San Diego Cases involving DNA prior to April 2011 need to be reviewed… immediately. And the San Diego DA’s office has known this for a long time. In April 2011, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) crime lab fundamentally changed the way it interprets DNA evidence involving mixture samples. Mixture samples are DNA evidence collected that…

A felony arrest can be a life changing experience fraught with anxiety and fear. Most of those feelings are because you don’t know what is going to happen. What can I expect when I go to court?  What are my rights? How long will this take? Will I be able to get out of jail?…

Hiring an investigator may be the most important thing you do in defense of your criminal charges. Most people who get charged with a crime have enough common sense to hire an attorney. However, not many people think about hiring a private investigator. Truth is, the investigator may be just as, if not more, important…

White Collar sentence enhancements mean big penalties for big crimes California has notoriously harsh penalties for white collar crimes involving large amounts of money. Anyone fighting a white collar case as a defendant should be aware of these sentence enhancements because they can substantially increase the prison term one may have to serve. There are two…

In a case that garnered massive nation media attention, my client was charged in ten counts of Conspiracy to Commit Murder.  The prosecution relied on a rarely used statute to charge my client with Murder Conspiracies involving multiple alleged gang shootings in South East San Diego that occurred in 2014. The Situation: The prosecution charged my…

My client was charged with Murder and a Gang Enhancement, charges that carry a sentence of 50-years-to-life.  After a long trial, the jury hung in favor of the defense (9 to 3) and the judge dismissed the case. The Situation: My client was charged with Murder with an enhancement that the murder was done for the benefit of,…

My client was charged with Felony DUI for allegedly driving under the influence and causing an accident which resulted in injury to another.  The main evidence in the case was a blood test that showed his BAC was .17.   After a contested hearing, the blood result was excluded from trial and the prosecution had no…

My client was charged with DUI after being held at gunpoint and forced to drive. The Situation: My client had an armed gunman come to his house and force him to drive to an ATM.  He and his two friends drove to a gas station with the gunman following behind him and asked the store…

Criminal defense attorney Matthew J. Speredelozzi explains what to do if you’re pulled over for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you’re arrested for suspicion of DUI, the officer will likely want to administer field sobriety tests on you.  These may include the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (follow a pen with your eyes),…

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