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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Minnesota on
Q: What are my reporting requirements if any? Who do I report to if I am required to report? See Additional Details.

I am required to register as a Violent/Sexual Offender in Minnesota and have been approved to travel for vacation. I will be visiting Glacier National Park in Montana for a week. What are my reporting requirements if any? If I am required report, to whom do I report? I will also be spending 2 days... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on May 26, 2022

These are really questions that need to be asked in the Montana and ND forums. Those states would control what, if any obligations, you have as an out-of-state predatory offender visiting for a vacation.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: If you bought a air rifle/pistol from pa not knowing you had to get it registered for New Jersey where you live

I have a nj firearms permit but not for the air powered gun/ pistol

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
answered on May 25, 2022

You did not ask a question, but if your question is what are the procedures for licensing you can check out the NJ State Police Website and look under Firearms Information and Firearms FAQS

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: Can a 18 year old buy a handgun in Florida?
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on May 25, 2022

With certain exceptions, no. See Florida Statute 790.065 which provides in pertinent part that "... (13) A person younger than 21 years of age may not purchase a firearm. ... ".

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Small Claims for Florida on
Q: How can I clear an FR 3 suspension if I don't have the funds to pay the judgment?

I was involved in a minor accident in 2011. No damage to either vehicle. My insurance had lapsed and the other party filed a law suit. I moved out of state and realized years later a default judgment was entered against me. Now the dmv wants proof that the debt was satisfied before they will... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on May 25, 2022

You indicate that there was no "damage to either vehicle", but the default judgment apparently indicates otherwise. I suggest that you get an attorney to negotiate a settlement (perhaps paying only a portion) with the judgment creditor.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Can you appeal a case that has been continued multiple times and the defendant is not guilty
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on May 25, 2022

It sounds like the case is still in the pre trial phase so an appeal would be untimely. The basic timeline is arraignment, pre-trials (discovery and negotiations), either plea or trial, sentencing, and then appeal.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Massachusetts on
Q: Canceled license plates are being used by someone else in another state.

I was in a car accident last year my insurance company considered my car totaled and I canceled the plates in April of last year before they took it. They had messed up when the tow company was coming so my plates were still in my car and I told the insurance guy I just needed an hour before... Read more »

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley
answered on May 25, 2022

Unfortunately I suggest you obtain the services of a New York attorney experienced in this type of law because you are going to have to convince a judge that you are not responsible for the tickets based on your circumstances described above. You can also keep attempting to dispute the tickets... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Indiana on
Q: If they didn't catch me in the car how can they charge me with auto theft

They are going off what some body said but I never was in the vehicle

James A Hanson
James A Hanson
answered on May 25, 2022

Like many questions posted in this and other web forums, this question is one best discussed privately with an attorney where the conversation is privileged.

With that said, all the government is required to do is present sufficient evidence to firmly convince the jury of all the elements...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: How should I let the judge know before my next hearing that my assigned lawyer is uncommunicative and incompetent?

I have a lawyer who is extremely uncommunicative. There was a change in my assigned attorney last year in August and I, the defendant , was not notified by anyone. I found it out by accident in Jan. of this year and emailed my new attorney. That was five months I, effectively, had no... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on May 24, 2022

Court-appointed attorneys are overworked and underpaid just about everywhere. Your best bet overall is probably to hire a local criminal defense attorney who DOESN'T accept court appointments. However, not everyone thinks they can afford that... but can they afford prison?

Anyway,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: Sorry the drugs where in car. I was passenger and then he had the drugs on him not me I didn’t have anything on me at al

So when he arrested us I had nothing on me abs scale was his car under my seat. How can I get charge for meth when he had it on him not me

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on May 24, 2022

You can get CHARGED with assaulting the Tooth Fairy if an officer believes you did it. The fact that the Tooth Fairy isn't actually real is a great defense at trial, if a case like that actually got that far, but that won't prevent an arrest if the officer is convinced he has probable... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: I'm in California. Detectives arrested my boyfriend for questioning and are calling to follow up with me about hit/run

It was an accident and I'm not pressing charges but neighbors witnessed him hitting me with a car and I was taken to ER for fractured leg. Should I say it was an accident/he was unaware or that he needed to hit me to stop me from attacking him with metal bar? I don't want him going to... Read more »

David Stephen Kestenbaum
David Stephen Kestenbaum
answered on May 24, 2022

You are under no obligation to talk to the police but you shouldn't lie to them. It is not up to you whether charges are filed against him, but up to the DA. The best course of action would be for you to talk to his attorney who can try to convince the DA not to file charges after getting a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Federal Crimes for Kentucky on
Q: Who do I contact about dropping a no contact order?

I am the victim of a 1st degree sexual abuse case. The man is getting released soon, there was an automatic no contact order when he was arrested and it is part of his parole, I have contacted my states probation and parole, they told me I need to contact my county attorney. I did, she said I need... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on May 24, 2022

You would need to contact the entity that prosecuted the original case, either the Commonwealth Attorney or the county Attorney. The clerks office can tell you which one prosecuted the man.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: Steals $300 worth of merchandise from Walmart it’s been 2 months was an associate they have me on camera stealing the

stuff what happens next it’s been over 2 months?

Cayley Turrin
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Cayley Turrin
answered on May 24, 2022

The statute of limitations has not run yet so there is still a chance you can be charged.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Michigan on
Q: His wife didn’t call 911 or even for help nor can she remember what happened and her mother did a lot of illegal things

n: My brother was accused of domestic violence against his wife he recorded the entire fight they had up until the point where he left the house. She was drinking and actually assaulted him multiple times physically with a vaccum tube. An article was published in the local newspaper stating he had... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 24, 2022

How did the police become involved? It is possible for both people to be charged with domestic violence. Whether the video will help him depends on the entirety of the situation; the problem with video is that it only shows a moment in time. If I pummel you, then turn on my video just as you are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Criminal Law for Indiana on
Q: What if any reason would a person keep getting tickets instead of going to jail if they were driving while suspended ?

In Indiana

Andrew L. Bennett
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Andrew L. Bennett
answered on May 24, 2022

It depends on the person's status with the BMV. IF they are suspended-infraction, then they will continue to get tickets and not criminally charged. Though, if they plead to one of the DWS tickets, the status will change to DWS-prior and the person could be arrested and criminally charged.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: I was with a friend and we got pulled over. There was a scale under my seat and we both said wasn’t ours well before

Leaving cop ask if anyone had drugs the guy I was with had meth. On way to jail he turn around a realize is and said would get a letter to let us know when to go to court. I didn’t get a letter so was 2years ago when that happens. 7 months ago I flip a truck and cop didn’t say had warrant. Well... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on May 24, 2022

The first thing your attorney will probably try to figure out is whether the officer had reasonable suspicion to stop and search in the first place, because if there wasn't a good reason to pull you over, or there wasn't a good reason for the traffic stop to turn into a drug... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: Is there a statue of limitations on financial identity theft in SC?
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
answered on May 24, 2022

Under South Carolina Law, there are no criminal statutes of limitations.

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes and Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: Can a felon own a black powder gun in Florida
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on May 23, 2022

Perhaps not. If such a "black powder gun" falls within the definition of an "antique firearm", as defined in Florida Statute 790.001 (1), which reads "any firearm manufactured in or before 1918 (including any matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar early type of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Domestic Violence and Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: I have a warrant but would like to report domestic battery and harassment in Texas… can I report to police?

I have a warrant from not finishing probation a few years ago. I was convicted if trespassing. Just recently I’ve been abused my my ex physically and he’s currently stalking as well as harassing me on my new phone number. Is there anyway I can report to the cops and get my warrant cleared? I... Read more »

Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on May 23, 2022

You can make a police report but the police may arrest you because you have a open warrant

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: If you find out that you purchase stolen goods that the seller paid for a service to have done what is your rights?

I have recently come to the suspicion that I may have purchased stolen goods on Facebook marketplace through a person I know and have their ID information and where they live.

I didn't inquire about the acquisition of the property until after the purchase was made. I don't want to... Read more »

Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on May 23, 2022

Make a police report and surrender the stolen goods

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: If my vehicle was found at a hit and run leaving the scene of an accident and drugs were found but I was nowhere near

This is in Florida city Florida and homestead. My truck was found at a hit and run and leaving scene of accident only resulting in property damage and they found drugs cab I bee charged with the drugs and or the crash

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on May 23, 2022

Your inquiry is a bit vague. If this was a hit-and-run, with a driver fleeing the accident scene, what does "found at a hit and run" mean? If you mean the truck was found somewhere else, and police determined that it was the vehicle that hit and ran, AND the police have not yet... Read more »

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