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Jess Y. Matsuda

Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Got a citation for Fail give approp signal when required..need info.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Jess Y. Matsuda
    1 lawyer answer

    Usually, if you hire an attorney to handle a citation such as this, your attorney can negotiate the citation down to a non-moving parking ticket. This would mean that there would be no demerit points issued to the DMV, your insurance will not increase and you can also avoid traffic school. You most likely will not have to appear in court as well. However, you can adjudicate this citation yourself. You could plead not guilty at the initial court appearance, set it for a pretrial hearing...

  2. I was arrested for Theft 3 (misdemeanor) in Hawaii and have an arraignment hearing in 2 weeks. I have no idea what to expect.

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Jess Y. Matsuda
    1 lawyer answer

    An arraignment is the formal reading of charges against a person. This is also the opportunity for someone charged with a crime to enter a plea. You don't necessarily need an attorney at the arraignment, however, it is recommended. If a person can not afford an attorney, and if the prosecutor is seeking jail, that person will be given a court-appointed attorney. Usually at the arraignment the Judge will inform you to hire an attorney or if one will be appointed based on your finances.

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