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Jeffrey Scott Vallens

Jeffrey Vallens’s Answers

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  • Where in CA law can the act of retrieving damaged, discarded property from a trash receptacle be construed as "receiving" it?

    I put my hands in a trash receptacle to retrieve a discarded, damaged, non-working high-capacity gun magazine at a local gun range. For that, I am being charged with "receiving a high-capacity magazine" under PC 32310(a). I see the guilt in someo...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    First, please don't publicly tell us what you did. Rather, ask a generic question on this public forum that cannot be used against you in court.

    Next, I see two problems: 1. is the Los Angeles City Ordinance making possession of high cap mags illegal and 2. is the state law.

    While your actions may seem innocuous at first glance, there may be some actual problems which could come from such conduct. I would encourage you to contact a local lawyer who is well versed in firearms law.

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  • What is everyone's opinion on all of this?

    My fiance is being charged with robbery, assault with gbi, and assault with a deadly weapon. My fiance was involved in a bar fight and he was defending himself because the victim had a gun, which is reasonable because he was scared. The victim is ...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    Information about the criminal history of any victim/witness will be disclosed as the case plays out. Medical records can be obtained by order of the court. A defense may be presented both at the preliminary examination and more commonly at a trial, should the case go this far. Lancaster has long been a difficult jurisdiction in our business, so I join in everyone's sentiment to get the best lawyer you can to handle this very serious case.

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  • Take case to trial? Charge is AWD

    The defense • 2 witness's to alibi •no surveillance or video of incident •no forensic evidence •defense claims def. was never at the scene (/ The state •1 eyewitness says perpetrator was at the scene •witness says perp. punch Vic. but saw no we...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    There is a bit more to consider before deciding whether or not to take a case to trial. Talk to a lawyer about the facts of the case. Please do it privately.

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  • My Husband has a California Class A License. He got 1 1/2 points on his License in 2006 when a tool fell off his truck

    and hit a car. He is looking for a driving job and a potential employer said you have 1 1/2 points. Isn't this too long to matter?

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    That doesn't sound right to me. He should pull his DMV record as those points should have come off the report years ago. Maybe the employer is using some type of unofficial record.

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  • My husband was in a rush to catch a flight and totally forgot a taser gun in is baggage, I believe the carry on.

    He was allowed to catch his flight after being cuffed, search, the whole nine. But he received in the mail to appear on or before a certain date at the criminal clerks office. Since this is the clerks office, does this mean its a big fine he ha...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    I expect he will be referred to court from the clerks office. He may wish to contact the District or City Attorney prior to the date to check on the status of the case. Or he can ask a lawyer to do this for him.

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  • Felon in possession of firearm

    My brother was arrested for felon in possession of a concealed firearm 4 days ago, it was in front of his feet in a vehicle. He hasn't been in trouble for the past 4 years, however he has 1 felony conviction in 2009 186.2, grifitti. My question is...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    Your brother might want to speak with a lawyer. From what you describe it sounds like his prior conviction is a felony and a strike. And, although felon with a firearm is a wobbler, this sounds like it will be a second strike offense.

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  • Can I get a no plea diversion for a domestic violence (misdemeanor) charge as an immigrant?

    What can I do to better my chances of a no plea diversion as an immigrant? If I plead guilty or no contest I may get deported. I have no criminal history in either country. This is a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    A more likely outcome to this situation would be a reduction of the offense to a non-domestic violence related charge. I am often able to reduce domestic violence charges to disturbing the peace and sometimes we can even get them dismissed all together. Call a competent local lawyer today.

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  • Is It still possible to fix my mistake?

    I lived in California for 6 months. A month before coming back to my country I was arrested and I was in Jail for a few hours then I went back home (petty theft – misdemeanor). However, I came back to my country before the court date bec...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    A lawyer can often appear without you in the case of a misdemeanor. I make the vast majority of my misdemeanor appearances without my clients being present in court. In many cases I can make all court appearances without the client ever appearing in court.

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  • Is there a criminal attorney in los angeles county in california that will do the initial free consultation with the inmate?

    hello my brother is facing a robbery 211 with a gun charge me and my family have came up with $600 down he goes to court friday 06/26/2015 we are looking to see if there is an attorney that will do the inital free consultation with my brother than...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    While there are many attorneys who would be willing to talk to you for free regarding your brother's case, you might consider saving your limited financial resources and having him talk to the public defender when he gets to court. The services of the PD are free or very close to free. This sounds like a serious case. You are not likely to find the quality of lawyer you need with your limited resources.

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  • Am I going to go to jail?

    I have a dui and I'm on probation for 2 years. Yesterday I got stopped and blew a 0.1 what's gunnah happen to me what should I be expecting when I step into that court room ?

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    If you are on DUI probation you will likely be facing a one year license revocation from DMV. Please contact a lawyer who can help you schedule an administrative hearing ASAP. Also, you may be facing jail time as well as potential other problems. Was your license valid at the time of the stop?

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