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  • What do I do to stop a FTP warrant from Riverside?

    Online under my criminal case, at the Riverside court, it lists 12/28/2015 FTP WARRANT BCA TYPE AUTOMATICALLY REQUESTED. Ive been paying steadily every month since August 2014, but this year I missed August, October and December. The day I paid...

    Brian’s Answer

    Either you or an attorney on your behalf would have to make an appearance to clear this up and get your payments back on schedule. Hire a local attorney.

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  • Do they automatically check for other substances with a DUI citation. I understand the defense may find results questionable.

    Making a right turn I scraped ...hit the median with the left front, left back tires. The side air bags were deployed. I was stopped within the block as I continued driving and they administered a field sobriety test on a very cold night. I w...

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    Well Happy New Year. Make sure you retain a private attorney within ten days of your arrest or you will lose your right to challenge your DMV suspension. Your blood results should be available soon. You would be well advised to hire counsel in your area this week. Many of us offer free consults and can manage your case mostly without you needing to drag to court. We have offices in PS.

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  • Should I hire Private Counsel or stick with a PD?

    So on New Years Eve I was stopped outside a rave by an undercover for drinking a beer on the street. He pulled me to a side, asked if I had anything on me and if could search me. I said no to both and he told me I was under arrest for the the open...

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    That fee is about right for private counsel. Many of us will offer payment plans for people in your situation. You are asking a bunch of private attorneys so you need to understand your audience. You are correct that you will probably be eligible for PC 1000. By agreeing to, straight away, PC 1000, you will not have any opportunity to challenge the evidence. Your analysis, on the end result is probably right. Private counsel, however, will me much more accessible to you. I cannot speak for the PDs office but our clients with misdemeanors in other counties do not end up having to come to court with us. We handle every appearance for them. You should ask the PD if they will do the same and make your decision accordingly.

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  • How can i take care my warrents?

    i have 2 dui warrants and i want to take care of them is there a way with out going to jail and i don't lose my job i can take care of them.

    Brian’s Answer

    Well it is of course possible but no attorney can guarantee it, it all depends on how egregious the circumstances are of each warrant. Your best strategy is to hire counsel, and have money for bail just in case, and handle them by walking in as opposed to at some point being picked up. If you show up with counsel and have a good faith argument to make MOST judges will recall the warrants if its a one off situation. If you want more details call around many of us offer free consults.

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  • What does that mean in terms of sentencing for him? And/or, is it a good idea to post bail now?

    my cousin was recently arrested, on what we assume to be drug charges. As a past offender, we know he has been arrested countless times, but it is known he is being charged as a felony.

    Brian’s Answer

    You really do not have much in the way of facts being posted here so we can only respond in generalities. Bail is a personal decision. If your resources are limited and bail is high you may choose to save those resources for him to mount a better defense. Just because he bails out now, depending on the facts of the case, he might just very well go back in at a later time. You would be well served getting a free consult from an attorney in your County and provide more facts to better address your situation.

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  • What should I expect in court? Will I go to Jail? How much will I be paying in fines and all? Can I pay in cash?

    Hi unfortunately a couple days a go I got caught stealing a little over $200 worth of makeup from Walmart. When walking out a guy stopped me and took me to the back. He didn't say much to me. After a while the cops came instead of taking me to jai...

    Brian’s Answer

    Well before you dismiss the idea of hiring a lawyer consider the very serious consequences a theft conviction will have on your future which can, with the right lawyer and amount of work, be avoided. If the case is in Los Angeles County I would be less worried about jail and more worried about how this will affect your future. Many of us will offer you payment plans so it would be worth your time to make some calls.

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  • CHP doesn't forward to DA office freeway shooting case?

    I was driving on 405 south in LGB, white mercedes kept hesitating cut my lane from carpoo; lane which was a small accident, and I used honk, and passed but next moment the car tailgated me with headlights, and approaching left side lane which was ...

    Brian’s Answer

    You need to be speaking to law enforcement on this one. Not us.

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  • Do I get a lawyer now? Will they press charges?

    I was questioned by my employer, a large department store. I was/am an associate. I was asked if I had done any suspicious activity and ended up saying I stole small items from the store during my working there. I ended up writing a statement, whi...

    Brian’s Answer

    Frankly the time to have consulted a lawyer would have been BEFORE you wrote a confession. That said, I would expect given your explanation here that law enforcement will be contacted and assume they will contact you. Since you have not YET been arrested or even questioned by law enforcement you have some time to possibly work something out civilly with the store and/or to have an attorney before you make any more mistakes like speaking to law enforcement and further incriminating yourself. So that would be affirmative. Many reasons not to sit and wait. Many of us offer free consults if you need additional input.

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  • Do I have to wait a certain amount of time to clean my record ? Do I hire some one to do so ?

    Hi there ! I just recently recieved my one and only felony . Not proud of it at all . I did my time for it( two weeks and got out on house arrest) but now I see exactly how it's affecting me to have a non clean record and I want to clean it asap ...

    Brian’s Answer

    We all know how it works. I am sure as the other attorneys have indicated the concept of "cleaning" your record is a technical one. The kind of relief you are entitled to depends on what Felony you are convicted of. With some hope you received what is known as a wobbler which would ultimately allow you to expunge your record. Many of us offer free consults, call around for a more detailed analysis.

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  • How can being appointed a public defender help me in my certain case?

    Was arrested for first-time DUI in California because I didn't fully stop at a stop sign. Blew a .17% but I was NOT booked, and my vehicle was stored instead of being impounded. Can't really afford a personal Attorney, but will be able to pay all ...

    Brian’s Answer

    If you cannot manage to afford an attorney you will have no one to manage your DMV problems which the Public Defender cannot help you with. Many of us will offer you reasonable payment plans it might be worth your while to try and work something out. A .17 is a high BAC and you will want something more than a PD who will do nothing more than convey an lousy offer and tell you take it or leave it.

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