Excluding Past Lawsuits Due to Lack of Relevance

Darren Chaker discusses what the federal evidence rules lay out precisely what is meant by “relevant evidence”: “Relevant evidence” means any evidence having any tendency...

Impeachment With Prior Felony Conviction

As illustrated by Darren Chaker in other articles, under Article I, section 28, subdivision (f) of the California Constitution, “Any prior felony conviction of...

Penal Code Section 1203.4 are Convictions for Immigration Purposes

Darren Chaker found when a conviction is expunged, under 1203.4(a), does not change the fact it may be used for immigration consequences. Courts have conclusively...

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Federal and California Courts Define Expungement

While reviewing recent cases, Darren Chaker found multiple courts determined expungement and sentencing guidelines. One court has already concluded that the set-aside provision contained...

California Expungement and Federal Sentencing

Darren Chaker reveals there are two distinctions between the expungement provisions construed in United States v. Hidalgo, 255 F.3d 768, and those contained in...

California Penal Code 664 and Law of Attempts

In this article by Darren Chaker, California penalizes the attempted commission of crimes. Criminalizing an attempt to make a terrorist threat is consistent with...

California Terrorist Threat Law

While writing about California terrorist threat law, Darren Chaker decided to look at the statute from the start. In 1981, this Court found the...

California Police Privacy Challenged

By Darren Chaker : This is a short post concerning the success found in Publius v Boyer-Vine directed at Government Code § 6254.21, a...

Darren Chaker Wins First Amendment Appeal

Darren Chaker, went to jail for a blog. The ACLU, Electronic Frontier foundation, First Amendment Coalition supported his appeal to the Ninth Circuit. The court reversed the trial court.