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  • former deputy public defender

    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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    Your lawyer should have a passion for defense, not just a passion for money. Reputation, vigor, and determination go a long way in this business.

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General FAQ’S

County to Start Pilot Program for People in Jail with Mental Illness

Posted in General FAQ'S on February 5, 2018

The topic of people with mental illnesses going to jail has been one of great controversy for years. Mental illness and disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder are risk factors for committing crimes. They are also rampant conditions in jails nationwide. One study in San Diego, for example, found the…

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New Law, Penal Code 851.87: Easier to Seal Arrest Record in CA

Posted in General FAQ'S on January 5, 2018

If police have arrested you in California but the courts never convicted you, a new state law makes it possible to automatically seal your arrest record. “Sealing” your record means the arrest will not appear on most criminal background checks in the state, although it will still be visible to law enforcement agencies. Learn how…

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The 6 Stages of the CA Criminal Justice Process

Posted in General FAQ'S on January 2, 2018

The cops recently put you under arrest in California. They handcuffed you, read you your rights, booked you into the jailhouse – the whole nine yards. Now you’re on the brink of the California criminal court process and don’t know what to expect. Understanding at least a basic outline of the average criminal case can…

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Incarceration Tips: How to Prepare for Prison

Posted in General FAQ'S,Riverside Jails Information,Sentencing on July 26, 2017

After being convicted of a crime, a jail or prison sentence is likely to be most people’s worst case scenario, and for good reason. Jail and prison are not pleasant experiences in even the best of cases. If you’re facing criminal charges, a qualified and experienced criminal defense attorney can help you secure less severe…

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How to Seal Arrest Warrants: Penal Code Section 851.8

Posted in General FAQ'S on July 19, 2017

Carrying a criminal record can complicate many aspects of life after conviction, but having an arrest on your record can cause significant problems. People who are arrested and charged, but never convicted, can have their arrest records sealed, meaning future employers won’t see them during criminal background checks. This system, covered under California Penal Code…

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CA Health & Safety Codes 11378 and 11377

Posted in General FAQ'S on May 15, 2017

California has several laws regarding the sale and possession of illicit substances. There are two health and safety codes that relate to methamphetamine in particular: 11378 HS and 11377 HS. These two codes break down what is illegal in the state when it comes to methamphetamine, as well as the penalties lawbreakers may face. Here…

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1 in 3 Defendants in San Diego Not Convicted

Posted in General FAQ'S on April 26, 2017

San Diego County has displayed some interesting trends in conviction and acquittal rates for criminal cases over the past few years. According to an internal District Attorney’s Office analysis of trial results for recent years, the court system has convicted roughly one out of every three defendants in San Diego County criminal cases. Some argue…

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CA’s Open Carry Laws: Penal Code 25850 & 26510

Posted in General FAQ'S on April 19, 2017

California has some of the strictest gun laws in the United States. California firearm owners need to understand the state’s gun laws, or they risk facing stiff penalties and possibly even criminal prosecution. While the gun registration and purchasing laws in the state are generally straightforward, California’s open carry laws have been a hot topic…

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How are Compensatory and Punitive Damages Decided?

Posted in General FAQ'S on April 12, 2017

A personal injury lawsuit is a common choice for people who suffer injuries and other damages due to the negligent actions of others. In a typical personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff can reasonably expect to win compensation for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, property damage, and lost income resulting from the incident in question….

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Punishments for Handicap Placard Abuse in California

Posted in General FAQ'S on March 31, 2017

The state of California has a serious problem with disability fraud; specifically, one in eight California drivers have handicap placards for their cars, allowing free metered parking and access to easily accessible parking spots. Since it stands to reason that it is not possible for that many California drivers to have disabilities, widespread placard fraud…

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