Joseph Salvatore Farina’s Answers

Joseph Salvatore Farina

Sacramento Criminal Defense Attorney.

Contributor Level 18
  1. Criminal defense

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Malosack Berjis
    2. Joseph Salvatore Farina
    3. Scott J. Corwin
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Michael Shemtoub
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    You definitely need a criminal defense attorney. You could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony DUI, depending on how serious your friend's injuries. Most importantly, don't discuss the facts of your case on this site, as this is a public forum. I offer free consultations and would be glad to discuss your case with you.

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  2. Can I fire my public defender the day of trial?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Joseph Salvatore Farina
    2. Michael Kevin Cernyar
    3. Trisha Ellen Newman
    4. Dan Eugene Chambers
    5. Andrew Stephen Roberts
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    Probably not. You can make a Marsden mtotion, but chances of it being granted are slim, especially on the day of trial. Should have taken care of this issue long before trial.

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  3. How do I find a cheap criminal defense attorney ?

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. David Matthew Piper
    2. Joseph Salvatore Farina
    3. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    4. Ross W Pytlik
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    Sorry to hear about your son's case. However, I must take exception to the notion that because the PD works for the state that they don't care about their clients. Nothing could be further from the truth. Like all professions, there are caring and hard working PD's, while other might not be as good. And looking for a cheap attorney? What you'll get is an attorney who runs a mill, taking way too many cases without enough time to devote to any one case. A barely competent PD is way better...

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  4. Can my DUI case be dismissed if I am charged with the wrong CAB ?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. David Philip Shapiro
    2. Joseph Salvatore Farina
    3. Matthew Murillo
    4. Andrew Michael Limberg
    5. Christopher Lee Beck
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    Unfortunately your friend has not idea what they are talking about. In many areas of criminal law, the rules and procedures can be very complicated, especially for something like a DUI. The law on DUI had become more and more punitive over the years, such as a DUI remaining on your criminal and driving record for 10 years instead of 7 years and the lowering of the minimum BAC from .10 to .08, You do not want to take chances or listen to uninformed friends. Consult with an experienced DUI...

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  5. Is it indispensable that one hires a DUI lawyer for (a very serious felony) DUI case vs. a criminal defense att.?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Matthew Murillo
    2. Tina Marie Barberi
    3. Eric Paul Ganci
    4. Michael Korry Bialys
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    Hire an attorney that you trust and have faith in. The attorney-client relationship is the cornerstone to any successful criminal defense. That being said, there are certain attorneys who specialize in DUI matters and do nothing else. They are usually familiar with the science involving blood alcohol and other issues that may come up in a DUI case. Since there are so many DUI cases filed by most DA's offices, every criminal defense attorney thinks they can handle them. One way to find out...

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  6. Criminal case withdrawal after sentencing?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Joseph Salvatore Farina
    2. Dorinda Jo Myers
    3. Mark A. Broughton
    4. C. Zadik Shapiro
    5. Michael Adam Arbeit
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    As a general rule, motions to withdraw pleas are notoriously difficult to win. That is because when a judge to take a plea, they ask the defendant is he or she understands what they are doing and have they had enough time to talk to your attorney. The answers to these questions are always yes, otherwise the judge will not take the plea. Moreover, a judge may be reluctant to undo the settlement negotiations that the DA and defense attorney have spent time working on. Judges recognize that...

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  7. Is is Possible/Advisable to Plea Bargain to a Wet Reckless without an Attorney?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Maltaise E Cini
    2. Joseph Salvatore Farina
    3. Majid Seyfi
    4. Matthew Murillo
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    I would still ask for the public defender and see what they can do. The fines, penalties assessment and fees for a first time DUI, even a wet reckless, can run over a thousand dollars. A wet reckless still requires you to attend a first offender program for three months and this charge will remain on your driving record for 10 years, because a wet reckless still qualifies as a DUI for DMV purposes. That 10 years of higher insurance premiums, so I hope you're driving a Kia and not a Corvette!...

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  8. Arrested for DUI, but ends up he wasn't over the legal limit.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Kapesh Vithal Patel
    2. Michael Jon Fremont
    3. Anthony Michael Solis
    4. Matthew Murillo
    5. Joseph Salvatore Farina
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    He needs a lawyer to protect his rights, including scheduling the DMV hearing. Don't delay - time is of the essence.

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  9. Did my attorney purposely go forward with trial?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Joshua Kaizuka
    2. Joseph Salvatore Farina
    3. John M. Kaman
    4. Vijay Dinakar
    5. Brian K Wanerman
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    I agree with Mr. Kaizuka. It is very difficult to get co-defendant cases separated. Rather than split a two defendant case, the Cal Supreme Court has stated that in certain instances, separate juries should be impaneled. The DA has the right to try two defendants together if the case involves the same facts and circumstances. They are not required to try two different defendants at two separate trials if the evidence is the same.

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  10. Shouild i get another public defender ?all advice please

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Nicholas Maurice Rosenberg
    2. Joseph Salvatore Farina
    3. Michael James Kennedy
    4. Michael Kevin Cernyar
    5. Mary Xinh Nguyen
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    Sorry but the low cost attorney is called the public defender's office. No attorney in their right mind is going to take a case to trial without a substantial retainer. What could possibly be the incentive to work for next to nothing unless the attorney isn't really busy and has nothing else to do? Or is brand new and needs trial experience. And as for payment plans, if you don't get your money up front, you will never see it.

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