Torrance, B & P Code 25658(a), Alcohol to Minor, Diversion
In a Nutshell: Torrance, client arrested for violating Business & Professions Code § 25658(a)), furnishing alcohol to a minor. client fires public defender, hires Greg Hill and receives diversion.
Despite never accepting the police decoy’s money, our client had still indeed furnished alcohol to a minor, a violation of Business & Professions Code § 25658(a). Making matters worse, our client was on DUI probation at the time and had one prior public intoxication conviction (Penal Code § 647(f)) from approximately five years before his DUI. However, our client had hopes of becoming a police officer once his probation for the DUI ended (whether this was possible is another question). In other words, he seemed to recognize the value of having laws enforced and wanted a career of helping do so.
(Coincidentally, our office has represented several clients for this offense and it seems many facing such charges have hopes of becoming police officers in the future).
Our client then went to the arraignment in the Torrance Superior Court and was offered the help of the public defender, who advised our client that the plea bargain offered was a conviction for violating § 25658(a), a year of informal probation and a fine of $250, plus penalties and assessments ($1,130 total). The client thought that the fine was too steep and told the public defender so. The public defender told him to either take the offer that day or the terms would only go up.
The client then contacted Greg Hill & Associates. Greg met with the client and listened to what the client told him about the facts.
Greg then appeared in the Torrance Superior court and relieved the public defender, becoming the client’s attorney on the record. Greg then negotiated with the Torrance district attorney a deal wherein our client would perform five days of community service, pay a total fine of just $220, return to the court in two months, and be able to withdraw his “not guilty” plea and have the case dismissed.