PRE-FILING INVESTIGATION Prior to an arrest and prior to the prosecutor filing a formal charge against you, there will likely be an investigation by a police agency. It is important to secure legal counsel if you know or suspect that you are being charged with a crime. An attorne...
Actions Against An Adult's LicenseIf you are stopped by a police officer and cited for a traffic law violation, you sign a promise to appear in traffic court. When you go to court, you may plead guilty or not guilty, or you may forfeit (pay) bail. Paying bail is the same as a gui...
Informal Probation Otherwise known as informal probation. Under Summary Probation the defendant will not be required to report to a probation Officer. The defendant will be given specific requirements that must be met in order to complete a Summary Probation. Formal Probation Un...
Initial Investigation During the investigation stage the police gather physical evidence and witness statements to determine if a crime occurred and who committed the crime. Suspects have rights. I
I Was Arrested, But Released On A Citation... NOW WHAT? Some police agencies will "cite and release" an individual for minor misdemeanor offenses (including petty theft, under certain circumstances).
Why Would You Want An Expungement? It can be difficult to get a job with a conviction on your record. Many employers must carry insurance on their employees, and insurance companies often refuse to i
Vehicle Stop - Did the officer have reasonable cause to stop your vehicle? (1) License & Registration = required by law; (2) Officer’s Questions & Admission to Drinking = voluntary; (3) Field Sob
 Two or more persons came to an "understanding" to do a criminal act... When evaluating the prospect of criminal allegations of conspiracy, consider whether some sort of agreement (formal or info
#1 The defendant did an act that by its nature would directly and probably result in the application of force to a person; #2 The defendant did that act willfully; #3 When the defendant acted, he was
Burden of Proof At Probation Violation Hearing? During this hearing, the prosecutor must prove the violation occurred by a “preponderance of the evidence” (more than 50% of the evidence). Notice this