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  • Has defendant’s right to a speedy trial been denied in the following situation?

    A couple weeks shy of one year ago a defendant was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor. First court hearing he decided to take it to trial. Every month he came to his court date showing programs he was in and working with his public defender ...

    Greg’s Answer

    Almost certainly no. He almost certainly "waived time" meaning he waived his right to a speedy trial. This is routine when plea bargains result in delays agreed to by both sides.

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  • How do I go about getting a different lawyer to represent me in my drug possession case in Torrance, CA?

    I do not want the public defender that was appointed to me during my arraignment to represent me. However I do not have the financial ability to pay for a lawyer.

    Greg’s Answer

    This is the perfect situation for the old saying: "Beggars can't be choosers."

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  • Is a conviction for PC 415.2 still considered a conviction involving DV if it comes from a plea from a battery against my GF?

    I need to know even though I will plead to a disturbing the piece is the charge still considered a charge involving DV even though the charge is now disturbing the piece which has nothing to do with dv? Its a deal from a battery against my GF and...

    Greg’s Answer

    YES. For at least some purposes. Federal law states that any person convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence can never poses a firearm firvthecrest of their lives. If you are convinced of disturbing the peace after being arrested for domestic violence, the Department of Justice will deny any request you make to obtain a firearm on the grounds that you were convicted of a crime of domestic violence. This has been upheld in the appellate courts.

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  • I forgot to schedule my dmv dui hearing. What happens now?

    Hello I was arrested for a duo but I wasn't driving I was parked at the gas station waiting for my ride to come I admitted to driving myself to the gas station but I got drunk in the gas station parking lot while waiting. Then I forgot to setup my...

    Greg’s Answer

    You should still try to set up the hearing, but you may be denied and get a default judgment entered against you depending how far padtvthev10 days you are. This case illustrates an important point: It is best to get legal advise BEFORE things go wrong.

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  • Did I make a mistake by agreeing to a no CLETS restraining order? Would it affect pos. criminal charges? Begining to regret it

    It's extremely complicated basically my ex decided to get a r.o. on me out of retaliation for harassment. I got one for being in fear because of past physical abuse and had my husband and kids (i know I know) as protected party because he has made...

    Greg’s Answer

    The good thing about a non-CLETS restraining order? No one will see it when you apply for. Jon.
    The bad thing about a non-CLETS restraining order? This can indeed be used as evidence at a criminal proceeding.

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  • How long do I have to keep the interlock ignition device on for?

    I had a 2009 prior. I pled guilty to a DUI and the prior. I had to have the interlock ignition installed as part of the agreement with the prosecution for one year. I was told if I wanted to drive the DMV would require the interlock ignition as...

    Greg’s Answer

    Typically the DMV requires the interlock device for less time than you need to have it as a term of probation already. If you really want to know (and there are factors unstated that could effect the time) you need to call them and ask.
    As for the expungement, the fact that you have two cases does not make you ineligible. DUI convictions can be expunged under penal code section 1203.4. Unfortunately, unlike most other criminal convictions the court "can" say no. This is unusual. You need to wait till you are off of probation (or bring a motion for early termination of probation) before you can be eligible to file the 1203.4 request.

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  • At sentencing will I be booked into jail or will they give me a date to turn myself in? I am out on bail.

    My last court date was two months ago, I was told to RPO. I did, and now sentencing is next week. I pleaded No Contest, if convicted will I be let go or jailed at that moment? I have no idea of what will happen, because I dont have a criminal record.

    Greg’s Answer

    Could go either way depending on the facts of your case, your personal history, and your judge.

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  • Suspended Counts? What does that mean?

    I plead no contest to two counts one was for driving with an expired license and the other was for change of ownership within 10 days. I have corrected everything and the judge suspended both counts. Is this goid or bad?

    Greg’s Answer

    Charges don't get "suspended" only sentences do. To be suspended means to be put on hold or to be forced to wait (think suspended from school). A suspended sentence means that the sentence is out on hold while you are on probation and, in practice, only imposed if you violate probation. If you do not the sentence is never imposed.

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  • They offered my cousin 20 years but the lowest the DA will go his 18 years, should he take it or go to trial?

    My cousin is incarcerated he just got out from doing 7 1/2 years he was on parole. He is now arrested for a few counts of assault with a deadly weapon the car being the weapon. He was just offered 20 years and DA agreed to drop it to 18 years. He ...

    Greg’s Answer

    Ok, there are a few questions in here.
    1. Can you pick up two strike priors in one case? The answer is yes.
    2. Do you need to be told that you are pleading to a strike for it to valid? The answer is no.
    3. Should he accept the plea deal? ... I have no idea. That depends on the strength of the evidence against him.

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  • Am I expempt from jury service in Butte County? I am a felon, not on parole, 13 months state prison 2003-04. No civil rights?

    Received summons, unable to request postponement on court link - unavailable/overloaded. Mixed information as to whether I am exempt and what I should do. Multiple post-chemo-medical conditions prevent me from sitting, standing or walking for more...

    Greg’s Answer

    All felons are exempt from jury service everywhere. You shouldn't have waited. A letter to the jury commissioner could have cleared this up. Now you need to go down there in person and explain.

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