Criminal Defense Blog
What Does Possession of a Controlled Substance Mean in California?
November 24, 2023 | Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law | Drug Crimes
California has many laws that deal with everything from possession to manufacturing and distributing drugs. California Health and Safety Code §11350(a), for instance, makes possession of a controlled substance a crime. A possession offense under this statute is often referred to as possession for personal use or simple possession. What Is Possession of a...Read more
Tips for an Effective Character Letter To a Judge in California
November 3, 2023 | Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law | Criminal Defense
Addressing a character letter to a judge is not a trivial task—it has the potential to significantly impact the final decision in favor of the defendant. Before you start writing your character reference letter for court proceedings in California, it's helpful to understand what exactly the purpose of the letter is and to review...Read more
What is Clemency?
October 11, 2023 | Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law | Criminal Defense
Clemency is a form of legal forgiveness for an offense granted by the Governor of California under authority provided by the state Constitution (or, for federal crimes, granted by the President of The United States). Once all appeal measures are exhausted post-conviction, applying for clemency may be an available avenue. Types of Clemency In...Read more
What Are Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude?
September 28, 2023 | Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law | Criminal Defense
Facing criminal charges can be a complex and scary process. Beyond the confusion and fear, every crime carries potential repercussions such as supervised release, fines, or even incarceration. However, within the broad spectrum of offenses are certain crimes deemed as crimes involving moral turpitude (CIMTs). Understanding which offenses fall under this classification is crucial...Read more
What To Expect if You’re Arrested for Drug Possession in Redwood City, CA
September 8, 2023 | Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law | Drug Crimes
If you find yourself arrested for drug possession in California, it can be a stressful situation. Understanding what lies ahead can ease anxiety and allow you to make informed decisions regarding how best to navigate your charges. What is Drug Possession? In California, the Health and Safety Code § 11350(a) classifies unlawful possession of...Read more
How Much Time Am I Looking At for a Domestic Violence Charge Under PC 273.5?
August 23, 2023 | Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law | Domestic Violence
Facing a domestic violence charge can be an overwhelming and stressful experience. Understanding your charges and the legal consequences associated with them is essential when dealing with this difficult situation. Under California Penal Code §273.5, it is unlawful to cause injury to a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, dating partner, or co-parent of one's child...Read more
What Is a Subpoena?
August 8, 2023 | Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law | Criminal Defense
In the State of California, criminal defendants have the right to defend themselves and build a strong case in their favor. This process often involves the collection of crucial information from witnesses and procuring essential documents. California law grants defendants the ability to issue subpoenas for this purpose. It’s helpful to understand the different...Read more
What Constitutes Domestic Violence in California?
August 8, 2023 | Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law | Domestic Violence
In California, domestic violence is considered a criminal act involving harm or threats of harm against a protected person. A “protected person” is most often a spouse, cohabitant, the other parent of your child, or someone you are or were dating. In some cases, it can also include a child or relative. Common Domestic...Read more
Things Cops Do That Are Illegal: What a Police Officer Can and Cannot Do
August 4, 2023 | Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law | Police Brutality
A common misconception is that all actions and statements made by police officers are always lawful, but this isn't necessarily true. Like anyone else, officers can make mistakes or even knowingly break the law. They may sometimes overstep their authority or violate your rights out of ignorance or even intentionally. As a possible defendant...Read more
Breaking Down Attorney-Client Privilege: What it Means and How it Can Affect Your Case
July 25, 2023 | Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law | Criminal Defense
Your relationship with your attorney is an integral part of developing your case. The potential risk of having your information fall into the wrong hands is terrifying. Fortunately, the attorney-client relationship provides a safe means for communication between you and your criminal defense attorney. This means that communications regarding your case are protected from...Read more