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Tara Kristen Haaland-Ford

Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Attorney.

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

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Elliot Rahmim Zarabi
    2. Tara Kristen Haaland-Ford
    3. Michael Larson Stuart
    4. Bradley R Corbett
    5. David Philip Shapiro
    5 lawyer answers

    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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  2. Is relief under 1203.4 an expungement or dismissal

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Tara Kristen Haaland-Ford
    2. Christine C McCall
    3. Greg Hagopian
    3 lawyer answers

    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...

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  3. What can I do to be of help to an attorney for our youngest boy?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Tara Kristen Haaland-Ford
    2. Troy Austin Pickard
    2 lawyer answers

    Attorneys want to do what is in the best interest of their clients. You should contact your son's attorney and let him/her know that you want to assist in any way you can. You might ask if character reference letters would be helpful and if so what needs to be included. You might also ask if it would be helpful to research and provide information on drug programs your son might qualify for. You should also ask the attorney the best way to provide information whether it be by letter, a...

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  4. Drug test after probation?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Tara Kristen Haaland-Ford
    2. David Jon Pullman
    2 lawyer answers

    Juvenile probation is usually not set for a specific end date. I would be very careful not to jeopardize the end of your probation. The probation department usually makes a recommendation to terminate a juvenile's probation. That recommendation is sent to the defense attorney, prosecution and the minor. If the prosecutor does not object the the paperwork usually just moves through the system and the judge signs off on the termination of probation. You want to be sure that the judge has...

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  5. How do I get rid of a CA warrant when I'm currently living in NYC?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Tara Kristen Haaland-Ford
    2. Edward Jerome Blum
    2 lawyer answers

    I agree with Mr. Blum. You need to hire an attorney in San Jose to handle this matter for you. Since the case is a misdemeanor the lawyer should be able to appear on your behalf and request that the warrant be recalled. Once the warrant is recalled it takes up to two weeks for it to be entered into the system so be sure you receive a copy of the court document indicating this was done so you do not run into any problems. Once the warrant is recalled the lawyer will be able to move forward...

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  6. 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.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Christine C McCall
    2. Tara Kristen Haaland-Ford
    2 lawyer answers

    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...

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  7. 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?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Christine C McCall
    2. Tara Kristen Haaland-Ford
    3. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

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

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Tara Kristen Haaland-Ford
    2. Chris J Feasel
    2 lawyer answers

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

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Tara Kristen Haaland-Ford
    2. Eric Jerome Gold
    2 lawyer answers

    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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  10. I have a drug charge for possision will it be reduced to a mis and what will happen on my first court date.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Tara Kristen Haaland-Ford
    2. John M. Kaman
    3. Donalda Jean Gillies
    3 lawyer answers

    Without knowing what is that you are charged with an attorney is unable to tell you whether or not there is a possibility of your charge being reduced to a misdemeanor. Some drug possession charges are straight felonies and therefore cannot be reduced to a misdemeanor. That being said if the charge is one that is capable of being reduced there is no guarantee it will be reduced. Each case and person charged is different and a lot depends on the individual facts of your case You should...

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