criminal case

Pitchess Motion

What is a Pitchess Motion ???
 
A Pitchess Motion is filed by a defense attorney to force the police to produce information about the police officers which will help the defendant and which is negative towards the police.  Citizen complaints*, on the job discipline and other information must be provided.
 
A California Pitchess motion is a request for information contained in an officer's personnel file. Criminal defense lawyers typically raise this motion when they believe that their client has been the victim of police misconduct.

DON'T Give Up (Waive) Your Right To a Speedy Trial in California. You're Criminal Case Could Be Dismissed If There is a Lack of Courtrooms and Judges Available In TIme

State high court upholds dismissal of 18 criminal cases in Riverside County because of judges shortage [updated]

The defendants in the two felonies and 16 misdemeanors declined to waive their rights to a speedy trial, forcing a trial judge to dismiss the charges because there were no courtrooms available.

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October 25, 2010 

California's budget crisis has proved a boon for some defendants.

In a unanimous ruling, the California Supreme Court on Monday upheld the dismissal of 18 criminal cases, two of them felonies, in Riverside County because there were not enough judges to hear them.