Criminal Defense

Recent Posts in Criminal Defense

  • 10-Oct-2019

    Miranda Warnings and a Criminal Defendant's Constitutional Rights

    Most people who have watched a television depicting the police arresting someone has heard them recite what is known as a “ Miranda warning.” For the most part, Miranda warnings in real-life law enforcement practice cover approximately ...
  • 26-Aug-2019

    Evidentiary Privileges in California

    The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination Under the Fifth Amendment to the United States constitution, an individual may not be compelled to be a witness against themselves in a criminal proceeding. California has a corresponding provision to its ...
  • 19-Aug-2019

    What Is Double Jeopardy?

    Do you know what double jeopardy is? It wouldn’t be a complete surprise if most people said double jeopardy was the second round of questions in the famous trivia game show hosted by Alex Trebek. While they wouldn’t be incorrect, the ...
  • 19-Jul-2019

    Lesser-Known Consequences of Criminal Convictions

    Most people understand that criminal charges and proceedings are serious matters. Not only does a successful conviction impose criminal steep criminal fines and harsh penalties, including jail time or imprisonment, but there are other lasting effects ...
  • 27-Mar-2019

    Assembly Bill 1713 Seeks to Lower California's BAC Limit

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that intoxicated drivers are responsible for roughly one-third of all traffic fatalities in the United States. In 2014, the CDC published a sobering report regarding the rising number of ...
  • 14-Mar-2019

    Indecent Exposure: Defenses & Penalties

    In California, it’s illegal for any person to intentionally expose their genitals in public. Per California Penal Code 314 PC, an individual can be arrested and charged for indecent exposure under the following circumstances: they intentionally ...
  • 5-Feb-2019

    What Is an Inchoate Offense?

    Logic dictates that if you didn’t commit a crime then you shouldn’t be arrested for it. However, in the eyes of the law, public safety trumps all else. You can be arrested for an inchoate crime, or an “incomplete crime,” just ...
  • 30-Jan-2019

    What Is the First Step Act?

    Since 2017, the Trump Administration has been responsible for implementing many bold and controversial legislative changes. For all its benefits, the First Step Act is no exception. On December 21, 2018, President Trump enthusiastically signed a bill ...
  • 28-Nov-2018

    How Social Media Can Be Used Against You in Criminal Court

    Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have become an essential part of our daily lives. From sharing pictures and photos of your adventures to staying updated with current events, our world has never been more connected than ...
  • 8-Jun-2018

    Are Field Sobriety Tests Mandatory in California?

    Law enforcement officers have used field sobriety tests to identify drunk drivers for decades now, yet it seems that they’re designed for failure. According to a study by the Southern California Research Institute, 32% of individuals in a ...
  • 15-May-2018

    How Long Does a DUI Affect Your Car Insurance Rates in California?

    In California, it is illegal to driver with a blood alcohol percentage (BAC) of.08% or above, while minors can be arrested for a BAC of.01%. If you’re arrested and convicted, you face a bevy of consequences, which can include jail time, court ...
  • 29-Mar-2018

    What Should You Do If You Receive a Subpoena?

    Did you open your mailbox today and get surprised by a subpoena with your name on it? You need to respond to it, or else you could get into big legal trouble. Yet responding to it in the wrong way can also feasibly stick you in a tough legal spot. ...
  • 26-Jan-2018

    Expungements in California: Clear Your Record for a Better Tomorrow

    No one wants to walk around with a criminal history behind them, sticking out like an unwelcome shadow. Yet, for most people who have been convicted of a crime, this is an everyday reality. If they knew about expungements, though, the story might be ...
  • 26-Dec-2016

    How Prop 57 & Prop 64 Changed California Criminal Law

    Although California voters have many reasons to be concerned following the results of the November 8 th general election, some of the greatest changes which have caused a stir revolve around the passing of Propositions 57 and 64. Having passed with ...
  • 5-Oct-2016

    What to Do When There Is a Bench Warrant Out for Your Arrest

    When a defendant fails to appear in court or otherwise violates the rules of the court in a criminal case or other type of proceeding, such as failing to appear in court to contest a traffic ticket, the judge may issue a “bench warrant” ...
  • 19-Aug-2016

    What is the Difference Between a Felony and a Misdemeanor?

    In the state of California, criminal offenses are divided into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. While many people are aware that a felony is more serious than a misdemeanor, their understanding of the differences between these types of ...
  • 8-Jul-2016

    What Happens During a Detention Hearing in CA?

    When a minor is arrested in California, the first court hearing they will have to attend is a detention hearing. This hearing is meant to determine if a child needs to continue to be held in custody until their juvenile delinquency case is resolved ...
  • 7-Mar-2016

    Crimes of Passion: Murder or Manslaughter?

    When someone takes the life of another individual, it is the violent crime of homicide by definition but either murder or manslaughter by circumstance. When there appears to be malicious intent and planning leading up to the homicidal act, the ...
  • 5-Jun-2015

    Banning Criminal Court Cases

    Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich is proud to represent clients throughout Riverside County, including the city of Banning, CA. Criminal cases originating in Hemet, Perris, and San Jacinto are heard at the Banning courthouse. Our firm is fully ...
  • 12-Dec-2014

    Get to Know Criminal Defense Attorney Chuck Gorian

    As a Riverside criminal defense attorney with more than 10 years of experience, Chuck Gorian is passionate about defending the rights of the criminally charged. His enthusiasm for practicing law began in college when he fought a traffic ticket and ...
  • 12-Dec-2012

    Protecting Yourself from White Collar Criminal Investigations

    According to The Street, white collar criminal investigations are on the rise as the government increases their efforts in trying to find those who are responsible for the various financial fraud cases in the past few years after the economic drop in ...