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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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    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

What is the Difference Between Parole and Probation?

Posted in California Law,Criminal Defense,General FAQ'S on June 17, 2021

There is often confusion about the difference between parole and probation, particularly because these two words are thrown around together so often. We do want to stress that parole and probation are different, and it is critically important for any person facing either of these to understand what will happen moving forward. Here, we want…

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How Is Criminal Negligence Defined In California?

Posted in Criminal Defense,General FAQ'S on October 29, 2020

Criminal negligence refers to conduct a person engages in that ignores an obvious or known risk or disregards the safety and life of others. Federal and state courts have varying definitions of what criminal negligence means, but they all describe this behavior as a form of recklessness. When a person is criminally negligent, this means…

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What Can the Police Arrest You for at a Protest?

Posted in Criminal Defense,General FAQ'S on August 26, 2020

Protest rights are protected under the First Amendment to the US Constitution, but that does not mean a person cannot be arrested at a protest. As civil unrest and protests continue across the country, it is important to understand what your rights are at a protest and what you can do if you have been…

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You Can Now be Sued for Distribution of “Deep Fakes”

Posted in Criminal Defense,General FAQ'S on March 25, 2020

Technology is rapidly evolving, and the criminal justice system is often playing catch up when it comes to certain internet-related crimes. One of the biggest growing threats for many people is the creation of “deep fakes.” Deep fakes are altered videos or photos that look incredibly realistic. This has many implications and has been in…

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What is a “No-Contest” Plea?

Posted in Criminal Defense,General FAQ'S on March 24, 2020

There are various ways that a person can be found guilty after being charged with a crime. This could include a jury finding a defendant guilty after a trial. However, a person is more likely to be found guilty after actually pleading guilty before going to trial. However, there are times when prosecutors or judges…

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What Are Miranda Rights?

Posted in Criminal Defense,General FAQ'S on March 23, 2020

If there is any one topic that causes an incredible amount of consternation and debate in the criminal justice system, it is Miranda rights. Everyone you ask has an opinion on what Miranda rights are, but very few people understand their history and how they are applied. This includes many law enforcement officers and prosecutors….

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Sentence Modification: Process, Requirements & Limitations

Posted in Criminal Defense,General FAQ'S,Sentencing on February 27, 2020

Going through the criminal court process is intimidating in confusing. Once a person is sentenced to a specific period or is already serving their time, they may wonder if there are any ways to reduce their sentence. Under certain circumstances, sentence modifications are possible under California law. Sentence modifications often involve: modifying a jail or…

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What are Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude (CIMT)?

Posted in Criminal Defense,General FAQ'S on February 27, 2020

Crimes involving moral turpitude (CIMT) may be difficult for many people to understand. That is because a CIMT has no absolute definition, which can be confusing, considering the phrase is used in many statutes. The California Supreme Court is also acknowledged that the term moral turpitude “is an elusive concept incapable of the precise general…

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The Top 5 Misconceptions about Criminal Warrants in CA

Posted in Criminal Defense,General FAQ'S on February 26, 2020

If you or someone you know has a warrant out for their arrest, you will want to know all of your options. This is a scary experience, and many people think they understand what an arrest warrant means. However, we continually encounter misconceptions regarding arrest warrants, particularly whether or not they can be avoided. Here,…

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Examples of Guilt by Association

Posted in Criminal Defense,General FAQ'S on December 18, 2019

You have probably heard the term “guilty by association” since you were young. Also known as the “association fallacy,” this is the assumption that a person is guilty of something, not because of any evidence to prove they are guilty, but rather because they are associated with someone who is guilty. Today, we want to…

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