Puerto Rico Criminal Law Questions & Answers

Q: I am trying to find out what a charge of AGGRAVATED ILLEGAL APPROPRIATION from 2007 in Puerto Rico means

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Sep 20, 2018
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte's answer
Good afternoon. This simply means illegal appropiation of goods. The alledged crime commited was theft without any violence to the victim. If the amount stolen was under one thousand dollars then it is a misdermenor (article 192 of the penal code) punishable by up to three months in jail, probation, house arrest or community services in addition to restitution of value of stolen goods. If the amount is over one thousand dollars dollars then it is a third degree felony (article 194 of the penal...

Q: About 2 years ago I won a civil case in Puerto Rico. But I havent received all money. What can i do now?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Municipal Law and Collections for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
Michael David Siegel's answer
You can docket the judgment from Puerto Rico in New York. You need to get a certified copy from the court there.

Q: My daughter is 17 and she is dating a 21 year old man, can I press charges against him?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Jan 4, 2017
Brian Lehman's answer
The short answer is that no person ever "presses" charges against anyone in the criminal context, so you can't press charges against anyone. The legal rational is that crimes are committed against the government and it is the government that decides whether to charge someone.

You can, if you want, notify the police that you think a crime is being committed and the police could open an investigation. Whether the police decide to arrest someone or the government decides to pursue...

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