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Jarrod Matthew Wilfert

Jarrod Wilfert’s Answers

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  • Is it legal for the family to be in the court room (not involved in the case) and it is a criminal case ?

    Who can go and what do you need to get in? What about those without legal status? Thanks in advance.

    Jarrod’s Answer

    The short answer is yes, family can be in the court room since the court proceedings are usually public. That said there are exceptions to this. One such exception would be when one the family members is a foreseeable witness at which point he or she is likely to be excluded so as not to bias his or her testimony.

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  • What do I say on a job application?

    I did PC1000 for an 11550. I did the classes and got my certificate. I still owe fees. However, my case on the Ventura County Superior Court site is confusing. For Case Status, it says "Deferred Entry of Judgment". Below however under Disposi...

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    If you received a Deferred Entry then likely you were allowed to enter a Guilty plea in a narcotic case and afterwards, your penalties were suspended while you completed a program. If this was done correctly, once you were successful and met your obligations, the court would have unwound your plea and dismissed the action against you allowing you to truthfully answer that you have never been convicted of a crime.

    If you are truly uncertain about the status of your matter, speak with an attorney and allow him to pull the file and determine the final status for your matter.

    Good luck.

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  • Is there any way to lower my first time ticket fine?

    I live in California. I got a notice of traffic violation under VC 21453(a). The violation was caught based on photographed evidense. I have to pay a fine of $490. Or $555 to attend the traffic school so I don't get a point count on my DMV record....

    Jarrod’s Answer

    Traffic cites can be tremendously expensive. I would suggest you put this matter on calendar in Division 10 and speak to the judge. If you are willing to accept responsibility early on, I would bet if this is truly your first offense, he will lower your fine significantly.

    Good luck!

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  • While on probation, how is a search of ones person conducted ? for example; pat the pockets or put their hands in pockets?

    for example ; pat the pockets or stick their hands in the pockets?

    Jarrod’s Answer

    If you are on probation for instance for narcotics and you have search terms, a police officer may search you or your belongings for narcotics. This means, when you are stopped, the officer may empty your pockets and search you person or vehicle or any item belonging to you within that vehicle for evidence of narcotics. If instead, you have weapon terms, the officer may search any area of your person or vehicle for evidence of weapons.

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  • My Question is just because you were not issued a "MARSY RIGHTS" CARD does this mean your not a victim?

    I was a victim of a terrible assault, in witch my head was stapled. D.A held court without myself or witness. He ever once spoke to me at all. If he would have handed me those rights, I would not be in the position I'm in. Prosecutor will not tell...

    Jarrod’s Answer

    You were indeed a victim whether or not you received a Victim's Rights Card. Often times, these are forgotten in the hustle of putting together the case or making the arrest but while they list your rights, the card itself does not grant rights you do not already possess.

    I am sorry for your treatment. It is not uncommon for witnesses and victims to feel re-victimized by the system. Our justice system is not perfect, and no penalty will make you whole but you will be best served by documenting your frustrations in a letter to the DA or to a Victim's Rights Group.

    Good Luck.

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  • I am on supervised felony probation since April 2013, my charges were 11350(a) NO sales or intent to sell...

    Since going on probation the sheriff has come to my house on several occasions and have harassed me an my tenant who rents the adjacent home. On Easter day, my tenant is a sixty year old grandmother who is not on parole or probation, she was vis...

    Jarrod’s Answer

    Alright, there is a lot going on here but this should cover the basics:

    When you are on probation for drug related offenses (specifically those you described above), you give up your Fourth Amendment rights to be from searches from law enforcement or other governmental agents including probation officers. This should have been explained to you by the court, your attorney, and/or your probation officer. This means that your belongings (including your home, car, person, etc) can be searched as long as these searches are not excessive or unreasonable (tough hurdle to prove with these facts so far).

    With regards to your sixty year old tenant who was arrested for possessing narcotics as well as being under the influence of narcotics. she has her own issues right now. If the narcotics are not hers, then why would she test "dirty" or present symptomology consistent with being under the influence? If this is indeed a misunderstanding, I suspect that while she was arrested, the District Attorney will not file on her without additional evidence supporting the charges. I am not sure what rights she would have to proceed against you with a lawsuit based on your facts.

    Finally, yes, law enforcement may enter your home since you are on probation following an arrest at the location to take pictures for evidence in the pending case.

    Good Luck with this.

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  • Do I have to report an 27007vc infraction to my probation officer?

    Last night I was pulled over for loud music (27007vc). The officer gave me a ticket and also gave me a DL310 form. Which means my license is suspended right? By the way I have a previous DUI conviction that happened 1.5 years ago when I was 19 y...

    Jarrod’s Answer

    From a legal standpoint, your responsibilities will be spelled out in your probation terms or in the statements made to you by your probation officer during your first meeting. From a relationship standpoint where you are attempting to build trust with your probation officer, I would err on the side of contacting him and explaining the situation. Most likely it would be considered a minor offense not worthy of further notice but you would show him that you are being up front about things.

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  • I am 18 and got caught stealing about $10 worth of stuff from walmart. They took me into the security and got my info.

    They also had me sign so they could take my picture. Should I be worried?

    Jarrod’s Answer

    If you are asking if there will be criminal charges filed against you, I would have to say that I would doubt it. Usually, these theft offenses under a particular dollar amount are handled informally. This is to say that the store does nto contact police (as you seem to indicate that they did not in your case) and does not request further prosecution being satisfied with dealing with you informally (meaning documenting the incident for their own records and escorting you out of the store).

    Good luck, please learn from this and don't expose yourself or your family to this stress...

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  • First time offense, four felonies, possession of two substances, under the influence, and paraphernalia. Plea bargain?

    Two substances: meth and heroine. 35 years old.

    Jarrod’s Answer

    You are in a very difficult spot and definitely need an experienced attorney. You can contact the local bar and they will provide you with several names of lawyers who are qualified to assist you in this.

    With regards to what you are looking at, we need more information to provide you with specifics but I would not advise you to explain your situation on this public forum. Since you are in Ventura County, you are facing a very aggressive District Attorney's office. You will be given an offer through your attorney to "package" everything up and take advantage of an early disposition. Generally if you enter a plea prior to preliminary hearing, you will be allowed to plead to less offenses and take advantage of accepting responsibility quickly. This is something you need to discuss with your attorney in person while reviewing your police reports. You should also consider lining up a narcotic program should the court allow you to attend in lue of jail time.

    Good Luck with this.

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  • What if a DUI convicted still drives and being caught by a police?

    Hi, In September 2012, my boyfriend was arrested for the second time because of drink and drive, and his case is still in process. He had another DUI conviction about 7 years ago. The thing that worries me is that he still drives, and sometimes...

    Jarrod’s Answer

    I understand and am sorry for your predicament.
    Legally, there are several issues here. With regards to DUI convictions, his second time DUI arrest (if he is found guilty or enters a plea of guilty) will be punished substantially more severely than his first DUI conviction. WHEN (and it is a when) he is arrested for his third DUI, the penalties will be exponentially more severe than his second.
    I think the idea here is that we as a society recognize that Driving under the Influence is extremely dangerous but that we also recognize that mistakes are made. In Ventura County, the Court may let an individual off with minor penalties for the first DUI but when someone demonstrates a disregard for the safety of those around them by continuing to put themselves and others at risk.
    If he is caught driving while under the influence again, he faces severe penalties. The reality is that your boyfriend very likely has a drinking issue that will impact his ability to function in society. He is going to do whatever he is going to do despite what attorneys and judges and you tell him. Please do not put yourself in a position to be injured or hurt because of his problems with alcohol.

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