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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Illinois on

Q: How to drop I'm misdemeanor domestic battery charge without getting the victim charged for not showing up to court

so my girlfriend in my family got into a bit of an argument over something ridiculous as a hamburger and it ended up with my brother pushing my girlfriend and my girlfriend's mother calling the cops even though her mother was not in the house and didn't know really what was going on my brother... Read more »

William Wolf answered on Jul 2, 2019

Well, the best way to handle it is to tell the prosecutors you don't want to proceed and why.

If you don't receive a subpoena to appear in court, you have no obligation to appear in court.

If you receive a subpoena, you are absolutely obligated to appear at the courtroom. Anyone...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on

Q: When/if a sentence that was posed by the court of law is vacated. When will the incarcerated be released?

William Wolf answered on Jun 25, 2019

There is not enough information to answer this question.

A sentence may be vacated because, for example, the appellate court ordered a new sentencing hearing.

That doesn't necessarily mean the defendant is released. In fact, most times, it does not.

It means that the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law, Child Custody and White Collar Crime for Illinois on

Q: How to get phone records as evidence in a child neglect case

My grandson's father's parents are claiming neglect against my daughter and their son DCFS is involved & I am trying to collect evidence to prove that they have lied and manipulated my daughter & DCFS into not only investigating the accusations but not notifying my daughter or myself until the... Read more »

William Wolf answered on Jun 24, 2019

These are questions to address with your daughter's lawyer. Ask to make an office appointment with that person, and then make that appointment.

I have seen too many cases where well meaning parents start playing the role of defense investigator for their child. These people are all well...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Illinois on

Q: I told cops I didn't know if my ex boyfriend was in my home., but they cldnt search with out a search warrant.

I was charged with felony aiding and abetting and felony harboring a fugitive. He was hiding from me also.

William Wolf answered on Jun 25, 2019

You need to hire a criminal defense lawyer immediately.

Don't talk to anyone about your case but your lawyer.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on

Q: Is a defendant that has been found guilty and sentenced to Dept of Corrections entitled to a copy of transcripts free

William Wolf answered on Jun 17, 2019

Not automatically, no.

There's a lot of information missing here. Did the Defendant plead guilty or go to trial?

Is the Defendant indigent?

Does the defendant have an attorney representing him or her right now on appeal?

If the Defendant has an attorney now on...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Intellectual Property, Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Illinois on

Q: 17 year old forged his fathers name and traded me vehicles across state lines. Parents want to trade back or report

I have the advertised post on Facebook printed out and everything. I already sent the title in. He's in Kentucky, I'm in Illinois.

William Wolf answered on May 23, 2019

I am not sure what your question is.

If you're asking, does the 17 year old need a criminal defense lawyer for any investigation regarding his conduct? Yes. This is a State and a federal offense.

If you're asking, do you need a criminal defense lawyer? If you're under...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Juvenile Law for Illinois on

Q: After possession of alcohol in school and a run away attempt, am I legally aloud to leave the house as a minor alone?

I was recently caught with alcohol at school, and I am now serving 2 weeks of detention and a drug awareness program. On the same day I was caught, I ran away for a few hours and my parents filed a missing persons case. After I was found, I was allowed to freely return home with my father. When... Read more »

William Wolf answered on May 11, 2019

You have to follow your parents rules.

You're lucky that the police are settling things with your parents and not taking this matter to juvenile court.

You don't want to have to deal with a juvenile court judge.

2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for Illinois on

Q: Spouse/victim domestic assualt. Can I refuse to work with PO and claim spousal privilege? Will they have to drop charges

I was the only one to speak with the cop. Didn't write statement but signed complaint. Cop saw a couple scratches on my hand but that was it. I told him I was physically restrained while my husband tried taking my phone out of my hands and that's how I got the scratches. I'm not sure what he ended... Read more »

William Wolf answered on May 11, 2019

Your husband needs a lawyer.

You don't have to speak to anyone you don't want to speak to, but............

It is not your charge to proceed with or to drop. The prosecutors get to decide that. By prosecutors, I mean the County State's Attorney's Office for whichever county where...
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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on

Q: Would we end up going to jail?

Can I end up going to jail?

I recently got into a fight with 14 year old girl and I am 18 the girl had came to my house with a bunch of other girls knocking on my door wanting to fight so I called my friend who is also 18 me and the girl started fighting but my friend ended up jumping into... Read more »

William Wolf answered on Feb 22, 2019

Yes. You could go to jail.

I would see a lawyer right away if you're concerned about getting arrested. Many criminal defense lawyers offer free consultations so you can talk privately and freely and get a sense about cost so you can then hire the lawyer that you believe to be the best fit...
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