Criminal Law and Procedure

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Go Directly to Jail, Do Not Pass Go: Arson-for-Profit Doesn’t Pay
Posted on 8 Jan 2015 by Barry Zalma

Arson is probably the dumbest form of insurance fraud. With modern municipal fire departments arson fires seldom totally destroy the premises, evidence is always left for arson investigators to review, and firefighters and the public are exposed to danger... Read More

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Insurance Fraud Results in Eight Years in Prison: Plea of Guilty to Insurance Fraud Stands
Posted on 6 Apr 2015 by Barry Zalma

When a party pleads guilty to multiple crimes in open court and with the advice of competent counsel he or she can expect to spend time in jail or prison and to have no opportunity to withdraw the plea. However, in People v. Dobson , Not Reported in Cal... Read More

Fraud Proved – Lie About Cause Of Fire Sufficient to Support Guilty Verdict
Posted on 8 Jan 2014 by Barry Zalma

Arson for profit is a difficult crime to prove. The prosecution must both prove that the fire was intentionally set and that the owner and person insured caused the fire with the intent to defraud the insurer. Insurance fraud, on the other hand, is fairly... Read More