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Gabriel Eric Dorman

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  • What are the legal ramifications if I leave CA and move out of state with an unresolved DUI First Offense Misdemeanor

    No priors. If I don't apply for a license or drive in the new state, 1. Is there any reason law enforcement would be looking for me? and 2. Is there a statute of limitations on when I could ever apply for a new license and drive again in the new ...

    Gabriel’s Answer

    The legal ramifications are that the court will issue a warrant for your arrest when you fail to appear in court for your DUI case. As for your license, it will be suspended by the California DMV and, as such, will prevent you from obtaining a license in another state as all states are connected on a national network and the DMV in your new state will see your license is suspended in CA as a result of a DUI. Needless to say, just leaving the state without dealing with your DUI will cause the dominoes to fall.

    On the other hand, you can hire an experienced DUI lawyer to represent you on your DUI and you can still leave the state and allow your lawyer to handle things to prevent the fall of the dominoes and keep your life intact. Hiring a DUI lawyer is not only something you can do ...it's something you really should do.

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  • Probable Cause for a DUI

    My brother and I were driving on the freeway and ran out of gas, he was the driver of the vehicle. We took off walking. A little over an hour later, I realized that I left something in the car. I hadn't yet reached the car and a police officer ...

    Gabriel’s Answer

    Whether or not the police officer had probable cause to stop and, ultimately, arrest you for a DUI is entirely dependent on all the facts and circumstances surrounding your case. The detail provided in your questions is a good start but not nearly adequate enough to properly evaluate your situation. There are many more questions that need to be answered to truly evaluate your case. For example, where was the car parked ...on the side of the freeway? Were you walking along the freeway when the police contacted you? What time did this occur? Were you by yourself or was your brother with you? Any lawyer suggesting that you have a great case based solely upon the information contained in your question is doing nothing more than telling you what you want to hear in an effort to get your business. This is not what you need. Do yourself a favor, contact a few experienced DUI lawyers and sit down for a free case evaluation and get the answers you need and deserve. I hope this answer was helpful. Good luck.

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  • Will a marijuana infraction affect my DUI probation?

    I revived a DUI and a few months after a possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. For the possession charge i was eligible for a deferred entry of judgment under PC 1000. My lawyer had told me that he had taken care of the marijuana posses...

    Gabriel’s Answer

    If the possession of marijuana is an infraction it not only won't affect your probation but cannot under law. Penal Code Section 19.8 states in part ..."a conviction for any offense made an infraction under subdivision (d) of Section 17 is not grounds for the suspension, revocation of denial of any license, or for the revocation of probation or parole of the person convicted." This would most certainly be my argument. I hope this answer was helpful. Good luck.

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  • I have a DUI with 5 years probation, I was recently caught driving on a suspended license. will I have to pay a fine? or jail?

    I just would like to know if I will get jail time from this? or will it be a fine? The guy to towed me didn't arrest me, he just took my car.

    Gabriel’s Answer

    The answer is yes to both a fine and jail. Driving on a suspended license where the suspension is the result of a DUI conviction is the most serious of all driving on suspended license violations (See Vehicle Code Section 14601.2) A conviction pursuant to this section carries a minimum sentence of 10 days in county jail for a first offense and a minimum 30 days in county jail for a second offense. A conviction will also carry a fine of anywhere from $300 to $1000 plus penalty assessment.

    Also, if you are on probation, this will constitute a violation of your probation.

    The bottom line ...you need to consult with and hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help you with these matters.

    I hope this answer was helpful.

    Good luck.

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  • I was arrested in February for petty theft $150. I didn't spend any jail time, I was just given a ticket with thumb prints.

    I hired an attorney and he went to my first court, he was able to get a deal with the DA, but first I have to show proof of school, past volunteer service, future school registration etc. This is to proof that I am persuing to be a math teacher. W...

    Gabriel’s Answer

    You can seal and destroy arrest records, however, this is generally reserved for people who were arrested and, ultimately, had not case filed against them. Since your case was actually filed against you and you are avoiding a conviction as a result of diversion, it is unlikely that a petition to seal and destroy your arrests records would be viable. Nonetheless, you should absolutely discuss your options with your lawyer. Maybe this is something that he can negotiate as part of your diversion. You have nothing to lose by asking. You just need to ask your lawyer.

    Good luck,

    Gabriel Dorman

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  • My 50 year old husband got stupid and first time in his life shoplifted a merchandise priced $189.

    My 50 year old husband got stupid and first time in his life shoplifted a merchandise priced $189. Obviously, he got caught and has been charged with 490.5 pc. Can anyone, please, tell me what to expect? II can't have him go to jail. He takes car...

    Gabriel’s Answer

    Penal Code Section 490.5 is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine and/or up to 6 months in county jail. Your husband really must do everything possible to avoid a conviction as it will most certainly disqualify him from future employment opportunities.

    There are a number of things you can do to try and avoid a conviction. Please take a look at the link provided below for further assistance.

    In any case, he really needs to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help him avoid a petty theft conviction.

    I hope this answer was helpful.

    Good luck,

    Gabriel Dorman

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  • 19 yo. charged with two petty theft charges under $200 each. How likely is jail time and what are my options?

    I am still awaiting court for both of these. I have no prior convictions, but am awaiting court for two other unrelated charges.

    Gabriel’s Answer

    As a 19 year old, you really must do everything you can to avoid a petty theft conviction on either of your two cases. While I can't really answer about how likely jail time is, I can tell you that a petty theft conviction will disqualify you from future employment opportunities and/or obtaining a professional license.

    Your best chance of avoiding a conviction is to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer familiar with the court in which your cases are filed.

    Don't take these cases lightly.

    Good luck,

    Gabriel Dorman

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  • I was arrested for petty with a prior 666 and my boyfriend was the one who took most everything he wants to take the charge for

    Me is there anyway we can do this? By either going to the police station or asking the store in which the supposed violation occured. It is not fair for me to take the blame for what he did

    Gabriel’s Answer

    You state in your question that your boyfriend took "most" of everything. This implies that you took "some" of everything. If this is the case, your boyfriend taking the blame for what he took won't have the impact on your case you think it might since you did take something and do have a prior conviction for petty theft. While this may minimize the gravity of the offense, it certainly won't get you very far, especially because of the prior.

    In any case, since you have a prior conviction, you really shouldn't do anything on your own as this current case could be charged as a felony as a result of your prior petty theft conviction. As such, you must hire a criminal defense lawyer to help you with your new petty theft case.

    I hope this answer was helpful.

    Good luck,

    Gabriel Dorman

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  • Accused of 65 in a 45 but he put 35 on the tix now i cant go traffic school etc..

    i got pulled over for speeding he said i was doing a 63 in a 45 he was facing away from me and dont think he had a radar and on the tix he put i was in a 30 mph zone and got papers from court and im not elegiable for traffic school or anything el...

    Gabriel’s Answer

    Yes you can challenge the ticket. You should take a photo of the posted speed limit at the area in which you were allegedly speeding. Set the case for trial and you can show the police officer before the trial and he may amend the ticket as he may have just made a mistake. Other wise, you can show the judge and ask if you can do traffic school.

    Also, is there another reason why you may not be eligible for traffic school? Have you done it in the last 18 months?

    In any case, you have nothing to lose by fighting it and everything to gain.

    Good luck,

    Gabriel Dorman

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  • How do I get rid of a warrant?

    I have a warrant for failure to appear as a witness in a criminal trial. How can I get rid of this warrant?

    Gabriel’s Answer

    Let me make this really simple ...if you have a warrant for your failure to appear as a witness in a criminal trial you must immediately contact a criminal defense lawyer familiar with the court in which the warrant was issued and discuss your situation in full detail.

    While putting your case on calendar, recalling your warrant, filing a motion may all be necessary, none of these options are actions you should take on yourself as your freedom is potentially at stake.

    After fully discussing your situation with a criminal defense lawyer you like, the lawyer should devise a strategy as to how to best handle the situation.

    Good luck,

    Gabriel Dorman

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