A Santa Rosa man was in stable condition Friday after being stabbed during an altercation in Old Courthouse Square downtown, authorities said.

Loren Hackett, 24 ? whom friends at the scene called Paul ? was stabbed once in the neck Thursday night and underwent surgery at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Leland Pinola Jr. 33, was identified Friday as the suspected assailant. He was being held without bail in Sonoma County Jail facing charges of attempted murder and battery causing serious bodily injury.

The 10 p.m. attack happened when Hackett confronted Pinola about an incident earlier Thursday night in which Pinola allegedly hit Hackett?s girlfriend, said Santa Rosa Police Lt. Ed Hemphill.

--Jeremy Hay

Know Your Rights

California law prohibits lawyers or others acting on behalf of a lawyer from:

— Soliciting clients at an accident scene, at a hospital, or on the way to a hospital.

— Soliciting clients who, due to their physical, emotional or mental state, may not be able to have reasonable judgment about the hiring of an attorney .

— Seeking clients by mail unless the letter and envelope are clearly labeled as an advertisement.

— Promising a particular outcome from legal representation.

In the wake of the fires, there is also the risk of victims being approached by people posing as attorneys. Consumers should determine if they are legitimate and licensed to provide legal services. Before hiring an attorney, look up their name or State Bar number on the State Bar website — www.calbar.ca.gov — to check the status of their license to practice law and whether they have any record of discipline.

Source: State Bar of California