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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Criminal Law

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What should I do if I or my loved one has been arrested?

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The first thing you or your loved one should do is be mindful that when arrested, everyone in the U.S. has a right to remain silent. DO NOT give a statement to the police before consulting an attorney. Suspects’ statements are used against them in trial on a regular basis. If questions are asked by law enforcement, respond “I would like to speak with an attorney.” DO NOT discuss the facts of the case with others over the telephone or during an in-person visit. Speak only with the attorney on the case about the facts of the case.

If your loved one has been arrested, write down the name, birth date, and social security number of the arrested person, what s/he is charged with, and the name of the police department that made the arrest.

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How much “time” does my charge carry?

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The truthful answer is, it depends. Every charge carries a different amount of time, but the WAY your charge is charged will determine your specific exposure. For example, an attorney must consider "is the charge a misdemeanor or felony, are there any special enhancements, do you have a prior record, do you have a prior strike, etc."

As experienced attorneys, the Dansby-Darden Law Group will be able to calculate the time you are facing and fight the charges at trial or get the best alternative resolution for you.

   

Family Law

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What are the legal grounds for obtaining a divorce?

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In California, claiming “irreconcilable differences” alone are sufficient grounds.

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Who determines how property (assets and debts) are divided in a divorce?

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You and your spouse can work together independently or with your attorneys to come up with a “Marital Settlement Agreement”; or the case can be decided by a judge at trial, employing community property laws.

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How do courts determine child support and child custody?

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Parents can agree on custody and child support for their child; if that option is impossible, the court can decide custody based on “the best interests of the child.” In determining child support, the court considers many factors, with the assistance of a set formula, some of which are, the income of each parent, the amount of time spent with each parent, the number of children, tax filing status, and retirement payments.

   

Personal Injury and Police Misconduct

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How much does it cost to hire Dansby-Darden Law Group to represent me?

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At the Dansby-Darden Law Group, there is no attorney fee for representing you unless you receive a settlement or court ordered award. Costs are your only responsibility.

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