First District Panel Victories

Results: 1 - 10 of 241

A161118

November 30, 2021

Division: Four

Attorney: Carrie Kojimoto

Categories: Delinquency   Sentencing   

[Published Opinion] In a case in which the juvenile court found a minor committed one count of reckless evasion of a peace officer (Veh. Code, § 2800.2, subdivision (a)), deadly weapon assault (Pen. Code, § 245(c)), and assault with force likely to produced great bodily injury (Pen. Code, § 245(a)(4)), the Court of Appeal held that the minor’s punishment for reckless evasion and one of the assault counts must be stayed under Penal Code section 654 because all of the counts were based on an indivisible course of conduct committed against the same victims. The Court also found that the juvenile court failed to designate the wobbler offenses as either felonies or misdemeanors. (Welf. and Inst. Code, § 702.)

A161582

November 30, 2021

Division: One

Attorney: Randall Conner

Categories: Criminal   Probation, Parole, PRCS, and Mandatory Supervision   Retroactivity of Changes in Law   

Finding the recent amendment to Penal Code section 1203.1, subdivision (a) (Assembly Bill No. 1950 (2019-2020 Reg. Sess.)) applies retroactively, the Court of Appeal ordered that appellant’s probation be reduced from five years to three years (not one year because appellant’s specific offense designated a minimum probation length of three years).

A160987

November 29, 2021

Division: One

Attorney: Rudolph Kraft

Categories: Civil Commitment   

Following the reasoning in Conservator of A.B. (2021) 66 Cal.App.5th 384, the Court of Appeal held that Probate Code section 2942 does not authorize compensation for services based solely on a showing that the fees were necessary to sustain the support and maintenance of the conservatee. Rather, it also requires consideration of whether the requested compensation is just and reasonable in light of the conservatee’s financial circumstances.

A159914

November 23, 2021

Division: One

Attorney: Jeremy Price

Categories: Criminal   Probation, Parole, PRCS, and Mandatory Supervision   

[Published Opinion] The Court of Appeal held that, under the plain language of Penal Code section 1203.2, subdivision (b)(1), a court is required to receive a parole agency’s written report before ruling on a parole revocation petition initiated by a district attorney. This is the case even when such a petition is filed against a lifetime parolee, because the report is not pointless even though a court has no discretion to impose intermediate sanctions.

A159154

November 22, 2021

Division: Two

Attorney: Dirck Newbury

Categories: Criminal   Sentencing   

Based on appellant’s convictions for continuous sexual abuse, the trial court imposed two consecutive 25 years to life terms. The Court of Appeal agreed that the trial court erroneously believed it was required to do so under Penal Code section 667.61, and remanded the matter so that the trial court may exercise informed discretion.  

A159537

November 18, 2021

Division: Four

Attorney: James Donnelly-Saalfield

Categories: Criminal   Right to Counsel   

The Court of Appeal found that the trial court violated appellant’s right to counsel when it denied her requests to substitute her newly retained attorney on the first day of trial and for a continuance to allow him to prepare. In reaching this decision, the Court noted that there was an absence of evidence to support the proposed continuance would significantly inconvenience the court or parties or that appellant’s request was the result of “gamesmanship.” To the contrary, the Court explained that the record showed appellant’s request to substitute counsel was based on a longstanding and genuine desire to replace her appointed attorney, and that her family was unable to secure sufficient funding until just before the date set for trial.

A162399

November 18, 2021

Division: Two

Attorney: Liana Serobian

Categories: Disposition   

In an appeal from disposition, the Court of Appeal agreed that the juvenile court erred when it removed the child from father. The Court found that there was no substantial evidence that the child could not safely remain in father’s physical custody under the supervision of the juvenile court, with appropriate safeguards to ensure her safety and protection. The Court noted that the question of protective measures less drastic than removal from father’s custody were scarcely considered by the juvenile court.

A159191

November 18, 2021

Division: One

Attorney: William Hassler

Categories: Criminal   Probation, Parole, PRCS, and Mandatory Supervision   

Pursuant to the recent amendment to Penal Code section 1203.1, subdivision (a) (Assembly Bill No. 1950 (2019-2020 Reg. Sess.)), the Court of Appeal ordered that appellant’s probation be reduced from three years to two years.

A162584

November 17, 2021

Division: Four

Attorney: Sean Burleigh

Categories: Permanency Planning (Section 366.26)   

The Court of Appeal reversed the order terminating parental rights and remanded the matter for a new WIC section 366.26 hearing in light of the legal standards articulated in In re Caden C. The Court did not reach the issue of whether or not the juvenile court abused its discretion in failing to grant mother’s request for continuance to clarify the caretaker aunt’s preference as to the permanent plan, but did indicate that the aunt’s preference and the applicability of the relative guardian exception to the termination of parental rights should be considered on remand.

A161128

November 16, 2021

Division: Four

Attorney: Leah Spero

Categories: Criminal   Sentencing   

[Published Opinion] Finding no rational basis to deny those convicted of Penal Code section 18710 (simple possession of a destructive devise) the benefits of a county jail sentence that the Realignment Legislation affords those convicted of the more serious Penal Code section 1170(h)-eligible destructive device offenses, the Court of Appeal reformed section 18710 to make its violation punishable under the sentencing provisions of section 1170(h). The Court then remanded the matter to the trial court with directions to terminate appellant’s post-release supervision and to modify the judgment consistent with its opinion.

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