The District Attorney’s office’s review of cases is a start, but there is still much work to be done to ensure justice for defendants whose cases are affected by outdated DNA protocols. I’ve previously discussed my work on a writ of habeas corpus for my client Florencio Dominguez involving the use of invalid DNA techniques…

Murder Conviction Overturned on Invalid DNA Evidence On October 6, 2017, the San Diego Superior Court overturned Florencio Dominguez’ (my client’s) murder conviction on a petition for Habeas Corpus. The success rate on getting a conviction overturned on habeas is less than one percent. This illustrates how significant this outcome is for my client and…

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. Retaining a good criminal defense investigator ensures that your defense team can hit the ground running. Most people who get charged with a crime have enough common sense to hire an attorney. However, not many people think about…

Prop 47 provides significant relief to those with harsh criminal records WHAT IS PROP 47? In the midterm election this past year, the people of California passed Proposition 47, The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act.  As a criminal defense attorney, I’ve been asked numerous times about Proposition 47 and what it is.  Proposition 47 made…

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