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  • I plead guilty for 288.4(b) which was against my free will and was only with the brainstorming of the Public Defender

    I was an international student in LA and plead guilty for 288.4(b) which was an entrapment against my free will and with the brainstorming of the Public Defender, i dint see the police reports or the complaint, evidence etc before i plead guilty....

    Greg’s Answer

    A person may only withdraw a plea when the plea was involuntary because the defendant was told something important that wasn't true, or wasn't told something important that they needed to know. If you tell the judge only that you felt rushed and pressured by the advice of your free attorney, you will lose. If you want any hope at all of winning a motion to withdraw a plea you need a lawyer to make it.
    NOTE: For anyone else out there, THIS is why you should hire an attorney BEFORE you go to court.

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  • DA dismissed the case after mistrial for misdemeanor domestic violence. I need help what type of attorney to reopen the case?

    My husband hit me 3 months ago but the case mistrial 'cause jury hung, the DA just dismiss the case. I want to do whatever it takes to get justice because it hurts me physically and mentally. What type of lawyer can help advocate with DA to try ...

    Greg’s Answer

    Mr. Marshall is correct. No decent lawyer will "advocate with the DA" like a lobbyist. You do, however, have civil options, including filing a restraining order or suing for damages.

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  • I was denied for my expungement because I have probation violations 10 years ago is there anything I could do to clear it up

    it was over 10 year ago.I also owe $3000 in fine.

    Greg’s Answer

    Pay the fine. Judges almost never grant expungements unless all fines and fees are paid. I would also suggest letters of good character, and a personal letter saying what your plan to to do with your life and why you want an expungement. Good luck.

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  • What information is required that I have to give the police if my car is stolen or is being used without my permission.

    Hello, I have always heard it is not wise to speak to the police under any circumstances without a lawyer present. I am therefore curious what would be the risk to myself if I reported a vehicle stolen or unauthorized use of that vehicle. What sor...

    Greg’s Answer

    There is obviously information you aren't giving us. Why are you afraid to make a police report as a victim?

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  • If a person receives a citation to appear in court for a misdemeanor charge of habitation of a vehicle, would they have a right

    to a lawyer and jury trial ? There was no arrest or Miranda rights given. There was only a citation to appear in court.

    Greg’s Answer

    The right to have a lawyer appointed (if you cannot afford one) applies to all misdemeanors and felonies. It does not apply to infractions. Infractions are violations of law for which you cannot be put in jail. I believe what you were cited for is a violation of the San Francisco Municipal Code 97. It is, indeed, a misdemeanor, carrying a possible 6 month jail term.

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  • Hello i was convicted of a felony in 2006 for possession controlled substance i wanted to know if i can get that charge purged

    or lowered to lesser charge

    Greg’s Answer

    There are a couple of options. A prop 47 petition will probable get you a reduction tons misdemeanor. A 1203.4 may get you a limited California Expungement.

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  • Can I be convicted of "defrauding an innkeeper" if I had no intention of dine and dashing?

    I was arrested while still eating after some friends said they would pay for me. and was given 10 seconds to try to call someone to come bring money to pay by police. I would like a consultation and hire someone to defend me, but I'm very cautio...

    Greg’s Answer

    You must intend to commit the crime to be guilty.

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  • I got arrested for driving on a suspended license and breaking probation I would like to get a very low cost lawyer to appear

    I live about 2hours away from where I was arrested and need a lawyer to appear for me.

    Greg’s Answer

    We aren't allowed to solicit in the question and answer section of the website. Look at the lawyer listing section of the website. Good luck.

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  • What is the time limit to withdraw a plea after sentencing of a felony ?

    I just found out I was wrongly convicted and I had several incompetent lawyers.

    Greg’s Answer

    It isn't a time limit issue. It may be easier to withdraw a plea before sentencing, but only in the sense that bending an iron rod is easier than bending a titanium rod. A defendant has no automatic right to withdraws plea. In order to withdraw a plea you must be able to show that the plea was involuntary. This requires that you were misinformed about some important facts that either the court or your attorney had a duty to make clear to you. Changing your mind, or what is often called "buyer's remorse" is not good enough cause.

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  • Will my well-documented crimes be overlooked if I can just get one unwitting cop to believe my victim's been victimizing me ?

    I thoughtlessly warned my spouse I'd report her if her abuse continued. When I called 911 my concerns were dismissed as laughable when I revealed the perpetrator was my wife. She'd, coincidentally, gotten the jump on me. That day I was arrested fo...

    Greg’s Answer

    Your situation requires knowledge beyond the amature stage where someone can tell you "do this, and it will fix everything." You need to sit down with a lawyer who will spend several hours going over everything, and will then be able to give you detailed advice.

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