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  • I got Deferred Judgment for indecent exposure & lewd conduct. Once I get case dismissed, can my case be sealed??

    I am on deferred judgment and I understand my case will be dismissed as long as I don't get into trouble. After getting case dismissed, is it possible to seal the record from public(e.g background check)? My charges were indecent exposure and ...

    Greg’s Answer

    The only thing the general public will see from a background check is a conviction. If your case is dismissed there will be no conviction. The arrest will be there, but it will not be accessible by non-government entities.

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  • Hi, I was arrested for shoplifting 25 years ago, I applied for a job that requires finger printing, will it still be on record?

    The incident happened at JCPenny. I was caught along with my cousin, I don't remember the details.

    Greg’s Answer

    If you were convicted of a crime the record is permanent. Arrested and convicted are not the same thing. Did you ever go to court? Were you an adult when this happened?

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  • I was approached by someone who asked if I would cash a check with my ID , in exchange I was promised some cash.

    I was given a check in which I tried to cash and was arrested. I had nothing to do with the actual document (check) other than attempting to cash it out. At the time I was homeless with no income and was approached by someone who asked if I wanted...

    Greg’s Answer

    You don't have a defense. What you did was obviously illegal from the moment you were approached. You may catch a break if you agree to testify about the people who were in charge of the fraud ring. You need to talk to the public defender (if you are homeless you obviously qualify).

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  • Adw 245(A)1

    What dose the capitol letter mean usually charge looks like this 245(a)1 my son looks like this 245(A)1

    Greg’s Answer

    It doesn't mean anything. If the parenthesis was missing or moved such as 245a(1) that sometimes would make a difference, but capitalization is irrelevant.

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  • Caught shoplifting. Got a ticket for misdemeanor and was released from the store. Will potential employers see this?

    I'm in California. Total cost of items stolen was less than $400 so it was classified as a misdemeanor. I'm currently unemployed and have been applying for jobs. When I go in for an interview and consent to a background check, will the potential e...

    Greg’s Answer

    They will not see the arrest, but if you are convicted of a crime they will seek that.

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  • My brothers' lawyer is dismissed from his case, now what? Should I call PD Office to ask for a lawyer to be assigned to him?

    My brother is suffering a mental breakdown and his arraignment keeps getting delayed because he is not stable enough, he had a lawyer checking on him and report back to me then the lawyer wanted more money so I dismissed him from the case because...

    Greg’s Answer

    At the next court appearance the attorney will need to tell the judge that he has been fired and the judge will then ask the defendant if he is able to hire another attorney. If the defendant says that he is not able to hire another attorney, a public defender will be assigned. This will not necessarily be the same person for his whole case. The public defender's office may assign different attorneys to handle a case as time goes on.

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  • Should I be worried about the police trying to hunt me down for escaping custody?

    I was handcuffed, punched in the face, tazered, headsacked five times in a row with white fabric that wasn't transparent, and then strapped to a bed and injected via several needles with substances that made me lose consciousness. I may have ver...

    Greg’s Answer

    You would not have been left alone if you were under arrest. An officer would have waited for you to medically treated, and then taken you to jail. You're in the clear.

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  • Can a 13 year old get cited with a Robbery? I need help please...

    My parents took my kids out a few weeks ago to a donutshop. They sat at a table, ate there and once done grandpa told my son to grab the sweater (thinking it was my sons). Just last week 2 people approached by mom saying my son stole a sweater sin...

    Greg’s Answer

    1. Robbery is a taking by force or fear, at worst this is a petty theft.
    2. Yes a 13 year old can be charged with theft (in juvenile court), but it doesn't seem likely in this case.
    3. Yes a police officer can question your son without you, but they must stop talking then if they ask for you, or a lawyer. TELL HIM TO DO THAT.
    4. If anyone is charged they will be assigned a free lawyer from the public defender's office.
    5. Beyond telling everyone to stop talking to the police, Aal you could do at this point would be to hire someone.

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  • My lawyer does'nt respond to simple questions like when is next court date.He has taken full amount for the case. what cn I do?

    I am charged against a misdeamenor by a hospital for a phone threat, and I have appointed a lawyer for this. He charged hefty amount. Asked me to pay on the very first day. I am alien and did not know what to do so I paid, Now he does not even pic...

    Greg’s Answer

    Fire him, ask for the money back, and threaten a bar complaint if he refuses. BUT. This is an extreme solution. I would try calling a few times for a few days first.

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  • Do I have to show for a subpoena if it was sent through certified mail but I missed the mailman and never received it in hand.

    I recently got arrested and was charged. On my court date the DA did not prosecute me. It's been couple days since and I received certified mail from my co defendants lawyer, mind you, my co defendant is still in jail. It may possibly be a subpoen...

    Greg’s Answer

    Don't try to duck service. The rules are designed to punish that kind of behavior. Go get the letter and respond if called.

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