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Matt Bromund – Fighting For Your Future: Crimes And Time – How It Impacts You!

There is an immense amount of power in the hands of criminal prosecutors today.  You may ask how that impacts you.

We think we understand the law and most of us can rattle off the names of crimes without having to think about it:  murder, theft, battery, and rape, etc.

But what most people don’t understand is that laws that were regulatory have expanded.  Now people are very likely to break the law without knowing it!

Over the centuries, there has been an increasing scope of people who can be victims of crimes.  Way back during the Roman Empire, a Roman man, head of the household, would not be prosecuted if he were to beat his slaves, his children or his wife to death!

Property crimes were considered as bad or worse than crimes against people, i.e., horse thievery. This was because the laws were made to protect wealthy people.

As we have become more democratic, crimes against property became less serious than crimes against people.  Even then, old ways hung on: The concept of raping a spouse only became criminal in 1920!   

Furthermore, we have the legislature always working and making new laws.  As more people are charged and convicted with crimes, and as incarceration increases, legitimate options for convicted people have gotten smaller.  As jail sentences have gotten longer and judges are encouraged to give the harshest sentences, people are branded as ex-cons forever.  They have limited access to societal help.  The result is that we are creating more people who are incapable of reintegrating into society.

What are the consequences to you?

  • More people have to live outside the general society.  They have to engage in criminal activity because of lack of options.
  • Laws that used to be regulatory now can be a federal offense and this includes the act of filling out federal forms incorrectly!

Listen to Matt’s show and find out how to identify “hidden” pitfalls –  Find out how to avoid breaking the law without knowing it!

The Bromund Law Group is Ventura County’s premier immigration, family law, and criminal defense firm. They are solutions-focused and dedicated to fighting for your family.

The premier law firm for immigration, family law, and criminal defense in Ventura, California.

The Bromund Law Group is a bilingual firm (Spanish/English) with experience working with military families and devoted to seeing their client’s lives improved as a result of their work.

Never a consultation fee, always the truth.

Address:
950 County Square Dr, Ste 111
Ventura, California

Call (805) 650-1100

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Matt Bromund – Fighting For Your Future: What You Must Know About Criminal Intent – A Survival Guide!

This Week, Matt Bromund, Principal Attorney of The Bromund Law Group, analyzes mens rea – criminal intent, and helps us understand this complicated and important subject.

Criminal Intent is much more the subject of controversy than the criminal act (actus reus) that Matt analyzed last week.

The law has a difficult time figuring out which intentions should be criminal and the Courts have a very difficult time figuring out how to know what a person intended when they committed an act.

There are three standards of criminal intent that are prohibited:

  1.  Malice
  2.  Specific Intent
  3. General Intent

Malice only exists for two categories of crime:  Murder and Arson.  This has to have a very high standard of criminal intent because the act can be motivated by a wide array of intentions.

Murder has been prohibited by society.  Homicide, on the other hand, can be justified in a number of situations.  The first situation that comes to mind is one of self-defense.  Other examples can be in the case of a soldier killing in war, and/or consensual sporting encounters.

Malice requires having an evil intent.  This standard recognizes that there can be evil intent.  The person’s intent anticipates some sort of pleasure in the resulting death.

A few great take-aways from the show – Rules of Successful Criminal Defense:

  1.  Don’t put yourself in a position where violating the criminal law seems like the reasonable thing to do.
  2. If you find yourself in a situation where violating a law might be a possibility, make sure you make your intent clear to family, neighbors, friends.
  3. If you are being questioned by the police, accept that you are in a situation where you will never convince them of your innocent intent.  DON’T SAY ANYTHING!

Listen to Matt’s show for more details on criminal intent.  He uses real-life situations to help us understand how this concept relates to our every-day lives.

If you find yourself, or know a friend or family member in a situation where violating the law might be a possibility, call The Bromund Law Group – They are there to help.

The Bromund Law Group is Ventura County’s premier immigration, family law, and criminal defense firm. They are solutions-focused and dedicated to fighting for your family.

They are the  premier law firm for immigration, family law, and criminal defense in Ventura, California.

The Bromund Law Group is a bilingual firm (Spanish/English) with experience working with military families and devoted to seeing their client’s lives improved as a result of their work.

Never a consultation fee, always the truth.

Address:
950 County Square Dr, Ste 111
Ventura, California

Call (805) 650-1100

Facebook – Bromund Law Group: https://www.facebook.com/Bromund-Law-Group

Website:  https://www.bromundlaw.com/

 

Matt Bromund – Fighting For Your Future: What Constitutes A Criminal Act?

Matt Bromund, Principal Attorney of the Bromund Law Group
Specializing in Family, Immigration, and Criminal Law
(805) 650-1100

Matt’s show today is the first in a series of programs relating to comments of listeners like you!

More and more our world is becoming one governed by law.  What is necessary for something to be criminal?  What does it mean to comply with the law and what is it to commit a crime?

Mens rea is the intention to do something not good for society.

Today Matt focuses on the 2nd component of criminal law:  Actus reus. “Action or conduct that is a constituent element of a crime.”

What sort of acts form the basis of a criminal violation?

  • A thing we do that just affects ourselves.
  • A thing we do that affects people close around us.
  • Acts that affect the broader town we work in:  When you steal something, or deface something  – that affects society. Graffiti is an example of this act.
  • Acts that harm greater society’s ability to relate to each other.  Examples: Spreading lies about someone else or destroying a bridge.
  • Acts that harm a structure or system that is harmful for society as a whole:  Examples: Treason, assassination, terrorism.

Each category has a different history determining how much one can do without it being criminal.

Listen into Matt’s fascinating show and find out more details and the history on what determines a violation of the law and how that relates to you, your family, and your community.

Matt and the Bromund Law Group are proud to represent people on an individual basis, case by case.

The Bromund Law Group is Ventura County’s premier immigration, family law, and criminal defense firm. They are solutions-focused and dedicated to fighting for your family.

The premier law firm for immigration, family law, and criminal defense in Ventura, California.

The Bromund Law Group is a bilingual firm (Spanish/English) with experience working with military families and devoted to seeing their client’s lives improved as a result of their work.

Never a consultation fee, always the truth.

Address:
950 County Square Dr, Ste 111
Ventura, California

Call (805) 650-1100

Facebook – Bromund Law Group: https://www.facebook.com/Bromund-Law-Group

Website:  https://www.bromundlaw.com/

 

Matt Bromund – Fighting For Your Future: How Is It That Good People Get Charged With Crimes?

Matt Bromund, Principal Attorney of the Bromund Law Group
Specializing in Family, Immigration, and Criminal Law
(805) 650-1100

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Today, Matt Bromund dissects the law for our benefit!  From the 10 commandments to the 21st Century!  How come  it is so easy for the everyday person to break the law nowadays?

The answer is easy:  There is so much more law.  Living as a law-abiding citizen is more complicated!

In ancient times, it was hard to chisel words on stone and this physically encouraged simplicity and brevity – “Thou shalt not kill.”   Today, billions of words are analyzed, honed to their exact meanings, and stored in huge data bases by legislative bodies.

Politics also comes into the equation, Matt says. Legislators write laws or eliminate laws to make a difference – to make the world a better place.  The law writers want to make sure that their individual ideas get stamped on the law.  Legislatures don’t think about how their proposals affect other laws that are in effect.

The result is that everybody has an incentive to make more law. And so the body of law grows.

Important Question:  Who is left out of the situation?  Answer: The ordinary person.  Now laws are supported by more laws, rules, and regulations. The result is that it is easy to break the law.  For instance, it is the law that you must have a front license plate on your car.  Specifically, in California, you can get a ticket for not having it affixed at a certain height and in a specific way.

Listen to Matt’s show and find out how you may be at risk for breaking the law and how most Californians are committing 1-5 misdemeanors a week!

If you find yourself unwittingly on the wrong side of the law, call Matt at the Bromund Law Group (805) 650-1100.  

The Bromund Law Group is Ventura County’s premier immigration, family law, and criminal defense firm. They are solutions-focused and dedicated to fighting for your family.

The premier law firm for immigration, family law, and criminal defense in Ventura, California.

The Bromund Law Group is a bilingual firm (Spanish/English) with experience working with military families and devoted to seeing their client’s lives improved as a result of their work.

Never a consultation fee, always the truth.

Address:
950 County Square Dr, Ste 111
Ventura, California

Call (805) 650-1100

Facebook – Bromund Law Group: https://www.facebook.com/Bromund-Law-Group

Website:  https://www.bromundlaw.com/

 

Matt Bromund – Fighting For Your Future: DUI LAW – Common Sense Or Conundrum?

 Matt Bromund, Principal Attorney of the Bromund Law Group
Specializing in Family, Immigration, and Criminal Law
(805) 650-1100


matt_7_15_17_border2In this week’s detailed and fascinating new show, Matt Bromund, Principal Attorney of the Bromund Law Group, dives into the common sense and conundrum of DUI law.

We have all been inundated with decades of advertising that point out the dangers of drinking and driving.

Common sense and experience tells us that focus, attention and skill are needed to drive a motor vehicle.

The problem comes when we take a common sense proposition and turn it into law.

Once the population got the idea that drinking and driving was dangerous and done all the time, the legislature:

  1. Lowered the blood alcohol levels allowed in the system
  2. Simplified the burden of proof needed for the government to prove you are under the influence
  3. Increased financial penalties and a benefits for the state.

Now a DUI can be a net gain of $10,000-$15,000 for the state of California.  The cost for the defendant can be $25,000-30,000.  Of course, one cannot put a price on someone’s life.  However are these people criminals in the true sense of the word?

Common sense and experience has shown that there are two kinds of people who drink and drive.

  1. Alcoholics – who are people who are struggling with the disease of alcoholism
  2. People who don’t think they are under the influence – people who perceive that they are okay after a drink or two.

Alcoholism:  There are some counties and judges that are trying to shift from a punitive to a more therapeutic approach but that is not all counties.  That effort is mainly piecemeal in California. When Matt recognizes that a client may be suffering from alcoholism, he works to aggressively get that person into support groups and therapy.

If you, or someone you know, needs support with the problem of alcoholism, Matt invites you to call the Bromund Law. They will do their best to help you at NO CHARGE.

People who don’t think they are under the influence:     Did you know that you could be arrested for DUI driving in your own driveway?

Listen to Matt’s new show to hear about a client of his who was acting as a good Samaritan and arrested for a DUI in her own driveway after 1 glass of wine!  Find out how, with his help, she prevailed in court.

The Bromund Law Group is Ventura County’s premier immigration, family law, and criminal defense firm. They are solutions-focused and dedicated to fighting for your family.

The premier law firm for immigration, family law, and criminal defense in Ventura, California.

The Bromund Law Group is a bilingual firm (Spanish/English) with experience working with military families and devoted to seeing their client’s lives improved as a result of their work.

Never a consultation fee, always the truth.

Address:
950 County Square Dr, Ste 111
Ventura, California

Call (805) 650-1100

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