San Diego - El Cajon Criminal
ASSAULT & BATTERY
“Assault” is the unlawful attempt to inflict a violent injury on
another person. “Battery” is the intentional use of force or
violence upon another person. Assault with a deadly weapon and
domestic violence are forms of assault and battery.
Domestic violence is the unlawful touching of a spouse or
girlfriend/boyfriend regardless of whether there is an injury.
Threatening to cause harm is also considered domestic violence.
Punishment includes attendance at a 52-week domestic violence
education program and a ban on gun ownership.
Drug crimes include the following: cultivation, manufacturing,
paraphernalia, possession, selling , transportation, under the
DRIVING UNDER THE
It is DUI to drive while under the influence of alcohol or
drugs. It is also DUI to drive with a blood-alcohol level of .08
Penalties for first offense include a fine of approximately
$2,000.00, attendance at a DUI school and a restricted or
suspended license. The penalties increase significantly for
additional offenses within a ten-year time period.
The DMV will also restrict or suspend your driver’s license as a
result of a DUI.
There are many defenses to a DUI, including: Lack of probable
cause to arrest, Problems proving driving, Problems with the
blood, breath or urine test, Problems calculating the
blood-alcohol level at the time of driving versus the time of
the chemical test.
Sex crimes include the following: Date rape, Failure to register
as a sex offender, Indecent exposure, Child molestation,
Pornography, Prostitution, Rape and sexual assault, Statutory
The penalties for sex crimes range from probation with
counseling to life in prison. Most sex offenders also have to
register for the rest of their lives.
Sex crimes and registration are very complicated and The Law
Offices of Dan Bacal can explain the full range of consequences
and defenses to a sex crime.
There are many ways a person’s license may be suspended. Certain
crimes, like DUI or drug charges, can result in a suspended
license. Too many traffic tickets can also result in a
suspension. A license suspension can also be caused by a failure
to appear in court or failure to pay a fine.
Penalties for driving on a suspended license include fines and
jail. A person’s car may also be impounded or forfeited for
driving on a suspended license.
The Law Offices of Dan Bacal can help you to keep your license
or help you to get it back if it has been suspended.
Theft crimes include the following: petty theft (under $400),
grand theft, embezzlement, credit and check theft, welfare
fraud. insurance fraud
The penalties for theft range from probation to prison. A theft
offense is also “priorable,” which means the penalties increase
for each new offense.
The Law Offices of Dan Bacal can explain the full range or
consequences and possible defenses to a theft crime.
Under California’s “three strikes” law, any third felony
for a defendant with two prior serious or violent felonies
results in a prison sentence of 25 years to life.
A defendant with any second felony following a serious or
violent felony faces a doubled prison sentence.
Under certain circumstances, a judge can “strike” or remove the
prior strike so that the defendant is not facing the increased
The “three strikes” law is very complicated and an experienced
attorney can explain the full range of consequences and defenses
to a “three strikes” crime.
Weapons crimes include the following: Carrying a concealable or
loaded weapon, Carrying a weapon in a vehicle, Illegal weapons
(sawed-off shotgun, machine gun, silencers, etc.), Illegal
ammunition (metal or armor piercing), Hand grenades and
explosive devices, Switch-blade knives, brass knuckles and billy
clubs, Felon in possession of a weapon
Many other crimes carry increased penalties if a weapon was used
in the commission of a crime.
The Law Offices of Dan Bacal can explain the full range of
penalties and defenses, including self defense, for possession
of an illegal weapon.
If you or someone you know has
been charged with a criminal offense, call the Law Offices of
Dan Bacal at (619) 588-2064 or request a
case evaluation. The initial consultation is free of
charge. We accept payment plans and credit cards to handle your
What to do if you are arrested.