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Michael Rutledge Norton

Michael Norton’s Answers

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  • I am scheduled for court appearance next week for "theft of government property shoplifting," what should I do/say for my case?

    There is video evidence of the shoplifting so I am not looking to contest the the violation. I just need to know what I need to do to prepare for court. I am 20 years old and this was theft of federal property (Navy Exchange on a military base) ...

    Michael’s Answer

    You should speak with a local attorney who has experience with these types of case. Is this in federal court or state superior court?

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  • Domestic violence charge

    My bf and I pushed each other and I have a scrape on my knee. Police arrested him. Will he likely be charged with a domestic violence crime?

    Michael’s Answer

    It depends. Who called the police? Are there witnesses? What did you say to the police? How bad is the scrape? All of theses factors will determine if the DA files the case.

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  • Red light ticket by police department

    I am awfully worried my son let someone barrow his car registered under my name. Ran a red light and the polive department wants me to respond I ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO say it was my son or his friend OR can i just pay ticket.

    Michael’s Answer

    Neither. Go in and tell the Judge it is not you in the picture. You do not have to say who the driver was. You can hire an attorney to do this for you as it will be easier for you this way. The ticket will be dismissed.

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  • Out of State DUI

    I was convicted awhile back of a DUI in CA. I never had a CA drivers lic. just my valid lic. in another state. I am moving back to my home state and curious what I am going to have to do to take car of this. I was never given a CA drivers lic. num...

    Michael’s Answer

    If you completed whatever DMV program you were required to complete as per the terms of probation you should be fine. If you failed to complete the program then the CA DMV has put a hold on your license in your home state and you will need to complete it to get the hold removed. If you cannot complete it before you leave and are not coming back to CA for the next 3 years you can surrender your right to drive in CA for 3 years and that will release the hold. Contact the Sacramento DMV and see what the status of your driving privileges are in CA.

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  • DMV Hold on a Criminal Case?

    So I was involved in a misdemeanor Hit and Run in Culver City and the Police came to my apartment and said I was involved in a hit and run and wrote me a citation. Thinking it was no big deal I ignored it and than I got a letter from the DMV sayin...

    Michael’s Answer

    Yes if they send notice to the DMV your license will be suspended and you probably have a warrant out as well. Go to court or hire a lawyer to go for you asap.

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  • I have been on summary probation for 3 years and completed all of the things required of me during that time. What do I do now?

    I was charged with misdemeanor petty theft (of groceries) and misdemeanor under the influence (first time ever arrested). I got PC 1000, an online theft course, and 5 days of work service and completed all of those things over 2 years ago. I have ...

    Michael’s Answer

    Go to the court clerk's office to be sure you are off probation. Then you can file a 1203.4 motion which is referred to by some people as an expungement to clean up your record. The under the influence should be dismissed as a matter of course 18 months after you entered your plea and opted for pc 1000 so that will not need to be expunged.

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  • What to do when DA has wrongly told ruling Judge information about me?

    Just had my arraignment hearing for a DUI, and I asked for more time in order to hire an attorney. At the arraignment the DA told the judge that he has a call report from a month ago of someone fitting my description driving a car with my licen...

    Michael’s Answer

    As the other attorneys have said you probably don't want to waste papering a judge at arraignment. He will not have much to do with your case beyond the initial appearance.Speak with a local attorney.

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  • Do I need a lawyer for a 2nd dui? I was in an accident with a parked car on a suspended license and probation violation.

    I'm going to be found guilty. Would it be better and cheaper for me to take public defender and only get a private attorney if I don't accept deal? Should I go to dmv hearing so I can get the case information and then decide? I have 2 days left to...

    Michael’s Answer

    A public defender is not always free. Some counties have you pay for them and their fee is added on to your court fines. And you must qualify for a PD. And as stated a PD cannot handle the DMV hearing. You definitely need an attorney be it PD or private. With it being your second, having an accident and being on suspended license you face additional punishment for each of those factors.

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  • I was just arrested for domestic violence again this week am I looking at jail time?

    I called 911 because my ex girgriend was attacking me on my driveway pulling out my hair scratching my face etc Yet when they arrived. I was arrested ? She admitted to attacking me But when I pushed her away she slipped and fell scra...

    Michael’s Answer

    It is a possibility. If you are on probation or if she has a restraining order filed against you then the chances of jail increase. The degree of injuries and her statements will also be a factor. The fact that you called 911 could be beneficial. Contact a local attorney to evaluate the case.

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  • What does the 1sp mean at the end of Primary Charge: VC23152(A)1SP

    this is an old charge that i did not see my dui classes through to the end and a warrent was issued

    Michael’s Answer

    It indicates a prior DUI. You need to get the warrant recalled. You can go in yourself or hire an attorney to go in on your behalf.

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