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Nurses, Teachers, Need a Skilled Attorney When Facing Petty Theft Charges
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

The charge of Petty Theft under Penal Code Sections 484(a)-488 is a very commonly alleged crime and generally not considered serious as first time offenders generally face no jail time and small fines. However, the effect of such a conviction on professionally licensed persons like Nurses, Doctors, Lawyers and Teachers can be career ending. The reason for…

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“Three Strikers” Who Have Already Been Sentenced Get a Second Chance
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

Until recently, the law in California required that anyone with two prior serious or violent convictions who then picks up a third felony of any type had to be sentenced to 25 years to life. One significant exception to that was the Romero exception which referred to a case by the same name. That case…

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How Manslaughter Differs From First and Second Degree Murder in California
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

One of the most confusing areas of criminal law is the area of murder versus manslaughter. Both murder and manslaughter involve the Defendant willfully killing another person. Notably, self defense is a defense to murder and manslaughter. First degree murder is the classic fact scenario where the Defendant plans to kill someone and executes on that plan.…

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Fortune Teller Murder Orange County
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

A death penalty hearing is set for Tanya Jaime Nelson in Orange County Superior Court; she was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder for stabbing Ha “Jade” Smith and her daughter Anita Vo. The motive for the murders was that Ha Smith a fortune teller, told Nelson she would do better by moving her…

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Tiger Woods Avoided Criminal Charges
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

Pro golfer, Tiger Woods, avoided criminal charges and instead received a traffic citation for his accident that occurred in the early hours after Thanksgiving. There was speculation that a domestic violence incident had occurred after Woods was left mildly injured following an accident where he drove his Escalade into a water hydrant and then ran…

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