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  • If the lawyer asks for $1500 and I gave him $700 and he took it but I haven't been able to come up with the rest of the money

    I have a misstatement case (interfering with a police investigation) the person who was charged with the gun which is what I was charged with interfering with their investigation but the case the person with the gun , the charges where dropped for...

    Greg’s Answer

    Do not hire an Attorney (or any other professional) unless you are willing and able to pay them. A judge won't make an attorney work for fee, and would you really want such a person representing you? You can't tell if they're really trying or not, after all.
    You made a bad financial decision and it's going to cost you 700 dollars.
    Ask the judge to appoint the public defender's office (which it sounds like you should have requested from the start).
    Tough break.

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  • Where do I go to start my process to turn my felony to a misdemeanor?

    It's been 6yrs no arrest since and I completed probation without any problems.

    Greg’s Answer

    In addition to what has been said here, you might fall under Proposition 47, depending on the offense. There are pros and cons of filing a prop 47 petition rather than 17b, and in rare cases (possession of cocaine is one) you may be eligible for a prop 47 reduction even if your offense is not a wobbler.

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  • How do i figure if i have a bench warrant out for me?

    I was going to court for felony vandalism, i missed court once and they sent a letter about presenting myself on a future date,but my father didnt give me the letter. Now im worried about getting my ID or license since i'm worried about being take...

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    If you failed to appear for a felony court date there is definitely a warrant out for your arrest. You need to appear to clear the warrant. The courthouse in your area will give you the info on what day to come in to do this. You should probably contact a bond company to deal with the likely scenario that you will be forced to post bond to ensure you appear next time.

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  • My brother molested me. What can I do?

    My brother beat me up and molested me less than 6 months ago and my parents call me a liar for it. I am 17. My brother is 24 and lives with me and my dad and i have nowhere to go. Is there any way i can press charges on him or get a restraining or...

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    There's the obvious. CALL THE POLICE. They can have an EPO (emergency protective order) put out, and the judge who handles the criminal case can put a more permanent restraining order into effect.

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  • Can attempting to kiss someone be considered sexual assault?

    We technically work together but were not in the workplace and had an established relationship as friends. I was invited to her house where I then attempted to kiss her, apparently while I had an erection (I made no mention of it or gesture to it...

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    Probably no to both. You lacked the intent for a sexual assault. People get this wrong all the time. As for slander, that would require that what she said be untrue. If she is a normal person she won't tell anyone, as she probably found the whole thing as embarrassing as you did. If you get a call from the police tell them you will have your lawyer call them back, then hire one.

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  • If i was assigned pc1000 and later change my mind and go to intensive in patient treatment how can i use this to count for the

    I think the pc1000 is waste of time. There is a very high relapse rate and from what ive seen its a joke - or it sounds that way when i hear those who have competed the program

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    There is no automatic "right" to have a sentence modified. You can ask, however, to be sentenced to a term of days, and have a live In program count for those days. This is prospective, not retroactive. You aren't going to be given credit for something you did without the court'so prior approval. You would need to appear before the sentencing judge to make the request prospective request.

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  • What is human trafficking exactly and is it also a state crime?

    If I were brought to Mexico under th pretense of doing missionary work and later find out while there th people who brought me where doing business, refused to allow me access out of the home I was in, controlled my movement, did not get me a chip...

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    Sounds like the actual crimes took place outside our jurisdiction. That being said, a creative prosecutor might argue that enough of the crime (the fraudulent inducement) took place here to claim jurisdiction in California. It's not a clear yes or no situation.

    Now that your actual question is answered, lets talk about "human trafficking." What you describe sounds like human trafficking properly defined (slavery or at least indentured servitude). Too often this term is thrown around as a stand in term when cops really are talking about prostitution. Law enforcement has realized over the years that more and more people oppose jailing consenting adults for agreeing to have sex for money. For this reason law enforcement likes to throw around the "human trafficking" term because it makes prostitues sound like victims, rather than businesswomen (and a few businessmen), and cops know that most people can be emotionally manipulated into supporting these false "victims." I say this only because you should be aware of the tremendous baggage attached to the term you are using. Not your fault, but has become your problem. Sorry bout that.

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  • I am on parole and I need to be able to travel overseas for work. What are my options if my PO denies the request?

    For the last 10 years I have worked and lived overseas. This is my primary source of income. Should this request be handled by an attorney?

    Greg’s Answer

    You can request a modification of sentence from the court. The judge can always alter your probation terms and effectively overrule the probation department.

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  • Charged with Driving on a Suspended License But DA cannot prove jurisdiction

    You see what happened is that I was charged with driving on a suspended license but the cop had no reason to pull me over. He had no reason to pull me over because traveling is a right that is not a privilege. But aside from that, I told the DA at...

    Greg’s Answer

    Why do you ask lawyers their opinions if you don't care what they say? For what it's worth most everything you said is wrong for the following reasons:

    1. Jurisdiction is not the same as having the right to pull you over. If the cop saw you break the law in the county you are charged in, the court has jurisdiction.
    2. A challenge to the stop per 1538.5 would need to be made Pretrial to challenge your detention without probable cause. If you haven't done that, you can't raise it at trial.
    3. There is such thing as a crimin court "motion to dismiss."
    4. Travel is a right. Driving is not. Just like flying, it can be regulated by law.
    5. Criminal courts require trials where witnesses are called. Trial by affidavit is not allowed.
    The above is a small example of what they DID teach in law school. Enjoy your vacation in the county lockup.

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