every 98 seconds. The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault reports that between 2011 and 2012 rape crisis centers in the state served nearly 32,000 victims of sexual assault. ...

Should You Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney After a Misdemeanor Arrest?

08/10/2017 02:05:24 AM

If you are arrested for a misdemeanor in California you may wonder if it is worth the effort to hire an attorney to defend you. You may believe that a misdemeanor arrest or conviction may not be a big deal or that it may not have a significant ...

Understanding the Basics of Arrest Warrants and Search Warrants

08/09/2017 09:34:01 AM

Do police always need a warrant to arrest you? When can law enforcement search your home or car? Do police need both an arrest warrant and a search warrant? What is the difference between an arrest warrant and a search warrant? These are important ...

How to Protect Your Property From Vandalism?

08/04/2017 14:08:50 PM

Vandalism refers to the offense of destroying or defacing someone else’s property without their permission. This includes acts such as breaking windows, drawing graffiti, damaging cars and even damaging or destroying another person’s website. ...

California State Prosecutor Facing Child Pornography Charges

08/01/2017 12:56:52 PM

Last week a California state prosecutor was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. Raymond Liddy, who is the son of the notorious Watergate Scandal participant Gordon Liddy, reportedly downloaded, and possibly forwarded, ...

Statute of Limitations For Murder Cases in California

07/24/2017 22:14:32 PM

There is no statute of limitations in the state of California for any offense which is punishable by death or life in prison, including murder. The embezzlement of public funds also has no statute of limitations. Perhaps one of the primary reasons ...

California Fake ID Laws

07/24/2017 11:58:11 AM

If you are caught with a fake ID in California you could face some serious consequences. Under California Penal Code 470b PC it is a crime to possess a fake ID with the intent to use it to deceive or defraud another person. Prosecutors can charge ...

Is a Hit and Run a Felony in San Diego?

07/11/2017 14:44:32 PM

The short answer to the question of whether a hit-and-run is a felony in San Diego is—“It can be.” The circumstances surrounding the hit-and-run, will dictate whether it is charged as a felony or a misdemeanor. Both offenses are very serious, ...

Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders in California

05/14/2017 17:36:15 PM

Domestic violence is a very serious problem in the United States, and California is no exception. As a result, prosecutors have become particularly zealous in prosecuting domestic violence crimes in California. While this is great in cases where ...

What Happens After You Are Arrested in San Diego?

04/26/2017 00:04:17 AM

If you are wanted for a crime, you are probably wondering what happens after an arrest. At the Law Office of Vikas Bajaj, APC, we have over 16 years experience helping people accused of a crime. To assist you, we put together an infographic ...

What is Clemency?

04/18/2017 22:27:32 PM

Clemency occurs when a person from a governmental executive branch makes the decision to pardon a person who has been sentenced to prison time. The President of the United States, or the governor of a state are the persons who grant clemency. ...

Charges of Public Urination in San Diego

04/08/2017 14:25:05 PM

While the majority of people might think charges of public urination are nothing more than a nuisance, in fact, the penalties associated with public urination can be extremely serious, as can the long-term consequences. In the state of California, ...

California is Tough on Public School Absences with Truancy Laws

03/07/2017 14:39:19 PM

Public education is a serious issue in the State of California, with as much as $76.6 billion dedicated each year to ensuring public school students are afforded the opportunities they need to thrive. To protect this investment in the education ...

San Diego Court Records

02/26/2017 12:55:38 PM

Court records can be either civil or criminal, however both summarize all the events which occurred during the court date or dates. Court records are public in nature, therefore anyone can request access to the records. A criminal court record ...

What is Stalking?

02/25/2017 14:10:47 PM

California Penal Code § 646.9 governs criminal behavior described as “stalking.” Enacted after several notable murders, Penal Code § 646.9 punishes stalking, which occurs when someone “willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly, follows ...

Defrauding an Innkeeper in San Diego

02/21/2017 17:54:24 PM

Perhaps you have heard of people who go to an expensive restaurant, eat a nice meal, then surreptitiously slip out of the restaurant without paying. Also known as “dine and dash,” this offense is more properly known as defrauding an innkeeper, ...

How Bail and Bonds Work

02/20/2017 19:48:33 PM

At some point in our lives, we may know someone who is arrested or be arrested ourselves. It is imperative to educate yourself on what you can do to help yourself should you find yourself in this situation. When a loved one is arrested, it is ...

What Does it Mean to Dismiss Without Prejudice?

02/10/2017 20:11:31 PM

At a time of dwindling resources both in terms of physical facilities and prosecutor/judicial staff, California’s criminal courts process over six million cases a year. Even though the vast majority of these cases are resolved by plea bargain, ...