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  • Is a priest liable for anything if he makes a declaration as part of VAWA petition, if a couple came to him for counseling?

    Discussions with Priests are protected just like attorney-client relationships. What happens though if a couple discuss their domestic abuse issues with a Priest, and later a spouse asks the Priest to write a declaration for them as part of a VAW...

    Greg’s Answer

    The priest is not violating any laws, but the declaration is inadmissible as evidence.

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  • What are the laws in California in reference to entrapment with PC 187?

    the defendants family was notified by the detective and told if he turned himself in for questioning he would not be arrested. he was arrested

    Greg’s Answer

    Entrapment means that a person is convinced by law enforcement to commit a crime that they would not have committed. (Say for instance an undercover cop solicits a guy on the street to commit pristitution).

    What you describe (cops lying to capture a suspect) is totally permissible.

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  • If I withdraw my application, what does this mean and will my letters of explanation be shared as well as court docs?

    I was denied my RN license in California due to two DUIs from 2008 and 2010, both misdemeanors. I have two options; either appeal or withdraw my application and apply in Nevada.

    Greg’s Answer

    Right now Nevada will see the same convictions and react the same way. Get an Expungement through California through Penal Code 1203.4 then reapply. They will still see the conviction, but the labor code will prevent them from using it against you.

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  • How fast can a court hear your criminal case?

    I want to get in front of a judge on an existing case for a misdemeanor. How fast can they see me to ask for a modification on my probation terms?

    Greg’s Answer

    Sounds like a "walk-in" issue. Call the criminal court clerk's office to see when Misdemeanor walk-ins are heard. Follow their instructions fur signing in on that day.

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  • Is punching someone, justification for mutilating them? Is this "Mutual Combat"? Can anyone make the DA file charges?

    My friend punched another person & the other person grabbed my friends hand & bit off her finger tip-- (she bit thru skin, nail and bone). She had to have surgery, followed by 6 months of finger therapy & is permanently disfigured. The Sheriffs ar...

    Greg’s Answer

    Prosecutors have a great deal of discretion in deciding what to charge. They don't "have" to file anything in any way. What you say about mutual combat is correct. A person cannot use unreasonable force and claim mutual combat. The problem the prosecutor sees, however, is that furry the hurly burly of a fight one person's hands often get into another's mouth and biting happens. Proving Intent To Injure in such cases is difficult.

    I know of what I speak, I successfully defended a mayhem charge on identical facts.

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  • What would happen? Its charged off

    Can you go to jail for hiding a car in california until you finsh your cancer treaments and return to work

    Greg’s Answer

    If the car belonged to someone else, yes.

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  • Do I have enough for kidnapping? How can I get my son back now that I found him?

    Son taken by mother over a year and a half ago from the house we once lived in. No court orders have even been given regarding custody/support and we were never married but under common law. No restraining order is involved. I am legally the fathe...

    Greg’s Answer

    To actually answer the question... No, this is not a kidnapping. A parent is not legally able to kidnap their child. The parent may be held in contempt if they violate an existing court order, but no such order is in place in your case. You need to sue for custody/visitation in the family law court. The criminal law is not your friend today.

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  • What does this Sentencing mean?

    Hi I know someone who has been sentenced to 1 year in a California State Prison, with Balance to be served at credit rate of: PC 4019 (1/2). What does this mean? Thank you.

    Greg’s Answer

    California Penal Code 4019 is the "half-time" statute. It is also sometimes called the "good time" "work time" statute. This means that (assuming the inmate is behaving properly and not refusing to help out) they get four days credit for every two days that pass. This means a 365 day sentence will be served in roughly 180 days.

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  • Is this a perjury?

    Is this a perjury if person while under oath was telling that he did not get any order to do something except one thing. But after he was shown the document which stated otherwise he admitted that he was ordering to do second thing but did instead...

    Greg’s Answer

    This question makes no sense. Refer to Mr. Dane's quotation of the statute for reference. Remember that perjury must be intentional.

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  • What is remand rearrest ? Is it possible for a bail?

    My husband is a witness in a case and he got ordered to appear in court to testify but he refused to get on the stand and went to jail for coment of court and now da is trying to get his probation violated and it now says remand rearrest.

    Greg’s Answer

    The term "remand" means to turn over to the authorities. The term "arrest" means to be taken into custody by the authorities. It sounds like a probation violation has been filed and the text you cite is the indication of the warrant ordering your husband to be held pending that hearing.

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