If someone is accused of violating Penal Code Section 141 (PC), they will normally face misdemeanor charges. But when a police officer is accused of planting or tampering with evidence, the charges will be a felony.
Police often rely on outside tips to solve crimes. Occasionally, they even incentivize people who have been accused of crimes to share information they have about other criminals. While the theory is that those in the criminal underworld are likely to get closer to other criminals and, thus, have more information about their illegal acts, […]
We’ve previously talked about how police push suspects into confessing to criminal acts, but while it’s always better not to confess in the first time, you can still fight the charges even if you have already admitted guilt. Here are a few ways a criminal defense lawyer may be able to have a confession tossed […]
Secret recordings are usually illegal to make, but they still can be introduced as evidence in a criminal court room if they are relevant to the matter at hand.
If you’ve watched pretty much any show or movie with a courtroom scene, then you’ve probably seen a lawyer object to something in a trial based on the fact that it’s hearsay. But what is hearsay, exactly, and why can’t it be used in court? Oceanside criminal defense lawyer Peter M. Liss explains. What is Hearsay? […]
Doctors may be restricted by what information they give to police thanks to the limits of patient/doctor confidentiality, but sometimes your medical record can actually help get you out of hot water rather than putting you in it. That’s why your Fallbrook criminal attorney may sometimes work with you to have your doctor speak to […]
We’ve previously discussed some of the myths surrounding forensic science, particularly the idea that it is a foolproof way to solve crimes, but it’s worth noting that one of the most widely recognized forensic specialties, blood splatter analysis is also one of the most questionable. Here’s why criminal attorneys think the technique isn’t as reliable […]
In the past, we’ve discussed how DNA ancestry sites could be used to create a massive registry to track down potential criminals through the use of familial DNA and how police can collect DNA without even getting a warrant. But a new DNA technology known as forensic DNA phenotyping has defense attorneys and civil rights […]