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

Maryland’s Texting-While-Driving and Distracted Driving Laws
Maryland’s distracted driving laws generally prohibit all motorists from talking on a handheld cellphone or texting messaging while driving. Learn about the laws's specifics, including the costs of a cellphone or texting ticket.
Idaho’s Driving Laws for Texting and Talking on the Phone
In Idaho, it’s against the law to text message while driving. However, the state currently has no restrictions on cellphone calls while operating a vehicle.
Georgia Super Speeder Tickets
The Georgia Super Speeder Law has upped the ante when it comes fighting your speeding ticket. In the past, where many drivers may have simply paid their tickets, this new law may make those drivers want to think twice.
Florida Speeding Tickets, Fines, and Penalties
Like most other states, Florida has two types of speeding laws: “absolute speeding limits” and a “basic speeding law.” Read about how these speed limits work and the costs of getting a speeding ticket.
Talking on a Cell Phone & Texting While Driving in Colorado
Colorado’s distracted driving laws prohibit text messaging for all drivers and talking on a cellphone for only certain drivers. Read about the law's specifics, including the costs of a cellphone or texting ticket.
Can You Expunge a Traffic Violation From Your Record?
Non moving traffic violations can be expunged from your record. You can also expunge a moving violation from your record. Expungement of record is governed by state law.
Red Light and Stop Sign Tickets in New York
A New York driver who runs a stop sign or red light will likely have to pay a fine. A red light or stop sign violation will also add demerit points to a motorist’s driving record. This article gives an overview of what the law requires and prohibits and some of the consequences of being convicted of a stop sign or red light violation.
California's Cell Phone & Texting While Driving Laws
Generally, handheld cellphone use, including text messaging, is banned for all California drivers. And for school bus drivers and motorists under the age of 18, all cellphone use (with certain exceptions) is prohibited, regardless of whether hands-free technology is used.
Arizona Speeding Tickets, Fines, and Penalties
Arizona has three types of speeding laws: a “basic speeding law,” “prima facie limits,” and “absolute speed limits.” Read about how these different speed limits work and costs and other penalties for a speeding ticket.
Talking on the Phone and Texting While Driving in Alabama
Alabama’s distracted driving laws prohibit text messaging for all drivers and talking on a cellphone for only certain drivers. Learn about the law's specifics, including the penalties for a texting or cellphone ticket.