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Diversion Granted on Battery Charge

Posted by Brett Hartmann | Oct 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

A Salinas woman was arrested for Battery and advised by her public defender to plead guilty. Once she hired our firm we moved the court for diversion, which the court granted. Our client will have no criminal record and her arrest record will be sealed.

DUI SCHOOL - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Posted by Phillip Crawford | Mar 09, 2021 | 0 Comments

What is DUI School and How Does it Work in California?             In California, when you are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, there are two cases against you: (1) the traditional criminal case that is handled in the local Superior Court; and (2) the DMV “Admini...

Understanding Misdemeanor Diversion

Posted by Phillip Crawford | Feb 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

California's new misdemeanor diversion law may allow you to avoid a criminal conviction. However, if you are granted diversion, you must be aware that the judge will impose potentially onerous requirements on you. If you don't complete these requirements you will be terminated from the program.

CAN MY ARREST RECORD BE SEALED?

Posted by Brett Hartmann | Feb 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Sealing Your Arrest Record in California             When you are arrested for a crime in California, the record of your arrest is public information. This is true even if the prosecutor never files criminal charges or if your case is later dismissed. An arrest can show up on a background check ...

THE CURRENT STATUS OF CALIFORNIA'S THREE STRIKES LAW

Posted by Julie Crawford | Dec 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

THE CURRENT STATUS OF CALIFORNIA'S THREE STRIKES LAW California's Three Strikes law was enacted in 1994 in an effort to keep murderers and rapists off the streets.  The law mandated that a defendant convicted of any felony with two, or more, prior strikes would receive a prison sentence of 25-to...

BREATH OR BLOOD?

Posted by Phillip Crawford | Nov 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Is it better to take the breath or the blood test? Because of the problems with current blood testing methods and the fact that the district attorney will have only one test, instead of two, to use against you, it's usually better to choose blood.

WHAT IS FELONY PROBATION?

Posted by Julie Crawford | Sep 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

Felony probation is an alternative to state prison and if you follow all the terms of your probation you can successfully avoid all prison time. The ultimate goal however is to avoid a felony conviction on your record.

Do I Have to be "Drunk" to be Charged with DUI?

Posted by Phillip Crawford | Jun 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

You do not have to be "drunk" to be charged with DUI. If the prosecutor thinks they can prove your blood alcohol content was .08% or higher at the time of driving or that you were driving under the influence they will charge you with DUI. But, breath and blood tests are flawed. We have won cases with breath results of .14%, .15% and higher. We have won blood cases as high as .28% BAC! So, your case is not hopeless.

How are DUI and other Monterey County Court Cases Proceeding During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Posted by Julie Crawford | May 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Your DUI, or other criminal case, in Monterey County Court during the COVID-19 pandemic will move forward. You can likely avoid appearing in court in most cases during the pandemic. The biggest concern we are seeing is the need to postpone our clients' right to trial or risk their health via exposure to large amounts of people in an enclosed space for long periods of time.

WHY THE POLICE DON'T GIVE MIRANDA RIGHTS IN DUI CASES

Posted by Phillip Crawford | May 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

The police will rarely advise you of your Miranda rights until you have been arrested. Therefore, if you are pulled over by the police for DUI or any other crime, remember that you are NOT required to answer any questions. We always tell our clients to politely tell the police that they won't answer any questions. Give them your license, registration and proof of insurance and follow their instructions if they tell you to exit the car.

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