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Tara Kristen Haaland-Ford

Tara Haaland-Ford’s Answers

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  • What will happen at arraignment for petty theft?

    Caught and was cited for "stealing" 20 dollars of merchandise. I have no criminal background. I am a fulltime student and have no money for a lawyer. How would I go about asking for a public defender during my arraignment? I plan on pleadin...

    Tara’s Answer

    You posted this question under juvenile so the first question that needs to be answered is whether or not you are under 18. The way your case progresses will be very different if you are under 18 and it is handled through juvenile probation or juvenile court.

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  • I skipped court order community service, what can i do now?

    Include background information that will enable lawyers to answer your question.i want to do the work now.

    Tara’s Answer

    If you were previously represented by an attorney contact him or her and ask that they place your case back on calendar to request a chance to complete the community service. If you were not previously represented and can afford to hire an attorney you should do so otherwise you can apply for public defender.
    You should be awared that there is likely a warrant out for your arrest. The sooner you take care of this the better.

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  • I have a five year old misdemeanor from when I was 18. What is the process for removing this from my record? I want to teach.

    The charge is loitering though that is a result of the original charge being lowered because I waived my rights. I do not have the original court documents. I completed all my community service and paid all fees. I also completed probation. Wh...

    Tara’s Answer

    As Ms. McNall indicated CA does not have a mechanism to remove a conviction from your record. However, you can apply for 1203.4 relief and it should be granted as long as you are not currently on probation and have not picked up any other cases since the loitering conviction. If you go to www.sbcourts.org and click on local forms you will find both the petition for 1203.4 relief as well as the instructions. You will need the case number, date of conviction and charge. An attorney would be able to help you obtain this infomration for the court and file the necessary paperwork. However, even after 1203.4 is granted you still must disclose the conviction when applying for any local or state licensing.

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  • Petty theft

    hi 2 years ago i was convicted of petty theft in Chino california after completing my probation i had it expunged and ended up dismissed and written as not guilty so it still I turned my life around asap especially i had my daughter it been diffi...

    Tara’s Answer

    CA does not expunge meaning get rid of a case on your record. I believe you are referring to 1203.4 relief which if granted sets aside the no contest or guilty plea and enters a not guilty plea on your record. The statue says that you need not disclose the case when applying for a job. However, there are three circumstances under which you still must disclose: contracting with the CA state lottery, running for public office and applying for a local or state license.
    If you would like to obtain a copy of your record so you know what an employer doing a livescan background check will find you can request a copy from the DOJ. Here is the link with that information: http://oag.ca.gov/fingerprints/security.

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  • My friend stole at JC Penney while I was with him and we both got tickets when we were 16, we're 18 now, is it off our records?

    We were sent to juvenile court and had to do 65 hours of community service. At court I did not plead guilty, I plead not guilty but took the guilty charges. The judge said it would be better than trying to prove myself innocent at a bigger court. ...

    Tara’s Answer

    Contact the juvenile probation department in the county your case was dealt. Ask for a petition to seal juvenile records. The petition is straight forward and you and or parents should be able to fill it out. If you are having trouble filling it out or are unable to obtain the paperwork contact the public defender's office and they should be able to assist you.
    As the prior attorney stated juvenile records are confidential but having them sealed is in your best interest.

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  • Is relief under 1203.4 an expungement or dismissal

    can i legally answer no i am so worried about messing up. filling out application and it says You may exclude convictions for which the record has been judicially ordered sealed, expunged, dismissed, or statutorily eradicated, and/or any marijuana...

    Tara’s Answer

    1203.4 says the following: If granted a person is able to withdraw his or her plea of guilty or plea of nolo contendere and enter a plea of not guilty; or, if he or she has been convicted after a plea of not guilty, the court shall set aside the verdict of guilty; and, in either case, the court shall thereupon dismiss the accusations or information against the defendant and except as noted below, he or she shall thereafter be released from all penalties and disabilities resulting from the offense of which he or she has been convicted.
    However, if you are asked the direct question when applying for state or local licensing as well as if you are running for public office or contracting with with the CA State Lottery you still have to disclose even if 1203.4 granted.
    Please remember that your record will still show the disposition of your case but there will be an addtional entry on your record indicating 1203.4 relief has been granted

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  • I got a hold on my license from califorina DMV plus a $300 civil assessment for a $200 ticket that I got.

    I got the due date mixed up I made payment 8/30/12 when first payment was due 7/31/12. I was told over the phone that judge could releasev my license or add more money to the fine. He was basicly telling me not to go back to court & just pay the a...

    Tara’s Answer

    If you go to court the judge may be able to reduce the amount of the civil assessment. You may not be able to get your license back until the full amount is paid because of the failure to pay. You will need the court to send an abstract to the DMV so the hold will be lifted.

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  • Chances of getting drunk in public dismissed in another state (VA) while on summary probation in CA?

    I was arrested for a misdemeanor 4 in the state of VA but I am on summary probation in CA for a first offense DUI. I was told I could pay a small fine or go to court. Is it worth getting a criminal attorney to attempt to dismiss this? What is t...

    Tara’s Answer

    You need to contact an attorney that practices in the county you were arrested to get your questions answered. Picking up a new case is a violation of your probation. You should hire an attorney to take care of this for you. However, even if you are violated you will still have the opportunity to apply for 1203.4 relief on your CA case. CA does not completely expunge cases. To be eligible to apply for 1203.4 relief you must have completed your probation or been granted early termination of probation.

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  • I'm 17 I want/Need to leave my place of residence. How can I do that?

    I am 17, I live with my Aunt and Uncle who are my legal guardians. My aunt is Severely depressed an has been for years. Things at home are getting really hard and I have to move out. They wont let me for various reasons. I have Places to go where...

    Tara’s Answer

    You would need to either seek emancipation or a guardianship. You many want to check in your community for a legal aid office that might be able to assist you. You may also want to call the youth law center located in San Francisco and find out if they can refer you to someone that might be able to help you. (415) 543-3379
    info@ylc.org

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  • 16 years old, pregnant from a 22 year old!

    16 years old pregnant from a 22 year old here in California. what will happen if they get married? he is illegal. can he still get papers? what can happen to them? shes 5 months pregnant. what else can they do if they wait to get married, will tha...

    Tara’s Answer

    The bigger issue here is the fact that it is illegal to have sexual relations with a person under 18. He can be criminally prosecuted. As for the issue of whether or not he can get papers you should post under immigration. I'm not sure what your are asking when you say what will happen if they get married? Is there a specific issue you would like answered?

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