Stun Gun Laws in California


  California has some strict and complex weapons laws that go beyond mere gun possession and detail everything from switchblades to pepper spray use. In fact, while stun guns are generally legal to possess and own in California, there are situations where they are not. Here are some of the specifics of Taser laws in CA, from a […]

Forensic Specialties You Might Not Have Heard Of


These days, thanks to shows like CSI, Dexter and NCIS, everyone is familiar with forensic science, but while the existence of blood splatter and DNA analysis are common knowledge, there are plenty of other fields of forensic study that most people are totally unaware of. These experts might not be called in to handle a […]

Are Firsthand Witness Accounts Really Reliable?


If you watch any crime dramas on TV, you’ll recognize that eye witnesses are often the cornerstone of a criminal case -providing critical evidence to help prove the victim’s guilt. But are witnesses accounts actually a reliable piece of evidence in a criminal trial? Cognitive psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Loftus suggests that our memories might not be as […]

Medical Marijuana Is Still Illegal Under Federal Law


As Californians, it is pretty easy to take medicinal marijuana for granted, forgetting that all marijuana use is illegal under federal law. Unfortunately, some people are reminded the hard way that just because something is legal in the state doesn’t mean it is legal in the country. That’s why San Diego criminal lawyer Peter M. Liss […]

San Diego Tests the Limits of Our State’s Gang Laws


Brandon Duncan, a rapper who performs by the name Tiny Doo is, like many other rappers, part of a gang. While the rapper’s album “No Safety” isn’t a best seller, it has attracted national attention because it has allowed prosecutors to charge Tiny Doo with crimes that could result in a lifetime prison sentence. That’s […]

Another Reason To Fight Sex Crime Charges


You probably already know that sex crimes in San Diego are a pretty big deal and that those charged with the offenses will face lengthy sentencing and registration as a sex offender. What you might not know though is just how many restrictions are placed on those registered as sex offenders. This yet one more […]

Driving Behaviors That Indicate A Drunk Driver


When you are accused of drunk driving, one of the key pieces of evidence against you will be the officer testimony. The most important part of that testimony is often the police officer’s observations of your driving technique prior to being pulled over. In some cases, like those that involve an accident, civilian witnesses may […]

Some Cold Cases Never Really Die


While we already discussed the California statute of limitations and how they apply to criminal activities, it’s important to remember that not all crimes are affected by these limits. When it comes to crimes that do not have a statute of limitations, or those where there are particularly lengthy times for the statute of limitations […]

Being A Bad Santa Is Bad News

While Christmas brings out the giving spirit in many people, it also makes others feel like they are lacking something in their life. In some cases, this longing for more results in criminal activities. The film Bad Santa portrays two such people, who seek out mall Santa jobs every year in order to steal from […]

Understanding California’s New “Yes Means Yes” Law


Last month, a new bill was signed into effect in California that clearly defines what college campuses consider consent to participate in sexual activities. Under the law, affirmative consent is required before two parties engage in sex. Here’s what you should know about the law, courtesy of San Diego criminal attorney Peter M. Liss. The […]