John McCurley

Attorney

John McCurley started writing criminal law articles for Nolo as a freelancer in 2015. He joined the Nolo staff as a Legal Editor in 2016.  

Education. John has a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from the University of California, San Diego, and completed law school at the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2008.

Legal training. During law school, John became interested in the criminal justice system while interning with the Prison Law Office and the San Francisco and Contra Costa County public defender’s offices. After graduating and passing the California Bar in 2008, John practiced criminal defense and juvenile dependency law, primarily doing writs and appeals.

Legal career. John is currently a member of the California State Bar and has been a certified appellate law specialist since 2017 (certification from by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization). John maintains a small private practice in San Diego (see www.mccurleylaw.com), handling mostly court-appointed juvenile dependency appeals out of various Southern California counties. He has a number published victories, including In re Juarez (2010) 182 Cal.App.4th 1316, K.F. v. Superior Court (2014) 224 Cal.App.4th 1369, People v. Hill (2015) 236 Cal.App.4th 1100 (co-counsel), and In re Bianca S. (2015) 241 Cal.App.4th 1272.


Articles By John McCurley

Reckless Driving Traffic Violations
Most states define reckless driving, typically a misdemeanor crime, as willfully operating a vehicle in a manner that shows an indifference to the safety of persons or property. Learn about the penalties you'll face for a conviction.
Open Container Laws and Tickets
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is prohibited in every state. But most states also make it illegal for drivers and passengers to possess open containers of alcohol in a vehicle. And the open container laws of some states even apply to containers of marijuana.
Distracted Driving Laws: Texting and Cell Phones
Most states have distracted driving laws that restrict motorists from text messaging or talking on a handheld cellphone while driving. The specific restrictions vary by state, but as cellphone and portable electronic use has become more prevalent, state laws have progressively become more strict.
Getting a DUI with a Minor Passenger in the Car
Having a child in your car at the time of a DUI arrest can lead to DUI penalty enhancements, child endangerment charges, and CPS getting involved with your family
DUI or DWI Punishments and Penalties
As with any criminal charge, a person charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) is presumed innocent until proven guilty through the defendant's own plea or after a jury trial. Any penalty will depend on state law, as well as circumstances, such as the presence of an open bottle of liquor in the car and the defendant's cooperation with the police.
Effects of COVID-19 on Legal Practice: How to Communicate With Your Lawyer
To prevent further spread of COVID-19, many attorneys have sought to minimize in-person contact with existing and potential clients. Fortunately, attorneys are finding ways to implement effective precautions while still providing legal assistance to those who need it.
How Much Alcohol Can You Drink Before You’ll be Over the Legal Limit to Drive?
Find out about how many drinks it will take to put your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit to drive
Dram Shop Laws: Can I Sue a Bar After an Alcohol-Related Accident?
Dram shop laws are state statutes that impose liability on sellers of alcoholic beverages for the negligent acts of their intoxicated customers.
Kansas Dram Shop Laws and Social Host Liability for Alcohol-Related Accidents
Most U.S. states have passed some version of a law that allows an injured person to hold an alcohol vendor responsible for supplying alcohol to someone who then causes an accident.
Delaware Dram Shop Laws and Social Host Liability for Alcohol-Related Accidents
Many U.S. states have laws that hold alcohol vendors or social hosts responsible for damages if they provide alcohol to an intoxicated person (or to a minor) who then causes harm to someone else. These laws are typically known as "dram shop" laws (because alcohol was traditionally sold by a unit of measure