John McCurley


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, 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

Florida's Boating Under the Influence (BUI) Laws and Penalties
Read about the consequences of boating under the influence (BUI) in Florida.
Common Defenses to DUI/DWI Charges
Common defenses for fighting a DUI/DWI charge in criminal court.
How Florida's DUI Laws Apply to Marijuana and Other Drugs
Florida not only prohibits drunk driving but also driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs. The penalties for a drug DUI are generally the same as those for an alcohol-related offense. This article discusses how Florida defines drugged driving and the consequences of a violation.
What Is a Felony DUI in Florida?
In Florida, you can be charged with felony driving under the influence if you have two prior conviction or the current offense involves injuries or deaths
Penalties for a Second-Offense DUI in Florida
In Florida, DUI repeat-offenders face serious penalties. Find out about the administrative and criminal consequences and penalties of a second DUI in Florida.
Delaware’s Implied Consent Law and Refusing Alcohol Testing
Delaware's implied consent laws, the requirements that all drivers agree to alcohol testing if stopped for a DUI
Delaware’s Underage DUI Laws and Penalties
Delaware's zero-tolerance DUI laws that apply to drivers who under the legal drinking age
Penalties for a Third DUI Conviction in Delaware
What to expect if you get a third DUI conviction in Delaware
Penalties for a Second DUI Conviction in Delaware
What to expect if you're convicted of a second DUI in Delaware
Colorado's Boating Under the Influence (BUI) Laws and Penalties
Colorado law prohibits operating or being in actual physical control of a vessel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The term "vessel" includes "every description of watercraft used or capable of being used as a means of transportation of persons and property on the water, other than single-chambered air-inflated devices or seaplanes."