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At Okabe & Haushalter, we see many clients charged with criminal offenses—some relatively minor and others quite significant. One of the most commonly fielded questions from our clients and their family members is whether or not they should go for a plea deal that they have been offered by the prosecution in their case. The […]
If you have been following the HBO documentary “The Case Against Adnan Syed,” then you may be still reeling about the shocking finale, which played out last week. During the finale, it was revealed that Syed was offered a resentencing deal, which he refused to take. He has been behind bars for 20 years for […]
Eyewitness misidentification is one of the main causes of wrongful convictions in the United States, according to the California Innocence Project. Even so, eyewitness identification is still considered one of the most powerful types of evidence that can be used against a criminal defendant in a court of law. This flies in the face of […]
The Golden State Killer left havoc behind wherever he went in the 1970s and 80s in California. Last year, police said they had their guy, nearly 50 years after his first known crime, bringing closure to a string of cold cases including hundreds of home invasions, dozens of rapes, and more than a dozen murders. […]
As many as 800 inmates serving time in California’s prisons and penitentiaries may soon have their sentences revisited—and possibly undergo sentence reductions. When SB 1437 passed last fall, it brought significant modifications to the rule and allows for retroactive sentencing for those inmates affected by the change. The new rules went into effect on January […]
There is a saying, “there are three sides to a story: the first person’s, the second person’s, and the truth is somewhere in the middle”. When you are charged with a crime there is your story, the prosecutor’s story, and the truth is somewhere in the middle. If you were charged with a crime there […]
Earlier this month, NBC Bay Area News reported that many inappropriate student-teacher relationships began over text messaging and social media. This is not entirely surprising to San Francisco criminal defense attorneys who know that the line between appropriate and inappropriate communications is rather blurry, especially when school districts do not create policies for teacher/student communication […]
Last month California’s most infamous dine and dasher surrendered himself at the Los Angeles County Superior Court to serve his 120 day jail sentence. The 45 year old man had notoriously met women on dating apps and asked them to dine at different restaurants in Southern California. He would eat dinner, sometimes ordering and eating […]
Many of us communicate with our friends and loved ones in a manner that only the participants of this conversation can understand. Thus, if a text-based conversation between you and your friend, who committed suicide, gets into the wrong hands, it may lead to a conviction of involuntary manslaughter. After all, what you and your […]
Let’s imagine the following scenario. You have just made toast and are about to spread peanut butter and jelly on your toast when, all of a sudden, you hear a knock on your door. You are not expecting anyone. So you go to the door and ask who it is. You hear, “Open up, it’s […]
With hate speech, insults, and trolling being an integral part of the Internet and social media, nearly anyone can be accused of a hate crime if you live in California, where residents rely heavily on social media and cell phones as their primary means for communication. In fact, statistics show that the number of hate […]
With the partial government shutdown in its third week and no end in sight, many Americans are concerned about how the shutdown might affect their criminal case in a federal court. For those of you who have paid little to no attention to politics in the past three weeks, the U.S. government entered a partial […]