Drug offenses in Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Escondido, and Encinitas vary by locale and from simple possession, possession for sale, sale, transporting, to manufacturing. The criminal penalties go up with the seriousness of the case. A simple possession of some drugs may be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the facts of the case and the individual's background. There may be alternatives to a conviction with treatment or classes through the Diversion process. A person may qualify for "prop 36" treatment if not eligible for Diversion. Prop 36 involves a program, 18 months of probation and utilamately a dismissal. Finally, there is also Drug Court which is an intense program of treatment and monitoring.
Petty theft and shoplifting charges can greatly affect your future. It is a crime of moral turpitude, can affect government licensing, immigration, education, careers and security clearances. If you entered the store with the intent to steal, a burglary charge is added. Even if you were caught stealing with no defense and confessed, there are things that can be done through negotiations and plea bargaining based on your individual situation which may result in lesser charges or penalties. There are a number of factors in any case which can make a difference, like lack of prior record, career, medications, personal circumstances and possible defenses. If you have been convicted of a theft related offense previously, this increases the seriousness and exposure to additional consequences, especially if there is also a probation violation. We have more than 30 years experience as lawyers defending those accused of petty theft, shoplifting, burglary, embezzlement, grand theft and robbery in North County, and we will give you straight answers on what to expect and what we can do to help. Call us at 760-659-2149 to schedule a free consultation, or to speak with us. We'll provide you with the highest level of professional representation, be available for you, and develop a strategy that will help you to get the best possible result in your case.
When you get arrested for DUI, you actually have two cases, one with the court and one with the DMV. You are given a Court date when you bail out. However, if you do not read the pink suspension notice and temporary 30 day license given to you, you do not realize that the DMV must be contacted within 10 days in order to challenge your automatic license suspension. That is why it is important to get an experienced Vista DUI lawyer involved as quickly as possible to set the DMV hearing and get a 60 day temporary license pending hearing results. Generally, the attorney can not only schedule the hearing, but appear at that hearing and in Court without you. As experienced DUI attorneys who have handled more than 3,000 DUI cases, we know what to do, what to look for, and how to get the best resolution in your particular case. It doesn't cost anything to call us at 760-659-2149 for a free consultation. We give you a realistic appraisal, explain the proceedings, provide the highest level of experienced personal representation, save you time, lost work and help relieve the anxiety that comes with being charged in a criminal case.
Seasons greetings! Its that season of the year again - holiday parties, year-end celebrations, and getting together with work associates, family and close friends. The local law enforcement agencies are on the watch for those who have enjoyed a bit too much holiday celebration, and DUI checkpoints will be an effective tool now through the first of the year. We encourage you to be cautious and plan accordingly.