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  • What will happen to him? Is there any way I can prevent it?

    I am 17. My boyfriend is 19. ( 2 years and three months apart.) Early on in our relationship, We became sexually active. I am aware of the fact that in California the age of consent is 18, and because of this he could be charged with statutory rap...

    Debra’s Answer

    You cannot prevent a prosecutor from filing charges if they want to prosecute you, but sometimes, a lawyer can assist you and the prosecutor BEFORE charges are filed to prevent charges from being filed. Each case is unique and whether a lawyer can prevent charges from being filed depends on the individual case and the quality of that lawyer.

    It is crucial to know that anything you say, whether orally, in writing (in your own diary, in a text, or on a public website such as AVVO.com, etc) it can be used against you and/or your boyfriend to pursue criminal charges and a conviction.

    Take care.

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  • IS THIS COMMON OR SHOULD I FIGHT THIS.

    PULL OVER FOR DUI TOOK PAS CITED FOR DUI AND DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED. TOOK LICENSE AND RELEASED ME TO DRIVE HOME. NEVER TOLD ME WHAT I BLEW. NEVER WAS ARRESTED

    Debra’s Answer

    More information is required. Did you receive a citation to appear in court?

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  • Should I plea 496(a) with the TEMPORARY intent to avoid CIMT?

    Student on a F-1 visa arrested for 487(a) in Los Angeles, CA. Charged with 487(a) misdemeanor and 459 (also misdemeanor; entering with the intention of committing petty theft). No priors, first offense. I am still in the US and hoping that I would...

    Debra’s Answer

    Consult with an immigration attorney before pleading to anything. While criminal attorneys are supposed to be knowledgeable about immigration consequences, the real specialists are immigration attorneys and they are in the best position to advise you. Some prosecutors are willing to allow pleas to different charges that could help you if there are immigration consequences. A letter from an immigration attorney about those consequences could make a huge difference in the outcome of your criminal case.

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  • Can I get a restraining order or call the police for taking naked pics of me sleeping and treating to post on Facebook.

    Ex girlfriend is harassing me and threatening to call my job and get me fired and cause a scene at my work. Also she says she took naked pictures of me while sleeping and is going to post them on the Internet... what can I do??? Can I get a restra...

    Debra’s Answer

    I recommend hiring an attorney to assist you with filing the restraining order. The sooner you do this, the better chance you have at getting it granted. As for the naked pictures, unless you can prove she did this, as opposed to just threaten that she did this, you do not have a case other than for the harassment - which is primarily a civil matter.

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  • I would like to know if you serve the one third term entirely or world you serve a percentage of that term ?

    When the judge calculates the subordinate terms and imposes one third of the mid terms for all the other crimes do you serve the total after all of the 1/3 crimes are added up or do you serve a percentage of that total . Ex) 2yrs is 1/3 of whateve...

    Debra’s Answer

    You serve a percentage of the total.

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  • I talked to a lawyer he wants $2,500 to represent me for my felony hit and run case should I pay it?

    There's a chance I'm just going to pay him and go down in flames anyways

    Debra’s Answer

    Take the wise advise of Mr. Dane.

    $2,500 is inexpensive for a felony hit and run . Most lawyers charge much more, but price doesn't always mean you have a good (or bad) lawyer. Just make sure whoever represents you is good. Meet with other attorneys if you aren't sure and do your homework.

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  • What does this mean under Disposition?

    I recently got into an altercation recently in another county a month ago when I was 16, policed showed up when someone called the cops. Police came, they interviewed everyone plus witnesses, and told me to go home. I did not receive a ticket, a s...

    Debra’s Answer

    A field Interview Card is a small card that contains basic information the officer gathered from his/her interview at the scene. It is usually a brief summary. The card remains on file at the police department. If there are incidents in the future, the card can be accessed by the prosecution or defense for information of prior bad acts and/or for a future filing of charges. However, this does not mean that the prosecutor can't/won't file charges against you for this conduct.

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  • Can I drive out of state while on a restricted license due to DUI? Do all DUI attorneys offer expungements?

    I recently pled to a DUI. My license is on restriction. I am heading to another state for work purposes. Is my license valid as I travel outside of CA? I was also going to ask if all DUI attorneys offer expungement of DUI charges? I used the ...

    Debra’s Answer

    Yes you can drive out of state on a restricted CA license so long as your are driving "for purposes of work" only. Not all DUI attorney's offer to expunge them, but many do as this is a common criminal procedure and it is usually not a complicated process.

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  • How do I find the best lawyer for a dui case?

    2nd dui. Just trying to find the right lawyer.

    Debra’s Answer

    Meet with three lawyers of your choice - in person. Most of us offer a free initial consultation. Listen. Ask questions. You should be able to tell who knows what they are talking about and who will work hard for a great result as opposed to those who just want your dime and are full of BS. Also, read the reviews. Be wary of fakes. Lastly, be sure that you meet with the lawyer who will be the person representing you in court and with DMV as opposed to an associate or sales person. It takes time, but it's worth it.

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  • Can they give you a third strike if a case from over 10 years ago was given 2 stirkes on the same case?

    My cousin was recently arrested for assault with a deadly weapon the car being the weapon, they are trying to give him his third strike but his case from over 10 years ago he was given 2 strikes on the same case which he was never aware of. What a...

    Debra’s Answer

    Yes, the DA can charge a third strike with two priors over 10 years ago. But to do so depends on other specific facts of his case that only a criminal lawyer who is fully aware of all the facts can advise. Please don't give him advice yourself. You could cause more damage than help. Your cousin needs a good lawyer to review his case in detail before anyone can give him the right advice.

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