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    As a former Deputy Public Defender in Riverside County, Mr. Donath has always been on the defense side of the law. 

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    Top 100 Trial Attorneys in California 2012-2014, 2008 Trial Attorney of the Year by the Riverside County Public Defender's Office, and dozens of other awards and accolades.

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Criminal Defense

Implied Consent Laws in California

Posted in Criminal Defense,Drunk Driving,DUI on May 17, 2019

Implied consent means that someone gives his or her permission for something not through express language, but through implicit circumstances. Someone’s actions or the facts of the situation can imply one’s consent, rather than the person giving consent expressly. In terms of California’s driving under the influence (DUI) laws, implied consent refers to a driver’s…

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What Is Brandishing a Firearm? Is it Illegal?

Posted in Criminal Defense on April 14, 2019

California has some of the strictest firearm laws in the country, and all gun owners should know the laws against producing a firearm in the presence of others, or brandishing a deadly weapon. Doing so in certain situations could easily lead to severe criminal penalties. Section 417 of the California Penal Code specifically defines the…

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Mistaken Identity Defenses

Posted in Criminal Defense on April 12, 2019

One of the most common defenses used to fight criminal charges is mistaken identity. In the heat of the moment during a criminal event, a victim may have trouble remembering specific aspects about an attacker or suspect. Human memory is not as reliable as most people realize. Many people have unfortunately gone to prison because…

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How Does California’s Ban the Box Law Affect You?

Posted in Criminal Defense on March 28, 2019

On January 1st, 2018, California’s Assembly passed a bill to protect employees from discrimination in the hiring process. Assembly Bill 1008, also known as the “Ban the Box” law, prohibits employers from asking questions about an applicant’s criminal history before making a job offer. In addition, California employers cannot rescind an offer of employment based…

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California Sex Offender Registration Requirements

Posted in Criminal Defense,Sex Crimes on March 26, 2019

The state of California takes sex offender registration very seriously. California’s Megan’s Law requires all authorities to notify the public of sex offenders in their area. The conviction can have a lasting impact on your life, since you must place your name on a public record if a court finds you guilty of certain sex…

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What to Do If You Were Falsely Accused of Assault

Posted in Criminal Defense on March 25, 2019

The criminal justice system is not foolproof – in fact, many California residents face false accusations of assault each year. This fact can lead to devastating consequences, as the guilty party walks free and the wrongfully accused individual may spend years in prison for a crime they did not commit. If you are facing an…

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The Insanity Defense in California Courts

Posted in Criminal Defense on February 19, 2019

A defendant in a California criminal case will have two options to plea during an arraignment, or an initial hearing: guilty or not guilty. Within these two main options are subcategories. One option within the not guilty plea is the insanity defense. Using this defense means the defendant is admitting to committing the crime, but…

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