Lauren Johnson’s Answers

Lauren Johnson

Irvine Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. If I am on formal misdemeanor probation, is a probation officer authorized to collect information on my debit card transactions?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Lauren Johnson
    2. James Murray Warden
    2 lawyer answers

    Generally no, unless there is information to collect that involves you committing a crime or if you sign a release for some reason for this information. You may want to contact your trial attorney to assist you or a criminal defense attorney to give you more specific advice.

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  2. Does the county parole time I served when I was originally sentenced get credited just like actual time served?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Lauren Johnson
    2. Robert Laurens Driessen
    2 lawyer answers

    It depends on whether you committed the new crime while out on work furlough. You are entitled to whatever time you actually served, be that in custody and on work furlough. However, if you picked up the new case while out on work furlough, I imagine you were arrested and violated the work furlough commitment you made. If that was the case, you will likely be required to serve whatever time you didn't finish in the county jail, in addition to your new sentence (consecutive). This is a good time...

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  3. Minor got caught ditching school and found tobacco on body

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Lauren Johnson
    1 lawyer answer

    You should appear at every court hearing you are advised of or the court can issue a warrant for your arrest. You can hire an attorney, the court will deal with you and your parents in pro per, or you can request an attorney be appointed. If you have a witness for you, it is important to provide that information to any attorney assisting you. The court can proceed with the charge regardless of whether the officer shows up at your arraignment because a trial date in the future is usually set and...

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  4. Arrested for petty theft for not paying for a laptop repair

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Cherie Lynn Brenner
    2. Joseph Briscoe Dane
    3. Errol Lamont Cook
    4. Lauren Johnson
    4 lawyer answers

    You describe facts that suggest you committed a theft, but the goverment will have to prove the parts were actually installed. If you are not sure, you will want to see what evidence there is against you before admitting guilty. At this point you should not speak to anyone about your case other than an attorney, be it one you hire or the public defender.

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  5. I recently received a pursuant to california penal code sec 490.5 letter.. asking for me to pay 350. do i need to pay?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Lauren Johnson
    2. Pamela Koslyn
    3. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    3 lawyer answers

    This is the most frequently asked question on here and the overwhelming answer is that there are no criminal consequences for not paying a civil demand letter. I usually tell my clients to throw them out.

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  6. Will my 16year old daughter go to juvinel hall? if so for how long?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Lauren Johnson
    2. Amanda Fay Benedict
    2 lawyer answers

    Misdemeanants in juvenile court are released to their parents.

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  7. Left turn red light violation charge $466.Help to reduce fine.

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Lauren Johnson
    2. Jason Chase Beahm
    2 lawyer answers

    If you cannot afford the fine, you probably cannot afford an attorney. You can go to the court and ask the judge to reduce the fine, offer community service in lieu of the fine, or suspend the fine altogether.

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  8. Can you expunge a felony or does it have to be reduced to a misdemenor first?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Lauren Johnson
    2. Robert Lee Marshall
    3. John M. Kaman
    4. William R. O'Connell
    4 lawyer answers

    You can ask for dismissal via 1203.4 for a felony, but I always suggest attempting to have the charge reduced to a misdemeanor first, if the charged is a "wobbler" (can be reduced). Otherwise, a felony can be "expunged" via 1203.4. However, some crimes may still count as prior convictions if you commit the same crime in the future. For example, if the crime dismissed via 1203.4 is a DUI, a subsequent DUI is still charged and adjudicated as a second DUI. I handled 1203.4 motions regularly in my...

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  9. Do I need an attorney

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Lauren Johnson
    2. Troy Austin Pickard
    2 lawyer answers

    Are you asking if you need a criminal attorney? You would only need one if the other guy called the police and reported you stole his shovel. I hope you are okay after getting hit.

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  10. Whats the worst that can happen for driving without a license while on parole?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Lauren Johnson
    2. Jerod Gunsberg
    3. John P. Yetter
    3 lawyer answers

    Your more serious concern is a possible parole violation. You could get up to a year flat.

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