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How Will Proposition 47 Apply to Juvenile Cases?
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

In San Diego County a judge has granted a juvenile the same adjustments to his charges and sentence under proposition 47 that adults receive. Proposition 47 permits certain cases like Possession of a Controlled Substance and Theft Offenses to be reduced to Misdemeanors because the law now recognizes all Possession offenses and most Theft offenses…

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Changes in the Law Make It Easier Than Ever to Get a Domestic Violence Case Dismissed
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

Previously, if a victim of a Domestic Violence case refused to testify against their spouse they could be arrested, held in contempt and incarcerated. Although this almost never happen the threat of it was enough to cause spouses who might not otherwise have testified to testify. Then the California legislature passed California Civil Procedure (CCP)…

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Mexican Drug Kingpin El Chapo Escapes Through Tunnel Under Prison
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

Mexican Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped from the Altiplano Maximum Security Federal Prison over the weekend. The prison was designed to house high profile criminals and had been reviewed by international agencies in order to verify that the facility could securely hold the drug lord. He had been constantly monitored by video…

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Military Discharge Without Board Hearing
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

If you are being separated from any of the military branches for positive urinalysis, a pattern of misconduct or commission of a serious offense you are not entitled to an Administrative Separation Board UNLESS you have been in the military for at least 6 years. As such, the Command can decline to prosecute in a…

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California Law Will Authorize Videotaping of Police by Civilians
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

The California Assembly has just passed a law authorizing civilians to film police in public while police are arresting someone or otherwise working. The bill (SB 411) heads to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk where he is expected to sign it. While there was no law prohibiting videotaping of police arresting people, the California legislature wanted…

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Will Bruzzo’s Client Found NOT GUILTY of Sexual Battery in Orange County College Brawl
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney Will Bruzzo successfully defended an Orange County college student accused of Felony Assault with Force Likely to Cause Great Bodily Injury (Penal Code Section 245(a)(4)) and Misdemeanor Sexual Battery (Penal Code Section 243.4 (e)(1)). If convicted the Defendant was facing lifetime sex registration under Penal Code Section 290 for the…

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Naked Man Parking Lot Rampage
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

According to the Los Angeles Times, a suspect was apprehended in Anaheim after he crashed naked through the back window of a car. The car was parked in an apartment complex lot and the incident was caught on surveillance video. The posted surveillance footage shows a woman getting into her car. Then the naked man…

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How to Remove an Arrest from your Record in California
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

I have practiced law for over 20 years and during that time I have seen many people get arrested for a crime who end up never going to court because the District Attorney declines to file the charge. There are many reasons for this. The most common is that the police may have probable cause…

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Criminal Cases in City of Los Angeles Resolved Without Ever Going to Court Under New Program!
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

In September of 2014 the Los Angeles City Attorney started a new diversion type program called the Neighborhood Justice Program. Once a Defendant is arrested or cited for an offense he may be eligible for a program where the case never actually goes to court. This program only applies to certain minor charges such as: Petty…

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PROP 47: Non-Violent Offenses Including Theft and Drug Offenses Can Only Be Misdemeanors
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

On November 4, 2014, California voters approved a voter initiative which requires that certain crimes MUST be filed as misdemeanors. This appears to be an effort by the state of California to reduce the number of people in the state prison system. From now on theft offenses for less than $950.00 must be filed as misdemeanors-even…

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