3 Men Exonerated After 36 Years Imprisonment for “Georgetown Jacket” Murder

By: Wallin & Klarich

After spending 36 years in prison for being falsely convicted of murder, Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins, and Andrew Stewart have been released. Their exoneration came after a reexamination of their case revealed that police coercion towards witnesses resulted in a wrongful conviction for all three men.   History of the Case On Thanksgiving Day 1983, Chestnu, …

Posted In: Murder

California’s Cash Bail Phase Out Is On Hold

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Sixty percent of people arrested in California never face a criminal charge. According to one study, as many as 48,000 county jail inmates have not been convicted of anything. In many cases, those people are serving time in jail because they could not afford to pay for bail to secure their release.  A recent change …

Posted In: Bail

CALIFORNIA LIMITS THE USE OF THE KILL ZONE THEORY OF LIABILITY FOR MURDER CHARGES

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The California Supreme Court has issued a decision which strictly limits a prosecutor’s ability to convict a defendant of attempted murder based on a “kill zone” theory of liability. In cases where defendants are charged with attempted murder under the kill zone theory, prosecutors have been able to argue a defendant’s intent to kill each …

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Tagged: Murder

Should Ex-Felons Be Allowed to Serve As Jurors?

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A felony conviction in California means that the person convicted will not only spend time in county jail or state prison, but will also lose several rights, such as the right to own firearms and the right to vote. A felony conviction also means that a person cannot serve on a jury. While there are …

Posted In: Felony
Tagged: Felony

No More Fees in California?

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When it comes to criminal justice reform, California likes to do things differently. The past few years have seen changes to the types of offenses that result in jail time, a reduction in penalties for non-violent crimes, and the elimination of cash bail. The latest proposed change involves the elimination of several administrative fees that, …

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NEW LAW MAY IMPACT YOUR POSSIBLE LOVED ONES SENTENCE IN A CRIMINAL CASE

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Under California law a defendant who has been convicted of a serious or violent felony and has previously been convicted of a serious or violent felony receives a 5 year enhancement of their prison sentence. This enhancement works in combination with California’s “three strikes law” which doubles the sentencing term for a person who has …

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What happens when a warrant has been issued?

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If a warrant has been issued in your name you may have a lot of questions. Wallin & Klarich has been helping people just like you for over 35 years to ensure that their legal rights are defended and preserved. Why was a warrant issued? A warrant was likely issued because a law enforcement officer …

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What is the Difference Between a Straight Felony and a Wobbler Offense?

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In California, crimes are classified as either an infraction, a misdemeanor, or a felony. If guilty of an infraction, you often are only required to pay a fine and face no other penalties. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor, jail time becomes a possibility but typically you would face no more than 1 year …

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California Law Banning Gun Magazines Back in Effect

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In the United States, California stands out for its expansive gun laws that constantly evolve to be forward-thinking while attempting to not harshly infringe on Second Amendment rights. The increasing frequency of mass shootings and gun-related crimes resulted in previous California governor Jerry Brown signing new laws that gave the state some of the strictest …

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Local Governments Challenging Door-to-Door Cannabis Delivery in California

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Beverly Hills and 24 other local governments sued on Friday to overturn a ruling that allows licensed cannabis delivery statewide. The cities argue that the rule undermines Proposition 64—which guaranteed cities and counties local control over cannabis activities. Since California’s legalization of adult cannabis use in 2016 through Prop 64, it has failed to see …

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Wallin & Klarich was established in 1981. Over the past 32 years, our law firm has helped tens of thousands of families in their time of legal need. Regardless of whether our clients faced criminal or DUI charges, the loss of their driving privilege, or wanted to clean up their criminal record, we have been there to help them.