Mark Oakley's answer Are you asking this question because you do not have a lawyer? You need to have a private conversation with your lawyer about this. It is impossible to know what you’re facing or what you should do without knowing all the facts. Talk with your lawyer or hire one. An offense at 16 years old should be a sealed juvenile matter unless you were charged as an adult. If this is your first adult charge you may be eligible to avoid a conviction.
Mark Oakley's answer You may be too late to file a motion to vacate the judgment if you let a few months of wage garnishment pass before acting. There is a requirement that a party act diligently once they become aware to set aside a judgment that was entered without proper service. If you knew of the pending case before judgment was entered, then you probably are out of luck.
Tobie Brina Waxman's answer Before speaking with an attorney, call the child support agency. Speak with the representative or lawyer who is assigned to this particular case and discuss your options with him/her. Be sure to also discuss your lack of notice of the pending action and of the fact that you have been paying Mom $500. You'll need to back that up with some kind of written proof. Do this right away because the interest will continue to accrue, so don't waste time. It costs you nothing to start by contacting...
Brian K. McHugh's answer Each case is independent of the other in terms of outcome. A plea of guilty by person who took a plea deal does not preclude a jury in a related case from finding the defendant guilty of the offense(s) charged in the related case. In other words, just because one person pled to manslaughter does not prevent a jury in the other case from deciding, based on the evidence in the case, that a murder was committed.
Amanda Bowden Houser's answer Is there some way I can . . . (fill in the blank with what ever legal issue you have). Yes, there is - hire an attorney who knows what they are doing. If you had transmission trouble and you aren't a mechanic, you'd never think to yourself, you know what, I'mma pull that sucker out and fix it myself. The same is true for legal work if you aren't an attorney. Heck, you'd likely have better odds of correctly fixing the transmission yourself than doing your own legal work correctly. At this...
James G. Ahlberg's answer The stakes are for too high for you to act as your own lawyer in this case. I admire your spirit, but the time has come for you to hire a lawyer. Bring him or her the research you've done, but by all means hire a lawyer. Don't risk your freedom (financial and otherwise) by trying to do it yourself. Hire a lawyer. Do it immediately.
Peter Munsing's answer 9th Circuit rulings aren't binding on the Third Circuit, but it sounds like you were convicted so you are looking at Superior Court of 3rd Circuit. Why not discuss it with whoever represented you in the criminal case?
In large measure, it depends on what the Court of Appeals Orders. It may send it back to the Superior Court (or District Court if a Family Law legal matter) for further findings. It may result in a re-trial. It could result in the imposition of a Judgment and it could end up in the Supreme Court for further review.
It's frankly pretty complicated. A LOT of different things can happen.
One would have to assume lawyers were involved. Probably makes...
Aubrey Claudius Galloway's answer We cannot do this pro bono but we can do it at the 18-B rate (that’s one of court appoints you to represent someone) of $95/hour. Our paralegals would do most of the paperwork but everything will be reviewed by myself or one of my of counsel attorneys and I will make all court appearances and argue. We would need a $950 retainer, which would likely cover the entire matter. It’s not pro bono, but we provide excellent legal representation at an affordable rate. If you would like a...
Aubrey Claudius Galloway's answer This seems like a miscarriage of justice to me; of course, I would need to read the trial transcript and speak to all necessary parties, but I hope you guys are filed a notice of appeal because this case needs to be appealed.
My practice is chiefly concerns criminal law, and I have been voted by members of legal community as one of the top 10 criminal lawyers in New York (see link at bottom of answer).
Further, if in fact your son was unrepresented in certain key portions but...
Thomas A. Grossman's answer I don't know enough facts about your case, but I don't understand why the police, or an animal control agency, doesn't immediately arrest this woman for animal cruelty. Something doesn't make sense. You should get a lawyer ASAP.
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