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Meghan O'Brien Taylor

Irvine DUI / DWI Attorney.

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  1. Can a detective drop charges if you ask them to in a domestic violence cases....

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Timothy Miranda
    2. Mehrdad Ghassemkhani
    3. Meghan O'Brien Taylor
    3 lawyer answers

    As stated in the other answers, unfortunately the decision to file charges is out of your hands now. The DA often files charges even when the "victim" of the alleged charges does not want to or has since admitted to lying about it. If they do file charges you may be contacted by the DA at some point and that would be an opportunity for you to admit the truth. Otherwise they will proceed the best way they see fit. Hopefully after a full investigation they will decide not to ultimately file charges.

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  2. One ticket, multiple FTAs, what do i need to do?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Brian Russell Michaels
    2. Meghan O'Brien Taylor
    3. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    3 lawyer answers

    A failure to appear can be charged as a misdemeanor, See California Penal Code section 853.7, however it is very unlikely that they will charge you with an FTA on a traffic matter.There will probably be additional fines added to whatever the fine you would have originally had to pay for the ticket was. You need to be prepared to explain to the court why you did not appear. If you moved, or had some other reason why you would not recieve mail, that sort of information will be helpful.

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  3. What happens if you don't pay your CA DUI fines after they lift the restriction off your license?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Robert Laurens Driessen
    2. Meghan O'Brien Taylor
    3. Adam Laurence Pearlman
    3 lawyer answers

    You should be proactive and go ask for the community service option you want BEFORE your fines are due. If you go after the fact, when you are already past due on your $1800 fines you will be in violation of your probation at that point, and a Judge is not likely to work with you or help you out. If you have the time to go to court and add it on calendar to request community service instead of fines you can do so yourself, and be sure to bring the Dr's note you mention. The Judge may say no...

  4. DUI: I finished what the court required (jail time, community service, etc.) but I didn't finish classes, years ago because of $

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Robert Laurens Driessen
    2. Meghan O'Brien Taylor
    2 lawyer answers

    Since the case in Northern CA has gone to warrant for failure to complete the court ordered classes, it will remain in that status until you or an attorney you hire goes to clear that up. Just becuase you weren't arrested for that warrant on your most recent contact with police doesn't mean that the warrant is gone or that it has been "dropped". There are many reasons why they might not have picked up on it or chosen not to alert you, but its a risk you don't want to take again. You should...

  5. DUI - police report

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Joseph Briscoe Dane
    2. Robert Laurens Driessen
    3. Philip Daniel Hache
    4. Meghan O'Brien Taylor
    4 lawyer answers

    Another reason you will need an attorney is that most police agencies have video and audio capabilities. This may mean that a video or audio recording of your encounter with police that day exists. These can be extremely helpful in supression motions. An attorney can request and obtain the video and /or audio for you.

  6. I received a DEJ ,BUT I NEED TO KNOW WHAT DOES A DEJ COVER?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Meghan O'Brien Taylor
    2. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    3. John M. Kaman
    3 lawyer answers

    You should gather all court paperwork and speak to an immigration attorney. If you recieved a DEJ offer the end result should be a dismissal of those charges upon completion of the terms of the DEJ, usually a class and DNA. However you were probably required to enter a guilty plea first, with the agreement that the plea be withdrawn after you complete your DEJ program. So it important that you complete your DEJ terms to get the plea withdrawn. Generally a DEJ offer covers all charges but it...

  7. ANY RECENT NEWS ON THE CAL. DMV ALLOWING THOSE OF US WHO GOT A 2ND DUI PRIOR TO 7/1/2010 BEING INCLUDED IN THE SB 895 RULING.

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Meghan O'Brien Taylor
    2. Karina Jacobo
    3. Aaron Reuben Bortel
    3 lawyer answers

    It has been the DMV's consistent position that those who have a violation AND conviction date before July 1,st 2010 are not eligible for the restricted license after 90 days. The recent rulings you mention have dealt with violation dates before July 1st and conviction dates AFTERJuly 1st. Because your violation and conviction date are both before July 1st, the DMV will not allow you to apply for your restricted after 90 days. You can still seek to file a writ with the DMV, many attorneys are...

  8. Is it possible to retract a guilty plea for DUI when the court said my BAC was .084%, but my blood came back .06%?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. John Wood Bussman
    2. John Joseph VanDervoort
    3. Meghan O'Brien Taylor
    3 lawyer answers

    If you have already entered a plea of guilty you will need to make a motion to withdrawal your plea in order to "re-open" your case and address the issue of your blood test. If that motion to withdrawal your plea is granted by a Judge, you will have an opportunity to negoitate the case once again. Because you were charged with a DUI that involved both alcohol and drugs, you may have entered a guilty plea to the charge of 23152(a). Even if your BAC is below a .08 you can still be found...

  9. What do I do If I have a warrant for FTA for an unpaid ticket?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Troy Austin Pickard
    2. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    3. Meghan O'Brien Taylor
    3 lawyer answers

    You need to go to the correct court and address the issue as soon as possible. You will not be taken to jail. Make sure you provide the judge with your documentation so that he can clear the Failure To Appear that might have resulted when you went to the wrong court. Because you did not pay the original ticket that resulted in the warrant, the judge may add on a civil assessment fine, so be prepared for the amount you owe the court to increase.

  10. Does informal probation for "wet and reckless" end 3 years after the date I was charged with DUI or the date I plead guilty?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. John M. Kaman
    2. David Philip Shapiro
    3. Andrew Michael Limberg
    4. Meghan O'Brien Taylor
    5 lawyer answers

    Your informal probation will end in February of 2012, but as indicated above, you can always double check on the court paperwork to be sure. If you had an attorney assisting you they can also confirm that for you. Keep in mind that if you have successfully completed probation , you can seek what is commonly referred to as an expungement under Penal Code Section 1203.4.. If you haven't had any probation violations or picked up any new cases, the court almost always grants these motions. So...