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Margaret Forbes Mendoza

Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Stopped at Walmart for shop lifting! My friend and I were in walmart shopping and doing a lot of it.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    2. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
    3. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3 lawyer answers

    You need to hire an attorney to represent you or ask for a public defender if you can't afford one. Theft is a crime of moral turpitude and could cause you many problems when looking for employment. There may be defenses...and the issue here may be intent if you inadvertently failed to pay for an item, but paid for everything else. There will most likely be video from inside the store which will show your actions while in the store, which may help or hurt your case.

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  2. Realistically how much can be done before filing in a criminal matter? I was arrested on a 12025pc on 5/10/13. court = 7/1/13

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Andrew Joseph Bouvier-Brown
    2. Brian Russell Michaels
    3. Ramy Ahmed Abouelsood
    4. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
    5. Sharon Paris Babakhan
    5 lawyer answers

    Once retained, an attorney should start work on your case, whether it has been filed or not. Typically that starts with attempted communictaion with the District Attorney's office. Because of your lack of a record, character reference letters from friends, colleagues could be prepared and sent to the D.A's office in an attempt to start a dialog prior to the filing. This information will be useful at any point and may help with a resolution after filing. Aside from that, there may be issues to...

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  3. Help! Can there be a shoplifting criminal charges against me?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Nicholas Milan Loncar
    2. Nicholas Maurice Rosenberg
    3. Michael Charles Doland
    4. Karine Basmadjian
    5. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
    5 lawyer answers

    You went back to the store and paid the difference. Additionally you state that the video would show you entering dressing room and exiting the dressing room and the tag was the same, so no switch in the dressing room. With these facts, unlikely. As the other posts stated, do not speak to anyone who asks you questions about the incident. Hire and attorney.

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  4. I got arrested and charged with petty theft. I can't afford an attorney so I will have to go with a public defender.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Greg Thomas Hill
    2. Kiarash Feyzjou
    3. Mark A. Broughton
    4. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
    5. Thomas G. Briody
    5 lawyer answers

    Stay away from the location of the arrest. You will have an opportunity to speak with your PD at your arraignment. Many attorneys accept payment plans if you can not afford to pay the retainer in full. With private counsel, and if a misdemeanor, you will not have to attend your court proceedings as your attorney can appear for you at the initial arraignment and further proceedings. Good Luck!

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  5. How much would it cost for a attorney for a petty theft case

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. David Mark Wallin
    2. Greg Thomas Hill
    3. John M. Kaman
    4. Nicholas Milan Loncar
    5. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    6. ···
    11 lawyer answers

    The penalty for a petty theft ( first time) is usually minor (fine and/or community service and probation). BUT it is the charge itself which can cause you years of problems. Many employers are hesitant to hire employees with theft convictions. Because it is a crime of moral turpitude, there are immigration consequences. It is also a priorable offense. Additionally, if you are in a licensed profession, the conviction could cause you to lose your license. Therefore, I strongly encourage...

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  6. How much jail time will someone do if they did fraud on a check of $700?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Greg Thomas Hill
    2. Daniel C Grupenhagen
    3. David Mark Wallin
    4. Vijay Dinakar
    5. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
    5 lawyer answers

    If filed as a felony, he could be sentenced up to one year in the county jail or 3 years in state prison. ... He has also violated probation by picking up the new case, and could get additional time for the violation. As Mr. Hill has stated, there are a lot of unknowns, which makes it difficult to give a more specific answer.

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  7. My daughter has asked me to submit the forms requesting sentence modification but what do I put where it says the following

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Greg Thomas Hill
    2. Michael Kevin Cernyar
    3. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
    4. Stephen Ross Cohen
    4 lawyer answers

    It depends on what the reasons are and what modifications she is requesting. Her previous attorney should be available to answer these questions.If not, retaining an attorney to properly prepare the paperwork could be beneficial.

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  8. Apearing at a suppression hearing?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Mark A. Broughton
    2. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
    3. Dan Eugene Chambers
    3 lawyer answers

    You will have a chance to speak to the attorney before the hearing. Typically, investigators are used to obtain statements, which will be reviewed and then the decision as to whether or not to call the person to actually testify will be made, Attorneys use investigators to get the statements so that the attorney does not become a "witness" to the case. If you have been subpoenaed you must appear as that is a court order. If any of your statements could incriminate you, you should seek the...

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  9. Is federal public defender better than regular superior court public defender? Can he provide better offer for me?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Herb Fox
    2. Joshua Kaizuka
    3. Ernest DuBose
    4. Anthony Michael Solis
    5. David Patrick Vaughn
    6. ···
    7 lawyer answers

    As you have seen from the previous answers, State Public Defenders, broken down by county, handle State cases...Federal Public Defenders handles federal crimes. Both are only available to those who can not afford to hire an attorney. We handle federal matters, so feel free to call with any further questions.

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  10. Im on formal probation. Can I move out of the county or do I have to reside in the county Im in until Im off probation?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Dan Eugene Chambers
    2. Margaret Forbes Mendoza
    3. Erick Masten Platten
    3 lawyer answers

    Are there any terms or conditions of your probation that you are still completing and want to transfer to another county? community service, caltrans, counseling? You can request, through the probation department of the current county, to have your probation transferred to another county. That other county will have to agree to monitor your probation. Even if you have no outstanding obligations such as those mentioned above, you will need to first speak with your P.O. as he/she is...

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