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What will happen in my DUI case in San Marcos CA?

DUI in San Marcos CA is usually handled by San Diego County Sheriff's or CHP. The case will be handled here in the Vista Courthouse. You might have been to San Marcos for dinner on restaurant row, happy hour, a movie or just running errands, and a DUI was the last thing on your mind. If this is your first DUI, it's important to contact an experienced DUI Defense attorneys at Christoph Law Offices located directly across from the Vista Courts as soon as possible to review your case, explain the law, the process and the possible outcomes as a result of your arrest. Additionally, almost every case requires immediate action to set a DMV Hearing within 10 days to delay and try to avoid any license suspension. With over 38 years in combined DUI experience and having defended over 3,000 DUIs, we will provide you the highest level of personal professional representation and work to achieve the best possible result in your case. Charges may be able to be dismissed, reduced or consequences minimized depending on the facts of your case. We will be able to make the court appearances and DMV Hearings without you. For a free consultation call: 760-941-5720.

Is Expungement of an old Oceanside Drug Offense possible?

     Expungement of an old Oceanside or any North County Drug Offense is possible.  It depends on the sentence in the drug case. If it was a misdemeanor, you can almost always have a misdemeanor expunged especially if you successfully completed probation. You may also get an expungement for nearly all felony drug convictions as long as you did not go to State Prison and completed probation.   An additional requirement is that you not have any pending cases or be on probation on any other case.

Drug Possession for Sale Charges Escondido CA

If you have been charged with possession of drugs for sale in Escondido, you are facing serious criminal consequences. As experienced North County drug offense attorneys with over 30 years experience, we understand that law enforcement will often arrest an individual for possession for sale charges, even when the drugs in question were clearly not being sold or were "personal use" amounts (simple possession). The presence of other things such as money, plastic bags, scales, cell phone messages or other items may result in more serious felony possession for sale or sale related charges. It is important to call the Christoph Law Offices for a free consultation. There is a huge difference in the way that possession for personal use and possession for sale are treated. We have done hundreds of these cases and know what needs to be done to achieve the best result in drug cases, whether its marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, prescription drugs, ecstasy or any other drug.

Expungement of Criminal Records San Marcos CA

If you have a criminal record from past convictions in San Marcos , North County San Diego or anywhere in San Diego County, the Christoph Law Offices can help you to take steps to minimize the impact on your life. If you have misdemeanor or felony convictions, it may be possible to have the charges dismissed per the expungement process to help clean up your past record. Many felony charges are also eligible to be reduced to misdemeanors after completion of probation so you do not have a felony record. This reduction is in addition to expungement. While expungements and reductions are not available if you went to State Prison, you can still get a Certificate of Rehabilitation which can greatly enhance your future. Expungements do not seal your record, and the conviction still may increase penalties in future cases, it is considered a dismissal for many purposes and can be a great great benefit in the future. The initial call is free, and we will discuss your unique circumstances and what we can do to help.

Petty Theft Charge in Oceanside CA

Have you been charged with petty theft in Oceanside CA? Petty theft and shoplifting may seem like minor charges, but they can have a major impact on your future. In the criminal case, you face potential custody, fines, search waivers, stay away orders, and potential increased consequences for any future offense. In your personal life, even if this is your only criminal record, petty theft or shoplifting are considered crimes of moral turpitude and raise a trust issue for most potential employers as well as questions of judgment. This charge can also result in loss of present employment and vocational licenses. You may be applying for your dream job several years from now only to find that you've been denied due to "that old petty theft charge." At Christoph Law Offices we have more than 30 years experience helping our clients in North County to get the best possible outcome in their cases, whether that is a dismissal, charge reduction, or minimized consequences. We also are there to help you clean up your record later if there is a conviction.

What is "Record Clean Up" and how can I Clean up my Vista Criminal Record?

There are several things that can be done to clean up your record, and minimize the affect of a criminal record after you have been convicted. Your record can affect government program eligibility, education, licensing, employment, immigration, clearances, and many other areas. Misdemeanors and Felonies can be expunged after probation has been completed or terminated early. An expungement per California Penal Code 1203.4, does not erase the conviction but it results in a dismissal and release from most of the penalties disabilities from the conviction. Many felonies can also be reduced to misdemeanors per penal code 17(b)(3) , so you would no longer have a felony conviction on your record. There is also a Certificate of Rehabilitation which is available after a period of good behavior even if you went to state prison. It can also eliminate sex registration for certain registerable misdemeanors. At the Christoph Law Offices, we have more than 30 years experience working to help our clients get terminated probation early, expungements, felony reductions and certificates of rehabilitation. Our clients have been able to improve results in background checks, licensing, security clearances, immigration and even eliminate misdemeanor sex offender registration. For a free initial consultation call us at 760-659-2149 and we'll discuss your unique circumstances and what we can do to help.

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