Douglas Holbrook’s Answers

Douglas Holbrook

San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney.

Contributor Level 17
  1. Hit by drunk driver. This was his 2nd DUI. Hit and run - had to chase him - VERY scary. On street due to fwy detour. Can we sue?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Robert Bruce Kopelson
    2. Malosack Berjis
    3. Joseph Briscoe Dane
    4. Wendy Marie Schenk
    5. Briny Adam Woods
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    When you say that Insurance is covering damages and medical bills, if you want to pursue a separate suit, be careful that you do not sign a release for general damages to his insurance company without speaking with a personal injury attorney.

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  2. I am trying to get my DUI dropped down to a wet and wreckless. Is this possible?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Matthew Murillo
    2. Joshua Kaizuka
    3. Joshua Matthew Dale
    4. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko
    5. Douglas Holbrook
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    You haven't provided any information that would support such a result.

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  3. Hi am in California and my case already closed last year, what can i do if my lawyer wont give me a copy of settlement

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Christian K. Lassen II
    2. Brian K Wanerman
    3. Douglas Holbrook
    4. Daniel C Grupenhagen
    5. David Ian Schoen
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    You need to demand a copy of your entire case file. If the attorney refuses to comply, you need to immediately contact the State Bar to make a complaint.

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  4. Is it possible to find pro bono or low income assistance for a criminal case ? State appointed attorney does not show up.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey George Moore
    2. Douglas Holbrook
    3. Michael Douglas Shafer
    4. Tarek Shawky
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    Here is the dilemma. State appointed attorneys are very often difficult to access or communicate with because of their heavy case load that ultimately pays them very little for each individual case. The minimal amount paid per case provides little incentive to do very much on each individual case. If getting paid minimally on a case diminishes incentive, how motivated do you think a Pro Bono attorney will be, given that they are being paid even less for your case than the state appointed...

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  5. I got two DUI's about 7 yrs. ago. I did got to court about 8 months ago. but did not comply with the courts...

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Douglas Holbrook
    2. Michael Korry Bialys
    3. Matthew Murillo
    4. David Philip Shapiro
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    In the situation you are describing, it is certainly possible that the amount of time that you could be looking at could be considerable, However, there may be ways of handling this that could get you through this with a very minimal amount of time. This is not something that you want to delay any longer! As you delay addressing the situation, the reasons that an attorney could present to explain the delay continue to diminish.

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  6. My lawyer keeps lying to me and now I found out I have a warrant and my release status is "fugitive". What should I do?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Michael Korry Bialys
    2. Douglas Holbrook
    3. George B. O'Neill
    4. Al Fadel Amer
    5. Daniel C Grupenhagen
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    I would have to agree that your first priority would be clearing your warrant. New counsel can go in and have it recalled without you being present. As to getting back your retainer, getting papers from the State Bar and filing a complaint, coupled with contacting the local bar in your area and requesting fee arbitration. Both processes are set up to be handled on your own without the need for representation.

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  7. I stole some clothes from Macy's. it cost $500. I got civil demand notice, if I don't pay, what will happen to me.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Chris J Feasel
    2. Douglas Holbrook
    3. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko
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    I generally advise my clients to ignore the civil demand notice. It will have no effect on any criminal case and my result in you being placed on a register of individuals who may enter certain commercial establishments. As to your question regarding re-entry via tourist visa, you need to address that question to an immigration attorney.

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  8. I'm charged with a felony DUI and just went through arraignment. What are the next steps? What happens in preliminary hearing?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. James E Dunn
    2. Michael Korry Bialys
    3. Douglas Holbrook
    4. Chris J Feasel
    5. Gurjit Singh Srai
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    Your next two steps would be the Readiness and the Preliminary Examination. I would have guessed that they would have set a readiness hearing after the arraignment but prior to the preliminary examination. But it does not have to be set in that order. At first glance, a preliminary hearing may resemble a criminal trial in many respects. However, because it's purpose is different, there are a few extremely significant procedural differences between the two. The most notable dissimilarity...

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  9. Can I use video evidence to defend myself if my felony case goes to trial?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. John M. Kaman
    2. Jared Christian Winter
    3. Tai Christopher Bogan
    4. Douglas Holbrook
    5. Linda Charman Hayes
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    There is nothing in what you have provided that would explain why the video wouldn't help because person who taped it would be tainted witness. Nonetheless, your current attorney would be in the best position to judge that issue.

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  10. Realistically..what can a pvt attorney do above a public defender?As far as conviction and consequences he will face?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Joshua Sachs
    2. Gayle Anne-Marie Gutekunst
    3. John M. Kaman
    4. Douglas Holbrook
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    Sometimes we do not get the information that we really need because we fail to ask the correct question. Therefore, you want to be very careful here and make sure you are asking the right questions that will provide you with a useful and meaningful response. With that in mind, I offer you the following: First, perhaps your primary question should be whether a knowledgeable and well prepared attorney will generally produce any better outcome in a particular case ? And the answer to that...

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