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While I will attempt answer the questions you may have regarding your legal matter, my blogs are not meant to serve as legal advice.  Every single case is different and there are exceptions to every rule.  Then there are exceptions to those exceptions.  If the practice of law was that easy, the bar exam pass rates would be 100%.  Lawyers would not be needed.  

Google searches have made information more accessible, but knowing whether the information is accurate, complete, updated or even applicable to your cases is where an attorney comes into play.  How many of our doctors have yelled at us for not searching online for our ailments?  I know mine has and yet I find myself doing it.  I'll forgive you for the same.  However, when you do come to me or ready my blogs, please, put such information you have found online aside.  

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We keep our overhead modest in order assist you with an affordable legal representation.  Our focus is helping the type of people who are similar to my family.  I am an immigrant.  My family was and most still are working class.  A lot do not own their home--they only rent.  They struggle daily like the rest of us.  The need for an affordable legal representation is enormous in our community.  This is why I have come back to Orange County, the place I grew up.  I'm a product of Esther Walther Elementary,  Dale Jr. High, Magnolia High School, Cypress College, and California State University at Fullerton.  I want to assist the community which helped raise me. 

Please enjoy my blogs but don't use them as a substitute for legal consultation.  

What happens in court after an arrest?

Posted by Wais Azami | Dec 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

A criminal case has several stages from initial investigation by law enforcement which leads to an arrest to sentencing after a conviction. After an arrest, a defendant faces an arraignment, followed by potentially a preliminary hearing, plea bargaining, trial and then sentencing. This process can take from a few minutes on up to months or years.

Women and Crime; Changes and Patterns

Posted by Wais Azami | Jun 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

The changes and patterns with women and crime has been massive lately.  Women currently account for almost a quarter of all arrests.  This is up from 14 percent in the early 1980's. Arrest rates for violent offenses have increased among women between 1980 &  2016: felony violent arrest rates decl...

Will a DUI arrest affect my immigration status?

Posted by Wais Azami | Jun 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

A conviction for a VC § 23152 or § 23153 (DUI), can have immigration consequences, depending on the individual's status. The conviction can be a damaging factor in discretionary decisions, including whether the person will be released from immigration detention on bond, or found to be of good mor...

2019 Orange County, CA Bail Schedule

Posted by Wais Azami | Apr 24, 2019 | 0 Comments The above link lists the bail schedule for various violations in Orange County, California.   SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF ORANGE FELONY BAIL SCHEDULE PENAL CODE SECTION OFFENSE BAIL 114 Using false documents to conce...

New 2019 Laws per DMV

Posted by Wais Azami | Jan 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

The following is from the DMV website which publishes news laws: Sacramento With the New Year just around the corner, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) wants to inform the public about several new laws or changes ...

2019 DUI Laws

Posted by Wais Azami | Jan 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

2019 DUI Laws Anti-DUI Devices  From beginning of the year through Jan. 1, 2026, repeatedly driving-under-the -influence (DUI) offenses and those with a first DUI who injured someone must install an ignition interlock device for up to 12-48 months. This law is for driving under the influence of a...

Should I get a public defender?

Posted by Wais Azami | Jul 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Most people with limited income or resources are forced to accept a court-appointed attorney, the public defender.  They often have myriad of questions such as;  whether public defenders are real attorneys with real bar licenses, were they not able to get other jobs, or are they merely paralegals...

Do clients have any authority when an attorney is hired?

Posted by Wais Azami | Jun 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Who makes what decisions when an attorney is hired?  Do clients have any authority over certain things?  Are attorneys permitted to run the whole game to the end?   Both the Client and Attorney have authority over certain decisions.  However, each one has different areas which they can control.  ...

California Proposition 57 & Good Conduct Prison Credits

Posted by Wais Azami | Jun 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act effective May 1, 2018 has a general rule that all inmates, unless otherwise precluded, shall be eligible to receive conduct credits.  I have summarized most of the more common credits necessary for your immediate knowledge but it's definitely no exhaustive...

Criminal Defense Lawyer for Immigrants; Criminal Law

Posted by Wais Azami | Jun 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Being a criminal defense lawyer for immigrants is a sensitive arena needing the care and diligence of a criminal defense lawyer who understands criminal law as it pertains to immigrants.   Remember, you have a right to remain silent and to ask for an attorney whenever you are being interrogated b...

How to choose a criminal defense attorney?

Posted by Wais Azami | Jun 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

There are so many things to consider when hiring a criminal defense attorney, but in my opinion, and in the opinion of many other attorneys, the very best attorneys are the ones who care the most.  It's as simple as that.  But you're screaming, "What about their school and experience...?!"  Yes, ...

What is a Brady Motion?

Posted by Wais Azami | May 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Brady was a court case which caused the ruling for which there is now a motion, the Brady motion.  Any material that helps the defense attack the reliability, thoroughness, or good faith of the police investigation is discoverable under Brady. This is a terrific tool for prying loose police repor...

Do I have to talk to the police? Know your rights!

Posted by Wais Azami | May 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

There are only 2 things you have to say to the police; your name and your date of birth.  That's it!  Know your rights! The hardest task of an attorney is not to speak for you but to undo what you said already.  That translates to bad results for you and more of an expensive defense. Most people ...

Do I have to let the police in my house? Know your rights!

Posted by Wais Azami | May 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

The police can enter your house under certain circumstance; exigency (legal emergency), chasing a fleeing felon/suspect, upon your permission or with a search warrant.  The most important part which really matters and you have the most control is when they have no search warrant and it's not an e...

Can I plead "not guilty" if I did it?

Posted by Wais Azami | May 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Yes, of course! It's not a lie when you plead "not guilty" during an arraignment.  An arraignment is usually the first hearing in court in front of a judge where a defendant makes a plea of "not guilty" or "guilty." In fact, if it makes you feel better, change the words "not guilty" to mean, "I w...

Criminal Law; How to avoid an arrest...

Posted by Wais Azami | May 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Lots of people want to know how to avoid an arrest but criminal law is not about teaching someone how to commit a crime.  It's about knowing your rights and being smart in order to protect them.   Common Sense I'm not trying to help you commit a crime.  The following info is to avoid unwant...

How does bail work?

Posted by Wais Azami | May 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

How do I bail out? When someone is arrested, they are immediately taken to jail.  But courts don't work 24/7 so the defendant (person arrested) has to wait until the next day the court is open to be arraigned--that's when the defendant pleads "not guilty" or "guilty."  Usually a bail hearing is a...

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