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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for California on
Q: I did a background check pulled up ccrp art 575 is this something I should be concerned about it the person is a fugitiv

I'm running a background check for a friend the person knows where I live so I'm concerned

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Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Oct 26, 2020

Your question should be directed to an attorney in Louisiana, not California. The La law you asked about is reprinted here. Be sure to check with an attorney from that state because their statutes of limitations (the time frame within which a charge must be filed) are quite a bit different than... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Gov & Administrative Law for California on
Q: Wife called the cops on our retired cop neighbor for screaming all night, cops gave him her name,can they do that?

so he was screaming all night for 3 nights, wife called the cops and they went to check and told us it was goats,, next day he asked other neighbors who is (wifes name) cuz sherrifs told him that she called the sherrifs on him,, i know he was a cop and got fired for a shooting and drinks all day so... Read more »

Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Oct 27, 2020

Yes. Unless information is given to police on a confidential basis, like an informant, or involves victims of sexual assault, or child abuse, the identity of a person reporting a crime is not confidential. If there are any repercussions from the call, a restraining order may be needed.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: How do i fix a false statement

A few months back while my boyfriend and i were arguing i had injured myself and blamed him. Hwme then was charged with corporal injury on spouse. I wrote a brief letter and gave it to his bailbond agent (after being notorized) the charges still have yet to be dropped. How do i go about... Read more »

Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Oct 20, 2020

You may want to contact his lawyer so a proper statement can be made to the private investigator working on his behalf. The lawyer will know the best way to handle it in your jurisdiction. It is very difficult to take back statements made to police. The prosecution calls expert witnesses to... Read more »

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Q: I just want to ask why on my misdemeanor (PC550-B-2) dismissal letter in CA that i am not permitted to own a firearm.
Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Oct 12, 2020

Penal Code section 29805 lists the misdemeanors that result in a 10 year ban on firearms, and 550 (b)(2) isn't one of them. It appears that either you were in fact convicted of the felony, or a clerk has checked the wrong box, indicating you were. Contact your lawyer to get that straightened... Read more »

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Q: Is it possible to run your prcs out while in jail and and if so how many day for day credits do you need to run it out

If i kept going back on prcs violations how many do i need to max out

Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Oct 2, 2020

After AB 109 realignment, Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) was created ( 3450-3465 P.C.) for most (except the most serious) felonies. The supervision is no longer than 3 years; you're eligible for discharge after 6 months and eligible to end supervision after 12 months, without... Read more »

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Q: who do I contact to report episodes of elderly abuse and neglect financial mental and physical abuse! What to do?
Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Sep 29, 2020

Call Adult Protective Services in your county.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for California on
Q: As a LEO, conducting traffic enforcement stop - does asking vehicle operator to roll down tinted windows Alter -

While conducting a traffic enforcement stop - the officer asks vehicle operator to roll down tinted windows (example: 0 percent tint). If that reveals contraband is that in plain view? - or does the action of rolling down windows alter?

Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Sep 24, 2020

A Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) can legally have you roll down the window during a traffic stop. What they see, smell, hear, or suspect can provide the reasonable suspicion or probable cause to detain, or arrest, such as when they see something illegal

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Q: Can I get convicted behind someone else’s lies?

Hi, I have a court hearing on October 5th, for a possible probation violation. I was staying at this transitional living house ran by the department of mental health and I had a disagreement with one of the staff members there. I needed my psych meds at a certain time, and she refused to give them... Read more »

Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Sep 23, 2020

She was wrong, and you were angry. You'd think working in the mental health field would give her skills to handle the situation better. Criminal threats, Penal Code section 422, requires a threat to commit a crime that would result in great bodily injury or death, that is so unequivocal,... Read more »

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Q: Can a individual get a third strike for possession of a weapon while in prison and his first 2 strikes are 2 counts of

Attempted murder that happened at the same time

Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Sep 21, 2020

If the current offense is 'a felony involving a firearm'...an adw on an inmate.. or any felony

where a firearm was personally used.. the answer is "Yes". Penal Code sections :1170.12, 667.5 , and 1192.7(c).

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Identity Theft for California on
Q: High Risk for severe Covid, DA is recommending 6 years 8 months for 9 felony charges yet co-def got summery probation

Feb. 2020, while at court, I suffered a mild stroke, could barely form simple words, disoriented,etc. My attorney, knowing I did not want to plead guilty without a deal, entered guilty plea to 9 felony ID theft charges. I have several health issues which makes me high risk of severe Covid-19. The... Read more »

Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Sep 21, 2020

If you entered a plea at a time when you were not thinking clearly due to the stroke, you might want to have your plea withdrawn. Discuss this with your lawyer. If it was a 'good deal', and there are no problems of proof,for the DA, you may not want to. You might be looking at more time... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for California on
Q: Hi the last 2 days a man from the da office came by to speak to my boyfriend. We have no idea why. We have done no wrong

Not sure what to do we have to talk to him do we have to open door?

Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Sep 20, 2020

No. You do not have to open the door to police, or their representatives, without a warrant.

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Q: I'm trying to see how much and how long it would take to file an 1170d for my husband in California.

My husband was sentenced for a 212.5 no weapons no victim he was sentenced to 25 to life with the possibility of parole. He has now served 25 years in prison and I want to see if we can resent him

Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Sep 18, 2020

Penal Code section 1170 (d)(1) provides for resentencing within 120 days of initial sentencing or at any time upon the recommendation of the Board of Prison Terms. In the petition, The court may consider 'postconviction factors, including, but not limited to, the inmate’s disciplinary... Read more »

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Q: How much time can a person get for getting caught with half oz of meth at a jail
Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Sep 15, 2020

Penal Code section 4573, a felony, punishes bringing (or assisting in bringing) controlled substances into a prison, jail or camp. The punishment is 2, 3, or 4 years in the county jail

(under 1170(h)), assuming no prior strike convictions.

If someone else brought it in, and the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for California on
Q: five year enhancement for prior serious conviction was imposed after the new law SB 1393 was enact in jan.1.,2019

Can a judge impose the five year enhancement for prior serious conviction after the new law was passed in 2019 for SB 1393 my friend was arrested on april 22 ,2019 and law passes on jan.1,2019

Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Sep 14, 2020

The change in the law (667, 1385 P.C.) brought about by SB1393 doesn't eliminate the 5 year enhancement, it just gives the court discretion to strike it, or not impose it. The only way it results in an appeal issue is if the judge didn't know he/she had discretion, and says something on... Read more »

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Q: In California, Expunging arrest if the DA did not file charges to avoid showing up in a background check?

In California, What information if any will appear in an employer background check regarding an occurrence of an arrest where the DA dismissed the case and did not file official charges? Will the arrest still appear and is it possible for the arrest to get expunged?

Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Sep 11, 2020

Penal Code section 851.91(a): " A person who has suffered an arrest that did not result in a conviction may petition the court to have his arrest and related records sealed, as described in Section 851.92".

There are conditions set forth in those sections that have to be met,...
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Q: Was arrested in Cali with 9 grams of heroin. If im in florida will they come get me

Not on parole or probation not a gang member

Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Sep 3, 2020

Depends on whether they charged it as a simple possession or possession for sale or transportation (for sale). Simple possession is a misdemeanor and not likely to warrant extradition.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: How many years for pc 182.5?

My girlfriend just got arrested this Tuesday on the 25th and they are trying to give her 20 years. She has never been arrested used to work with law enforcement. She was on her way yo work and they issued a warrant for her and they have 4 charges on her

Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Aug 28, 2020

The amount of time depends on the felonies involved. 182.5 punishes someone who is actively participating in a criminal street gang and promoting, assisting or benefitting from a felony committed by the gang. The charge is conspiracy to commit that felony, which is punishable in the same... Read more »

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Q: Could they charge me with multiple sales of narcotics at the same time

The PD raided my house and took my safe with narcotics in it but have yet to file charges on the contents of that safe. Then about a month later I got pulled over by a different police agency and was found with narcotics, after they cut into a locked bag without my consent and charged me with sales... Read more »

Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Aug 9, 2020

The district attorney for your county files cases arising from all cities within the county. So, if it was different police agencies within the same county, the charges will come together in one complaint either from the beginning or separately, and then consolidated later. If different counties... Read more »

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Q: I was charged with felony burglary while on bail for the same charge so I'm out on bail twice.how bad is my situation
Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Aug 6, 2020

Most likely the new charge will also include an out-on-bail an enhancement (12022.1 P.C.) which adds 2 years to the sentence, and depending on your judge, could result in get enhanced bail or incarceration when you appear on the new charge.

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4 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for California on
Q: I have trial readiness court scheduled tomorrow. Can i tell my lawyer that i am not happy and want a different lawyer?

He has done nothing to help me at all. He hasn't contacted any witnesses and he barely remembers anything from the last time we spoke. He just stands around laughing and chatting with the DA and tries to convince me to take a deal. He hasnt returnes my emails and i feel like he hasnt tried to... Read more »

Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Aug 5, 2020

You could ask the court for a Marsden hearing, where you have the opportunity to explain the breakdown in the attorney client relationship (because of his refusal to investigate/subpoena witnesses) such that you have no trust in the lawyer's ability to defend you, and request appointment of a... Read more »

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