John McCurley

Attorney · University of San Francisco School of Law

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

Vermont’s Child Car Seat and Seat Belt Laws
Vehicle child safety seat requirements, including age, weight, and height limits for different types of car seats.
Washington D.C.'s Reckless Driving Laws and Penalties
Read about how Washington D.C. defines "reckless driving" and the penalties for being convicted.
Arizona's Reckless Driving Laws and Penalties
In Arizona reckless driving is a crime. Read about how Arizona defines "reckless driving" and the penalties for being convicted.
New York's Reckless Driving Laws and Penalties
How New York defines "reckless driving" and the consequences of a conviction.
Virginia's Reckless and Improper Driving Laws and Penalties
Reckless driving is a misdemeanor in Virginia. Read about how the offense is defined and the penalties you'll be facing if convicted.
Hawaii's Reckless and Inattentive Driving Laws and Penalties
Read about Hawaii’s defines "reckless" and "inattentive" driving and the penalties for being convicted. 
Rhode Island's Reckless Driving Laws and Penalties
Reckless driving is a misdemeanor in Rhode Island. Read about how the offense is defined and the penalties you'll face for a conviction.
Connecticut's Reckless Driving Laws and Penalties
Read about how "reckless driving" is defined in Connecticut and the penalties for a conviction.
Illinois's Reckless Driving Laws and Penalties
Reckless driving is a misdemeanor in Illinois. Read about how the offense is defined and the penalties for being convicted.
California's Reckless Driving Laws and Penalties
Read about how California defines "reckless driving" and the consequences of being convicted in court.