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A City Attorney Hearing is a good option to help dismiss potential charges against a person who is being charged with Domestic Violence. When a person has been arrested for having potentially committed a criminal offense, it is only an arrest, they have not yet been convicted or formally charged. The arresting officer will prepare a report on the arrest and the probable cause under which he arrested the person. Prosecutors will then review the report and determine if there is adequate evidence to take the matter to court and file formal charges. This is where a City Attorney Hearing can be very beneficial to a person being charged with Domestic Violence.

A City Attorney hearing is a hearing in which a person who may be charged appears at the prosecutors office to discuss the potential charges. Oftentimes the facts are unclear, or there is more information that needs to be sought for a prosecutor to make a determination on charges .Both the person potentially being charged and the victim will appear before the Prosecutor and will tell their side of the story. This will allow the Prosecutor to gather more information to help aid in making a determination of whether domestic violence charges should be filed.

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The California Bar Association allows any attorney that is licensed with them to practice law in any field, in any city, as long as it is in California. This, as you can imagine, is an increasing number of lawyers. If you have been charged in the South Bay for a criminal offense, it is important for you to know whether you should be hiring a South Bay criminal attorney.

Whereas it helps to have an attorney that is in the South Bay, it does not necessarily mean that the attorney must have an office in South Bay and practice only in South Bay. The important thing to note is not that the attorney must be “born and raised” in the South Bay, but that they practice frequently in the area and are familiar with the Courts.

To fully understand the situation, let’s consider an example that illustrates the difference.

California Penal Code §243 (e)(1) makes it unlawful to commit a battery against someone that you have some familial relationship with. It differs from the general definition of battery as it specifically defines the relationships the person being charged, and the alleged victim have. If they do not share a relationship specified under this code section, is it not a domestic violence batter.

To understand the components of a domestic violence battery, it is important to read the code section under which it is defined. California Penal Code §242 defines battery as a “willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another”.

California Penal Code §243 simply defines the relationships that will cause it to be considered domestic violence. To be charged as domestic violence, the person being charged and the alleged victim must be one of the following:

When you are faced with juvenile charges in a criminal court, you are facing unfamiliar procedures and law. It is always effective and necessary to seek the help of a Los Angeles Criminal Defense attorney when attempting to navigate the complicated waters of the Los Angeles juvenile court system.

The Los Angeles County juvenile system faces excessive caseloads and with budget cuts constantly in play, the county has fewer and fewer public defenders to help represent juveniles in their cases. Each defender only has a few minutes to spend with each of their clients the morning of their case. There is no time for substantial negotiation or preparation for each case. Due to the fact that juvenile cases continue to grow, yet the county continuously cuts back on public defenders, the result is a growing caseload for each attorney.

When your son or daughter has been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor or felony criminal offense, it is imperative that their rights are properly protected under the Constitution, and they are afforded competent legal representation caring enough to become familiar not only with the prosecution’s case as set forth in the police report, but a complete understanding of the minors side. Any defenses and witnesses that can serve as a basis for a favorable result, if not a complete dismissal must be carefully reviewed.

In previous blogs the hypothetical case of Donna was illustrated. In Part 2, Donna hired an experienced Los Angeles Criminal Defense attorney who appeared on her behalf at the Arraignment and pled not guilty after discussing the plea bargain with the Prosecutor.

The attorney would have had three options in Court while appearing on behalf of Donna for the petty theft charge. He could have accepted the plea bargain offer from the Prosecutor which was to plead guilty to a misdemeanor petty theft, restitution, fines and penalties, and probation for three years.

If he pled guilty, the attorney would have discussed with Donna at length her constitutional rights in a criminal case. After having discussed each right in detail, Donna would have signed and initialed a form stating each of these rights. The Judge would have then, on the record, asked Donna if she understood the charges against her, the rights she was waiving, and whether she agreed. After having done so, the case would have been completed.

If you have been charged with a criminal charge, you will be given a date upon which you must appear before a Criminal Judge. If you do not appear on the date you are given, or prior to that, then you will be additionally charged with a failure to appear.

Merely appearing before a criminal Judge does not mean you are guilty of the crime you have been charged with. This first appearance, the arraignment, is for several reasons.

First, you will be read you rights. You have certain constitutional rights that are granted to you during the criminal process. One of these important rights is the right to counsel. If you want an attorney to represent you in the proceedings, you need to inform the Judge so that they can give you time to retain a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer.

Law school focuses on general legal education. Attorney’s do not receive specialized education in one area of law. However, because law school is only three years, all attorneys received general education in all the different areas.

Each area of law is very practice specific, not only in that field, but in the area in which the attorney practices. Each court and each county has its own specific rules as to procedure and practice. Certain cities are more lenient on certain thing in comparison to other counties and some Judges are more open to negotiation than others.

For example, a family law attorney is familiar with the family law forms and civil procedure. They are also familiar with the rules and practice procedures of Judges and clerks in Family Court. Criminal Court is a very different setting. It has its own set of rules and procedures. Also, a family law attorney would be present in family law court often throughout the week, whereas a criminal attorney would be in Criminal court.

\The United States Constitution gives everyone the right to an attorney when they are being tried by the state of California in a criminal case. You do not have to exercise this right, and may choose to waive it. However, it is highly recommended that you seek the help of legal counsel prior to appearing in court.

If you do not have a Los Angeles Criminal Defense attorney to represent you, you may not get the best possible outcome to your case. In addition, you may not be able to enjoy some of the procedural perks offered to attorneys.

First off, if you have an attorney, you do not need to appear in court at any time. The attorney is a representative of you, and they will appear on your behalf. Of course, you always have the option to appear if you would like to, but it does not hurt your case or make your case weaker, if you do not appear.

When a person is arrested for a criminal offense, they are likely very worried about their future and the consequences they may face. There is a consistent negative stigma of getting arrested, and the feeling of having done something wrong and disappointing those around you.

It is important to know that many people are arrested daily without significant reason. The police officers are doing their job in arresting those that they feel MAY have committed an offense. This does not mean that you have been found GUILTY of anything. There is no conviction and you have yet to be proven guilty before a Judge and a Jury.

Many minor misdemeanor offenses rarely result in any jail time or a prison sentence. One of the purposes of the Court system is to deter people from committing repeated offenses. They do that by ensuring that people are properly warned on any first offense.

If you have been arrested for a criminal offense, you should seek the help and guidance of a legal professional. A legal professional knows the law, and the possible defenses available to you and is able to inform you of the rights you may have. A professional will also inform you as to whether your case is weak or strong, and if it is weak, they are aware of how to make it stronger.

Without the help of a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, you are blindly arguing for your rights and what you are entitled to. You do not adequately know when you are being offered something unreasonable, or what your chances would be if you were to fight for yourself in Court. Not to mention, with a plethora of evidentiary rules, you will not be able to present your evidence and arguments efficiently if you are not well versed in what may be admitted.

If you understand the importance of having a legal professional on your side, then it is more than likely you will be calling different attorneys and speaking to them about your case. It is also more than likely that you will be quoted a wide range of attorney’s fees.

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