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  • Would this be an effective loophole to get out of paying for parking tickets?

    Let me start by saying I get A LOT of parking tickets. Over the past three years, I've accumulated close to $4k in parking tickets and late fees (and I've paid all of them). If I were to start an LLC, register my car under the LLC, accumulate ...

    Debra’s Answer

    You will need to consult with a bankruptcy lawyer.

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  • Can the DA change charges the day of court if there is insufficient evidence for what they have filed?

    My boyfriend was arrested back in june for misdemeanor battery. Now the DA has filed to charge him with sexual battery and we dont know why since there is nothing said on the report about any sexual abuse at all. In fact when i asked for a copy of...

    Debra’s Answer

    Before you appear in court and/or talk to the prosecution, speak to your boyfriend's attorney. He/she will advise you as to what is best in this situation. Alternatively, seek an attorney for yourself to advise you. You have the right to refuse to testify against your boyfriend if you believe it will incriminate you. For example, if you made a false statement to police in the heat of an argument.

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  • Arrested for DUI drugs/ pc 23152 (e) VC, but wasn't under the influence at all. What can I do?

    Hello, Recently I was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs in San Diego, CA. I was on my home from a family dinner when I was stopped for having a light out on my vehicle. Officer asked if I had any alcohol that night, to which I ...

    Debra’s Answer

    Sounds like you have a great case to fight. Definitely hire a good attorney. It is very difficult for the prosecution to prove you were "under the influence" based on a small amount of marijuana and the 2 beers earlier. Hire locally for the court and your DMV hearing (which must be requested within 10 days of your arrest)). However, if your BAC was under .08%, DMV will not suspend your license anyway - they don't care about drugs in your system. Be prepared to go to trial if you want a full dismissal at court rather than a reduction of charges to a less serious misdemeanor offense.

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  • 2 dui's. Dmv didnt mention interlock device for restricted liscence. If i get one will it still be restricted?

    2 dui's, enrolled to the 9 month program that was requested by the judge, but the dmv wants 18 momths.

    Debra’s Answer

    The interlock device is not an alternative to a restricted license. With regard to the court and DMV, you must comply with both. The court will give you credit for the 18 month program -- you need not take two different programs. However, make sure the court is aware of this and accepts this program in lieu of the 9 month that was requested.

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  • Is it better to try to cover up a murder or just come clean?

    If there's a dead body in my hotel room, is it best to try to get rid of the body? Should I call 911 and pretend like I just came back into the room and don't know what happened? Should I call a lawyer before the police or what? Don't know whic...

    Debra’s Answer

    Lawyer up first if there is a possibility of you being implicated. But whatever you do, know that your internet history, including location, can be accessed by police.

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  • Is there anything I can do to speed up an indictment?

    Law enforcement raided and seized my house several years ago. So, I figure I'm going to get arrested eventually. . I just want to get on with my life. My wife wants to have a baby. I don't want to be a father in jail. I want to do my time and...

    Debra’s Answer

    While letting a sleeping dog lie is a good idea, there are options in this pre-indictment stage that can range from preventing formal charges from being filed, to working out a pre-indictment plea with the assigned AUSA. Unfortunately it is not uncommon for federal cases to take years before Indictment.

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  • I have a adult family member whom is currently on trial for 1st degree murder. There are 3 other individuals whom are

    Co defendants. All three were juveniles at the time of the alleged crime. Recently one of the "PREVIOUS" said juveniles was placed in the local county adult jail in the same place my family member is being housed. This of course followed his te...

    Debra’s Answer

    The planting of a jailhouse snitch is common - and unfortunately legal. You can best help your family member by reminding them to keep quiet. Not just about the case, but about who they know, their relationships with other people who may be involved, gang affiliations, if any, etc. Anything they say can and will be used against them!

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  • I'm planning on pleading the 5th as a victim violence witness but what if the DA grants me immunity?

    If im granted immunity how can I answer if I don't remember everything because I was to drunk?

    Debra’s Answer

    No one can force you to testify. Period. If you refuse to testify, immunity or no immunity, the court can punish you under the contempt statutes, but only in rare circumstances is the Judge authorized to lock you up. A typical punishment is community service and/or a fine. Whatever you decide, do NOT proceed on your own without counsel to advise you in your specific situation. You will need to hire a criminal attorney who can review the specific facts and properly advise you. If you cannot afford one, you can ask the court to appoint you a criminal lawyer or witness counsel.

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  • Hello, I was arrested for DUI in 2012. Is DMV suspension considered being convicted for DUI? DA's office did not file charges.

    DA's office gave me a letter that they don't intend to file charges as they believe they won't be able to prove I was above the permissible limit. Also, I was not fingerprinted and photographed. However, I had the DMV hearing and DMV suspended my ...

    Debra’s Answer

    No you have not been convicted of a DUI. The DMV license suspension is not a conviction. DMV is only an administrative proceeding.

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  • Is a misdemeanor that happened when I was a minor still on my record?

    When I was 15 I was caught stealing a from a store (the item was less that five dollars) and I wasn't convicted because all I had to do was pay a fine to the store. Is that going to follow me for the rest of my life, or can I just forget about the...

    Debra’s Answer

    Juvenile records are supposed to be sealed to the public (if proper procedures are followed by law enforcement and the courts). However, arrest records exist and can be accessed by certain government agencies unless there is a court order to seal and/or destroy the specific record. You should consult an attorney to assist you with this.

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