Archive for Sentencing

Proposition 36 Gives Inmates Serving Life In Prison A Chance At Reducing Their Sentence

  • November 8, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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On Tuesday November 6, 2012, almost 70% of California voters supported Proposition 36, which changes how California administers it’s three strikes law.  Under that law, a person convicted of three felonies is sentenced to life in prison.  Proposition 36 changes…

Brain Scan Evidence Impacts Sentences Received by Juveniles

  • August 18, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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A groundbreaking study published by the journal Science shows that judges are likely to be influenced by the results of brain scans that are introduced into evidence. The brain scan evidence was introduced as part of a hypothetical case that…

Modern Day Debtors Prisons in Los Angeles

  • July 6, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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As a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles, I sometimes feel that I live in an alternate reality.  On a weekly basis, I experience things that most well-educated and well-read people are confident don’t exist anymore.  One of those is…

Getting Your Gun Rights Back After A Felony

  • May 30, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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As a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer, I know that federal law makes it very difficult for a convicted felon to possess or use a fireman. That’s what former Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham found out the hard way. Mr. Cunningham…

Medicare Fraud Arrests in Los Angeles

  • May 3, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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The feds are getting serious about Medicare fraud. More than 100 people have been charged in connection a Medicare fraud conspiracy that is alleged to span eight cities. Eight of the suspects are in Los Angeles, including two doctors. According…

PCP Arrests In Los Angeles and Culver City

  • February 18, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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The Los Angeles Times is reporting that two individuals have been arrested in Los Angeles County in what law enforcement officials are describing as a huge PCP operation. PCP is the acronym for the drug  1-(1-phencyclohexyl) piperdine.  It’s chemical name…

Arrest in 50 Hollywood Arson Fires

  • January 8, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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Harry Burkhardt has been charged with setting more than 50 fires that, over the past week, unnerved much of Hollywood. The arrest of Mr. Burkhardt has caused his high-profile case to take an unexpected twist.  The alleged arsons might be…

County Jail Felony Sentence is Not Probation

  • October 23, 2011
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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There are many questions about California’s criminal justice realignment plan.  The cornerstone of this plan is the restructuring of California’s sentencing laws.  As of October 1, 2011, most “non-strike” offenses will be served in county jail rather than state prison….

Big Changes in California Sentencing Laws Coming October 1

  • September 12, 2011
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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Humongous changes coming in California’s sentencing laws, the big thing is that almost all non-strike and non-PC 290 registration felonies can now be served in county jail instead of state prison.   Attorney Garrick Byers, earns his self-proclaimed  title of…

Johannes Mehserle Sentence in Oscar Grant Shooting Explained

  • November 7, 2010
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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If you are reading this, you are likely aware that Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert Perry sentenced former BART police officer Johannes Meshserle to two years in a California state prison for the killing of Oscar Grant on an Oakland…

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