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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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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on

Q: Is there precedent in Illinois for an undercover detective charging someone for obstruction of identification w/o ID?

Officer was in plainclothes and started questioning suspect without self-identifying and then had arrested and charged with obstructing.

William Wolf answered on Feb 18, 2019

I am positive that your account of events is not how it's going to read in the police reports.

You're assuming that the police officer is going to agree with you about how this happened.

You need to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer ASAP.

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2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for Illinois on

Q: I am seeking legal council for an order of protection.

I am the petitioner for an order of protection. I had court today 2-15-19. The respondent was granted a extention so they could get legal representation. The respondent was also granted an order of protection against me until March 4th. That is the next court date. I am in Champaign County. Where... Read more »

William Wolf answered on Feb 18, 2019

There are plenty of lawyers who do this kind of work. Technically, this is not a criminal case, but lots of criminal defense lawyers engage in this kind of work...... in part because these orders are often sought privately during a criminal investigation or a violation of these kinds of orders... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Criminal Law for Illinois on

Q: How long will my license be suspended? How can I avoid jail time and public record ?

I’m only 18 and I got a ticket for disobeying a stop sign dec 28 2018. I got another way a couple days ago For the same reason. I paid the first one off. Than I got a ticket for speeding 26 Mph -34 mph. The officer did not arrest me but made me sign some papers . I think it’s a individual bond.... Read more »

William Wolf answered on Feb 18, 2019

There are countries where people are forced to represent themselves, tried in kangaroo courts, summarily found guilty and punished.

The Founding Fathers of our Constitution put the Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel language in our Constitution because they realized some petty politician in...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Illinois on

Q: What happens if a 17 year old is caught with an ounce of marijuana

William Wolf answered on Feb 18, 2019

That depends. Simple possession of that amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor offense.

Possession with the intent to deliver that amount is a felony.

This will almost certainly be handled in juvenile court. The possible consequences are court probation (or perhaps supervision),...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on

Q: I was given the wrong court appearance date In Joliet, IL what should I do now?

I was issued a ticket on the date of Jan 13 2019. The ticket i received said I had to go to court on Feb 02 2019. This is a Saturday in Illinois which usually they dont have court on Saturdays. On the day of I checked to see if the court house was open and it was not it was closed. Before the date... Read more »

William Wolf answered on Feb 10, 2019

A lawyer would be a help to look into what happened as well as filing a motion to vacate any judgment or warrant against you.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Legal Malpractice for Illinois on

Q: I'm on the run trying to better my life and provide for my family. I need help asap please.

William Wolf answered on Feb 18, 2019

There is very little information here but the answer is straightforward.

You need to get a criminal defense lawyer licensed in the State where you have your warrant to make arrangements to turn yourself in and then defend this case for you to limit the exposure you're facing.

Many...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on

Q: judge sentence criminal to boot camp while awaiting decison he was pulled from possible boot camp approval because of a

warrant that was already taken care of it no longer existed and he was put in general population because of there error his public defender said to get a lawyer and fight this. can you help me?

William Wolf answered on Jan 2, 2019

Contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. There are plenty of criminal defense lawyers that offer free consultations so you can decide which lawyer is best for you to hire.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Car Accidents for Illinois on

Q: Can my friend stepmother press personal property damage charges on me? I was not the driver but the vehicle is mine.

My friend was the driver and hit her stepmother vehicle. The front fender has a minor dent but major scratches. I offered to pay for the damages because it was my vehicle even though I was not driving, my close friend was. Since I work part time and only make about 500.00 take home weekly I asked... Read more »

William Wolf answered on Jan 2, 2019

If you get arrested, make no statement to the police other than your name.

Tell them in response to every question past your name that you want invoke your right to remain silent and you want to have your lawyer present during any police questioning.

If you feel like you need to...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Health Care Law for Illinois on

Q: can I get in legal trouble for picking up Rx's that were called in by real doctors but they are questioning the number

They were called in for family but The scrips were actually call in from docs. They were not controlled substances and I was helping a friend who did not have a car. So if they are legit called in by a doctor why should I be in trouble. Plus the pharmacy gave them too me and never asked a... Read more »

William Wolf answered on Dec 27, 2018

You could be in some serious trouble, depending on the facts.

It's against the law to possess controlled substances that are not prescribed to you.

I would contact a criminal defense lawyer for a consultation, right away.

Don't take your freedom for granted.

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1 Answer | Asked in White Collar Crime for Illinois on

Q: Who would I report it to if I believe the stock brokerage company at which I'm a client is performing insider trading?

I don't want to go to jail for something my broker did.

William Wolf answered on Dec 25, 2018

You should retain a lawyer immediately with federal criminal defense experience to help you out throughout an investigation.

1 Answer | Asked in White Collar Crime for Illinois on

Q: Do I have an obligation to disclose company wrongdoing like embezzlement if I'm aware of it happening? I don't want to

be fired since I need this job.

William Wolf answered on Dec 25, 2018

There's not enough information to answer your question.

You need to see a lawyer with federal criminal experience who knows something about whistleblower protection laws.

Good luck.

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