California Lawyers Association

Criminal Law

Updates and events from the Criminal Law Section

This webinar will focus on the challenges associated with the prosecution of intoxication-related sexual assaults. The webinar will address approaches to charging, pretrial motions, trial strategies, and working with the victims in these cases. Read more
Join us April 6 in Oakland for the Criminal Law Section's Annual Trial Skills Update Seminar. Read more
Are you a new lawyer? Has it been a while since you’ve been in trial? If so, this webinar is for you! This Trial Evidence Fundamentals webinar will help bring you up to speed on introducing evidence, hearsay rules, laying a foundation, refreshing recollection, impeaching with prior inconsistent statements, making and rebutting common objections, expert testimony, and more. Read more
We have included links to SCOTUSblog in case you want to learn more about these cases. Read more
The Committee on Revision of the Penal Code is a state entity established in 2020 to make recommendations to the Governor and Legislature about all aspects of California criminal law. This presentation will give an overview of the Penal Code Committee’s work, including its most recent recommendations and the latest data on crime rates, incarceration levels, and more. Read more
We regret to inform you that the Annual Trail Skills Update conference, originally set for Saturday, November 4, 2023 has been canceled. Read more
Ciminelli v. United States, No. 21-1170 Issue: Whether the Second Circuit’s “right to control” theory of fraud—which treats the deprivation of complete and accurate information bearing on a person’s economic decision as a species of property fraud—states a valid basis for liability under the federal wire fraud statute, 18 U.S.C. § 1343. Read more
The United States Sentencing Commission has recently introduced a significant adjustment for zero-point offenders through a newly created Section 4C1.1 of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines that would go into effect on November 1, 2023. This adjustment acknowledges that defendants with no criminal history points (zero-point offenders) should be treated differently during sentencing. Read more
This training will cover resentencing procedures under California Penal Code section 1172.1, including recent changes to the law. In 2018, former Governor Jerry Brown created a special unit within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to identify people in prison who had rehabilitated themselves so much that they would be “an asset to their community” if released. Since then, around 2,000 people have been referred under this process. District Attorneys’ Offices throughout California have similarly recommended people in prison for resentencing. During this one hour presentation, learn about this rapidly-developing area of law, obtain practice tips, and hear about inspiring success stories. Read more
The presentation is an in depth analysis of AB 3070 and the practical application on the use of preemptory challenges and civil July trials. Read more

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