I'm a little confused... you said you never went to court, so are there warrants for your arrest?
If that's the case, you can't get a so-called "expungement" because your cases have never been resolved. You need to hire an attorney to clear up any warrants; it may be possible to get the cases dismissed if they have been open for years and the police never made reasonable efforts to find you.
If you were convicted of these offenses, you may be able to get them dismissed under Penal Code...
If your friend posted the full amount of bail in cash, he can get it back from the court.
If he went through a bail bond company, he's out of luck. A bail bond is like an insurance policy that pays the full amount to the court if you don't show up. Once you sign on the dotted line and the company issues the bond, you're on the hook for the full amount.
He might ask the bond company if they're willing to give him a break.
The DA generally has legal protection against lawsuits for...
Your husband would have to be the one who takes any legal action on his case. You can't do it on his behalf (unless you're his lawyer).
No, there's nothing to appeal twenty years after entering a felony plea.
It also appears that there was evidence that could have been used to convict him. He went into a store with a gun, along with a guy that just happened to commit a robbery. A reasonable person could conclude that he was there to assist in the robbery, which, in the eyes of the law,...
Anyone admitted to practice law in California can do any of the things you list.
However, if you're just looking for someone to explain your rights as a victim, you don't really need an attorney. Most District Attorneys' offices have victim-witness divisions that provide these services free of charge. State law also guarantees crime victims the right to be informed of major developments in a criminal case.
You should really contact a lawyer in Washington, DC, where you are on probation.
Generally, if someone doesn't show up, as ordered, for a probation violation hearing, the court will issue a warrant for the defendant's arrest. Most jurisdictions won't extradite someone on a misdemeanor case -- but there's no way to know whether DC authorities might make an exception related to your case.
Remember, consulting with a lawyer who is not licensed to practice in the appropriate jurisdiction is...
Here's what the California Court of Appeal has to say about public defenders:
"It is almost a truism that a criminal defendant would rather have the most inept private counsel than the most skilled and capable public defender. Often the arraigning judge appoints the public defender only to watch in silent horror as the defendant's family, having hocked the family jewels, hire a lawyer for him, sometimes a marginal misfit who is allowed to represent him only because of some ghastly mistake on...
This isn't really a criminal defense issue. Individuals -- even attorneys -- can't file criminal charges against anyone. Only the District Attorney can file a criminal case.
The lawyer in question might sue you, but clients have many legal protections. How much money is the lawyer demanding? California law requires a written contract any time the anticipated legal expenses exceed a thousand dollars.
You are also entitled to fee arbitration, which is a low cost dispute resolution service....
Relax! It means the court generated a form titled JUS 8715, showing that your case is closed.
Copies are usually forwarded to the Department of Justice so the offense can be listed on your criminal history report, or rap sheet.
DOJ should update its records to show that you successfully completed probation.
If they obtained evidence without reasonable cause for the entry and you are being charged with a crime, your attorney can bring a motion to suppress and get the evidence thrown out.
If we aren't talking about illegally-seized evidence, just the stress of having cops enter your home, you can begin by filing a complaint with the police department. That serves two purposes: both launching an internal investigation, and creating a paper trail in the officers' files if they engage in similar...
First of all, a so-called "expungement" in California doesn't really expunge anything. It is a dismissal under Penal Code 1203.4, which adds a note to the court's records that you were allowed to withdraw your plea after completion of probation.
The conviction still counts as a "prior" to add time to the sentence for any future convictions, it does not have any effect on sex offender registration or firearm restrictions (if those apply to your offense), and the conviction must be disclosed...