Margaret Forbes Mendoza’s Answers

Margaret Forbes Mendoza

Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Ex husband convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence and had the conviction expunged. Should I have been given notice?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
    2. Lisa Henderson Mattern
    3. Harry Edward Hudson Jr
    3 lawyer answers

    The DA was not obligated to send you notice. Had he still been on probation, you most likely would have been contacted.

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  2. I responded to Craigslist add which read as hangout on weekend and i went to the place and found it was an entrapment for 288.4.

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Matthew Murillo
    2. Michael Kevin Cernyar
    3. Jay Scott Finnecy
    4. Dan Eugene Chambers
    5. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
    5 lawyer answers

    As my colleagues have stated, since you have already plead guilty to the charge, you will need to have that plea withdrawn before you can move forward with the case. A plea withdrawal is time specific and also issue specific. Discuss the facts with an attorney, who will then be able to pinpoint the relevant issues, review the plea and advise you as to whether you have a viable motion. Good luck

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  3. Does this apply to Gang Enhancement charges?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. John M. Kaman
    2. Joshua Kaizuka
    3. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
    4. Raymond George Wigell
    4 lawyer answers

    Prosecutors are quick to add gang enhancements to an underlying charge, but they must be proven. If so proven, they substantially increase the sentence, which varies depending upon the underlying charged offense. What are the charges?

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  4. Would it be possible for me to get into a DIVERSION PROGRAM on a conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance case?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Robert Laurens Driessen
    2. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
    3. Maria Cavalluzzi
    4. Brian K Wanerman
    5. Dan Eugene Chambers
    5 lawyer answers

    Who represented you at the arraignment? If you do not have the ability to hire a private attorney, then ask for a public defender to be appointed, if one hasn't already been appointed. The charges you face are serious. There are specific elements to this charge that must be proven. A review of the police report could show weaknesses in the charges filed. Many of the attorneys on this site offer free consultations to review the case facts with you. Also, please make sure you continue to see...

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  5. Do my son need legal help?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    2. Dan Eugene Chambers
    3. Jeffrey George Moore
    4. Anthony Michael Solis
    5. David Matthew Piper
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    Your son is facing serious charges. Yes he needs an attorney that practices criminal defense. You could ask friends or family for a referral, look online and also contact attorneys through Avvo.

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  6. Do I need an attorney for a video arraignment?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Greg Thomas Hill
    2. Stephen Troy Allen
    3. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
    4. Joseph Briscoe Dane
    5. Dan Eugene Chambers
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    Yes, he needs an attorney for the arraignment. The Public Defender is present for the video arraignments. The fact that it is a video arraignment, instead of in-person, does not diminish the seriousness of the case. If you do not have time to retain an attorney for tomorrow's date, he can enter his not guilty plea through the public defender and then retain an attorney for the case if you are able to do so. Another option is for him to advise the court that he wants to hire an attorney and...

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  7. I have 58 days cal trans , justice give me 1 years to finish, but i did not finish on time what can i do know ?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Steven Parnell Weaver
    2. Michael Kevin Cernyar
    3. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
    4. Joseph Briscoe Dane
    4 lawyer answers

    If the proof of completion date has passed and you did not go to court with the completion of the caltrans, then you have violated probation and the court may have issued a warrant. If the date is in the near future, then you could go to court and request an extension to complete. Obviously the more you have completed, the more apt the Judge is to extend the time for you to complete. Either way, you will need to go to court. You can retain an attorney to handle this for you or contact the...

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  8. It is true that you must pay all fines before trying to get something expunged?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Sholeh Iravantchi
    2. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
    3. Dan Eugene Chambers
    4. Darrel S Jackson
    4 lawyer answers

    In order to get your conviction expunged, you will need to have completed all of the terms and conditions of your probation, including the fine and any fees owed and have completed the period of probation successfully. When considering whether to grant the request to expunge., a Judge will also consider whether or not the probation has been violated.

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  9. I have gotten caught shoplifting at jcpennys..they let me go on a site and release...i signed some papers..now wut?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
    2. Greg Thomas Hill
    3. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with the two answers already provided. Were the police called or was this handled with JC Penney security? Read the paperwork that you signed...if you signed a promise to appear in court, be sure to go on the date noted. If you are unable to afford an attorney, you can ask that the Public Defender's Office be appointed to represent you. Theft can be a priorable offense, so it important to have an attorney with you in court.

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  10. What does felony imprisonment mean

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Mark A. Broughton
    2. Greg Thomas Hill
    3. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
    3 lawyer answers

    I assume you are referring to false imprisonment, Penal Code 236, which states that a person (defendant) intentionally restrained or confined another person (victim) against that person's will. This can be filed as a felony or a misdemeanor.

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