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  • My friend has video court in 4 days, how much time is he facing?

    My friend and I were stopped by sheriff's. My friend was taken into custody because he had a felony warrant from a case he was released on O.R. but never went back to court. when they took him in he had a very small amount of controlled substance ...

    Greg’s Answer

    There are multiple sentencing factors that I would need to know. 1. What is the felony warrant for? 2. What is the controlled substance? 3. What do you consider a small amount? 4. Is your friend on parole or probation? 5. Does your friend have prior convictions?

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  • When evidence is personal property, does a suspect ever get the property back? Convicted or not?

    Was arrested for a theft crime and cops took money from my person and debit cards as evidence? Will I ever get these items back? Does it matter if I am convicted or not? How does this work? If I am allowed my property back, when would I get it back?

    Greg’s Answer

    Assuming that the evidence is not stolen or contraband it can be retrieved, regardless of the conviction or acquittal, when the case ends.

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  • I my father and stepmother able to come back? I do not understand pacer docket.

    My dad and stepmother were charged for conspiracy of stolen goods in 1999 and had left the country before sentencing. There were a few others involved and were fighting the case when they left. I went through pacer and noticed the case was permana...

    Greg’s Answer

    If you can afford a federal attorney that is, of course, ideal. Assuming you can't, I notice one very important thing here that you need to understand. The DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE only handles state level prosecutions. The fact that they are not charging someone does not mean they are not being charged by the ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE, which handles federal prosecutions. These are different agencies operating in different court systems. Find your local federal court and make the same inquires you have already made at the state level.

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  • What do I do that ensures I stay out of trouble and also gives restitiution and the feeling of saftey in our own home?

    I have been followed/harassed by a what seems to be a large group of people in seperate vehicles, I was thinking that they may have been people to repossess my vehicle. However they have never approached me and asked me about it or let me know ...

    Greg’s Answer

    I'm going to start with the fact that what you say sounds paranoid. That doesn't mean it isn't true and correct, but thats what I hear, and that is what the police are likely to hear. Either follow the very good suggestion above and get a home mounted video camera, or get at least two other people to verify what you see before contacting the police and making a report.
    Given your probation status I would strongly advise against confronting anyone unless it is clearly in self defense.

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  • I was told I should consult a legal malpractice lawyer. I was also wondering if she violated my right to privacy by faxing this.

    My wife's divorce attorney basically lied to the court regarding a missed restraining order hearing. She then filed a LQ motion to be heard w/o informing me. I was lucky that I discovered this motion. She failed to serve me documents with the int...

    Greg’s Answer

    You are right, this is a malpractice question. unfortunarely that type of question is too complex to answer over text message.

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  • Is it illegal in California to walk into a shopping mall wearing a ski mask? Can mall security legally detain kids for this?

    My son and his friend (both in high school) went to a local shopping mall and walked around wearing ski masks as a prank. They told me a bunch of security guards approached them and demanded that they take the masks off. They explained to the se...

    Greg’s Answer

    I'm going to break with the group here. The security guards did not act appropriately here. They could reasonably eject someone from the mall, but they had no cause to detain them. Others have posted the appropriate law, but so far no one has pointed out that there is a requirement of intent to break the law WHILE disguised for the crime to be committed. Can you sue? Maybe, but I don't see anything but the most trivial damages being awarded.

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  • If a police officer has his gun drawn and pointing at a person's head , does the police have to disclose that in his report?

    disclosing in a police report that a gun was drawn

    Greg’s Answer

    --------------- no ---------------.

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  • How can the state of California enact and enforce a law, Three Strikes, that violates various constitutional rights?

    A friend is facing sentencing under the Three Strikes law although the prior strikes were committed nine years before Three Strikes went into effect. The state statute allows this although ex post facto laws are expressly forbidden by the United S...

    Greg’s Answer

    These are all good issues, unfortunately when they WERE brought to the federal courts we lost.

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