July 17, 2017
Attorney: Mark D. Johnson
Categories: Criminal Fines, Fees, and Victim Restitution
Court of Appeal reversed order for defendant to pay $250 for defense costs for representation. The defendant himself objected to the fee and Court found that the record was insufficient to support a finding of ability to pay where the defendant was sentenced to two years in prison.
July 5, 2017
Attorney: Donald Bergerson, Peggy Headley
Categories: Criminal Fourth Amendment Pleading and Proof
Court of Appeal reversed misdemeanor conviction for recent use of a controlled substance where it was barred by one year statute of limitations and reversed all fines and fees associated with that count.
February 2, 2017
Attorney: Mara Bernstein
Categories: Dependency ICWA Review Hearings
[Published Decision – 9 Cal.App.5th 339] Father appealed from the juvenile court’s findings at the six-month review hearing. The Court of Appeal agreed stating father’s out-of-state location and lack of participation did not excuse the Department’s failure to provide reasonable services. In addition, the Department failed to make the required active efforts under the ICWA to prevent the breakup of the Indian family.