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Margaret Forbes Mendoza

Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Charged with 2 counts of petty theft

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Kiarash Feyzjou
    2. David Isaac Hammond
    3. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    4. Joshua Peter Visco
    5. Brian K Wanerman
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    Without more specific facts, I can say that, generally speaking, since you do not have a prior record, you could be offered community labor in lieu of county jail...however, the punishment associated with a petty theft is NOT your biggest concern. This is a crime of moral turpitude and could have a significant impact on your obtaining employment, licensing issues, etc... So it would be to your benefit to retain an attorney to review the case and if no defense, attempt to find a resolution...

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  2. Dui breathalyzer r, which one do they use in court

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Sholeh Iravantchi
    2. Greg Thomas Hill
    3. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
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    The tests at the scene were PAS (Preliminary Alcohol Screening) and are treated as one of the field sobriety tests conducted prior to arrest. The results of the test you gave at the station are printed out and will be available for your review as part of your initial discovery. There should be two test results at the station...If only one result, then it is not admissible at trial.

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  3. I got a DUI a month ago and the officer did not issue a temp license nor did he take my license away. What should I do?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Mohammad Ali Salimi
    2. Hetinder Singh Gill
    3. Joshua Kaizuka
    4. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
    5. Dan Eugene Chambers
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    Technically you need to request an "administrative per se" hearing with in 10 days of receiving the temporary license, or you lose the ability to have the hearing and your license is suspended after thirty days. Since you did not receive the paperwork, an attorney can request the hearing be scheduled and explain the delay in the request. That is within the discretion of the DMV as they may attempt to argue that you did indeed receive it. But you need to request the hearing and explain the...

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  4. Can an 18 year old male get punished for dating a 14 year old female?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Nicholas Maurice Rosenberg
    2. Anthony Michael Solis
    3. Michael Anthony Hernandez
    4. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
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    A platonic relationship is not a crime. Once it becomes physical, it is a crime as she is a minor.

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  5. How many years would my grandson do if he is in for burglary?this is his first time in custody.

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
    2. Nicholas Milan Loncar
    3. Michael Moshe Levin
    4. Anthony Allen Roach
    5. Dan Eugene Chambers
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    A residential burglary charge is a strike and could carry with it a prison sentence of 2-6 years...It would be helpful to know exactly how he has been charged with the offense....with this additional information, we would be able to state whether or not he is eligible for a probationary sentence, which could be negotiated. A probationary sentence carries up to one year in county jail, but again, depending on the facts, it is possible to have the time converted to an alternative sentence....

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  6. In a federal criminal case is it normal to schedule sentencing for 4 months or more in the future?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Michael Kevin Cernyar
    2. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
    3. Tracy Green
    4. Raymond George Wigell
    5. Anthony Michael Solis
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    A delay in sentencing is not unusual as there is necessary preparation. It is very unlikely due to the reasons you have stated.

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  7. What is California Penal Code 496a - is it a felony -There are 2 prior arrests for this code, what can the sentence be? Thnx

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
    2. Nicholas Milan Loncar
    3. Cambria L Lisonbee
    4. John M. Kaman
    5. Greg Thomas Hill
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    Receiving stolen property (496(a) ) is a felony. The DA has the ability to file as a misdemeanor, if the value of the property is less than $950.00. If filed as a misdemeanor, the exposure is one year in county jail. If filed as a felony, the minimum state prison exposure is 16 months, or one year county jail. The DA may be more inclined to file as a felony due to your priors. Additionally, since you are on probation, you can face additional time for violating.

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  8. Whats going to happend.. ??????please help

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Lonnie L Mcdowell
    2. Robert Laurens Driessen
    3. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
    4. Marvin Ezequiel Vallejo
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    That is harsh for a trespass...are you sure that is the charge? and is this his first offense? Mandatory jail is unusual unless there are other issues involved. If he can not afford an attorney, a Public Defender can be appointed to represent him. As far as a conviction for trespass, he needs to consult with an immigration attorney.

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  9. What may happen now? I violated a restraining order and I was arrested.

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Dan Eugene Chambers
    2. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
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    Yes, you have been charged with a crime and therefore you should have an attorney handle your case. An attorney will be able to review the reports and discuss any possible defenses with you.

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  10. If diversion is not possible for a misdemeanor, is deferred entry of judgment the next-best alternative?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. David Matthew Piper
    2. Ray Shane Ibarra
    3. Nicholas Milan Loncar
    4. Michael Kevin Cernyar
    5. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
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    I think you are asking about DEJ v. Prop 36... Many facts unknown, but generally speaking, if you do not qualify for PC 1000 (DEJ), which is within the court's discretion, but do qualify for Prop. 36, you are entitled to that and will receive that even if you decide to push the case forward, so if there are other issues that should be dealt with first (Motion to Suppress Evidence, etc.), then do so. Even if you lose at trial, you are entitled to Prop 36. There are other specific differences...

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