Sign the summons and go to court as instructed on the summons. Do not say anything to the fire marshal. Do not talk to anyone other than your defense attorney about the alleged arson or any role you might have or might not have played in it. You have the right to remain silent and should use it.
We have squatters in our camp on leased land in the unorganized territories of Maine. We have everything we need to show the camp is ours but we do not know the legal system. Can you have a warranty deed to a building that is on leased land?
Animal control has been called more than once from other neighbors and they have done nothing. The property is very obviously dirty and smells horrible. You can see many dogs on short chains and small, inadequate cages from the road. If someone were to go on the residents property to get proof of... Read more »
This sounds hypothetically as if it would constitute trespass, a misdemeanor-level offense. However, I'm not certain that under these circumstances you would be charged. Another concern would be a property owner who thinks a trespasser is there to cause harm and accordingly shooting said trespasser.
There is no way for us to know what the prosecution will be seeking in your case, but in my experience defendants with little or no criminal history who face misdemeanor-level theft charges are generally offered a fine and restitution if they plead guilty.
If she has an attorney, she needs to consult with him or her. But generally when someone violates a deferred disposition agreement the "bad outcome" described in the agreement results.
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