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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Libel & Slander and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: got a warrant from a county over 200 miles away.

im 19 and im afraid it has to deal with a girl i had online problems with a while ago. I have not contacted her physically in anyway except for online. I believe I was speaking nonsense and that might have got me in trouble. I do not have time to go to davis. Can i call as listed on their card? To... Read more »

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William Mihrtad Paparian answered on Nov 13, 2017

You should be able to onto the court's website and retrieve basic information about the case but you will eventually have to make a court appearance if the case has been filed as a felony. If it's filled as a Misdemeanor a lawyer can make the initial appearance on your behalf.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for California on
Q: I was assaulted and in my own self defence was set up by my ex abusive boyfriend on video tap

I was the one who was originally hit .beaten .threatened .and was in fear of my life and who was the victim of him holding a knife too my throat

He would not get out of my vehicle after repeated verbal attempts

Made by me.and as a result I physically assaulted him do to fear and... Read more »

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William Mihrtad Paparian answered on Nov 5, 2017

If you were acting in self-defense you cannot be convicted of felony domestic violence. You should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for California on
Q: On 11/6/17 will be his 3 time in court, pre preliminary trial. He waived 10 day to be stand trial. So it on 11/6/17 is

Will he be sentence, it felony charge for possession with concealed weapons. Frist time he did??

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William Mihrtad Paparian answered on Nov 2, 2017

California Penal Code section 25800 as a felony has a range of punishment from 16 months on the low term to 36 months on the high term. However, it is also what's known as a "wobbler" meaning that it can be alternatively charged as a misdemeanor with a maximum punishment of no more than 1 year in... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for California on
Q: I got a DUI in Cali 3yrs ago and failed to pay the fees. I am now financially stable and want to know the next steps?

I got the DUI in West Hollywood Los Angeles. It was my first DUI. I showed up to all my court dates. At that time in my life I was irresponsible and I am now financially stable. I currently live in Phoenix Az. Do I need to get a DUI lawyer in California or can I get one in Phoenix? Or do I just... Read more »

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William Mihrtad Paparian answered on Oct 9, 2017

Unfortunately you will need to engage the services of a DUI lawyer in California. When you didn't pay your fines and fees

on time the court would have found you in violation of the terms and conditions of your probation. This isn't a DMV issue,

it's a court issue and has to be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: If a victim won't press charges or testify can her husband get convicted on domestic violence charge

My wife made false police report and i was charged with d.v. she refuses to testify or attend court. Will it be thrown out eventually?

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William Mihrtad Paparian answered on Sep 24, 2017

Yes, the case could possibly be dismissed if your wife refuses to testify against you.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for California on
Q: Can I have my whole felony record reduced after a period of time or am I stuck with it for life
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William Mihrtad Paparian answered on Sep 24, 2017

Yes, it is possible in many instances if your were placed on probation to have your case later reduced to a misdemeanor and then dismissed.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for California on
Q: When is the earliest I can file to have my felonies reduced to misdemeanors/dismissed?

I was convicted of two felonies and am now on probation for 3 years. I believe both of the charges should have been misdemeanors. When is the earliest I can file to have my charges dropped down or dismissed?

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William Mihrtad Paparian answered on Sep 19, 2017

Usually you have to wait until the end of your probationary period but after 3 years you might be able to file your petition pursuant to section 1203 of the Penal Code to have your cases reduced to misdemeanors and dismissed.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: I'm trying to get my boyfriends domestic violence charges dropped. Any help would be amazing thank you

We got into a huge fight and in my anger I called the police and now he is in jail awaiting a court date. He accidentally hurt me in the fight when he was just trying to grab his notebook back from me and now the cops are pressing charges even though he didn't try to hurt me at all. Please any help... Read more »

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William Mihrtad Paparian answered on Sep 17, 2017

This is a fact pattern that frequently emerges when there is a false allegation of domestic violence and the alleged victim doesn't want to prosecute. You should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. It sounds like your boyfriend has a viable defense to the charge.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Military Law for California on
Q: I am being accused of sexual assault in the Navy. I am currently being investigated and may face a court martial.

Should I retain a civilian military attorney to assist me at this point in time? I do not know if I will be charged with a court martial, but these charges were filed over a year ago and they claim they have been investigating ever since. Recently they told me that I was being officially... Read more »

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William Mihrtad Paparian answered on Sep 16, 2017

Yes, your definitely should retain civilian counsel because you could be facing criminal charges "in town" if this alleged

assault occurred in the CONUS. You should not be answering any questions about the allegation before you have consulted with an attorney. And talk about the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: In California,Can an Animal Control Officer go to my neighbor's upstairs balcony to look into my yard for any violations
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William Mihrtad Paparian answered on Sep 14, 2017

Yes, you do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy from what can be seen from your neighbor's balcony.

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7 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for California on
Q: At the time of my arrest, the officer said I had to contact the DMV within 10 days. Why?
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William Mihrtad Paparian answered on Sep 11, 2017

You must contact the DMV within 10 days of your DUI arrest in order to preserve your right to have an

administrative hearing with the DMV regarding the suspension of your driver's license.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for California on
Q: what can I expect when I go to court I was cited with misdemeanor shoplifting, for $20.00? This is my first offense

I didn't go into store with the intent, a stupid laps in judgement. Could it be dismissed to an infraction? Could I get my record expunge at a later date?

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William Mihrtad Paparian answered on Aug 11, 2017

Because of the low value of the item you should be able to get the case reduced to an infraction.

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for California on
Q: Does the prosecutor have to present all of the People's evidence, including police video, or can he/she be selective?
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William Mihrtad Paparian answered on Aug 4, 2017

The prosecutor can be selective but always has the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for California on
Q: Can a pistol and ammo be carried together in the same locked container in an SUV without a trunk in California?
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William Mihrtad Paparian answered on Aug 3, 2017

No, they can't. They must be in separate locked containers.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: My wife was charged with PC 243(e)(1), any chance of not being convicted/on her record?

My wife and I were both drunk last weekend where we got into an argument sitting in the backseat of a car. She started swinging/scratching my face (not punchin) and I tried to hold her hands to stop her. She left a few minor scratches around my face. A nearby person called police and eventually... Read more »

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William Mihrtad Paparian answered on Jul 26, 2017

It's possible to avoid a conviction through a conditional plea whereby she would enter a plea of no context but sentencing would be put over for a year so she could complete 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling. It would be helpful to establish that there would be collateral consequences to a... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for California on
Q: I was not read my Miranda rights before or after questioned and arrested for dui. why?

The reason 4 park rangers pulled me over at the same time was my ex called and said I was going to hurt myself. Once they questioned me and saw I was ok, they made me get out and perform sobriety tests which I passed. It was then they said I was speeding and swerving and that was the reason they... Read more »

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William Mihrtad Paparian answered on Jul 24, 2017

Based on the facts you have presented, the Miranda admonitions were not required prior to your being arrested and taken to jail The questions that were asked of you after you had been stopped were not subject to Miranda and your answers are admissible in court.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for California on
Q: Hi I need to know if I am able to record a in person conversation in California with out their consent.

The person we are talking to is a lawyer who will leave California without giving us our money.

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William Mihrtad Paparian answered on Jun 30, 2017

Generally, it is illegal under

California Penal Code section 632.  But there is an exception:

633.5. Nothing in Section 631, 632, 632.5, 632.6, or 632.7 prohibits one party to a confidential communication from recording the communication for the purpose of obtaining evidence...
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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for California on
Q: I pressed charges on my bf for dv but i decided to drop them how much time will he do if this is his second one

Will not having a lawyer affect him? His first dv was not with me it was from a past relationship

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William Mihrtad Paparian answered on Jun 18, 2017

The alleged victim in a domestic violence case doesn't is not able to recant the allegations once they have been made. He should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can research the implications of his prior domestic violence case.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Products Liability and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I'm a disabled American with a service dog if someone tries to steal them and I stab them

Kind of trouble will I get into I will plead not guilty mental defect or disorder I have bipolar 1 and I'm paranoid schizophrenic PTSD

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William Mihrtad Paparian answered on Jun 10, 2017

You could be charged with a violation of Penal Code section 245(a)(a1), assault with a deadly weapon with a great bodily injury allegation. This is a felony but could ultimately be resolved as a misdemeanor. If you are a military veteran with PTSD there are protections available for you under... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for California on
Q: can police b asked by defendants attorney to provide footage from body cam that was used during his arrest?
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William Mihrtad Paparian answered on May 29, 2017

Yes, after a case has been filed the body cam video footage would be made available to defense counsel.

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