Joseph Salvatore Farina’s Answers

Joseph Salvatore Farina

Sacramento Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Is any of the lie detector test admissible in trial?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Joseph Salvatore Farina
    2. Sharon Paris Babakhan
    3. Michael Kevin Cernyar
    4. Anthony Michael Solis
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    Usually not. However, there is a Penal Code Section that allows its admissability IF the DA and defense attorney agree to its admission and the judge is told ahead of time so he can craft an appropriate jury instruction.

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  2. Do I need a dui attorney?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Joseph Salvatore Farina
    2. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    3. Michael Jon Fremont
    4. Michael Korry Bialys
    5. Mark K Rosenfeld
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    Yes.

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  3. My brother is being charged with eight felony counts ranging from d.v child abuse assault w deadly weapon dui evanding police .:

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Maltaise E Cini
    2. Joseph Salvatore Farina
    3. William Peter Daley
    4. Frank Mascagni III
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    Your brother needs good legal representation and quickly. You stated that in addition to the serious felony charges he is facing, he is on probation and has a joint suspension. That means that they could dismiss the current charges, violate his probation and send him off to prison if they so chose. Best thing to do is consult with one or two criminal defense attorneys. Many offer free consultations or charge a minimal amount. You would get some general information and have a better idea on...

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  4. I cant afford 5000.00 retainer for a lawyer. Where can I find a pro bono criminal defense attorney in the 95376 area

    Answered 6 days ago.

    1. Hazel-Lynne Ocampo Espejo
    2. Joseph Salvatore Farina
    3. Jay Scott Finnecy
    4. Matthew Murillo
    5. Brian K Wanerman
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    Pro bono attorneys are called the public defenders, although they are in fact paid by the county and really don't work for free. No private attorney who has bills to pay and a family to feed can afford to take pro bono cases And if I'm not being paid, why would I work hard on the case to the detriment of my paying clients? And really, would you ask your doctor, dentist, auto mechanic or barber to work free?

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  5. As part of a pre-indictment plea agreement, I have to testify at grand jury trying to indict me.

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Michael Kevin Cernyar
    2. Dan Eugene Chambers
    3. Joseph Salvatore Farina
    4. Anthony Michael Solis
    5. Stephen F Wallace
    5 lawyer answers

    Discuss this with your attorney.

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  6. First DUI offence with minor injuries to others.

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Yaniv Kenan
    2. Matthew Murillo
    3. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    4. Joseph Salvatore Farina
    5. Daryl Brian Thompson
    5 lawyer answers

    Hard to say as each DA's office handles these types of cases differently, but minor injuries would suggest a misdemeanor. Be proactive and contact a local criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Most attorneys offers free consultations, but make sure you get one who knows the Santa Clara DA's office and their policies. Do not hire the first one you meet with, but check out several attorneys so you can get an idea of prices. And make sure you meet with the attorney, not some paralegal...

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  7. First time offense ever- 488 misdemeanor petty theft. Is there any way to have a clean criminal record?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Evelyn Ann Cox
    2. Joseph Salvatore Farina
    3. Joseph Odysseus Mastro
    4. Brian K Wanerman
    5. Stephen Troy Allen
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    You really need to talk to a licensing attorney as well as a criminal defense attorney regoarding your license. Christine McCall posts on this site and was a former adminstrative law judge. She handles licensing issues and is ver knowledgable. Although she is in Padadena, you should give her office a call.

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  8. IF THE WITNESSES TESTIFYING AGAINST ME DON'T SHOW IN COURT DO THEY STILL FIND ME GUILTY?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Nicholas Milan Loncar
    2. Greg Thomas Hill
    3. Joseph Salvatore Farina
    4. Michael Kevin Cernyar
    5. Maltaise E Cini
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    Depend what other evidence the DA has. An uncooperative usually means the case goes away, but not always. The DA can always subpoena the girl and force her into court.

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  9. Assaulted by friend's drunk son as I was leaving her home. Charge of attempted murder as I defended with knife.

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Joseph Briscoe Dane
    2. Stuart Gregory Steingraber
    3. Joseph Salvatore Farina
    4. Brian K Wanerman
    5. Christopher Daniel Leroi
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    This is too serious of a matter to go to trial with an attorney you don't have confidence in. I don't know what went wrong with your attorney or how things went off the rails, but you need new counsel. Call other attorneys in Placerville and especially Sacramento where ther are much greater selection of attorneys.

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  10. Judge denied me to hire private council because he wouldn't be ready for trial within 15 day what should I do ?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Joseph Salvatore Farina
    2. Karren Melinda Kenney
    3. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    4. Michael Kevin Cernyar
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    May be reversible error but judge is not required to allow a substitition of counsel if it would delay trial. I understand you just obtained funds, but DA can object. Court might refuse substitution, especially if the case is old.

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