Jacqueline Belen Goodman’s Answers

Jacqueline Belen Goodman

Fullerton Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Can I fight this DUI or at the least have it dropped to a wet and reckless?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. William Mark Weinberg
    2. Jacqueline Belen Goodman
    3. Douglas Holbrook
    4. Ross Benjamin Green
    5. Chris J Feasel
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    Mr. Weinberg is an excellent lawyer, and of you get 10 lawyers in a room, we'll have 10 different points of view, most if not all of which are valid. My take in this is different. A defense to drunk driving exists where the driving is done in response to an official order or show of police authority. This in a sense negates the willfull and unlawful elements of the crime. Much is contained in the phrasing of the question -- or in a lawyer's phrasing of the issue. So a cup-half-full spin...

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  2. ?What type of sentence is a person looking at for vehicular manslaughter?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Christian K. Lassen II
    2. Joseph Briscoe Dane
    3. George Costas Andriotis
    4. Adrienne Patricia Allen
    5. Joyce J. Sweinberg
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    Have almost this exact fact pattern in North Orange County. Every case is different. Every defendant is different. Every surviving family makes the context different. But in my Fullerton case, there will be no jail time and a misdemeanor. In similar cases in Fontana currently pending, neither will result in manslaughter convictions, but in the DUI / Hit and Run (victim died), there will likely be a felony (hit and run) with misdemeanor DUI and some custody time, but not the significant...

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  3. If there is no District Attorney assigned to your case for pre trial, what does that mean?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Daniel C Grupenhagen
    2. Lewis Robert Rosenblum
    3. Michael Douglas Shafer
    4. Jacqueline Belen Goodman
    5. Jasen Bodie Nielsen
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    In Orange County, misdemeanors are arraigned (formal charges given and plea entered) in one court, and pre-trial conferences in another. In the North Justice Center, arraignments are in N8 typically, and pre-trials in N9 thereafter. "Pre-trial" is a generic term for court dates where progress toward settlement or trial takes place with negotiations between the Deputy D.A.'s (ADAs are supervisors) and defense lawyers. The relative strengths and weaknesses of a case are discussed, as well as...

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  4. Can I change my decision made yesterday from doing community service FOR DUI to paying entire court fines at once?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jacqueline Belen Goodman
    2. Greg Thomas Hill
    3. Sholeh Iravantchi
    4. Troy Slaten
    5. Michael Jon Fremont
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    Yes but be ready for the occasion judge who is paying attention. (S)he should hit you with the question as to how you qualified for the public defender when you can afford to pay the fine in one shot.

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  5. Should I call the DA prior to my arraignment to request per trial diversion ? Do I need an attorney ?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jacqueline Belen Goodman
    2. Robert Laurens Driessen
    3. Gerald Edward Smith
    4. Chris J Feasel
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    I doubt that any prosecutor will talk to a "pro per" defendant prior to arraignment. I think the officer is suggesting you call to ensure it's been filed. If the case does not get filed at all, there is obviously no conviction. End of story. If it does get filed, you may resolve it by way of dismissal, diversion, plea bargain or trial. In the event of a conviction, there will almost always be probation. Probation may or may not include jail as a term. In the case of a first time petty...

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  6. I received a wet recklass but I am off probation. I just received a DUI.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. George B. O'Neill
    2. Michael Korry Bialys
    3. William Peter Daley
    4. Paul Henry Neuharth Jr
    5. David Aaron Wiesen
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    The answer depends on too many factors we don't know from your question as posed. You seem to imply that you were recently on probation for a "wet reckless." That would imply that the conviction occurred within the past 10 years. If so, and if you are convicted of a new DUI as well as having been proven to have suffered the prior wet reckless, certain mandatory minimums would apply (96 hours for a DUI within 10 years of a prior DUI or wet reckless). Although the mandatory minimum is 96...

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  7. What im i facing for violation pc484(a)/pc490.5(a) this is my first affence, i have no priors.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Dan Eugene Chambers
    2. Giacomo Jacques Behar
    3. Jacqueline Belen Goodman
    4. Sholeh Iravantchi
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    Jail is not a likely outcome. (I assume thats what you're worried about.) However, sometimes the prosecutor will offer what looks like a very sweet deal in exchange for some jail with credit for the time you've already served, even if that's a fiction. The reason is that it becomes "priorable" that way. Just know that and understand that "no jail" is not a remarkable disposition. Dismissal or reduction to an infraction or even trespass (infraction or misdemeanor) are better and reasonably...

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  8. Medical Marijuana and Probation?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Jacqueline Belen Goodman
    2. Vincent Ronald Ross
    3. David Jon Pullman
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    You are correct. Ypu are free to do everything you normally can UNLESS specifically notified otherwise. Special permission for Medical MJ was not a term of your probation, so you dont need it. But be careful. Make sure you have documentation of your legitimate need, just in case.

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  9. California Criminal Law: How to Re-calendar to Reduce Sentence in California?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. John M. Kaman
    2. Seth Andrew Weinstein
    3. Jacqueline Belen Goodman
    4. Andrew Michael Limberg
    5. David Philip Shapiro
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    You could do a motion to vacate on a Padilla issue, or a Writ of Error Coram Nobis. But I would recommend, under your facts, to set the matter for a modification of probation under PC 1203. Quickly seek the advice of an immigration attorney as well.

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  10. If i am being charged with 1 count of second degree burglary and it is my first offense how should i plea

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jacqueline Belen Goodman
    2. Michael S Parent
    3. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    4. Dan Eugene Chambers
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    Not guilty. The arraignment is your formal charging. It just starts the process. In fact, in order to plead guilty, a lengthy colloquy is required where you would have to convince the judge you know the elements of the charges, the evidence against you and how it relates to the elements, the existence and viability of any possible defenses to the charges, and with that in mind, you've determined it's in your best interests to jettison your rights and plead guilty. Commercial burglary is a...

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