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Criminal Law

  • Published: September 26, 2018

When Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 10 on August 28, 2018, it instantly sparked a huge debate amongst various civil rights groups and legal organizations. According to the bill, California’s cash-based bail system is going to be replaced with a new risk assessment policy. This new law is supposed to ensure that: Defendants aren’t judged by their financial status…Read More

  • Published: September 19, 2018

On August 28, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 10, effectively overturning California’s cash-based bail system and replacing it with a new “risk-based” policy. In the past, defendants could post bail to get out of custody prior to standing trial. This system guaranteed that defendants would appear in court or risk losing their bail money. While Senate Bill 10…Read More

  • Published: September 5, 2018

In November 2014, Proposition 47, the Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative, was approved with the intention of reducing nonviolent and nonserious crimes to misdemeanor convictions. These reclassified crimes include drug offenses and low-level property crimes. Ideally, this would save California millions of dollars by consequently reducing the population of incarcerated inmates. Proposition 47 also supports using these available funds…Read More

  • Published: October 11, 2017

Cops routinely conduct elementary chemical tests when they make drug arrests. This test often comes in a small plastic pouch that contains a vial of pink liquid. Offers will drop a tiny piece of what they suspect to be narcotics into the liquid. If the liquid remains pink, it rules out the presence of illegal drugs. However, if the liquid…Read More

  • Published: May 18, 2017

Interviewer: How does Miranda work? You probably get a lot of people that say, “Oh, they didn’t read my rights. Can you get my case thrown out?” Paul Geller: I have people that say that all the time and there are certain circumstances, for instance in DUIs, where the court has said that your statement – prior to being place in handcuffs…Read More

  • Published: May 17, 2017

Interviewer: Okay. Since you mentioned that it’s very hard to get out of the system once you’re in it, what do you say to someone for whom it’s their first offense, and maybe it’s not even that serious yet? They think, “Oh, it’s my first offense; it’s no big deal. I’ll just plead guilty and get it over with.” Paul Geller: I…Read More

  • Published: May 16, 2017

Interviewer: You talk about the prosecutors, judges, and police being jaded and political. I’m not asking you to point fingers, but is there such a thing as “the mercy of the court” people just throw themselves upon or is that not true? Paul Geller: It can be true. I think the difficulty nowadays is that, in my opinion, judges who are viewed…Read More

  • Published: May 15, 2017

Interviewer: Where would you say most of your cases are won? Are they won in trial or is it during the middle of the case or is it at the very beginning? Paul Geller: Every case is different. The sooner that the defense attorney, or myself in particular, can be involved, you are increasing your chances of a victory. Now, a victory…Read More

  • Published: May 14, 2017

Interviewer: What are any other misconceptions that we haven’t covered yet that people have, because they watch too much TV, about the criminal justice system? Paul Geller: You know, sometimes people will say, “How can you represent these people? What if you really know they did it?” The majority of cases in the criminal justice system are not what you see in…Read More

  • Published: May 13, 2017

Interviewer: How have you seen the Web and social media affect law? Has it been causing problems? Do clients cause problems with their cases because of it or are there more misconceptions because of it? Paul Geller: I think there are definitely more misconceptions. I think many people can be cajoled into hiring someone and thinking they’re hiring a certain attorney when…Read More

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