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  • Plead guilty to a HS11359, given probation to the court and 5 days of PWS. Can i get this reduced to a misd and then later

    Expunged. I had no record, have been on probation for 18 months, did my 5 days of PWS and havnt picked up any new charges. What do i need to do reduce to a misd and or have it expunged?

    Sanders’s Answer

    Yes, you can ask the court to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor and later expunge the charge from your record. It is possible to terminate probation early and take care of those requests before the 3 year mark. You should definitely contact an attorney to speak about the facts and other aspects of your life at this point which may support that request.

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  • I AM IN MY SECOND YEAR OF LAW SCHOOL-AM I ALLOWED TO VISIT A FRIEND WHO IS IN JAIL IN SAN DIEGO, AS HIS ATTORNEY?

    FORGET THAT I AM IN MY SECOND YEAR OF LAW SCHOOL AND LET ME ASK A HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION.AM I ALLOWED TO VISIT MY FRIEND, WHO IS IN A SAN DIEGO COUNTY JAIL, AS AN ATTORNEY?EVEN THOUGH I AM NOT AN ATTORNEY AM I ALLOWED TO VISIT MY FRIEND AS AN ATTOR...

    Sanders’s Answer

    No. You need to show your bar card if you want to visit an inmate as a "professional." Otherwise you visit you friend like everyone else.

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  • Misdemeanor Expungement does require a hearing or it is handled administratively????????????

    I was convicted of 273a(b) child endangerment and 273.6(a) violation of a protective order, I have been granted of Early Termination of Probation, but next step is Expungement. thanks

    Sanders’s Answer

    The quick answer is it can be done either way. You should let the criminal clerk who files the expungement know whether you want a hearing or not.

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  • How long does it take to get t theft charge filled?

    Stole $5000 from and elderly person (used credit card) I was working for. This was exactly a year ago.

    Sanders’s Answer

    It depends on the types of charges that could be filed against you. If the charges are going to be misdemeanor theft, charges must be filed within 1 year. However, if the offense is felony level theft, the time frame is longer, possibly as much as four years. It would be a good idea to contact an attorney ASAP to discuss this in more detail.

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  • In regards to strength of defense how important is it that an officer didn't witness an alleged act?

    I was walking to school holding my skateboard when suddenly an officer called me over and gave me a ticket claiming that I violated S.D.M.C. 84.12 (C). How much of a defense do I have?

    Sanders’s Answer

    As attorney Schaeffer indicated, without a witness to the alleged violation, you have a strong defense. If you are concerned about the potential punishments for this citation, it would be a good idea to contact an attorney to discuss the situation in more detail.

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  • How do i find out info about how proceedings went

    a guy who attacked my family had his bail hearing and his felony readiness hearing yesterday . i guess that also means he got the chance to plea guilty or not guilty . what i want to know is how do i find out what he plead , and how do i stay i...

    Sanders’s Answer

    Call the District Attorney's office for the courthouse in which he pled guilty. You can find their phone numbers online. Talk to the DA who was responsible for the case.

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  • Dismissed misdemeanor- Records?

    I have a petty theft citation (misdemeanor) - with a deferred sentence (dismissed after fulfilling volunteering service & other requests). I would like to ask: after the charge is dismissed, will my record show: A. Nothing, as if nothing has eve...

    Sanders’s Answer

    If your recollection as to the deferred sentence, meaning, the proceedings were continued without a guilty plea being entered and sentencing being pronounced, if your case gets dismissed the only record should be that of your arrest. You will not have a "conviction" on your record. Only a very extensive background check would reveal a record of your arrest, however, most employers do not conduct such in-depth background checks.

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  • If no police were involved whatsoever, will I get an infraction for shoplifting? If not, will it show up on a background check?

    I am 18 years old and was recently caught shoplifting from Kohl's department store in California. No police were called and I just had to sign some paperwork and give my social security number, then they let me go. Because no police were involved,...

    Sanders’s Answer

    Just because the police were not called to the scene does not necessarily mean that they cannot become involved at some point. It would be much easier to provide an answer in person. I would suggest calling an attorney to discuss the details of your situation.

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  • I'm late completing my community service in San Diego for a DUI charge. How do I apply for an extension

    I'm from wa state and had to finalize fathers probate and small estate closure on the quinault Indian reservation. I am also a full time student that just recently seperated from the nave honorable discharge. Also went through a divorce and move...

    Sanders’s Answer

    If you currently live in WA, it will likely be easiest to contact an attorney to get this accomplished. Otherwise, you can go to the clerk's office at the courthouse where your case was heard and ask them the best way to apply for an extension.

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