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  • Can they not get jail time if they are 1st offenders

    My friend sold drugs to a snitch they raided his house found a gun and 5 Ecstasy pills and stopped him in his car and found 120 pills

    David’s Answer

    Can your friend get no jail time, assuming he is convicted? Possibly, although the gun being found with the drugs isn't helping his cause.

    The best thing your friend can do, instead of speculating, is to deal with the situation proactively by retaining the best, locally experienced, criminal defense attorney he can afford.

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  • My question is what are the chances of the case being dropped? What will happen if it doesn't? Is there anything I can do?

    My boyfriend and I got into an argument and the police came but it was just over a cellphone but the way my story was told the officers took it as domestic violence even though there was no physical abuse involved. He was charged with a misdemeano...

    David’s Answer

    It's ultimately in the Prosecutor's hands at this point. The best move would be for your boyfriend to retain the services of the best, locally experienced, criminal defense attorney he can afford.

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  • Will I need legal representation? Should I please guilty or not guilty?

    On January 18, 2016, I was cited for trespassing and had my mountain bike seized by military police near the Santee Lakes area of San Diego, Co. The citation states that I must make a court appearance and will be notified by mail of the court date...

    David’s Answer

    I read about this ridiculousness in seizing the bicycles. Retain quality, criminal defense counsel. Do not take the word of those who seized your bikes.

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  • What is the probability of me being arrested for violating my restraining order san diego ca?

    I violated my restraining order by texting and calling my X girlfriend. we have a shared car lease and the judge says we are able to email about that, but during the emails i ventured in saying how sorry I was and that I miss her etc etc. My x gir...

    David’s Answer

    The probability increased after you admitted guilt on a public forum such as this and posted case specific facts.

    Keep your mouth closed if approached by ANYONE other than your attorney about whether or not you violated the restraining order, stop violating the restraining order, and hire a qualified criminal defense attorney to assist if contacted by law enforcement and or if you receive notice of pending criminal charges.

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  • Can a cop give you a DUI where you were not driving or in the car while they pull you over? and will this effect my CA License

    I was escorted out of a bar where I was drinking in Munich Germany. I blew a .21 BAC once escorted out of the bar. The polizie said I had hit another car and he had witnesses. Honestly, I don't remember any hit and run.

    David’s Answer

    Munich, Germany question requires the assistance of a German based/experienced attorney.

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  • Will a German DUI be notified to CA DMV? If not Would CA findout about this? Is failure to report an accident a FELONY?

    I am getting charged with a DUI in Germany. They have my CA license, and wont return to me. The DUI also involves hit and run and not reporting it.

    David’s Answer

    If the alleged crime happened in Germany you must retain a licensed lawyer in Germany. Whether or not a conviction for the German DUI equivalent would ever get reported to CA DMV is ultimately up to Germany.

    Failure to report WHAT accident?

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  • Is failure to report traffic accident, where no person was involved but only property, would be FELONY or misdemeanor.

    If someone backs into a parked car causing minimal scratches and half broken reflector light on the back of the car and then drives off, can the driver of the unparked moving car that backed into the other parked car be charged with a hit and run.

    David’s Answer

    It could only be a misdemeanor Hit and Run. Keep your mouth closed about who was driving if/when contacted by insurance and or law enforcement and retain a quality, locally experienced, criminal defense attorney to assist.

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  • Can My probation officer send me back to jail as a violation, after I've already been bailed out?

    I was arrested today for alleged DV. I was released on Bail. Can My probation officer send me back to jail as a violation of probation now that I'm out on bail?

    David’s Answer

    The court can certainly summarily revoke your probation on the old(er) case and remand you to custody. Time to retain a quality, locally experienced, criminal defense attorney.

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  • Should I enroll in a DUI class in the mean time so the judge see's i did something?

    I got a DUI in 2012 in California, i was sentenced to community service & 3 months of DUI classes. I didn't complete this since i left the state shortly after to return home to take care of a dying family member. I now moved back to California and...

    David’s Answer

    While I commend your proactive thoughts re: enrolling in the DUI program, the first step is retaining a quality criminal defense attorney. He or she can then advise you accordingly as to your best, and most realistic, course of action.

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  • What is the procedure for getting a Property Bond to bail someone out of jail in San Diego?

    I'm trying to find out the procedure in getting a property bond. A group of us are trying to bail a good friend out and one of us has property to put up. What exactly is needed and how long is the process?

    David’s Answer

    You usually need twice the value of the bail amount in equity in the property. Money may be better spent retaining a quality, locally experienced, criminal attorney to represent your friend.

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