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Greg Thomas Hill

Torrance Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. What is the definition of a CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY???

    Answered about 1 year ago.

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    What a criminal defense attorney is obligated to do once hired is a matter of agreement between you and your attorney. Sometimes, the fees to be paid to an investigator are not included in the fee of the retainer; other times they are. In my cases, where often the investigator does not do too much at all, they are often included. Other times, when the investigator does many hours of work and the charges may be unknown at the outset, the fees are not included. Otherwise, perhaps the best...

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

    Answered 11 months ago.

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    Good question. I do a lot of prostitution cases. Be careful with this. The court could be angry that your friend demands trial and, if obviously guilty, imposes upon the court a trial where he is convicted easily. Your friend may be seen as playing with the system. The maximum punishment on a first time case is six months in county jail and a $1,000 fine, plus penalties and assessments. The judge may impose punishment that is far heavier than the last plea bargain offered as a "trial...

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  3. A cop arrested me for me refusing to show him my ID at a bar. Will I win in court?

    Answered 9 months ago.

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    The answer is no based on the facts you gave. The officer will fabricate those facts later to justify the arrest and charges.

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  4. Should I plea 'Not Guilty'?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

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    Should you plead "not guilty?" Probably so and hire an attorney. The officers certainly could have obtained a search warrant for your car and it appears that you did not consent to their search. A finding of the knife inside the driver-side door compartment sounds like it was not within plain view, so there may be an issue with an unlawful search. I said probably about pleading not guilty and hiring an attorney. You might want to just plead "No Contest" if the prosecutor is willing to...

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  5. Immunity granting by a federal prosecutor in a federal investigation

    Answered 12 months ago.

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    I think this "someone" has watched too many action films. The person who is interested in becoming an informant usually does not solicit the role. Prosecutors offer it to the person. The offer ought to be in writing.

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  6. Can i be charged with the same dui twice?

    Answered 11 months ago.

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    A DMV proceeding is considered administrative in nature, so double jeopardy does not apply. Moreover, the DMV is not "convicting" you. What they are doing is increasing the punishment. It would be a hard, almost solely academic argument anyways to argue that the DMV made a mistake and you are entitled to a windfall from it. I do not think too many judges would look favorably on such a position.

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  7. Can the police run your license plate and discover that you do not have a license?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

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    No, but not because of any civil rights issue that you might believe. When police "run your plates," the name associated with the license plate is made available. This is the registered owner of the car. The registered owner of the car, however, is not the only person who might be driving the car. To make a traffic stop, an officer must, in general, witness a violation of the law. The officer must, in legal terms, have reasonable cause to believe he or she witnessed this. “Reasonable...

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  8. Truthfully, is it such a bad idea to represent myself for a DUI when it is my first offense and I am planning to plead guilty?

    Answered 9 months ago.

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    What if you could have your case dismissed? I have had 0.22 BAC cases dismissed on a motion I prepared for my client. It saved the clients perhaps $3,000 to $4,000 plus a lot of time. No classes. If money means little to you and you have no job or anything else to do, I guess it is no big deal to spend such money and time. And if having a criminal record is not a big deal for you, just plead. I agree with you. What if you could get a three or six month DUI program, vice a nine month...

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  9. First DUI was 7 years ago at 20 years old. Now 27, second DUI plus hit and run MINOR PROPERTY DAMAGE (mail box hit)

    Answered 9 months ago.

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    There will be a minimum of 96 hours of jail time, but you might face more with the hit and run and the high BAC. Yet before thinking about any punishment, what about dismissal???? If you drank more after the incident, but before being arrested, your BAC is meaningless toward what your BAC was when the incident took place. And the test was "hours" after? More than three hours? If so, the presumption under 23152(b) does not apply at all. There is no reverse extrapolation of your BAC,...

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  10. How do federal investigation interviews work? Initial agency interview? Proffer? Safety Valve? Cooperation? Etc.

    Answered 10 months ago.

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    There is no rigid protocol to how such interviews proceed, when a deal is floated or if at all and how offers of leniency are raised. It all matters on the facts of the case and the scope of the individual's involvement and prior record. Making a mistake in an interview is quite different from lying. How to handle that properly (if at all and when) should be discussed with and left to the discretion of your counsel.

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