Do the police have to show me the warrant? No - there is no legal requirement they actually show you the warrant itself. Many times, warrants are obtained over the phone from an "on-call" judge, so
Why do they want to talk to me? If you're being questioned as a witness, that's one thing. If there is any potential basis for criminal liability (as an accessory or as someone who aided in the comm
14601 (suspended due to a prior reckless driving conviction) Sentence: Minimum 5 days in county jail and a fine of $300 (plus penalty assessments); maximum 6 months county jail and a fine of $1,000.
The traffic stop was invalid In order to validly pull you over, the police need "reasonable suspicion" of criminal activity. That "crime" can be anything, even something as minor as a traffic offens
First - can they be bailed out? A criminal defendant is entitled to reasonable bail. What's reasonable? Ultimately, that's up to a judge to set the amount, but in some cases, you cannot post bail.
The best scenario - an O.R. release A defendant may be granted an "O.R." release (a release on their own recognizance). That means that they are released without having to post bail in any amount on
Why are there two charges against me? There are two different DUI charges in California - 23152(a) of the Vehicle Code [driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs] and 23152(b) [driving with
Not all questioning by the police requires Miranda warnings There is a big difference between being "detained" and being "arrested" or "in custody" when it comes to Miranda. The 1966 US Supreme Cour
Let's start with petty theft Petty theft is the taking of property valued at under $950 (the law recently changed from $400 to $950 as the line between grand and petty theft). While there is a secti
The first stage in all cases - the arraignment The first appearance in court is your arraignment. The judge will tell you what the charges are against you and that is when you enter your "not guilty"