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  • I'm being charged with 530.5(A) /459/2 counts of 484E(D)/2 counts of 530.5(C)(1) how is that possible the car is not even mine

    i was pulled over and when I asked what for? th eofficer said for not having a front license plate which is amazing because he pulled me over from behind. he asked for my DL and asked if anything illegal in the car I said no, then he came with my ...

    Jerome’s Answer

    There are many issues in your case and a potential motion to suppress evidence based upon a search and seizure in violation of the U.S. Constitution's 4th Amendment. However, there are many issues and questions that need to be resolved before any determination can be made as to the potential success of such a motion.

    In addition, there are other issues that might be relevant to your defense, including whether any statements were made, whether the police were able to see your front license plate, how the ID and credit cards got into your car, and the status of your driver's license.

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  • Eligibility for half time

    If someone has been to prison in the last 5 years for a domestic violence related charge and they get a new conviction , can they still get half time credit in prison , or will they have to serve 80% ? And does the parole go from 3 years to 5 year...

    Jerome’s Answer

    An 80% sentence is triggered if a defendant has a prior serious felony ("strike") conviction. A domestic violence charge is not automatically a "strike" but can be if there was an allegation of use of a weapon or great bodily injury. If the prior offense is not a "strike" and the current offense is not a violent felony (e.g. robbery, rape, attempted murder, etc), then the new sentence is half time. My guess from the question is that this person's prior was a serious felony. That being the case, the new sentence will be 80% if the current charge is not a violent felony; 85% if it is a violent felony.

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  • How can i find out if there is a case file against me

    My ex Girlfriend told me she field a identity theft against me how can i check see if she's telling the truth

    Jerome’s Answer

    If there is an actual criminal case filed against you in Los Angeles County Superior Court, you can search on their website here: http://www.lacourt.org/criminalcalendar/ui/. What your GF probably means is that she reported something to the police. It's likely (though not certain) that if she did so the police would try to speak to you before presenting the case to the prosecutor.

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  • With Power of Attorney, by law; Can I request any and all discovery from the court without the attorney?

    I have a family member that will be starting trial for PC187 for which I have Power of Attorney. I am very aware of the severity and seriousness of this case. I want to know if my power of attorney allows me by law to request a copy of any and al...

    Jerome’s Answer

    You are not entitled to discovery and the Power of Attorney you have does not apply to your family member's case. Whether the attorney on your family member's case wants to share anything with you is strickly up to him/her.

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  • Next court 5-13 how can we get that statement out of trial off the record stand under juvenile laws and sentenced as juv. If con

    My son is 17 facing 134 yrs. For 2 attempt murders gang enhan. Conspiracy. His paid in full attorney advised him to interview with da for a deal if his statement did not change against my wishes the interview was done with out me being present not...

    Jerome’s Answer

    I assume you and your son have spoken to your attorney about all this? If not, that's the best place to start. If you don't get the help you need, it might be time to look for someone else. Clearly the relationship between your son and his lawyer has broken down.

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  • Will the reserves still find out even though they have no reason to do a background check on me?

    I am an army reservist and received a DUI. It has been two weeks with no word from my command. I have read that the military will do frequent background checks on active duty members, as well as a background check for anybody who is trying to get ...

    Jerome’s Answer

    I think it is wise to hire a lawyer who knows about military law and DUI law. It is doubtful that a simple DUI conviction will cause you to be discharged unless there are other issues in your background. A DUI does not stop a prospective soldier from gaining enlistment and should not hamper you. But there might be some discipline imposed, depending on the circumstances of your case and the reaction of your command. Also, there may be a duty to "self-report" this arrest.

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  • Why did they put a hold on the vehicle and can I be charged for anything they find inside? And can they search vehicle?

    So my husband got arrested for pimping and pandering but was not in car. He had car parked in motel parking lot. He also doesn't have a valid DL. It is suspended. Detectives have a hold on the vehicle but I'm concerned because he wasn't in the car...

    Jerome’s Answer

    The police had a right to impound and search the car as a possible tool or the alleged offense. After they are done analyzing the vehicle, including searching it and seizing any relevant evidence from it, they are required to release it to you.

    I also agree with the previous response that you should notify the rental company. However, you should be honest with them and also understand that if your husband was not an authorized driver of the vehicle, you could have issues with the rental agency.

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  • Looking for a criminal defense lawyer to file a 17b / 1203.4 motion on two separate cases

    I'm 27 and I have two separate cases in Los Angeles Superior Court that I would like to have a 17b / 1203.4. Case 1) PC 476a from 2008, sentenced to three years probation, probation has ended since 2012. Case 2) PC 487(a) from 2013, senten...

    Jerome’s Answer

    I think you have a great shot of getting both cases reduced to misdemeanors and then dismissed (legally called expunged). Also, your should have a lawyer look at each case to see if they can be reduced to misdemeanors under current law.

    If each case is in the same courthouse, then the petitions can be filed at the same time. But each will need to be ruled on separately by the judge. If you've successfully completed probation in each case, the Court is required to grant your motion.

    Lastly, I think your fee request is appropriate.

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  • Will this fine be on my record and affect future jobs or colleges?

    I was detained at the border for having marijuana on me and I had my medical papers with me and was carrying well under the amount I'm allowed to have. Border patrol said that because I was on federal property it's still illegal because they don't...

    Jerome’s Answer

    If you were detained by U.S. Border officials, they would have either arrested you and brought you to court or they would have given you a summons. They also could have released you and referred the case to federal prosecutors, in which case you would have been notified of any criminal action. But asking you for money to make the case go away is something I've never seen or heard of.

    As for having trouble at an airport now, that's possible and likely if the detention was by either U.S. or Mexican law enforcement. If so, expect extra scrutiny when you enter and exit Mexico.

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  • I was arrested for assault here in Los Angeles but I live in Manhattan New York

    I am a college student at NYU but was arrested for assault here in California because I threw a large bucket with water inside from a 3rd floor balcony onto this girl who is my friend. She was angry for a few minutes but didn't want to press charg...

    Jerome’s Answer

    You are free to go back to New York. The first order of business is to get a lawyer to do everything possible to prevent a filing. If a case is filed and it's a misdemeanor, you don't need to appear if you've hired counsel. Your lawyer can make all the court appearances for you. However, if a felony is filed, then you are required to personally appear for all court hearings.

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