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Prosecution not asking for death penalty in murder case

A guilty verdict from a jury has resolved a cold murder case that had been on the books in California since 1980. The city's district attorney's office chose not to request the death penalty for the 60-year-old man convicted of raping and murdering a 36-year-old woman in her Silver Lake apartment.

Genetic genealogy used to identify murder suspect

Police in California say that they used a technique known as genetic genealogy to link a 52-year-old Visalia man to a string of sexual assaults that took place in Tulare County between 1999 and 2002 and the rape and murder of a 22-year-old female college student in 1996. The man has been charged with eight felony accounts in connection with the sexual assaults and is being held without bail.

When is assault “aggravated?”

If you become involved in an altercation in Fullerton, there is a possibility that you could end up facing assault charges (unless your actions were solely in response to another’s aggression). Yet as is the case with many criminal charges, the application of assault charges to your case is rarely simple. You will, however, want to understand the details of California’s assault and battery laws to ensure that you are only charged with those offenses that your alleged actions may have warranted. 

What laws govern self-defense in California?

It's a terrifying prospect; should an intruder attempt to break into your home, use of lethal force might be the only option to protect you and your family. This topic can be difficult from a legal perspective, as California is without the "Stand Your Ground Law" that is the subject of controversy in so many other states. There are other laws that cover the issue in this state, as explained by abc10.com

False allegations of assault

Assault charges can be devastating, and those who are accused of assault may witness their lives unravel in all sorts of ways. Whether someone faces challenges in their career because of the charges or their reputation is shattered and they face time in prison, numerous consequences may result from these accusations. Unfortunately, many people have been falsely accused of assault. Even though the allegations are false, they can still shatter someone's life if the case is not approached correctly. For these reasons, it is pivotal to carefully review your legal options if you have been wrongly accused of assault.

Defining "criminal threats"

You might think that the only way through which you can be convicted of a violent crime in Fullerton would be to actually take action against another. Yet that is not always the case. Many clients have come to us here at The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman thinking that their right to free speech also affords them the freedom to say whatever they want without facing any criminal charges. Yet law enforcement officials may often view the words you say as conveying an intent serious enough to warrant charging you with a crime. 

Is eyewitness identification a reliable source of evidence?

For many years, eyewitness identification has been used as a source of evidence in criminal cases across the country. Whether through a physical lineup or using photographs, witnesses have been asked to pick the perpetrator out of a line of potential suspects. Yet, research shows that flaws in the eyewitness lineup process has led to the wrongful conviction and incarceration of many people. According to the Innocence Project, 350 criminal cases have been overturned after DNA evidence proved the innocence of the convicted individual. Eyewitness misidentification was involved in 70% of those cases.

The consequences of assault charges

People are charged with assault for all sorts of reasons, whether they unexpectedly found themselves in the middle of a bar fight or a former partner falsely accuses them of a violent attack. Regardless of the reason(s) why someone finds themselves in this position, it is important to remember that the consequences can be devastating. Even if someone is found innocent, their reputation may be damaged beyond repair and they may have to endure a considerable amount of stress.

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