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  • What Is The Benefit of Pre-filing Criminal Investigation?

    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...

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  • Actions Against An Adult's California Drivers License

    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...

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  • Informal Probation versus Formal Probation in California

    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...

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  • STAGES OF PROSECUTION (Charged With A Felony Crime? Read This!)

    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

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  • I Was Arrested & Released... NOW WHAT?

    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).

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  • EXPUNGING CRIMINAL RECORDS: Step-by-step

    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

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  • Orange County DUI - Criminal Process - MUST READ!

    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

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  • What Kind of "Agreement" Amounts To Criminal Conspiracy In California?

    [1] 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

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  • How Do Prosecutors Prove a California "Simple Assault" Under Penal Code 240?

    #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

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  • What does the CA prosecutor need to prove to that I am in VIOLATION OF PROBATION?

    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

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