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  • Can I get a petty theft misdemeanor off my record in California?

    I was caught shoplifting in Macys, the item was under 50 dollars. I was arrested and charged a fine. I payed both the fines from Macys and the court. It was a year ago and I am currently studying to become a Elementary school teacher and I am afr...

    Hieu’s Answer

    Yes you can. You may still have to answer for it for the purpose of getting your license but it shouldn't be a deal killer. The biggest obstacle you have is applying for jobs after you get your license. I have had clients with conviction who never got hired but once they did the dismissal they got their teaching jobs. There is a split as to how people approach these questions which is another conversation in itself.

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  • DO I have to pay bail amount and sign for the traffic school before a court date?

    I got red light traffic ticket which is due 7/19. I requested a court date which is schedule for the 9/05

    Hieu’s Answer

    Bail is dependent on the judge. It is never a guarantee no bail necessary situation. It will differ on your county, courthouse, and attorney representing you.

    I am from Southern California and I can tell you which courthouse down here will ask for bail at the arraignment date (Long Beach, Ventura). Some courts will ask for bail if you have no attorney.

    Seeing that you are from San Mateo, I would suggest consulting with a competent San Mateo attorney who deals with traffic tickets. It shouldn't cost you anything to check if your courthouse will require you to post bail on your first appearance. If you want representation to fight your ticket at trial then that's another discussion.

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  • Will I Go to jail if I am late or don't have the money to pay

    I was ordered to pay 644.00 in $50 installments and I haven't been able to make a payment.

    Hieu’s Answer

    Judges are very flexible when you can't pay. They just don't like it if you can't pay and don't pay. However, if you are unable to pay and you put it on calendar, then chances are they will give you more time. Never ever just ignore it. If you have been making payments on it, bring those papers as well and show it to the judge to show that you have been making payments and not just ignoring it and showing up. Judges are human too and will understand. (at least some of them) One more time, do not ignore it! You will not turn out pretty.

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  • My boyfriend already has two strikes and is now in jail being accused of being in possession of a firearm!

    My boyfriend, who has 2 strikes, was arrested on charges of a felon being in possession of a firearm, which was found in a car that he wasn't even in. He was on the sidewalk, outside the vehicle, had no knowledge of the weapon, which was in a bag,...

    Hieu’s Answer

    This will definitely be sorted out in court. Depending on how you handle it, things can turn out very good or very bad. Looks like the facts are on your side. He needs to shut up and not say anything that will associate him with the gun. You are welcome to call me for a consult.

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  • Do I need a DUI attorney?

    On August 5, 2011 I drove my car off the road, totaled my car but was not injured. The CHP officer that arrived on the scene determined I was driving under the influence. Although I told him I was not injured and did not give my consent to any m...

    Hieu’s Answer

    What do you want to do? You can't beat the charge by yourself. An attorney is necessary if you don't want to roll over and get screwed by the state.

    There are a variety of things which can go wrong with a blood draw. Ie: improper agent used to clear the skin prior to puncture, the blood being mishandled which can lead to custody issues, unsupervised lab, improper amount of preservatives which can lead to fermentation. That's just the blood draw, there are other areas which lend itself to exploit as well.

    Contact an attorney who knows his stuff.

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  • I just received my 2nd dui, what can I do now to try and stay out of jail? Can i speak to the DA eventually?

    My first DUI was about a year and a half ago. I am still on probation and just received the 2nd, this time in Los Angeles county. I want to get and stay sober and stay out of jail. is there anything i can do?

    Hieu’s Answer

    You will be a goner if you talk with the DA. Jails are bars are full of people who thought they can do it themselves. The rules of evidence will eat you alive. There is a reason why we are around. As for your friend who says it doesn't make a difference, ask him where he got his law degree at and ask yourself if you really want to advice from him or her. It's not their ass on the line.

    For the more substantive part. Staying out of jail, you are lucky you got caught in LA. It all depends on the courthouse, the DA, and your facts. My advice is to find an attorney is familiar with DUI.(Alcohol Pharmacokinetics, police training, county lab procedures, and the machines) He doesn't have to do all DUI, but he shouldn't be your family law/bankruptcy attorney who takes an occasional DUI case.

    Good luck with your case. Everyone's case is different and unique. You're welcome to call me if you want a case assessment. I may not tell you what you want, but I'll give it to you as real as it gets.

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  • Need pro bono or very low cost attorney for criminal defense/misdemeanor.

    In July of 2010, I got pulled over by a police officer in Pasadena, CA and charged with a red light violation that I did not commit. I appeared in court prior to the "promise to appear" date on the ticket, but I mistakenly made an appearance at t...

    Hieu’s Answer

    Times are tough. You should go with a public defender. They are the finest attorneys around. Don't believe the dirt, they know their courtrooms very well and do a damn fine job. The negative side is that you will have to go to court and do a lot of waiting. Depending on your circumstances, ie how many times you missed, you may be eligible to free your license fairly quickly. You can do this yourself or an attorney will be able to help you with this process.Good luck!

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