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Q: I live in Wyoming can I shoot someone who is breaking into my car

Like would shooting them in the leg fly or would I have to wait to see if they come at me before I can shoot them

Peter N. Munsing answered on May 1, 2017

You can't shoot them (I'm assuming you are not in your car). If you did you need to ask that this be taken down by the website, avoid any questions on social media, and contact an attorney at once.

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Q: How do I file a complaint of conspiracy to get a county board member to quit on a board?

Wyo stay 16-4-408 Penalty

Robert Donald Gifford II answered on Apr 3, 2017

You need to contact a law enforcement officer, or maybe even your state AG's Office to register a complaint. The squeaky wheel gets the attention, so if you are serious about it - then complain in writing (with documented evidence) to every agency you can (DA, AG, local law enforcement, etc.).

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Q: What to plea

Hi.... I am in wyoming and my son was caught with a larger amount of weed and from what I understand more then one baggie he is being charged 2 felonies and one mistamener.... He has his Arraignment tomorrow and his court appointed lawyer really hasn't been much help....What should he plea?? I know... Read more »

Paul Stanko answered on Sep 22, 2016

If he doesn't know how to plead, he should probably plead not guilty. It is generally not wise to plead guilty at the arraignment. If he is not happy with his public defender, he should seek private counsel.

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Q: Can I press charges when someone who agreed to hold my belongings in their spare space sells it without my consent?

A friend and I had a verbal agreement to store our belongings in a colleague's storage shed and extra bedroom. On 9/06/2016 we were informed the colleague would be vacating the premises, giving us until the end of September to retrieve our belongings. We made arrangements to be there the last week... Read more »

Paul Stanko answered on Sep 22, 2016

Contact the appropriate police agency and file a report. It is up to the prosecutor to file charges, but those facts would indicate criminal conduct.

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Q: How can a adult assault a minor child and not get a felony ?

I understand simple assault between adults. But not a child and adult.

Paul Stanko answered on Sep 18, 2016

It is up to the prosecutor which charges to file. A prosecutor will look at the facts, the elements of a particular offense, and determine whether he has enough evidence to prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If not, then he will not file charges.

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Q: Can my parents provide me alcohol in public as a minor?

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Oct 22, 2015

Probably not.

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Q: Can a 17 year old run away with a 18 year old to Colorado

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Oct 21, 2015

Yes, that can happen. If it does, the child will become just another missing child and the parents will worry incessantly. In addition, the 18 year old can probably be charged with some very serious crimes, the least of which would probably be contributing.

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Q: Charged with possession of meth found in another's house with no supporting evidence. Witness for both sides missing?

Nobody said drugs were mine police assumed don't live at residence either.

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Oct 13, 2015

Your freedom is a serious matter, and the case against you appears to be very serious. Get counsel immediately. The attorney you hire will investigate the facts and circumstances and will represent you diligently and accordingly.

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Q: Defense witness unable to locate for trial what can I do?

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Oct 13, 2015

Speak with your attorney about this. If you do not have one, get one. Perhaps the court will allow a continuance so that the witness can be located and served.

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Q: The age of consent for Wyoming is posted as 16 and 17. However WY Stat § 6-4-303 seems to contradict this.

All website list the legal age of consent for sex at 16 and 17 years of age. The Wyoming sexual abuse laws concur with this. However WY Stat § 6-4-303 seems to infer that it is actually 18 in (b) (ii)???

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Oct 9, 2015

"Child" means a person under the age of eighteen (18) years. That is in (a) (i) from the 2011 statutes. But a simple internet search reveals, on google, this:The age of consent for sex is 16 years old for women, while it is 18 years old for men. Having sex with a minor below the age of consent is... Read more »

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Q: is he in trouble

Yes. My boyfriend is on probation for unlawful contact (he slapped me on the arm during a argument) terms of his probation is that he sees a counsler and doesn't brake any other law. We got into a heated argument and both said things we didn't mean he theatned to harm me and I left and called the... Read more »

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Sep 16, 2015

Yes.

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Q: Is property destruction an arrestable offence in Casper at?

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 24, 2015

It is most likely classified as criminal mishcief.

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Q: Do I have to testify in an assault charge between my daughter and graddaughter

my granddaughter is a minor charged with hitting her mother in my back yard

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 19, 2015

You witnessed the incident, right? Then yes you have to testify.

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Q: If i have a warrant for a petty crime in iowa but live in wyoming, can i still get a wyoming state identification card?

or will the state of wyoming refuse to set me up with an id? i don't want a state license, just a state id. i messed up on my probation back home just didn't get everything done in time so the state of iowa put out a bench warrant for my arrest in iowa. but i now need to renew my state id and i... Read more »

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 17, 2015

With an active warrant for your arrest, you can be arrested at any time, and in any place. That is what you should expect. What you need to do now is hire an attorney in Iowa to address that active warrant. Without doing that, you will be constantly looking over your shoulder.

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