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Coming to America: The Migrant Crisis of the Americas

January 19, 2017 by Seppi Esfandi in Special Report,   Leave a Comment
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“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” – the words written at the base of the Statue of Liberty. Lining Up by the Thousands Latin America has...

Knowing Your Rights: What to do During a Police Encounter

January 05, 2017 by Seppi Esfandi in Criminal Defense,  Rights,   Leave a Comment
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Being stopped by the police can occur anywhere, any time, when least expected. That’s why it’s very important to know your rights as a citizen regarding interaction with law enforcement officers. In this article we will discuss 10 basic rules for dealing with police encounters: Don’t get angry. Always keep your cool and be calm....

Cybercrime in California: It’s Complicated

January 03, 2017 by Seppi Esfandi in Criminal Defense,   Leave a Comment
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The term “cybercrime” often evokes an image of someone in a foreign country hacking a major government agency when, in reality, cybercrime in California covers a wide range of conduct. This is in addition to any federal crimes that can be committed using the Internet. Common Types of Cybercrime Accessing a device or its data...

Announcing the Seppi Esfandi Law Scholarship

December 19, 2016 by Seppi Esfandi in Attorney,  Criminal Defense,  Scholarship,   Leave a Comment
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School is difficult enough without having to worry about finances, that’s why we’ve created a fairly simple scholarship opportunity for all law students. Esfandi Law Firm proudly announces The Seppi Esfandi Law Scholarship, a nationwide private scholarship offered to one law student located in the United States of America. This scholarship is an annual scholarship...

What is a “Wet Reckless” Plea Bargain?

November 28, 2016 by Seppi Esfandi in Criminal Defense,  DUI,   Leave a Comment
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Wet and Reckless “Vehicle Code 23103.5 – If the prosecution agrees to a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to a charge of a violation of Section 23103 in satisfaction of, or as a substitute for, an original charge of a violation of Section 23152, the prosecution shall state for the record a factual basis...

What Are The Steps in A Criminal Case?

September 19, 2016 by Seppi Esfandi in Criminal Defense,  DUI,   Leave a Comment
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Criminal Cases in the State of California all follow the same basic procedures. It’s important to know these 7 crucial steps to develop a successful defense strategy, and maximize the chances of winning, having the charges significantly reduced, or having the entire case completely dismissed. Step 1: Bail Bail is a payment made to the...

Employment After a Felony Conviction

September 06, 2016 by Seppi Esfandi in Attorney,  Criminal Defense,   Leave a Comment
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  A felony conviction can be devastating to your search for gainful employment, as most reputable companies and desired job positions will merit some form of background check. Depending on the nature of your felony, there are certain jobs that can be impossible to get. For instance, if you have a felony DUI on your record,...

New Crime Mapping Web Application

August 24, 2016 by Seppi Esfandi in Attorney,  Criminal Defense,   Leave a Comment
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CrimeMapping is an online public resource created by The Omega Group providing an overview of designated crimes within a particular law enforcement agency. Data is published with the expressed permission of each participating agency and the information is always validated through direct collaboration with law enforcement personnel. The default date range for the map is...

Criminal Defense Attorney Fees: Why Such Disparities?

October 19, 2013 by Seppi Esfandi in Attorney,   Leave a Comment
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After being arrested, you may find yourself going through the arduous tasks of hiring a criminal defense attorney. After contacting several, you may be asking yourself “How can some attorneys charge as little as $699 while others charge as much as $10,000?” The answer is unsurprisingly the type of representation that you’ll receive. Attorneys who...

Criminal Defense Attorney vs Public Defender

October 19, 2013 by Seppi Esfandi in Attorney,   Leave a Comment
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There is a longstanding debate between which type of counsel is more effective, public defenders or private attorneys. Public defenders are attorneys that are appointed to a defendant if they cannot afford their own representation. On the other hand, private attorneys are hired directly by a defendant to represent them during their legal troubles. A...

How to Reduce a Felony to Misdemeanor

October 11, 2013 by Seppi Esfandi in Criminal Defense,   Leave a Comment

We are commonly asked at our offices if it’s possible to reduce a felony conviction to a misdemeanor, and the answer is commonly yes. I say commonly because there are some limitations to the types of crimes that are eligible for such treatment. The two most important factors that determine if your crime is eligible...

Are You a Victim of an Illegal Search and Seizure

October 11, 2013 by Seppi Esfandi in Criminal Defense,   Leave a Comment

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution reads as follows: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be...

Your Rights During an Arrest

October 11, 2013 by Seppi Esfandi in Criminal Defense,   Leave a Comment

Our nation’s Constitution is the foundation of justice in the United States. The rights that we are guaranteed within that significant document pertain to our day-to-day lives as well as during unfortunate times. The Constitution states explicitly what rights we are guaranteed as citizens and as criminals; however, it is our responsibility to know and understand...

Do You Need to Take a Field Sobriety Test

October 11, 2013 by Seppi Esfandi in DUI,   Leave a Comment
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After reading question after question regarding field sobriety tests and whether or not they are necessary to take I took it upon myself to answer these questions here. In short, no. It is not required to take a field sobriety test if you get pulled over for a DUI, but keep in mind that evidence will...

Why You Shoud Never Plead Guilty

October 11, 2013 by Seppi Esfandi in Criminal Defense,   Leave a Comment

The aim of our court system is to convict people who are guilty of crimes, not to wrongfully convict innocent people who are intimidated by the system. It is unfortunate, yet common, for innocent people to plead guilty because they think doing so will result in a lesser charge. But if you’re innocent, then you...

What to do Right After a DUI Arrest in California

October 11, 2013 by Seppi Esfandi in DUI,   Leave a Comment

If you have recently been arrested for a DUI there are several steps that must be taken to ensure that you will face the minimum fines and punishments. Hire a criminal defense attorney. The single most important thing to do after you’ve been arrested for a DUI is to hire a criminal defense attorney. DUI...

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