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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: Convicted of battery against a cohabitant. My attorney didn’t fight my case well with the information she had. Help!!!

My boyfriend, who is still my boyfriend, got drunk one night. We had plans but he blew them off so I locked him out. He was always leaving his key at home. He told the police that I beat him up and even though he was highly intoxicated, he had a buddy of his backing up his story. This particular... Read more »

Joseph Abrams
Joseph Abrams answered on Oct 25, 2021

If you're unhappy with your attorney's performance and the outcome of the case, you should consult with an experienced criminal appellate attorney to explore whatever appeal issues there might be.

- Law Office of Joseph Abrams, Anaheim, CA

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: I was assaulted by my significant other in my hotel room. I called 911& escaped.He lied. I was arrested for DV. Help?

My boyfriend was abusive & wouldn't leave my hotel room. I called 911 and ran to lock myself on the car. When he had spun & thrown me, he caught my broken tooth on his arm so it was bleeding. When police arrived at the room he lied. They came to the car and told me to get out... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Oct 15, 2021

much more info is needed.

the police don't normally have 3 officers to take you down and normally do not shoot you up.

there is obviously much more to learn.

if you are being prosecuted, the court will appoint a public defender to represent you.

that person will...
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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for California on
Q: What should I do when my ex used my friend to tell me to sign papers stating I falsified a restraining order?

I was granted a restraining order from my ex (which we both went to court and he admitted). Now, a mutual friend is trying to make me sign papers saying I lied about it all because he wants custody of his daughter that he had with his ex wife.

The mutual friend said my ex and his current... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Oct 11, 2021

much more info is needed.

i would suggest making an appointment with a lawyer in your area and explain all this to get options and provide all the info.

you can also go to the DA who is prosecuting him...i assume.

you know him better than we would and whether he would use...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Family Law for California on
Q: offender pleads guilty to abuse on our kid then cps gives mother sole physical legal custody then offender dose a 2

cps closed mothers cps case dismissed and reversed case father then did a 2year class w criminal judge father appears at mothers home committed dv on mother criminal judge dismissed dv even with evidence / witness then the judge was relocated to family court giving offender = custody rights... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Oct 6, 2021

more info needed.

i would either with a lawyer or on my own contact the Presiding Judge and maybe your congressman and local authorities.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Criminal Law, Divorce and Civil Rights for California on
Q: I want to know what I need to do when I have been wrongfully convicted of domestic violence,& want it overturned/reverse

I have wife who has & is still lying saying that I've done horrible things to her, where when I have literally done not even one single thing to her at all & I feel all the way helpless with the despair of not be able to defend myself from such a terrible unthinkable & most... Read more »

Joseph Abrams
Joseph Abrams answered on Oct 4, 2021

If you have been "wrongly convicted" I have to assume you had a trial or the opportunity to reach a plea deal. As such, you should ask your attorney in the case what your appeal options are, or otherwise consult with an experienced criminal appellate attorney.

- Law Office of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: I am 15 and somebody challenged me to a fight, will i get in trouble for participating?

We are both 15 and he challenged me to a fight this weekend, can i fight him legally? I don't want to get in trouble with police. Are there any steps I can take to assure we both dont get in trouble?

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Oct 1, 2021

IT IS NOT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BUT IT IS BATTERY.......AS A MISDEMEANOR IF NO WEAPONS ARE INVOLVED AND A FELONY IF YOU DO SOMETHING LIKE THROW SOMETHING AT HIM.

YOUR BEST BET IS TO SAY.........NO, YOU WIN.

YOU ARE NOT LOOKING TO GET ARRESTED AND ANYWAY IT IS AN IMMATURE WAY OF SOLVING...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: Lawyer charged me for court cost for her to separate as my lawyer but case ended 6 months ago??? Please help

Hired her 8-23-20 last day in court was in 10-06-20. When case finished, we hug and i thank her. Well 6 months later i started getting invoice for my case?? At first she just told me it was just a covid letter they sent to all of their clients. I inform her my case ended 6 months ago and i have... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Sep 26, 2021

much more info is needed.

it sounds like the case is still alive if the lawyer is making a motion to be relieved as your attorney.......i assume that is what is happening and s/he is charging you to do that.

i would send a letter memorializing ALL the facts. if the facts warrant it,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: Does this law firm defend Native Americans in domestic abuse cases that results in a death
John Karas
John Karas answered on Sep 25, 2021

It's not clear from your question who you are referring to as "this law firm" handling wrongful death cases allegedly arsing from domestic abuse and, if so, if you have been criminally charged with that offense. Your race or ethnicity is usually not relevant to whether an attorney... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for California on
Q: I was served a restraining order by my ex in which she has several false allegations.

I am a volunteer EMT instructor at my local college. I went to the library to take notes on next weeks upcoming curriculum. My ex claims to have seen me. And called campus security claiming that I was stalking her. She claims that I followed her down the stairs and waited for her outside. When in... Read more »

John Karas
John Karas answered on Sep 19, 2021

I don't see a question in your lengthy post but am assuming that you want to know what to do after being served with what's likely a Civil Harassment TRO (Temporary Restraining Order). TRO's can be filed ex-parte (with no notice to you) and are routinely granted by most judges.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce, Family Law and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: There was divorce filed by my husband 2 years ago. We reconciled but he never withdrew the paperwork. I want divorce now

The paperwork was filed in contra costa county. We live in solano now. We only had 1 child at the time the other papers were filed. We now have 2. How do I proceed with divorce? Or am I stuck at his mercy because he filed the paperwork 2 years ago and never closed? I also want to move to my parents... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Sep 18, 2021

MORE INFO NEEDED

THE FIRST ISSUE IS JURISDICTION. CONTACT A LOCAL FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY AND FILE IN YOUR COUNTY.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family Law for California on
Q: How do I get full custody of my child?

I am the biological mother and allowed someone who is not the biological father sign my child birth certificate. And I want them off

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Sep 3, 2021

I THINK THIS IS BETTER ASKED OF FAMILY LAW ATTORNEYS, NOT CRIMINAL.

IF HE AGREES TO TAKE HIS NAME OFF, MAKE AN APPT WITH A LOCAL LAWYER WHO HANDLES CASES LIKE THIS TO SEE WHAT HE WOULD CHARGE TO ADD TO THE CALENDAR AND PREPARE THE MOVING PAPERS TO ACHIEVE WHAT YOU WANT.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Constitutional Law, Domestic Violence and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: Does Civil Code Section 1708.7, Right to terminate lease due to Domestic violence, apply to commercial leases as well?

A tenant claiming civil code 1708.7 sent a notification requesting to terminate the current lease due to domestic violence. However, this is a commercial lease and not a residential one. And the tenant still has an unpaid balance pending. Is the tenant able to break the lease and not have to pay... Read more »

Aaron Michael Lloyd
Aaron Michael Lloyd answered on Aug 16, 2021

You would want an attorney to review your commercial lease documents and the letter the tenant sent you. I would suggest to start with searching for a real estate lawyer who specializes in forming and reviewing commercial lease agreements. I hope this helps.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: My husband financed his house before we were married, i have paid 100 my income for 5 yrs am i entitled to anything

I am domedtic violence victim by him. And hes had me removed via exparte order

Paramprit Bindra
Paramprit Bindra answered on Aug 8, 2021

More information is needed to determine whether or not you have an interest in the house, other assets, spousal support, retirement, and child support (if applicable).

I recommend that you contact a family law attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for California on
Q: How do I sue a non-revocable trust trustee for abuse & neglect of a disabled woman for 25 years in Riverside County Ca?
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Aug 1, 2021

more info needed.

write out a summary of what happened and what injuries the victim incurred.

was this ever reported?

then make a complimentary appointment with a personal injury lawyer in your area.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for California on
Q: I’ve been falsely accused of domestic violence and have already been to court and am now waiting for the judges ruling.

My lawyer has not put in effort into my case, has racked up over 15k in fees. Do I really need him to be there for the decision? I can’t afford to pay him anymore. What would happen if I dropped my lawyer and went to the ruling alone?

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jul 30, 2021

if you handle it yourself you will have a "fool for a client" ...as lawyers jokingly refer to someone that does that.

clients usually don't understand why a lawyer did or did not do something.

2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for California on
Q: Looking for an attorney to represent my brother for a domestic violence. The police have asked him to turn himself in
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jul 30, 2021

AT THE ARRAIGNMENT THE COURT WILL APPOINT THE PUBLIC DEFENDER FREE OF CHARGE IF HE CAN'T AFFORD A LAWYER.

IF HE CAN AFFORD ONE, SET UP A COMPLIMENTARY APPOINTMENT WITH A CRIMINAL LAWYER IN YOUR AREA.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Domestic Violence and Family Law for California on
Q: Child support and threats to harm if I go through court.

Was in an abusive relation for 22 years. August 2018, finally left. Agreed on $200 wk child support (even though he makes a lot of $ & I was stay @home mom.) By Sept, I hadn’t received anything from him. Filed paperwork through court. He found out & freaked out. He sent text msgs saying... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jul 26, 2021

you need a lawyer...............NOW.

preserve the messages, so you can present them to the court.

you want the court to make an order.

Most of us on the DV or Criminal section do not do family law.

I would encourage you to get a local lawyer or contact Legal Aid etc.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Intellectual Property and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Last night my boyfriend, 19, got into an argument with his dad. His dad told him to get out or he’d get his gun.

He pays rent as well, and his dad gave him absolutely no warning, but as soon as he said he was getting his gun, he went upstairs and we left as quickly as we could. He didn’t give him the opportunity to take any of his personal belongings, which he owns all of so hopefully his dad won’t touch... Read more »

Joseph Abrams
Joseph Abrams answered on Jul 25, 2021

I'm not sure kind of legal advice you are looking for? If you're concerned about an illegal eviction, there may be some novel legal argument to make, which is not my area of practice. If your concerned about threats that were made, you can report them to your local police department if... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for California on
Q: My bf was arrested for domestic violence. I told police I don’t want to press charges. What else can I do to help him?
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jul 16, 2021

ideally hire your own lawyer to work his boyfriends lawyer to advise that you do not want to testify or will not show.................

absent that talk to boyfriend's lawyer.

it is not up to you. The victim is the People of the State of California, represented by the DA.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: OC CA disabled looking for an attorney who specializes in Realestate and is willing to work with payments. Please

Was unable to file grant deed, fraud against me by people who should be helping me.

Multiple properties involved. So there is money i had Covid for the last year twice im permanently disabled Been unable to get help.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jul 13, 2021

if you can't find a lawyer on this site, maybe consider Legal Aid........

you can also google Real Estate Lawyers in OC.................

i am in Palm Springs and focus on accidents and DUI........

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