What To Look For In A Domestic Violence Dispute

What To Look For In A Domestic Violence Dispute

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in a relationship when one person is attempting to gain or maintain power and control over the other person. If you’ve been involved in a domestic violence dispute, or you know someone who has, you know it can be a scary situation to deal with. Thankfully, there are ways to predict this behavior, and certain patterns to look out for in your relationship or someone else’s that can help you identify domestic violence. What Are the Different Types? There are five ways that domestic violence can manifest itself in a relationship. It’s … Read More

When is a Crime a Hate Crime?

Under both state and federal law, you can be charged with a hate crime if you commit a crime motivated by hatred or bias against certain groups. These crimes can result in higher penalties than crimes motivated by other factors. What factors are considered when deciding whether a crime is a hate crime? Race Ethnicity Skin color Religion National origin Gender Sexual orientation Gender identity Disability California’s Penal Code lists hate crimes under 422.6 PC. It states that it is a misdemeanor to willfully injure, intimidate, interfere with, or threaten someone in a protected class, or to knowingly damage or … Read More

Homicide Suspect Wants to Get Arrested

By Richard Wingerden of the Law Offices of Richard Wingerden posted in Criminal Procedure. On October  26, 2015, Hugo Ernesto Castro of San Jose went to the Santa Clara County Main Jail to turn himself in for killing his former girlfriend. He was turned away by a Sheriff’s deputy in the front lobby and sent back to the street. According to a statement from Sheriff Laurie Smith, Castro walked into the lobby of the Main Jail and told a civilian staff member “about the location of a dead body.” The staff member in turn informed a correctional deputy. Sources familiar … Read More

What is Residential Burglary?

By Richard Wingerden of the Law Offices of Richard Wingerden posted in Burglary. On October  22, around 11:40 a.m., San Jose police responded to a house after they received calls that a person had been shot. When officers arrived, they discovered that the homeowner had been shot by one of three suspects whom the victim had found burglarizing his home. The suspects got away and the homeowner was treated at a hospital and released. If the suspects are arrested, they will face numerous charges. One of the charges would be residential burglary. Residential burglary is codified in Penal Code sections … Read More

Consequences for Carjacking

By Richard Wingerden of the Law Offices of Richard Wingerden posted in Serious Felony. A female suspect, 30, was taken into custody after trying to flee the crash scene on Lombard Street in San Francisco. She was arrested Wednesday after running into traffic on Highway 101 in Corte Madera, carjacking a Subaru and crashing the vehicle in San Francisco, police said. Based on her actions, she will be charged with carjacking. Carjacking is a violation of Penal Code section 215 which states, “Carjacking is the felonious taking of a motor vehicle in the possession of another, from his or her … Read More

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