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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Breathalyzer in my car for California first time DUI offense?

CALIFORNIA FIRST TIME DUI OFFENSE Anbody seen Blind Date? You know, the 80’s comedy with Kim Bassinger, Bruce Willis, and John Larroquette?  The movie was way ahead of it’s time and didn’t do that well at the box, but it’s become a cult classic.  If you have seen it, there is a hilarious scene inContinue Reading

Criminal Convictions Non-Citizens Should Be Aware Of

Criminal Convictions Non-Citizens Should Be Aware Of

There are two main types of crimes to look out for because of the severe impact on a non-citizen’s ability to remain in the United States. 1. Crimes of Moral Turpitude The following types of crimes have been held to involve moral turpitude: *crimes in which either an intent to defraud or an intent toContinue Reading

How do I erase a criminal conviction in California?

How do I erase a criminal conviction in California?

POST CONVICTION RELIEF: “Motion to Withdraw/Vacate Plea” based on trial courts failure to advise a non-citizen defendant of immigration consequences Many people who are non-citizens are not aware that there are severe immigration consequences that result from entering a guilty plea to a number of criminal offenses and later seek post-conviction relief to “erase” theirContinue Reading

When Health and Safety Code 11550(c) comes in handy

When Health and Safety Code 11550(c) comes in handy

Health and Safety Code 11550(c) states: c) The court may, when it would be in the interest of justice, permit any person convicted of a violation of subdivision (a) punishable under subdivision (a) or (b) to complete a licensed drug rehabilitation program in lieu of part or all of the imprisonment in the county jail.Continue Reading