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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. 

  • award winning certified criminal law specialist

    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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Embezzlement and Fraud Penalties in California

Posted in Uncategorized on March 29, 2019

In California, white-collar crimes can be difficult to prosecute. Embezzlement and fraud penalties vary from case to case and depend on a number of factors. The more grievous the crime is, the more severe the penalty will be. California Law on Embezzlement and Fraud In California, you commit an act of embezzlement if you fraudulently…

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California Expungement Laws

Posted in 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 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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Driver License Suspension After a DUI Arrest

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2019

One consequence of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a possible license suspension. In California, driving is a vital form of transportation that we need to move around in our daily lives. However, the courts and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can take your license if you receive a DUI…

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Effects of Solitary Confinement

Posted in Uncategorized on March 23, 2019

Solitary confinement is a form of punishment within a prison that serves to punish inmates who have engaged in certain behaviors. Corrections officers often describe solitary confinement as a prison within a prison – the officers keep certain inmates in a tiny cell that is smaller in area than an average horse stable. The prison…

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California Repeat DUI Offender Laws

Posted in Uncategorized on February 21, 2019

Driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08% or higher can result in a driving under the influence (DUI) conviction in California. A BAC less than 0.08% could also qualify as DUI, if the level is enough to impair a driver. Driving under the influence of impairing drugs, including prescription medications, could also…

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California Sex Offender Residency Restrictions

Posted in Uncategorized on February 14, 2019

California Penal Code 290 makes it mandatory for any person with an applicable conviction to register as a sex offender with the city’s chief of police within five days of moving into the city. Convictions that could require joining California’s Sex Offender Registration include sex crimes, sexual assault, indecent exposure, lewd acts with a minor,…

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What is a Presentence Investigation?

Posted in Uncategorized on January 14, 2019

After the police arrest an individual, there may be a period of time between conviction and sentencing. Depending on the severity of the charges and unique case factors, this window could be a few days or several months. During this time, a probation officer will likely interview the subject of the criminal case and prepare…

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Should I Agree to Take a Lie Detector Test?

Posted in Uncategorized on January 11, 2019

Polygraph tests or lie detector tests have a muddled public image due to distortions from media representations, so it is vital to know what these tests mean in the real world. When the police arrest an individual, they have a legal obligation to instruct the arrestee of his or her rights, one of which is…

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Random Drug Tests: What Are My Rights?

Posted in Uncategorized on December 18, 2018

To protect company safety, health, and operations, many employers require their employees and applicants submit to random drug tests. However, these tests are subject to many legal regulations regarding discrimination, fair notice, and accuracy. Before submitting to a drug test, it is crucial that you know your rights and can identify if a test violates…

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