5 Things to Do ASAP When a Client Calls from Jail

When a person’s liberty is at stake, time is of the essence. Here’s what to do when a call comes in from a client (or prospective client) in custody. Continue reading

Should You Handle That Misdemeanor Case?

180883290You get a call from a family member, friend, or client who’s either been arrested or will be soon with a misdemeanor, such as a DUI. Maybe you’re new to practice or criminal law isn’t your usual area. Should you take on the case?  Follow these steps before deciding whether to jump in. Continue reading

A Victory for Personal Information Privacy

469048959In a stunning victory for Fourth Amendment rights and personal information privacy generally, the United States Supreme Court in Riley v California has held that police may not search an arrestee’s cell phone without a warrant. This unanimous decision suggests that both the liberal and the conservative wings of the Supreme Court agree that personal information on cell phones (and presumably other mobile devices) is protected under the Fourth Amendment. Continue reading

Lineup Your Defense

93951195Your client is arrested and will appear in a lineup. Would you know what to bring and what to do at the lineup? Continue reading

Cell Phones Are Subject to Warrantless Search

Updated June 27, 2014: The United States Supreme Court has held that police may not search an arrestee’s cell phone without a warrant. Riley v California (June 25, 2014, No. 13–132) 2014 US Lexis 4497.

Think about that smart phone with all those personal life details. That same little pandora’s box of potentially damaging evidence. Well, it just got easier for the police to search it in California. The California Supreme Court determined that after police take a cell phone from a suspect during an arrest, they can search the phone’s text messages without a warrant. Continue reading