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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: Hi, My wife and I were subpoenaed to testify at a trial.

When the person came to our house to deliver the subpoenas, we were not home and they gave them to my 17 year old daughter. Is that legal?

William Wolf
William Wolf answered on Feb 5, 2020

Yes. Without more information, that is legal, and you and your wife are served.

That means you are legally obligated to go to court on the date and time that's on the subpoena.

If there is some legal reason you believe you shouldn't go to court, you can't ignore the subpoena, but...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: I got charged with aggressive battery fleeing and eluding, aggressive battery hitting a police officer, dui

On October 26 2019 I was at a red light in a left turning line when police officer was coming on the other side making left turn around in got behind me as I was turning on the green light he followed me down to it where it was dark at then put his light on in I stopped. Then Two males officer came... Read more »

William Wolf
William Wolf answered on Feb 3, 2020

It sounds like you have a lawyer already.

You shouldn't post anything further. If you're satisified that your lawyer is thorough and mapping your choices out for you, then go with the advice he or she is giving.

If you feel that that's not happening, you should hire someone else....
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: my 16 year old son went to the store with me yesterday, we had 2 officers approach us for a theft the store says

he comitted almost a year ago. they have zero proof on any camera. What are my rights as a parent and my sons rights? They put him in cuffs and gave him a citiation

William Wolf
William Wolf answered on Jan 27, 2020

He has the right to remain silent. Telling the police "I did it but you can't prove it" is not only not helpful, it will hurt.

He also has the right to a lawyer. He needs one now. He can get charged with an offense and locked up for it if the prosecutors want to do more than a simple...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Illinois on
Q: Can you tell me the maximum and mandatory sentence for a juvenile charged with Murder/intent to kill? In Rock Island, il

I was made aware of possible change to number of years for this charge

William Wolf
William Wolf answered on Jan 18, 2020

Your question requires more information. If you're asking this question on the juvenile's behalf, you really need to be asking this question of his or her lawyer.

I assume that this juvenile is being charged as an adult. The minimum for first degree murder is 20 years in the Illinois...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Illinois on
Q: How do I inquire about somebody being indicted?in montana
William Wolf
William Wolf answered on Dec 25, 2019

There's not enough information here to answer your question adequately. This is because the federal and State court systems here in Illinois operate very differently. The federal courts in Illinois are divided into three separate federal districts, Northern, Central, and Southern. Each has it's own... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: Hello my boyfriend is arrested in Illinois and when they arrested him they put his birthdate is 11/14/2000 what can he

He is facing criminal felony charges but they have in under the wrong date of birth he was wondering can he get the case dismissed

William Wolf
William Wolf answered on Nov 3, 2019

No. Separate and apart from the issue of a juvenile wrongly being charged as an adult because they used an incorrect date of birth making him or her older then he/she actually is, there is no way to dismiss a charge just because law enforcement lists one's date of birth incorrectly.

Your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Illinois on
Q: did i ask for a work to be done or did i just ask a question

obviously if i wanted "dollar store" work i would've came to you personally ..either answer the question or don't..have a nice day gayry..oops Gary

William Wolf
William Wolf answered on Oct 1, 2019

I know you may not realize it, but you're asking for free work to be done.

Asking a lawyer what he or she thinks is asking the lawyer to provide work. Most of our work, before one of us may open our mouths in a courtroom, or in writing on an appeal..... is thinking through the problem at...
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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: Can you change venues weeks before trail about to start from state to state?

Illinois state citizen charged with felony crime in South Dakota wants to change venues to Illinois the state they reside in. Can this happen also will the charges be the same? How will the case be handled?

William Wolf
William Wolf answered on Sep 19, 2019

I am assuming by your quesiton that this is a South Dakota State charge. Not a federal charge.

The answer is no. The State of Illinois has absolutely no jurisdiction over anything that supposedly happened in South Dakota.

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3 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: If a person has already been sentence writes an affidavit for his co-defendant can he still be grant a Appel ?

Basically will he still be able to fight his conviction

William Wolf
William Wolf answered on Sep 25, 2019

Talk to your lawyer who represented you.

That lawyer knows all of the facts and circumstances of your case.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: My ex was charged with endangering the life or health of a child andHe was caught with his fingers inside of the child

But the police don't think it was intentional because he was intoxicated. Can my ex be charged with a sexual abuse crime?

William Wolf
William Wolf answered on Sep 4, 2019

Yes. He will be very lucky if he doesn't get charged with a sex offense. But it can still happen.

He needs a lawyer immediately. He also needs to talk to no one about the case but his lawyer he hires.

Absolutely no one.

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2 Answers | Asked in Federal Crimes for Illinois on
Q: Can you get more time if you fail to report for a federal prison sentence! Have a uncle that i want info for

Cant find info on internet

William Wolf
William Wolf answered on Aug 28, 2019

Yes. You can get more time for failure to report to a federal facility by the court ordered surrender date.

The person in question had a lawyer before representing him. He needs to call his lawyer right away.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Municipal Law for Illinois on
Q: Can I call the judge who is reviewing a case and have them remove my letter of character?
William Wolf
William Wolf answered on Aug 11, 2019

No. You may not contact the judge. It is extremely inappropriate.

If you're the one accused and you are asking to have someone's letter on your behalf not be considered by the judge, you're going to have to talk to your attorney about it. If you're representing yourself, stop what you're...
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4 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: Will the judge change my charge from a misdemeanor to a felony for not accepting the plea deal?

I got a DUI a couple months back, and the judge gave me a plea deal which would make my charge a misdemeanor. Whenever I got the DUI, I didn’t have my license at the time. I did not know that I had to have a clean drug test to the court before a month in advanced, and there was still marijuana in... Read more »

William Wolf
William Wolf answered on Aug 10, 2019

It sounds like you have a lawyer. You need to be asking your lawyer these questions and working with your lawyer.

Prosecutors have near absolute control over what the charge is. Not the judge. I have had many a client ask me to ask the judge to force the State to reduce a charge to a...
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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: My wife hit my cusion but I took the blame and she feels bad and wants to take since she done it

How would it get dropped off on to her? How does that work

William Wolf
William Wolf answered on Aug 11, 2019

So you're charged with a crime of hitting your cousin?

And your cousin is claiming it's you even though it was your wife?

You need to be talking to your lawyer about this. If you don't have one, then hire one right away who can help you.

Mr. Ooink is absolutely correct....
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: I was charged with arm criminal action an a B felony and 2 were released and the other one they want to charge with

Attempted murder. What can I do I was just and occupant in the vehicle. I’m 17 the other guy is 16 about to be 17

William Wolf
William Wolf answered on Aug 11, 2019

What you need to do is get a lawyer and stop talking about your case, including posts. Sometimes law enforcement can figure out who people are, and what you post can be used against you.

If the prosecutor can prove you helped the person commit the crime, you're guilty under the law. If I...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: Is it possible to help a busy lawyer with details And evidence within a specific case? Working as an intern or what not.
William Wolf
William Wolf answered on Aug 2, 2019

I am not sure I understand your question.

Can a lawyer hire you to do work on a case that does not involve the practice of law, such as typing, bookkeeping, reading a case file and summarizing it? Sure.

You are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the lawyer is if you're...
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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: Is it possible for a member of society to read a criminal indictment against the accused defense? If so how ?
William Wolf
William Wolf answered on Aug 1, 2019

Your question is not clear.

An indictment is a formal accusation where the accused is charged formally with a felony by a Grand Jury.

This accusation, also known sometimes as a charging document, must be in writing and set forth what act by the defendant broke the law, and what...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: What should I expect for my sentencing and would a pro bono lawyer have any impact?

Hello, I have a court date for 4 misdemeanors from one night. First, Criminal Damage to Property, where i shattered a small residential window home. Second, Tampering with motor vehicle where I attempted to punch a car window but no damage was done. And the 3rd and 4th being resisting a peace... Read more »

William Wolf
William Wolf answered on Jul 27, 2019

Does having a lawyer make a difference? Yes. Absolutely.

You should not be representing yourself under any circumstances.

Many criminal defense lawyers offer free consultations so your problem can be assessed and a fee can be quoted.

If you are truly indigent, you qualify...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Illinois on
Q: I carry a buck knife blade length 6 inches. I conceal it. Is this legal? As long as not on state property?
William Wolf
William Wolf answered on Jul 27, 2019

I suppose the answer to this question depends on why you're possessing the knife. Possession of such a knife could lead to your arrest.

Illinois law forbids the possession of knives in its unlawful use of weapons statute in two subsections:

The first is that is illegal is "any...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: What does vacate previous order entered today’s date granting states motion to Nolle pros a file mean ?

Following up it also says order vacate previous order

William Wolf
William Wolf answered on Jul 22, 2019

I would want to see the court records before giving a final opinion. By court records, I mean the records from the actual court file. You don't indicate from what you are reading from. Computer entries on the internet from the jail or the clerk's office are not a substitute for the actual court... Read more »

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