On the Map

Today I have two important items to share with you: A legal update that impacts everybody in CA that drives and owns a smartphone, and an exciting announcement from the Ridley Family. Drivers Can Now Read Smartphone Maps in CA Sometimes all it takes is the average fed up citizen to help make a change in the law that effects all of us. The most recent example of this is the case of Steven Spriggs, who fought a $165 cell phone ticket all the way up to the 5th District Court of Appeals. He received the ticket for checking the map on his smart phone while stuck in traffic. He successfully … [Read more...]

Siri-ous Consequences

It has been a great year for Ridley Defense! We have gotten several DUI's dismissed, had jail times reduced for those in serious trouble, gotten juveniles back on track under the guidance of their parents rather than a jail warden, and prevented many, many crimes from being committed with presentations to High Schools, Service Clubs, and more. We would like to express gratitude to our clients, the communities we serve, and all of you that have felt us worthy of your referrals. We truly wish you a Happy New Year and are committed to working even harder in 2014 for you and your families.The … [Read more...]

Keep it private…

You now officially have one less tool to exact your revenge on an ex-significant other.  On Tuesday, October 1, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 255 (SB 255) which makes it a crime to distribute a "private image" of a person with the intent to commit emotional distress.  You can face jail of up to six months on a first offense, and if the image is of a minor or if you've done it in the past, it is up to one year. There have been many cases over the years where pictures of famous people have been released to the public after a nasty break up.  This new law would make it a crime … [Read more...]


Every year, as school is winding to a close and graduation draws near, I get an increase in phone calls from parents with legal matters and questions about their minor children and recently turned 18 young adults.  Working on cases with young families is especially rewarding because I get to help return peace of mind to worried parents, while helping a youth recover from a mistake that they'd like to forget.  I am always available for questions from you, your kids, your friends or neighbors in our community that need some legal advice. Lately, I've had a chance to be proactive about … [Read more...]

Beer, Guns and Cell Phones

Happy New Year! Just for you, I have scoured through the hundreds of new laws passed in California that went into effect last week. These are some of the more interesting laws and some you might even find a bit strange. What would especially interest most of us is that while the hands-free cell phone law remains in place, we can now dial while driving! CELL PHONES: The cell phone ban was amended to specifically allow for dictating, sending, or listening to a text-based communication using voice-operations. AB 1536 amended Vehicle Code section 23123.5: "(a) A person shall not … [Read more...]

New California Laws for 2012

Happy New Year!  Each year brings several new laws, and 2012 is no different.  The following are highlights of a few of the significant traffic laws for our new year:  A change to California's Child Passenger Safety Seat law will now require children to ride in either a car seat or booster seat until the age of eight, or until they reach a height of 4 feet 9 inches. This law also requires children who do not meet the age or height requirement to ride in the rear seat of a vehicle unless the vehicle has no back seats, the restraint system cannot be properly installed or the rear … [Read more...]

Can I Fight a Drivers License Suspension

A drivers license suspension in California can be fought by a criminal defense attorney in Ventura County or Los Angeles County courts. The DMV also plays a significant role in the suspension and a good criminal defense attorney knows how to handle both the court case and the administrative case with the DMV. Most drivers license suspension cases fall under California Vehicle Code section 14601. Many of these offenses can be filed as a misdemeanor or an infraction, depending on why your license was suspended. Common reasons for the suspension can be: too many tickets, failure to pay child … [Read more...]

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