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Brian Russell Michaels

Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Can I make a "wet and wreckless" plead without an attorney? If so what information would I need?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Chris J Feasel
    2. Brian Russell Michaels
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    You have no prayer. Don't even think about it. First, its called a Wet Reckless. No Prosecutor would give a self representing individual a reduced plea on a DUI because it requires specialized knowledge and training to try a DUI case. A lawyer's ability to beat a DUI charge at trial is what we have to negotiate with in getting that Wet Reckless. We know how to beat them in front of a jury. Do you? That's rhetorical. If you qualify, get a PD and tell them you will not accept anything less...

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  2. Can a court mandate AA meeting attendance before a DUI conviction?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Brian Russell Michaels
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    Personally I don't think it is legal at all. When the Judges in Los Angeles started doing it, it pissed me off to no end. The other attorneys are correct that procedurally the Judges get away with it as a condition of O.R. If you made bail, I do not see how legally the court can get away with this. But it is a cost benefit analysis and while I used to object, it's not worth fighting your probable sentencing Judge on something this minor. Like I tell my DUI clients. AA meetings never killed...

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  3. How far should a defendant fight a case? If no deal is offered, should the defendant take the case to trial?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Greg Thomas Hill
    2. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    3. John David Laurie
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    Its a criminal case so jail is always a theoretical possibility. The reality is with good counsel these cases are beatable. If your friend has funds, PD's dont often want to go to trial and would rather just pleads people out. Brian Michaels Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney

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  4. Hi, I am an Italian turist in LA and 2 nights ago I got arrested for DUI. what to do? I am so scared !

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Troy Slaten
    2. Brian Russell Michaels
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    Well first of all it is going to be ok. I know you are scared I am a frequent traveller and know what its like to be in a foreign country without knowing their laws. This is a standard DUI in the US. You will need to hire a local attorney specializing in this area. This is a misdemeanor meaning your lawyer can handle this for you even if you cant make your court appearances. We are happy to be of assistance. Brian Michaels Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney www.socalcrimdefense.com...

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  5. First time offense being a D.U.I. I hit an object. blew a .16. What am i facing? no one was injured, including myself or object.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Dan Eugene Chambers
    2. Sharon Paris Babakhan
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    Assuming no one was hurt, you are probably facing a misdemeanor DUI charge. Your blood alcohol is high and Santa Clarita is a tough court. You are looking at fines, classes and possibly jail depending on how bad your report looks. Brian Michaels Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney www.socalcrimdefense.com 3109919179

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  6. I got pulled over and charged with a DUI. My bac level was 0.22.

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Brian Russell Michaels
    2. Greg Thomas Hill
    3. Michael Kevin Cernyar
    4. Michael Jon Fremont
    5. Cambria L Lisonbee
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    Your blood alcohol level is not going to be impacted by lack of sleep. Your ability to safely drive might be. Getting a DUI is not cheap. The biggest consequence, typically, of a first time DUI is the money it costs you and the fear of jail. Yes, you can pay fines in an installment plan and some attorneys will work with you on a payment plan. But attorneys do cost money. You would be well advised to have one, since a .22 is not something to take lightly. Many of us offer a free consult...

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  7. Do I have a chance in fighting this charge?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Dan Eugene Chambers
    2. Anthony Michael Solis
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    Your chances with a blood alcohol level that low are always good. You most definitely need to fight your charges. With an experienced trial lawyer and the willingness to fight this as good a case as any to in at trial or get a substantially reduced charge. Miranda is rarely a relevant issue in a DUI since there are so many ways to get around it, but there are many other defenses that you and your lawyer can exploit. If you would like, we offer a one time free consult. Brian Michaels Los...

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  8. My fiancee needs a criminal defense lawyer pro bono.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Neil James Fraser
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    Pro Bono means totally free. Its not realistic to expect a private attorney to handle a strike case for free and you wouldnt want that anyways. Private attorneys are paid for their time and if you dont pay dont expect much in return. You can qualify for the public defender if you have no funds. However it would not hurt to call some private attorneys in your County to see about a payment plan. In this economy many of us are making payment arrangement for clients who can't come up with a full...

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  9. Can any lawyer take on a petty theft case (PC 488)?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Greg Thomas Hill
    2. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    3. Brian Russell Michaels
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    This is a case for an experienced criminal defense attorney and not a family or business lawyer. You need someone who knows and works in the criminal courts. While it may not be the crime of the century as a young person the last thing u want on your record is theft conviction which can be very damaging. Hire an experienced defense attorney. Many of us offer free consults, call around for advice.

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  10. Will i go to jail with my third DUI? Can i prevent from having jail time?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Cambria L Lisonbee
    2. Troy Slaten
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    The answer depends on whether you picked up the 3rd within the ten year period. If so you are looking at substantial mandatory minimum jail. The good news is that it is in Los Angeles County. You have no option but to hire experienced local counsel. The punishment is harsh. If you do not have a good trial defense your attorney will help find you good alternative sentencing. Many of us offer free consults including my firm. As a former Gaucho I know a bit about the SB culture. Brian Michaels...

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