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  • I am facing charges, having tough time finding an attorney who does white collar criminal defense, as well as real estate, help?

    Looking for one who is preferably a former DA in Orange County, one that is caring, and somewhat reasonable in pricing.

    Karen’s Answer

    First of all, I would suggest that you hire someone who specializes in criminal defense only and has background and experience in white collar cases. You will not get the strongest defense from an attorney who does both criminal defense as well as real estate law, unless what you meant by the question was that your case involved real estate fraud type allegations. You can contact me for further assistance at at (888) 445-6313.

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  • My question is on aug. 16 when they set the court date for me, will i need an actual lawer to stay out of jail? especially if th

    i was recently at an arraingment for a charge that was put on me by the state, in a domestic violence charge, i pled not guilty because i didnt put my hands at all on her other to defend myself and push her off of me. in the report she stated that...

    Karen’s Answer

    Especially given some of the possible penalties you face that are associated with a domestic violence charge, including but not limited to, 52 weeks of mandatory domestic violence classes, a criminal protective order prohibiting you from contact with the alleged victim, jail or prison time (depending on the specific charge), high court fines and fees, you should consult with an attorney and determine if the facts of your case would create a strong defense for a jury or court trial.

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  • I was charged with possesion for sales!

    even though the drug found was in the dash board of a car that had been confiscated before for drug possesion,and the car does not belong to me& niether does what was found.how can i defend myself from going to jail?what can i do?

    Karen’s Answer

    You will need a defense attorney to help you fight this case. The laws are somewhat counterintuitive regarding possession for sale. A defendant can be held to have constructively and jointly possessed the drugs with another person (i.e. the person who was either driving or owned the car). That being said, it sounds like you have some good facts on your side.

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  • I was caught stealing from Macy's (about 65$ worth) and the police were called. It is my first offense what is going to happen?

    I was in Macy's and its my little sisters birthday in a couple of weeks. I have never stolen anything before. I just wanted to give my sister something nice. I was in the dressing room and sat there FOREVER contemplating stealing these two shir...

    Karen’s Answer

    If this is a first time offense for you, then a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney may be able to negotiate for an informal diversion type resolution to your case. In these type of cases, when the facts are sympathetic, and the amount of loss is not too high, the prosecutor may be willing to put over the case for 1 year, in exchange for you doing outpatient theft classes, or something equivalent, and then if you have no new arrests after 1 year, you can return to court and have the case dismissed. This, of course, is one of the best possible outcomes in petty theft case and is by new means always attainable. Other possible favorable outcomes would be a reduction to a petty theft infraction (punishable by a fine instead of jail time), or a dismissal of the charge in exchange for another charge such as trespass. The bottom line is that a defense attorney can really make a difference for you and potentially prevent you from having a petty theft misdemeanor on your record.

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  • I was detained for shoplifting, the LP took my information and released me with no police involvement. Will charges be filed?

    I was detained a week or so ago on my way out of Wal-Mart for shoplifting. The LP officers took my information, scanned my drivers license and took a picture of me and the merchandise. No police were called during the time I was at the store. The ...

    Karen’s Answer

    It is very likely that petty theft charges will be filed against you by the local prosecutor's office. Walmart simply needs to send over a statement from the Loss Prevention Agents to the nearest law enforcement, who in turn can do their own min-investigation, write up a police reports, and send it to the City Attorney or District Attorney for filing criminal charges. Unfortunately, large corporations like Walmart are very strict about following up on petty theft incidents with law enforcement. However, a good criminal defense attorney may be able to negotiate a civil compromise with Walmart, or obtain a diversion type resolution to your criminal case, which would ultimately result in all criminal charges being dismissed. As for the civil demand, although this is an entirely separate matter, if you pay this up front, it is a factor the prosecutors consider favorable to you when your defense attorney is negotiating for a lesser charge, or a diversion program resulting in the dismissal of a petty theft charge. I would consider hiring a private defense attorney to help you prevent having a misdemeanor criminal record.

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  • My formal probation expired today, 1/25/2011. I had been reporting to a kiosk for the past year. Will I be notified?

    My court date was in October, 2010, and the judge said my probation would not be extended. The date on the note before going for the expiration was 1/25/2011. I have a restitution balance and the judge said it would convert to a civil judgement....

    Karen’s Answer

    You will not likely be contacted in order to take care of the remaining fines unless you were on formal probation instead of informal probation, and were actually checking in with a probation officer. Generally speaking, the probation department will follow up on outstanding costs with you but otherwise no one does this once probation has expired. The minute orders from your case, which include a list of fines and fees, can be obtained from the criminal clerk's office in the court your case was out of. Just be sure to bring your case number with you and you should be able to handle matters from there.

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  • My friend pled guilty to 11350(a) in 1989 with 1yr jail plus 3 yrs probation. Any chance for expungement?

    His crime is not on the wobbler list

    Karen’s Answer

    Yes this offense is eligible for expungement. Even though 11350(a) is a felony, he or she may file a 1203.4 motion to dismiss it from his or her record even though he or she cannot petition the court to reduce the felony to a misdemeanor. However, it is important to know whether he or she violated the terms of his or her probation. It is a more complicated motion if there were problems on probation and it would then be advisable to consult with an attorney for assistance with filing and arguing the motion.

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  • WalMart Petty theft

    Hello, Im sorry for my misconduct. I'm a teenager17, was caught shoplifting at WalMart by security people, male/female. They took me to the back room, filled out some papers with my information, I was asked by the female prosecutor to give her my ...

    Karen’s Answer

    Most of the time, with these facts, such a case will be filed as a petty theft charge (Penal Code 484.) If the charges are filed in juvenile court, then you will likely have two possible options which could result in a dismissal of the charges--informal diversion (W&I Code 654) or a deferred entry of judgement program (W&I Code 790) depending on your criminal history and other factors. If the case is filed in adult court, then you may need a good criminal defense attorney to negotiate an informal type diversion program, or something comparable, in order for you to avoid having a misdemeanor on your criminal record. Either way, it is extremely unusual for a first time, petty theft offender, to receive a sentence other than community service or CALTRANS and probation but an aggressive attorney can fight for an even more favorable outcome which could lead to a dismissal of the charges .

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  • Conspiracy to distribute mdma sentencing??

    My friend is being charged with conspiracy to distribute mdma. Someone sold a undercover federal agent mdma. The incitement says my friend is a mdma source for the guy that sold mdma to the agents. In total the guy sold about 2,500 pills of md...

    Karen’s Answer

    The Federal Sentencing Guidelines are extremely complicated. You should be aware that your friend, if he is charged with conspiring to sell the MDMA pills, can actually be held responsible for the total amount of pills that were seized from the entire conspiracy (all the defendants involved), not just the portion that he allegedly sold or handled. Of course, a federal defense attorney may be able to negotiate a plea bargain to a lesser charge, that does not involve conspiracy, to reduce his potential exposure to federal prison time.

    Unfortunately for your friend, federal drug trafficking cases often carry with them 5 or 10 year mandatory minimum prison sentences depending on the total quantity of the controlled substance alleged. If he has the means to do, your friend should consult with a federal defense attorney to help him navigate through all these issues.

    Karen L. Goldstein
    www.klgcriminaldefense.com

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  • I have been charged with pc 245 a 1 and also a battery charge:

    I was charged with these 2 charges and i didnt even do this crime. The police didnt even take pictures of my hands and i wasnt even put in a line-up. When i went to preliminary the victim and a witness came in. The victim could not identify me but...

    Karen’s Answer

    You should definitely consult with an attorney, either a public defender, or a private criminal defense attorney regarding your options. It is alway theoretically possible for the District Attorney to reduce, or to dismiss, charges, but as a trial date approaches, this happens less and less frequently unless new mitigating evidence, or witness problems, occur. Also, the court and the DA will consider your lack of criminal history as a mitigating factor but only in terms of an offer, or plea bargain, that may be made on the case. If you are not interested in obtaining a plea bargain, and you wish to fight the case, then your lack of criminal history does not have a strong bearing on whether or not there is sufficient evidence to demonstrate whether or not you committed the assault and battery. As the other attorneys have already advised, you should sit down with an attorney and discuss all your options. A felony assault with a deadly weapon charge can lead to potential prison time, and a potential strike on your record depending on how it is charged.

    Karen L. Goldstein, Esq.
    www.klgcriminaldefense.com

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