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

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.
Alaska’s Implied Consent Law and Refusing Alcohol Testing
Alaska's implied consent rule, the requirement that all drivers agree to alcohol testing if stopped for driving under the influence
Rhode Island's Drugged Driving Laws
What is defined as "drugged driving" in Rhode Island and what are the penalties if you are convicted?
Utah's Drugged Driving Laws
How drug use can result in a DUI charge in Utah and the penalties that result from a conviction.
New Mexico's Drugged Driving Laws
What is considered drugged driving in New Mexico and what are the penalties if you are convicted?
South Dakota's Drugged Driving Laws
What is considered drugged driving in South Dakota and what are the penalties if you are convicted?
South Carolina's Drugged Driving Laws
What is considered drugged driving in South Carolina and what are the penalties if you are convicted?
Virginia Drunk Driving Laws, Penalties, and Consequences
Read about how Virginia defines "driving while intoxicated" (DWI) and the penalties—including jail time, fines, and license suspension—you'll be looking at for a first, second, or third DWI conviction.
Virginia's Drugged Driving Laws
What is considered drugged driving in Virginia and what penalties can you expect if convicted?
Vermont's Drugged Driving Laws
What is considered drugged driving in Vermont and what are the penalties you can expect if convicted?