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Reducing Felonies To Misdemeanors

Reducing Felonies To Misdemeanors

California Penal Code 17(b) allows for certain felonies to be reduced to misdemeanors.  Under Section 17(b), such felonies can be reduced to misdemeanors before or after sentencing.  The timing of a charge reduction can be crucial.  For instance, a domestic violence incident charged as a felony under P.C. 273.5 is a “strike” offense. If the […]

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The Police Didn’t Read Me My Rights!

The Police Didn’t Read Me My Rights!

They didn’t read me my rights! Shouldn’t my case be thrown out? The above questions are ones California defense lawyers hear rather frequently during initial interviews with new clients. The short answer is: It depends. As a result of a Supreme Court case entitled Ernesto Miranda v. Arizona, law enforcement officers are required to give […]

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Forms Needed To Start Your Divorce

FORMS NEEDED FOR TO START YOUR DIVORCE

If you are contemplating getting a divorce but haven’t started the process, this blog will tell you what forms you need to start the process.  All the forms described below can be found on the California Courts website, www.courts.ca.gov. Once you are on the site, clink on the gray “Forms and Rules” tab at the […]

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The Differences Separating Misdemeanor And Felony DUI’s

The Differences Separating Misdemeanor And Felony DUI’s

A “deuce” in California may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Felonies are crimes for which the punishment can be a term in prison over a year, however, most DUI cases in our state are misdemeanor matters. When violations of Vehicle Code 23152(a) and 23152(b) are reported by police as misdemeanors, a person […]

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Advice For Teenage Mothers Heading Into A Custody Battle

In recent months, I have had the opportunity to represent teenage mothers caught in custody disputes.  On two occasions, the father was refusing to return the infants to the mothers.  The teenage mothers asked the police for help but the police were unable to help given that there were no court orders.   The following information […]

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Should I talk to the Social Worker? Or Should I Lawyer Up?

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  I get asked this question at least 5 times a day.  And it is an important question.  It may well decide what happens, and what eventually happens to you and your children.  Having said that, 99% of the time I recommend that parents NOT talk to social workers.  And this advice is not the […]

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Joint Suspensions In California

Joint Suspensions

Joint suspension is a term frequently mouthed by defendants sitting in jail and attending proceedings in local courthouses. People facing felony charges commonly look at joint suspensions as a good solution to their current problems in the legal system, however, defense lawyers don’t always share that opinion. A joint suspension can commence when a defendant […]

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The First Hearing: The Arraignment Detention Hearing

Arraignment Detention Hearing

The First Hearing:  The Arraignment Detention Hearing Once the social worker’s investigation of alleged child abuse or neglect is completed, in most situations the social worker may file a request with the juvenile court for a warrant or court order to take away your child/ren.  This is known as “detaining” or “taking your children into […]

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Advice For Teenage Fathers Heading Into A Custody Battle

In recent months, I have had the opportunity to represent teenage fathers caught in custody disputes.  The scenario I have encountered is a teenage couple breaks up and the mother starts denying father visitation with the children. YOU ARE ENTITLED TO 50/50 Although some might still believe that a mother’s rights are superior to the […]

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Preparing Your Preliminary Declaration Of Disclosure

PRELIMINARY DECLARATION OF DISCLOSURE

A necessary step in any divorce proceeding is the service of the Preliminary Declaration of Disclosure.  Both sides must complete this step and let the court know that it has been completed.  The preliminary Declaration of Disclosure is made up of two main documents:  the Income and Expense Declaration (FL-150) and the Schedule of Assets […]

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11 Things You Must Be Made Aware of For First Hearing, at the Juvenile Dependency Court: The Arraignment Detention Hearing

Arraignment Detention Hearing

11 Things You Must Be Made Aware of For First Hearing, at the Juvenile Dependency Court: The Arraignment Detention Hearing 1. You have the constitutional right to be represented by an attorney, especially in these cases where you could eventually lose all your rights to your children; 2.  At this hearing, bring as many relatives and friends […]

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WHEN YOUR CHILD ACCUSES YOUR SPOUSE OF ABUSE

WHEN YOUR CHILD ACCUSES YOUR SPOUSE OF ABUSE

WHEN YOUR CHILD ACCUSES YOUR SPOUSE OF ABUSE   What should you do if your spouse is accused of child abuse?  What if you don’t know who to believe, your child or your spouse?  A situation like this can be stressful, emotionally draining and overwhelming.  It is important for the client to consider what is […]

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Top Ten Tips to Help You Choose a Tax Preparer

Top Ten Tips to Help You Choose a Tax Preparer

Top Ten Tips to Help You Choose a Tax Preparer Choosing a tax preparer is sometimes as personal as choosing a doctor. So how do you know if the person you choose to entrust with your personal and confidential information is the right person for you? After all, you will still be legally responsible for […]

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Which Tax Form Should You File?

What Tax Form

Which Tax Form Should You File? Every year taxpayers are faced with the anxiety of having to file a tax return. What makes matters worse is deciding which form to use to file your federal income taxes. Most people use a computer to prepare and e-file their tax forms. This is easy because tax software […]

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Attorney Client Privilege Prevents Us From Responding To A Bad Internet Review

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Attorney Client Privilege Prevents Us From Responding To A Bad Internet Review This story has been modified to protect the confidentiality of the client.  Seems like a few years ago, I met with a client, and some of her family. She had just been bailed out of jail by the family; and had been charged […]

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HOW TO TALK TO SOCIAL WORKERS

HOW TO TALK TO SOCIAL WORKERS

HOW TO TALK TO SOCIAL WORKERS I always get nervous when a client has to speak to a social worker.  Below are some of the tips that I tell my clients to prepare them for any contact with a social worker. NEVER CRITICIZE A SOCIAL WORKER In my experience social workers are hard to get […]

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Ten New Tax Changes That You Should Be Aware of Before Filing Your 2013 Tax Return

Ten New Tax Changes That You Should Be Aware of Before Filing Your 2013 Tax Return

Ten New Tax Changes That You Should Be Aware of Before Filing Your 2013 Tax Return The new tax season has arrived! The IRS will not start processing tax returns until January 31, 2014 but taxpayers are still encouraged to begin preparing their returns in anticipation of the processing date. There are numerous tax law […]

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HOW DOES THE COURT CALCULATE CHILD SUPPORT

HOW DOES THE COURT CALCULATE CHILD SUPPORT Many clients are confused about how child support is calculated and what factors are considered, the following is a brief explanation. CHILD SUPPORT IS CALCULATED USING A COMPUTER PROGRAM Attorneys and judges use a computer program to calculate child support and spousal support.  The most common are Dissomaster […]

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What Not To Say In A Custody Battle

WHAT NOT TO SAY IN A CUSTODY BATTLE If you are currently going through a custody battle, the following blog will identify what NOT to say. DO NOT FOCUS ON THE OTHER SIDES WEAKNESSES I often encounter clients who think they can win a custody battle, by slinging mud on the other side.  They want […]

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Fresh Start With Tax Liabilities

Fresh Start With Tax Liabilities The IRS has a series of new steps to help struggling taxpayers have a “fresh start” with their tax liabilities. Aptly name the IRS Fresh Start program, the goal is to help individuals and small businesses meet their tax obligations with as minimal a burden as possible. The IRS has […]

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Interesting Case of Alleged Medical Abuse

Interesting Case of Alleged Medical Abuse We are currently representing a mother in the Los Angeles County Juvenile Dependency Court.  She and her husband are being charged with child abuse, specifically not seeking the appropriate medical care for her new born child that has a heart condition. Facts:  Husband and wife have a set of […]

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First Contact: Social Worker

First Contact: Social Worker  What do you do when first contacted by a social worker?  This is a complex question which I will try to answer, but the answer depends on several sometimes related factors.  The simple answer is to immediately contact an attorney that has knowledge and experience in representing people in juvenile dependency […]

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Vincent W Davis & Our Juvenile Dependency Law Firm

Vincent W. Davis, Esq.

Vincent W Davis & Our Juvenile Dependency Law Firm I’ve been practicing in the area of juvenile dependency law since January 2, 1989.  Since that time I and my firms have represented hundreds and hundreds, if not thousands, of people in the juvenile dependency courts.  We’ve practiced in the areas of Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, […]

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Preparing for a Custody Evaluation Hearing

Custody Evaluation Hearing

Preparing for a Custody Evaluation Hearing In many cases where a change in the child custody and visitation schedule is sought, the court would order a custody evaluation hearing. At such a hearing, the parents of the child and the child(ren) are interviewed by an independent evaluator. The parents’ new partners, certain relatives and other […]

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Ways to Avoid Probate

While many people are not sure of what probate is, many assume correctly that it is something that should be avoided under most circumstances.   Probate is the process by which a deceased person’s estate is transferred to the decedent’s beneficiaries.   Probate can be and usually is both an expensive and a time-consuming process.     California attorneys’ […]

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Fight Back Against Abusive Employers

ISSUES IN THE WORKPLACE In these tough economic times, employers are taking advantage of workers. It pretty much goes without saying that we all want to keep our jobs.   And jobs aren’t just about the money.   Along with a job comes self-esteem, often times some co-workers that are our friends, and a regularity of life.   […]

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