Criminal Law Questions & Answers

Q: My daughter(19) received a notice to appear for a possession less than 20 gm pot and paraphenalia , need a lawyer?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Florida on Feb 23, 2015

Answered on Feb 26, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Absolutely, a criminal defense attorney is what she needs. Hire one.

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Q: How will PA criminal code be translated with the Florida statues (for background check for employment)

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Florida on Feb 25, 2015

Answered on Feb 26, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
This appears to be a duplicate question and you even wrote to me about it. Get copies of the specific statutes in PA, and the ones in FL. Compare them and then hire an attorney for interpretation.

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Q: Can a court deny a trial because the accused missed a court hearing?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on Feb 24, 2015

Answered on Feb 25, 2015

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Matthew Williams' answer
A criminal trial? No, the accused in a criminal case has a constitutional right to trial. In civil cases, missing court can result in default judgments, which are hard to fix.

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Q: i have a probation violation from 1988, i was adjudicated when i was 17. time limits to prosecute?any case law? thanks

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on Feb 20, 2015

Answered on Feb 24, 2015

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Matthew Williams' answer
What you need is a Florida attorney. This is posted in Ohio. There generally is not a statute of limitations issues as your not showing up when summoned tolled or paused the clock. However, there may be a jurisdictional issue as most juvenile courts lose jurisdiction at a certain age, often in a person's twenties.

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Q: I lost my wallet that had a check someone wrote me In it. Someone cashed it and bounce and now the person contacted...

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on Jan 4, 2015

Answered on Feb 22, 2015

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Carl Munson JR's answer
If you are saying the person who stole your wallet tried to cash your check and the check bounced, now the thief is calling you to make you pay the amount of the check. Call the police. Someone stole your wallet and your check. I don't believe you have committed an offense based on your question, if I am reading it correctly.

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Q: My dad is being charged with conspiricy to contribute marijuana. What does that mean and how long could he do ?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on Jan 16, 2015

Answered on Feb 22, 2015

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Carl Munson JR's answer
It sounds like he is being charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana. Conspiracy to distribute means a plan made with others to sell, give, deliver or in some way transfer marijuana to someone else. It is a serious offense and your father needs to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney or apply for a public defender if he has not already.

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Q: Have been charged with aggravated assault. On officer. Eluding and 11 more traffic violations.. Will I see prison time

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Georgia on Feb 6, 2015

Answered on Feb 21, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
Most likely. It will depend on your prior criminal history and the specific circumstances of the case. Given what you have said here, it looks like some jail, or prison, time is in order. If you want to fight it, then hire a private attorney and a private attorney may be able to get you probated sentence instead of jail time.

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Q: If someone busted my back window how long do I have to file a warrant?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Georgia on Feb 8, 2015

Answered on Feb 21, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
Do it now and don't wait any longer.

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Q: Do I need a lawyer for a suspended license

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Georgia on Feb 8, 2015

Answered on Feb 21, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
First, don't pay tickets...fight them. Second, if this is your first suspended license charge then when you go to court show that your license is no longer suspended and have them drop the charge completely or to something like following too closely that is no points on your record. If they won't work with you, then ask for a new court date in time to get an attorney. If this is anything other than your first suspended license, get an attorney since if you get 3 or more suspended license...

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Q: if a person has been charged with criminal damage to property 2nd degree while on parole get probation?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Georgia on Feb 10, 2015

Answered on Feb 21, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
You are most likely going to jail for violating your parole. The conditions to your parole are that you don't break the law. You broke the law so you will go back to prison. A word of advice ~ stop breaking the law or you are going to be in and out of jail for the rest of your life.

It is doubtful that they are going to give you probation since you can't even follow the rules of parole.

Stop breaking the law if you want to stay out of jail.

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Q: I have been asked by my boss to come in and interview with a detective. Told he wants to interview all caregivers who

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Florida on Feb 19, 2015

Answered on Feb 21, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
No, in my opinion you have to at least know what this is about and have to get the advice of an attorney. The cop probably wants you to confess to stealing something or perhaps abusing the client. Everything you say can be used and will be used against you, and you have a right to remain silent regarding any criminal matters.

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Q: Just for Reference: Is it illegal to have Lock-pickin tools, of any kind in the state of Georgia, Tennessee or Alabama?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Georgia on Feb 11, 2015

Answered on Feb 21, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
I have no idea about the answer other than in Georgia. As far as I know, those tools are like any other tools and an not unlawful to have unless you are using them to unlawfully unlock houses, cars, etc. where you do not have permission. To be sure, you can google the Official Code of Georgia and it will give you free access to the code and you can look right to the code to see if you see anything that may indicate that it is unlawful to possess such instruments.

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Q: I wont to press a theft by deception charge & I have all the information Ineed wat should I do

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Georgia on Feb 20, 2015

Answered on Feb 21, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
If you think that this person gave you false information to induce you to sell the car, then you can talk to the district attorney or the prosecutor to see if they will press charges. If not, then you can file for a warrant in either state or magistrate court, but you are going to have to show fraud and that is not easy. If this person has simply missed a payment or two, then you have a breach of contract action and if the amount is under $ 15,000 then you can take this case to magistrate...

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Q: Does a petition for revocation/modification of probation mean likely the person will be going to jail?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Georgia on Feb 15, 2015

Answered on Feb 20, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
If you have violated probation, then you are going to jail for a probation violation. If there is a revocation or modification filed after the fact, then it will be up to the probation offer and the judge whether or not to let you out of jail or serve the remaining sentence in jail. If you are not in violation of probation and you are trying to revoke of modify probation, then there is no reason that you should go to jail so long as you continue to do everything that is required of you under...

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Q: if my 20 year old friend has consensual sex with a 16 yeah old girl in florida, are there legal issues?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Florida on Feb 17, 2015

Answered on Feb 19, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Well the 20 year old probably will not be prosecuted for sexual battery and branded for life as a sex offender, but could potentially also be charged with contributing.

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Q: Can a 17 year old arrested in polk county get put in jail

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Florida on Feb 18, 2015

Answered on Feb 19, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Yes, but there has to be probable cause that he committed a crime.

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Q: I had found a baggie of weed in my school then got caught with it do I play guilty or not guilty and

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on Feb 16, 2015

Answered on Feb 18, 2015

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Matthew Williams' answer
What you need is to hire an attorney. If you found a bag of weed, you should have ignored it. Possession alone is sufficient to constitute a crime, but there is no reason this should result in a jail sentence (unless it was a really huge bag of weed). Simple possession of under 100 grams is not a jailable offense, but conviction on this offense will result in a six month driver's license suspension that would be nice to avoid.

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Q: Can a 29 year old get in trouble for dating A 16 year old? What would happen if he got her pregnant?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on Feb 14, 2015

Answered on Feb 16, 2015

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Matthew Williams' answer
Technically, the relationship and sex are legal. Ohio's age of consent is 16. However, there are many other ways for this man to get himself into trouble. If she gets pregnant, there is likely going to be a big custody fight involving him, her, her parents, and perhaps his parents as well. It is a very bad idea for an adult to date a minor.

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Q: So if a person was convicted in Nov For manslaughter,an the witness press charges a month later , then comes an

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on Feb 14, 2015

Answered on Feb 16, 2015

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Matthew Williams' answer
Way too little information to answer your question. A person charged with a felony should certainly be working with an attorney and you should not discuss the facts of the case in an online forum such as this.

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Q: Is it illegal to record neighbors screaming threats at me? Used a cell phone & was in my living room.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on Feb 14, 2015

Answered on Feb 16, 2015

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Matthew Williams' answer
It is not illegal to record what can be heard from your own living room. This person sounds dangerous. I suggest you report this matter to the police and possibly obtain a protection order for yourself.

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