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Jacek W Lentz

Jacek Lentz’s Answers

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  • In Los Angeles county if I am charged with grand theft what are the chances of getting it reduced to a misdemeanor?

    I was never arrested for grand theft but it is an open case naming me the suspect. I was a cashier and was accused of letting a couple people leave the store with unpaid merchandise. I still maintain my innocence. Everything happened over a year...

    Jacek’s Answer

    It is possible that there is a warrant out on you relating to the old case. If that is the case then it is possible you would be taken into custody when you appear on your new case. You would be best served in retaining a lawyer to look into this matter as soon as possible.

    Jacek Lentz, Esq. www.lentzlawfirm.com 213.250.9200

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  • What happens when u get a ticket for possesion of marijuna

    i got pulled over and i got a ticket

    Jacek’s Answer

    If under 1 ounce and no medical card then it is a fine. However, you need to to everything you can to avoid a conviction which might haunt you later in life. Your lawyer should be able to get you a diversion (some classes, etc) without a conviction.

    Jacek W. Lentz, Esq.
    213.250.9200
    www.lentzlawfirm.com

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  • I was aressted for brandishing a firearm when i did not have a firearm.The officer was trying to force me to admit it.I did not

    they arrested me without proof and they tried to force me to say i did it.I have never owend a firearm much less pull one out.the cuffs were so tight they brused my hands when I asked them to loosen them they refused.What can i do?

    Jacek’s Answer

    First thing you need to do is to hire a lawyer to defend your case, if you end up facing criminal charges. Whether or not you will be able to file some kind of action or complaint against the officer is a separate matter, best taken care of after after your criminal case has been concluded, in my view.

    Jacek W. Lentz, Esq.
    213.250.9200
    www.lentzlawfirm.com

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  • 30 year old female arrested for burglary and receiving stolen property what is she looking forward to?

    how long is the sentence and should we get her a lawyer?

    Jacek’s Answer

    It is absolutely impossible to tell you what is likely to happen without knowing the facts of the case and who the defendant is. There are too many variables involved. Suffice it to say that the charges she is facing are very serious and potentially could land her in state prison.

    You should be pounding the phones interviewing lawyers to discuss this case in detailed and confidential consultations. Contact a couple to get a sense of who might be the best for this case. Also, only a lawyer familiar with the facts could advise you in a meaningful manner. Most criminal defense lawyers will consult with you at no charge.

    Jacek W. Lentz, Esq.
    213.250.9200
    www.lentzlawfirm.com

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  • Do I need an attorney?

    Okay so I just received my first dui I blew a 1.1 at the scene and a 0.09 at the jail I also received a possesion of marijauna charge should I get an attorney, and if so does anyone know one that they could refer to me?

    Jacek’s Answer

    Under no circumstances you should represent yourself. It is always a bad idea. The question is whether you have the means to hire a private lawyer or will be represented by a public defender.

    DUIs are complicated. They involve a lot of science and then can be beaten if handled by the right lawyer. If you are being charged with driving under the influence of marijuana as well as alcohol, you should contact a lawyer who has experience in both DUIs and marijuana related cases. I urge you to call a couple of lawyers to get a sense of who might be right for you.

    Best,

    Jacek W. Lentz, Esq.
    213.250.9200
    www.lentzlawfirm.com

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  • Is it possible for a PC 488 to be dropped to an infraction on a first offense petty theft amounting to $58.00?

    I understand that a PC488 becomes a PC 490.1 when the merchandise stolen is under $50.00. My question is whether it might be likely that I can get the misdemeanor dropped to an infraction when the amount stolen was $58.00. I have applied and was a...

    Jacek’s Answer

    It depends on your lawyer and the DA. You might be able to do even better, by getting a diversion where you complete some classes, etc. and in exchange the whole case is dismissed completely.

    You do not want a theft related misdemeanor conviction on your record. Do everything you can to fight for a good result. If you cannot afford private counsel, a public defender will be appointed for you. If a PD ends up representing you, do not let them talk you into a misdemeanor deal. The theft amount in your case was low enough to warrant a better result.

    Jacek W. Lentz, Esq.
    310.273.1361
    www.lentzlawfirm.com

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  • What are my rights while on probation?

    I live in the Inland Empire, Im on felony probation, and I need to find out MY rights. Any help is appreciated.

    Jacek’s Answer

    I am afraid you do not have any rights. They can certainly drug test you any time they want. They also can search your residence and person any time they want.

    I would focus on doing well on probation and then file a motion for early termination based on good behavior.

    Jacek W. Lentz, Esq.
    310.273.1361
    www.lentzlawfirm.com

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  • I am a first time offender, i was charged with a 459 pc for stealing at Target but in my ticket its written down as a Felony..

    I am a first time offender, i was charged with a 459 pc for stealing at Target but in my ticket its written down as a Felony.. I was arrested and I stood in the station for 48 hours,but i was bailed out before my court day.. is there any posibilit...

    Jacek’s Answer

    Most likely, you will be charged with theft rather than burglary. Felony grand theft if you stole over $400 worth of goods and petty theft if under that amount.

    You have two things to worry about. Additional jail time potentially and having a theft related conviction on your record. You will be well served by hiring a lawyer. Call a couple to see who is best for you. If you cannot afford private counsel, a public defender will be appointed for you. Do not attempt to represent yourself or resolve this matter by talking to the investigators or prosecutors, unless your own lawyer is present.

    Jacek W. Lentz, Esq.
    310.273.1361
    www.lentzlawfirm.com

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  • Used a Fake ID

    Hi I am 19 years old and got approached by the police for having an open container of alcohol. I didnt want to get a minor in possession so i gave my fake id. The cop believed me and wrote the ticket out to the person whose Id i was using. The cop...

    Jacek’s Answer

    While you might be able to get away with what you did this time, my recommendation is to not attempt doing it again. Potentially, you might be in way more trouble than you initially were, based only on open container and minor in possession violations.

    I would contact a lawyer to discuss the best approach for your case in completely confidential manner.

    Jacek W. Lentz, Esq.
    310.273.1361
    www.lentzlawfirm.com

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  • The police came charging into my house, during which time they found one tenth of a gram of amphetamine and an unfired hand gun

    No bullets were found anywhere near the gun. Still they charged the one roommate who had done prison time, (even though his parole was over five years finished). also The gun was in a common area all three of us had access to. . This is an ...

    Jacek’s Answer

    First off, your case might involve an illegal search and seizure especially if no warrant was involved. The police rarely have the right to storm into someone's house without a warrant.

    You absolutely need to fight your case especially if the DA chooses to make it into a drugs-and-guns case against you. Do not attempt to represent yourself - it is always a bad idea. Your case also presents a situation where an effective private lawyer could convince the DA to drop all charges in advance of your scheduled court date.

    I recommend you call a couple of attorneys to get a sense of who might be good for you.

    Jacek W. Lentz, Esq.
    310.273.1361
    www.lentzlawfirm.com

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