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Michael Rutledge Norton

Michael Norton’s Answers

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  • By re enrolling into a multi offender alcohol abuse program in Virginia will this satisfy the courts needs in California?

    I live in California and I am moving to virginia January 28 2016. I have lost my license due to a dui in august of 2014. At this time I do not have a license and need to re enroll into a multi offender alcohol abuse program by feb. 1st to satisfy ...

    Michael’s Answer

    An out of state program is usually accepted by the courts. But get permission to do an out of state program before you leave. The DMV requires a California program to get you CA lcense back. If you are moving you can surrender your right to drive in California. Call the DMV to get the form you need to do this so the hold on your abilityto get a license is lifted and you can eventually get a license in Virginia.

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  • I am 27. Do I need a CA driver's license to purchase a car? I'm getting my written exam in 2 weeks! thanks

    Hi all, I used to live in SF and used only the public transportation there and just moved to LA, so I'll be getting a car now. I don't want to wait to buy a car, so do I need a driver's license to buy a car in CA? I am taking the written exam in 2...

    Michael’s Answer

    Generally you need to show proof of insurance and they make a copy of your Driver's license but you may be able to bring a licensed driver. Call the dealership and see how you can get it done.

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  • Failure to finish DUI classes and going back to court to see if i can reinstate, will i go to jail when i show up to court?

    Failure to finish DUI classes and going back to court to see if i can reinstate. will i go to jail when i show up to court?

    Michael’s Answer

    If this is your first re-refferal and you came in quickly to address the issue and are respectful to the court you should be fine. But there is always the possibility the Judge could take you into custody. An attorney can appear without you being in court to minimize the chances of you getting taken in. Good Luck.

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  • Best course of action to get my DUI Expunged?

    Violation Date: 03/15/13 Date of Order: 07/31/13 Santa Ana, CA 1 M 23152(a) VC / 2 M 23152(b) VC I understand that my 3 Year Informal Probation ends (somewhat) soon, however, I thought I would get ahead of the game ...

    Michael’s Answer

    You need to file a 1203.3 motion to terminate probation and a 1302.4 motion to "dismiss" the case. I believe Orange county provides forms for both on their court website. It is something you can do by yourself but having an attorney who knows what facts and exhibits to include in the motion will give you the best chance of getting it granted. I do handle those motions in Orange and they are not always automatically granted.

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  • Can I still be charged criminally for shoplifting/petty theft (under $100) if the cops didn't come?

    The loss prevention said they were going to call cops but either they didn't show up or they weren't called. LPO let me go after I gave back stuff and singed papers and took my picture. What now?

    Michael’s Answer

    Technically you could be charged but its unlikely if the police weren't called the day the incident occurred. If you get anything in the mail from the court contact an attorney immediately.

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  • Im in ca and been charged with 459 auto burglary. My question is if the car door was unlocked is it still a burg or petty thef

    The purse that was taken valued $40. Caught on camera going in to car but u cannot see that it was unlocked. So does it have to be locked to be a burglary?

    Michael’s Answer

    Yhe door does not need to be locked. Speak with an AVVO attorney to see what possible defenses you may have.

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  • I am scheduled for court appearance next week for "theft of government property shoplifting," what should I do/say for my case?

    There is video evidence of the shoplifting so I am not looking to contest the the violation. I just need to know what I need to do to prepare for court. I am 20 years old and this was theft of federal property (Navy Exchange on a military base) ...

    Michael’s Answer

    You should speak with a local attorney who has experience with these types of case. Is this in federal court or state superior court?

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  • Domestic violence charge

    My bf and I pushed each other and I have a scrape on my knee. Police arrested him. Will he likely be charged with a domestic violence crime?

    Michael’s Answer

    It depends. Who called the police? Are there witnesses? What did you say to the police? How bad is the scrape? All of theses factors will determine if the DA files the case.

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  • Red light ticket by police department

    I am awfully worried my son let someone barrow his car registered under my name. Ran a red light and the polive department wants me to respond I ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO say it was my son or his friend OR can i just pay ticket.

    Michael’s Answer

    Neither. Go in and tell the Judge it is not you in the picture. You do not have to say who the driver was. You can hire an attorney to do this for you as it will be easier for you this way. The ticket will be dismissed.

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  • Out of State DUI

    I was convicted awhile back of a DUI in CA. I never had a CA drivers lic. just my valid lic. in another state. I am moving back to my home state and curious what I am going to have to do to take car of this. I was never given a CA drivers lic. num...

    Michael’s Answer

    If you completed whatever DMV program you were required to complete as per the terms of probation you should be fine. If you failed to complete the program then the CA DMV has put a hold on your license in your home state and you will need to complete it to get the hold removed. If you cannot complete it before you leave and are not coming back to CA for the next 3 years you can surrender your right to drive in CA for 3 years and that will release the hold. Contact the Sacramento DMV and see what the status of your driving privileges are in CA.

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