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About The SoCal Law Network

Our lawyers understand the criminal court process in this county inside and out, and are well prepared to take on your case to obtain the best outcome possible. Hiring a defense attorney from outside of the county will not be as beneficial to you, since they will not have the knowledge of the unique Orange County courts that The SoCal Law Network provides to clients.

Can You Be Charged With Murder in California for Killing Someone in Self-Defense?

It might seem logical that if someone killed someone else in self-defense, it should be easy to prove and avoid murder charges. But that's not always the case. There are specific circumstances in which self-defense is a valid defense in avoiding murder convictions. Here's what you need to know. What Does it Take for Self-Defense [...]

By | September 7th, 2023|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

What Is the Difference Between First-Degree and Second-Degree Burglary?

It might seem logical to think that burglary is burglary–it involves things being stolen. But in fact, mitigating circumstances make some instances of burglary more severe than others, especially in terms of outcomes. Here's what you need to know about first- and second-degree burglary in California. What Is First-Degree Burglary, and What Are the Penalties? [...]

By | August 1st, 2023|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Can a Person Recant a Statement in a Police Report?

It's not uncommon for someone to give a report of a crime to the police, then later realize that maybe they shouldn't have said all or part of what they said and wonder if it's possible to recant. The short answer is yes, it's possible to recant–but there are some caveats to be aware of [...]

By | July 7th, 2023|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

The Impact of Prop 47 on Drug Possession Offenses in Orange County

How California law handled drug possession offenses changed dramatically in 2014 when Proposition 47 (commonly known as Prop 47) was passed. It had a profound effect on people charged with drug possession. Here's what you need to know. What Is Prop 47? Prop 47 was a ballot measure approved by California voters in November 2014. [...]

By | June 3rd, 2023|Criminal Defense, Drug Crimes|0 Comments

What Does Dismissed with Prejudice Mean?

Someone facing criminal charges would be delighted to learn that the judge has agreed to dismiss their case. However, there are two ways a case can be dismissed, and they have potentially significantly different outcomes. Here's the answer to what does, "dismissed with prejudice" mean. What Does Prejudice Mean in a Court Case? When a [...]

By | May 1st, 2023|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

When Can Police Search My Car in California?

Being pulled over by law enforcement is always a stressful situation, but even more so when the officer wants to search your car. Often, people don't realize what their rights are in this situation–or that they even have rights at all. Here's what you need to know. Does a Police Officer Need a Warrant to [...]

By | April 10th, 2023|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Is “Sexting” a Crime in California?

The ever-increasing quality of cell phone photos and videos, not to mention the ubiquity of social media and other communication apps, has changed how many people shoot photos and videos today. The simplicity of capturing a video or photo with an always-present cell phone allows parents to capture quick moments in their child's lives or [...]

By | March 6th, 2023|Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes|0 Comments

Can My Criminal Record Be Used in Rental Decisions by Landlords in California?

Rental housing in California is already a difficult situation. Many areas in the state have far more demand for rental housing than they have supply, which means landlords will frequently reject people for various reasons. If someone has a criminal record and wants to apply for rental housing in California, they may learn that this [...]

By | February 2nd, 2023|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Is It Possible for My Gun Rights to Be Restored After a California Felony Conviction?

It's a concern many gun owners have when faced with felony charges: If convicted, will they lose their guns, and if so, is there any way to get them back? Some people believe the Second Amendment protects them from losing their rights to guns if convicted, but unfortunately, that's not necessarily the case in California. [...]

By | January 8th, 2023|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Can Verbal Abuse Fall Under Domestic Violence?

For many people, the phrase "domestic violence" conjures up images of physical abuse, such as one spouse hitting the other. In fact, the courts have long recognized numerous types of abuse as domestic violence. Someone who has not physically harmed their spouse or partner may be shocked when they're charged with domestic violence. Understanding what [...]

By | December 17th, 2022|Criminal Defense|0 Comments