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  • Could you provide details on what should go in a motion to set aside bail for a traffic offense in California? Perhaps a sample?

    I accidentally paid bail over the INTERNET on a failure to appear . I have a schedule hearing for bail forfeiture to be set aside . I was wondering what I should include in the motion that I compose . Thank you !

    Chris’s Answer

    So you want me to give you, for free, what has taken me years of experience, time, and money to figure out how to do? Good luck.

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  • Will i go to jail on a theft charge with 2 prior misdemeanors? Would the DA offer full restitution of the $3500 no jail time

    I wrote a check to myself at work for $ 3500 . Got fired and the job was willing to make restitution , until the bank paid them back and now the bank has filed with the DA office for theft charges . I can make the full restitution and now I am...

    Chris’s Answer

    Will you be prosecuted? It sounds like you already are. Will you go to jail? For that amount and with priors, it certainly is a possibility. If you have the money to make restitution, you should hire an attorney to talk with the DA prior to court and see if everything can be resolved. Feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss things further - I'm in your area and practice mostly in CoCo county.

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  • Does this mean a new charge ?

    A friend is in jail and has two court dates in March and all of a sudden now when I look up his inmate info on line . It now says a new court date which is tomorrow and in court XX and his bail amount went up . Did he pix up a new chge ?

    Chris’s Answer

    Maybe. Who knows. Why don't you go to court and find out - I'm sure your friend would be happy to see you.

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  • Will I get a failure to appear?

    I did a trial by declaration for a speeding ticket and was found guilty . I requested a trial de novo not to fight the ticket any further but to ask for a reduced fine to my status as a broke student . I can't make it to court the day I'm suppos...

    Chris’s Answer

    Yes you will get an FTA, which will tack on $300 to your fine. Hire an attorney to make the appearance for you.

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  • My car stolen in Emery ville , ca

    someone stolen my car by broke the window and take all the stuff from car inside my apt parking in complex and the parking gated and there is security cameras and the office said we are not responsible it was in the fourth floor of the building ...

    Chris’s Answer

    What's your question? Sounds like a civil matter to me. Repost in the civil forum. Otherwise call the police and report the crime.

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  • Why would a charge of 488 pc change to 484 ( a ) pc & 490 . 5 pc ?

    in Jan 2013 I was detained as I walking to my car in the retail store parking lot the officers said in nov 2012 I walked out of the same store with stuff in my cart . I was taken to the police station and given a citation with a charge of 488 pc ...

    Chris’s Answer

    484 and 488 are, essentially, the same thing - petty theft. 490.5 just denotes that the victim is a merchant. The reason for the change/addition is just making the charge against you more specific. Bottom line - it doesn't matter what the cop writes on the ticket; what matters is what the DA charges you with. Get an attorney.

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  • Does CA Penal Code 17 make an offense a misdemeanor when county jail is chosen for the punishment over prison?

    Sister plead guilty in CA to a violation of Health & Safety code 11351, possession with intent to sell cocaine, a felony, in 1992 at age 20. In 1995, her lawyer filed PC 1203.4 and the court set aside her conviction. Her current lawyer says she is...

    Chris’s Answer

    Your question is somewhat confusing. She cannot "section 17" her conviction because HS 11351 is not a "wobbler," and so it can not be reduced to a misdemeanor. Can she apply for a certificate of rehab? I don't see why not, but I don't know how effective that will be, seeing as the 1203.4 has already been done.

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  • Need help with a Probation Violation ( Didn't Complete FOP for a Wet Reckless ) in San Mateo County .

    I messed up . I live out of state ( AZ ) and when I entered my guilty plea to a wet reckless , the judge said he'd give me a year to enroll in the FOP , and that if I didn't want to I didn't have to . i assumed I was done , and thought I'd ...

    Chris’s Answer

    I would be happy to assist you.

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  • Should I call the DA prior to my arraignment to request per trial diversion ? Do I need an attorney ?

    I was caught shoplifting a 69 dollar item at TH Max store . I was given a citation by the police for petty theft . The Officer said i could call the DA in about a week . He said that the case might get dropped or at worse probation . Does he k...

    Chris’s Answer

    No he doesn't know what he's talking about. The da won't talk to you prior to the arraignment. Even then, the da won't talk to you unless you're representing yourself. The best bet is hire an attorney, such as myself, who practices there regularly.

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  • Can i get my PC 496a vacate . . it have been expunged to misdemeanor ,

    i have this convection in 07 , i was on 5 years falonie probation i completed my probation n it was expunged to misdemeanor , can this 496a be vacate

    Chris’s Answer

    First, there is no such thing as "expungement" in CA. Second, it appears you had it "reduced" to a misdemeanor, meaning you were convicted of a felony. Regardless, yes you can have it dismissed, but you need to file a petition to do that. You can do it yourself, but the best course is to get an attorney to assist you. Good luck.

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