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  • If I'm on probation for resisting arrest only and even before the arrest I wanted to get emancipated would I be able to

    I was in the store some people came up to me being rude n we were arguing then they started to leave then they threw something out their car at me so I threw my high of water at their car n then the police came n told me to calm down n they had ...

    John’s Answer

    You will find some helpful guidelines on emancipation here: http://www.occourts.org/directory/probate/probate-case-types/minor-emancipation.html.

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  • How much time will my friend serve in federal prison on a 12 1/2 yr sentence?

    My baby daddy was sentenced to 12 1/2 yrs in the federal penatentiary how much actual time will he do?

    John’s Answer

    For federal conviction you serve 85% of your sentence. The way your credits are calculated it actually comes to a bit more. My colleagues' estimate of 10 years is a good one.

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  • If you have two cases can you hire a private attorney for only one?

    And still have a public defender for the other?

    John’s Answer

    You can do it but your representation would be more effective if you had one lawyer on both cases whether that's a PD or a private attorney.

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  • Am I able to talk to a Work release officer to help someone in custody be released faster into the sheriff's work program??

    My boyfriend is in custody & has been sentenced to do a few months but wants to be released on sheriff's work release program. He's waiting to receive an application from them.. is it possible for me to goto the work release program office & Speak...

    John’s Answer

    That process is controlled by the Sheriff who manages quite well without your help. Your b/f is either qualified for work release or not. Interfering in the process will not help anything.

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  • How can I find out what kinds of criminal charges, warrants or violations I have?

    I believe I have six violations, warrants or charges of some kind, and I would like to find out what they are and what kind of penalties are associated with them. When I applied for a position at a security firm, the office personnel looked up my...

    John’s Answer

    If the employer somehow accessed your driving record it would find violations, but not warrants, for the last 3 years. I am not sure how an employer could do this without your written authorization or the job you seek requires driving and regular monitoring by the employer.

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  • Worried about jail time from a first offense petty theft citation 484(a)

    I'd asked a question yesterday about my recent citation with a court date for petty theft at Walmart in Thousand Oaks, CA. I have never been convicted of shop lifting but I do have two misdemeanor DUI's on my record, one in 2006 and one in 2010. I...

    John’s Answer

    Chill and hire an attorney. Do not rely on internet searches or even this forum for legal advice. Our purpose is to provide information. For guidance and advice pay a lawyer.

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  • How do I restore my rights to vote & bare arms after a felony conviction over 20 years ago?

    Back in 1981 I committed a felony; Robbery w/use (211) . And again in 1991 ; Battery (243-D) the battery stem from a traffic accident.

    John’s Answer

    Your gun rights are gone unless you are one of the very few to receive a governor's pardon, something that involves a lengthy process. Take up archery.

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  • Does Department Of Justice hold your records of a conviction over 7 years?

    I was convicted of petty theft back in 2008 it was work related but why is it still haunting me. I hired an expungement lawyer about a month ago and they have requested my records however I got hired at a job today that require a full background c...

    John’s Answer

    A private employer cannot call the DOJ to check your criminal history. These records are available only to those authorized by statute to have them. Even if your employer is one that is authorized to have a background check, it must submit the appropriate forms, along with your livescan fingerprints, to get the record. Someone is BSing you. Seehttps://oag.ca.gov/fingerprints.

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  • What happens if i get caught leaving the state?

    im on a low level probation for DUI my probation said i cant leave the state but i have to for work just for a few days what happens if i leave and get caught ive never violated probation before i dont even get drug tested i just check in with the...

    John’s Answer

    Most DUIs are misdemeanors which means probation is non-reporting. As far as I know the only condition of this probation is to obey all laws. Maybe you should clarify your question.

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