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To all our current and prospective clients: In light of the National Emergency, our office will still be operational from either our office or remotely depending on the status of events. Either way, we still answer all of our calls directly 24/7. The best way to get a hold of us would be through our office number (951) 686-4818 or email (kia@kialaw.com). Our day-to-day operations depend on the safety of our staff and the courts being open for business. Feel free to reach out to us to inquire about your case or discuss any new cases with Mr. Feyzjou at the number above. Stay safe and we remain hopeful that this too shall pass with everyone’s health and safety in mind.

What To Expect At the Initial Consultation

The initial consultation is one of the most extremely important meetings with your attorney. This is the opportunity for both the lawyer and client to establish the relationship and to have an open and honest discussion about the charges, possible defenses, witness issues and the facts of the case. The most important thing is to be prepared to have an open and honest discussion. Most criminal defense attorneys do not judge clients. We surely don’t. We have seen it all. However, honesty can sometimes make the difference between winning and losing a case. The second most important thing to expect at the initial consultation is establishing a working relationship between the client and the attorney. Here, at the Kia Law Firm, we believe that the relationship between us is a special one. We need to establish trust and confidence with each other. We want you to feel safe with our assessment and our strategic planning of your defense. You need to feel comfortable that we have taken over your problem and are helping you receive the goals you wish to desire. We trust that with a great working relationship with each other, we can move to dismiss or reduce charges and to do our work professionally and with expediency.

If you are facing criminal charges, call the Kia Law Firm at (855) 662-2723 or contact them online to schedule a free consultation.

I Had A Warrant Out For My Arrest Due To Unpaid Traffic Tickets In Another State And Didn’t Know It. What Can I Do?

Have you ever walked around all day with a big stain on your shirt or the remnants of lunch on your face and you didn’t realize it? It can be pretty embarrassing once you find out, especially if you run into the wrong person along the way. If you have a warrant out for your arrest and have no knowledge of it, it can be more than just embarrassing. This is especially true if you run into the wrong person. A routine traffic stop by a police officer could result in your arrest, which could cost you money, jail time, and even your job.

Bench Warrants

If you fail to pay a fine or appear before a judge, the court will often issue a bench warrant. This does not mean that the police will come to your house to hunt you down and arrest you. However, if you get pulled over for any reason or you go to renew your driver’s license then the police officer will run you through the system and if there is a warrant for your arrest then you will get booked.

Pay Up

If you discover that you have a warrant out for your arrest due to unpaid tickets, the first thing that you should do is pay what you owe. This will not automatically get rid of the warrant for your arrest, but it is a good first step.

Talk To The Judge

It is much better for you to go willingly to the judge to plead your case rather then being brought in by the police. However, this is not recommended without taking a defense attorney with you. No matter how innocent you are and how truthful with the judge you are, many judges are predisposed not to trust people in your position. They have heard every excuse in the book, and this can work against you in this case.

Having a trusted attorney in your corner can be the difference between getting off with a slap on the wrist or facing larger fees and jail time. At the Kia Law Firm, we have the experience you need to get a bench warrant to go away and have it expunged from your record. If you have a bench warrant in your name, don’t wait to get arrested by the police to take care of it. Give us a call and let us help you. To schedule a free consultation, contact us online or call (855) 662-2723 today.

Three Things You Need To Know About California Penal Code 977(a)

When you get charged with a crime, a judge determines what your punishment will be. Whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony offense, your case will be brought before the judge who will decide whether or not to be lenient and give you the minimum punishment or levy the heaviest punishment allowable. The judge gets to decide whether you receive probation, jail time, a fine, or if the case will be dismissed and you walk away with no repercussions.

Most would assume that when your case goes before a judge, you would have to be present. However, that isn’t necessarily the case. According to California Penal Code 9(a), there are certain times when the defendant does not have to appear before a judge. Instead, an attorney can appear in place of the defendant. This does not apply to every situation, so it is important to know when this code applies to you. Here are three things you should know about Penal Code 977(a).

Felony Offenses

Penal Code 977(a) applies to most, but not all, misdemeanors. However, if you are being charged with a felony offense, your attorney cannot appear in your place. It is still a good idea to have your attorney with you, but you will have to appear before the judge for your arraignment and plea, as well as the preliminary hearing and sentencing. If you are facing a trial and there is evidence or testimony being presented before a jury, you are required to be there for that portion of the process as well.

Domestic Abuse and DUI’s

There are exceptions to every rule, and Penal Code 977(a) has two. If the misdemeanor is related to domestic abuse, then you will still need to be present for the arraignment and sentencing. In addition, if a protective order is issued, the defendant must be present for that as well.

In DUI cases, the defendant may be required to appear before the court at any or all of the following: the arraignment, the plea, and sentencing. This depends on the judge and the case.

Get An Experienced Lawyer

When facing a misdemeanor charge where you may or may not need to appear before the judge, you will have to rely heavily on your attorney. Experienced attorneys know which judges will likely require defendants to appear and which ones won’t. That’s why it is so important to have an attorney that you can trust.

At the Kia Law Firm, we have experience in criminal law and we now the personalties and tendencies of the judges in the Oklahoma City area. We can help walk through the process and advise you when you need to appear and when we can take care of the process for you. To schedule a free consultation, contact us online or call (855) 662-2723 today.

I Got Into A Car Accident While On Probation. How Can I Protect Myself?

A car accident can ruin your week. Besides the potential physical injuries that you can sustain, being involved in a collision is a pain. It costs you time and often money, plus there is the headache of having to deal with the insurance company, the adjuster, a rental car, and the repair shop. However, if you are on probation at the time of the accident, this can complicate matters even more. So what can you do to protect yourself in the case of an accident while you are on probation?

Stay Put

One of the worst things you can do if you get into an accident is to panic and flee the scene. This can take you from being the victim or receiving a minor traffic violation to a much more serious offense. No matter how worried you are about the implications on your probation, a hit and run can only make it worse. Stay calm and stay put.

Report It

If the police come to the scene, then this would be considered contact with the police, which means that you need to report the incident to your parole officer. Being involved in a car wreck in and of itself is not a violation of parole. If you were doing something illegal at the time, or breaking the rules of your parole agreement, then that could be an issue. But it is better to be forthcoming and report the contact with the police rather than your parole officer finding out by other means.

Don’t Admit Fault

A car wreck is not a violation of your parole, but certain traffic tickets might be considered a violation. It is obviously best to avoid a ticket if you can, and admitting that the accident was your fault could cost you more than a small traffic fine.

Call Your Lawyer

If you are on parole and find yourself in a traffic accident, the first call you should make is to your lawyer. At the Kia Law Firm, we have the experience in criminal law to assist you with any potential probation violations and will do anything in our power to keep you out of jail. Before you do anything else, give us a call. To schedule a free consultation, contact us today online or call (855) 662-2723.

I Borrowed My Brother’s Car And Got Arrested For Driving A Stolen Car

It’s not uncommon to borrow another person’s car. We’ve all been there. Whether you don’t own a car at all, or your vehicle is at the mechanic’s getting a tune up, or you’re asked to transport a family member’s car for one reason or another, we have all driven a car that didn’t legally belong to us. Is there any reason for this and could you be arrested for driving a stolen car if you do?

Defining Theft

Theft is a term used broadly to refer to crimes encompassing the taking of a person’s property without their permission to do so. However, the legal meaning of the word may involve more than one category, and varying degrees, of crimes. Theft is usually described as the unauthorized taking of property from another with the intention keeping it from that person permanently. There are two key aspects of this definition:

  • Taking of another person’s possession
  • Intent to permanently deprive the victim of said possession

Degrees of Theft

Although it may seem simple enough, the law actually recognizes many degrees of theft. For instance, a third degree theft could be a misdemeanor, which involves property of little market value. In another instance, a first degree theft might be defined as a felony with stolen property evaluated higher than a limit set by regulations. Also, certain states classify theft as “petty” or “grand”. Some degrees of theft are:

Can you be charged with theft if you had permission to drive the car?

It’s likely this could all be cleared up with a statement from your brother, who loaned you the car, or by presenting documentation you have: a text message, voice mail, hand-written note or verbal statement. An experienced attorney who clearly understands California laws regarding theft can be exactly the person you want on your side to get you out of hot water!

California Car Theft Lawyer

If you have been accused or, investigated for, or charged with automobile theft, petty theft, grand theft, burglary or other theft charge, connect with an attorney to make sure that your legal rights are being aggressively defended. We have extensive experience in having charges dropped, sentences reduced and jail avoided. Contact Kia Law today

I Failed To Make My Mandatory Probation Hearing Due To A Family Illness.

People typically think of probation relating to a person who was released early from prison for good behavior, but is being watched closely. Probation is essentially the postponement of a jail sentence that permits a person convicted of a crime the opportunity to continue living and engaging in the community, rather than going to jail. Probation requires people to abide by particular court-ordered regulations and conditions while being supervised by a probation officer.

Conditions of Probation

Since probation is a time when you otherwise would have been in jail, those in law enforcement see it as a time when you should be closely monitored and putting your best foot forward. Often, probation conditions involve the following:

  • Completing community service
  • Attending appointments with your probation officer
  • Abstaining from using illegal substances or exorbitant amounts of alcohol
  • Staying away from certain persons and locations
  • Showing up in court for specified hearings

The Purpose of Court Hearings

Often, you may be required to appear before a judge for a hearing where the court is simply checking up on you and making sure you are abiding by the conditions of your probation. On the other hand, if you have already violated your probation, you may be required to show up in court to address your wrongdoing. If you are on probation for any reason, it’s important to be in contact with a qualified attorney who understands California law and has experience with probation issues.

Probation Violations

It’s one thing to disregard the stipulations of your probation and outright ignore a mandate to appear in court, but when you miss for a legitimate reason such as a family illness, there can be contingencies that will protect you. At Kia Law Firm, we can resolve your bench warrant, probation violation, failure to appear, failure to pay a fine and failure to comply with other terms of your particular case. Call (855) 662-2723 or Contact Kia Law online today.