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Proposition 47

On November 4, 2014, the voters of California passed Proposition 47 which now requires a misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for some drug and property offenses. The new law is inapplicable to ...
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The Wrap Interviews David Diamond About Wrongfully Detained TV Producer

The Wrap, a publication that covers news in Hollywood, interviewed Attorney David Diamond about the case of a wrongfully detained television producer, Charles Belk. On Sep. 2, 2014, The Wrap published ...
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Expungement- Do I have to tell?

An expungement provides that the court shall set aside the verdict of guilty and dismiss the accusations or information against the defendant; thereafter, the individual "shall be released from ...
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Searching Cell Phones without a Warrant

CAN THE POLICE SEARCH A CELL PHONE SEIZED DURING AN ARREST, WITHOUT A WARRANT? The United State Supreme Court has granted certiorari in two cases that hopes to resolve whether or not the police, after ...
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Murder or Manslaughter?

In California, Penal Code section 187 defines murder as the unlawful killing of a human being, or a fetus, with malice aforethought. Malice in the intent to do evil. The malice may be express or ...
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Attorney Diamond Recently Recognized as a "Top 100" Trial Lawyer

When it comes to criminal trials, not every lawyer has what it takes to serve as an effective advocate for the criminally accused and a fierce opponent to prosecutors. David D. Diamond, however, has ...
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David Diamond Discusses the Zimmerman Trial in the Media

On the night of February 26, 2012, the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by 28-year-old George Zimmerman took place in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman, a mixed-race Hispanic was the ...
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Defending a Client in the Face of Public Accusation and Media Sensation

Defending a client who is facing criminal prosecution is a very involved and complex process. When a client comes to our firm seeking legal counsel, we will take the time to review the charges against ...
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Man Arrested For Felony Manslaughter

A 22-year-old believed to have hit two pedestrians, killing one and injuring the other, in North Hollywood was arrested on June 11. The suspect, P.S., allegedly lost control of his car and hit the two ...
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Man Robs Two LA Stores

An armed man robbed 2 stores in Los Angeles on 2 consecutive days. A man held Radio Shack employees at gunpoint and demanded money and laptops in San Pedro on May 25. The following day, a man entered ...
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2 Chainz Arrested for Possession

Rapper 2 Chainz was arrested for possession of marijuana and Promethazine, an antipsychotic drug used to make "sizzurp" or "purple drank" at the Los Angeles International Airport ...
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Basic Rules for Appeals

The basic appellate procedures can be overwhelming. This blog attempts to cover some basic requirements in the appeals process. The civil appeal fee in California is $655.00. There is no fee for a ...
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Los Angeles Deals With Rise in Sex Offenders

According to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, the rise in fugitive sex offenders who are currently in California is higher than initially thought. Data shows that there was a 65% in the ...
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How Does Megan's Law Affect your Sex Crime Case?

Megan's Law is a relatively new California law that is filed under Assembly Bill 488. It ensures that all registered sex offenders be listed on a website and provides that Californians can access ...
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Where to Serve Subpoenas on Los Angeles Sherrif's Department

It can be confusing to navigate filing a subpoena. At Diamond & Associates, our legal team is available to answer questions and guide you through whatever you face. Our Los Angeles criminal ...
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California Jail Credits

Time Served Credits in California. Before January 25, 2012, a defendant received 50% credits meaning 2 days for every 4 served. Effective January 25, 2010, a defendant gets 100% credits, meaning 4 ...
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Murder vs. Manslaughter

Murder vs. Manslaughter California Penal Code §187 specifically defines murder as the unlawful killing of a human being, or a fetus, with malice aforethought. This is similar to voluntary ...
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Must a Judge Grant Your Expungement Request?

Many people ask if a Judge has to grant your petition for an expungement. The answer is not simple. The law says that a Judge "shall" grant your request. Pursuant to People v Johnson (1955), ...
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Arson (Crimes Against Property)

Arson: California Penal Code §451 One example of a crime against property is arson. While crimes against property are thought to be less serious that crimes with human victims, arson is taken ...
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Theft Crimes

Many people ask what the difference is between robbery and burglary. In California, these two charges have some similarities, but not many. Penal Code section 459 defines burglary. Any individual that ...
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Medical Marijuana

If you are asserting a medical marijuana defense, you must ensure that the prosecution uses a medical marijuana expert. Most peace officers are NOT trained to recognized medical marijuana use. ...
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Knowing the Rights of Medical Marijuana Patients

Diamond & Associates encounters many clients who are surprised when they are arrested for possession of marijuana despite the fact that they are in the possession of a valid medical marijuana ...
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The Trend of Legal Drugs

Miley Cyrus' recent bong controversy has propelled the legal drug "salvia" into the spotlight. Salvia is a legal, undetectable natural herb that induces psychedelic effects. Another ...
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Tweeting and Posting your Way into Hot Water

The social media networking boom has changed the way law enforcement gathers evidence in a criminal case. In addition to patrolling the neighborhoods and streets, officers today are also patrolling ...
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Los Angeles Launches Interlock Device Test Program for DUI Offenders

California is beginning a pilot program in July of 2010 that will require drivers with Driving Under the Influence convictions (DUI) to use new interlock devices. This program will apply even to first ...
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