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

Third-Offense DUI in Washington
In Washington, a DUI (driving under the influence) is generally considered a “third offense” when the motorist has two prior DUI convictions that occurred within the past seven years. This article discusses some of the consequences of a third-offense DUI in Washington.
Second-Offense DUI in Washington
In Washington, a DUI (driving under the influence) is generally considered a “second offense” when the motorist has one prior DUI conviction that occurred within the past seven years. This article discusses some of the consequences of a second-offense DUI in Washington.
First-Offense DUI in Washington
The state of Washington employs a tiered system for sentencing regarding DUI cases, with lower penalties for offendors with .08 blood alcohol content (BAC) and higher penalties for offenders possessing a BAC at or above .15.
Texas Drunk Driving Laws, Penalties, and Consequences
How Texas defines "driving while intoxicated" (DWI) and the penalties you'll face for a conviction.
Third-Offense DUI in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s DUI law prohibits driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle while: having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more having any amount of a Schedule I or II controlled substance in the body, or impaired by drugs or alcohol. Read about the third-offense penalties
Second-Offense DUI in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s DUI law prohibits driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle while having a BAC of .08% or more or actually impaired by drugs or alcohol. Read about the penalties for a second offense.
First-Offense DUI in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s DUI law prohibits driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle while actually intoxicated or having a BAC of .08% or more. Here are the penalties for a first DUI conviction in the state.
What Is a Felony DWI in Missouri?
In Missouri, a DWI can be charged as a felony if the defendant has two or more prior DWI convictions or the current offense involved injuries or deaths.
Third-Offense DUI/DWI in Maryland
What to expect in terms of penalties and consequence if you're convicted of a third DUI in Maryland.
Louisiana’s Underage OWI Laws
For drivers who are under the legal drinking age, Louisiana prohibits driving with a BAC of .02% or more.