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

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
Virginia DWI Laws and Penalties
Read about how Virginia defines “driving while intoxicated” (DWI) and the penalties you'll face for a first, second, or third DWI conviction.
New York’s Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Laws and Penalties
New York’s drunk driving laws are among the most complex in the nation. Here are the penalties you'll face for a first, second, and third DWI conviction.
Wyoming Dram Shop Laws and Social Host Liability for Alcohol-Related Accidents
In Wyoming, as in every state, if you are injured by an intoxicated person's conduct, you can bring a personal injury claim against that individual. And in many states, an injured person may also be able to bring a claim against the business (such as a bar or restaurant) or other third party that provided
Washington D.C. Dram Shop Laws and Social Host Liability for Alcohol-Related Accidents
Every U.S. state has specific rules that dictate who can be held liable when an intoxicated person causes injury to another. In every state, an injured person may be able to seek damages directly from the intoxicated person after an alcohol-related accident -- such as a DUI car crash, for example.
North Dakota Dram Shop Laws and Social Host Liability for Alcohol-Related Accidents
In North Dakota, as is true in every state, if you are injured because of an intoxicated person's negligence, you can bring a personal injury claim against them.
New Hampshire Dram Shop Laws and Social Host Liability for Alcohol-Related Accidents
In New Hampshire, as in every state, if you are injured by an intoxicated person's negligence, you can bring a personal injury claim against that individual. But in some situations, your options for a legal remedy don't stop there. An injured person may also be able to bring a claim against the business
Mississippi Dram Shop Laws and Social Host Liability for Alcohol-Related Accidents
In states like Mississippi, an injured person might be able to seek compensation from a business— such as a bar, restaurant, or liquor store—that provided alcohol to the intoxicated person. Also, there are circumstances where a social host who provides alcohol at a private event can be held liable for the actions of an intoxicated guest.
Kentucky Dram Shop Laws and Social Host Liability for Alcohol-Related Accidents
Several states have enacted laws that allow a person injured by an intoxicated individual to hold liable the vendor that sold or served the alcohol.