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Jerome Jacques Haig
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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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  • Can a convicted felon be prohibited from voting in California?

    I heard that a convicted felon can't vote in California. Are there some exceptions to this? Example, how many years has lapsed, the type of conviction, and etc.

    Jerome’s Answer

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    As long as you are not in prison, on parole, serving a state prison sentence in county jail, serving a sentence for a felony pursuant to subdivision (h) of Penal Code section 1170, or on post release community
    supervision, you can vote. Basically, what this means is that if you have a felony for which you were placed on probation and have served your sentence, you can vote. If you received a state prison sentence to be served in county jail, you can vote when your parole or post-release community supervision is complete.

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  • Will I go to jail?

    I am currently on probation for a felony but a couple days ago I got arrested and I was given a dui I have court in a month what's most likely going to happen what should I do?

    Jerome’s Answer

    One of the conditions of probation is that you must "obey all laws." If the judge who is overseeing your felony probation matter is made aware of your new DUI arrest, then he can preliminarily find you in violation, and detain you without bail pending a hearing. Whether this happens or not is anyone's guess. It is best to speak to your lawyer on your felony matter to get a good idea of the customs and practices where your case is located.
    Also, most probationers are ordered to report any new arrest to the court and/or their probation officer. If this is the case, and you fail to report the new arrest, that could also cause problems.

    So, I would start with your lawyer on the felony and follow that advice.

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  • I feel I was misrepresented by my public defender. For a possession of a controlled substance charge.

    My public defender encouraged me to plead guilty to a felony drug charge. By stating that I had no other options available. He wouldnt even allow me to explain my situation to the judge. Nor would he ask the judge to reinstate pc1000. He told me t...

    Jerome’s Answer

    Maybe you should state all the facts before you blame your lawyer. It appears you were on DEJ (deferred entry of judgment) for the charge. DEJ is easy to complete. All you need is to pay the modest fee, complete a short and simple program, stay out of trouble, and come back to court when ordered. If you don't do those things, but still come back to court when ordered, judges will give you a few chances to get it right. That is, unless you've gotten in trouble again.
    So, before blaming your lawyer, tell us what you did to violate DEJ. And remember, it is the judge who terminated DEJ and put you on Prop. 36. The good thing is you have the power now to finish Prop. 36, and then get the case dismissed. If that happens, you won't have the "felony drug conviction" anymore.
    Reading between the lines, it appears you picked up a new drug case while on DEJ. If true, the resolution seems appropriate.

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  • What are the chances of a possession of marijuana for sales charge being thrown out, when there is an illegal search?

    what are the chances of a possession of marijuana for sale charge being thrown out, when there is an illegal search?

    Jerome’s Answer

    That depends on the facts, of course. But to answer your question simply and briefly, if the search is illegal (i.e. in violation of the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution), and the search resulted in the discovery and seizure of the marijuana, the evidence cannot be used against you and the case will be dismissed. However, there are many exceptions to this broad rule, and you have to establish a privacy interest in the area searched to make the claim of an illegal search and seizure. Also, if you are on probation or parole, with search conditions, your claim of an illegal search could fail too.

    But the question is too broad to answer with no facts.

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