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.

Drunk in Public Charge Reduced to an Infraction. No Probation. No AA Meetings.

See PDF of Infraction Here

While a drunk in public misdemeanor charge doesn’t seem like a serious case, by pleading guilty to it, often Judges will require that the Defendant attend anywhere from 52 to 90 Alcoholics Anonymous Classes while on probation. In this particular case, we were able to have the charge reduced to an Infraction which means the only thing the client was responsible for was Court fines and and fees. No probation, no misdemeanor on her record and no requirement to attend AA classes. An infraction is the equivalent of what is received in a traffic court, except, in this particular case, there is no need to attend traffic school and it doesn’t affect your driving record. Don’t just plead guilty at arraignment. Often, an experienced attorney can help by reducing or dismissing your charges because of your particular fact pattern, defenses and arguments. All too often we see Defendants pleading guilty on their first day of court without an attorney at their side. They do this to save a few bucks. In the end, this ends up being problematic for a client.

When the client goes to get a job and the question asks, “Have you ever been convicted of a Misdemeanor or Felony” – the hard part starts. Most employment applications require the prospective employee to submit something in writing explaining the fact pattern. The applicant is also required to often obtain certified records pertaining to the conviction. Not only is this a hassle, but in this difficult job market, you have to do whatever you can do to preserve your blemish free record so that employers don’t pass you over and hire someone else because of petty crimes on your record.

I always tell Clients to consult with an attorney before pleading guilty to any crime. It only takes 30 minutes and we always provide a free consultation. Experienced and caring attorneys don’t charge for a consultation. We always believe in giving free advice. If you have any questions, call the attorneys at Kia Law Firm at (951) 686-4818.

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