John McCurley

Attorney (University of San Francisco School of Law)

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

DUI and DWI Overview
In every state, it's illegal to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Read the basics about how drunk and drugged driving is defined.
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.
Minnesota Dram Shop Laws and Social Host Liability for Alcohol-Related Accidents
When a drunk person injures you in Minnesota, do you have a claim against whoever provided them with alcohol?
New York Dram Shop Laws and Social Host Liability for Alcohol-Related Accidents
You were injured by a drunk person in New York. Can you sue the person or business that provided the alcohol?
Pennsylvania Dram Shop Laws and Social Host Liability for Alcohol-Related Accidents
When you’re hurt by a drunk person in Pennsylvania, can you get compensation from whoever sold or served them the alcohol?
Ohio Dram Shop Laws and Social Host Liability for Alcohol-Related Accidents
You were injured in Ohio by someone who was drunk. Can you get compensation from whoever sold or served them alcohol?
Rhode Island Dram Shop and Social Host Liability for Alcohol-Related Accidents
Is a bar that serves a drunk customer liable for injuries that customer later causes? What about a party host who provides liquor to an intoxicated guest? We’ll explain the basics of Rhode Island’s liquor liability law.
Nevada Dram Shop and Social Host Liability for Alcohol-Related Accidents
When you’re hurt by a drunk person in Nevada, can you bring a legal claim against whoever supplied them with alcohol?
New Jersey Dram Shop Laws and Social Host Liability for Alcohol-Related Accidents
If you’ve been hurt by a drunk person in New Jersey, can you hold a third party liable for providing them with alcohol?
Arizona Dram Shop Laws and Social Host Liability for Alcohol-Related Accidents
You’ve been hurt by a drunk person in Arizona. Do you have a claim for compensation against whoever furnished them with liquor?