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Articles by Topic or Issue (Military / Veterans - Police)

Military / Veterans

  1. Diversion Programs in California for Armed Forces Veterans

  2. Sentencing Alternatives for Military Veterans (PC § 1170.9)

  3. DUI Double Jeopardy: Is Military NJP a Bar to Civilian Case?

  4. Is Diversion Available for Veterans for a DUI?  Yes

  5. What Is Veterans Court? Who Is Eligible? How Does It Work?

  6. I Am a Veteran Facing a Criminal Case – Can I Get VA Help?

  7. AB 865 – Recall & Resentencing for Military Veterans
  8. Resentencing for Military Veterans Under PC 1170.91(b)
  9. What is Penal Code 1170.91(h) for Veterans? When to Apply?

Miscellaneous / Offenses & Laws

Miscellaneous Laws

  1. Ten New Laws for 2012 to Consider for Criminal Consequences

  2. Thirteen New Crime-Related Laws Becoming Effective in 2013

  3. New Crime Related Laws for 2015 to Keep in Mind Now

  4. What Is an Ex Post Fact Law and When Can It Matter?

  5. AB 2124 - Court Diversion Program in LA County

  6. What Is Marsy’s Law and What Does It Provide a Victim?

  7. Arrested by the CHP, But No Case Filed?  DOJ Record Updated?

  8. Should I Sign the Prop 63 Firearm Relinquishment Form?

  9. How Does AB 1008 Help Job Applicants with Criminal Records?

  10. What Is the Consumer Arrest Equity Act, SB 393?

  11. What Is SB358 and How Does It Change PC 290 Registration?

  12. Fourteen New Criminal Laws to Take Effect in 2019
  13. Nine Criminal Laws Changed, Effective January 1, 2019
  14. Four New Post-Conviction Relief Laws Effective in 2019
  15. What Does the New Social Host Law in Palos Verdes Say?
  16. What Are the Important New Criminal Laws for 2020?
  17. What is a Writ of Coram Nobis? What is Required in It?
  18. Writ of Coram Nobis Denied When No New Fact Presented.
  19. What Are Some Post Conviction Options to Consider?

Miscellaneous Offenses

  1. What Is False Imprisonment (Penal Code § 236)? Defenses?

  2. What Is Trespassing (Penal Code § 602)? Defenses? Punishments?

  3. What Is Tampering with a Vehicle (Vehicle Code § 10852)?

  4. What Happens for Being a Minor in Possession of Alcohol?

  5. What Is Sales to Minors – for Alcohol?  For Tobacco?

  6. What Is Disturbing the Peace (Penal Code § 415)? Defenses?

  7. Disturbing the Peace Sentence of 25- Year-to-Life? Really?

  8. Disturbing the Peace Case Not a First Amendment Violation

  9. What Is Being an Accessory in Assisting Parolee Abscond?

  10. Aiding & Abetting Reversed When DA Withholds Rap Sheet

  11. Fish and Game Violation? It May Become a Federal Case!

  12. What Happens If I Made a False 911 Call?  Jail?  Prison?

  13. What Is Child Endangerment, PC 273a? Defenses? Punishment?

  14. Caught for Taking Undersized Lobsters? Punishment? Defenses?

  15. What Is Unlawful Use of Tear Gas (Penal Code § 22810(g)(1))?

  16. What Is Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor (B & P 25658(a))?

  17. What Is the Punishment & Defenses to Having a Fake ID?

  18. What Is Bigamy (Penal Code §§ 281 to 284)?  Punishment?
  19. A Civil Compromise No Longer Applies in a Hit and Run?
  20. Criminal Consequences for Unpaid Child or Spousal Support?
  21. When is a Dismissal via Civil Compromise Not Allowed?
  22. Dismissal in the Interests of Justice (Penal Code § 1385)?
  23. Secretly Recorded Admission in a Phone Call – Useable?
  24. Convicted Twice for Once Carrying Concealed Firearm?


  1. What Should I Ask Before Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney?

  2. Why Hire Greg Hill & Associates?  Why Not Hire Someone Else?

  3. What Is the General Sequence of Events in a Felony Case?

  4. What’re the Phases of a Misdemeanor Case?  What Happens When?

  5. What Information Should I Expect in a Free Consultation?

  6. Can an Attorney Guarantee a Result in a Criminal Case?

  7. My Car Was Towed – How Do I Get It Out of Impound?

  8. What Is an Office Hearing?  Is This Good?  How Long Is It?

  9. Why Is Trial So Expensive?  Why Can’t It Cost $1,000?

  10. What Is Veterans Court? Who Is Eligible? How Does It Work?

  11. What’s Second Chance Women’s Re-Entry Court? Who’s Eligible?

  12. What Is Co-Occurring Disorders Court (CODC)? Jail Involved?

  13. My Attorney Won’t Do What I Tell Him to Do – Fire Him?

  14. I Received a Subpoena – What Should I Do? Ignore It?

  15. I Got a Subpoena; Am I Too Far Away?  Do I Get Witness Fees?

  16. I Was Arrested, But Not Cited and Released – Illegal?

  17. Procedure for Identifying & Questioning Witnesses to a Crime

  18. When Can a Deposition Be Taken in a Criminal Case?

  19. How Broad Is Brady?  Exculpatory and Impeachment Material?

  20. What Is a Motion to Obtain Privileged Psychiatric Records?

  21. A Second Dismissal of a Felony Case?  Can We Celebrate?

  22. My 995 Motion Was Improperly Denied.  What Can I Do?

  23. Is Innocence Required for Malpractice Action for an SVP?

  24. Can I Sue My Criminal Defense Attorney for Malpractice?

  25. What Can One Do to Minimize Prejudicial Case Publicity?

  26. What Information May an Attorney Disclose in a Pending Case?

  27. Can I Get a Copy of My File from the Court and If So, How?

  28. Can a Defendant Choose the Judge for a Marsden Hearing?

  29. Penal Code § 1385 – What Is Required?  The Limits?

  30. What Is Discriminatory Prosecution? What Is a Murgia Motion?

  31. You Want to File a Motion to Change the Prosecutor?

  32. Are You the Target of Vindictive or Retaliatory Prosecution?

  33. When Can One Disqualify a Judge from Hearing a Case?

  34. What Are Proper Grounds to Disqualify a Judge for Cause?

  35. How Can One Challenge an Erroneous Photo Identification?

  36. How Can I Challenge a One-Person Showup That Identified Me?

  37. Why Won’t the Police Give Me a Copy of the Police Report?

  38. I’m a Victim of Identity Theft – How Can I Fix This Mess?

  39. When Is a Pre-Trial Identification Unduly Suggestive?

  40. I Was Convicted of a Felony – When & How Can I Vote?
  41. Can I Serve on a Jury After Being a Convicted Felon?
  42. What Are My Rights of Employment As a Convicted Felon?
  43. When Are Polygraph (Lie Detectors) Results Admissible?
  44. 8 Crimes That Lead to Suspension of One’s Driver’s License
  45. What Is Collateral Estoppel and When Does It Apply?
  46. When Is Evidence of Silence Not an Adoptive Admission?
  47. Double Jeopardy? Murder Charge After Plea to Accessory
  48. Is Failure to Testify Overt Act, Accessory After Fact?
  49. When Does Successive Petition Bar Habeas Petition?
  50. Writ of Habeas Corpus Granted When DA Says Issue Moot.
  51. Subpoena Facebook & 7-Factor Alhambra v. Superior Court Test
  52. Case Dismissed by Judge During Trial for Brady Violations

Murder / Attempted Murder

  1. Manslaughter with Great Bodily Injury Sentence Enhancement?

  2. What Is Vehicular Homicide (California Penal Code § 192(c))?

  3. Charged with Attempted Murder? Defenses? Punishment?

  4. What Is Murder (P.C. 187)? The Defenses? The Punishment?

  5. Second Degree Murder vs. First Degree Murder – Differences?

  6. What’s Voluntary Manslaughter, the Punishment, the Defenses?

  7. Must the Jury to Agree upon Only One Theory of Murder?

  8. Voluntary Manslaughter and Heat of Passion Circumstances

  9. Can Sleepwalking Be a Defense to Attempted Murder?

  10. Murder Conviction Reconsidered When DA Withholds Evidence

  11. Conviction for Second Degree Murder by Child Neglect Upheld

  12. Convictions Reversed When Based on 'Kill Zone' Theory

  13. Voluntary Manslaughter Upheld for Killing Thief of Pot Crop

  14. Seventeen Year Old May Be Charged As an Adult with Murder?

  15. Right to Speedy Trial Violated by 7 Years to Murder Trial?

  16. Speedy Trial Right Violated After 33 Years Passes for Murder?

  17. Using Booby Trap to Kill Police Warrants Sentence Increase

  18. Sentence of 50 Years for Teenager for Murder Proper

  19. Murder Conviction Overturned When DA Hides Sniff Dog Problem

  20. Second Degree Murder Based on DUI from Meth Affirmed

  21. If Jury Not Instructed on Provocation Defense, Reversal?

  22. What Is Ineffective Assistance of Counsel in a Murder Case?

  23. In a DUI, When Can Someone Be Convicted of Murder?

  24. Murder Conviction Vacated When DA Expert Mistaken

  25. What Is Senate Bill 1437 (SB 1437)?  Who Is Eligible?
  26. Can Voluntary Intoxication Support Murder Self Defense?
  27. What Is the Flannel Doctrine of Imperfect Self-Defense?
  28. What Is Needed for a Successful Petition under SB 1437?
  29. SB 1437 and Murder As Natural & Probable Consequences?
  30. In Lying-in-Wait Murder, What Degree for Aider & Abettor?
  31. Senate Bill 1437 Does Not Apply to Attempted Murder.
  32. Murder? Doctor Prescribes High Dose of Controlled Substance
  33. Does SB 1437 Include a Conviction for Manslaughter?
  34. Requirements for Murder Special Circumstance Sentence?
  35. Is Relief Under SB1437 Automatic? Must One Ask for It?
  36. Ineffective Assistance of Counsel and Death Sentence.
  37. Premeditation Based on Natural and Probable Consequences?
  38. What May Judge Review in SB 1437 Motion (PC 1170.95)?
  39. What are the Limits of the Kill Zone Theory?
  40. SB 1437, Major Participant, Reckless Indifference
  41. Can SB 1437 Apply to Murder When a Provocative Act?
  42. People v. Cardenas - The Limits of the Kill Zone Theory.
  43. First-Degree Murder Conviction in Norwalk Court Affirmed
  44. To Appeal Special Circumstance Murder, File Habeas, Not 1437
  45. In Capital Case, Can Jurors Have Objection to Death Penalty?
  46. Example of Aider & Abettor Denied 1437 (PC 1170.95) Relief
  47. No Youth Offender Parole Hearing if LWOP After Age 18?
  48. Fetal Murder Conviction Reversed for Inadmissible Hearsay
  49. Improper Firearms Expert Testimony = Partial Reversal
  50. “Kill Zone” Theory Jury Instruction Wrong, Reversal

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Police (Pitchess Motion / Confession / Informant)

  1. What Should I Say If a Detective Calls to Ask Me Questions?

  2. The Police Asked Me to Be an Informant- Should I?

  3. Illegal for Police to Use Informant with Criminal History?

  4. Was There a Bad Cop on Your Case? What Is a Pitchess Motion?

  5. Getting Police Records Via a Pitchess Motion Now Easier

  6. If a Pitchess Motion Is Granted, The Judge Review Records

  7. The Cops Lied to Me and I Confessed - Case Dismissed?

  8. Is a Confession Valid After 9 Hours of Police Questioning?

  9. Why Won’t the Police Give Me a Copy of the Police Report?

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