Why Would a Criminal Defense Lawyer Choose To Help a Defendant?

Certain questions always get asked when potential clients call our firm.  They typically ask about the likely outcome of the case (they want legal advice) and how much it will all cost.  However, in normal day-to-day life, non-potential clients ask different questions once they find out I am a criminal defense lawyer.  They ask: How can you represent criminals and what do you do when you know they are guilty? My answers are typically short even though my reasons are important. Rarely are they interested in really hearing my full explanation. Now is a good time to explain. So, bare with me a bit while we examine this issue from a variety of angles. Hopefully by the end I will have answered why I am a defense attorney and why you should care.

California Criminal Court Procedure: Fresno County Edition

In a first of a series of articles we address criminal court procedure in California with specific focus on how each county does things. Many people assume that criminal procedure is consistent across all the counties in California and this simply is not the case.  While your rights will remain consistent the actual procedures of court vary widely.  Let's dig in.

Increasing Awareness About Stalking

While you're probably familiar with the term, there's a lot more you might want to know about stalking. The Stalking Resource Center describes it as "a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear." In honor of National Stalking Awareness Month, here are some facts about this crime.

How to Set Goals and Stick With Them (Very Much Unrelated to Law)

A new year is an opportunity to let go of bad habits or to start some new healthy ones. Many resolve to start exercising, quit smoking or lose weight, while others decide to take control of their finances or practice daily gratitude. Even though they may start strong, the majority of these resolutions don't last. It's unfortunate but not inevitable. The tips below can help you stick to your New Year's resolutions indefinitely.

How will Donald Trump presidency effect federal justice system?

While federal laws do not change on a rapid basis, especially these days with the never ending posturing and ineptness of the branch, executive "policy" can change very quickly. Policy differs from law in that it is set within the administration itself and not by Congress. For example, Congress may outlaw marijuana possession and cultivation but the Executive Branch (President) can refuse to enforce the law. 

Techniques for Keeping Calm in Stressful Situations

Everyday annoyances, such as heavy traffic, slow service or disagreeable coworkers, can be stressful, especially when you're facing multiple at a time. And for many people, the holiday season tends to bring an increased number of stressors. Spending time with family members you don't always get along with, concerns about money for gifts, social isolation and increased alcohol consumption can lead to anxiety, depression and, for some, anger.

How well do you know your Miranda rights?

There are many misunderstandings about the Miranda rights: what they are, what they protect against, when they must be stated and when they can be evoked. Experts estimate about 80 percent of suspectsunintentionally waive their Miranda rights. It's often due to a lack of understanding, the stress of the moment or a combination of the two. Make sure you know the facts and how the law protects you.

We are pleased to now offer unbundled legal services

The Law Office of Nicco Capozzi now offers unbundled legal services to all our clients.  In most cases we are hired to handle an entire case from start to finish -- this type of representation is necessary for criminal defense, asset forfeiture, appeals, and litigation. However, many times our clients have simple matters they need handled. Perhaps you just need a single document drafted, a corporation formed, to send off seizure and desist order, or many other types of documents related to business, property, marriage, healthcare, human resources, estate planning, landlord and tenant issues, and more.  We now offer these services at a reduced flat fee rate.

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Restraining Orders: What are they and what do they mean?

A restraining order, also called a protection or protective order, is a legally binding order issued by a judge that restrains a person's actions regarding another person. A domestic violence restraining order typically prohibits a person from contacting, attempting to contact, harassing, threatening or harming another person. Harm can refer to physical, emotional and psychological harm.