I signed a contract from a lawyer for a restraining order and divorce from my husband. But I did not push through with the restraining order because I didn't need it. It was not filed in the court but why is my lawyer still charging me the fee of ...
Refer to the contract you signed with the attorney. This may have been a "true retainer agreement" or a billable hour contract. Consult the contract and then ask the attorney if you have questions. Perhaps you are entitled to a full refund, partial refund, or no refund at all -- depends on the agreement. All the best.See question
I was arrested once several years ago and my record has since been expunged. However when searching my name online, it is the first entry that pops up, which I feel is super damaging to my reputation. Can a lawyer take care of this for me ?
You say you were arrested and say your record was "expunged". However, you don't say whether the arrest led to a criminal filing and a conviction. If you have an adult conviction, your record has not been "expunged" as there is no adult expungement statute in California. There is a statute, Cal. Pen. Code 1203.4, which can result in a "post-conviction dismissal", but no record is erased, sealed, destroyed, or "expunged" through this; indeed the record is "added to" with an additional record of "dismissal" (along with the arrest, filing, and conviction). On the other hand, if you were not convicted and then filed and prevailed on a 851.8 petition for factual innocence then you record of arrest and filing was sealed and destroyed. However, the order of sealing and destruction is applicable to California government entities - police, courts, California Department of Justice, etc. - but not to private entities which buy, trade and sell (at one time) public information that may or may not be currently accurate. If you have a valid 851.8 petition granted, perhaps a strongly worded legal letter written by a lawyer requesting that they take down your information as it is false, inaccurate, misleading and defamatory may bring you some relief. If you don't have a 851.8, then this and other websites are less likely to remove your info although I have seen lawyer letters accomplish much when the other side thinks litigation maybe coming if they don't act. All the best.See question
I was caught with petty theft at Nordstrom and I was handcuffed to the rails. I had to signed a juvenile paper what does it mean. What will happen to me? This my first crime I ever committed in my life. The item I stole was 89.99
You are best advised to contact a criminal attorney as soon as possible. If you are a juvenile, you may want to tell your parents about this issue as they will find out if this matter proceeds to juvenile court. From experience, it is best to tell your parents bad news yourself (framing it in the best light you can) rather than allowing them to find out from someone else. All the best.See question
Earlier this year I got caught shoplifting, the court of santa clara sent me mail saying I basically am qualified to do the CAP program or diversion program. What does this mean for my case? is this a good thing? would I have it off my record? I j...
Hire an attorney to help you with this case. If you have any immigration issues, there could be many complications that you are unaware of. Representing yourself on a criminal case is tantamount to performing surgery on yourself, even the most skilled surgeon in the world would never dream of doing that himself. All the best.See question
domestic violence felony , at santa rita jail
Different attorneys maintain different schedules. All the best.See question
I have a non-violent criminal case my lawyer is working on. The plaintiff, Mercedes-Benz, asked for restitution and we put the restitution money in a trust account, ready to give it to them. It's been like this for a year. I'd like to put this cas...
If you have an attorney you trust, follow his/her advice. If you don't have an attorney you trust, hire an attorney you trust. All the best.See question
OK I'm on mist.court prob waiting to go into rehab I got pulled over they found a pipe .and a bag of meth I have no ideal were the meth came from he said he was going to violate me and charge me with a felony if I did not rat on some one if I did ...
Cops can and routinely do lie to, deceive, and "harass" criminal suspects and witnesses. Generally speaking many of these investigative tactics are not illegal and regardless the fact of their occurrence will often not be brought to light or proveable given that it will be a criminal suspect's word against a police officer's (police report which will surely exclude the nature and content of the questionable interaction). Everything you say to cops can and will be used against you (the suspect/defendant), nothing you say to a cop can help you given that your admission is only admissible (at trial) by the prosecutor who strategically would only introduce said statement if it's on balance more inculpatory than exculpatory. Talking to cops is tantamount to playing with fire: silly, a recipe for disaster, and inadvisible in all instances. Hire an attorney. All the best.See question
I beat up a 55 year old man and they charged me with assult with a deadly weapon
It goes without saying that you need an experienced criminal attorney as soon as possible to fight this serious allegation. There are many possible defenses to this kind of criminal case but they can only be explored during a consultation with a criminal attorney. A "deadly weapon" can include any number of instruments. All the bestSee question
He got the Dui conviction in April 2010 and paid the fines and community service. 4 months ago married to US citizen . Is there any way that DUI can be reduced to lesser charges to avoid any criminal record.
1203.4 relief can be obtained which is essentially a post-conviction dismissal (some inaccurately refer to as an "expungement"). This relief will have no effect on immigration but will be helpful for employment purposes. Undocumented persons can, among other things, legally practice law in California so there are few real restrictions on undocumented persons. All the bestSee question
i file a DV case and a TRO against my husband it is so burden and difficult for me to move on because we still love each other and we want to have a communication to each other so the only way is to turn it down the TRO but i don't know what and h...
You should look into hiring an attorney to help you through this. I assume you've filed a restraining order against your husband because he's engaged in domestic violence against you or threatened to do so. This behavior isn't appropriate, maybe illegal, and puts you at risk of being seriously injured or worse. All the bestSee question