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    As a former Deputy Public Defender in Riverside County, Mr. Donath has always been on the defense side of the law. 

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    Top 100 Trial Attorneys in California 2012-2014, 2008 Trial Attorney of the Year by the Riverside County Public Defender's Office, and dozens of other awards and accolades.

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Difference Between Expunged and Sealed Records

Posted in Criminal Defense,Expungement on April 12, 2021

If you or somebody you care about has been charged with and convicted of a crime, then you understand how a criminal record can affect your life. A criminal conviction of a misdemeanor or a felony offense can significantly affect a person’s ability to gain employment, find adequate housing, attend school, and more. Even a…

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Misdemeanor Diversion Program in California

Posted in Criminal Defense,Expungement on February 18, 2021

Over the last few decades, states across the country have recognized that certain low-level offenses should not necessarily be handled by the traditional criminal court proceedings. This is particularly true for low-level offenses committed by first-time offenders. California has acknowledged the need for diversion programs for certain misdemeanor offenses. Studies from universities and criminal justice…

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Expungement for Completion of Fire Camp in California

Posted in Criminal Defense,Expungement,Sentencing on February 4, 2021

Many people may not realize that inmates in California play an integral role in fighting fires throughout the state. As of October 2020, there were approximately 3,700 inmates working at fire camps in various areas throughout the state. These inmates work to provide various services, including firefighting services as well as support staff for firefighters,…

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California Expungement Laws

Posted in Expungement,Uncategorized on March 27, 2019

Criminal convictions can have a deep impact on your life in California. If you have a conviction on your record, you can have trouble finding a place to work, a place to live, and even have some of your rights restricted by the court. However, a solution is available to help you get back on…

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How Does an Expunged Record End Up in a Background Check?

Posted in Expungement,Uncategorized on March 26, 2019

Criminal records can follow you for many years and impact many aspects of your life, including your ability to find employment, obtain housing, or vote. However, you can undergo the expungement process to release you of these consequences. While expungement can help with many aspects of post-conviction life, certain expunged records can appear in a…

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