I HAVE A HEARING FOR A CAR SALES LICENSE APPEAL IN A FEW MONTHS, IS IT NECESSARY TO GET A LAWYER FOR THE HEARING?
I WAS ORIGINALLY CONVICTED OF FELONY EMBEZZLEMENT BEFORE MY CAR SALES JOB. I WAS ACCUSED OF STEALING CASH WHEN I WORKED AS A CASHIER BUT I HAVE SINCE THEN SERVED TIME, WENT TO COURT AND LATER HAD THE SENTENCE REDUCED TO A MISDEMEANOR PETTY THEFT CHARGE WITH NO PROBATION BECAUSE THE COURT COULD NOT PROVE THAT I HAD TAKEN THE AMOUNT ACCUSED (OVER $1,200), I EVEN HAD IT EXPUNGED FROM MY RECORD. IS IT NECESSARY TO HIRE A LAWYER FOR THE HEARING IN CALIFORNIA? WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF GETTING MY CAR SALES LICENSE BACK WITH OUT AN ATTORNEY?
Congratulations on reducing the felony. Keep in mind that crimes related to theft, even if expunged, bear very negatively on jobs requiring public trust (like car sales). No one can predict an exact percentage of success but suffice it to say, if you obtain a competent attorney, your chances are much better than going it alone. My basic rule of thumb in legal matters related to business, licensing, etc. is "When you wonder whether you need an attorney, wonder no longer, you do."