Thursday, April 28, 2011

Is It Time to Clean Up That Record?

Maybe the younger version of yourself did not always make the best decisions. Now, years later, you are older, wiser, far more responsible and not as wild, but your record still shows that you have been convicted of a crime...

That fact does not make you a bad person and it should not have to follow you for the rest of your life! If you have successfully completed probation and kept out of trouble, you may be able to have the crime expunged from your record. Even if you are still on probation, you may be able to have your probation terminated early and have your record expunged.

What Does it Mean to Have Your Record Expunged?
An expungement in California state court generally refers to the process of withdrawing a guilty plea or verdict and then having the case dismissed. This criminal record clearing removes the crime from your record and permits you to deny having been convicted of a crime in most all circumstances.

Expungement cases can be complex so it is important to contact a lawyer who knows how to navigate the paperwork and procedure; from filing the initial motion to representing your cause at a hearing with the court where you were convicted of the crime.

Many people don't even know that they have the option of having their records cleaned up. There are clearly some advantages to doing so. Perhaps most importantly, you get to answer "no" on job applications, and anywhere else the issue may arise, to questions about whether you have been convicted of a crime.

For more information on cleaning up your record, contact David J. Givot online or call (310) 699-0070.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

You Are NOT Going to Outsmart the Police!


I have told you not to talk to police. I shared a Law Professor's lecture to illustrate my point.

Now, I give you a lecture from a Police Officer who will tell you that I AM RIGHT!

If you have any more questions, call Attorney David Givot at (888)293-0396.

Once Again, You Have the RIGHT to Remain Silent!

I have been telling you for years that you have an absolute right to remain silent.

I have been telling you that NOTHING good can come from you "answering a few questions." Nevertheless, I get calls from potential clients who say, "...the police just came by to ask some questions and I thing I know, they arrested me."

Your right to remain silent does not imply guilt, it does not look suspicious, and even if it does, what do you care? You are NEVER going to talk your way out of criminal charges, but you can always talk your way into them.

No matter what you think, when the police are asking questions, they are smarter than you; if only by virtue of the fact that they know what they are looking for and you have no idea.

It doesn't matter if it is a simple traffic stop or you are stopped walking down the road or if they come knocking on your door: DO NOT ANSWER QUESTIONS! You can tell them your real name and you can show the real identification. Other than that, you have an ABSOLUTE RIGHT to remain silent and you have an ABSOLUTE RIGHT to have an attorney present during questioning.

How do you do it? It's easy, just 10 words:

"I will not answer any questions without my attorney present."

But you don't have to take my word for it. This Law Professor makes it pretty clear.

If you have any more questions, call Attorney David Givot at (888)293-0396.