Ave Mince-Didier

Ave Mince-Didier received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and her B.A. from Louisiana State University. She handled criminal appeals as a public defender and also worked as a staff attorney at the California Supreme Court. She is licensed to practice law in Georgia and California.

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Can A Judge Order My Child to Testify in a Criminal Case?
Children who are witnesses to or victims of crimes may be ordered to testify in criminal cases. Generally, judges decide on a case-by-case basis whether a child is competent (qualified) to testify. But, even if a child is subpoenaed (ordered) to testify and found competent, there are steps the court
Is Prostitution Legal in California?
In California, both pimping and pandering are crimes. Laws against pimping and pandering are generally aimed at third parties who benefit from the sale of sex, although they may also apply to “johns” and prostitutes.
Assault or Battery Against a Police Officer
Many states impose harsh felony penalties for assault or battery against a police officer. Learn what prosecutors must prove to get a conviction and possible defenses.
Types of Robbery Charges: Varying Felony Classes
Robbery is stealing something of value from another person using force or violence or the threat of force or violence. The typical scenarios that come to mind are bank robberies or carjackings, but even a purse snatching can result in serious robbery charges.
State Crimes vs. Federal Crimes
Just as state legislators pass laws that define and penalize crimes under state law, Congress also defines and penalizes acts that constitute federal crimes.
California Laws on Petty Theft, Grand Theft, and Shoplifting
California lawmakers define theft as the intentional and unlawful taking of property. In order for a theft to occur, the offender must intend to permanently deprive the owner of the property.
Prostitution Laws in New York
New York has laws against buying and selling sex, as well as promoting prostitution.
Bribery Charges and Defenses
Bribery is a serious offense. Learn about bribery crimes under state and federal laws, their penalties, and possible defenses.
Is Sexting Illegal for Adults?
Between consenting adults, the private sharing of nude or suggestive photos is generally not illegal. However, that does not mean that adults can freely engage in sexting.
Felony "Menacing" Charges
Learn how state criminal codes define menacing, what penalties a menacing charge could mean, and what defenses are available in menacing cases.