Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.'s answer Generally speaking, a police office has to have probable cause to search and arrest you. This is a low standard. However, if you appeared to be on drugs, then it may have been public inoxication. I would suggest that you obtain a crimainal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.'s answer You can't make a determination simply on those facts. If it is pre-trial diversion, because the individual didn't have a prior record, then they probably have the capability to apply to have it expunged at the end which would take it off the record. If it was not a pre-trial diversion situation, i.e., there have been prior convictions, then it is possible that it could go down on the record forever if it was a conviction or plea of guilty. You really need to consult with an individual...
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.'s answer I think that you have partially answered your own question. Generally speaking, Tennessee is an employment-at-will State, which means that you can get terminated for any reason or no reason at all, so long as the reason is not illegal or you are protected by contract. Examples of "illegal" activity include, but are not limited to whistleblowing (i.e., turning in the company for illegal activities), being terminated for filing a workers' compensation claim, race, age, sex or religious...
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.'s answer At this point in time, your case is far more factual than legal. On this question and answer forum, we attempt to help individuals by providing simple explanations about the law. Your issue needs the attention of local counsel, who can ask you the appropriate questions to communicate with the judges and other officials involved to resolve the crisis in your favor. You have a constitutional right to counsel. If you cannot afford an attorney, one can be appointed for you.
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.'s answer There is simply not enough information to answer this question clearly. If he was called in, there was a reason. I can certainly tell you from experience that the courts and district attorneys do not like it when people do not report. Ultimately, if he keeps proceeding down that path, he could end up with more jail time that could even be close to the sentencing for the original crime. If he cannot determine why they want him back, he needs to consult with a local criminal defense attorney.
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.'s answer The answer to your question has many dimensions. There are minimums and maximums that any District Attorney must abide by. That being said, the nature of a plea offer is going to vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. When you are talking about 1st or 2nd degree murder and serious about it, a clean record outside of a DUI is really not going to mean that much. I would suggest that you seek assistance of educated local criminal defense counsel as soon as you can.
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.'s answer If he was convicted or plead, then he had 10 days to appeal. Generally, I would say no; however, criminal law differs from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, so your best bet is to consult with a local criminal defense attorney in that area to see if anything can be done.
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.'s answer I don't think that I will be the first person to tell you that courts don't like this. Skipping out on bond and Violation of Probation really puts you in a bad place. In a VOP situation, a sentence will be based loosely on your original charge and conviction, even if you completely served all of your jail time for it. I would consult with a local criminal defense attorney.
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.'s answer Like most other crimes, theft is graded in the State of Tennessee, according to amount. I would think that ultimately a determination is going to have to be made as to how much was stolen.
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.'s answer I'm not sure what your question is. Usually there is a reason. I would consult with a local criminal defense attorney. If you cannot afford one, the Court can appoint one for you.
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.'s answer Generally speaking, the State of Tennessee is an Employment-at-Will State, which means that you can be terminated or demoted for any reason whatsoever, so long as it is not illegal or protected by contract. I would look to see if you have a contract with the employer. Examples of illegal activities include, but are not limited to, being fired for turning in a workers' compensation claim, violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, violations of the Family Medical Leave Act, termination...
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.'s answer It is not uncommon for someone of her age to be tried as an adult. In Tennessee, theft from $500 to $1000 is a Class E felony. TCA Section 39-14-105(2). It is punishable from 1 year to 6 years in prison. The fine is up to $3000.
A felony conviction is very serious. Yes, she should obtain local counsel.
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.'s answer Warrants are sometimes difficult. I did have one situation where the guy had 2 five year old warrants. He had an excuse. He had been in another state having heart treatment. The warrants were for costs. We worked out a deal where he agreed to a payment plan on the warrants, and the judge did away with them. In another case a guy had paid restitution, but the court would not allow him out of a capias warrant that was over 3 years old without turning himself in to be arrested. So, it seems...
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