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Niranjan Fred Thiagarajah

Rancho Cucamonga DUI / DWI Attorney.

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  1. Is petty theft as a minor considered an infraction or misdemeanor in california juvenile courts?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Niranjan Fred Thiagarajah
    1 lawyer answer

    Petty theft under $50 can be charged as either a misdemeanor or infraction at the discretion of the prosecuting agency. It's difficult to determine whether your case was a misdemeanor or an infraction by the penalty you received. Most infractions only involve fines. The fact that you had to attend classes and do community service (assuming the community service was not a way to pay off your fines) suggests that your case may have been a misdemeanor, but you would need to check you case file...

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  2. Two names, same person? Legally?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Alexander Thomas Henderson
    2. Robert Lee Marshall
    3. Niranjan Fred Thiagarajah
    4. Howard Woodley Bailey
    4 lawyer answers

    I would also like to add that many criminal defendants have multiple aliases associated with their name, all of which are tied to their name in their court record. Having multiple names isn't necessarily a "mistake" on anybody's part. If a person's ID at the time of arrest stated David Joe Miller, but their death certificate states David Joseph Miller, that's not necessarily a mistake on anybody's part.

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  3. Filing charges in California for auto theft

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Niranjan Fred Thiagarajah
    2. Matthew Edward Williamson
    3. Joshua Matthew Dale
    3 lawyer answers

    Although it may seem obvious to you that you should not be held responsible, you will need an attorney to represent you regarding these charges. I suggest you contact an attorney quickly so your attorney can contact the DA's office and attempt to have these charges dismissed. You cannot be held liable for the actions of another person, unless you assisted that person in some way. If you wish, you may contact my office which is located in Orange County.

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  4. Is a 242 Domestic Violence or 243(e)1 charge on your file more serious?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Niranjan Fred Thiagarajah
    2. Edward Jerome Blum
    2 lawyer answers

    Penal Code section 242 is battery. Penal Code section 243(e)(1) is battery without injury on a romantic partner. The latter is more serious because it automatically means domestic violence, while the former can be battery against anybody. So, if someone was examining your ex-boyfriend's record and saw a violation of Penal Code section 242, they wouldn't automatically know that the incident involved domestic violence. Usually, the penalties for PC 243(e)(1) are more serious, especially since...

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  5. Need DUI attorney in Newport Beach or Costa Mesa

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Joseph Briscoe Dane
    2. Cherie Lynn Brenner
    3. Barry Ira Besser
    4. Shamoon Aziz Budhwani
    5. Maltaise E Cini
    6. ···
    7 lawyer answers

    If you're still looking for a criminal defense attorney, don't hesitate to give me a call to set up a free consultation. Not only is my office directly across the street from the Harbor Justice Center (and I'm there all the time), but as a former Deputy District Attorney, I know exactly what the prosecution is looking for and how to present your case for the best possible defense. I have a perfect 10 on Avvo (as you can see from my profile), I focus 100% on criminal defense and DUIs, and OC...

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  6. My husband has a court date for the 995 motion what can i expect the day??

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. John M. Kaman
    2. Niranjan Fred Thiagarajah
    2 lawyer answers

    I agree with the above answer except for one distinction. Mr. Kaman assumes that your husband is already in custody but I can't tell that from the question posted. If your husband remained out of custody after the preliminary hearing, then he will most likely remain out of custody after the 995 motion. If he was taken into custody after the preliminary hearing or he was already in custody at the time of the preliminary hearing, then he will most likely stay in custody if the 995 motion is lost.

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  7. Second offense petty theft after a warrant has been issued?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Brian Andrew Bezonsky
    2. Niranjan Fred Thiagarajah
    3. Joseph Briscoe Dane
    3 lawyer answers

    As the two attorneys hinted at above, the answer partially depends on what happened in his first case. If he pled guilty in the first offense, then he's looking at a second offense plus a probation violation. It's difficult to determine exact punishment because there's plenty room for negotiations in your father's case. I highly recommend that your father hire an attorney, because jail time is a real possibility in these cases. You can use this website to find a high-ranking attorney from...

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  8. Hello. I am interested in expunging a DUI record at the Van Nuys court house.

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Christopher Carle Kingsley Parkhurst
    2. Niranjan Fred Thiagarajah
    3. Chad Raymond Maddox
    4. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    5. Robert Lee Marshall
    5 lawyer answers

    Fees for expungements vary. There is no set price. You need to call an attorney and negotiate a rate. I would guess that a reasonable rate for an expungement would be $500 or less, including the filing fees that have to be paid to the court. I suggest calling an attorney from this site -- one with a good rating and who has experience in LA county. Another thing you should know -- timeline for expungements. An expungement can take as little as 6 weeks or it can be several months. It all...

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  9. My boyfriend just got a ticket for a 2nd dui within 7 years what do we do?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Niranjan Fred Thiagarajah
    2. George Fredrick Mueller
    3. Lynn Gorelick
    4. Edward Jerome Blum
    4 lawyer answers

    Your boyfriend needs to contact a criminal defense attorney ASAP, preferably someone with experience in handling 2nd DUIs. One reason to contact an attorney immediately is because your boyfriend has only 10 days from the date of arrest to contact the DMV regarding a DMV hearing to preserve his driving privilege. This is especially important on a 2nd DUI, because your boyfriend faces a two-year license suspension if convicted of a 2nd DUI, and he is only eligible for a restricted license after...

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  10. If I pleaded no contest to a Petty Theft case in CA, can I have my record sealed and destroyed according to Penal Code § 851.8.?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Niranjan Fred Thiagarajah
    2. John M. Kaman
    3. Joseph Briscoe Dane
    3 lawyer answers

    Although I agree with the above attorneys, I want to point out that your plea of no contest simply won't hurt your chances, it will destroy them completely. Penal Code section 851.8 specifically does not allow sealing of arrest records where there has been a plea of any kind. 851.8 only applies if there was an arrest with no charges filed, or charges were filed and dismissed without a conviction, or charges were filed and the defendant was acquitted after trial. Your plea of no contest...

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