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  • How much time will my friend actually do?

    I have a friend who has never had any criminal record get charged with a non violent crime (embezzlement) he's been given 180 day sentence and 3 years probation. When they arrested him for this in February he served about 5 days will that count no...

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    He will serve no more than half of his sentence. When he is sentenced, the Court will give him credit for ten days (5 days actual + 5 days credit), leaving a remaining sentence of 170 days. Because of jail overcrowding, he may serve less time and may even be eligible for the L.A. County Jail's work furlough program. He should speak to his lawyer about that before his surrender.

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  • Do lab report quantities work in,favor of the defendant for federal guidelines

    If the initial amount of drugs are reduced does the mandatory minimum decrease as well ?

    Jerome’s Answer

    That really depends on the specific amount. If the official analysis of the drug in question reduces the amount below that required to satisfy a mandatory minimum sentence, and there are no other drugs that can be added to that amount to raise it above the mandatory minimum, then you're in good shape. In addition, the guidelines are affected by the type and amount of a certain drug.

    But as a practical matter and unless the "unofficial" weight was right at the amount required for a mandatory minimum or an amount at the bottom of a specific guideline level, small differences in weight will not have any impact.

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  • Warrant issued for a felony, is there an amount of time in which the warrant expires? What is the min & max possible sentencing.

    Pending charges are HS F11377, HS 11370.2 (c), PC 667(C), PC 667 (E) (1).

    Jerome’s Answer

    This warrant will never expire. It's best to take care of the case sooner rather than later. The sentence will determined on lots of factors: strength of case; prior criminal history; etc. It's not possible to say what the maximum sentence is unless one looks at the charging document.

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  • How long have your cilents had to wait until their hard drives were searched by hsi after they were seized?

    how long did it take hsi to get to the hard drive, review it, send it to the prosector and have charges filed? im reading that it takes four months but then read some cases where it takes a year and then another where it takes 4 years due to backl...

    Jerome’s Answer

    That's pretty tough to answer without more facts. Why was your computer and/or hard drive seized? Was there a search warrant? Have you been charged with a crime?

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  • Reaching out to DA before or after charges are filed?

    I am confused about hiring a pre-filing lawyer for a criminal investigation that I am the subject of. Do pre-filing lawyers reach out to DA's BEFORE or AFTER charges are filed? I was under the assumption that if you have a pre-filing lawyer, that ...

    Jerome’s Answer

    I can rarely, if ever, conceive of a situation where consulting with the prosecutor pre-filing is not in the best interests of the client. After the case is filed, it's much harder to convince a prosecutor, especially in a serious case, to reduce or dismiss a charge. On the other hand, providing the government with substantial evidence that mitigates the crime or shows that no crime was committed is often helpful, and rarely harmful.

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  • Is sex offender registration almost inevitable in plea deals?

    I am trying to find a lawyer for my nephew who is being charged with possession of CP. I spoke to a few lawyers from avvo and they mentioned how they were able to work out deals where their clients were able to avoid jail or do little time for ali...

    Jerome’s Answer

    I think it's important to understand that every case is different and any experienced and effective lawyer will be able to advise you and your nephew as to the liklihood of a successful resolution. In my view, it's important to be proactive and seek a resolution prior to the case being filed. If the case against your nephew is strong or if the facts show significant conduct, avoiding RSO status will be difficult. On the other hand, I have been successful in avoiding registration on strong cases where I'm able to point out positive facts that support a more favorable resolution.

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  • Where can I find free information about a criminal case?

    I need to find out about a criminal court case (i.e why the person was arrested, what was the verdict, how many days was this person sentenced, mugshot, ect) I log on to the lasd website to find out but I I see are codes and abbreviations which to...

    Jerome’s Answer

    There is not one specific place to find all this information. The best website to find some of it would be at the Los Angeles County Superior Court official website. Go to the criminal cases tab and you'll find a link to "case information."

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  • Difference between Penal Code A211 & 211?

    Hi my boyfriend is being charged with penal code A211 which hes been told its Attempted Robbery. I have been trying to find a definition, but only 211comes up I wanted to know what's the different and if possible give me that exact meaning.We are...

    Jerome’s Answer

    Attempted robbery (211) is simply a charge when someone uses force or fear to take someone else's property, but does not actually take anything. For example, if a person pulls a gun on a person and says "give me all your money!" but then there's no money to steal, that would be attempted robbery. On the other hand, if the person then gave the person with the gun anything at all, then it would be a robbery.

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  • What should I look for when choosing a defense lawyer for a felony narcotics charge?

    Im charged with 11352 and it is my first serious offense, so im not familiar with the legal process. There are thousands of attorneys out there, but how do I know which one to hire?

    Jerome’s Answer

    You should consult a few lawyers and decide which one you feel most comfortable with and who provides you the value that you deserve. Price is always important, but make sure that you don't sacrifice quality and experience to save a few bucks. Good luck.

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