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Theodore John Chadwick

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  • If I have a medical marijuana card in California and am put on probation for a DUI can I still smoke marijuana?

    If I have a medical marijuana card in California and am put on probation for a DUI can I still smoke marijuana?

    Theodore’s Answer

    According to the federal government - no. The feds consider it illegal regardless of the card.

    For California, it's going to depend on the terms of your probation. Often, one of the terms of probation for DUIs is "don't consume drugs or alcohol in any level unless prescribed by a doctor." Unfortunately for medical marijuana card holders, marijuana is not "prescribed," but rather "recommended." Thus, if that is one of the terms of your probation, it would be illegal to smoke. You would have to check which specific terms of probation you were given.

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  • If I have a medical marijuana card in California and am put on probation for a DWI can I still smoke marijuana?

    Those are pretty much all the details - If I have a medical marijuana card in California and am put on probation for a DWI can I legally still smoke marijuana?

    Theodore’s Answer

    According to the federal government - no. The feds consider it illegal regardless of the card.

    For California, it's going to depend on the terms of your probation. Often, one of the terms of probation for DUIs is "don't consume drugs or alcohol in any level unless prescribed by a doctor." Unfortunately for medical marijuana card holders, marijuana is not "prescribed," but rather "recommended." Thus, if that is one of the terms of your probation, it would be illegal to smoke. You would have to check which specific terms of probation you were given.

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  • My bf was arrested for grand theft(auto) embezzlement and fraud(identity) how much jail time will he be getting?

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    Theodore’s Answer

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    There's a lot that goes into that answer, but for grand theft and embezzlement, the max time is three years. Depending on the third thing, there are different max times for different types of fraud and identity theft. But time can be added on or taken away for number reasons, including at what stage of the proceeding he is found or pleads guilty, what he is found or pleads guilty to, any enhancements, any prior convictions, and any mitigating circumstances. To figure out the max time, you'll need to talk to his attorney to figure out exactly what circumstance exist. After the arraignment, there also most likely will be a plea deal offered by the prosecution which, if he agrees to it, will determine exactly how long his sentence is. Finally, presuming he either pleads or is found guilty and then is sentenced, you should realize that practically no one stays in jail or prison for as long as their sentence is any more because of overcrowding. His lawyer, with all the facts of the case, will better be able to inform you of specifically what he's looking at in therms of incarceration time.

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  • Is there a felony traffic violation on my record?

    If I went to court and was assigned fees and 54 hours of community service, does that mean the violation is satisfied and nothing goes on my record? I was told the violation would be reduced to in infraction. Does this reduction happen immediatedl...

    Theodore’s Answer

    What was the violation for? I don't know what would constitute a felony traffic ticket.

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  • How to report a crime & a serious violation of my modesty by a indian born US green card holder from india

    I came in contact with an highly educated Indian born US green card holder through a matrimonal site .I am based out of india .Post various interaction through emails a comittment toward marriage was given and then on meeting and spending time t...

    Theodore’s Answer

    You might need to be more specific with what you mean by personal photos. Often times people have embarrassing information about us. Simply because they have released that information, however, does not necessarily mean they are guilty of a crime. Instead, they could be liable under a civil law suit for a violation to your rights to privacy - in this case the tort of public disclosure of private facts.

    If there is more information and you are certain that he committed a crime, call the police department where he is located to report the crime. Otherwise, if he committed a tort rather than a crime, you'll need to talk to a litigation attorney who can bring a law suit on your behalf.

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  • Copyright infringement of said person displayed in video.

    I have a video that was recorded years back featuring a designed character; I will just link you to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C5JUqLX8vU This is the person's message to me: "In regards to the Christmas video with Reynard and ...

    Theodore’s Answer

    You're going to get the ever famous lawyer answer - it depends. For one, it seems they're mad about the use of the character. This would seem more a trademark infringement claim than a copyright infringement claim, in which case we need to know if they registered a trademark, who used the characters first, and, if they did use it first and trademarked it, how similar it is.

    Also, costumes are protected under copyright, but again, we'd need to know what their copyright is, who used it first, and how close it is to your costume.

    If you do want to consult an intellectual property attorney, try to gather up as much of that information as possible.

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  • Music Entertainment/Copyright Question

    I am a pianist. I was approached by a singer who had written the lyrics to a song and had a melody which she sang but had nothing written on paper. She did copyright the lyrics several years prior, but not the music. She sang the song, and I picke...

    Theodore’s Answer

    If you did write a new accompaniment to the lyrics (as opposed to harmonizing an already created melody or mimicking something that the singer had already produced), you should consider trying to copyright the music that you wrote.

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  • Under what category do I search to locate an attorney specializing in retirement disability with SDCERA or CalPers?

    I need a representative to assist me with my application for a service-connected disability application that I have filed with the San Diego County Employees Retirement Association (SDCERA). I have requested a continuance with the Board of Retire...

    Theodore’s Answer

    You need an employment/labor attorney. When searching through employment attorneys, just make sure they have experience with SDCERA and CalPers (if they have it, they'll most likely list it on their website or attorney profile).

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  • Are there any entertainment lawyers that charge under $50 an hour?

    I am a full time student and produce/engineer for a living. Are there any entertainment lawyers that charge under $50 an hour? Is there a website to get in contact with students going to school to become entertainment lawyers?

    Theodore’s Answer

    Yeah, don't hire students for legal advice. That's practicing law without a license - something which is illegal in every state in the country. I know my firm in California offers flat fee pricing for small matters, which would keep the costs down. You could look around New York to see if any firms offer similar pricing structures.

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