My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
I was arrested for the first time in my life at gunpoint while walking to my rental car after leaving a friend's home. The 10 cops yelled, asking about 'needles', drugs and guns. There were none. They tore the car apart. 45 min later after the search yielded -0-, the cops began talking about a 'stolen car'. All but 1 cop left; we waited for tow truck. He then took me to jail where I was booked on GTA, poss known stolen prop.
4 months later, 3 court appearances, no charges filed; no arraignment, yet I am still out on bond and have court appearances. The DA never speaks, only my lawyer does. On Saturday, I found the court web site and noticed it says that I am the one who requested the last continuance. Prior hearing info has no mention of continuance, just "NO CHARGES FILED" and the next court date. My private attorney told me just minutes before the most recent 1 minute hearing that the DA once again needed more time and was getting another continuance. The DA's name does not appear in my case info like I have seen for other's cases - "People rep by..".
The car rental company's regional and local airport managers have both told me that they never filed a stolen car report; did not seek arrest warrant. I am told there is no discovery, since no charges filed and the case is "under review by the DA". > $1,000's in personal property were in the car when it was seized; now all gone. My home on the other side of the US is going into foreclosure while I stayed for court and hunted down my property to no avail.
If no arraignment and no charges are even filed, what are these 'bail status' hearings for? I see no involvement by the DA at all in court. How long can this go on? If there was no stolen car report filed, there could not have been a warrant for my arrest on that night, right? Am I allowed to obtain any reports/files? Is it normal to have so many cops along with additional cars being lit up as I was taken down on concrete for an alleged stolen car? They were waiting and in hiding. They appeared from behind vehicles and trees, arms extended with guns and shouted my name. Not a word directed at my friend, 3 feet away. Only I was forced to the ground. A senior cop walked up and gently said to my friend "let's go inside, xxxx". No cuffs.