Greg Hagopian’s Answers

Greg Hagopian

Visalia Criminal Defense Attorney.

Contributor Level 13
  1. Today I just received a letter for the district attorney of orange county. I am been charge by someone of petty theft.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Daniel William Cohen
    2. Seth Andrew Weinstein
    3. Maltaise E Cini
    4. Greg Hagopian
    5. David Mark Wallin
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    7 lawyer answers

    Anyone charged with a crime needs a lawyer. Slander/defamation requires that the person or business either lie about or recklessly fail to interrogate the untruths they tell. Probably not the case here, but I would need more information.

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  2. Can a DA purposely wait to file charges for no apparent reason?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Neil James Fraser
    2. Greg Hagopian
    3. Michael Lawrence Doyle
    4. Amber H Lunsford
    4 lawyer answers

    Usually yes. There is an exception when the delay in prosecution would violate the defendants rights to due process of law, which is a complicated way of saying that it would be unfair. The defense, in order to make a case that the delay violated Due Process (this takes the form of a motion called a Serna for misdemeanors or a Dogett Motion for felonies) would need to first show that they were harmed by the delay. Usually this harm takes the form of lost wittnesses like the dead alibi mentioned...

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  3. Can a warehouse Security Guard check the bags of workers when they are leaving?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Christine C McCall
    2. Greg Hagopian
    3. Isileli Tupou Manaia Mataele
    3 lawyer answers

    As an employee you are probably not liable for carrying out security policy. I would helpfully suggest that if anyone refused to show you their bags that you not attempt to stop them or search them by force. That may get you into trouble. I'm almost certain your agency has this rule in place already. As to whether or not a company policy of searching all employees is legal, the sad truth is that it probably is. Workers would need to be put on notice that were subject to search, and yes, big...

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  4. Penal Code 288 case...preliminary hearing has been postponed until November 8 due to Public Defender not being able to show up.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Elliot Rahmim Zarabi
    2. Greg Hagopian
    3. Oscar Ernesto Toscano
    4. Louis Anthes
    5. Jennifer B Gardner
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    I give the same answer to this question every time I get asked. Law is like medicine. You are dealing with professionals who have special training and education. Some are better trained and more educated than others. If I get sick, I know that I can go to the free clinic and see a doctor... but I don't. There are plenty of good competent doctors at the free clinic, but I prefer not to take my chances if u can hire a doctor with a good reputation who I know will help me as much as possible.

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  5. Should I consider diversion?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Tai Christopher Bogan
    2. David Jon Pullman
    3. Greg Hagopian
    4. Bradley R Corbett
    5. David Philip Shapiro
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    From what you say, probably not. But there are questions ending answers. First, did anyone else see what wappened?

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  6. Can I be sued by a trespasser if they are injured on my properrty while comitting vandalism to my property?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Greg Hagopian
    2. Frank Wei-Hong Chen
    3. Michael Charles Doland
    3 lawyer answers

    A person may be sued if they use illegal force on another person resulting in injury. You need to apply that law to your facts. Did you use illegal force on this person? Depends on what you did. If you shot someone who was spraypainting a wall, then yes. If you chased a person and they tripped, probably not. You are allowed to legally use non-lethal force to prevent your things from being vandalized or stolen. You are required to legally use the minimum force necessary to acomplish this goal....

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  7. Can I get an Expungement or reduction to misdemeanor for a felony in which I received a "Joint Suspension" suspended prison term

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Greg Hagopian
    2. Brian K Wanerman
    3. Samuel Watson Eastman
    4. Jennifer J Wirsching
    5. Michael Kevin Cernyar
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    6 lawyer answers

    You are absolutely eligible for both a reduction per 17(B) and an expungement per 1203.4, provided that you are off probation, have paid all fines and restitution and are not charged with any crime right now. The fact of a suspended sentence makes no difference. You were placed on probation NOT sentenced to prison.

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  8. Should I use a record clearing website?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Greg Hagopian
    2. Mark A. Broughton
    3. Brian K Wanerman
    4. Michael Louis Shultz
    5. David Allen Brooks
    5 lawyer answers

    Usually a local attorney will best be able to handle your issue. There is value in knowing the local customs (and often in knowing the local judges). And I'm located in Visalia.

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  9. My husband didn't appear in court. He wants to solve this will he get arrest on the spot?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Greg Hagopian
    2. Maltaise E Cini
    3. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    4. Anthony Michael Solis
    5. Brent Lavelle Barbour
    5 lawyer answers

    There is zero chance of his being arrested for failing to appear on a traffic infraction. What infraction means is that a person CANNOT be put in jail for a violation. He may have his license suspended, however, and if he is caught driving on a suspended license he may be arrested. He doesn't need to appear in court. He needs to pay the fines. Contact the criminal clerk at your local courthouse and they will assist you.

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  10. Can a parolee in ca talk with another parolee. none of the conditions say you cant.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Greg Hagopian
    2. Majid Seyfi
    3. Michael Carter Lukehart
    3 lawyer answers

    You can only get in trouble for either violating one of the parole terms, or breaking the law. If there is no term barring him from speaking to other parolees (and I have never heard of such a term being imposed) and if there is no gang term that would get in the way, I don't see a problem. The jail/prison will not let a felon physically visit, but they could talk over the phone or via letter. You should know that both are monitored by the guards.

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