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  • Nursing License related.. Was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Is there a way to lower the charge?

    It is a misdemeanor ticket. Police described it as a "traffic citation" How will it affect my nursing license & if I plead not guilty, is there a chance the judge will lower the charge? No prior record.. thanks for the help.

    Niranjan’s Answer

    The police described it as a "traffic citation" because they didn't want to scare you. However, citations can still involves serious charges and your case is a serious charge because of the impact on your nursing license. Unfortunately, the judge cannot lower the charge. If you want the charge dismissed or altered, you will need to negotiate a deal with the DA's office and that usually requires having an attorney represent you in court. Getting the right deal in court will be helpful to prevent consequences to your nursing license, so getting a good criminal lawyer will have a positive impact on your licensing issues. However, you may want to consult a licensing attorney as well when the time comes.

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  • Need DUI attorney in Newport Beach or Costa Mesa

    I have been arrested first time for DUI on May 19, 2012 by Costa Mesa PD. Scheduled in Harbour court on 29 June 2012. I was not pulled over but had an accident where only myself involved. Nobody injured. Breathalyzer resulted in .12 & .14 30 m...

    Niranjan’s Answer

    If you're still looking for a criminal defense attorney, don't hesitate to give me a call to set up a free consultation. Not only is my office directly across the street from the Harbor Justice Center (and I'm there all the time), but as a former Deputy District Attorney, I know exactly what the prosecution is looking for and how to present your case for the best possible defense. I have a perfect 10 on Avvo (as you can see from my profile), I focus 100% on criminal defense and DUIs, and OC Metro Magazine ranked me as one of the top 5 DUI defense attorneys in all of Orange County (August 2011 issue).

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  • Does a DEJ plea on a BP Code 25661 violation get reported to the DMV, even though it's technically not a conviction yet?

    I don't want DMV to suspend client's license for 1 year as a result of this violation. Client has been offered this "DEJ" program, but was wondering if the DMV would find out about the initial, conditional guilty plea? Please advise.

    Niranjan’s Answer

    The DMV cannot find out about a conditional plea. The only way that DMV ever finds out about anything from the criminal courts is when an abstract of a conviction is sent to them by the clerk's office. No conviction, means no abstract, means no discovery by the DMV.

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  • Is there any possible way that my misdemeanors can be reduced?

    Hello, I was recently arrested at JCPenny for items valued at $80.00. I am facing two misdemeanor charges of burglary and petty theft. This is my first offense. I'm guessing they charged me with burglary because I came in with an empty shopp...

    Niranjan’s Answer

    It is theoretically possible for the charge to be reduced to an infraction, but doing so depends on a variety of factors, including the particulars of your case and the personality of the DA. Another option may be to negotiate for some kind of diversion -- where you plead guilty up front, jump through some hoops, and then get the charges dismissed prior to sentencing. I have negotiated that type of resolution before at the Bellflower court, but it had more to do with the specific DA I was dealing with than the charges. I highly recommend hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney to handle your case from the beginning. As you admit in your question -- it's your career on the line. You may contact me or any other Los Angeles attorney on Avvo that has a good rating.

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  • If my husband was in involve in a self defence situation and lawyer told him he was going to put in a motion 995

    he has a court date set for that what can we expect that day?

    Niranjan’s Answer

    I agree with the above answer except for one distinction. Mr. Kaman assumes that your husband is already in custody but I can't tell that from the question posted. If your husband remained out of custody after the preliminary hearing, then he will most likely remain out of custody after the 995 motion. If he was taken into custody after the preliminary hearing or he was already in custody at the time of the preliminary hearing, then he will most likely stay in custody if the 995 motion is lost.

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  • My husband has a court date for the 995 motion what can i expect the day??

    for a self defense case

    Niranjan’s Answer

    I agree with the above answer except for one distinction. Mr. Kaman assumes that your husband is already in custody but I can't tell that from the question posted. If your husband remained out of custody after the preliminary hearing, then he will most likely remain out of custody after the 995 motion. If he was taken into custody after the preliminary hearing or he was already in custody at the time of the preliminary hearing, then he will most likely stay in custody if the 995 motion is lost.

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  • Recently I got a wet reckless with 2 years of probation. Can I shorten the probation period? On what bases?

    Recently I got a wet reckless with 2 years of probation. I also want to apply for naturalization as I’m qualified. I was advised not to apply while I’m on probation and I was wondering if I could shorten this period and on what bases.

    Niranjan’s Answer

    Actually, it's good advice because you can't apply for a change in immigration status while on probation. You will NOT get naturalized if you are on probation. Only if probation is terminated, either naturally or through an early termination of probation, can you then apply for naturalization. The above attorneys gave good advice as to how to go about getting an early termination of probation -- you will need a criminal defense attorney to help you do it. And then I highly recommend hiring an immigration attorney to help with your naturalization, given that you have a criminal background. By the way, terminating your probation will allow you to expunge your case early. But while an expungement may help with employers, your expunged conviction must still be disclosed to immigration authorities.

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  • Im being chared with attempted robbery in the second degree. what am I looking at.

    im 22 and i have no record how much time am I looking at if convicted.

    Niranjan’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Dane's answer completely. I would also add that once you hire a competent defense attorney, you may be required to pay additional funds to retain a private investigator. These types of cases sometimes require independent investigation. I don't know what your financial situation is, but you can't afford to skimp on hiring quality legal representation.

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  • How can I protect myself from someone who has previously made alligations against me

    I was previously arrested for intimidating a witness. The Private Investigator was able to get enough proof to show that I was innocent. The person who made the false allegation was my husband’s ex wife and her family. My husband was also arrested...

    Niranjan’s Answer

    Unfortunately, you can't prevent her from making the allegations but you can protect yourself. Hiring a PI is a great move. Be prepared to file a protective order against her. If your husband is the one that files for the protective order, he can file it as a domestic violence protective order since they had a romantic relationship at one point in time. Then, he can add you as a protected party on that order. If you file the protective order, it would be filed as a civil harassment protective order. The domestic violence protective order is better because it's easier to prove. Your husband only has to show harassment by a preponderance of the evidence, but you would have to show harassment by clear and convincing evidence. I would recommend hiring an attorney familiar with restraining orders to assist you. Most family law attorneys and some criminal defense attorneys (like myself) have a restraining order practice. Accusing her of filing a false police report is difficult, but if the police are involved, I would certainly make her prior false allegations known.

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  • Dwi in tx, have a CA license

    i had a dwi in tx, case resolved but they assigned surcharges. thing is i never had a tx DL, i had and still do have a CA license. am i to pay charges to texas or else the ca license gets suspended? is there reciprocity between those...

    Niranjan’s Answer

    There is reciprocity between most states under the Interstate Driver Compact. So if you run into problems in one state and your privilege to drive is suspended, then that state will notify the other states and your privilege to drive may be suspended in other states until you clear the problem in the first state. Also, in California, your privilege to drive may be suspended even if you never had an actual driver's license. The same may be true of Texas -- you should consult with a Texas attorney familiar with Texas DMV laws.

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