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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for California on
Q: A cousin was arrested crossing to Mexico in posesion of 1090 pills of M-30 is there any way to know the aprox sentence?
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Joseph Abrams answered on Feb 15, 2021

If your cousin is charged federally for drug trafficking, the starting point of the sentence would be calculated under the federal sentencing guidelines. Based on the number of pills involved in this case, the low end of the guideline range could be as high as14 years imprisonment. Also, the... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Q: If i was run over by my wife and and after investigation it is found to be intentional, what are the penalties?

I was injured pretty badly and had to be hospitalized for 5 days and due to the back injuries I can’t work for a month and need to keep doing therapy.

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Joseph Abrams answered on Feb 9, 2021

The penalty will depend to a great extent on the statute of conviction, and could range from little to no time in custody to several years in custody. For example, criminal negligence or reckless behavior could result in a relatively light sentence for someone with no criminal history (note that... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Federal Crimes for Mississippi on
Q: Can I go to jail if someone is stabbed in self-defense.

HE threatens to do harm to me and my family rushes at me to get to my sister I pull out a knife bring it too face level he sees it and still rushes at me he swings I dip low he impale himself on the knife I push him away raise it back up he sees it again he backs away starts fussing and we take him... Read more »

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Joseph Abrams answered on Jan 13, 2021

Self-defense, if established, is an affirmative defense and you would not be guilty of a crime. However, whether or not there was self-defense is fact specific. Based on the facts described in your question, there seems to be an opportunity to try to establish self-defense; however, ultimately, it... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Kansas on
Q: What is considered aiding abetting or accessory?

This 16yr old boy gets a ride from his older sister,upon getting out he takes a bag full of guns. she does nothing to retrieve them from him. He ends up killing someone with one of these guns. would that fall under this category?

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Joseph Abrams answered on Jan 12, 2021

Based on the limited facts presented in the question, this is highly unlikely to meet the definition of aiding and abetting or accessory. There must be some knowledge and/or voluntary participation in the crime. If the sister's only "involvement" is seeing the boy take the guns, and... Read more »

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