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It is extremely rare to be successful in an argument that punishment in a pending action would violated the Double Jeopardy clause of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, made applicable to the states through the Tenth Amendment. However, in the following case, our client had been placed on probation out of the Torrance Courthouse. He then moved to Washington state and supervision of him was transferred there. He was found to violate probation there and served 120 days there for the violation. The Torrance Superior Court then sought to have a probation violation hearing for the same conduct, but our office was successful in having it dismissed. To read how we did this and more details of the case, click on the following link - https://www.greghillassociates.com/torrance-double-jeopardy-probation-violation-dismissal.html.
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As is not uncommon, our client was arrested and bail was set on charges more serious than what the prosecutor decided to file. In the following case, bail was set at $150,000 for our client based on an arrest for mayhem, a very serious felony, but the case was filed without mayhem being alleged, but assault with a deadly weapon, which had lower bail. Our client was unable to post the $150,000 bail, so she remained in custody. We argued for an own-recognizance (OR) release for our client, but the judge set bail at $30,000, which our client was able to post through a bail bond company. To read about this case, click on the following link - https://www.greghillassociates.com/bail-reduced-from-150-000-to-30-000-downtown-los-angeles.html.
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There is a saying that truth can be stranger than fiction and the following case seems to show just this. Our client bought a car from a Torrance auto dealership based on a false application. He then drove the car to Mexico City, parked it in a secure place and mailed the keys back to the Torrance dealership, saying he no longer wanted the car, so he would not be making any more payments. He then told the dealership where the car was located and the dealership did retrieve the car. Our client then flew home to England. A case was filed against him and bail was set at $100,000. Our office had bail reduced to $10,000. To read how, click on the following link - https://www.greghillassociates.com/torrance-100-000-bail-on-bench-warrant-reduced-to-10-000.html.
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There are a few cases that stick in one’s mind, the details seeming as fresh as when first learned. In the following case, our client was speeding home to his wife. He was not drunk or high. The traffic light in front of him turned yellow and he decided not to stop, but to accelerate. The traffic light turned red well before our client could enter the intersection and his hit a car entering the intersection from the cross-street. He killed the passenger and then his truck veered into oncoming traffic, hitting several more cars. His bail was set at $50,000 for felony manslaughter, but our office had it reduced to zero. To read how this took place, click on the following link - https://www.greghillassociates.com/compton-manslaughter-case-50-000-bail-lowered-to-0.html.
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The CHP stops quite a few cars driving northbound on I-5 while passing through the Santa Clarita area. It is one of the main arteries for transportation of drugs from Mexico to Northern California and our two clients were caught doing exactly that, with 4.9 kilos of meth in the trunk of their car. Bail was set at $250,000 for each client, which neither client could afford. We argued for a reduction of bail, which the judge granted, reducing bail to $150,000. How did this happen? Click on the following link to find out - https://www.greghillassociates.com/los-angeles-250-000-bail-reduced-to-150-000-drug-sales.html.
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Our client in the Long Beach Superior Court was charged with forcible sexual penetration with a foreign object (Penal Code § 289(d)) and his bail was set at $200,000. The case facts were not good and our client was a 75-year-old “sobrador” operating out of his home. old. The victim was 85 years old. We successfully reduced bail to $100,000. What factors did the court consider? To read about this tragic case, click on the following link - https://www.greghillassociates.com/long-beach-200-000-bail-reduced-to-100-000-sex-offense.html.
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If Senate Bill 10 becomes law if the referendum vote in November 20202 is unsuccessful, judges will review individual cases for pre-trial release of those charged with most felony offenses and those meeting a host of exceptions to release for a misdemeanor charge. What arguments worked in reducing bail will similarly apply to securing release for clients? With that in mind, click on the following link to read a short summary of a case where we successfully persuaded a jury to release our client with no bail - https://www.greghillassociates.com/torrance-bail-of-70-000-reduced-to-zero-armed-robbery.html.
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Downtown Downey has been reborn with a lively bar scene that has attracted many young adults. The atmosphere is fun and alcohol flows freely. Unfortunately for some, they find themselves leaving the bars at closing time without visiting the restroom first and end up returning to the bar, only to be apologetically told the bar is closed. The person then urinates in public and is ticketed by a Downey police officer. This is a misdemeanor offense. How did we resolve the following public urination case out of Downy for a client meeting this predicament? Click on the following link to find out - https://www.greghillassociates.com/downey-public-urination-reduced-to-infraction-50-fine.html.
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Our office handles quite a few public urination cases out of the Fullerton Superior Court, photographed below, arising from tickets issued in the downtown Fullerton area. While such tickets are for a misdemeanor, we frequently are able to resolve the case as an infraction or even a dismissal. Yet, we never smugly count on such favorable outcomes, or assume a specific case will resolve with the same results as a prior case. For the following client facing a misdemeanor for public urination in Fullerton Superior Court, we continued the good luck. To read about one such case being dismissed, click on the following link - https://www.greghillassociates.com/fullerton-public-urination-civil-compromise-dismissed.html.
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Public urination cases in Manhattan Beach are far less common than those in Hermosa Beach and it is quite rare for an attorney to receive such a ticket anywhere. However, in the following case out of Manhattan Beach, our client, an attorney in his late-20’s, was so ticketed after a police officer saw him urinating behind a green tarp by a house under construction. Our client had consumed many drinks and forgot to use the restroom before setting of to walk home. How did this case resolve? Click on the following link to find out - https://www.greghillassociates.com/attorney-cited-for-public-urination-in-manhattan-beach.html.

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