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Defense attorney says discovery of body could impact client’s conviction

Defense attorney says discovery of body could impact client’s conviction

The discovery of Debbie Hawk’s body could “change everything” in Dave Hawk’s conviction, according to Dave Hawk’s attorney Mark Coleman, a partner at the Law Offices of Nuttall & Coleman.

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Fresno PD checkpoints net 14 arrests over Labor Day weekend

Fresno PD checkpoints net 14 arrests over Labor Day weekend

The Fresno Police Department arrested 14 drivers and impounded 35 vehicles during DUI/driver’s license checkpoints held over the Labor Day weekend. The location of the DUI/driver’s license checkpoints were not announced. According to the police department’s Facebook page, the checkpoints are “placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.”

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Fresno DUI checkpoints planned for Labor Day weekend

Fresno DUI checkpoints planned for Labor Day weekend

If you plan on going out and drinking this holiday weekend, it may also be a good idea to plan on appointing a designated driver or on finally installing that Uber app on your phone.

According to the Fresno Police Department’s Facebook page, the department’s traffic unit will be conducting DUI/driver’s license checkpoints on September 4 and 5, 2015 at undisclosed locations within Fresno city limits between 6 p.m. and 4 a.m.

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California Grand Jury law won’t solve police shooting transparency issues

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that made California the first state in the U.S. to ban the use of grand juries to decide whether police officers should face criminal charges when they kill people in the line of duty. However, Fresno criminal defense attorney Mark Coleman says that the new California legislation won’t solve the inherent problems in the process of choosing whether to prosecute police officers.

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Top Criminal Justice TED Talks

Top Criminal Justice TED Talks

For those of you who haven’t yet discovered the wonder that is the TED Talk, imagine the eloquence and magnetism of the best teacher you’ve ever had combined with a smidge of quirkiness, a dollop of inspiration, and the convenience of Netflix. That’s a TED Talk.

What’s really amazing about TED Talks is that the smartest individuals from their respective fields are able to communicate complex ideas that inspire and provoke thought in experts and non-experts alike.

Here are our favorites (in no particular order) from experts in psychology, criminal law, and criminal justice.

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Around the Valley: Former Fresno police detective facing federal prison

Around the Valley: Former Fresno police detective facing federal prison

In this issue of Around the Valley, a former Fresno police detective faces federal prison for taking a bribe from a suspected drug dealer, a Fresno resident faces federal prison for child pornography, Clovis police are sued for federal civil rights violations, and a Fresno high school student showed up to school with a gun shot wound.

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Easter marks renewal, rebirth for 83 pardoned by California governor

Easter marks renewal, rebirth for 83 pardoned by California governor

On Easter Sunday, California Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned 83 people who had previously been convicted of crimes. The timing of the pardon on this particular holiday seems appropriate, given Easter’s representation of renewal and rebirth, and the fact that Pontius Pilate also had a tradition of pardoning those convicted. Earning a pardon from the governor – or “gubernatorial” pardon – can be a lengthy process; some of those on the list have waited 40 years to have their past transgressions forgiven. A gubernatorial pardon may be granted to individuals who have lived productive lives and demonstrated exemplary behavior following their conviction.

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Getting rid of your arrest record: The facts of ‘factual innocence’

Getting rid of your arrest record: The facts of ‘factual innocence’

Many of the questions California criminal defense attorneys are often asked center around how someone can get their arrest records, criminal records, juvenile records, etc. sealed, expunged, destroyed, and any other number of action verbs that translate simply to keeping the past in the past and moving forward with your life after a difficult time. In the upcoming series of blog posts, we’ll take a look at the process in California required for moving forward from an arrest or conviction, starting today with getting your arrest record sealed and destroyed if you are found “factually innocent.”

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ATV: Deputy police chief arrest, medical marijuana, DUI devices

ATV: Deputy police chief arrest, medical marijuana, DUI devices

Around the Valley features a round-up of interesting stories in and around Fresno County and the Central Valley related to criminal law, criminal defense and/or Fresno County. Deputy Police Chief Arrested (ABC 30) – After an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S.Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Fresno […]

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Conversations with the Straight Tie, DUI Guy

Conversations with the Straight Tie, DUI Guy

Jonathan Rooker, a criminal defense lawyer at the Law Offices of Nuttall & COleman, appeared yesterday on Central Valley Business with guest host Chuck Leonard to discuss why he chose to become a defense attorney, his special training regarding DUIs, and his previous television appearances where he rocked a crooked tie. Spoiler Alert: It was straight this time around.

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