Archive for the ‘Criminal Lawyers Vista’ Category
Monday, December 2nd, 2013
While the medical use of marijuana is legal in California, it is still subject to a number of laws and the use of medicinal marijuana is still a crime under federal law. If you or a loved one has been charged with marijuana use, sale or another related charge in California despite having a medicinal marijuana license, please call a Vista criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
There are a number of different reasons a person who uses or sells marijuana for medicinal purposes may be charged with a crime related to the drug. For one thing, many police officers are not adequately trained about the Compassionate Care Act and what it means for those using marijuana for treatment of a medical condition. For another, some people who use the drug medicinally might not have a current prescription card or may not have it on them when they were stopped by the police.
Additionally, some people who legally grow marijuana for medicinal purposes sell or give away marijuana to persons without a medicinal marijuana card. Sometimes people are in possession of more marijuana than their prescription allots or use the substance in an area that is banned under state law. It is also illegal to operate a vehicle under the influence of medical marijuana and a Vista DUI lawyer would always urge you not to mention your prescription to a police officer during a traffic stop.
Because there are so many restrictions on dispensaries, those working at these shops and those who own and operate them may be charged with all number of crimes, including selling marijuana to someone without a prescription card, not maintaining the location as a non-profit, or possessing more than the legally allotted amount.
Aside from these local restrictions, the federal government has not recognized the legality of state-operated medical marijuana laws, so you may also be charged by federal agency under federal law whether or not you followed all of the state laws relating to medicinal marijuana. Because these cases operate on a federal level, you will need a Vista criminal attorney that is able to operate in the federal court system like Peter M. Liss.
Whatever the specifics of your medicinal marijuana arrest, Vista criminal lawyer can help you fight the charges. Please call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
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Sunday, December 1st, 2013
This blog may talk a lot about Vista criminal lawyer Peter M. Liss’ excellent reputation around the county, but it’s one thing to say that he has defended a number of high-profile cases in the area and has been interviewed repeatedly by many top news organizations and another thing to provide proof. The articles below serve as testimony that Peter Liss truly is one of the most respected criminal attorneys in Vista.
DUI Hit and Run Accident Resulting in Severe Injury of a Marine
In this case, an intoxicated woman involved in an accident with a US Marine fled the scene before authorities arrived. The woman, who had a BAC of .37, was scared, confused and left the scene not because she was avoiding responsibly, but because she wanted to tell her husband, who is also a Marine, what happened before he left for work.
While the defendant faced up to nine years in prison, as her Vista DUI defense lawyer, Peter Liss helped her secure a plea bargain for half of that sentence. Additionally, the bargain allowed the defendant to serve on a firefighting crew while in prison.
The story was covered by multiple outlets, including a few different stories featured in the Union Tribune and in multiple stories by CBS.
Driver Charged With Fatally Hitting A Toddler
Right now, Peter Liss is defending a very high profile case involving a man accused of hitting and killing a three year-old boy with his car. The driver was exiting a driveway and hit and killed the boy. Once the driver realized what happened, he immediately exited the car and began trying to help.
While police initially arrested the driver on suspicion of drunk driving, a preliminary alcohol screening (the only test performed in this case) showed the defendant had a BAC of .02%, far below the legal limit of .08%.
He is still being charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving without a valid license and providing officers with false identification. The charges could result in a two and a half year jail sentence. Ultimately, the case will come down to whether or not the prosecution can prove that the driver was operating his vehicle in a negligent manner, which his Vista criminal attorney, Peter Liss, says he was not doing.
While more coverage of the case will undoubtedly end up in the press as the trial progresses, it has already been covered by the Union Tribune, Fox and KUSI.
If you have been charged with a crime, you want the best Vista criminal lawyer available. Peter M. Liss not only has a sterling reputation, he also offers affordable rates and has an office directly across from the Vista courthouse. If you are ready to schedule a free initial consultation, please call (760) 643-4050.
Sunday, September 1st, 2013
Hazing has a lot of different meanings, but for most people, it brings to mind an act of initiation to get into a club, fraternity or other organization. Under California law, the layman’s term “hazing” is often legal. However, if you violate the state’s definition of the term, you can be charged with a crime. If you have been charged with hazing, please call a criminal lawyer in Vista today.
Illegal hazing in California involves any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization or student body that is likely to cause serious bodily injury to a former, current or prospective student of any educational institution in the state. The organization does not have to be officially recognized by the educational institution, but it must be associated with one by the membership of current of former students. If the event is part of a formal athletic event or school-sanctioned activity, it is not hazing. There are a lot of distinctions there, which is precisely why it is critical you have the right criminal attorneys in North County, San Diego on your side if you have been accused of this crime.
If the crime you have been accused of does not meet all of the distinct qualifications of California’s hazing law, you cannot be charged with hazing. That means that if the ritual was not part of an initiation or pre-initiation event, no hazing occurred. If the person went through the ritual, but your criminal lawyer in Vista, CA can prove that the organization is not remotely associated with any school or educational institution, you cannot be charged with hazing. Similarly, if a student body event ended in serious bodily injury or death due to an unforeseen accident -if, for example, a student got hit by a car while crossing the street as part of a ritual, it is not the fault of the organizers of the event. If the ritual was likely to result in harm to someone unassociated with any educational organization, you may be charged with other crimes if someone was hurt -but you cannot be charged with hazing.
If hazing results in serious bodily injury or death, felony charges resulting in up to three years in prison could be filed. Even lesser injuries can result in a misdemeanor filing carrying a sentence of up to one year in jail. That’s why it is critical you fight these charges properly.
Because these laws are very complex. If you have any questions about the hazing laws in California, please call (760) 643-4050 OR (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation with Vista criminal lawyer Peter M. Liss.
Monday, August 5th, 2013
While most people assume that taking and holding someone without their consent is kidnapping, California has strict laws governing what defines a kidnapping charge. If you have been accused of kidnapping someone, you will need a top Vista criminal attorney to help you fight this serious felony offense. Please call Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free intial consultation.
In order to be convicted of kidnapping in California, the prosecution must be able to show that you moved another person a substantial distance without their consent by using fear or force (or fraud if the victim is under 14). If you took someone and locked them in their own closet, kidnapping charges will not apply to your case. If you abducted an adult with promises of money, you did not kidnap them. These are important distinctions for your Vista criminal lawyer to make because kidnapping charges are a felony that can result in up to eight years in a state penitentary, while false imprisonment charges can be a misdemeanor or a felony with a maximum sentence of up to three years in prison.
In some cases, you may face additional penalties as well. Aggravated kidnapping charges apply when a child under 14 has been kidnapped, when ransom has been demanded, when the victim has been seriously injured or killed, when the victim was abducted during a carjacking, or if other laws were broken in conjunction with the kidnapping. Aggravated kidnapping charges can result in a prison sentence lasting from five years behind bars to life with or without parole.
Additionally, because kidnapping is a strike under California three strikes law, anyone with two previous strikes on their record will face life imprisonment and everyone convicted of the crime will need to serve 85% of their sentence before becoming eligable for parole.
Because kidnapping becomes a federal crime if the victim has been taken across state lines, many persons facing this charge will need a criminal lawyer in Vista with experience handling federal criminal cases. Peter M. Liss not has the experience you need to fight kidnapping charges at both the state and federal level.
If you have been charged with kidnapping, please call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation with top Vista kidnapping defense lawyer Peter M. Liss.
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Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
If you’ve been arrested or are under investigation for a crime in North County San Diego, you may wonder if you really need to hire a criminal defense lawyer in Vista or if you should just deal with the police and hope that your cooperation will help prove your innocence so you won’t be charged. No matter what your situation though, you are always better off hiring a skilled Vista defense attorney as soon as possible to help you defend your rights.
When police question you about a crime, a defense lawyer in Vista can help ensure you do not accidentally say anything that the police could use against you later on. If police search your property a criminal attorney in North County San Diego can ensure your Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure are protected. Your defense representative can instruct you when it is best to cooperate with the police and when doing so could ultimately hurt your case.
If price is an issue, it is always important to remember that most criminal offenses carry monetary penalties that will often be far more expensive than the cost of most top defense lawyers in North County, and that’s without considering the time you may spend behind bars and the financial implications that arise with employment and housing issues once you have a criminal offense on your record. Vista criminal defense attorney Peter M. Liss offers both reasonable rates and accepts all major credit cards, so financial concerns can come secondary to protecting your rights and proving your innocence.
Many people assume they will be assigned a public defender, but public defenders are only offered to those charged with a crime who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. If you are being investigated for a crime, you will not be assigned a lawyer until charges are formally made against you. Unfortunately, the investigation process can often make or break a criminal case, which is why it is so beneficial to hire a criminal defense representative in Vista as soon as you learn you are being investigated for a crime. Hiring a lawyer also creates a barrier between you and the police. The police will know you have a skilled defense lawyer protecting your rights.
If you are ready to speak with a defense lawyer in North County San Diego, please call Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050.
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Monday, June 10th, 2013
Films like The Fast and The Furious make street racing cool and exciting, but it’s important to remember that these activities are still illegal and can land you in a lot of hot water. If you have been charged with street racing in North County, San Diego, a Vista criminal defense lawyer can help you fight to have the charges reduced or dropped.
One of the biggest problems with street racing charges is the fact that there is often not enough evidence to show the driver was actually participating in illegal races. Unless you admit to the police that you were involved in such races, the prosecution may not be able to prove that you actually were racing -which is why you should never speak to the police unless you have a criminal defense attorney in Vista present. In many cases, the case will be based solely upon the fact that you were driving a car with racing modifications while speeding beside vehicles featuring similar modifications. While this could look like an illegal race, it could also likely just be a coincidence that a few vehicles with similar modifications happened to be going over the speed limit while next to one another. It is important to remember that the burden of proof is on the prosecution to show this means you were racing, not on you to prove you were not racing.
Additionally, many of these cases involve questionable search and seizure practices by the arresting officers. If the police stopped you without just cause or searched you without reasonable suspicion, any evidence they uncover could be suppressed by your Vista defense attorney. Having this evidence suppressed could result in your case being dropped, the charges being reduced or provide leverage for your lawyer to negotiate a strong plea bargain.
If you are convicted of racing, you could be sentenced to up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 in fines. There is mandatory 24 hours jail and 40 hours community service as minimum punishment. The court may also suspend your license and order the impound of your car. If someone is hurt, there is a minimum sentence of 30 days and the case could be charged as felony reckless driving. If drugs or weapons are found in the car, that could also result in felony charges. Don’t risk these sorts of penalties. A skilled Vista defense lawyer may be able to plead speed racing down to a lesser charge of exhibition of speed.
If you have been accused of any form of illegal racing, call Vista criminal defense attorney Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050.
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Friday, May 31st, 2013
Fleeing the scene is one of the most common responses to doing something wrong, and while most people surrender when police try to stop them, some people find the potential consequences too intimidating to face, and they run. While this reaction is fairly instinctual, it is still a crime, and the penalties for evading the police are sometimes worse than the penalties the person may face for their original crime. Fortunately, it is possible to fight police evasion charges with the help of top Vista criminal attorneys.
Most police evasion charges are misdemeanors, but when drivers resort to using reckless driving tactics to avoid the law or caused any kind of property damage, the crime can be increased to a felony. If you are convicted of felony reckless evasion charges, you will face a minimum six month jail sentence and up to a maximum of three years in state prison. You also face the loss of your driver’s license. If the crime is a misdemeanor, you will face a sentence of up to one year in jail and $1,000 in fines.
It is important to realize that while most evasion cases involve motor vehicles, you can still be charged with this crime if you were riding a bike or on foot. In order for the prosecution to prove you are guilty of fleeing the police, they must show that you were intentionally evading a police officer who was driving a marked vehicle with at least one lit red lamp that was visible from the front that was in your view. The officer must also have been in a distinctive uniform and sounded the siren as needed. If all of these requirements were not met, a defense attorney in Vista should be able to show there is not enough evidence for you to be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
If you have been accused of evading the police or similar charges, such as resisting arrest or
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Monday, May 6th, 2013
If you believe you may be under investigation for a crime, you shouldn’t wait until charges are filed before you contact a top Vista criminal defense attorney. In fact, by hiring a lawyer before there are any formal charges against you, you can ensure your rights are protected while the police perform their investigation and start fighting the charges before they are even filed. If you believe you may be under investigation for any crime, please call Vista defense attorney Peter M. Liss to schedule a free initial consultation.
If you act quickly to fight charges before they are filed, you may be able to avoid being arrested altogether. In many cases, top Vista defense lawyers can gather enough evidence to show that you are innocent long before the police believe they have gathered enough evidence to file charges against you.
One of the first things police do when they are investigating you for a crime is to interview you. It is critical you call a Vista criminal defense lawyer before you speak to the police. Even innocent sounding questions may incriminate you if you answer.
Mr. Liss is a top Vista defense attorney for a reason, and one of the things he does to ensure his clients are represented as well as possible is to contract with skilled private investigators in the North County of San Diego. This can enable you to prove that you are telling the truth about your side of events long before a case is even filed against you.
Even if the prosecution files charges against you in spite of this evidence, this pre-file investigation will continue to help you as you fight the accusations against you, so there is no downside to protecting your innocence from the start of the police investigation.
If you have any questions about pre-file investigations or would like to discuss your situation with a top criminal defense attorney in Vista, please call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation with Peter Liss.
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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
While most people think of wiretapping as something that the police or other government agencies use to investigate a suspect, private individuals occasionally tap into the phone lines of others for a variety of reasons. Whether the wiretapping was performed for the purpose of gaining confidential information from a rival company, for stalking someone or for gaining an advantage in an upcoming legal dispute, anyone accused of wiretapping will need to contact skilled Vista criminal defense lawyers as soon as possible.
Wiretapping has traditionally required hooking a device into a phone line, modern wiretapping also involves hijacking wireless cellphone signals in order to listen in on conversations or to read text messages. Under California law, only law enforcement officials may tap someone’s phone without their permission -and even then, they must have a court order in order to do so. In fact, it is even illegal to tap your own phone if you do not inform those on the other line that they are being recorded. Even recording a private phone call without consent is illegal unless you are collecting evidence of a serious or violent crime.
Depending on the specifics of a particular wiretapping charge and the defendant’s criminal record, the prosecution might try the crime as either a felony or a misdemeanor. If you are charged with misdemeanor wiretapping, you can face a fine of up to $2,500 and up to one year in jail. On the other hand, if you are found guilty of felony wiretapping, you could be sentenced to as long as three years in a state prison. If you have a similar crime on your record, you may even face a minimum fine of $10,000. In many cases, a top Vista criminal defense attorney may be able to convince the prosecutor to charge the crime as a misdemeanor.
If you have been accused of wiretapping, or a similar crime such as eavesdropping or stalking, please contact a Vista invasion of privacy defense lawyer as soon as possible. Please call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation with attorney Peter M. Liss to discuss how he can help you fight these charges.
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Monday, April 8th, 2013
Generally, this blog tends to focus on the laws and criminal justice system of Vista, CA and the services offered by Vista criminal defense lawyer Peter M. Liss, but if you still aren’t sure about the quality level of service offered by Mr. Liss, then let these satisfied client reviews aid you in your decision.
“Attorney Liss is a fantastic lawyer! He is diligent, determined, and will bend over backward to ensure that you, as a client, are at ease with your case. I asked for Mr. Liss’ help and he worked around the clock to grant me the justice that I deserved. Mr. Liss undoubtedly strives for the very best. He is loyal, kind hearted, and will do whatever it takes to seek justice. He is a wonderful attorney who not only knows the intricacies of the legal system inside and out, but also loves his work. I would recommend Mr. Liss to anyone and everyone.“ -Erica B.
“I can’t thank Attorney Peter Liss enough for his services! The outcome of our case was better than I ever dreamed. Peter is intelligent, hard working, kind, supportive, responsive, and honest. I love his confidence. His is well connected and knows his way around the Vista court system. Legal issues impact you personally, professionally, and financially, so having the right lawyer working for you is critical. If you are involved in a criminal matter, without a doubt I recommend that you contact Peter. I am completely satisfied with every aspect of the way Peter handled our case.“ -Terry W.
“Peter is the best attorney in San Diego. He has an amazing ability to get the job done with the best possible results. He lives up to his reputation as a professional, competent and highly trustworthy attorney who cares for his clients. I can honestly say that hiring Peter made a significant impact on my case and, without him, the outcome would have been much more severe. Without his counsel, I am not sure what I would have done. I highly recommend him for all of your legal needs. He is an exceptional attorney and I would hire him again in a heartbeat. Thank you Peter!!!“ -Marta K.
“Mr. Liss used a results-oriented legal approach that combines highly skilled technical competence, courageous advocacy, and distinguished professionalism. In a day when most professionals are oriented toward material self-interest, Peter Liss remains steadfast in his commitment to the less powerful in our society. If you want an attorney who will get you quick results on your case, then Attorney Peter Liss is the right choice. He is a dedicated professional who seems to take pride in settling your issues in a timely manner.“ -Euripides T.
“Peter was a superb Attorney… He did an amazing job with my case and I couldn’t thank him enough, he helped me keep my son and helped make sure that nothing bad would happen to me or my family… When it was time to see the Judge at court he always had me in and out with great results. I was never at court for longer than 30 minutes, which was amazing… Peter went above and beyond to help me and I’m sure he will do the same for you.“ -Letty G.
“I hold Peter Liss in the highest esteem as a caring and passionate Attorney. He gave me all the time I needed and always returned my calls… He gave me a full and thorough perspective of the law in my particular situation and… I felt confident in his ability. Seeing him in action in the court room re-enforced how fortunate I was to have him as my Lawyer. The judge and the opposing defense lawyer even praised him for the good arguments he presented on my behalf. I was successful with my Writ and credit his thorough research and quick ability to counter argue and think quickly on his feet which undoubtedly led to my success. I highly recommend Peter. He is an excellent Attorney in every sense of the word.“ -Diane Lev
“Peter helped me with a legal problem that had hung over me for almost 30 years! He spoke to me, explained his plan and within a few weeks my 30 year old problem was gone! From the very beginning he seem truly concerned and made me feel confident that he word do his best to help me with my problem. I live in New York and Peter responded quickly to all my e-mails and saw to it that I did not have to travel to California to get this matter resolved. I only wished I had contacted Peter sooner.“ -Jorge Melendez
“Peter used his considerable skills and experience as a criminal defense trial lawyer to negotiate a dismissal of a civil harassment suit against my son… The person filing the civil harassment petition consulted an attorney who knows Peter and who, after discussing the case with Peter, concurred that dismissing the case was in the best interests of everyone. As a civil litigation attorney for over 35 years, I can say from experience that Peter’s handling of the case was adroit and tough and comes only from long experience as a criminal defense attorney. I would recommend him to anyone.”
“I am an attorney who has frequently referred my clients, friends and other individuals to Peter Liss when they needed a criminal attorney. Each and everyone I referred to Peter, has told me what an excellent job he has done. I have seen him in Court and I also feel this way. Peter knows exactly what to do to get the results you are looking for without charging unnecessary legal fees. In addition, his “bedside” manner is warm and understanding. I have, and will continue to recommend Peter Liss to anyone who asks me about a criminal lawyer.”
Remember, these are only a few of many great reviews posted on behalf of Peter Liss. If you really want to know how this top Vista criminal attorney can help you, speak to him yourself during a free initial consultation. If you’re ready to talk to Peter Liss in a one-on-one private consultation, please call (760) 643-4050.