William Wolf's answer 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.
Charles Candiano's answer I have no idea what you are asking. "Press charges" is a silly term that usually refers to someone to asking the State's Attorney to file minor criminal charges against someone. If that is what you mean, I assume you did not have insurance on the car and the stepmother wants to charge her daughter with Driving Without Insurance. You cannot be charged because you were not driving.
That said, you and your friend are BOTH liable for the damage. However, seeking criminal charges against...
William Wolf's answer It's probably not a violation of criminal law. What's unknown to me is whether the report in question has any privacy restrictions where it's a crime to share it without your consent.
The problem is that the First Amendment makes it extremely difficult to make speech a crime. Maybe it could be considered extortion, especially if they were going to be making up stuff in a report, especially if you don't really owe money....... but maybe that's also a stretch.
Juan Ooink's answer This is something for you to discuss with your attorney. Your attorney will have all of the needed information in order to answer this question. If you have not hired an attorney yet, you should do so right away. The sooner you hire an attorney the sooner that attorney can start working on the case. That attorney will move to preserve any video available, but that needs to happen right away, so do not hesitate, hire an attorney now.
Juan Ooink's answer Unfortunately, it is not up to your sister what the defendant is charged with. It is up to the State, who is the prosecutor. I suggest reaching out to the State and giving them an update on her status on what issues she is facing.
You don't state whether your brother's case was State or federal, what the sentence was, etc.
In Illinois, these State sentences that mandate that a prisoner serve 85 percent of the prisoner's sentence are not mere suggestions, they are mandatory laws. Until the Legislature repeals them, nothing is going to happen to affect your brother's sentence.
Juan Ooink's answer No attorney here can answer that question because we do not have enough information. The only attorney that could even discuss this matter is the attorney representing your son. He needs to discuss this with that attorney right away. That attorney has all of the needed information.
William Wolf's answer Unfortunately, prosecutors have huge amounts of discretion on charging decisions. Their discretion is virtually unlimited. It is not uncommon for prosecutors, when a defendant refuses a plea deal, to react by raising more and more serious charges.
Hopefully, you have a good criminal defense lawyer that's helping you. If not, you need to find one immediately.
Hector E. Quiroga's answer Yes, they can apply for H4s. Your wife’s chances for coming back will depend on factors associated with the shoplifting charge. It is something that you’ll want to discuss with an attorney familiar with the impact of crime on immigration.
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