There are fact situations where a petty theft can be charged as a robbery, a felony, carrying a possible state prison sentence. California case law defines a theft as not a completed crime until you have actually left the scene of the theft with the stolen items. For instance, if you enter a store and … Continue reading Can A Petty Theft Be Charged As A Robbery Or Even A Commercial Burglary?
When you are stopped for a DUI investigation you will be concerned, nervous, most probably scared and certainly embarrassed. These are normal reactions. Many attorneys and websites give conflicting advice as to what tests you should or should not take. Even though you can refuse to take a breath or blood test the California Department … Continue reading Do I Have To Take A Blood Or Breath Test When I Am Stopped For DUI?
There are many reasons why you may not want to appear in court. For most people, if this is their first experience with the criminal justice system there is a level of fear or discomfort as well as the embarrassment of the possibility of being seen by friends or business associates or clients who could … Continue reading Can My Attorney Appear In Court For Me?
Most court houses have a limited number of courtrooms that are designated as available for trial. Typically out of 12 courts in a county courthouse 4 are assigned as trial ready. Thousands of cases per year are filed by prosecutors and are processed through the court as felonies or misdemeanors. There are not enough resources … Continue reading What Is A Plea Bargain?
If you have been convicted of a criminal offense and probation has been granted you can petition for dismissal for a California state crime after you have successfully completed probation. You can also petition for dismissal of a felony county jail sentence after two years of non supervised release or after one year successful completion … Continue reading Executive Pardons
There are several possible ways of accomplishing this. In most cases your record of arrest will remain but the case can show on your live scan as dismissed. If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor and you have completed probation and have been free of any new offenses for one year you can apply … Continue reading How Can I Clear My Arrest Or Conviction Record?
Most people do not understand that even a misdemeanor or an infraction that shows up on your record can affect future employment and licensing. For example, let us suppose that you are out on the town and have been drinking. You have left the club and are in need of a restroom and there are … Continue reading I Want To Plead Guilty Because I Have No Defense. Why Do I Need An Attorney?
My family member is in jail on a serious felony charge. His bail is $100,000. Should I bail him out and pay the bail bondsman $10,000? He doesn’t want to be in jail. Nobody wants to be in jail and it certainly is a fearful and uncomfortable place. However, I always recommend to clients that … Continue reading Should I Use A Bail Bondsman?