I have a prior record for uumv and pcs meth and i was given a ticket for uumv and pcs meth again this time i really didnt steal the car i was at home and my now ex girlfriend came pick me up we went to the store then to put gas in the car i noticed something was wrong when the lady at the gas station told her to take the phone and she ran back in the car and drove off i lived like 3 blocks down i asked her if the car was stolen and she said no the cops showed up and arrested me and her took her in and let me go but still gave me ticket i dont want to go to prison for something i didnt do i have a warrant now. After this happen my views on life have changed.
This incident has changed your entire outlook on life? Wow. That's probably a good thing, but there are many details missing from your story. Having priors for similar conduct NEVER helps in court. I suggest you retain a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney to assist you. Keep turning over that new leaf on life otherwise you will be in jail/prison.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--Former Prosecutor--20 years experience.
Having priors for the same conduct you are currently charged with will not help at all. The story is complicated -- I would definitely consult a local defense attorney.
If you're facing a criminal charge, you need to consult in private with a criminal defense attorney immediately. You must not discuss this with anyone else until you do. That includes discussing it on the internet, and it especially includes talking to the police. This is the most important (and probably only) useful advice we can give you here: DO NOT TALK TO THE POLICE. If they try to talk to you, you must say "I'm sorry, but I don't want to answer any questions or consent to any searches, and I'd like to speak to a lawyer, please." Or, if you want to be technical, say "I'm invoking my right to remain silent and my right to counsel." Say that, ONLY that, then STOP TALKING. Do not tell them about your new views on life. Do not try to make excuses, defenses, rationalizations, or anything.
Talking to the police without your own lawyer present can never, ever help you. The police are allowed to lie to you and trick you to get you to make self-incriminating statements. They can misrepresent what evidence they have. Or they will say, look, I'm sure this is all a misunderstanding, why don't you tell me your side of it - and then you'll say something they can use against you, and lose any chance of a defense. Do not fall for it. Do not talk to the police. Ask for a lawyer. Stop talking. Have I made myself clear?
Why do you need a lawyer? Only a lawyer can hold the police accountable for statements they may make to you about what evidence they have, or don't have. If you say one thing about a conversation, and a police officer says another, who do you think the court is going to believe? The police officer who's been on the force for ten years, or someone who's accused of being a criminal? People always believe officers above ordinary citizens (even though officers lie fairly commonly), if only because officers tend to be more coherent and articulate in their presentation. Only a lawyer can be sure of getting access to evidence the police hold that might help you. And only a lawyer can tell you what it's safe to say, and when you need to keep your mouth shut (answer: most of the time; but it's impossible to give specifics without being there).
You have the right to be appointed a lawyer, at taxpayer expense, if you're charged with a crime. If the case hasn't gotten there yet, you should still talk to an attorney in private, in order to be ready.
Having prior convictions will make your sentence more severe, if you're convicted, but it won't necessarily influence the case before that. An exception might apply if the prior convictions could be used to show that you had a motive to commit the crime you're accused of now.
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Prior criminal history affects (1) your ability to testify without the jury being told about a felony or misdemeanor involving dishonesty within 15 years; (2) the plea offer and presumptive sentence. You should not post anything about your case specifics online and should discuss your case in detail with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
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