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Greg Thomas Hill

Torrance Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. I want to go for a 2 week vacation to Mexico, but I dont finish the DUI program yet. It would be only for 2 weeks.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

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    2. Anthony Michael Solis
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    I understand your concern. You need to clear this on two levels. First, ask the judge if it is OK. Normally, it is not a problem, but it is good to get approval. The court will appreciate you asking him or her, too. Second, make darn sure, in writing if possible, that that the DUI program allows this. I do not think you will have a problem at the border, as anecdotally speaking, I have had many clients on informal probation to back and forth to Mexico with no problem.

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  2. Misdemeanor DUI trial imminent. Can you give an example of what case deficiencies might allow for 1118.1 motion to be granted?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

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    There are very few circumstances under which a motion for acquittal might be granted in a DUI. In your case, it seems that if the arresting officer dies or does not show up for trial (and the judge does not allow the prosecution a continuance to secure his attendance), then you may be able to succeed on this motion, once the People rest in their case. It is very, very hard to succeed on such a motion. Your facts sound like inconsistencies and credibility are you major arguments.

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  3. Driving without a license, but parking and disappearing before I could be pulled over. It was my father's car. It was towed.

    Answered 11 months ago.

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    2. Peter John Marek
    3. Michael Stewart Phillips
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    Call an attorney. Do not call the detective. Let the attorney handle this. The issue that is dangerous is your being linked or accused of more than simply evading arrest (it may also be a violation of Vehicle Code § 2800.2 (a misdemeanor) or § 2800.1 (a felony)). It would be unfair if you were linked to an unsolved crime or brought into an ongoing investigation perhaps because your father's car matches what a witness described, but not involving you.

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  4. Arrested in Riverside County charges 10851(a) &459 (a) but alleged crime occurred in OC.

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Greg Thomas Hill
    2. Athina Karamanlis Powers
    3. Andrew Stephen Roberts
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    This is difficult to answer without seeing the police report. Is the victim a Riverside resident? As I hope you understand, a criminal prosecution does not need to accommodate the convenience of the suspect. Rather, venue is usually determined by the location of the evidence and witnesses.

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  5. How do I handle a DUI when I was drugged that night and never given an opportunity for a restricted license or representation?

    Answered 12 months ago.

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    How do you handle it? I would hire an attorney. A great deal of emphasis will depend upon the medical records from the hospital that show your blood results. Your friends who were at the bar may be able to help by speaking to your attorney or an investigator he/she hires to describe how you did not take such drugs, but were drugged involuntarily by another person at a bar. The friends' credibility may be an issue, however, if they say they knew you were drugged and then that they let your...

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  6. Im currently under house arrest in san diego county and i need to appear in court in imperial county for bankruptcy in two mos.

    Answered 12 months ago.

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    2. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    3. Michael Jon Fremont
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    Mr. Roberts' advice is good. Get permission from the judge before you go. Take your bankruptcy paperwork to court to show the judge. It should not be a problem.

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  7. Is it legal for an officer to make you take a breathe test,, then when at booking require a blood test?

    Answered 12 months ago.

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    2. Matthew Murillo
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    Mr. Murillo is correct. If you gave a breath test at the scene with certain types of devices, it does not "count" toward you obligation, as a condition of having a driver's license, to give a breath or blood test. In certain areas, the test on the side of road suffices toward this obligation (i.e. in Riverside County, they use an "EPAS"). In other areas, once you are at the police station, after being arrested, you must submit to a breath or blood test. In your case, you gave blood. So was...

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  8. I was issued a warrant for not paying my DUI fine. I completed my DUI program. I owe $700 in fines.

    Answered 12 months ago.

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    Yes, you can go to jail. Instead, have an attorney go to court to recall and quash the warrant and ask for a little more time for you to pay, or have the $700 converted to community service. Good luck.

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  9. What does the "Good Faith Exception to the Exclusionary Rule" mean and how it applies to search warrants?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

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    The Good Faith Exception to the Exclusionary Rule means that if a police officer has a reasonable and good faith belief in the propriety of a search warrant, the evidence seized as a result of the search is not automatically ruled inadmissible. This means that if the affidavit for a warrant is deficient in some way (i.e. it is based on lies), but a magistrate signs the warrant, the items seized are not automatically inadmissible. The rule does not necessarily conflict with the Fruit of...

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  10. If a public defender represented my boyfriends co-defendant on charges they are currently facing is that a conflict of interest?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

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    It does seem like a conflict because one attorney is representing two people in the same case. The defendants can waive the conflict and allow such dual representation and this might have happened. Did it? Whether your boyfriend should be offered the same deal as the other defendant is very difficult to answer without reading the police report and knowing the criminal history of your boyfriend and his co-defendant. As to getting free legal services, tell you boyfriend to ask the judge...

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