December 27, 2012

Shows the front of the Westminster Courthouse

Westminster Courthouse – What you Need to Know Now

There is Free Parking at the Westminster Courthouse in the Neighborhood

There is free parking around the neighborhood if you look for it. This is where most attorneys park their cars. The main structure is on 13th street. The new structure is a pay lot at 1.50 an hour.

Cities and Common Cases Covered By Westminster Courthouse.

Westminster Courthouse handles criminal cases for Garden Grove, Westminster, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Cypress and the surrounding areas. The Westminster Courthouse has a mix of cases most of the cases at the court are felonies and misdemeanors and traffic. The Felonies are in room W1 and W2 and the misdemeanors start out in Department 6 and move upstairs to Department 15. After Department 15, the cases get reassigned to different courtrooms. In addition, the courthouse also handles expungement for misdemeanor cases.

Most Common Cases at the Westminster Courthouse

1st Offense DUIs at Westminster Courthouse

The First Court Date on your DUI at Westminster Court in W6

The Orange County District Attorneys Office files a high number of cases at the Westminster courthouse. This courthouse has one of the highest volumes of cases for DUIs. There are lots of DUI’s going on around the hallway. First DUI Cases are handled inside department 1. This part of the case is called the arraignment. The arraignment is your first court date.

It is the date you can come in and say guilty, not guilty, or ask for more time to consult with an attorney. W3 is always a crowded room. You must be there at 8:30 and be there for the call by the bailiff. If you are late then a warrant can be issued for your arrest. It is advisable to let the bailiff know if you are late so that way they know you are there.

Westminster Courthouse
It is best practice to check your name on the television screen on the right side of the metal detector.
After You Enter a Not Guilty Plea in Westminster Courthouse W15

After you enter a not guilty plea in W3 the court will give you another date which is 30 days out. The net date is called a pretrial. A pretrial is a chance for you or your attorney to discuss the case with the district attorney and try to resolve the case short of a trial.

Inside Westminster Courthouse this is done in W152. W15 is on the right side of the courthouse. There are two doors to W15. The one on the right leads to the district attorney room.

Shopping Lifting Cases from Sephora in Costa Mesa

One of the cases I have a lot of success in is the Shoplifting from Sephora at South Coast Plaza. These often involve female students, moms, doctors, and lawyers who get themselves into trouble for stealing. The reasons for stealing are all over the place.

They steal because they have nothing to do, they do it because they are stressed, and there are others who do not know why they do it. With the right footwork, an attorney can maneuver their client into a class. These cases take a similar path as the DUI’s. They start out inside department 6. From there it is important to deny the allegations against you. If you plea to the court then it will hit your criminal record.

It’s important to have an attorney near you handling your case.

You will want a local attorney who is familiar with what is going on inside the courthouse. Your attorney should know the prosecutors who are in there as well as their schedule. An attorney who is in there regularly will also know when the udge is on vacation when he would be back. This type of information may come in handy when trying to strike a deal for the case.