Antonio Arturo Cota’s Answers

Antonio Arturo Cota

Corona Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. How could they see me as a suspect just because I was the last person to see the murder victim...?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Antonio Arturo Cota
    2. Samuel Eugene Spital
    3. Greg Hagopian
    4. Elliot Rahmim Zarabi
    5. John Leif Fossum
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    If police are focusing their investigation on you, you absolutely should not talk to them for any reason whatsoever. Even if you are not arrested, your statements may be used against you even without any Miranda advisement because you have not yet been arrested. You should immediately contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect you.

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  2. How do I get my money back from the DEA?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Antonio Arturo Cota
    2. Robert Laurens Driessen
    3. David Alexander Blair
    4. Gayle Anne-Marie Gutekunst
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    You need to contact an attorney with experience in federal asset forfeiture matters right away. Many such lawyers probably feel that a Petition for Remission or Mitigation is a mistake that unnecessarily sacrifices your rights. Specifically, there are no hearings on those petitions, they are decided by the executive branch (that is, the same people who want to take your money) and are rarely granted; and your rights to appeal those decisions are practically non-existent. The better way to go...

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  3. I’m dissatisfied with my attorney's performance. Can I fire my attorney during trial?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Antonio Arturo Cota
    2. Michael Charles Doland
    3. Robert Laurens Driessen
    4. Brian Russell Michaels
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    You need to contact an experienced trial attorney immediately to discuss this matter and you will probably also need to have a rational discussion with your present attorney and/or her superiors at her firm (if there are any). The short answer to your question is, "it depends." Many times clients, who are not trained in law and have no experience trying cases them selves, have a position on counsel's performance based on things that are not necessarily accurate or correct. It is therefore...

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  4. When one is pro per, and filing for an appeal, what other forms need to be filled out and submitted along with it?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Antonio Arturo Cota
    2. Harry Edward Hudson Jr
    3. James Lawrence Knox
    4. Robert Pecco Baker
    5. Nadezhda M Habinek
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    No one should represent themselves on appeal. You should either seek to employ experienced local counsel to handle the appeal or contact the appellate court (or Public Defender's Office) to seek appointment of counsel on appeal. Probably 90% of cases are upheld on appeal, and that's with an experienced attorney. Without an attorney, the odds are far, far worse.

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  5. Small misdemeanor public defender

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Antonio Arturo Cota
    2. David Jon Pullman
    3. David Isaac Hammond
    4. Harry Edward Hudson Jr
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    You should address this question to the public defender assigned to the case or to their office generally. They will tell you whether (and when) you need to appear in court and can schedule any other meetings necessary to handle your case. Keep in mind that the attorneys in the PD's office have a high caseload and have very little time so that you will likely be dealing mostly with staff or with the attorney at court.

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  6. Are public defenders not as good as private criminal lawyers?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Chris J Feasel
    2. David Jon Pullman
    3. Antonio Arturo Cota
    4. Robert Lee Marshall
    5. Andrew Blair Leventhal
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    Public Defenders are often very good at what they do. And, just as with any other lawyer, some are better than others. It is foolish for people to pre-judge their attorney solely because they work for the Public Defender's office representing indigent clients. Whether or not a private attorney could get as good or better result in YOUR case is impossible to tell without a file or facts for us to review. (You would be foolish to post facts related to your case here, where DAs can read it.) I...

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  7. If I have a prior conviction for dui 7 years ago in another state(AZ), will it count towards my recent dui here in San Diego?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Antonio Arturo Cota
    2. Elliot Rahmim Zarabi
    3. Isileli Tupou Manaia Mataele
    4. Bradley R Corbett
    5. David Philip Shapiro
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    That depends on the analysis of what happened in your AZ case. Under California law, the AZ violation has to be the equivalent of a California offense before it is priorable. In part, that analysis may depend on the record of conviction itself, or the admissible evidence concerning the underlying facts that gave rise to that conviction. You should contact an experienced local San Diego DUI defense attorney to help you with this. He or she is going to need as much information as you can...

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  8. On a second dui offense in orange county, ca is there mandatory jail time? is there any way around this ?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Joseph Briscoe Dane
    2. Antonio Arturo Cota
    3. George B. O'Neill
    4. Michael Laurence Fell
    5. Michael Korry Bialys
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    Mr. Dane is correct, as usual. I would add that you should consult with an experienced DUI lawyer or criminal defense attorney to review your matter. This is not a "do it yourself" project. The mandatory jail requires you to be convicted, first. These cases are often defensible, but you'll never know if you have options unless you consult with someone.

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  9. I was caught shoplifting with a friend about four years ago . sears sent me a civil demand letter and ignored it.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Lewis Robert Rosenblum
    2. Amber H Lunsford
    3. Antonio Arturo Cota
    4. Michael Charles Doland
    5. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.
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    You don't say whether you were actually arrested for, let alone convicted of, anything. If you were convicted of an offense, the record of conviction will show its status as either a felony or misdemeanor if you don't remember it. Receipt of a civil demand letter, as other lawyers suggest, is not proof of a conviction, which is the thing that matters. You may also want to consult with an immigration attorney to help with your application.

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  10. RESTITUTION: What does restitution cover? I have had it held until I was ready to go back to Court on a Wrongful Death/PI Case

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey Travis Roberts
    2. Antonio Arturo Cota
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Chad Guevara Boonswang
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    I moved this to the personal injury board since it's less about defenses the accused has and more about how you can get money from someone. Victims of crime are entitled to restitution, and typically restitution is sought by the District Attorney. You have the right to an attorney of your own of course, who can advise you about whether you can obtain restitution and who may be willing to devote more time to obtaining compensation that the District Attorney sometimes puts into such hearings. "...

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