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  • Alcohol testing

    If i drink and my husband and i are intimate will my alcohol pass through to him through my sweat? He is on a alcohol monitoring system and i dont want him getting into trouble with his probation officer. Please help

    Mary’s Answer

    It can. I just discussed this with another attorney. However, it will show as a. Lip, and not as alcohol rising. In other words, the monitoring system should not log it as HIM drinking since it wouldn't register as rising. Still, don't tempt fate.

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  • I have been charged with PC459 17B4. I understand the 459 part but what does the 17b4 indicate?

    In june of last year i was detained at a retail store and arrested, on my court day i was taken to court but never produced. I was released.

    Mary’s Answer

    It means you are now charged with a misdemeanor commercial burglary.

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  • If B takes C's mail from them and rips it in half without giving C a chance to read it, is B committing a crime?

    I am substituting B and C for the names of actual people, I did that so that I could ask the question in the above space. I saw B do that to C. If what B did is illegal, can B be charged with a crime? Also, are there any circumstances when one...

    Mary’s Answer

    It is a federal crime, and can be reported to the postmaster general

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  • Low retainer ($500-$1000) For DUI lawyer in with great success rate for 2nd DUI offence in. I was cited in Brea, CA.

    I'm looking for a low retainer and reasonably priced lawyer that specializes primarily in DUI defense in Northern Orange County. Reason for low retainer, just had a son and my wife had rather expensive birth from Kaiser and had to post bail. I'm ...

    Mary’s Answer

    Okay. So you have a prior, and you violated your probation not only for failing to do what the judge ordered you to do, but by picking up another DUI.

    May I ask, do you ask the bartender for drinks at 10% the posted price? Did your bail bondsman bail you for free?

    You are in a heck of a lot of trouble, you have a series of messes, yet you are looking for an attorney at a price no competent attorney would take this at, AND you want success.

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  • Can I allege civil extortionist threats without having to reveal the embarrassing information to the public/jury?

    If a person forced me into doing things by threatening to reveal aspects of my sexuality, is there any way I can sue them civilly for extortion, without making that (private) information public?

    Mary’s Answer

    Hold on folks. You can't just sue using initials or "Doe. You can file it that way, but you then have to make application to
    The court to maintain your ability to proceed. Since all
    Records are records are public records, the judge would ultimately make
    That decision. I recently had to go
    Through this with a sexual assault
    Victim.

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  • What kind of lawyer would I need for felony cases with probation violation?

    On probation. Got a violation along with other charges unaware of knowing what was in his possession after having a bag brought to him, need to know what can be done.

    Mary’s Answer

    This is a bit vague, but it looks like you have a new violation with impending probation violations. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney. Have you contacted the attorney who handled the original charges?

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  • IS IT POSSIBLE TO NEGOTIATE A CRIMINAL CASE BEFORE GOING AND TURNING YOURSELF OVER TO FEDERAL AUTHORITIES?

    ALSO, ARE THERE MANY CASES THAT INVOLVE FINDING DRUGS INSIDE CARS CROSSING THE BORDER? wE HAD JUST LEFT A CASINO AND ARE NOT INVOLVED IN BEING MULES

    Mary’s Answer

    It is possible. But federal sentencing guidelines are quite complimented and you need an attorney who knows his/her way around them. Choose wisely.

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  • Is it in any way illegal to record a police officer when he is doing his job in public?

    Is there any expectation of privacy afforded to a police officer while conducting his duties in a public place? Is there any case law that would afford an officer who is being recorded the right to arrest the person recording him without his knowl...

    Mary’s Answer

    • Selected as best answer

    The only basis for an arrest of someone who is filming cops is if the person interfered with the officer's performance of his duties. While that is rarely the actual case, cops do it all the time out of retaliation causing the person filing to go through the criminal justice system.

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  • A drunk driver totaled my unoccupied car.. no injuries. They have paid fair market value but can I sue for anxiety and stress?

    I chose to lease a vehicle and now I have a car payment, whereas my former vehicle was paid off and in pristine condition with low mileage. It was not possible to find a replacement vehicle in equal condition.The extreme stress and anxiety about h...

    Mary’s Answer

    Your best bet is to give all receipts to the prosecutor and see if he/she can get restitution, or apply to the Crime Victim's Fund.

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  • Manslaughter with gross negligence? Can it be reduced? what to do? Should I make a deal or trial?

    Being charged with manslaughter with gross negligence. Head on car collision and fatality involved might have been intoxicated. First time offense. What are the chances of it being reduced to manslaughter with no gross negligence and if cannot be ...

    Mary’s Answer

    This is as serious as it gets. DA's don't just reduce charges after they've charged a case unless an extremely experiences attorney can poke holes in the case. Find a good attorney - one who knows the science behind DUI's - and move from there.

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