There will always be tension between the police and its citizens. Some people who are investigated and accused handle it well while others are combative, defensive, etc. Police are there to ferret out crime. Like anyone else they get it wrong. The question is what clues are they picking when patrolling and ferreting out possible crime.
Funding is an issue in any organization and law enforcement is no different. A large part of obtaining these grants is to bring up your arrest numbers. Most "Vertical Prosecutor" positions (Vertical meaning a special prosecutor handles it from beginning to end) are funded by grants. This means that certain numbers must be met. If a case is close there is no doubt that the funding aspect is not a consideration.
There is a fight at the party or a bar in San Diego. Police were called to the scene. This is a very common occurrence all around San Diego.
Most everyone has heard of the term “citizen’s arrest”. But do you really know what it means? How about when you’re allowed to use it?
There are two people that it doesn’t pay to lie to – your doctor and your attorney.
However, the more details you share with your attorney about your crime, the more difficult it will be for them to prepare your case. You cannot expect proper defense if your attorney does not know all of the relevant facts.
You have to know your rights and use them….when being investigated for a San Diego DUI or criminal defenses case. This is part 2 of our series.
You have to know your rights and use them….when being investigated for a San Diego DUI or criminal defenses case.
Since leaving the prosecution side, I have seen more of the human element in criminal law. I dealt with victims and their families, witnesses, and officers. However, helping an individual navigate through a tough and unforgiving process that is our criminal system
This ruling can have a bearing on San Diego DUI cases
As a Former Prosecutor it was a joy to tell the judge we had no opposition to an expungement. This meant the individual had done what society has asked them and to move on with their life. As an attorney who works on San Diego Expungements the joy is doubled. I will say that there is a lot of barriers set up for these people.
“Your scientist were so preoccupied as to whether they could, they did not stop to think whether they should”.
-Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) from Jurassic Park. It can be seen here.
I spent almost 10 years as a prosecutor. During that time I have issued thousands of cases. This quote always stood out with me because sometimes the facts could technically be argued a crime, but the totality of the facts really did not warrant issuing charges.
The case below is a perfect example of why a prosecutor needs to think before issuing. Obviously, the community spoke by rendering a not guilty verdict. The prosecution wields so much power and is trusted by the community to be guardians of justice. It is not a law school test, trying to find every crime that can technically be alleged. We are talking about the government and individual’s rights and their quality of life.