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Ann Anat Gottesman

Pasadena Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Can i beat an underage DUI??

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Mark K Rosenfeld
    2. Ann Anat Gottesman
    3. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    4. Vincent Ronald Ross
    5. Philip Daniel Hache
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    While every case is unique, the answer to your question "can I beat an under age DUI" is VERY POSSIBLY! I see some defenses based upon your facts. Other defenses may come to light after all the evidence is subpoenaed, but you need an attorney to analyze the evidence. If you don't have an attorney you will be at a huge disadvantage. The stakes are high, as you are looking at a long suspension, HAMM and MADD classes, depending upon the court and prosecutor, and probation if you are convicted. DUI...

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  2. DUI question. Pulled over in Pasadena, CA by CHP

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Ann Anat Gottesman
    2. Michael Korry Bialys
    3. Neil James Fraser
    4. Amber H Lunsford
    5. Jim Mitchell Medley
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    6 lawyer answers

    I agree with my colleagues. I would add that the officer usually takes the driver's license away at the scene. Sounds like there may be an issue as to whether the officer had probable cause to arrest you. You certainly need a lawyer to represent you. You must contact the dmv to preserve your rights to a stay on any suspension and a hearing. Good luck and feel free to call me for a free consultation. I'm in Pasadena.

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  3. DO i need to worry about civil demand letter?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Alan James Brinkmeier
    2. Michael Charles Doland
    3. Chris J Feasel
    4. Ann Anat Gottesman
    4 lawyer answers

    Ignorning the civil demand letter is just like ignoring a bill. You can not be criminally prosecuted. If you have a criminal case you are facing feel free to contact me for a free consultation. Good luck!

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  4. I was caught shoplifting at my University's student store. Police not called and given civil demand. Will this go on my record?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Ann Anat Gottesman
    2. David Mark Wallin
    3. Michael Charles Doland
    4. Tai Christopher Bogan
    5. Stephanie Michelle Arrache
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    6 lawyer answers

    I have to agree with the other lawyer's answers. Since you were not arrested and booked, your fingerprints will not be connected to any criminal offense. Sometimes in shoplifting cases, whether it be at a school or in a regular shop, the security personell will agree to give the shoplifter a "warning" and tell the person to stay away from the business. Usually a business, if they give "warnings", will only give one, and any subsequent thefts would be reported to the police. So you got lucky and...

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  5. In a DUI misdemeanor first offense, are the consequences worse if you blow higher than a .20 bal?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Joseph Briscoe Dane
    2. Michael Rutledge Norton
    3. Elliot Rahmim Zarabi
    4. Ann Anat Gottesman
    5. Jon Martin Pettis
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    6 lawyer answers

    Yes, if you blew a .15 or higher then the prosecutor will normally file an enhancement and require a 9 month class instead of a 3 month class for a first offense if you were over 21 years old at the time of the arrest. If you blew a .20 or higher, the prosecutor will still file an enhancement, but in addition, the DMV can now require you attend the longer 9 month class as well. It is better to blow less than a .20 because often times the defense attorney can negotiate with the prosecutor and...

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  6. How long is the process of expunging my record? how long after I turn 18 will my record be expunged

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Christine C McCall
    2. Greg Thomas Hill
    3. Ann Anat Gottesman
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with my colleagues. To expunge your conviction you need to be of probation. Then it takes about a month to 3 months for the court to process the petition. A lot of felonies can be reduced to misdemeanors and then expunged. It should not cost very much to have an attorney help you with this. Good luck!

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  7. My husband got a DUI last year and his year is almost up. But hasn't done any program due to financial reasons. What can we do?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Leigh Gretchen Fleming
    2. George B. O'Neill
    3. Robert Laurens Driessen
    4. Ann Anat Gottesman
    5. Joshua Paul Shelton
    5 lawyer answers

    If a year has passed, then the DMV suspension time has expired and as far as the DMV is concerned, your husband will only need to provide proof of his SR22 and pay a reissue fee. The court however is what will be the hold-up. By waiting this long, there is likely to be a warrant for failure to enroll in the 9 month program, and that triggers a hold on the license. So your husband needs to add his case on calendar with the court and ask to get an extension to enroll in the class. Depending upon...

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  8. I have court fines and fees restitution!

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Ann Anat Gottesman
    2. Maltaise E Cini
    3. Robert Phillip Odle
    3 lawyer answers

    The public defender I believe is obligated to help you if you are indigent. You should go there in person and you may need to speak to the supervisor. Your case may need to be placed on calendar in front of the judge so you can ask to have the fines and fees stayed or suspended permanently. Your probation will not end when it is supposed to if the fines and fees are not addressed. An Expungement is a petition for dismissal under 1203.4 of the Penal code. Once probation is over and if your...

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  9. New charge regarding Felony Probation

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Ann Anat Gottesman
    2. Vijay Dinakar
    3. Greg Thomas Hill
    3 lawyer answers

    You will get the best answer from your boyfriend's lawyer. If he doesn't have a private attorney I suggest he hire one. Sounds like a b.s. excuse to arrest him if the pipes were empty and there was no drugs or any evidence of drug use or sales. The prosecutor has the option of filing only a probation violation or a new charge in addition to a PV. If a new charged is filed as you stated, the DA will be required to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, but for a violation of probation, they only...

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  10. Am i eligible to seal my arrest record for PC(484a) here in California?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Christine C McCall
    2. Lara Ruth Shapiro
    3. Ann Anat Gottesman
    4. Jason Chase Beahm
    5. Hong Kyu Lyu
    5 lawyer answers

    Under Penal Code section 851.8. (a) and (b), you can only "seal" and destroy an arrest record if you can prove that you are factually innocent of the crime. In other words, the initial burden is on the person arrested or charged with the crime to show he or she is factually innocent. The case against you must have been dismissed or not filed. In your case, you essentially entered into an agreement with the DA to have your charges dropped without being filed, by completing the Alternate...

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