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ASSAULT AND BATTERY

Assault and battery is the combination of two violent crimes: assault (the threat of violence) and battery (physical violence). This legal distinction exists only in jurisdictions that distinguish assault as threatened violence rather than actual violence. In most states, an assault/battery is committed when one person tries to or actually does physically strike another, or acts in a threatening manner to put another in fear of immediate harm.
Many states declare that a more serious or “aggravated” assault/battery occurs when one tries to, or does, cause severe injury to another, or causes injury through use of a deadly weapon. Historically, laws treated the threat of physical injury as “assault”, and the completed act of physical contact or offensive touching as “battery,” but many states no longer differentiate between the two.
Probable Penalties & Consequences
Jail time, Probation, Parole, Anger management classes, Loss of the right to have a firearm etc. The wrongdoer may be required to pay for damages, the determination of which is usually made by a judge.
Generally, a plaintiff is entitled to COMPENSATORY DAMAGES that compensate for injuries that are both directly and indirectly related to the wronged party. Some damages are: medical expenses, and lost earnings resulting from the victim’s inability to work.
If Arrested or Jailed
Many of Mark Waecker’s clients have sought his legal guidance immediately following an arrest, while still incarcerated. Those clients use the clock to their advantage, as time is still on their side. Acting quickly and efficiently, Mark Waecker will use assertive strategies to have cases dismissed or substantially reduce potential consequences.
If Contacted by the Police
First and foremost, absolutely exercise your right to remain silent at all times, under all circumstances. Many cases are prosecuted when clients, contacted by a law enforcement agent, mistakenly believe that they can talk their way out of the situation. Often, these are undercover agents acting like ordinary people.
Challenging the skill and training of a law enforcement officer by attempting to discuss your case with them is never a good idea. Instead, immediately assert your right to remain silent and call Mark Waecker directly, or have someone else make the call for you.

CREDIT CARD FRAUD

Credit card fraud is a wide-ranging term for theft and fraud committed using a credit card or any similar payment mechanism as a fraudulent source of funds in a transaction. The purpose may be to obtain goods without paying, or to obtain unauthorized funds from an account. Credit card fraud is also an adjunct to identity theft.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, while identity theft had been holding steady for the last few years, it has seen an increase recently. When a credit card is lost or stolen, it remains usable until the holder notifies the issuer that the card is lost. Most issuers have free 24-hour telephone numbers to encourage prompt reporting. Still, it is possible for a thief to make unauthorized purchases on a card until it is canceled.
Without other security measures, a thief could potentially purchase thousands of dollars in merchandise or services before the cardholder or the card issuer realize that the card is in the wrong hands.
Probable Penalties & Consequences
Up 10 – 20 years in jail depending on severity. Courts may order personal property seizure including houses, computers, money and allows a penalty of up to 10 years in jail for a conviction of even the “tamest” credit card fraud. Further convictions may carry with them a greater penalty and the courts may order a seizure of any personal property used to aid credit card fraud, including houses, computer equipment and money.
If Arrested or Jailed
Many of Mark Waecker’s clients have sought his legal guidance immediately following an arrest, while still incarcerated. Those clients use the clock to their advantage, as time is still on their side. Acting quickly and efficiently, Mark Waecker will use assertive strategies to have cases dismissed or substantially reduce potential consequences.
First and foremost, absolutely exercise your right to remain silent at all times, under all circumstances. Many cases are prosecuted when clients, contacted by a law enforcement agent, mistakenly believe that they can talk their way out of the situation. Often, these are undercover agents acting like ordinary people.
Challenging the skill and training of a law enforcement officer by attempting to discuss your case with them is never a good idea. Instead, immediately assert your right to remain silent and call Mark Waecker directly, or have someone elsemake the call for you.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Domestic violence, or domestic abuse, spousal abuse, battering, family violence, and intimate partner violence (IPV), is defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors by one partner against another in an intimate relationship like marriage, dating, family, or cohabitation. It is not limited to obvious physical violence but also endangerment, criminal coercion, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, trespassing, harassment, and stalking.

Since many victims are not actually married to the abuser, but rather cohabiting or in other arrangements., abuse can take other forms than physical abuse. Other forms of abuse may be constantly occurring, while physical abuse happens occasionally. Males as well as females are victims of domestic violence. These other forms of abuse have the potential to lead to mental illness, self-harm, and even attempts at suicide.

Probable Penalties & Consequences

Jail time: 12 – 60 days.
Fines, Pay hospital bills, Work programs, Batterers’ counseling + fees, Probation supervision.

If Arrested or Jailed

Many of Mark Waecker’s clients have sought his legal guidance immediately following an arrest, while still incarcerated. Those clients use the clock to their advantage, as time is still on their side. Acting quickly and efficiently, Mark Waecker will use assertive strategies to have cases dismissed or substantially reduce potential consequences.

If Contacted by the Police

First and foremost, absolutely exercise your right to remain silent at all times, under all circumstances. Many cases are prosecuted when clients, contacted by a law enforcement agent, mistakenly believe that they can talk their way out of the situation. Often, these are undercover agents acting like ordinary people.

Challenging the skill and training of a law enforcement officer by attempting to discuss your case with them is never a good idea. Instead, immediately assert your right to remain silent and call Mark Waecker directly, or have someone else make the call for you.

DRUG CHARGES

The consequences of a drug offense can be very serious. Conviction can result in prison time, big fines, court ordered classes, registration as a drug offender and so on. You could end up with a criminal conviction on your record, permanently tarnishing your reputation and impacting your future, including your employment opportunities.
—- ILLEGAL VS. LEGAL DRUGS –—
The legality of a drug often depends on how it is being used or what it is being used for. For example, amphetamines are used to treat attention deficit disorder, barbiturates help treat anxiety, and marijuana can help alleviate cancer-induced nausea. But unprescribed and unsupervised use of these substances (and many others) is thought to present a danger to individuals and to society in general.
Though there is a longstanding federal strategy in place to combat the abuse and distribution of controlled substances, each state also has its own set of drug laws. One key difference between the two is that while the majority of federal drug convictions are obtained for trafficking, the majority of local and state arrests are made on charges of possession. Out of these state and local arrests, over half are for the possession of marijuana. Below link to find a brief overview of these offenses, as well as an explanation of some key terms related to drug crimes.
Probable Penalties & Consequences
Possession of a controlled substance: 1st offense, possible jail time – 2nd 2 yrs; – 3rd Indefinite. Sale of a controlled substance: 1st offense 2 yrs – 2nd Indefinite. The main difference between federal and state drug laws is the severity of consequences after a conviction. Federal drug charges generally carry harsher punishments and longer sentences. State arrests for simple possession (i.e. possession without intent to distribute the drug) tend to be charged as misdemeanors and usually involve probation, a short term in a local jail, or a fine — depending on the criminal history and age of the person being charged. Please refer to the “MORE…” link below to review the various illegal drug offenses and the definitions and respective penalties attendant thereto.
If Arrested or Jailed
Many of Mark Waecker’s clients have sought his legal guidance immediately following an arrest, while still incarcerated. Those clients use the clock to their advantage, as time is still on their side. Acting quickly and efficiently, Mark Waecker will use assertive strategies to have cases dismissed or substantially reduce potential consequences.
If Contacted by the Police
First and foremost, absolutely exercise your right to remain silent at all times, under all circumstances. Many cases are prosecuted when clients, contacted by a law enforcement agent, mistakenly believe that they can talk their way out of the situation. Often, these are undercover agents acting like ordinary people.
Challenging the skill and training of a law enforcement officer by attempting to discuss your case with them is never a good idea. Instead, immediately assert your right to remain silent and call Mark Waecker directly, or have someone else make the call for you.

DUI

Per California’s driving under the influence (DUI) laws, it’s illegal to operate a motor vehicle with any of the following blood alcohol concentration (BAC) percentages:

  • 0.08% or higher― 21 years old or older operating a regular passenger vehicle.

  • 0.04% or higher―operating a commercial vehicle.

  • 0.01% or higher―younger than 21 years old.

Driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI), drunk driving, driving or operating any vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, drinking while driving the car, are all a criminal offense in California.

DUI/DWI is a criminal charge in which a person was ALSO found to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance, a drug other than alcohol or a controlled substance, or a combination of them. The effects of the intoxicating substance must be enough that they cause impairment of the driver physically and mentally, affect decision-making and the person’s ability to control the vehicle.

Koreatown has one of the highest DUI arrest numbers in Los Angeles, according to data from the Los Angeles Police Department. A total of 1,995 DUI arrests, 63 DUI-related accidents and 17 DUI-related deaths occurred between Jan. 1 to Oct. 24, 2015, according to records from LAPD Central, West, Valley and South traffic divisions.

Probable Penalties & Consequences

DUI convictions stay on your driving record for 10 years.

DUI/DWI charge may carry penalties such as up to one year in jail, fines, community service, license suspension, psychological counseling or a combination of these. Severity of the punishment will often be increased if the driver has a prior DUI/DWI conviction.

Assuming there is no bodily injury or death resulting from the DUI, the minimum terms for a misdemeanor first conviction are as follows:

  • $390 fine plus over $1,000 in ordinary penalty assessments, plus additional DUI-only assessments for a total of approxi­mately $1,800.

  • 48-hour jail sentence or a 90-day license restriction allowing you to drive to and from your work—and for work—if required, and to and from an alcohol treatment program. If the 90-day restriction is imposed, it begins after your DMV four-month suspension or 30-day suspension followed by a five-month restriction.

  • Attendance and completion of a $500, three-month alcohol-treatment program (nine months if your blood alcohol level was 0.20% or higher. Completing the program is a requirement for ever being able to drive again following a “per-se” DMV license suspension and for minimizing that suspension to 30 days (plus five or eight months of restricted driving) instead of the six- or ten-month flat suspension that would otherwise be imposed.

  • Loss of your driver’s license for at least 30 days, followed by either a five-month restriction to drive to, from, and for work and to and from an alcohol treatment program, or an additional two-month restriction that allows you to drive only to and from the program.

The maximum penalties for a misdemeanor first DUI conviction in California is a $1,000 fine plus over $2,600 in penalty ­assessments, six months’ imprisonment in the county jail, a six-month license suspension; ten months for blood alcohol level of 0.15% or more, having your vehicle “impounded” (stored at your expense) for 30 days, and being required to attach an “interlock” breath device to your vehicle that will not allow the car to start if there is any alcohol on your breath.

The California Driver Handbook describes penalties for second and subsequent DUI offenses as “increased,” meaning you will face longer jail time and more expensive fines, in addition to the DUI program and SR-22 filing requirement.  Your license suspension and revocation periods increase as well.

Some California DUI offenses fall under the Three Strikes Law. These include the most serious offenses―those that involve severe injuries and death. Not only do you face extended jail time, longer (or even permanent) license revocation, and higher fines and court costs, but you might also face civil lawsuits.

Having a DUI/DWI charge brought against you can also affect other aspects of your life including employment, relationships, probation and child-custody arrangements.

If Arrested or Jailed

Many of Mark Waecker’s clients have sought his legal guidance immediately following an arrest, while still incarcerated. Those clients use the clock to their advantage, as time is still on their side. Acting quickly and efficiently, Mark Waecker will use assertive strategies to have cases dismissed or substantially reduce potential consequences.

If Stopped by the Police

First and foremost, absolutely exercise your right to remain silent at all times, under all circumstances. Many cases are prosecuted when clients, contacted by a law enforcement agent, mistakenly believe that they can talk their way out of the situation. Often, these are undercover agents acting like ordinary people.

Challenging the skill and training of a law enforcement officer by attempting to discuss your alleged driving under the influence with them is never a good idea. Instead, immediately assert your right to remain silent and call Mark Waecker directly, or have someone else make the call for you.

EMBEZZLEMENT

Embezzlement is the act of dishonestly withholding assets for the purpose of conversion (theft), of such assets by one or more individuals to whom such assets have been entrusted, to be held and/or used for other purposes. Embezzlement is a kind of financial fraud like financial advisors stealing funds from investors or a spouse embezzle funds from the partner. Although embezzlement used to be a crime in and of itself, it now falls under the umbrella of Penal Code 484 theft.

Embezzlement is simply one way to commit a theft. In its very definition, theft refers to embezzlement. “Every person…who shall fraudulently appropriate property that has been entrusted to him/her…is guilty of theft.” The value of the property allegedly embezzled will determine whether you are penalized under Penal Code 487 grand theft or Penal Code 488 petty theft. The prosecutor will charge you with embezzlement as grand theft if the value of the embezzled property is worth more than $950, or if you embezzle a firearm (grand theft firearm), or a car (grand theft auto), regardless of their values. He/she will charge you with embezzlement as petty theft if the value of the allegedly embezzled property is worth $950 or less.

Probable Penalties & Consequences

Embezzlement usually results in a fine, jail or prison time, or both. Each state has its own penalties and will differ in their severity. If the value of the embezzled property is worth more than $950 Penal code 487, Grand Theft, applies and 488, Petty Theft, if less than $950. If you are convicted of grand theft or embezzlement as a misdemeanor, you face up to one year in a county jail and a maximum $1,000 fine.

If convicted as a felony, you face 16 months, or 2 or three 3 yrs. in the California State Prison, and a $10,000 max fine. If you are convicted of petty theft embezzlement, you face up to 6 months in a county jail and a maximum $1,000 fine.. If the property you embezzled was valued at $50 or less…and you have no other theft-related convictions, Mark may be able to reduce your charge to an infraction, subjecting you to a maximum $250 fine. See California Penal Codes 484 to 502.9 for statute details.

If Arrested or Jailed

Many of Mark Waecker’s clients have sought his legal guidance immediately following an arrest, while still incarcerated. Those clients use the clock to their advantage, as time is still on their side. Acting quickly and efficiently, Mark Waecker will use assertive strategies to have cases dismissed or substantially reduce potential consequences.

If Contacted by the Police

First and foremost, absolutely exercise your right to remain silent at all times, under all circumstances. Many cases are prosecuted when clients, contacted by a law enforcement agent, mistakenly believe that they can talk their way out of the situation. Often, these are undercover agents acting like ordinary people.

Challenging the skill and training of a law enforcement officer by attempting to discuss your case with them is never a good idea. Instead, immediately assert your right to remain silent and call Mark Waecker directly, or have someone else make the call for you.

EXPUNGEMENT

A criminal record can have negative ramifications. It can interfere with your chances of getting certain good jobs, can cause difficulty obtaining a professional license and can prevent you from renting a home. Expunging your record can help you get the job and home your deserve.

Expungement vs. Record Sealing

Black’s Law Black’s Law Dictionary defines “Expungement of record” as the “Process by which record of criminal conviction is destroyed. In California expungement is the process of reopening your criminal proceeding and reversing the conviction to a dismissal. Sealing and expungement of a criminal record are often mistaken as the same thing. In sealing of records, the criminal record is hidden from the public but still on record. Sealing can be reversed or the record can be temporarily opened by court order. With true expungement the record is destroyed. In effect, only record sealing is available in California (even though it is commonly called expungement) and each separate offense must be applied for.

When an Expungement is granted, the person whose record is expunged may, for most purposes, treat the event as if it never occurred. An Expungement can be granted only by a judge.

Criteria

If you have been convicted of an infraction you may be eligible for expungement if you meet certain criteria.

This might include:

  • Sufficient time since the indictment or the conclusion of the criminal case;

  • No additional criminal history since the end of the case;

  • No convictions for certain disqualifying offenses, which usually include serious felonies;

  • Minimal prior criminal history; and

  • Completion of all terms of deferred disposition, probation, parole, or the sentence.

California does not allow expungement for offenses involving sexual offenses against children, murder, and kidnapping. Expungement will not apply, and may be reversed, in cases where the offense is repeated.

If your conviction was for a felony, expungement is the first step in obtaining a pardon.

Other Options

In California, you may also seek a pardon or clemency. A pardon forgives the offense but the record remains, while clemency reduces criminal penalties but does not clear your criminal record. These options for relief may be desirable when applying for work, getting a loan, or seeking employment.

Contact Mark Waecker

You can file for expungement on your own, however, it is an intricate process. Working with an experienced defense attorney is invaluable to ensure the process is completed properly. Many of Mark Waecker’s clients have sought his legal guidance immediately following an arrest, while still incarcerated. Those clients use the clock to their advantage, as time is still on their side. Acting quickly and efficiently, Mark Waecker will use assertive strategies to get the best results possible in your case.

Mark has a proven consistent track record for success in the fastest and most efficient way possible.
Many of Mark’s clients have sought his legal guidance immediately following an arrest while still incarcerated.

FORGERY

Forgery is the making, adapting, or imitating objects, statistics, or documents with the intent to deceive. Forging money or currency is more often called counterfeiting. When the object forged is a record or document it is often called a false document. The similar crime of fraud is the crime of deceiving another, including through the use of objects obtained through forgery. Forgery consists of filling in blanks on a document containing a genuine signature, or materially altering or erasing an existing instrument.

An underlying intent to defraud, based on knowledge of the false nature of the instrument, must accompany the act. Instruments of forgery may include bills of exchange, bills of lading, promissory notes, checks, bonds, receipts, orders for money or goods, mortgages, discharges of mortgages, deeds, public records, account books, and certain kinds of tickets or passes for transportation or events. Statutes define forgery as a felony.

Punishment generally consists of a fine or imprisonment, or both. Methods of forgery include handwriting, printing, engraving, and typewriting. The related crime of uttering a forged document occurs when an inauthentic writing is intentionally offered as genuine. Some modern statutes include this crime with forgery.

After the passing of Proposition 47 in California, under Penal Code section 473, forgery is a misdemeanor offense, unless the forged item exceeds $950.

Probable Penalties & Consequences

Felony: State prison for 16 months to 3 years. Misdemeanor: County jail for up to one year. For either crime, the state may also consider the defendant’s criminal record and any applicable aggravating factors to determine whether the defendant should serve the term of imprisonment in state prison instead of in county jail.

Fines: Felony up $10,000. Misdemeanor a fine of $1000. Punishment depends upon the amount of money involved in the attempted forgery. Also, it matters is if you were convicted before in a similar case. Restitution is frequently ordered as a condition of a plea agreement or a conviction.

Get Legal Help

The right attorney can be the difference between your freedom and a jail sentence. Many of Mark Waecker’s clients have sought his legal guidance immediately following an arrest, while still incarcerated. Those clients use the clock to their advantage, as time is still on their side. Acting quickly and efficiently, Mark Waecker will use assertive strategies to have cases dismissed or substantially reduce potential consequences.

HOMICIDE – MURDER – MANSLAUGHTER

Homicide is the act of a human killing another human. Murder, for example, is a type of homicide. Criminal homicide takes many forms including accidental or purposeful murder. The crime committed in a criminal homicide is determined by the mental state of the committing person and the extent of the crime.

Criminal homicides also include voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. An example of voluntary manslaughter is hitting someone with an intent to kill them, whereas involuntary manslaughter is unintentionally causing their death. The perpetrator does not receive the same legal action against them as a person convicted of murder.

California Penal Code 187 (California’s murder law) states  that “(a) Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being, or a fetus, with malice aforethought. There are three severities of murder in California: First-degree murder, second-degree murder and Capital murder.

Manslaughter is the crime of killing a human being without malice aforethought, or otherwise in circumstances not amounting to murder.

Probable Penalties & Consequences
The sentencing for each type of murder can vary substantially depending on a defendant’s criminal record and the details of the case. Murder is always regarded as one of the most serious offenses, for which the law’s maximum penalty can be imposed. Most jurisdictions authorize a sentence for murder ranging up to life imprisonment, and a minimum sentence of imprisonment for a substantial number of years, commonly as many as ten or twenty.

For the most serious category of murder, some jurisdictions provide a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment. Penalties for manslaughter vary and may be as high as ten or twenty years’ imprisonment, and a minimum of one or two. If involuntary manslaughter is treated separately, the maximum penalty is less—usually not more than five years’ imprisonment. The penalty for negligent homicide or vehicular homicide usually does not exceed three years’ imprisonment.

IDENTITY THEFT AND CYBER CRIME

Identity theft is a form of stealing someone’s identity in which someone pretends to be someone else by assuming that person’s identity, typically in order to access resources or obtain credit and other benefits in that person’s name. The victim of identity theft (here meaning the person whose identity has been assumed by the identity thief) can suffer adverse consequences if they are held accountable for the perpetrator’s actions. Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information, like your name, Social Security number, or credit card number, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.

Computer cyber crime refers to any crime that involves a computer and a network. such as an Intranet. The computer may have been used in the commission of a crime, or it may be the target. Net crime refers to criminal exploitation of the Internet or a specific private Intranet network. Cybercrimes are defined as: “Offences that are committed against individuals or groups of individuals with a criminal motive to intentionally harm the reputation of the victim or cause physical or mental harm to the victim directly or indirectly, using networks such as Internet (Chat rooms, emails, notice boards and groups, Private Intranets and mobile phones (SMS/MMS)”

Probable Penalties & Consequences

According to California Penal Code section 530.5, it is a felony in California to use the personal identifying information of another person without the authorization of that person for any unlawful purpose including to obtain credit, goods, services, or medical information. Penalties in California for an identity theft conviction include a $1,000 fine, one year in county jail, or both. Also, the district attorney has the option to seek imprisonment in state prison, a $10,000 maximum fine, or both as a penalty for the more severe cases. Factors the court considers when assessing the penalties are the seriousness of the victim’s harm, the monetary damage amount, the sophistication of the crime, and the accused’s criminal past.

Theft of telecommunications services is generally a misdemeanor and carries a fine with minimal jail time. Illegally intercepting communication is can be charged as a felony punishable by 1 to 5 years in prison and a fine based on Cyber Crime type i. e. Communication theft or piracy, fostering criminal conspiracies, offensive materials, money laundering, tax evasion, extortion etc.

Representing Clients Charged with Crimes

Clients who have been arrested and charged should act immediately in order to prevent the charges from expanding and other jurisdictions from filing additional charges.

Mark Waecker’s committed team uses the most advanced scientific technique and modern technology to perform investigations, witness interviews, and evidence analysis in order to ensure the best criminal defense available, custom designed for each client.

Mark Waecker’s commitment to superior performance and results consistently achieves favorable settlements or dismissals.

JUVENILE OFFENSES

Juvenile delinquency, also known as juvenile offending, or youth crime, is participation in illegal behavior by minors (juveniles… individuals younger than the statutory age of maturity) Most legal systems prescribe specific procedures for dealing with juveniles, such as juvenile detention centers, and courts. A juvenile delinquent is a person who is typically under the age of 18 and commits an act that otherwise would have been charged as a crime if they were an adult. Depending on the type and severity of the offense committed, it is possible for persons under 18 to be charged and tried as adults.

Probable Penalties & Consequences
Juvenile crimes can include anything from creating graffiti on a building to rape or murder. No matter what the offense, a youth caught committing a crime will most likely be punished as provided by the state law.

Following the arrest of a juvenile offender, a law enforcement officer has the discretion to release the juvenile to his or her parents, or take the offender to juvenile hall. The county probation department, the agency responsible for the juvenile hall, has the discretion to accept and “book” the offender or not, in which case, the disposition of the juvenile is left to the police. If the police want to talk to the minor about what happened, the police must tell the minor about their legal rights. Many cases are prosecuted when clients, contacted by a law enforcement agent, mistakenly believe that they can talk their way out of the situation.

Since the penalties for crimes can range from probation to imprisonment, it’s a good idea to call Mark Waecker immediately for advice.

KIDNAPPING

In criminal law, kidnapping is the taking away or transportation of a person against that person’s will, usually to hold the person in false imprisonment, a confinement without legal authority. This may be done for ransom or in furtherance of another crime, or in connection with a child custody dispute. In some countries such as the United States a large number of child abductions arise after separation or divorce when one parent wishes to keep a child against the will of the other or against a court order.

Probable Penalties & Consequences
Conviction for kidnapping can generate punishment from three, five, or eight years in state prison. For a child younger than fourteen years old the prison term increases to five, eight, or eleven years. If murder during a kidnapping, first degree murder resulting in a sentence of life imprisonment without parole or the death penalty.

Representing Clients Charged with Crimes
Clients who have been arrested and charged should act immediately in order to prevent the charges from expanding and other jurisdictions from filing additional charges.

Mark Waecker’s committed team uses the most advanced scientific technique and modern technology to perform investigations, witness interviews, and evidence analysis in order to ensure the best criminal defense available, custom designed for each client.

Mark Waecker’s commitment to superior performance and results consistently achieves favorable settlements or dismissals.

PROBATION & PAROLE

Probation is supervised by the Court or a probation officer. Parole is always supervised by a parole officer. A State Board of Probation and Parole Authority generally governs the release of offenders from confinement by means of parole or conditional release. The Authority determines whether placement in a residential facility, community release center or on electronic monitoring is appropriate. The Authority establishes special conditions in order to address an offender’s specific needs, ultimately reducing risk and improving success under supervision. The board conducts investigations and provides information to the governor on all applications for pardons, commutations of sentence, reprieves or restorations of citizenship.

Probable Penalties & Monitoring Conditions
The penalty for a violation of probation can me the balance of the maximum term not yet served. Violations of Parole are usually 1 year for each violation. Probation and parole staff coordinate and manage a continuum of community based programs and employ a variety of supervision services to improve public safety and offender success. The following programs are designed to provide additional treatment, intervention, sanctions and structure for offenders: Electronic monitoring; Contract residential facilities; Targeted outpatient substance abuse treatment; Targeted mental health treatment; Targeted employment services; Cognitive skills development classes; Community sex offender treatment and registration; Day report centers.

Representing Clients Charged with Crimes
Clients who have been arrested and charged should act immediately in order to prevent the charges from expanding and other jurisdictions from filing additional charges.

Mark Waecker’s committed team uses the most advanced scientific technique and modern technology to perform investigations, witness interviews, and evidence analysis in order to ensure the best criminal defense available, custom designed for each client.

Mark Waecker’s commitment to superior performance and results consistently achieves favorable settlements or dismissals.

ROBBERY & BURGULARY

ROBBERY is the taking of money or goods in the possession of another, from his or her person or immediate presence, by force or intimidation. Acts of robbery are usually split by the legal system into different degrees of offense and these degrees will vary from state to state. If, for example, you are accused of a robbery and only used verbal threats you may fall into one category. If you are accused of using a weapon, on the other hand, you will face a more serious degree and harsher punishments.

BURGLARY is a term used to describe crimes usually reported as “breaking and entering” or “break ins.” A burglary is specifically described as the unlawful entry of a structure with the intent to commit an act of theft or some other type of felony. In most states the term “structure” refers to a physical building. The term does not usually apply to vehicles as most vehicle crimes fall under the category of larceny.

Probable Penalties & Consequences
ROBBERY is the taking of money or goods in the possession of another, from his or her person or immediate presence, by force or intimidation. Acts of robbery are usually split by the legal system into different degrees of offense and these degrees will vary from state to state. If, for example, you are accused of a robbery and only used verbal threats you may fall into one category. If you are accused of using a weapon, on the other hand, you will face a more serious degree and harsher punishments.

BURGLARY is a term used to describe crimes usually reported as “breaking and entering” or “break ins.” A burglary is specifically described as the unlawful entry of a structure with the intent to commit an act of theft or some other type of felony. In most states the term “structure” refers to a physical building. The term does not usually apply to vehicles as most vehicle crimes fall under the category of larceny.

SEX CRIMES

Being accused, suspected, or charged with a sex crime is a incredibly serious and can have serious and lasting repercussions

Sex crimes are forms of human sexual behavior that are crimes. Some sex crimes are crimes of violence that involve sex such as rape, lust murder and other forms of sexual assault and sexual abuse. Others are violations of social taboos, such as child sexual abuse, incest, indecent exposure or exhibitionism. Other sex crimes include statutory rape, spousal rape, human trafficking, making obscene telephone calls, sexual harassment and prostitution /pimping.

Probable Penalties & Consequences
Penalties for sex offenses are tough and consequences vary on the crime type committed. Most involve long prison sentences, and if convicted, you may have to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. California Penal Code § 290.46, specifies posting categories of registered sex offenders for purposes of disclosure on the Megan’s Law Internet web site.

Sex crime charges are often personal and sensitive. In order to successfully defend a sex offense, Mark Waecker will need to conduct a thorough investigation of the facts. The sooner you call or have someone call on your behalf, the sooner he can begin working on a customized defense.  Free Consultation 24/7,  (866) 655-8282

If Arrested or Jailed
Here is where it is of utmost importance to remember to exercise your right to remain silent and make no statement whatsoever, except that you want to talk to your attorney.

Many of Mark Waeckers clients have sought his legal guidance immediately following an arrest, while still incarcerated. Those clients use the clock to their advantage, as time is still on their side. Acting quickly and efficiently, Mark Waecker will use assertive strategies to have cases dismissed or substantially reduce potential consequences.

If Contacted by the Police
First and foremost, absolutely exercise your right to remain silent at all times, under all circumstances. Many cases are prosecuted when clients, contacted by a law enforcement agent, mistakenly believe that they can talk their way out of the situation.  Challenging the skill and training of a law enforcement officer by attempting to discuss your case with them is never a good idea. Instead, immediately assert your right to remain silent and call Mark Waecker directly, or have someone else make the call for you.

 

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