If he is in fact only charged with being drunk in public (public intoxication) then the punishment for a first time offenses will probably not be very severe at all. However, if there are allegations of domestic violence the district attorney may believe there is enough evidence to file those charges as well. If that is the case you should seek the further advice of an attorney as the consequences become more severe.
A person charged with possessing methamphetamine with intent to sell, a violation of Health and Safety Code section 11378, is facing up to 3 years in the State Prison. However, since it is the person's first offense they are eligible for probation and would most likely not be punished to the maximum. I would have this individual contact an attorney and seek representation for this offense to minimize punishment and defend against the case.
The first thing you should do in consult an attorney who handles these matters and can fights this case for you! Just because you are being accused of a DUI offense doesn't mean the DA can prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. A skilled attorney will be able to defend the case for you and present the necessary evidence to show you are not guilty of these offenses.
As long as the police officers had probable cause to believe you were driving under the influence, you can be arrested for the...
Call the DA's office and provide them with your friends name and date of birth. they will be able to look up the case to see if the report from Richmond PD was received by their offices and when the court date for the case will be heard.
You will most likely be charged by the District Attorney's office or City Attorney's office with a misdemeanor violation of PC 484(a) - commonly referred to as petty theft (less than $400). It is punishable by jail, a fine, or both. You do risk being convicted of the offenses and having a criminal record, in addition to being placed on probation.
If this is your first offenses or arrest, you may be eligible for a diversion program that allows you to complete a class and, if you are...
You should definitely make your discovery requests. Occasionally the law enforcement agency will be unable to respond in a timely fashion to your request and, if that is the case, you may be entitled to your case being dismissed for their failure to provide discovery.
I recommend checking the court docket from your case or checking with the court clerk to determine your exact terms of probation from the case, and whether your only condition at this point is to pay restitution. Please follow up with my office if you would like additional assistance with this matter in Sonoma County.
Depending on the employer, a misdemeanor conviction could result in exclusion from a nursing position - no matter what that conviction is for. If you have completed your probation and no longer have cases pending you may want to considering having your record expunged and the previous misdemeanor convictions dismissed from your criminal record. Then you may have a better change of at least showing future employers that you have done everything possible to remedy past issues.
A police officer is permitted to stop your vehicle to investigate any violation of the vehicle code or other public offense. If he knew or had reason to believe you were violating a code section then he is permitted to stop your vehicle to investigate. However clearly it seems suspicious that he would profile you in such a way to assume you have no license. It is definitely something you should consider contesting at traffic court.
Traveling out of the country usually isn't a problem if you are on informal probation. However, it depends where you want to go because traveling INTO the other country is where the problems arise. For example, even DUI convictions can result in a person being turned away at the Canadian border and many drug offenses can result in exclusion from other countries as well.
However, if the country allows you to enter then it usually isn't an issue to travel freely on informal probation, as long...