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

Oklahoma’s Negligent (Vehicular) Homicide Laws and Penalties
A motorist who drives recklessly and kills another person in Oklahoma will likely face negligent homicide charges.
Rhode Island's Vehicular Homicide Laws and Penalties
A Rhode Island motorist who kills another person while driving recklessly will likely be charged with “driving so as to endanger, resulting in death.”
North Carolina's Reckless Driving Laws
Read about how North Carolina defines "reckless driving" and the penalties for a conviction.
North Dakota's Vehicular Homicide Laws and Penalties
A motorist who drives while under the influence in North Dakota and causes the death of another person will likely face vehicular homicide charges.
Kansas's Vehicular Homicide Laws and Penalties
When dangerous driving leads to a fatality, vehicular homicide charges may follow. Read about how the offense is defined and the penalties you'll face for a conviction.
Florida's Vehicular Homicide Laws and Penalties
Florida motorist who cause the death of another person while driving may have vehicular homicide charges. Read about how this offense is defined and the consequences you'll face if convicted.
Nevada's Vehicular Manslaughter and Homicide Laws and Penalties
When a motorist negligently commits a traffic violation and someone is killed, vehicular manslaughter charges may follow.
Virginia's Cellphone-Use & Texting-While-Driving Laws
Virginia’s distracted driving law generally bans texting-while-driving for all motorists and talking on a cellphone for only certain drivers. Read about the law's specifics and the penalties you'll face for a violation.
Arizona’s Cellphone-Use & Texting-While-Driving Laws
Read about Arizona's distracted driving laws and the penalties for a cellphone or texting ticket.
Idaho’s Cellphone-Use & Texting-While-Driving Laws
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.