What is an Arraignment?

An Arraignment hearing is generally the first criminal court hearing.  At the arraignment, the People are represented by the District Attorney's Office.  They are responsible for filing a complaint or sometimes referred to as the information listing the charges against the defendant.  They will list the charges or counts on the complaint and the defendant will be provided a copy ...

What is a Preliminary Hearing

February 4, 2013 MDRM Blog,MDRM BLOG

A preliminary hearing in California is a hearing to determine if there is probable cause to hold a defendant over to answer for felony charges.  A defendant is not entitled to a preliminary hearing in misdemeanor charges only.  This hearing is held before a judge.  The prosecution is represented by the District Attorney's Office and the defendant is represented by ...

Request for Order — Child Custody

A party may file a Request for Order or RFO for a change of child custody/visitation, at any time during the minority of the child.  A final Child custody and visitation order are modifiable throughout the child’s minority whenever the court finds a modification is “necessary or proper” in the child’s best interest.  Family Code §3022.   The moving party in a ...

Fighting Child Protective Services

Child Protective Services or CPS are the local social services agency designed to look at for the welfare of children.  When they believe that a child is abused/and or neglected or are at risk of abuse and neglect they can file a petition with the Juvenile Court to intervene.  The Juvenile Court acts as parent for the child if they ...

Working with your Lawyer

September 20, 2013 MDRM Blog,MDRM BLOG,Uncategorized

Understanding the relationship between yourself and your lawyer is important.  Obviously, you do not want to waste your attorney's time with silly questions which will cost you unnecessary legal fees but more importantly you should be aware of what you control and what you do not in an the attorney-client relationship. The reason why you hire an attorney is to provide ...


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