Rhonda Mae Hixon

Rhonda Mae Hixon

  • Criminal Law
  • California
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I have been involved in the criminal justice system for much of my adult life- as a Probation Officer, Deputy District Attorney, Judge Pro Tempore, and for the past 23 years as a committed fighter for the rights of the accused in Shasta County.

Practice Area
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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Professional Experience
Legal Services of Northern California
Shasta County District Attorney
Headed White Collar Crime/ Consumer Fraud Unit
Deputy Probation Officer
Los Angeles County Probation Department
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
J.D. (1985) | Trial Advocacy
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California State University - Long Beach
B.S. (1978) | Criminal Justice
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Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 119870
- Current
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Legal Answers
104 Questions Answered
Q. I was stopped for a infraction concerning riding a bicycle the wrong way on a sidewalk. Subsequently they patted me down
A: Without specific, articulable facts that create a reasonable suspicion that you are armed and/or dangerous, it is a violation of your 4th Amendment Right to be free from an unreasonable search and seizure, to even be subject to a pat-down search. The facts as you present them don't justify the search. Get a good lawyer who will pursue a suppression motion (1538.5 P.C.)
Q. I lost custody of my 16-year-old grandson when he was about eight years old. He was adopted by his grandfather's sister
A: You could be charged with a misdemeanor if you help him remain "missing" from his legal guardian. (272 P.C.) However, he could apply to the court for a declaration of Emancipation and be able to make his own decisions about where to live. He should have a work permit, and legal earnings; and his GED or be enrolled in school. There are Judicial Council forms and Info about the process (EM-100) available free online, and at your local courthouse.
Q. So If wife is a no show, to court and ignores the subpoena, will they drop the case? Since they don't have a victim.
A: If the prosecution doesn't have a victim in court at the time of trial (and no transcript of her testimony at a Preliminary Hearing), they will be unable to proceed, as the Constitutional right to confront and cross examine your accuser would be violated otherwise. The DA could dismiss the case; Dismiss and refile once (if a serious felony);or Continue the trial and issue a warrant for the victim if they have proof of service of a subpoena. It depends on the particular DAs or their policy in your jurisdiction. While a person must honor a subpoena that's been properly served or suffer the consequences, no court can imprison, put in custody or confine the victim of a domestic violence crime for contempt for refusing to testify concerning that crime under California Code of Civil Procedure section 1219
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1574 West Street
Redding, CA 96001
Telephone: (530) 244-9686
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