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SubjectDate Asked
Finding Correct Address Of Woman Who Rear Ended My Jeep With Her Car2/12/2016
  Q: Toomey. I was stopped in city traffic when a woman struck the rear end of my Jeep on 12-02-2015, ...
  A: There are numerous websites that provide just what you are looking for. Some are free, some cost a ...
reducing or getting rid of life sentence12/8/2015
  Q: My husband got out of prison 6/2013 but still has a life sentence over his head. He was sentenced ...
  A: Cyndee, I am not a parole officer and have very little contact with parole officers or people on ...
seizure11/24/2015
  Q: Can a car in the husbands name if the wife was arressted on drug charges be seized by the police in ...
  A: It doesn't matter who owns or was driving the car if the car was used to transport drugs. Obviously ...
Court Records.11/4/2015
  Q: I had been living with my boyfriend (fiancee) for 2 years. We have broken up and I was planning on ...
  A: Each state has its own court record site. You have to poke around to find them. They don't give ...
Female aggressor7/8/2015
  Q: I got this female friend who slapped my butt once. I didn't like it so I told her it hurt. then 10 ...
  A: Michael, Technically you have been assaulted but in order to commit a crime the aggressor has to ...
Restraining order3/31/2015
  Q: My daughter lives in Texas. She has a 6 yr old child by a man she left about a year ago, due to ...
  A: Ed, Sorry for the delay. I never received a notification that your question was waiting. Your ...
employment3/25/2015
  Q: Can you be employed in the state of north Carolina with a misdemeanor larceny charge? ANSWER: ...
  A: Amanda, Isn't that a question that you should be asking Phoenix Counseling? They would know their ...
help2/4/2015
  Q: my neighbor spread rumors about me and it effected my employemtne and I had to move her husband is ...
  A: Sharon, Your issue is civil in nature meaning that you would need an attorney to sue this person in ...
search and seizure1/7/2015
  Q: during search of premises from search warrant ,of four individuals present none were asked for ...
  A: As long as the police had a search warrant I can't pick out any violations of law. All of the ...
accussed theft12/6/2014
  Q: I was in wal mart and was looking for a certain memory card for a older camera and found one i then ...
  A: Dyuane, Since I wasn't there my only guess is that they thought that you were trying to leave the ...
warrant and extradition10/8/2014
  Q: So i was arrested in the state of indiana for a demestic battery charge and bodily harm class A ...
  A: Milagros, I have no way of knowing whether Indiana will extradite you from Florida. Only the ...
Intentional Criminal Trespass8/16/2014
  Q: here is my question to you.My neighbors and I don't get along because I like to keep to myself and ...
  A: Bobby, There is no such thing as "hearsay footage". Film is film and what it shows could be ...
change of plea6/17/2014
  Q: i was convicted of drug sells in 2003 and when i got out i was tolled i could do a chane of plea. i ...
  A: Jamie, Are you saying that you plead guilty to something eleven years ago and now you want to ...
CCT train derailment4/24/2014
  Q: Someone cleared the kuduz from along the Capital Crescent Trail in Bethesda and uncovered a railroad ...
  A: Jim, It's odd that you would ask this question in a law forum so I am guessing that you either know ...
Illegal search by boyfriends probation officer2/21/2014
  Q: If my boyfriend is on probation and they come to do a search can they also search me even though ...
  A: Loreal, To be absolutely certain I would have to have a copy of his probation contract. Since I ...
Assault1/25/2014
  Q: I was involved in an event six months ago. My husband's ex wife shoved me hard in my pregnant ...
  A: Melissa, As I state in my profile I don't have a crystal ball and cannot know about things that go ...
open container law1/21/2014
  Q: Don't know if you can answer this or not but maybe you can. My mother recently died in Texas and I ...
  A: Lee. Sorry for the late response but something must have gone wrong. I answered this question ...
Romance scam10/14/2013
  Q: First of all sorry for my bad english. I have been dating this kenyan guy for 5 year and lately i ...
  A: Yes you should report that this person has a fake medical degree. It would be a waste of time to ...
Hospital payment10/6/2013
  Q: If someone agreed to pay your hospital bill for pho ally attacking you and it was a court matter and ...
  A: Kimberly, I don't know what is going on but I just now (Friday) received your question that you ...
11 year old shoplifting7/16/2013
  Q: My 11 year old daughter got caught shoplifting with one of her friends. The amount was under $15 do ...
  A: Richard, I have no way of knowing what the outcome of any particular case. I would need a crystal ...
Civil judgement to Criminal charges7/6/2013
  Q: I was a victim of date rape. The D.A.'s office declined to prosecute my attacker at this time due to ...
  A: Donna, All I can go by is the law in my state. In my state any civil judgement cannot be used as ...
extratition5/2/2013
  Q: How long does Texas have to come pick up my husband from Florida? He has been locked up almost ...
  A: Heather, There is no specified time limit for picking up prisoners from other states. Basically it ...
What to do3/26/2013
  Q: I use to live in a very bad area. The police were called numerous times on these two women that ...
  A: You said "FL has summoned me to court for charges of battery on criminal level". Assuming that this ...
DWI3/17/2013
  Q: Forgive me if this question falls into the category of questions that you do not answer. My wife ...
  A: Joe, You are correct. I usually do not answer this type of question for two reasons. You are ...
Parking Sticker3/4/2013
  Q: I have what may be your most ridiculous question to date, nevertheless I'd greatly appreciate your ...
  A: Mary, Its not anywhere near the most ridiculous question. I know exactly how you feel because ...
Hidden security camera question2/19/2013
  Q: I don't know if you can help me. I sorta found your site at random. I have a question. I have a ...
  A: Doug, There are no devices that can detect a hidden camera. What makes you think that he has a ...
Criminal Complaint.2/18/2013
  Q: Respected Mr Jack toomey it's my pleasure to know you from this site very accurate information you ...
  A: Samuel, This is very odd. Are you saying that the complaint that your friend "wanted" to have sex ...
possesion2/10/2013
  Q: My boyfriend was recently arrested for trafficking methamphetamine. He was in possession of a visine ...
  A: Megan, "They" can do anything they want to make a charge. What evidence that is presented in court ...
arrested after the fact2/4/2013
  Q: OK, so my roommate keeps running out of his meds and I learned recently that he bought some on the ...
  A: You roommate is not running our of his medicine. He is either selling it or abusing it. Of course ...
Novel research; court date and imprisonment following murder arrest1/18/2013
  Q: In the crime story that I am currently working on, the murderer has killed seven people in seventeen ...
  A: Megan, Thanks very much. That is fine. Now I notice we have a small problem. I am guessing that ...
Bounty Hunters1/7/2013
  Q: I am trying to understand bounty hunters. I enjoy the show, the Dog. What happens when the police ...
  A: Rule Number One; No show on television that depicts law enforcement or anything close to it is ...
lewd public comments against the law?12/2/2012
  Q: A female friend said she was jogging and some weird guy stopped her and made obscene comments (he ...
  A: Lee, I agree that your friend should have called the police. Although he probably did not commit a ...
traffic stop11/15/2012
  Q: how long does it take for state of limitation to erase my Warrent
  A: There are no statutes of limitations on warrants. There are statutes of limitations on unsolved ...
novel research10/21/2012
  Q: I'm researching for a novel that I'm writing. i'M wondering what would happen if a member of a ...
  A: Dawn, I see that you are writing from another country. I have to assume you are talking about the ...
Threats from Vendor10/19/2012
  Q: I filed a claim with Paypal concerning a purchase that I have not received the virtual goods for. ...
  A: Ok first of all its a civil matter meaning that you and the guy had a contract and he did not ...
missing person10/10/2012
  Q: Say a person has been missing for a total of almost 15 years...Courts declared person dead after 7 ...
  A: Monica, I'm sorry about the delay in answering but I never got an emailed notification that this ...
4th amendment/ entering a property10/4/2012
  Q: My soon to be ex husband allowed police into my home after a disturbing the police call from one of ...
  A: When you say "illegal" you are implying that a crime has been committed. In order for a crime to be ...
Homicide detective9/21/2012
  Q: i wanted to know if you could tell me the requirements that go for being a homicide detective or ...
  A: Kellie, If we had a national police force it would be an easy question. But we don't. We have ...
florida to texas extradition9/13/2012
  Q: how long will texas take to extradite from florida on a felony possession/VOP charge?
  A: There is no way for me to know that. It would be easier if you asked me if it was going to rain on ...
Intimidation8/31/2012
  Q: I asked this question yesterday and you said you could not answer because you don't know German law. ...
  A: When you selected the country that you were posting from you chose "Germany" so I thought that you ...
ex husband8/29/2012
  Q: I would like to know if theres a law against my ex husband, who is currently a major in the United ...
  A: Jamie, Your login indicates that you live in California so I am guessing that you are asking me if ...
Phone harassment charges7/30/2012
  Q: I have been charged with phone harassment by an ex...we had a bad break up and I did call him but ...
  A: Melanie, The only way that the charges against you can be voided is by an act of the prosecutors ...
Interrogation and my right to see tape7/27/2012
  Q: My 20 year son was arrested for armed robbery. Two teenagers say a gun was pulled and their cell ...
  A: Amy, Your son is charged with a crime that could send him to prison for years. Instead of hopping ...
Theft/Deception5/29/2012
  Q: I have a lifelong friend that ask me to borrow some money several times throughout a 2 month ...
  A: It is a civil matter meaning that you entered into a contract with him and he has not honored the ...
Car Held as Evidence5/9/2012
  Q: My vehicle was towed after a friend was accused of committing an assault and battery either in or ...
  A: "There are charges adding up every day. Is this the owner's responsibility? I asked the supervisor ...
Nuisance Calls4/19/2012
  Q: Is it possible to track/trace the origin of nuisance calls and bring the perpetrator to justice in ...
  A: There is no need to hire a private investigator when the police can do the same job. First of all ...
Is it legal to attach something magnetic to a light pole?4/13/2012
  Q: the reason why I wonder is there's a game out there known as geocaching, where people use a GPS to ...
  A: It would depend on the law in your state. If the city park superintendent said that it was okay to ...
reckless driving ? Felony?3/29/2012
  Q: I am asking this question for a friend of mine- he received a speeding ticket in KY ...he was going ...
  A: As you can see here reckless driving in Kentucky is not a felony. ...
Burglary3/28/2012
  Q: If the definition of burglary is entering a residence, what's the legal reason why someone acting ...
  A: Frank, There are plenty of people outside the residence who could be charged with burglary. A ...
Co-owned house - destruction of property3/28/2012
  Q: My sister and ex-fiancÚ own a house together and are planning on selling it at the end of the school ...
  A: Rachel, In MY state it would basically be a case of him destroying his own property. It could be ...
expunge misdemenor larceny3/26/2012
  Q: I have a misdemenor larceny charge from 2009 I just pled guilty to the charge and I am trying to ...
  A: Tasha, The mechanism for expunging one's record is different in each state. I could tell you how ...
harassing neighbor3/23/2012
  Q: I have a neighbor that since we moved into our house has nothing but made false claims against us, ...
  A: Lisa, Yours would be a civil matter and you would need an attorney to bring such a case. Honestly ...
How to report a crime (forgery, fraud)3/16/2012
  Q: I just found out that my cousins forged my uncles will to cut my mother out of the estate. My ...
  A: Its silly to be worried about small towns and the local police. It does not matter if they know ...
Homicide Detectives3/8/2012
  Q: You said that you used to do murder cases. I am interested in being a homicide detective, so I ...
  A: Kayla, It does not matter what your major is in college. What is important is that your high ...
bail2/21/2012
  Q: Jack, a few months ago I bailed (thru a bondsman) the father of my grandson out of jail. At the time ...
  A: Ed, In MY state you would be released from any responsibility once the guy showed up for court. ...
Is it to late to report this robbery.2/7/2012
  Q: It was back in oct 2011 my girlfriend and i had been gone about a week looking for a new residence ...
  A: Peter, I agree that you made a very bad decision. When someone reports a crime in progress the ...
Neighbor harrassement2/6/2012
  Q: How many times can a neighbor call the police on false statements? Anywhere from them saying we said ...
  A: Carol, Make an appointment to meet with a ranking officer at the station. Have all of your facts ...
False reference1/18/2012
  Q: Jack, I have a tenet that owes me several months rent, about $4,500. He says he's applying for a ...
  A: Jim, Let me get this straight. Your tenant has lied to the loan company about a reference? I ...
Charges12/14/2011
  Q: I have a question regarding a stolen laptop. If you've stolen a laptop, fessed up to it and the cop ...
  A: Kenny, Of course you could still be arrested and charged. Returning the stolen property has ...
warrants12/1/2011
  Q: I soon will have a warrant for possession of paraphernalia in Illinois. They want me to pay over ...
  A: Phillip, There is no way for me to know what any individual police department is going to do as far ...
assault of a minor11/26/2011
  Q: In late May I moved out of my ex-fiances' home due to the physical abuse. Prior to that however he ...
  A: Nancy, I am sure that the statute of limitations has not expired so charges could be brought ...
Separate charges11/8/2011
  Q: Real quick and basicIf someone is caught committing a crime and it turns out the person is also ...
  A: Jason, As it says in my profile there is no way that I can predict the outcome of any individual ...
Attorney no-show11/4/2011
  Q: After reviewing several candidates, an acquaintance in Texas recently hired an attorney to represent ...
  A: This is not a police related issue. Have you contacted the attorney? What did he say? Did the ...
Serving Court Summons10/5/2011
  Q: I got a phone call from a lady who identified me by my full name and asked for my address to deliver ...
  A: I asked that because I suspected that it was a collection agency calling you. Its either a ...
Good time vs. Parole9/24/2011
  Q: When you hear about someone who "got four years off for good time." Does that mean he got parole or ...
  A: It could mean either. It could mean that the parole board granted an early release based on a good ...
sexual harrasment?9/19/2011
  Q: im 17, i shouted at my female teacher in a bar last saturday night, she is in her late 20s . i ...
  A: Dylan, The problem with your question is that you live in Ireland and I live in the United States. ...
harrassment from neighbors and police9/15/2011
  Q: I currently live in a large home with 14 people. 4 children and 10 adults. My mother lived here ...
  A: Shaina, I have an idea that you are not telling the full story. How could 10 adults only have two ...
Minors and Jail9/11/2011
  Q: I am a writer and working on a fictional story where a 14 year old girl is in trouble quite ...
  A: I've never been to Iowa nor do I know anything about their laws but I can assure you that no 14 year ...
Feds kicked in my door Gave me NO WARRANT!!9/9/2011
  Q: State-MO. We live in a small town and had our door kicked in by the FEDS outof ST. Louis. They came ...
  A: Jacqueline, The only warrant that is needed is an arrest warrant. I wasn't there, I don't know ...
criminal mischief charge against teen9/2/2011
  Q: My 16 yr old son and 3 other teen friends were driving home around midnight and decided to stop at a ...
  A: Yes you should retain an attorney. Your son's future is at stake. Don't worry about what the other ...
Neighbor Problems8/17/2011
  Q: Since I have moved into my apartment last December, my neighbor has been harassing me off and on. ...
  A: Your landlord is passing the buck. Surely he is in violation of his lease agreement by creating all ...
summons by mail8/8/2011
  Q: I have received a summons to come to a sherrifs office out of town in Gainesville fl. I'm a ...
  A: Lisa, Its a notice that the police department has a summons for you. Instead of having an officer ...
neighbor harrassment8/5/2011
  Q: Any advice you can give me is greatly appreciated! My neighbor has been harrassing our family on an ...
  A: Kim, I have no idea what the "RMV' is but its good that you followed the advice of the police. I ...
Im 18 now how could they do this?8/4/2011
  Q: Toomey, I had recently been charged with underage possession of alcohol and petty larceny. I have ...
  A: I am not a probation officer and have never gotten involved with what probation officers do because ...
i hope some one can help me7/17/2011
  Q: Hey everyone so my delima for today my friend was picked up by s bounty hunter i've did my research ...
  A: Instead of complaining about how your friend was arrested you should be thinking about someone who ...
Vandalized car7/11/2011
  Q: So this is what happened. I live in a city where there are kids outside with their bikes in the ...
  A: Gaby, You won't know what a particular officer will do until you meet with him/her. If its a big ...
Follow-up to "Wrong name on arrest warrant and I was arrested"7/9/2011
  Q: Mr. Toomey, (The system would not let me reply to our previous string of emails ["Too many ...
  A: I am glad that it worked out ok. I did wonder if the states attorney would speak to you since you ...
malicious neighbor6/30/2011
  Q: I am someone who has and is being disturbed by a neighbor. The disturbance is the neighbor for ...
  A: Diane, I wanted you to know that I am not an attorney. I am a retired police detective. In my ...
Wrong name on arrest warrant and I was arrested6/28/2011
  Q: I lived in Maryland from 1984 to 2002. I moved to Pennsylvania from 2002 until last week (June of ...
  A: Then that is the person to talk to. Somehow your name and date of birth was entered into the ...
Citations/moving violations6/27/2011
  Q: If you have received a citation, after the fact.....should the sheriff's department contact you ...
  A: Of course you know that the law in ever state is different and that each police department has its ...
speeding ticket in N.Y.6/27/2011
  Q: I live in N.C. while on vacation I received a speeding ticket in N.Y. I would not mind because I ...
  A: All states have reciprocal agreements with each other. That means that if you do not pay a ticket ...
informant???6/24/2011
  Q: Can a informant get a warrant issued on just here say or does he have to have evidence? my husband ...
  A: You are correct that sometimes hearsay isn't allowed in court but I have a feeling that what you are ...
harassment of a minor6/23/2011
  Q: I recently was arrested for Parental Kidnapping almost 2 months ago. After my arrest, my 11 year ...
  A: What most people don't understand is that every state has its own laws. So telling you what the law ...
texas extradition laws6/15/2011
  Q: my fiancee was on probation in texas and living in louisiana. he and his brother got in a fight. he ...
  A: He should have had an attorney when he was arrested and facing extradition. Go ahead and talk to an ...
warant6/14/2011
  Q: what does case closed and quashed mean on an out of state fugitive warrant mean can you be ...
  A: A closed case is a term that police departments use to designate that either the person responsible ...
harassing neighbors6/13/2011
  Q: I am a mother of 6 children and for the past 3-4 years have been having a problem with the ...
  A: Laura, You did not mention what the police have told you or done when they respond to these ...
Changing a charge6/8/2011
  Q: I was wondering how or if I am able to help my husband change a higher class charge to a lower ...
  A: You really should be consulting with an attorney about this. However the "changing of the charge" ...
FBI6/7/2011
  Q: What are the reasons that the FBI are called in on a murder case?
  A: The FBI rarely is involved in a murder case. They do handle murders of elected members of Congress, ...
Harrasment of my son6/7/2011
  Q: We have been in a dispute with our next door neighbor for the past year over my 12 year old son ...
  A: Mitch, Most likely the reason that the police cannot or will not "do anything about it" is because ...
counterfeit 20 dollar bill5/30/2011
  Q: A boyfriend of a old friend was arrested for attempting to spend a fake 20 dollar bill at a gas ...
  A: Without knowing all of the facts here is the best I can do for you. Can you be arrested? Yes. ...
Pressing charges just for communication?5/25/2011
  Q: so for the past two years I hid a boyfriend from my parents, I stayed all weekend at his house and ...
  A: Hanna, I can't possibly be familiar with the law in every state. I do know the law in my own ...
LOSING EVERYTHING5/22/2011
  Q: I'M 32YRS OLD WITH A 16YR OLD SON AND 14YR OLD DAUGHTER WE FINALLY FOUND A WONDERFUL HARD WORKING ...
  A: Nicole, Its evident that the reason that your husband is in jail is because he failed to complete ...
Probation searches5/19/2011
  Q: My daughters father is staying with us for awhile he is on Probation, the sherif has come to my home ...
  A: In my state the police do not get involved in probation searches. ALL of them are done by the ...
Re: Probation search guidelines5/12/2011
  Q: My dad rented me a hotel room, so he is the registered guest not me. And the police came to my room ...
  A: No your rights were not violated. You are on probation and I bet that if you read your probation ...
class c misdemeanor5/9/2011
  Q: My Son was arrested this morn. class c misdemeanor for drug paraphnilia. We live in E Texas. will ...
  A: Ok lets get the Miranda thing out of the way. Its the most misunderstood part of the criminal ...
Battery5/3/2011
  Q: Hoping you can help. Yesterday, I was called to my son's middle school and informed my son was ...
  A: Stacy, While I cannot speak for the state of Florida I can tell you that if this happened in MY ...
misdemeanor warrants5/2/2011
  Q: then i reported my wallet that was stolen in washington square park and i was paranoid about the two ...
  A: I can't possibly know with certainty how any case will turn out. I would need a crystal ball to do ...
Crime4/13/2011
  Q: I am working on writing my first novel, however the small amount of knowledge of crime I have will ...
  A: Sierra, There are no "yes" or "no" answers to any of your questions because every single case is ...
Criminal Record4/12/2011
  Q: The other night I was walking home while inebriated. I was stopped by a couple of police officers. ...
  A: Bob, Since you live in Canada I cannot be 100% certain since you have different laws and different ...
Postal Hold4/12/2011
  Q: Okay, so my parents left me to take care of their house in Maine while they went to Florida for the ...
  A: Amber, This is a new one for me. It really falls under the jurisdiction of the postal authorities. ...
Used Profanity While on My Property at Someone Elses Kids Who Were Harassing Me4/4/2011
  Q: I was outside yesterday, minding my own business when some kids (about 6-7yrs old) that were next ...
  A: Because there are over a million police officers, thousands of police departments, and fifty states ...
shoplifting3/30/2011
  Q: I was caught shoplifting at Walmart yesterday I took an eyeliner, a blush, and a foundation all ...
  A: Lizbeth, Unfortunately (or fortunately) you live in a state where this kind of thing is allowed by ...
Harassing 14 year old boy3/29/2011
  Q: There is a 14 year old boy in my neighborhood that I am soon going to be residing next door to. I ...
  A: Well I was going to suggest that you encourage the police to talk to the parent but it appears that ...
What to expect during court date for public intoxication and vandalism?3/27/2011
  Q: son charged with public intoxication and vandalism.What should he expect in court? arrest report ...
  A: Kate, Anytime an adult is charged with an offense that carries jail time AND will give him a ...
clearing 27yr old felony3/25/2011
  Q: my husband got a felony for possession of marijuana when he was in his early 20s. Now 27yrs later ...
  A: Marsha, There are two ways of getting that felony off of his record. The first is called the ...
Dorm Inspection3/24/2011
  Q: I recently returned back to my dorm room from spring break to find my refrigerator door open. I know ...
  A: Rachel, I have no idea what your contract with the university says regarding entry to dorm rooms so ...
dragon763/20/2011
  Q: What kind of trouble would someone be in if they were at one time given a user id and password for ...
  A: - what do you mean by "asked to fill in the request for payment for the individual"? What ...
extradition3/15/2011
  Q: In 2008, I was in Arizona on vacation. I live in Illinois, and had bought a used car writing a ...
  A: There is not enough information for me to know for sure but it is not unheard of to be charged in ...
speedy trial3/13/2011
  Q: Is it legal for city court to keep postponing my felony hearing after 6 months without being ...
  A: Noreen, You have an attorney and these questions should be directed to him/her. However when ...
Suing for personal property damage, libel and defamation3/12/2011
  Q: After a falling out with a person, when I had to go to hospital for breakdown due to stress, the ...
  A: I doubt that any attorney is going to take a libel/slander case based on things that were posted ...
Writer's Block (Cell Block 8, that is !!!)3/11/2011
  Q: Jack, I read some of your Q&A's and like what I am reading and, you still love it! I love writing ...
  A: I guess that it is one of two things or a combination of the two. The detective in Major Fraud ...
Bad Checks3/2/2011
  Q: My friend is currently incarcerated. She is on probation violation. During her incarceration, the ...
  A: Leah, As long as there are warrants for your friend the term "statute of limitations" does not ...
public intox2/27/2011
  Q: my mother has lived here in sulphur, oklahoma for 40 years she went to the store to buy pop and ...
  A: By now I would hope that your mother is out of jail. If not then you have the opportunity to pay ...
property damage2/23/2011
  Q: good day my question is regarding my property damaged on by driveway by my neighbor the tail light ...
  A: Matthew, I see that you live in Canada. You have a whole different set of laws and court ...
Process of Verdict Reading2/23/2011
  Q: In a criminal trial, when a jury sequestered in their room is close to reaching a verdict, do they ...
  A: Dennis, There is always someone assigned to the jury. Its different in the various states but it ...
court procedure2/22/2011
  Q: i DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW YOU CAN BE OFFERED A PLEA AND BE TOLD IF YOU DONT SIGN NOW THE PRISON TIME ...
  A: Debra, Let me start by saying that you are foolish to take on the system without an attorney. If ...
20 year old traffic violation in NJ2/18/2011
  Q: I recently received a letter (2/11) from the Sea Isle City Municipal Court informing me of an unpaid ...
  A: Robert, I cannot give you legal advice so I want you to understand that. Warrants are good until ...
How can I restrain a guy who is stalking me..2/17/2011
  Q: I hanged out with a guy for a month from Sept to Oct in 2010 in Japan. He is Japanese American who ...
  A: If he is in Japan you cannot get a restraining order because it would not be valid in Japan. And ...
Trespassing and protective order2/16/2011
  Q: I am divorced with one child that is 10. Recently I have gotten involved with another woman. My ex ...
  A: Thomas, Do not take my answer as legal advice. However it sounds like your ex-wife is making up ...
mis-match files2/16/2011
  Q: Recently i have just been charged win a class d felony and when i went in to talk to my probation ...
  A: Alyson, Did you tell the probation officer that it was possible that the names were confused? You ...
homicide detective?2/16/2011
  Q: how many years of schooling does it take to be a homicide detective? I heard that you had to be a ...
  A: Most departments require that detectives have college degrees. Two years on the street is not ...
disappearing records2/15/2011
  Q: I'm a student researching how special favors get done in our justice system. How may I confirm a ...
  A: What I am suggesting is that the physical record of the case is probably not going to tell you ...
Being a detective2/15/2011
  Q: Do you have to at least get your Masters degree to become a detective or do you still have to become ...
  A: Tawny, There are thousands of police departments in this country and each has its own rules and ...
minor possesion of an alcoholic beverage2/13/2011
  Q: I am 18 years old and my friend is 19. He picked me up in his car and he had four beers in there. ...
  A: Victor, Of course you can contest the charge. The Constitution guarantees that you have the right ...
Harrasment Charges2/9/2011
  Q: Yes , there is a guy tellng me he is going to file harassment charges aganist me and i was wondering ...
  A: James, I don't understand how this guy could believe that he was the victim of "harassment" if you ...
retrievement of court transcripts2/9/2011
  Q: How can I retrieve my brothers court transcripts from 1993? he is currently incarcerated in San ...
  A: Elida, I can only tell you how someone would obtain court transcripts in MY state which is not in ...
when does actual "arrest" occur2/8/2011
  Q: Twenty years ago I was convicted of a misdemeanor in Texas. I remember that after the police told me ...
  A: Lee, The minute that you went to "take care" of the warrant you were arrested. You did not need to ...
Serving a Search Warrant in Indiana2/7/2011
  Q: Can you please tell me the process of serving a search warrant in Starke County Indiana? How is it ...
  A: A search warrant is a warrant that authorizes law enforcement to search a house, building, car, etc. ...
Re: Hand cuff key law in florida2/5/2011
  Q: I Lost my dad, march makes 2 years ago. He was a corrections officer in North Carolina. As I way to ...
  A: Rachel, I don't live in Florida nor have I ever heard of such a law. What about visiting the ...
Bench Warrant2/2/2011
  Q: I have a 7 year old bench warrant for destruction of property in the state of Wisconsin. I have ...
  A: Jake, I think that you have the term "statute of limitations" confused with "life of a warrant". ...
Restraining Orders1/28/2011
  Q: My now ex manager at work has been terrible to me for years. She swore I was "out for her job". She ...
  A: Krystal, I don't know what a "semi-threatening" text message is but I am wondering why you have not ...
Subpeona1/27/2011
  Q: I've been notified that a subpoena will be delivered to me. I was not at home upon the initial ...
  A: A subpoena is a document that requires your presence in court or at a deposition. Its going to be ...
harrassment charges and countersuit1/27/2011
  Q: Toomey, I have had a falling out with some friends who are in possession of a business investment. ...
  A: Willa, They are not going to charge you with "harassment" in New York because that would mean that ...
Harassment and Being Disabled1/24/2011
  Q: First, thank you for taking time to read my question. I am disabled with Fibromyalgia and ...
  A: Terri, I am wondering if you have talked to the landlord about this? Surely he/she would want to ...
domestic violence1/22/2011
  Q: can my girlfriend have a domestic violence charge dropped against me?
  A: In most jurisdictions the prosecutors office won't drop such a serious charge. There was such a ...
Ticket with wrong date1/20/2011
  Q: A family member (not me) received a PI ticket with last year's date on it. Not knowing what to do, ...
  A: I am not sure what you mean by "PI ticket" (no term like that is used in my area) but assuming that ...
How to obtain and Amended Police Report1/19/2011
  Q: I was involved in a traffic accident in the State of Georgia and was given a citation for "Failure ...
  A: Have you talked to the officer who charged you? I am not saying he would do this but perhaps he ...
retail fraud 2 offense1/17/2011
  Q: I was wondering what is the statue of limitations on arrest warrants in michigan? For second offense ...
  A: There are no statute of limitations for arrest warrants. They are good until they are served. ...
Double Features and the Law1/14/2011
  Q: Toomey, If you go to the movies, pay for one show but sneak into a second, is it stealing? What ...
  A: Abigail, In my state I guess that the charge would be "theft of services" if you stayed and watched ...
I've been charged with harassment via text1/13/2011
  Q: Mr. Toomey, A friend and I had a falling out due to me witnessing her shoot something unknown to me ...
  A: Brielle, You live in a state where a citizen can walk in off the state and write an affidavit ...
Harassment via text1/12/2011
  Q: If a person is texting me and asking me questions and I answer them but never said stop and one text ...
  A: If you answer texts you are encouraging the sender to send more texts. "See you at school" is an ...
NC DVO1/11/2011
  Q: I had a protective order on my boyfriend. It stated he could have contact with me while sober. He ...
  A: Sharon, The police have no authority to violate anyone who is on probation because that is the ...
absconding1/9/2011
  Q: my boyfriend got into trouble for harassment and assault never showed up to court was on the run for ...
  A: Chris, As I have said before I cannot possibly play judge nor can I predict what is going to happen ...
Extradition NJ to Ohio1/6/2011
  Q: My best friend accepted a plea bargain of 18 months in Ohio in November 2009. Well he never returned ...
  A: Katie, No one can serve a jail sentence except in the the state where the crime was committed so ...
neighbor problems1/4/2011
  Q: during the winter vacation sometime around new years my seven month old was on his bouncer jumping ...
  A: Alena, If your neighbor is in the act of threatening you that is the time to call the police. From ...
K9 SEARCH12/27/2010
  Q: I believe a deputy sheriff or a member of the force entered my home today with a K9 and searched ...
  A: There is no rule, law, or procedures that govern the stopping of cars owned by people on probation. ...
eviction12/24/2010
  Q: How can I get an exgirlfriend to move out of my house . She will not leave after being ask many ...
  A: Steve, You would have to know the eviction laws in your state. Every state is slightly different. ...
Domestic Call12/13/2010
  Q: My husband & I got into an argument recently. We both were severely intoxicated. The police was ...
  A: Teresa, I can't possibly play states attorney. All I can do is to tell you how the legal process ...
Booking Tape12/9/2010
  Q: I would like to get a copy of a booking Tape from a local Police dept . Is this possible They did ...
  A: David, I have never heard the term "booking tape" before. It must be a term that is unique to a ...
Police harassment12/3/2010
  Q: My son is 27, starting in middle school is was heavily involved with drugs, stealing, addiction, ...
  A: There is something wrong with this scenario. A passenger cannot receive a ticket for a moving ...
some one giveing rat poision to a human11/30/2010
  Q: i have a question dids is bugin me for oever 9years my ex girlfriend before we started to go out i ...
  A: Even though you are in Canada and I am in the United States its clear that you are alleging that a ...
Sexual harassment11/24/2010
  Q: My wife drives a school bus for a living. A few high school students on her bus have been making ...
  A: Anthony, I don't know what the chain of command is in your school district but there must be ...
Getting proof for Fraud...11/21/2010
  Q: MY FIANCEE IS GOING TO COURT FOR FULL CUSTODY OF HIS KIDS. HIS EX HAS BEEN COLLECTING WELFARE/CHILD ...
  A: Nicole, You certainly can try to get the information from the motel. I have no idea what they are ...
Warrant/Extradition11/18/2010
  Q: There is this Officer, not detective from Illinois contacting me and saying I have a felony warrant ...
  A: Todd, I would have to ask you if in your opinion if the warrant has been satisfied? That means has ...
RE: Noise disturbances11/16/2010
  Q: Ok, I meant get HIM evicted, but you answered that quest when you said I couldn't be evicted, ...
  A: Stephen, I would home that if he ignored the police that he would be either arrested or cited ...
under age theft11/15/2010
  Q: a girl from my daughters school took about $450 worth of things from our home.This same girl took my ...
  A: Lynee, I don't want to make it sound like that I am second guessing you but if you had called the ...
Noise disturbances11/14/2010
  Q: My situation: I live in a town home, in Aurora Colorado. I have a neighbor on an adjoining wall ...
  A: Loud music that disturbs others no matter what the time of the day is against the law. However ...
son was arrested11/13/2010
  Q: my son was in a bar playing in a dart game, when to cops came in. he went to his friend and said ...
  A: Well this is difficult to answer since I wasn't there and I don't know the law in your state. I ...
Copper Pipes Stolen What is the police procedure11/11/2010
  Q: I've read a similar question you answered about a burglary and would like more information. My 65 ...
  A: Melissa, I have no way of knowing why the officers did what they did. Unless you were there you ...
Underage Consumption11/6/2010
  Q: I am 19 and live in South Dakota. I am a college student, I was walking back to a party the other ...
  A: Andrew, It seems to me that the officers had probable cause to stop you since you stated that you ...
aggravated harrasment11/5/2010
  Q: Are there any laws in NJ pertaining to the subject. Lettersl are being sent to a husband.s home in a ...
  A: Fred, This sounds like Libel to me. It means its a civil matter and not a criminal offense. Libel ...
Possession of marijuana11/3/2010
  Q: I am a 15 years old and was recently arrested for possession of marijuana. I know about my rights ...
  A: Matt, The way I see this is that the officer had more than enough probable cause to search you. ...
Criminal Law11/1/2010
  Q: What is the general order or procedure for....Say a cop pulls up to a scene. The subject is out of ...
  A: Nancy, We don't have a national police force so there is no "general order". An officer acts out ...
Criminal Harassment10/25/2010
  Q: My ex-boyfriend was calling me repeatedly and was making rude remarks to me. I contacted the ...
  A: Nat, When you call the police and report a crime you are giving permission for the police to ...
misdemeanor probation10/24/2010
  Q: if I was on probation for 1st offense ouil in MI, and got violated for any reason, after how long ...
  A: You have the term "statute of limitations" confused with something else. Statute of limitations ...
apeal10/20/2010
  Q: My daughter took a plea deal while on seroquel and her lawyer told her her would get time served she ...
  A: Theresa, I am not an attorney and I cannot give you legal advice. But I can do it this way; Did ...
documents10/18/2010
  Q: I am in Los Angeles County Ca. Regarding search warrants the police searched my friends house while ...
  A: I would call the detective/officer whose arrested him or whose name is on the warrant. But once the ...
records of sales for firearm purchases in az10/17/2010
  Q: I purchased a handgun in AZ from a licensed dealer way back about 1975. It was stolen in CA and I ...
  A: Frank, You have probably already thought of this but I don't see where you mentioned it. Have you ...
Verbal threats10/11/2010
  Q: What can one do when they receive a verbal threat. I was threatened that if I spoke to a specific ...
  A: Katie, Of course the laws in all states are different but you can count on the fact that the ...
statute of limitations - misdemeanors10/5/2010
  Q: Over 20 years ago an Oklahoma Highway Patrolman gave me a ticket for "improper display" of my ...
  A: You have the term "statute of limitations" confused with "life of a warrant". Statute of ...
male state trooper searching female10/3/2010
  Q: My daughter was pulled over because the state trooper said her head lights were on high beam. My ...
  A: Renee, When you use the word "legal" you are inferring that there is a law that prohibits a certain ...
DWI9/28/2010
  Q: I live in the state of Arkansas. I was pulled over while riding a motorcycle and wearing ...
  A: Jason, I am not supposed to give legal advice since I am not an attorney but this is fairly simple ...
Roommate Theft9/27/2010
  Q: I have a roommate that was living in my townhome. On 8/17/10 she and her boyfriend busted in my ...
  A: Andrew, If this happened in MY state she could could go to a person known as a commissioner who ...
mischief charges9/24/2010
  Q: what are the charges for somebody trying to drag you into fight swearing and threatening and ...
  A: Hozen. It looks like that you live in Canada. You have completely different laws than we do in the ...
homocide victim9/21/2010
  Q: I a mystery writer. A scenario on a new book has a murder victim - throat cut - autopsy completed no ...
  A: Of course all states have different procedures but you would be safe to say that the autopsy would ...
statue of limitations on joint suspended sentences9/21/2010
  Q: are there any statue of limitation laws on joint suspended sentences for calif. on felony drug ...
  A: You have the term "statute of limitations" confused with something else. The term statute of ...
NYPD was not suppose to have juvenile prints on file9/21/2010
  Q: My son is 15 years old and was arrested in April 2010 for burgalary for which he admitted. He ws ...
  A: I am not sure where you got the idea that the NYPD has to get rid of fingerprints after an arrest. ...
Burglary9/16/2010
  Q: Can U be Charged with Burglary if u were Never IN the House? if not can the coourt charge u for ...
  A: You sure can be charged without ever going into the house. Examples would be a person who stands ...
extradition9/13/2010
  Q: my son was released from a federal prison on 9/1/10 having served time for parole violation for a ...
  A: Sidra, I am not aware of any time limit where one state is obligated to pick up a prisoner from ...
Georgia information on assault and battery9/13/2010
  Q: My older son/also my landlord assaulted me two years ago placing me in a head lock and tried to ...
  A: Daniel, I don't have any idea what state you are in. Each state has its own laws and that includes ...
Statutory Rape8/31/2010
  Q: What is the time limits on statutory rape in texas? The girl was only 12 and the guy was 18! By the ...
  A: I wish you would have told me that in the first place. You have an attorney so that is where you ...
cleaning criminal record8/31/2010
  Q: when i was younger, i pleated no contest to charges of child cruelty following my attorney's advice, ...
  A: If that was a felony that you were convicted of its going to be difficult to clear your record. If ...
poilce work8/29/2010
  Q: My name is Kelsey and despite my age (13 ) I already know what I'd like to be when I grow up. I ...
  A: This is a bit difficult because you live in Canada and I live in the United States. Our countries ...
False accusations of statutory rape8/26/2010
  Q: This is a bit of a a story, but it will make sense and I will try to put the pieces together for you ...
  A: Well honestly I can't see this case going anywhere unless the girl also says that you had sex with ...
becoming a homicide detective8/24/2010
  Q: I am a 14 year old girl I want a career as a homicide detective. I did a lot of research about how ...
  A: When you graduate from high school you go to college. You earn a college degree and by that time ...
Fraudulent Conversion.8/23/2010
  Q: I was convinced to invest a huge amount of cash about 8yrs ago by an ex-friend. He stated that the ...
  A: It sounds like a civil matter to me since you two entered into a contract and you allege that he did ...
statute of limitation on robbery8/19/2010
  Q: my Q is what is the statute of limitation on a robbery case. no charges have been filed or warrant ...
  A: I am confused by your question. In the first sentence you say that "no charges have been filed or ...
exterdition8/18/2010
  Q: my step dad was arrested here in mississippi for a dui he went to court and got time served but he ...
  A: Kristy, The Constitution guarantees the right to a speedy trial but says nothing about a speedy ...
digital penetration of a 17 year old minor8/17/2010
  Q: I was wondering if a 21 year old guy fingered (digital penetration) a 17 year old minor girl is that ...
  A: Crystal, I am assuming that you mean that this encounter was consensual and not committed by force. ...
arrested vs. cited8/17/2010
  Q: From PA here. Husband and I are applying for an International adoption and on the application it ...
  A: Tina, I would say that the definition of "cited" means being issued a ticket or summons in lieu of ...
unsafe driver8/16/2010
  Q: I know an individual who got a PA license between his second DUI arrest and the conviction in NJ. ...
  A: Dean, If the Pennsylvania DMV has issued him a license then there is very little that you can do by ...
DUI case8/14/2010
  Q: My husband and I were driving home, when we got pulled over by a cop. He told us that our ...
  A: Heather, One of the classic signs of a drunk driver is one that is driving with his/her headlights ...
criminal justice career8/13/2010
  Q: Toomey, I am just beginning my criminal justice classes. I am very interested in the homicide ...
  A: Gwen, I don't know whether you are talking about a private police academy where you pay tuition or ...
videotaping neighbor8/10/2010
  Q: We have lived by our neighbor for about 7 years. Several years ago he stole a front door valued at ...
  A: Stephen, I am wondering why the police are not installing the cameras and doing the video taping ...
warrant8/8/2010
  Q: I have been issues a warrant for court, a customer of the store i worked at accused me of taking ...
  A: Robert, If there is a warrant for your arrest that means that you can expect to be arrested by the ...
Assault on a minor8/7/2010
  Q: I have a friend who was assaulted around a month ago by a man more than twice his age. My friend is ...
  A: Yasmin, You are in England and are telling me about a crime that happened in your country. I live ...
Criminal Law/ Civil Law? in MD7/29/2010
  Q: 2.5 years ago, while I was in the hospital, my gf took my car to her father's house where she said ...
  A: The DA nor the police are not going to file any charges because no crime was committed. Locking ...
Arrest and trial procedure based on extreme circumstances7/28/2010
  Q: My question to you is more of a fill in the blank/correction of legal progression based on my ...
  A: Ok the reason that I asked that is because I have gotten into a back-and-forth with an author only ...
Motorcycle7/28/2010
  Q: I have a friend who works as a mechanic at a shop. He also is part of a motorcycle club. I bought a ...
  A: Jamie, This is a civil matter. You entered into a contract with your friend and he apparently did ...
Worthless checks7/25/2010
  Q: I have a question regarding worthless checks. I wrote several checks for less than $500.00 over 20 ...
  A: Susan, I am reluctant to give you advice because I am not an attorney and if I told you to do ...
Simple Assault7/20/2010
  Q: My step-daughter, aged 21, flew to New Jersey to visit her Father. She lives in Calif. One night, a ...
  A: Steve, If she does not attend her trial a warrant will be issued for her arrest and it will follow ...
My childrens granparents are harassing me7/19/2010
  Q: I'll try to keep this as short as possible. I have three children with a no-good jail bird who is ...
  A: Lori, It sounds like the grandparents are trying to build a case for an eventual custody battle in ...
Avoiding a subpoena7/16/2010
  Q: My boss was being subpoenaed and she asked me to tell the person delivering the subpoena she was not ...
  A: Kelly, This is a tricky situation. A subpoena comes from the court and is a legal instrument and ...
Defiant Trespasser, (2C:18-3b)7/15/2010
  Q: About a week ago I used the emergency exit to exit a train at Secaucus Junction. That morning the ...
  A: Maria, I have no idea what a H1B visa is because that is way outside my area of expertise. I also ...
EXTRADITION7/15/2010
  Q: i have a case in georgia its a feloney possesion and misdomener possesion. i know if i dont go i ...
  A: I have no way of knowing whether the state of Georgia is going to extradite you. That is a decision ...
Removing Felony Label7/14/2010
  Q: I am a convicted felon in the state of Virginia. I was convicted in August 2007 of Fraudulent ...
  A: Carrie, My first thought would be to consult with the attorney that represented you when you plead ...
Neighbor Harrassment7/13/2010
  Q: We have had issues with the 18 year old neighbor across the street with loud music and constant ...
  A: Cathy, I am betting that "nothing came out of it" because the things that you mentioned are ...
Lying about age.7/13/2010
  Q: My name is John I was stopped about 30 minutes ago by the police when I was walking home from a ...
  A: John, If the officer was looking for a prowler in someone's backyard and you matched the ...
Child predator penalties7/10/2010
  Q: If an individual in his/her 30s asks a teen on a date, what are the penalties for the adult? What if ...
  A: I can't provide information regarding the penalties at each of the three (3) levels specified" ...
criminal profiling7/8/2010
  Q: what is meant by criminal profiling?
  A: Basically it is the science where experts try to predict what kind of person is committing a certain ...
Felony Conviction and Prison for my 16 yo son7/5/2010
  Q: I live in Phoenix,AZ. In 2005 my son who was 15 at the time,ran away from home. We reported this to ...
  A: Ok well the state had enough evidence to convict him so its not a case of having "no proof". If he ...
Parents being notified7/3/2010
  Q: My son did a senior prank and was caught the next day on video. He was called down to principals ...
  A: Chris, I think that you are the second parent to write to me about this senior prank. I just got ...
Unlawful entry7/3/2010
  Q: My son and his friends went to their high school early one morning and did a senior prank. They ...
  A: Josh, The school district has no say in the matter because any crime is a crime against the state ...
Text Messaging Harassment Charges7/1/2010
  Q: Recently my friend and I have had disagreements because she does not like my new boyfriend and I do ...
  A: Tammi, You wouldn't believe the number of questions that I get about texting and harassment. Most ...
Being put into False Light by a law enforcement agency6/30/2010
  Q: I actually have a couple of questions. First off, is it possible to subpoena a Sheriff's cell phone ...
  A: This is kind of complicated. A private citizen cannot obtain a subpoena because if they could ...
rape6/29/2010
  Q: my friend and I were drugged and raped by our neighbors. There is a point neither on of of remember ...
  A: Catherine, There may be things going on that you are not aware of. Often detectives don't have ...
Statute of Limitations6/26/2010
  Q: What is the statute of limitation on federal bench criminal warrant please? Thanks
  A: There is no statute of limitations. I think that you have that term confused with something else. ...
Paraphernalia6/25/2010
  Q: The other day me and my friend were stopped at a local park by a city police officer. We were ...
  A: Isis, You didn't say how old you are but I am guessing that you are pretty close to 18? Let me ...
criminal6/23/2010
  Q: I had A public defender who had eveidence that would prove I did not committ A crime,he had it 68 ...
  A: Chuck, He would not be calling it to the attention of a judge 68 hours after your arrest because no ...
Reclaiming Stolen Personal Property6/22/2010
  Q: This is a fairly unique situation. My friend was staying with an acquaintance in Los Angeles. ...
  A: I don't live in California and have never been there. I say that because the law in every state is ...
voice recording without consent6/21/2010
  Q: An investigator that works for a lawyer recently met with my husband to take his testimony for an ...
  A: Some states have what is called "two party consent" which means that both parties have to be aware ...
No trespassing laws6/19/2010
  Q: I no longer want my estranged son-in-law to come to my home to argue and fight with my daughter. ...
  A: If you have told him in person not to come on to your property and he continues to do so then call ...
Did You know You upset me Deliberately6/16/2010
  Q: I am typing to inform you that yourself upset me deliberately On-Line here recently as a EX ...
  A: Ok when you first wrote to me I you mentioned that you had an anxiety disorder. I thought that you ...
Neighbor with binoculars6/15/2010
  Q: Is it against the law in Illinois for our neighbor to sit on his front porch with binoculars all day ...
  A: Kelly, Since I don't live in Illinois I can't really tell you what the law is there. I can tell ...
criminal records6/12/2010
  Q: how do i get court records from 2003, for an ex boyfriend, who i am curently, fighting for custody ...
  A: Rachael, You don't have an attorney for such an important matter? When you say "court records" do ...
language6/11/2010
  Q: If you speak more than one language or two do you get paid more? Do you have to be certified in ...
  A: I am presuming that you mean as a police officer? Some departments desperately need bilingual ...
dui6/9/2010
  Q: Disregard last question for and respond to this one. I had a question about a stop that resulted ...
  A: Ron, If you didn't exhibit any signs of drunk driving in your brief bit of driving before you were ...
dui6/8/2010
  Q: I had a question about a stop that resulted in a dui in AZ. I was stopped leaving a bar/restaurant ...
  A: Ron, If you didn't exhibit any signs of drunk driving in your brief bit of driving before you were ...
Please help...6/7/2010
  Q: Back in 2000-2002 I accummulated $1400 in unpaid traffic tickets, and my license was suspended for ...
  A: David, I am not familiar with Florida law since I don't work there but how about this? The tickets ...
warrant6/5/2010
  Q: I have a warrant out for my arrest in the state of California. Im currently living in baja ...
  A: When it says that the plaintiff is the state of California it means that you are accused of ...
need some help6/4/2010
  Q: i hope you can help me with this. I feel i have been mistreated or harassed by the police. I was ...
  A: Justin, I can't give you my opinion on what happened because a few years ago I did and found my ...
intent to sack6/4/2010
  Q: I work in a hospital as 2IC, recently my charge nurse & myself had allegations of "bullying in the ...
  A: Joanne, I notice that you are in Australia. I am in the United States. Your country has a ...
unlawful use of a vehicle6/3/2010
  Q: My daughter went inside a store left her friend in the car with the car on cause it was hot.He took ...
  A: Virginia, Surely the police must have come to the scene of the wreck and asked why he was driving ...
Vandalized car5/30/2010
  Q: Last night my friend's car was heavily vandalized. He lives in an apartment building and another ...
  A: You are in Canada and I am in the United States so I am not entirely sure how the police operate in ...
Extradition5/28/2010
  Q: A friend of mine was arrested upon entering the State of Hawaii due to a warrant issued in Oregon ...
  A: They could call that juristiction and see if anyone knows if they intend to come and get him. The ...
criminal charge5/26/2010
  Q: Does the criminal charge of 'Omitting to Provide for a minor child' have anything to do with the ...
  A: Trish, Here is my problem when answering a question like this. We have fifty states and fifty sets ...
hold with warrant5/25/2010
  Q: my friend was arrested on may 21st. this is his third time in jail and this is the second time he ...
  A: I have no idea where these two counties are. Are they in the same state or in different states? If ...
misdemanor warrent5/22/2010
  Q: Is there an expiration date on a retail theft misdemeanor warrant in cook county Illinois. I went to ...
  A: Tracy, Usually warrants do not expire. I have seen some that are thirty years old. Sometimes a ...
hire lawer or not5/19/2010
  Q: my 18 year old son was cited for deficating in public. Yes I know vile and dumb! Would i be wise to ...
  A: Bill, Since the laws in all states are different I can only speculate what might happen in MY ...
Unlawful Entry5/18/2010
  Q: I was visiting a friend this past weekend at her house this past weekend. We sat outside, had a few ...
  A: I'd bet that the officer was just telling you the possibilities that could happen, not what would ...
harassment5/17/2010
  Q: I have a neighboor who recently has begun complaining about balls going on their lawn, we moved the ...
  A: David, Of course every state has its own definition of harassment so all I can do is tell you about ...
Forgery and theft allegations5/15/2010
  Q: Approximatley 2 weeks ago I recieved a phone call from a detective. She informed me my prior ...
  A: Well I cannot give you legal advice since that would be illegal because I am not an attorney. But ...
criminal tresspass statutes5/14/2010
  Q: i had a conviction of under 10.00 at a walmart i was placed under a criminal trespass in 2003. if i ...
  A: Billy, I have never heard of such a law but that does not mean there is not such a law in some ...
Shoplifting Charge5/10/2010
  Q: I was recently arrested for the first time ever for a shoplifting charge. The total of the ...
  A: Julia, The crime is not against the shopkeeper or his store. Its a crime against the state so the ...
Detainer5/6/2010
  Q: A friend of mine was on parole in Pennsylvania and he got arrested in New York. He was bailed out ...
  A: There is no law or time limit about picking up prisoners from other states. In these times of tight ...
Marijuana warrant Arizona4/29/2010
  Q: I was charged with possession of Marijuana back on 12-19-2006 in AZ. I was never notified of my ...
  A: Mr Atlas, I can't possibly tell why some things did or didn't happen. I would have had to be there ...
criminalAZ4/26/2010
  Q: How do they decide if it should stay in juvenile court or the person should be tried as an adult in ...
  A: In MY state all armed robberies, rapes, and murders committed by juveniles are held in adult court. ...
minors involved in sex4/24/2010
  Q: i know of two young boys that we curious. one is 12 and one is 9. they definitely engaged in oral ...
  A: There is no such thing as "oral intercourse". There is oral sex and intercourse but two boys cannot ...
evidence4/23/2010
  Q: i was just watching the new episode of "the mentalist" and in it the mentalist, a police consultant, ...
  A: I don't know what this show is but it sounds like the "police consultant" was an agent of the ...
Assualt on Minor4/21/2010
  Q: My son was physically struck on several different occasions by his father. I have taken my son out ...
  A: Yes you can sue his father but you will need an attorney and that can be expensive. Does the man ...
harassment by neighbors4/19/2010
  Q: my question(S) are my neighbor has cameras all over their house and all are pointing towards my ...
  A: Since the laws in every state are different I can only offer what the law is in MY state. However ...
woman using police to harass me4/14/2010
  Q: The ex-girlfriend of my fiance has been harassing me in an unusual way. She has repeatedly submitted ...
  A: Ok then it sounds like this woman is calling 911 and reporting that you are a drug dealer. I'd bet ...
Extradition laws4/9/2010
  Q: My brother is currently being held in a Florida Jail due to an extradition order on a warrant from ...
  A: The way I understand what you wrote is that; 1. your brother was in prison for three years for an ...
harrasment4/5/2010
  Q: i need to know what to do my daughter is thirteen and she is being harrassed and bullied at school ...
  A: I doubt if the police are going to be interested in intervening in something like this. You haven't ...
pc 488 ticket4/5/2010
  Q: I am a 30 year old mom, I have no priors, have never been in trouble. I was in Macy's w/my ...
  A: I want to let you know that I cannot give you legal advice. That is forbidden. I think that you ...
fraud4/3/2010
  Q: My friend had her pay check stolen and someone cashed it by forging her signature and even wrote ...
  A: I don't understand what her bosses can do to find out who stole her pay check and forged and uttered ...
extraditon from one state to another3/31/2010
  Q: I have a child support warrant in Ny.state. Due to me not having a job, I made no payments. I live ...
  A: Any warrant can be served in any state. I am not saying that every warrant WOULD be served in any ...
Search and Seizure3/30/2010
  Q: Police went and searched a storage unit that was in my brother's girlfriends name but he is the one ...
  A: Unless your brother's girlfriend is a suspect in the case then she has no "standing" to object. ...
underage drinking citation and public drunkenness3/29/2010
  Q: At the beginning of last summer I made some bad decisions that ultimately ended up with me being ...
  A: Every state has what is called an expungement process where you petition the court to remove the ...
Theft by Conversion3/28/2010
  Q: My question is, firstly I live in Georgia and I was taken to jail for using my cash register to ...
  A: You were released from jail on bond but never heard another thing? That seems odd. Are you sure ...
statue of limitations on a pa dui in 20023/28/2010
  Q: I got a DUI when I was 20 years old in Pennsylvania in may of 2002(eight years ago). I am currently ...
  A: I think that you have the term 'statute of limitations" confused with the "life of a warrant". ...
Stalking, defamation of character3/27/2010
  Q: A man was charged with stalking my family and then stalked us again by sending out defaming emails ...
  A: You are closer to the case than I am but if the DA upgraded the case from a misdemeanor to a felony ...
child taken in car and threatened by another parent3/23/2010
  Q: My 13-yr-old son called from school & said a classmate asked him to attend a sporting event in the ...
  A: It sounds like that you have called the police and had the matter investigated. I'd guess that the ...
NYC arrest record3/19/2010
  Q: I was arrested for felony assault around approximately 28 years ago. There was no grand jury ...
  A: John, I'm sorry but I have no way of knowing if you have a criminal record. Every police ...
jumping bail3/18/2010
  Q: My dad posted bail for me ($17,000 and paid 10%) through a bail bondsman, I decided to not show up ...
  A: I would think that by now the bondsman would have come after your dad to collect the $16,000 that he ...
Warrants3/18/2010
  Q: Is there any statute of limitation on warrant in MD? and also on Theft charges??
  A: There are no statute of limitations on a warrant anywhere. Warrants are good until either the ...
juvenile3/16/2010
  Q: I live in Maine. My son who is 13 and his friend who is 14 were walking down the road. His friend ...
  A: Karen, If the case goes to court then you or your attorney would be allowed what is called ...
Shoplifting issue3/13/2010
  Q: com member. My 21-year-old in-college son recently was caught shoplifting some trinket from a store ...
  A: Wayne, Luckily in my state we don't have to deal with these tactics. I wonder why it is legal to ...
pressing charges and restitution3/11/2010
  Q: I have a situation where my 14 year old son was caught stealing an ipod from a student in school, ...
  A: Leslie, In most states the statute of limitations on a misdemeanor is one year so that means the ...
Pro bation3/9/2010
  Q: I WAS PUT ON PROBATION FOR 1 YEAR FOR BATTERY. 10 MONTHS INTO IT SHE DROPPED ME AND I FAILED SHE ...
  A: Travis, You asked "can she do that"? I guess she can since she did it. Like I said before, I am ...
jail sentences3/6/2010
  Q: i live in the Houston area. Our cars are constantly being broken in to.Just wanted to know. Is it a ...
  A: Dixie, The problem with answering a question like this is that the law in every state is different. ...
extridition2/18/2010
  Q: I left the state of n.c. i am on probation there,but was pulled over in texas n was told n.c. ...
  A: I can't know for sure because I don't know anything about your case. But it is most likely a ...
for Govt. class2/17/2010
  Q: A person commits a crime in the state of Texas and flees to the state of New Mexico. How would he ...
  A: It depends. Some jurisdictions would send two officers to New Mexico and drive the fugitive back to ...
Harassment2/16/2010
  Q: I have a No Contact order against an individual stating she is not allowed to contact me, my father, ...
  A: Kimberly, As you know we have fifty states and each state has its own laws. However I am sure that ...
change guilty plea to not guilty plea2/15/2010
  Q: I pleaded guilty to a domestic violance charge. My wife was not the one who called the police & she ...
  A: Rob, You can't change a conviction that happened four years ago. You can change your plea right ...
Persistent Parents2/9/2010
  Q: My ex-boyfriend's parents continue to accuse me of acts I haven't done and harass me with phone ...
  A: The short answer is yes you can call the police and tell them everything that you have told me and ...
Body shop painted my car without permission2/8/2010
  Q: I went to a body shop to have a couple of scratches buffed out after a windshield replacing company ...
  A: You can sue the body shop in small claims court for whatever cost that you have incurred. It may ...
harassment/stalking2/7/2010
  Q: I have been divorced for 5 years. We are currently back in Court for a child support modification ...
  A: There must be a process in your county/state where you could get a protection order which would ...
Felony Assault2/6/2010
  Q: I had two friends over and two more friends showed up and entered my house without knocking or being ...
  A: Ben, Sorry for your troubles but the only question I see is about your attorney. The public ...
Inheriting after murder2/3/2010
  Q: I've just watched a TV program in which a man is acquitted of murder of his wife. (The case takes ...
  A: Steve, Civil law is outside my area of expertise but I will try to explain this one. As you know ...
possession of paraphernalia1/29/2010
  Q: I was pulled over b/c the passenger in my car was not wearing a seat belt. He was immediately pulled ...
  A: Lee, Of course the law in every state is different but the courts have consistently ruled that ...
CRIMINAl law1/29/2010
  Q: respected sir,i want to know that in the case of murder if accused`s convictaion is based only on ...
  A: Vinay, Your question is very difficult to understand. In our country each state has its own laws ...
search warrant in texas1/27/2010
  Q: I had law enforcement come thru a locked gate onto my property, when I met them on my back porch, ...
  A: Rodney, Let me see if I understand this. This incident happened 3 1/2 years ago? What crime are ...
offense number verses the charge1/24/2010
  Q: my son was detained by police and i got a notice to appear in juvenile court and this is what the ...
  A: There is no way for me to tell you what he is charged with with so little information. Obviously ...
Bad Neighbor1/21/2010
  Q: Tooney I have a neighbor who rents the house, and deals drugs out of it, as well as have partys ...
  A: Ok then you have several choices. You can continue calling the police and have them build up a case ...
Excessive force by Walmart security for "almost shoplifting"1/19/2010
  Q: Toomey I was recently at a Walmart store in AZ. I shamefully admit that I had a large bg in my cart ...
  A: Samantha, You were under arrest and committed another crime by trying to escape. The store ...
Hiring an attorney1/16/2010
  Q: Is there a way to review an attorney's reputation before hiring them?
  A: You will never find an attorney rating website like there are for doctors, plumbers, etc. That is ...
Sting Operations1/16/2010
  Q: My daughters boyfriend was picked up during a sting operation. For what we know he was just giving a ...
  A: Monica, A lot of what you have asked depends on the law in your state. However I doubt that he is ...
kidnapping1/11/2010
  Q: I currently have a court order which gives me physical custody of my son and we share legal custody. ...
  A: This is exactly why I said that I would have to defer to the local police. I could have told you ...
No justice1/11/2010
  Q: I was married for approximately 1 1/2 years and this past October my wife and I had an argument in ...
  A: Charles, Normally a private citizen cannot charge someone else with perjury. That is the function ...
Homicide Invesigator Want To Be1/10/2010
  Q: I am a young a girl with a dream to become a homicide investigator. I have watched many shows and ...
  A: Kennedy, Please don't form your opinion of police work from television shows. Television and the ...
harassment1/9/2010
  Q: Its a long story. 3 1/2 years a go I found some very sexually explicit texts messages on my ...
  A: Alsea, I think that you should stop all contact with this woman whether it be email, texts, ...
harassment1/1/2010
  Q: I received 61 calls in a 4 hr span from an ex boyfriend, who was told repeatedly not to call me. I ...
  A: Terri, I am assuming that you have not called the police or you would have mentioned it. Save the ...
CJ Degree1/1/2010
  Q: I am not sure if this is the correct venue to ask this question, but no one will give me a straight ...
  A: Will, You are correct. There is no straight answer. The reason is because that there are ...
Marijuana arrest12/30/2009
  Q: On December 19, 2008 i was arrested on school grounds for having a small amount of marijuana on me. ...
  A: There seems to be a conflict in your question. You tell me that you were arrested in December, ...
probation violation12/29/2009
  Q: i was put on probation for possession of weed and i haven't even met my probation officer yet i meet ...
  A: Zack, You seem to be blaming everyone but yourself. You are 18 and already have been arrested ...
Shoplifting at Walmart.12/27/2009
  Q: Today me and a friend got caught shoplifting in Walmart. Well it was my first time and I was so ...
  A: Alice, What you have described is a common policy among large retail chains. They have the right ...
shoplifting12/22/2009
  Q: About a month ago i got caught shoplifting with my friend. the thing totaled 29.99. he has received ...
  A: Dave, I have no way of knowing whether the store detective sends the information to the police ...
Becoming a Homicide Detective12/15/2009
  Q: I am 15 years old, and once i graduate i would like to go into criminal law. Can you please tell me ...
  A: I am not sure that you know that in order to be a detective that you will have to spend years and ...
harassment?12/13/2009
  Q: here's the situation, i'm 19 an havn't lived with my father in a year and a half. As of a yr ago he ...
  A: Leslie, I am not sure what you want me to do. There is one thing that I noticed in your ...
Extradtion12/10/2009
  Q: My fiance is being held in a community jail in New York and has a warrant from Florida. He went to ...
  A: In that case I would assume that he would have to complete his sentence in New York and then the ...
Father using sons credit card12/9/2009
  Q: My son was at his dads house visiting him on his dads weekend. His dad was trying to extend his ...
  A: I am not going to take sides. This is a civil matter and not a criminal matter since there was no ...
fugitive warrant12/5/2009
  Q: My husband was arrested in North carolina and was going to be charged with domestic violence. (which ...
  A: Patricia, I want you to understand that I cannot give you legal advice. I also need to tell you ...
harassment from ex husband11/28/2009
  Q: My ex husband is constantly harassing and bullying me. I live in the marital home in lieu of child ...
  A: Kathy, Yes you should get a restraining order against him. Your local police should be able to ...
Class X Felony11/21/2009
  Q: What exactly is a class X felony? My boyfriend and his friend had 540 grams of cocaine in my dads ...
  A: Jane, I have no idea what a "class X" felony is because each state has its own set of laws and that ...
Burglary?11/20/2009
  Q: Toomey, My wife and I just had our first home built. Unfortunately, we had a lot of problems with ...
  A: Ben, Its difficult to answer a question like this because the law in every state is different. ...
Can you get extradited on a bench warrant?11/16/2009
  Q: I was recently charged with trespassing in North Carolina and found out I have an extradition ...
  A: Kay, I cannot give you legal advice or tell you what to do but I can try to explain the situation. ...
advice11/16/2009
  Q: I was wondering if you could give me some advice. i was recently on vacation and in the last hour ...
  A: Nik, The problem with a question like this is that there are fifty states with fifty sets of laws ...
2 questions11/15/2009
  Q: 1. If a person is arrested and processed and the officer losses the paperwork, can he put out ...
  A: Sandy, I've never heard of your first scenario happening. Are you sure it happened the way you ...
possession misdemeanor grading11/10/2009
  Q: My son was pulled over by our City Police because his license plate was in his back window and not ...
  A: Ann, In any state the possession of a controlled prescription drug without a prescription is ...
false email accounts11/9/2009
  Q: My family members are creating emails with my name and my picture attached to them through gmail. ...
  A: Michelle, Your family members? Wow. There must be some history behind all of this. You have to ...
harrassment11/6/2009
  Q: my problem is with enforcement...a neighbor 15 acres away started harrassing my kids (3 under 11yrs) ...
  A: I don't know what kind of court system that you are going to appear in but I have never heard of the ...
warrent related11/5/2009
  Q: If I do not have much money and I want to find out about possible warrants in Missouri how would I ...
  A: John, To be honest with you I am a little offended by your question. You are asking me to assist ...
Parking ticket on my own property11/4/2009
  Q: I just noticed a parking ticket on a car parked on our private property. It is an old collector car ...
  A: Chuck, The problem with answering your question is that we are dealing with a situation where your ...
Text Harassment?10/31/2009
  Q: I'm a bit of a good girl. I don't drink, do drugs, smoke, or instigate unnecessary drama. I'm also ...
  A: Amber, I have to start with the obvious. I cannot understand why young people need to have text ...
Search and seizure10/29/2009
  Q: If police arrive at a crime scene and there is a man standing over a murdered victim with blood on ...
  A: Of course all situations are different but they could argue that "skin under the fingernails" could ...
harboring a runaway10/28/2009
  Q: k so word on the street is my friends boyfriend is a run away an she is letting him stay there at ...
  A: Kelsey, That is the longest run on sentence that I have ever encountered! A little advice for the ...
suspended sentence10/26/2009
  Q: Our loved one was sentenced and was give a suspended sentence with probation. Only they did not ...
  A: It sounds like that even though he received a suspended sentence on whatever charge he was in court ...
Lying To A Cop10/25/2009
  Q: My son was in a simialr sitaution and we were also told to get an attorney. What options can an ...
  A: Tony, The laws in each state are different but whoever gave you the advice to get an attorney was ...
searched without consent10/24/2009
  Q: At the time of the incedent I was 16 years old. I was riding my bike home at around nine o'clock ...
  A: Jordan, Did the incident happen recently or are you recalling something from your childhood? It ...
Shoplifting10/23/2009
  Q: I was cought shoplifting 1st offense at Walmart a total of around $25 worth. I paid a $160 bonds fee ...
  A: I've heard of this kind of thing before in other states. Somehow these retail chains retain law ...
harassment10/22/2009
  Q: My ex boyfriend and I broke up a month ago, i was not in contact with him since, yesterday i call ...
  A: Raquel, I have no way of knowing how it will affect you because "filing a harassment complaint" is ...
accepting a forged doctors note10/20/2009
  Q: I found out my 17 year son accepted a forged doctors note from a friends mother because he and his ...
  A: Like I said this morning I can only tell you what the law is and what would PROBABLY happen in MY ...
Public Intoxication after a DUI10/19/2009
  Q: I am a 21 year old college student. I was returning from a football game with a friend who had told ...
  A: Patrick, I am guessing that you are asking me what your defense would be in court instead of asking ...
INMATE10/18/2009
  Q: My sister in law has been incarcerated in a county jail for approximately 60 days and she has had a ...
  A: William, I am suspecting that you don't know the full story. There is no criminal charge named ...
emails10/16/2009
  Q: my daughter and i are getting emails form my exhusband's girlfriend and her old boyfriend. I cant go ...
  A: How could the entire police department be friends with your ex-husband? That sounds like a stretch. ...
Criminal Law10/14/2009
  Q: What is the statue of limitations on armed robbery?
  A: I will tell you this first. Most people who ask me questions about "statute of limitations" do not ...
fugitive warrant10/13/2009
  Q: Is there a limited time New Jersey can hold someone arrested on a fugitive warrant to be extradited ...
  A: Cathy, The Constitution guarantees the right to a speedy trial but says nothing about a speedy ...
warrent10/12/2009
  Q: if someone dies that signed a warrant on someone can that warrant be dismissed
  A: Are you asking me if a judge/magistrate, etc is the issuing authority for a warrant and he dies will ...
vandalism10/11/2009
  Q: Last Novemeber, basically a year ago my car was keyed at a football game, around $1200 damages. At ...
  A: Ok then at least the crime was reported to the police a year ago. I don't know the law in your ...
Neighbors from Hell10/10/2009
  Q: Can't figure out what to do. Have had the sheriff here many times. All on record. No witnesses. They ...
  A: I get these questions all of the time and cannot figure out why something is not done when crimes ...
Felony Conviction10/10/2009
  Q: I am not sure if you will be able to help me or not, I hope so or at least point me in the direction ...
  A: This is really not my area of expertise. Police officers do not get involved in pardon matters. ...
firearms seized by police10/9/2009
  Q: about a month ago, my wife and mom were screaming at each other, and my wife threatened her saying, ...
  A: John, Unfortunately every state has different laws. Sometimes even small villages have laws that ...
misdemeanor charge10/8/2009
  Q: I am 17 and just got convicted of a Class C misdemeanor charge in Texas. I have searched all over to ...
  A: Faith, There is a very simple way of finding out this information. Either call the courthouse this ...
Bigamy10/3/2009
  Q: I will keep this short and to the point. My wife committed bigamy and I cannot get either county in ...
  A: Michael, Bigamy is not really my area of expertise however I will treat it like any other crime. ...
Detained from Louisiana9/30/2009
  Q: My fiancee was on probation in New Jersey for a crime he committed in Louisiana. In June he was ...
  A: Am I correct in assuming that he is presently locked up in New Jersey waiting to be extradited to ...
What is cosidered unlawful arrest9/28/2009
  Q: My son called the police on his wife for harassment and threating to use a ppo against him. Also ...
  A: Clara, There is no way that I can tell you why and what happened at any particular scene since I ...
being frisked9/22/2009
  Q: can a police officer pat me down for any reason? recently i was stopped for a traffic violation ...
  A: The courts have ruled that a police officer can "stop and frisk" anyone if there is probable cause ...
childsupport9/21/2009
  Q: Tooney...i have a question about child-support. Ive been going to my court dates and i am ...
  A: Ethan, Child support matters are certainly not something that I deal with. However since there is ...
trespassing9/18/2009
  Q: My boyfriend is in the mists of a very bitter divorce..He resides with me now for 3 mths now..I do ...
  A: Michelle, I am not taking sides here but why would you want to have someone arrested for something ...
Outstanding Illinois warrants9/17/2009
  Q: My son is currently a prisoner in an Indiana state prison. This was his first felony. The charge was ...
  A: This is really not my area of expertise but I will take a shot at it. The warrants are not going to ...
Lying to police9/17/2009
  Q: I lied to a police officer, telling him I did not participate in the theft of an item that I had in ...
  A: Every state has its own laws. In MY state it is not necessarily against the law to lie to a police ...
Felony Theft9/16/2009
  Q: Say someone dies (a mother), and there is a dispute over some of her possessions. The children say ...
  A: Sandra, I'll be honest. Your first question was a lot easier to understand than the second with ...
testimony out of court9/15/2009
  Q: Mr. Toomey. Firstly, I was wondering if non-US citizens living outside of the country can be ...
  A: Rich, This is a bit out of my area of expertise and probably should be directed to an attorney. ...
Reduce charge?9/14/2009
  Q: The othe night me and my husband rented a hotel room to celebrate his birthday with some friends and ...
  A: I have no idea whether you can get the charge reduced since that any given time there are hundreds ...
Petty Larceny9/13/2009
  Q: I'm from Minneapolis MN and was found committing petty larceny ($115) at a local Wal Mart. I was ...
  A: Emily, I have no way of knowing how the court system works in your county but I do know this. If ...
Aggrevated Harassment9/13/2009
  Q: I have been emailing my old friend a bunch trying to get him to reconcile. He has never responded to ...
  A: Manuel, You can go to jail if you are convicted of any criminal charge. My state has no such ...
Criminal Law9/12/2009
  Q: If a criminal case was disposed can it be reopened or does it have to be appealed? ANSWER: I am ...
  A: I was afraid of that. The problem is that every state has its own laws. The law and terminology in ...
Illegal Search??9/6/2009
  Q: Someone was driving my vehicle and got stopped for speeding. After the officer got his license and ...
  A: On the public roadways the police have much more latitude to search a vehicle than they do in the ...
Restraining a minor9/4/2009
  Q: Can parents restrain a minor child who is intoxicated, physically abusive and destroying property. ...
  A: Janet, There is no "yes" or "no answer to your question. The entire totality of the circumstances ...
criminal subpoenas9/2/2009
  Q: Does a subpoena to a witness in a criminal case have to be hand (personally) delivered or can it be ...
  A: It depends on the law in your state. As you know there are fifty states with fifty sets of laws so ...
Shoplifting in Sears9/2/2009
  Q: I'm a citizen of Russia. I was in USA in 2006 participating in Summer Work&Travel Program (Atlantic ...
  A: Valeriy, I usually do not comment on specific cases but this one seems very simple. The reason ...
renter/noisy neighbor8/30/2009
  Q: live in fl.riverview, have a noisy neighbor complained 3 times so far,lease said 9am.till 11 pm ...
  A: Ok I am afraid that my area of expertise is not lease breaking but I can help you with dealing with ...
criminal law8/29/2009
  Q: I would like to know when a police officer search the resident of which the parole lives and live ...
  A: Michelle, Your question is difficult to answer because we have fifty states and fifty sets of laws. ...
homicide detective8/29/2009
  Q: i read in a previous response that you had to be a patrolled officer to be come a homicide detective ...
  A: No police department would ever permit a correctional officer to go straight into the detective ...
fugitive warrant8/28/2009
  Q: what's a fugitive warrant? and how much time can you get for one in the state of new Jersey? Also if ...
  A: Yessenia, A fugitive warrant is a warrant that charges that someone either did not show up in ...
Statue of Limitations8/28/2009
  Q: My brother was arrested and caught with 13 grams of marijuana on him and a pistol with no bullets. ...
  A: You have the legal term "statute of limitations" confused with something else. Statute of ...
problems with my neighbor8/25/2009
  Q: My next door neighbor came over to my house on June the 10th with a baseball bat in hand threatening ...
  A: June, I am not sure what you want me to do. If both the police and the prosecutors officer have ...
heyyy8/25/2009
  Q: Can a police officer summons you to court over the phone??
  A: Lissy, In MY state it is required that someone, who is empowered to do so, hand the summons to you ...
arrest warrant8/21/2009
  Q: i'm wondering if an arrest warrant gives police the right to search a residence for the person named ...
  A: Yes an arrest warrant gives the police the right to search the house of a/the residence of the ...
Possesion of Marijuana with intent8/17/2009
  Q: I was pulled over from partrol officers next to a school in the evening time in my possesion i was ...
  A: Diana, I asked that because sometimes people mistakenly choose the wrong country. I live in the ...
hung jury trial8/15/2009
  Q: I live in North Carolina and I rrecently heard that someone accused of beating someone to death was ...
  A: A lot of things can happen after a jury returns a split verdict (hung jury). The defense could ask ...
My BOyfriend8/13/2009
  Q: Me and my boyfriend moved to colorado and they ran his name and it came up that he had a warrent for ...
  A: Cristal, A judge in Colorado cannot adjudicate a case that belongs to Texas. Only a judge in Texas ...
Petty misdemeanor8/12/2009
  Q: I was recently caught shoplifting at a walmart store in southern MN. Theft control caught me, i was ...
  A: I cannot give you legal advice because it is prohibited. In fact I normally would not answer a ...
medical information8/9/2009
  Q: my husband is in jail in new york sate i called to speak to the medical staff about my husband's ...
  A: Health law is really not my expertise. But I know that I cannot call my doctors office and discuss ...
harrasment from neighbours8/8/2009
  Q: How long do you have to put up with neighbours harrasing you. this as been going on for almost Two ...
  A: Mary, You didn't say how they were harassing you but I am assuming that by "harass" you are talking ...
Theft8/5/2009
  Q: My husband and I bought a camper , the guy told us that he had the title to it , but come to find ...
  A: Jeannette, The laws in every state are different but if the first guy knowingly sold you the ...
Simple assault8/4/2009
  Q: What charges constitute a simple assault and how long does it stay on your record? The plaintiff ...
  A: Terrance, The laws differ in every state. In other words the definition of "simple assault" in MY ...
Just defending self8/1/2009
  Q: Saturday night my husband went to a pool tournament with a friend. They are both really good at pool ...
  A: Blake, Your husband cannot defend himself in court. I can tell from you have written that he does ...
? 4th amendment ?7/31/2009
  Q: I operate a US Forest Service facility & campground as a private concessionaire. within our ...
  A: Glenn, I am not going to tell you that you can place a boot on a vehicle. That would be ...
car keying incident7/29/2009
  Q: I have been accused of keying my ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend's car in a bar parking lot ... and ...
  A: A lot of people claim that they are "filing charges" and then that is the last you hear of it. But ...
Shoplifting7/28/2009
  Q: I just was caught shoplifting at Walmart. Everything went very smooth and I signed a paper and I ...
  A: I am not sure how they can make you pay "an amount of money". Who are you paying this money to? ...
Moving out of state with a DUI conviction7/27/2009
  Q: I am currently enrolled in a multiple offender program in California and have just started a month ...
  A: Mike, I have never been to California in my life. I have no idea about their laws and/or programs. ...
Phone Harrasment7/26/2009
  Q: I took out a 2nd mortgage on my Home a few yrs ago and I keep getting calls from the Automated ...
  A: In order for a crime to be committed there has to be criminal intent. I doubt that an automatic ...
Federal Hold7/25/2009
  Q: what is a federal hold? if the state dropped all charges on a person and he cant get out of jail ...
  A: It means that some federal agency has a warrant for him. Its the same as if someone was arrested in ...
bad checks7/24/2009
  Q: I have a friend who is re-paying a loan to me. The last 3 checks he wrote, one for the last week of ...
  A: Each state has its own policy and laws when dealing with bad checks. In some states it has been ...
criminal tresspass and criminal harrasement7/23/2009
  Q: my neighbor filed a complaint of criminal trespass and criminal harassment against me at Newark ...
  A: While I cannot give you legal advice I doubt very strongly that you are going to jail for supposedly ...
legal age for sex7/23/2009
  Q: Is it legal in Rhode island for a 16 year old female to have sex with a 25 year old male ?
  A: Most states have passed laws called "age of consent" laws that basically state that a girl (or boy) ...
Search Warrants7/22/2009
  Q: Does a search warrant have to be specific in regards to items being searched for? Does the one ...
  A: Ken, In the affidavit that is written by the police officer he needs to write certain things and ...
Ex-Cop Harrasing Me7/21/2009
  Q: PLACE: BETHPAGE, NY 11714 I live next door to an ex-cop, a drunk who stays up until 2AM every ...
  A: Two years ago a crime was committed. Your friend should have called the police when it happened. ...
Issuance of worthless check7/18/2009
  Q: My daughter was notified by mail last week that she has an outstanding warrant for issuing a ...
  A: You probably have the term "statute of limitations" mixed up with "life of a warrant". Statute of ...
trespassing in ny7/17/2009
  Q: Hey, a week ago, me and 2 friends were trespassing in an apartment that our friend lived in that we ...
  A: The laws in every state are different. That includes a legal term called "statute of limitations" ...
laws on burglary7/17/2009
  Q: if a person is renting out a room of a home with a separate entering door with a sighed lease and ...
  A: Well I guess it would depend on what state you are talking about. As you probably know we have ...
old bench warrant7/14/2009
  Q: I was arested in brigintine NJ in april of 2000 for weed and brass knuckles and a very small amount ...
  A: Richard, I think what you are trying to tell me is that you were arrested in New Jersey and failed ...
posession7/14/2009
  Q: he is now on probation and has been since April, he recently got his charges dropped to possession, ...
  A: Jessica, Most likely his charges were reduced from possession with the intent to distribute to ...
statue of limitations7/12/2009
  Q: is there a statue of limitations on a violation of probation on felony probation the violation is ...
  A: Each state in this country has its own laws. That would include laws about statute of limitations. ...
illegal search and seizure7/11/2009
  Q: I WAS RECENTLY PULLED OVER FOR A MINOR TRAFFIC VIOLATION. THE OFFICER GAVE ME A WARNING. AFTER ...
  A: The courts have ruled time after time that a search warrant is not required for the search of an ...
items that are mine7/9/2009
  Q: my husband was arrested for burglery and they searched our home that we currently are trying to fix ...
  A: I doubt if the police are trying to make his charges "worse". They would be negligent to not seize ...
criminal warrents7/9/2009
  Q: i have a warrant for obstruction of justice i have had this warrant for atleast 2 years now and im ...
  A: I want you to know that I cannot give you legal advice. It is prohibited. I also cannot tell you ...
Are Annoying Phone Calls A Criminal Offense7/4/2009
  Q: I was recently divorced. My ex-husband is a diagnosed bi-polar personality.During the entire divorce ...
  A: I don't know what you mean when you say that he made threatening phone calls but he doesn't threaten ...
fake id7/3/2009
  Q: Hey, i was searched and they found this fake id in my car door, its competely torn up, never be ...
  A: This is the problem answering a question like this. So many people do not realize that every state ...
Trespassing7/2/2009
  Q: My son who is 19 and his girlfriend who is 16 were caught by police officers trespassing in a day ...
  A: Lily, I have no idea how serious the charge is because I don't know how serious it is considered in ...
Simple Assault?6/29/2009
  Q: I have a question on simple assault(I think this may be what it called) I attended a party for my ...
  A: I don't live in New Jersey so I am not familiar with their procedures for a private citizen to bring ...
extradition6/28/2009
  Q: How long can my wife be held in virginia jail for a warrant in florida.she is also on probation in ...
  A: The Constitution guarantees the right to a speedy trial but says nothing about extradition. There ...
video surveillance6/27/2009
  Q: My neighbor has recently installed 2 infared surveillance cameras. One is facing our driveway and ...
  A: Here is what you have to understand. We have fifty states and each has its own laws. What might be ...
can a passanger refuse to get out of the car?6/26/2009
  Q: I wanted to know if you are a passenger and you are drunk and the police officer ask┤s you to get ...
  A: Ok at the top of the page it says that the question came from Spain so that is why I asked. ...
Homicide Detectives6/22/2009
  Q: how many years experience on the police force do i need to be a homicide detective?
  A: It depends on which police department you are talking about, how good your work was while you were ...
Police Harrassment?6/21/2009
  Q: My 13 year old recently got in trouble with a small town police dept. for which he is now going ...
  A: In that case you have two options. You could do nothing and instruct your child to behave himself ...
is there anything else i can tact on besides theft by deception charges?6/20/2009
  Q: I purchased a car from a gentlemen in march of this year. He sold me the car for 4000. I gave him ...
  A: First of all it wasn't very smart to enter into a deal like this. It is easy to say this now but ...
Warrant for disposed case6/18/2009
  Q: I had 2 warrants based on 2 counts for the same thing. They arrested me and they held me for 2 days, ...
  A: Cathy, I can't very well answer your question because it reads more like a complaint than something ...
Navy MA6/17/2009
  Q: Good afternoon. My daughter wants to be a homicide detective more than anything. She is only 17 ...
  A: You are correct when you tell her that she will have to be a uniformed officer for a long time ...
friends abusive spouse6/16/2009
  Q: My friend has been going through a divorce for 8 months now. She filed and was awarded full ...
  A: This is really not within my area of expertise nor is it a problem for law enforcement. The husband ...
Filing Charges After Partial Restitution6/10/2009
  Q: Money has allegedly been embezzled from a charitable organization. The accused has made partial ...
  A: Anytime a crime has been committed it should be reported to the police. You should have called the ...
levels of detective work.6/9/2009
  Q: I noticed in your profile you have done many different types of detective work. Will detectives fill ...
  A: If there are three thousand police departments in this country you can count on that there are a ...
battery6/8/2009
  Q: My 17 year old son was threatened on a soccer field. Moments later the player carried through on ...
  A: Carol, While criminal charges arising from incidents during athletic contests are uncommon they do ...
Get a Felony off Record6/7/2009
  Q: Good Afternoon Jack, My name is David. i am writing you today to get ...
  A: Well David its five years later and I don't think that things are going to happen very fast this ...
Tresspassing6/4/2009
  Q: Mr.Toomey, my son received a certified letter not to go on the high school he graduated from because ...
  A: Peter, The way I read this is that your son received a letter from the school ordering him to stay ...
Teen Court6/4/2009
  Q: I have a question concerning Teen/Peer Courts. I am to appear at an Informal Juvenile & Traffic ...
  A: Jean, Just about every county in the country has some sort of program called Teen Court or ...
probation termination6/2/2009
  Q: i was arrested and put on probation for 5 years. ive been on probation for 4 months but want to get ...
  A: Randy, What most people don't understand is that there are fifty states and that the law in every ...
Neighbor harassment5/30/2009
  Q: I just want to know, can a person sue the neighbors for being aggravating and harassing the ...
  A: Diane, That is quite a neighborhood that you live in. I can't say that I have heard of all of this ...
trespassing neighbor5/30/2009
  Q: My neighbor will not stop cutting my grass, along with a police report of them throwing my garbage ...
  A: Cindy, I don't know what or where the "Taylor police" are but if they say it is a civil matter it ...
liscense with a warrant5/29/2009
  Q: If someone has a warrant for violation of probation will it keep them from being issued a drivers ...
  A: I have never heard of someone being denied a drivers license because they were wanted in another ...
harassment from a minor.5/28/2009
  Q: In March of this year, I was harassed by a girl who was seventeen years old. She texted me and ...
  A: Alyssa, It might not make you feel any better but no one announces that they are going to kill you ...
harassment5/27/2009
  Q: There is a woman who keeps calling my partner's phone. She has been told to stop repeatedly but will ...
  A: The first thing that comes to mind is calling the police and having her arrested. Every state has a ...
how to reduce our personal liability5/27/2009
  Q: Our son took off six weeks ago, without our prior knowledge of his plans. We reside in Kansas. We ...
  A: I'd be surprised if the police would accept your claim that the car was stolen. Most states have ...
extradition5/25/2009
  Q: my daughter recieved her order for extradiction 2 and a half months ago. Yea she had another ...
  A: Pamela, The Constitution guarantees the right to a speedy trial but says nothing about "speedy ...
arresting officer5/25/2009
  Q: can the arresting officer drop a charge on you?
  A: Here is the problem with asking a question like that. There are fifty states. Each state has its ...
Assault5/22/2009
  Q: I would like to know what happens if a person said that you assaulted them but it was a lie? They ...
  A: Jennifer, I cannot give you legal advice because I am not an attorney and it would be unethical for ...
Stolen Proerty Retrieval5/21/2009
  Q: My friend had her family home broken into and much property stolen, some of which was jewelry. A ...
  A: Mary, The problem with answering a question like this is that I don't know the other side of the ...
speedy trial5/20/2009
  Q: I received a DUI in 10/26/2007 and been to court three time in two years is there anything I can do ...
  A: Well I am not going to second guess your attorney because you are paying him and I am not allowed to ...
RE: Procedure for Missing Adolescent5/18/2009
  Q: as I'd already used my follow-up... So, you asked how long after the girl's disappearance the ...
  A: Dante, That is strange. I've had people ask three, four, and even five follow up questions. I'll ...
Procedure for Missing Adolescent5/17/2009
  Q: Here's the situation: a 17 year-old is spending the night at a friend's house; in the morning, her ...
  A: It's not that I am tired of authors asking questions. I am tired of people giving me two sentence ...
act 1205/16/2009
  Q: Sir, 15 years ago I pleaded guilty to a charge of indecent assault(3126A1.3) I was 20 years old at ...
  A: Chris, There is no way to tell you if you would be hired by any specific police department. There ...
classcfelonyfirsttimeoffender2countsdrugcharge5/14/2009
  Q: mysonhas2chargesofposseion/intenttoselltoaundercovercopheisaaddictbutthisishisfirsttimeintroublewhat ...
  A: Patricia, As it plainly states in my profile I cannot possibly tell you what might happen in court. ...
DV-criminal mischief5/13/2009
  Q: i was cited for DV-criminal mischief. my significant other got into it when i came home from work so ...
  A: Jason, Your "question" is more like a rant than a question. I have no idea why you were cited ...
bones?5/12/2009
  Q: :)we ended up calling the police again yesterday as we seen some guys throwing things at the ...
  A: You are correct. The biggest hurdle in police work are the unrealistic police shows that depict ...
if you did 5 years of your time is there any way out5/12/2009
  Q: If your loved one has already received a jail sentence and they did half their time already is there ...
  A: Stacey, A bondsmen cannot help someone who is in prison. If your brother has served half of his ...
Email threats and harrassment5/11/2009
  Q: I am receiving emails from a man whom I recently dated. I met him online and we went out on a ...
  A: Whenever I get a question from someone who complains about harrassing emails I wonder why the person ...
just a quick question5/11/2009
  Q: I was just browsing the internet for laws and came across your sight. I was just wondering if the ...
  A: Your question is impossible to answer because I do not know the entire scenario. You have described ...
collecting evidence5/10/2009
  Q: 3 wks ago while at work someone went on a reckless spree & vandalized my car & another vehicle in ...
  A: Ok then you are dealing with a matter of policy dictated by cost. When a police officer collects ...
Neighbors harrassing with police visits5/8/2009
  Q: My next door neighbor called the fire department and police on me for having a small firepit on my ...
  A: Christine, If you use this service in the future can I ask you a favor? Don't use profanity or ...
search warrants5/6/2009
  Q: Last week my neighbors house was searched by the police without a search warrant; however, the ...
  A: Kevin, The short answer is yes it was a legal search. There is no need to have a search warrant in ...
harrassing neighbor5/5/2009
  Q: I live in Dardanelle, AR and we have cat and dog leash laws. My dogs are kept on a leash when they ...
  A: Cary, Every state has its own laws and most have laws against "harrassment". I would doubt if ...
Felony expungedment5/4/2009
  Q: I have had my police impersonation felony class c for 2 yrs and 10 months and My mom told me that I ...
  A: Evan, I have no way of knowing what "some office" is since every state has a different procedure ...
miranda warnings4/30/2009
  Q: If the police does not read you your miranda warnings what do the judge do?
  A: Unless you confessed to the crime and the state used the confession in the trial the judge will do ...
Probation4/27/2009
  Q: My roommate has recently been put on probation. I was wondering if when her probation officer comes ...
  A: Josh, I am not a probation officer and in fact have only met a probaton officer once in my life and ...
arm-robbery4/26/2009
  Q: There there charging my son with a arm robbery charge no gun,witness id him but not as the gunman ...
  A: Tara, For the charge of armed robbery a weapon or threat of a weapon has to be present. I have no ...
Trespassing4/25/2009
  Q: can someone put you on no Trespassing at a convenient store when you have not done nothing wrong its ...
  A: Ok you did not answer my question. Let me make this simple. In your state how does someone obtain ...
search and seizure involving a minor4/23/2009
  Q: My 16 year old daughter was stopped for smoking a cigarette walking down the street in Marin County ...
  A: Susan, I do not second guess the actions of law enforcement officers for the simple reason is ...
sheirff4/23/2009
  Q: Some months back my boyfriend was going to work and the shierff stoped the car his friend was ...
  A: Claudia, I have no way of knowing why they gave your boy friend a new court date. I would have ...
criminal law statue4/22/2009
  Q: how do you break a criminal law staue
  A: First of all the word is "statute" not statue. A statute is law passed by the legislature of a ...
pressing charges on a cop4/21/2009
  Q: If your in the state of MA and a cop pulls you over for whatever reason lets say a routine traffic ...
  A: Nelson, You would not be "pressing charges". You would be making an administrative complaint which ...
Alcohol possession4/18/2009
  Q: I was walking from a friend's house to my apartment in New York City. I was carrying beer in a box, ...
  A: Jared, While I cannot quote New York law I am pretty sure that is the same as in my state when it ...
Old misdemeanor4/17/2009
  Q: Back in 1988 my husband was caught stealing from the store. Unfortunately I was in the store with ...
  A: Kim, There is a possibility that there is a warrant for you in Colorado. There is no way of ...
Wallmart petit theft4/17/2009
  Q: I was given a ticket from police officer in wallmart for taking a heather for my fish tank, i went ...
  A: Kim, Are you the same person who just asked me about the theft conviction in Colorado? I received ...
no bond warrant4/16/2009
  Q: Good evening! I need some guidance please. A police officer was just here questioning me about my ...
  A: Natalie, It sounds like that your husband is wanted on a warrant from another state and that the ...
Police Radar in Texas4/13/2009
  Q: My husband received a speeding ticket in Texas. He asked the police officer to show him the radar ...
  A: Teri, While I have never been to Texas in my life and cannot possibly know the traffic laws in ...
Public Intoxication4/13/2009
  Q: my husband was charged with public intoxication. we were in the parking area of our home doing a bbq ...
  A: Marisa, I've read your "question" several times and I cannot find a question that you are asking ...
feloniuos restraint4/10/2009
  Q: My 19 year old niece picked up a girl 16 from South Carolina for spring break the girl told her that ...
  A: Carrie, I am not sure that you mean "can she be charged" since she already is charged so obviously ...
Neighbors harass my dogs4/10/2009
  Q: I have 3 dogs. A 14 year old standard poodle, a 2 year old golden and a 4 year old Yorkie (he is ...
  A: Mary, This is a situation that a police officer wouldn't be involved in unless it was a continued ...
shoplifting4/9/2009
  Q: i was in a costco in va. eating lunch when i first came in i went to the back of the the store to ...
  A: Wes, If you have been charged by the way of summons then you have been charged with a criminal ...
Fraudulent sewage permit4/8/2009
  Q: State of PA. A realtor who is trying to buy our house opted for a septic inspection which failed. ...
  A: Gary, Your question is very complicated. There are several issues that would have to stand the ...
Checks4/7/2009
  Q: I have a friend that signed someone else's paychecks and deposted them in to her account for a total ...
  A: Your "friend" has most likely committed a felony or a series of feloneis. I cannot give legal ...
Search Warrents4/6/2009
  Q: Are search warrants valid without a judges signature?
  A: In some states magistrates can sign search warrants. In other states a judge has to approve them. ...
No solid proof...4/3/2009
  Q: Two nights ago my vehicle was vandalized. It was keyed along the passenger's side door and rear ...
  A: Kyle, I can't get over the number of people who have more than enough proof for criminal charges ...
child abuse? battery?4/2/2009
  Q: My ex-husband decided after inheriting a ton of cash to pursue custody of our son.Since I've had the ...
  A: Annie, I am sure that you realize the laws in every state are different. In MY state what you ...
Shooting of dogs3/31/2009
  Q: I work for a local county health department, and we deal with rabies and submitting specimens for ...
  A: Matthew, I can't possibly know every law in every state in the country. I am sure that you ...
Bad Check Law3/26/2009
  Q: I lost my job recently and so I got behind in my rent. The agency refused to work with me to catch ...
  A: John, This might sound like that I am giving you the brush-off but your situation is a civil matter ...
exterdition3/23/2009
  Q: My husband was recently picked up on a hold warrant for a crime allegedly committed 5 years ago in a ...
  A: Bobbi, You are asking me questions about states that you have not mentioned so its impossible to ...
Probable cause3/21/2009
  Q: I am writing a book and need to ask a couple of quick probable cause questions. A witness sees a man ...
  A: Rebecaa, In real life very few weapons contain fingerprints and the examination of the weapon is ...
A minor being charged with Simple Assault3/21/2009
  Q: My son, 14 years old was sitting in class watching a movie. A friend (girl) was sitting next to ...
  A: Barbara, I don't know where you live, what state you are in, or what the law is there but I can ...
Search Warrant3/19/2009
  Q: A man in our home town recently had a search warrant served at his house for code violations ...
  A: Mark, I can't very well rule on a search warrant in a case that I know nothing about. If I had ...
witness3/18/2009
  Q: what happened next after i refused ,the police called to tell me the un ex colegue put my name as ...
  A: This appears to be a follow up to a question but you didn't use the follow up feature. Please write ...
minor's rights, search and seizure3/15/2009
  Q: Yesterday my 16 year old son was busted by police for being a minor in possession of both marijuana ...
  A: Laurie, It is my practice to not second guess the police unless I have both sides of the story ...
criminal trespass3/14/2009
  Q: My Mother sold her house about 2 weeks ago and a week ago today I went over there and dug up some of ...
  A: Debra, This question sounds familiar although it does not seem to be a follow up to one of my ...
extradition3/11/2009
  Q: Extradition for bench warrant in Illinois. Will the state always want a person returned to ...
  A: Janet, There is no way that I can predict what is going to happen in any particular courtroom ...
Angry boyfriend3/10/2009
  Q: Mr. Toomey: My boyfriend has been accusing me of doing things that I haven't done and claims he ...
  A: Sabrina, I am not sure what you are going to report to the police. But I do have this question ...
extradition3/9/2009
  Q: how long does your county have to come and get you and take you to your county well he in ...
  A: You are confused. The term "extradition" is a process between states. Not between counties within ...
domistic violence3/8/2009
  Q: If a person had an arrest warrant in hartford ct for fighting with his girl friend, what is the ...
  A: You are confusing "statute of limitations" with the life of the warrant. Statute of limitations ...
felony charge3/7/2009
  Q: well me and my boyfriend got into a argument and he got violent well i tryed to call the cops and he ...
  A: Nikki, You are obviously an adult so I will give you an adult answer. First of all your ...
Extradition on felony warrants3/5/2009
  Q: My husband was arrested last night after getting rear ended. The arresting officer said he had 2 ...
  A: Adrianne, There is no way that I can predict whether your husband will be extradited to North ...
Military3/3/2009
  Q: My nephew is trying to enlist in the Marine Corps. He had a restraining order on him from an ...
  A: Jeff, I am not sure where all of these military related questions are coming from but in no way am ...
statue of limitation for vandilisim in Michigan3/1/2009
  Q: My neighbor knowingly removed my sprinklerhead in order for him to encroach on my property. What is ...
  A: Maria, Every state has different laws. It would be impossible for me to know the law in every ...
extradition2/28/2009
  Q: A relative of mine was charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle in Pennsylvania. He took it for ...
  A: If your relative has already been sentenced to six months house arrest how can he be facing more ...
Extradition for bench warrant in Illinois2/27/2009
  Q: My husband was laid off in March, and has been unable to find work. We live in Illinois. In July, ...
  A: Ami, While this is far outside of my area of expertise and we are dealing with two states with ...
do u know2/27/2009
  Q: I have inditments for forgery burglery of habitation and posetion of more than 4 less than 200 grams ...
  A: I have no way of knowing if Texas will "come and get" you. These charges sound like serious ...
entering home2/25/2009
  Q: Jack, I am a homeowner (on the deed and tax records) in MD with my estranged husband, I want to go ...
  A: Ali, There is no way that I can give you permission to enter the house or tell you that is it is ok ...
Aggravated assault or simple assault2/19/2009
  Q: my 15 year old son was dating a 16 year old girl who invited him to her house without parental ...
  A: Erica, There are fifty states and each state has its own laws. It would be useless to tell you ...
Non-Traffic Citation/Summons2/13/2009
  Q: I received a non-traffic citation summons for unlawful conduct. The officer said he saw me give a ...
  A: Alfred, I hope that you understand that I cannot give you legal advice. In fact it would be ...
Petty Theft?2/9/2009
  Q: I am President of a small non-profit 12 step recovery club. A Board Of Directors member stepped down ...
  A: Trish, There are three several easy solutions to this problem. 1. change the locks 2. an ...
criminal law2/9/2009
  Q: im doing a research project and was wondering, when you are served with a search warrant, do you ...
  A: Daniella, No you don't have the right to refuse entry to the police. In due time they will give ...
Hoax letters in criminal investigation2/6/2009
  Q: Toomey, You answered a question of mine yesterday and wondered why I thought you were an attorney as ...
  A: Dennis, Maybe I should take that out of the profile since there are no attorneys willing to give ...
Taping without permission, falsifying evidence2/5/2009
  Q: Toomey, I'm an aspiring novelist writing a story about a local radio DJ who injects himself into a ...
  A: Dennis, I am not sure where you got the idea that I am an attorney. I am not. If there is ...
Trespassing2/5/2009
  Q: The other night I was caught trespassing when i was hanging out with some of my other friends. I ...
  A: Laura, Yes you could be charged with possession of marijuana. Will you ? I don't know. Your ...
Probation...2/2/2009
  Q: I was charged with my second DUI in Washington State (Clark County) and I left town during probation ...
  A: Brian, You should be following the advice of your probation officer and not requesting advice from ...
DUI fines2/1/2009
  Q: i got a dui in may of 2006 and was put on traffic supervision and had to take all the dui courses ...
  A: Ryan, Can I give you some advice for later life? Accept responsibilty for your actions both good ...
Harassment, Assault & Battery, DUI - Neighbor1/31/2009
  Q: I live next to a neighbor who beat up her sister last year on the front lawn in broad daylight. I ...
  A: Isabel, Normally when I get a long rambling question that is convuluted I normally delete it. But ...
bond/court1/30/2009
  Q: when you are arrested for failure to appear over A YEAR AGO, WHICH WE THOUGHT HAD BEEN DROPPED THE ...
  A: I am not sure what you are asking me. If you are asking me why you were arrested for failing to ...
worthless check1/29/2009
  Q: I was given a check for about 2995.00, I cash it over six months ago ,I found out 1/27/09. that the ...
  A: Your question is very difficult to understand. I think that you are telling me that you were the ...
law1/27/2009
  Q: What is the meaning of a RAPE
  A: The generic meaning can be found in the dictionary. However there are fifty states with fifty ...
forged prescriptions1/25/2009
  Q: I am a pharmacist in the state of michigan and have been presented with forged prescriptions for ...
  A: Joann, I should tell you first that every state, all fifty of them, have diffrent laws and I ...
A Restraining Order is Ruining my Life...1/24/2009
  Q: Mr.Toomey.... I'm not sure if this sounds strange, but at my high school a very good friend of mine ...
  A: Alex, I am not sure why a restraining order is affecting your life. How does it affect your ...
text harassment?1/23/2009
  Q: my new husband and myself have been receiving numerous texts and calls from his previous girlfriend. ...
  A: Melisa, I am sure that your state must have a law against this type of activity. The problem is ...
felon coming off record after completion of probation1/15/2009
  Q: i received a deferred prosecution for larceny by employee...i was given 1 year probation..24 hours ...
  A: Brenda, I have no way of knowing if the record of your conviction is going to "come off your ...
bench warrent1/14/2009
  Q: if i didn't show up for court and had a job in a different state would they come and get me, it's ...
  A: There is no "yes" or "no" answer to your question. You are a fugitive and are in contempt of court. ...
Loss of Violin1/13/2009
  Q: I would like to know how I can have the person prosecuted who spilled alcohol on my violin and ...
  A: Patti, I have to say that this is the longest question that I have ever received. You probably ...
need info1/10/2009
  Q: my boyfriend is in jail in ohio for a warrant in illinois. its a felony for criminal damage to ...
  A: Lindsey, Extradion matters are one of the most misunderstood things that I deal with on this ...
vandalism1/9/2009
  Q: my truck was detsroyed back in sept.2008 and i still cant get the cops to do anything about it ive ...
  A: Chris, What do you mean by "destroyed"? Was it struck by a meteor? Was it carried away by a ...
neighbor behavior1/9/2009
  Q: my neighbor, mentaly ill,has been arrested several times the past year, treated through a mental ...
  A: Lisa, You have named about five different crimes that this woman has committed. I don't see ...
Possible harassment1/8/2009
  Q: I emailed a former friend that I my wish was for her to not contact me in any form: email, writing ...
  A: Pamella, I have a hard time understanding how people can be upset by the contents of an email ...
Probable cause Search & seizure1/6/2009
  Q: Here is the scenario: A police officer is looking for a specific kind of vehicle (for example a Ford ...
  A: April, Before I answer I have some questions for you. 1. Did this really happen or is a ...
Becoming a Detective?1/5/2009
  Q: If i went to school and got the right degree could I become a detective or do I have to be on the ...
  A: Adrienne, No one goes straight from school to the rank of detective. It would be like going to ...
A harrasing neighbor1/5/2009
  Q: We live across the street from an old man that calls the city, if a piece of garbage is in the ...
  A: James, You have already said that the police department is aware of this man and his activities. A ...
towing storage fees1/3/2009
  Q: My house was raided because a friend of mine's girlfriend had informed the police of a recent crime ...
  A: Rick, I won't go into the issuance of search warrants and how that happens since you probably ...
fight12/20/2008
  Q: my son got in a fight at a halloween party - they were drinking. The other guy started the fight but ...
  A: Susan, Any citizen can swear out charges against another person. That is a fundemental part of our ...
Analysis12/20/2008
  Q: I am a 24 year old male, living in las vegas, nv. My wife and I were celebrating our 3rd anniversary ...
  A: Josh, I don't think that I have ever received a question where the person didn't say, "I have no ...
Homicide Decteive12/16/2008
  Q: I am thinking about becomming a Homicide Dective, but i was reading somewhere on here that you had ...
  A: Brittany, I am afraid that you do not understand what preperations that are needed in order to ...
Vandalism Charges12/15/2008
  Q: I live in South Carolina. (I don't know if that changes anything) Anyway, I was recently involved in ...
  A: Michael, I am confused by your question. Were you arrested? How many other people were arrested ...
2nd charge in retail theft in pa12/9/2008
  Q: I was recently charged with retail theft in the 2nd degree for 38.00. i was wondering if you can ...
  A: Renda, I am not sure what you mean by "what I might get in charges". You just told me that you ...
Criminal law12/8/2008
  Q: My son is going through a divorce, and his wife thinks she is above the law. It appears to be that ...
  A: Cynthia, I need to tell you that every state has different laws, abbreviations, procedures, and ...
false charges12/6/2008
  Q: my girlfriends identity was recently stolen we went into the police station to file a report we ...
  A: I don't understand the question and the reason is that this is one huge run-on sentence. Please ...
DUI guidelines12/4/2008
  Q: My boyfriend went through a DUI road block and was asked to step out of the vehicle because the ...
  A: I am not here to defend the actions of the officer nor to condem their actions. But they probably ...
Charges11/30/2008
  Q: I was reading one of your answers and I was wondering something, If a person is charged with 1st ...
  A: I can't possibly be familiar with the laws in every state and I am sure that you can appreciate ...
Hold on inmate11/28/2008
  Q: An inmates release papers were signed on 11/16. Another county has a hold on him so that he can be ...
  A: Twelve days is certainly not a long period of time to expect a transfer from one juristiction to ...
law11/25/2008
  Q: my son was picked up in pg county on a fugitive warrant for vagina but he was already picked up on ...
  A: Mike, I am having a very difficult time reading your question. I don't know if you realize it but ...
marijuana possession11/25/2008
  Q: I live in Charleston and my boyfriend got pulled over for a busted tag light. The officer took his ...
  A: Angie, I have no way of knowing what is going to happen in court. There are fifty states, ...
extradition11/24/2008
  Q: My boyfriend has warrants in LA, and was arrested in WI. How long does LA have to come get him?
  A: Malia, I get this type of question frequently. The Constitution guarantees the right to a speedy ...
harassment11/23/2008
  Q: Ever since my neighbor moved in we have been having problems with her. Everyday she is yelling ...
  A: Jennifer, My question to you is what do you mean that "she got cited.....but fought it and ...
Harassment11/19/2008
  Q: If a person was arrested for child molesting and i learned of it through another person confronting ...
  A: Wlibert, One sentence of information is certainly not enough to answer your question. Your ...
search warrant11/18/2008
  Q: Can I be arrested for things that were found during a search warrant being served at my residence if ...
  A: You see that is the problem when you only write two sentences. I can only deal with what you have ...
Neighbor's Barking Dog Complaints11/17/2008
  Q: Help! We're getting to our wits end with a neighbor who has now called police on us at least 7 ...
  A: Erin, You apparently have had interaction with at least six police officers and you have access ...
DWI Laws11/13/2008
  Q: A friend of mine was recently in a serious accident where he was involved in a very serious ...
  A: Dave, There is no way that I can possibly predict what is going to happen to your friend in ...
Breakin and entry to private home by police11/12/2008
  Q: I came home to the police and my domestic partener's sons taking things out of my house (their ...
  A: Patricia, I'd like to hear both sides of this story before I answer the question but I don't ...
velva11/10/2008
  Q: does it matter if the wrong addresses is on warrant? ANSWER: I need a whole lot more information to ...
  A: I don't think that you understand what I mean by "complete details". First you sent me one sentence ...
trespassing11/9/2008
  Q: My husband and I are going through a divorce, right now we are both living in our home. He is gone ...
  A: Jackie, I don't live in Michigan and have never even been there but I am guessing that the law ...
marital forgery charge11/7/2008
  Q: When my husband and I were first married a year ago, he gave me a blank check in case of an ...
  A: Diane, There is no way for me to make judgements and to give people conclusive answers without ...
trespassing on private property11/5/2008
  Q: I have just moved to Indiana from Sweden and have some questions about trespassing. In Sweden we ...
  A: Anna, The problem is that in the United States we have fifty states and each state has its own ...
Felon on probation harassing me10/31/2008
  Q: I am being harassed by a convicted felon, recently release from jail. Calls to me cell, which I ...
  A: There are laws in every state about harrassment by use of the telephone. I am not sure why you ...
subpeona10/30/2008
  Q: If I receieve a subpeona in the mail to testify and wish not to testify can I ignore the subpeona? ...
  A: There is no way that I can predict what any particular judge or prosecutor is going to do since ...
Property Vandalism10/27/2008
  Q: I have a question regarding vandalism. Someone in my neighborhood is constantly vandalizing my ...
  A: Mike, Let me tell you a dirty little secret. Anytime that you are reporting a crime over the phone ...
Statue of Limitation on A Misdemeanor Charge In TX10/26/2008
  Q: Dec. 1, 2007 I was doing a favor to a friend and collecting money at the door because she had rented ...
  A: Denise, Your question is a little difficult to understand but it sounds like you are saying that ...
Illegal search10/24/2008
  Q: My son was stopped for a motor vehicle violation. After stopping him, they told him that there are ...
  A: Kathleen, There are two kinds of searches. The first is a consent search and the other is a ...
Statutory rape10/22/2008
  Q: I have a 13 year old son with a girl who is now 32 in NYC. She was 17 when she got pregnant and I ...
  A: If the law in your state prohibts sexual intercourse between men who are 24 and girls who are 17 ...
old landlord harrassing me10/22/2008
  Q: I has a landlord evict me 10 months ago. He is now harrassing me, following me and making ...
  A: I don't see anywhere in your question where you have called the police. You have listed about five ...
Drug charges10/21/2008
  Q: I was pulling out of a head/bong shop and noticed two patrol cars entering the parking lot with ...
  A: Jared, I cannot read the minds of the officer. Someday they will have to articulate in court ...
warrants10/16/2008
  Q: If you have out of state felony warrants can the police find out where you work by running your ...
  A: Of course the police can do anything at their disposal to track down fugitives. Not only is it ...
PA DUI Statute of Limitations10/11/2008
  Q: A year and a few days ago, I was arrested for DUI. I was taken to the processing station, had my ...
  A: Matt, You have the term "statute of limitations" mixed up with the constituational right to a ...
theft10/10/2008
  Q: While wandering around a high school i had never attended and my 17 year old friend had never ...
  A: Charlene, My function here is not to give legal advice so I am not going to tell you what or ...
Car Lot Scam10/9/2008
  Q: We bought a car through a car lot, which was featured online. The ad stated the car was in ...
  A: Alisa, In MY state this would be a civil matter which means that you entered into a contract ...
Detainer10/5/2008
  Q: I have a friend who broke into a pharmacy in florida where he lives. He was caught during the act ...
  A: Matt, I've clearly stated on my profile that I cannot precict what is going to happen in a ...
definition10/4/2008
  Q: just want to know what does this mean ? Burgl Structure Conveyance Unarmed W Person Inside
  A: Mike, Before I answer the question I have to let you know that there are fifty states and each ...
Fraud/ Felony Theft10/3/2008
  Q: Recently I had bought multiple items on Ebay using my paypal account, the items I purchased ...
  A: Tommy, There are fifty states with fifty different sets of laws. There is no way for me to know ...
Bad/Forged Checks10/1/2008
  Q: I loaned a friend money and she was going out of town but before she went out of town she wanted to ...
  A: Lisa, I don't see anywhere in your question where you have called the police or even talked to ...
Murder charge reduced to voluntary manslaughter9/28/2008
  Q: I'm trying to find information on some legal technicalities in the state of Washington, but I don't ...
  A: Dan, Because I live on the other side of the county I don't know a thing about the court system ...
Felony arrest warrant in Michigan9/26/2008
  Q: I am married to a Canadian citizen who has a warrant in Michigan for NSF 3 within ten days. The ...
  A: Chris, While it is impossible for me to know or predict if "they" are going to charge you I can ...
Employment Opportunity9/25/2008
  Q: Please help me on this, two years ago while I was a stupid Freshmen in college, I received a letter ...
  A: Mandy, I cannot give you legal advice because it would be illegal to do so. What I can tell is ...
Misdemeanor for harassing phone calls?9/25/2008
  Q: I got into a minor car accident a few months ago. I am trying to keep the story short, but basically ...
  A: Obviously you have violated the law in whatever state you live in. It does not matter whether you ...
criminal mischief and abuse9/24/2008
  Q: when i was 18 i was in high school and i was doing a program call co-op i got a job at the local ...
  A: I think that you are skipping over some crucial details. You have said that "someone got hurt". ...
Domestic violence9/21/2008
  Q: I live in mississippi and I have a question about police procedure. I was wondering can police ...
  A: I can't comment on your specific case because I don't know the full story and you have only provided ...
marijuana charge9/20/2008
  Q: My wife was arrested on marijuana charges (about a joint or two),we told the officer it was not hers ...
  A: The Constitution guarantees a defendant the right to a speedy trial. You might be able to argue ...
search warrant under false information9/17/2008
  Q: My boyfriend was currently sentenced after drugs were found in his house, but the search warrant ...
  A: Ashley, What was your boyfriend's attorney doing during all of this testimony? Did he present ...
gross misdemeanor charges MN.9/15/2008
  Q: My 18 yr old son was arrested and released on July 24th. They said it was a gross misdemeanor ...
  A: Jane, I think that you have the term "statute of limitations" confused with something else. ...
Statue of limtations9/14/2008
  Q: If a 16 year old was cited for theft about 10 July 2008 and no charges have been filed as of 12 Sept ...
  A: Ok then you are mistaking "statute of limitations" with the right to a speedy trial. The legal term ...
criminal summons to appear in court on phone harassment charges9/9/2008
  Q: "I don't know where to start... in April of 2007 i rented an apartment here in Cookeville, ...
  A: Ashley, I cannot tell you what to say or what not to say in court because that would be giving ...
17 yr old son being charge with murder9/8/2008
  Q: I'm the mother of a 17yr old son whose being charge with murder he didn't commit the crime but was ...
  A: If you son is charged with murder you should be on the phone getting an attorney for him. No one ...
extradition9/6/2008
  Q: How long does pa have to pick up the fugitve from fla,,before fla lets them go? is it 10 days,,with ...
  A: I am not aware of any law in any state that sets a time limit on extradition matters. While the ...
statute of limitations9/5/2008
  Q: what other crimes besides murder carry no statute of limitations?
  A: Every state has its own laws. So there are fifty sets of laws. It could be that in your state that ...
Felony conviction9/4/2008
  Q: it might be lengthy. My son was convicted of aggravated robbery and soon to be sentenced. I know ...
  A: Michelle, I understand your frustration and worry because it was your son who was convicted. ...
Trespass/Theft9/2/2008
  Q: The other day I was outside at a friend's backyard at night drinking around the fire when I walked ...
  A: Jeff, I cannot possibly predict what is going to happen without talking to the old man or the ...
harrassment question8/29/2008
  Q: My girfriend and I broke up, she was telling me that she was pregnant, which i feel was an effort to ...
  A: Nathan, I have no way of knowing what the law says in your state about repeated phone calls. As ...
invalid consent to search8/26/2008
  Q: I was wondering to what extent does a law enforcement officer have to prove that there was consent ...
  A: Gina, Obviously this is a case where you have a personal interest. Without hearing the other ...
questioning8/26/2008
  Q: i have been accused of sexual assault in virginia can the commonwealth attorney call and question my ...
  A: Wanda, In MY state any witness can be interviewed before the trial because the prosecutor needs ...
Juristiction8/25/2008
  Q: I live in AR. The county next to mine came to my house and arrested me of a class y offense. Then ...
  A: Rene, Yes the police from one county can come into another county and arrest someone named in a ...
fair housing and expungement8/22/2008
  Q: my daughter was arrested for a misdemeanor during her last year of college in north carolina. she ...
  A: Johnnie, Obviously she can be denied housing because of her criminal record if the policy of ...
Jackson, Georgia, bond reduction or court date8/21/2008
  Q: Is it possible for a county to hold a person without bond reduction or court date? If a person has ...
  A: Deborah, Each has its own laws. My state has different laws than your state. I make that very ...
Extradiction process ....and what to expect.8/21/2008
  Q: (Thank you for your time in advance.) I have a relative who was in park down the street after dark ...
  A: Lyntette, The state of Virginia has to send the warrant to Maryland. Once it arrives she will ...
Expungement8/20/2008
  Q: I have two Misdemeanors. One occurred in 1989 and the other one was in 1995. Now the one in 1989 was ...
  A: Katresa, You seem to have excuses for each of your arrests. And one happened twenty years ago ...
mistaken identity8/18/2008
  Q: MR. Toomey, Thank you for your time. My husband has ran into the same problem 2 times in the past ...
  A: Tanya, I would have thought that the police officer who was dealing with your husband would ...
criminal trespassing8/17/2008
  Q: Me and my son, wife 2 children under 3yrs of age and 2 other adults went down to the local swimming ...
  A: Mr. Baker, I am not sure what I can do for you. I would have to ask you if a conviction for ...
neighbor harrasment8/16/2008
  Q: I live in a duplex my duplex neighbor and her sister that lives across the street keep harrasing me ...
  A: There has to be more than what you are telling me. Whoever these people are that are harrasing you ...
School Issues8/15/2008
  Q: I am fourteen years old, and my parents are divorced. MY mother lives in Edinboro, PA and my father ...
  A: Samantha, I suspect that you have picked the wrong category of expert for this question. A ...
First retail theft offense almost 3 years ago8/12/2008
  Q: About 3 years ago when I was 19 I was charged with a non-traffic summary offense retail theft in PA ...
  A: Danielle, I don't live in Pennsylvania nor do I know anything about their courts and how the ...
In need of help8/11/2008
  Q: Mr. Toomey, After a bit of searching online, I've found this forum and hope I may be able to ...
  A: Tracy, Please do not take this reply as a crtiticism of your local police because they know the ...
warrent seizure8/11/2008
  Q: After haveing an unreliable individual make a statement for which a search and seizure warrent was ...
  A: Steve, Without knowing the facts of the case (both sides) it is impossible for me to tell you ...
search warrant8/7/2008
  Q: What happens when the affidavit for search presented to the Judge contains false information, and ...
  A: Before the defendant has his trial the attorney can ask for a supression hearing. At this hearing ...
Counseling students8/5/2008
  Q: My friend is a new high school counselor. Last school year she was counseling a 15 year girl who ...
  A: If this happened last year why is your "friend" losing sleep over this if this in fact what really ...
My Neighbors8/3/2008
  Q: I have a neighbor who has been living here for ten years. I understand that prior to me moving in ...
  A: Nicole, I am afraid that I don't understand your question. Are you saying that the police come ...
Lied in a police report8/1/2008
  Q: I lied in a police report stating that my boyfriend hit me but in all reality, he never did. I was ...
  A: Erin, I cannot and will not give you legal advice because I am not an attorney and if I did so ...
extradition7/30/2008
  Q: how long does the state of srkansas have to extradite a person
  A: Lisa, There is no set time as in five days, ten days, fifteen days, etc. A lot of it depends ...
cell phone harassment/stalking7/28/2008
  Q: My roommate and I live in Colorado. We are being harassed and threatened by someone she knew in Las ...
  A: You seem to have done everything except call the police. Obviously laws are being broken and AT&T ...
How long? Strange?7/27/2008
  Q: If some one is extradited from South Carolina, to South dekota is there a time limit on how long it ...
  A: If you have already talked to attorneys I am not sure why you are asking me the same question. But ...
search and seizure in california7/26/2008
  Q: I was pulled over for a traffic stop for expired tags, although I had the temporary registration in ...
  A: Jill, You had a glass pipe that was not yours but it was in your purse? Some states have ...
extradition7/24/2008
  Q: My name is Larry Chavallo; my wife is being held in Mitchell, SD on an extradition hold. Her ...
  A: Larry, I'm not sure why you are using this service if your wife already has an attorney and ...
search warrant7/23/2008
  Q: So, if the police do not need to serve a person with a warrant to search, what prevents the police ...
  A: Are you asking me if a search warrant needs to be served on a person instead of serving it on a ...
Neighbour Harassment7/21/2008
  Q: ..we live in the same apartment as my bestfriend.For about 2 years now my friends mom has been ...
  A: I have never heard of a law that prohibits the spreading of rumors. As your local police told you ...
Runaways or missing persons7/21/2008
  Q: If a runaway or missing person was under the age of 18 and finally located, would their guardian ...
  A: Before I answer the question I have to explain to you that there are fifty states and each state has ...
theft7/19/2008
  Q: me and 3 other biys were riding with one boy who was over 18 and the rest of us are all 16 we went ...
  A: Cody, Are you asking me why you were charged with theft? Don't you think that you should have ...
just wondering if you can awnser what i have to ask.7/16/2008
  Q: i am 17years old and always wanted to be a detective. i am always watching all these shows on t.v ...
  A: Danielle, The first thing that you have to worry about is graduating from high school, ...
Alcohol Laws7/11/2008
  Q: Not sure if this falls in your field, but I figure I should try to find this out. If you are ...
  A: Eric, This is a dangerous question to answer but I will go ahead anyway. There are fifty ...
Prank Cell phone calls NC7/9/2008
  Q: I have made a few prank "hang up" phone calls to my former employer and two other employees from my ...
  A: Steve, I don't know what "general questions" that were asked but if a detective called you about ...
trial7/8/2008
  Q: My friend was robbed at a store. She has moved away & going to school in the next state. The trial ...
  A: Janice, There are many reasons why court dates are changed and they are often out of the control ...
time limits7/4/2008
  Q: is there a time period in which case must be heard or seen by the court for a criminal charge
  A: There is no "time period" but the Constitution guarantees the right to a speedy trial. That term is ...
threats at a daycare center7/2/2008
  Q: very new to this. I been trying to research this on the internet, but have no luck. I have a 6 year ...
  A: Matt, I hesitate to answer this question since it seems to be a dispute between you and the ...
sexual battery of a child6/30/2008
  Q: After a person has been convicted of sexual battery of a child, is there a provision of their ...
  A: Malinda,' There are fifty states and each state has a different set of laws. In those fifty ...
Stupid teen son on senior trip to beach6/29/2008
  Q: My 18 year old son and 10 friends were vacationing at the popular beach town in Maryland. The last ...
  A: Dorothy, For once I can comment on a case that falls within a state that I am familiar with. ...
convictions and court procedures6/25/2008
  Q: Can a person be found guilty and convicted of a crime without ever being present in court or knowing ...
  A: I have never heard of such a thing except in minor traffic charges or parking tickets. However ...
Trasspass6/24/2008
  Q: My daughter in Brooklyn N.Y Kings County had a friend ask if she could visit for a few days while ...
  A: Bill, One of the biggest problems that I have answering questions on this site is trying to make ...
Burglary charges6/22/2008
  Q: I will start from the beginning. The police were looking for a person that was seen trying to steal ...
  A: Vana, I have no idea where the "Hastings district" is or even if it is in the United States. ...
extradition time limitations6/20/2008
  Q: My friend got a burglary charge in illinios and bonded out on a 2,000.00 bond, and ran back home to ...
  A: Chastity, I am not aware of any "time limit" for one state to serve their warrant on a defendant ...
Probation officer has never contacted me6/9/2008
  Q: I was given probation in court on 4/17/08. Paid the 833 dollars for lab fees, court costs, etc. ...
  A: Kevin, Once the judge says "guitly" a police officer has no contact with a criminal case or the ...
CAN YOU BECOME A SEX OFFENDER IN NY OVER A KISS6/6/2008
  Q: I HAVE A BOYFRIEND HE IS LISTED AS A (level 1) sex offender. we live in upstate new york. my ...
  A: Ashley, You asked me this same question ysterday. I will try to explain it again. There ...
Random auto searches6/5/2008
  Q: the police were conducting "random" "safety" inspections, under the rubric of checking for ...
  A: You didn't ask about the drugs. Your question involved "random" stops and "how they can ...
Personal property damage6/5/2008
  Q: my daughters cellphone (which is in my name) was grabbed out of her hand and intenionally thrown ...
  A: Bridget, Sorry for the delay but I have been without power. Most states (including mine) ...
ILLEGAL ENTRY?6/3/2008
  Q: I RECENTLY WAS THE VICTIM OF AN ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY AND SLASHING. MY STORY IS THIS..I WAS ...
  A: George, I am assuming that you are charged with some type of marijuana related crime? ...
Absconding6/1/2008
  Q: I have a friend who is absconding from probation for dwi and possession of a controlled substance ...
  A: Chance, There is no way for me to know how far Missouri will go to extradite your "friend". ...
sexual battery5/30/2008
  Q: My boyfriend was charged with sexual battery 7 years ago by his then girlfriends mother. It was a ...
  A: Rayna, Your boyfriend was not just charged with sexual battery. He was convicted of the crime. ...
fraud and statute of limitations5/29/2008
  Q: Greetings, Jack! Thank you, in advance, for your feedback. I'll give you the Reader's Digest ...
  A: Deidre, Let me start out by telling you that I have never been in Georgia in my life except to ...
minor in posesion5/22/2008
  Q: my 17 yr old daughter went to a party on their last day of school and the parents wernt home some ...
  A: Mark, It sounds to me that the police had a pretty good idea who was at the party, where they ...
Harassment from Neighbor5/20/2008
  Q: I confronted a neighbor about taking her domestic fight back inside, so my children did not have to ...
  A: Anyone can sue anyone else but unless you are experienced and have prior legal training I doubt that ...
Harassment from Neighbors5/16/2008
  Q: I have neighbors that have built a huge climbing wall right next to my fence. Because I have dared ...
  A: See that is the problem with trying to answer questions when the law differs so significantly in ...
dui?5/12/2008
  Q: my husband went to get his drivers' liscense the other day which he has being doing every time it's ...
  A: C. J., "Stautue of Limitations" means that the state has a certain amount of time to solve a ...
hi5/6/2008
  Q: a friend of mine has bad credit she has below avg intelligence and related to me that a man ahd ...
  A: You have asked me at least twenty questions and there is no way that I can go through each one and ...
simple assault5/6/2008
  Q: well, as bad as this sounds, my boyfriend and i (who live together) got into a heated argument which ...
  A: Lisa, I agree that it does sound bad. This answer is not done to make you feel bad but the ...
Limitation Period In The USA For Criminal Offences5/5/2008
  Q: Generally, does the USA or any particular state has a limitation period / time bar for the ...
  A: You are most likely referring to the term "statute of limitations" which means that a state has a ...
Criminal Law5/3/2008
  Q: My brother broke someone's mirror of f their car when he was being stupid and drunk. Anyway, he was ...
  A: Mike, Who was he under investigation by? Who arranged for the restitution of $600? You are ...
vacation to mexico while on parole5/2/2008
  Q: My fiance' and I are planning a vacation to mexico. I am currently on parole. I do have my passport, ...
  A: Dave, I'm not a parole officer and have absolutely no expertise on what people on parole can or ...
SEARCH WARRENTS5/1/2008
  Q: CAN A JUDGE OR MAGASTRATE SING A WARRENT IF THEY KNOW SOMEBODY INVOLED
  A: Sign? Where I work the chance of a judge knowing the suspect in a personal way is very slim because ...
expungement w/out an attorney4/29/2008
  Q: i was convicted in 1/2000 for illegal processing of drug documents went to jail rehab and did ...
  A: April, I am wondering if you have contacted your probation officer and asked him how you would ...
exradition time frame4/27/2008
  Q: My son was arrested in Liberal, Ks. due to a warrant out of Colorado for contempt of court ...
  A: Donna, Of course every state has its own laws so what might be true in MY state might not true ...
Accused of Keying a neighbors car4/27/2008
  Q: On 4/22/08 my wife and I had a county police officer come to our apartment. He stated that the ...
  A: Mike, The only question that seems to be at issue here is whether "he" can press charges ...
credit card fraud4/22/2008
  Q: I entered into partnership with a couple in a small business venture about a year ago. Because they ...
  A: Elaine, There is no need to hire a lawyer to have someone arrested. The states attorney, ...
communicating threats4/22/2008
  Q: Is telling someone you are going to kicked them out of the room or out of school considered ...
  A: Janice, We have fifty states and fifty different sets of laws. Each state would have different ...
information regarding under age drinking4/21/2008
  Q: I was arrested 2 days ago for under age drinking. But in this case i was not drinking any alcoholic ...
  A: Tyler, I think that you are confusing an arrest for drunk driving and your case involving ...
threats from neighbor4/17/2008
  Q: Shortly after we moved in to our new house our neighbor began to harass us because we removed brush ...
  A: Robert, You have mentioned that the police have been there five times. You have also mentioned ...
forgery4/16/2008
  Q: My ex husband forged my name on a $50,000.00 check made out to both of us, in his lawyers office. I ...
  A: Marsha, This sounds like a civil matter in which a police officer would never be involved in. ...
recorded neighbors littering habits and posted on YouTube4/13/2008
  Q: My friend's neighbor has a nasty habit of throwing trash out of their car as they drive down their ...
  A: You were told that by posing for a "friend" that I am getting information second hand which ...
Expunged?4/13/2008
  Q: If this question falls outside your expertise, I apologize...the only other seemingly qualified ...
  A: Patrick, It is not outside my expertise but what most people don't understand is that every ...
Shoplifting last year4/12/2008
  Q: I got caught shoplifting when I was fifteen at a Macy's. I'm sixteen now and I live in California ...
  A: Sarah, First of all you have to find out if you were charged with a felony or not. Secondly if ...
Wrong address4/11/2008
  Q: On an affidavit, the affiant swears that the crime took place at the wrong address. The address that ...
  A: Kathy, Almost all of the time what matters is what the officer or the witness testifies to in ...
intimidation4/7/2008
  Q: Maybe you can give some insight. Thanks in advance for taking my question. Long story short. I ...
  A: This is really not a situation (divorce case) that a police officer would ever be involved in but I ...
stalking4/4/2008
  Q: A member of my church has a restraining order on her soon to be ex husband. He has begun to call me ...
  A: Don, Anyone can see a restaining order but that doesn't mean it will be granted. Every state ...
legal issue4/3/2008
  Q: i asked you a legal question a few years ago, the car i was riding in was reported stolen, police ...
  A: Robert, While it is certainly unfortunate that all of this happened I am not sure what you want ...
Miranda Rights.4/1/2008
  Q: I understand that with a criminal citation, miranda rights only need to be read if an interrogation ...
  A: Taylor, The courts have held for a long time that a defendant only needs to be advised of his ...
bond4/1/2008
  Q: My question is if there is a person who co-signs for a person in a bail situation, what are they ...
  A: Mary, Remember there are fifty states and each one MIGHT have its own law concerning bail. I ...
Police drug "sting"3/31/2008
  Q: My boyfriend is currently looking at a 1st degree sales charge in Minnesota. He was set up by the ...
  A: Tina, Of course the police had influence on how the case was handled since they were the ones ...
kids were harassed3/27/2008
  Q: ABout 2 weeks ago 2 of my children were riding skateboards by the playground at our apertment ...
  A: Jennifer, It is not my purpose on this site to second guess the actions of citizens, the police, ...
detective3/25/2008
  Q: my name is Carl i am currently in college, but i want to change my major to criminal justice because ...
  A: Carl, I would be the last person to advise you on what courses to take in college. I am not an ...
Search Warrants3/23/2008
  Q: When an officer files for probable cause to get a search warrant, the officer must fill out an ...
  A: Where are you getting the information that, "the officer must fill out an affidavit stating with ...
Speeding Ticket3/23/2008
  Q: I received a speeding ticket today for going about 80 in a 55. On the ticket, the officer wrote my ...
  A: Sarah, It means that the officer failed to write a zero after the eight. What is important is ...
DUI charges & arrest warrant3/21/2008
  Q: if you have a warrant out for your arrest for a DWI in NJ, is the warrant valid in other states? If ...
  A: Jen, A warrant issued in one state is valid in any of the other states. The key question is ...
sentencing guidelines for juvenile3/17/2008
  Q: I live in Florida. I recently caught my son stealing a neigbors i-pod ($200 value). If the ...
  A: I am sure that there are minimum and maximum penalties for theft in your state. In some states the ...
Harassment Summons Question3/15/2008
  Q: Three weeks ago, I was accused of harassing someone in my area and am completely innocent with a ...
  A: Brett, Its impossible to tell you how long a summons takes to arrive. There are eighteen ...
want to know3/13/2008
  Q: was charged shoplifthing misdemeanor tefth , she don't have record before she is a teacher i want ...
  A: Anyone charged with a criminal offense should be represented by an attorney. Even if she is not ...
Criminal Law3/10/2008
  Q: Yesterday my firends and I all got a ticket for Criminal Mischief Nuisance. We got the ticket for ...
  A: Tucker, You are asking me questions that are specific to one incident somewhere in the United ...
Search Warrant Requirements3/8/2008
  Q: My parents are medicinal marijuana user in Oklahoma, where it's not legal. My mom is 57 years old, ...
  A: Casey, Before I answer this question I want to make it clear that nothing that I say should be ...
death threats3/7/2008
  Q: I live in Missouri and am getting phone calls from Colorado. My father-in-law is the caller and he ...
  A: Brian, It appears that you are telling me that you have called the police about the telephone ...
Stolen Credit Card3/4/2008
  Q: My sons girlfriend stole her Dad's credit card (altered information when the card was activated ...
  A: Marie, First of all I have to explain to you that each state, all fifty of them, have different ...
probation violation?3/1/2008
  Q: I have been on probation for the past 2 yrs. (was working while receiving food stamps and didn't ...
  A: Marie, I need to tell you that I cannot, under any circumstances, give you legal advice so I ...
e-mail fraud2/29/2008
  Q: someone stole my e-mail password and send 2 fraudulent e-mails in my name to a well known research ...
  A: Claudia, The Internet was in its infancy when I retired. There wasn't such thing as a computer ...
Search and seizure laws2/28/2008
  Q: On my way home from work I was contacted by the police department about a break-in at my house. ...
  A: Jordan, Usually judges rule on this type of situation by deciding if the police acted in good ...
Homicide Detective2/28/2008
  Q: my name is Bryan. I am currently 16 years of age attending Francis Lewis High School in New York. I ...
  A: Bryan, Attending any particular college is no guarantee about being hired as a police officer. ...
SEARCH OF HOME:2/27/2008
  Q: I would like to know what are the procedures for obtaining a warrant to search a home for narcotics ...
  A: I have no idea what you mean by "other than a high school kid who was trying to get out of trouble". ...
detective2/25/2008
  Q: how many diffrent types of detectives are there?
  A: Tina, There are probably a hundred different types of detectives. This is because there are ...
Prosecution for First Degree Theft2/13/2008
  Q: Toomey, I'm asking for advice for my brother. 2 years ago, he worked as a construction contractor ...
  A: JC, I can't be sure if First Degree Theft is a misdemeanor or a felony in the state of ...
youth mischief2/12/2008
  Q: My son and his friends were fooling around in a church yard beside a youth center...my son threw a ...
  A: Tina, You asked if your son can be charged with "mischief". I have to tell you that there is no ...
Harrassment?2/11/2008
  Q: About six months ago I cheated on my husband with a married man. The man's wife caught us and has ...
  A: Donna, The crime of harrassment has different names in different states and the wording of the ...
Criminal Mischeif2/8/2008
  Q: over the past few months my boyfriends mother is struggling to get out of a bad relationship, she ...
  A: Katie, This is a mess and the people involved are incredibly dumb (sorry if they are your ...
mischief2/7/2008
  Q: I am a 26 year old male living in Alberta,Canada. I have been charged with mischief. I got into an ...
  A: Matt, Since Canadian law is much different than the law in the United States I wouldn't want to ...
time on a stealing charge2/6/2008
  Q: I was arrested for stealing in 1999 for stealing. I think it was under 500. My father told me that ...
  A: Malinda, You are asking me a question that is almost impossible to answer for sure because ...
bail2/5/2008
  Q: Can bail be posted for someone from a nonprofit organization (church)?
  A: In my state bail is either posted by a bondsman, who is in business to make money by posting bail ...
Annoying prank calls2/4/2008
  Q: I work for a public access unemployment facility in Houston Texas where I assist members of the ...
  A: I notice that you mentioned that I had a lack of knowledge. What I said was that I had never ...
Kidnapping Warrant2/4/2008
  Q: I was in a situation w/ my childs father, I had to leave the house in order to call the police. He ...
  A: Nisha, This might sound harsh but the criminal justice system is not like a water faucet where ...
Car lot sold my car2/1/2008
  Q: I live in KY and bought a used 97 Taurus in June 2005. In July 2005 I had driven to NC and had the ...
  A: Jessica, I don't blame you for being upset and confused about what happened. I would guess that ...
False accusations?1/30/2008
  Q: I'm from Nebraska and have been wrongly accused of serious misdemeanor assault charge in Iowa. The ...
  A: I don't have an opinion since I haven't read the police report, interviewed the witnesses, or ...
vop1/25/2008
  Q: what is the statue of limitation on violation of probation?
  A: Jessica, There are fifty states and each one has different laws. What might be true in my ...
steps to becoming a detective1/22/2008
  Q: Toomey, I'm a junior in highschool who is very interesting in pursuing a career in law enforcement. ...
  A: Jenelle, There is no difference between the positions of criminal investigator and detective. ...
Harrassment Law1/18/2008
  Q: I have been contacted by an exgirlfriend who has nothing better to do with her time. She stated that ...
  A: If someone has "filed harrassment" charges against you it doesn't necessairly mean that you are ...
Search Warrants1/16/2008
  Q: First, can you use a 690.10 search warrant in a public Bar if the address for the bar is not on the ...
  A: Mellisa, You have to understand that "690.10 search warrant" is something that is unique only to ...
Car Accident1/14/2008
  Q: About 2 weeks ago I was picking my sister up from her basketball practice. After which she got into ...
  A: Brandon, Every state has a different law involving hit and run driving. So what might be true ...
interstate suspect1/13/2008
  Q: Do you see any problem with asking a suspect from one state Ct. to accompany the police to another ...
  A: It sounds like you are asking me for legal advice which I am not allowed to give because not only ...
Can arresting officer be forcet to take Polygraph?1/11/2008
  Q: I was just charged with DUI in California. Nothing in the police report matches what REALLY was ...
  A: I would doubt seriously if a police officer can be forced to take a polygraph exam in your state. ...
can i be charged 2 times for same crime1/9/2008
  Q: I was arrested un January 2005 charged with possesion meth, trafficking meth, possesion pills otta ...
  A: Yes you can be arrested twice for the same crime. No you cannot be tried in court twice for the ...
False accusation - Search Warrant1/8/2008
  Q: I used to live with a friend (room mate) that had another friend co-sign for a loan for him. When ...
  A: Jason, Without going into the case itself I can answer your question by explaining how and when ...
Illegal searches1/2/2008
  Q: I previously asked you a question about illegal searches and I believe that I explained the ...
  A: Ok I do remember the question but I do get many questions every day so I am going to have to ask you ...
Homicide Detective Career1/2/2008
  Q: Toomey, I was wondering if you would be able to provide some information about a career as a ...
  A: Lori, I'm sorry to tell you but your prior experience as an investigator is not going to get you ...
Vandalism12/29/2007
  Q: I recently broke up with my girlfriend because of her violent nature. Twice she has vandalized my ...
  A: You said that your cousin witnessed her vandalizing your truck and that you called the police. ...
Misdemeanors12/28/2007
  Q: My friend was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in the 7th in New York. (Class A ...
  A: Brandon, There sure are a lot of people writing on behalf of their friends lately. If there ...
Illegal Searches12/21/2007
  Q: I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START. ME AND MY BOYFRIEND DROVE APPROXIMATELY 45 MINUTES TO GO AND SEE A GUY ...
  A: It sounds like that someone saw you entering the house, did not recognize you, knew the owner of the ...
interstate detainer act12/19/2007
  Q: if a detainer act is filed with a state from another state. will it cover all counties in receiving ...
  A: Without knowing the law in every state in the country I can't be absolutely sure. However it has ...
fugitive warrants12/14/2007
  Q: if you have a fugitive warrant in one state and are picked up on it and the state you are picked up ...
  A: Linda, If a fugitive is actually granted a bail, which would be unlikely, and then appears in ...
son in jail12/13/2007
  Q: my 18 yr old son has been in jail for 10 days on misdemeanor battery charges, but has yet to appear ...
  A: It is probably an initial appearance or a bond review that he is awaiting. Sometimes defendants ...
Definition of a charge against a friend12/12/2007
  Q: What does-- Detainer for hold -- mean
  A: It means that another juristictin, usually another state, has outstanding charges against someone ...
Harassment by neighbor12/11/2007
  Q: We have a civil harassment restraining order against our neighbor who lives across the street (San ...
  A: Jill, I don't know why you haven't gotten assistance from the police since it appears that a ...
Accessory to no crime12/9/2007
  Q: Is it legal for someone to be charged as an accessory to a crime but no one is charged with the ...
  A: In MY state you could not be an accessory to a crime that never happened. However you could be an ...
TIME FRAME ON LAWS12/5/2007
  Q: I HAVE A DETECTIVE THATS INVESTIGATING A ACCUSATION THAT A CHILD MADE AGAINST MY BROTHER. THE ONLY ...
  A: Robert, The term that you are looking for is called "statute of limitations" which means that ...
class C misdemeanor12/4/2007
  Q: I got caught shoplifting and got a citation. I didn't get arrested but it is classified as a class C ...
  A: Holley, I have no idea what state you are in, how old you are, whether you are a juvenile or an ...
question about trespassing12/3/2007
  Q: could you tell me the punishment for a first time trespassing charge with no fire arms and the ...
  A: Tabatha, I can't tell you because in every state the laws are different. In Ohio the law is ...
Misdemeanors.12/1/2007
  Q: I was charged with a misdemeanor and another offense last night, well this morning at about 1:45. I ...
  A: Katie, What are you charged with? There are hundreds of crimes that could be misdemeanors. ...
What does one need to become a homicide detective?11/30/2007
  Q: I was wondering what one needs to become a homicide detective? Because I am really interested in ...
  A: Christi, I am not sure if you are aware that before anyone can possibly become a detective that ...
i hope you can help11/29/2007
  Q: Now to my question. I live in Tennessee and I have been wanting to join the police academy. he ...
  A: Jennifer, There are two types of police academies in this country. Some states have private ...
statute of limitations on drug charge11/28/2007
  Q: My boyfriend was charged w/possession of less than a gram of cocaine and retained a lawyer. His ...
  A: You have the term "statute of limitations" mixed up with a fugitive warrant. Statute of limitations ...
Harassment11/27/2007
  Q: I have left voicemails to a friend of miney that did have a threatening tone in response to her ...
  A: Kaitlin, Since I don't know what the law is in your state I can't make an educated guess if you ...
recent charge11/26/2007
  Q: I was wondering if you could shed some light for me on the legality of the following: I was in a ...
  A: I'm not sure what you mean when you say "is it all legal". If you mean were any laws broken by the ...
criminal law11/25/2007
  Q: what you have to do to be a criminal lawyer?
  A: This is way out of my expertise since I am not an attorney but basically you have to earn a college ...
search & seizure11/22/2007
  Q: If someone you knew was on probation and visiting your home and you stepped out to the store & a few ...
  A: Michelle, Actually there is no such thing as an illegal search and seizure. What does happen ...
Unlawful Search11/21/2007
  Q: I was recently arrested for possession of marijuana. I am a sophomore in college with a clean record ...
  A: Drew, Frequently people ask me legal advice because I seem to the only one on the site who has ...
arrest on a 15 year old robbery case11/20/2007
  Q: my husband was currently on probation in ohio and was recently arrested for an armed robbery ...
  A: Beth, I can't possinly know the strength of the case against your husband. Whatever laws were ...
Scared11/19/2007
  Q: I live in Florida and have police going to family members homes looking for me for questioning. Can ...
  A: Maria, There could be scores of reasons why the police want to talk to you. It is common for a ...
Search Warrant11/18/2007
  Q: Is it an Illegal Search and Seizure if the search warrant has the wrong address on it? The ...
  A: Keri, There is no such thing as an illegal search warrant. Search warrants have to be reviewed ...
Criminal Law, Theft.11/16/2007
  Q: my younger brother (18 years old) was recently caught stealing clothes from macys in NY. the civil ...
  A: Brian, I am not going to plan your defense for you. That is not my function on this site. I ...
sentencing guidelines11/13/2007
  Q: I write mystery and suspense novels. In a current project I have a scenario where a man supected of ...
  A: Jerry, Now this is a record. Two questions from two different authors in two hours! Who is ...
What does a criminal mischief report mean?11/12/2007
  Q: How does a criminal mischief report reflect on my record? The officers who came out said that they ...
  A: First of all you need to understand that each state in this country has different laws. In MY state ...
marijuana statute of limitations11/12/2007
  Q: I'm a juvenile and I was arrested about a month ago on school grounds with 6 small bags on marijuana ...
  A: Jordan, If you a juvenile it is likely that the court has been in touch with your parents and ...
Disorderly Conduct11/3/2007
  Q: Recently I went to visit a friend at her college in Pennslvania. We went to a party at a friends ...
  A: Brittany, I can't give you legal advice because it would be both against the law and unethical ...
search and seizure11/2/2007
  Q: My brother in law has recently left his wife. She has just brought charges against their daughter, ...
  A: This sounds very strange. I can't say that I have ever heard of the police "monitoring" someones ...
statute of limitations10/30/2007
  Q: I just want to know if there is a statute of limitations on child abuse. Not sexual child abuse, ...
  A: It depends on what state you are talking about since every state has different laws. In MY state ...
What constitutes telephone harassment10/30/2007
  Q: I live in Seattle. I had an ugly series of incidents with a blood relative (an uncle) who lives in ...
  A: First of all you have to understand that EVERY state in this country has different laws. Telephone ...
Husband Ex Harrassing Me10/29/2007
  Q: I just got married this weekend. When my husbands ex found out she started calling me and sending ...
  A: Wouldn't the police be the best people to ask? They would know if what is happening violates any ...
becoming a homicide detective10/26/2007
  Q: i am interested in becoming a homicide detective. Can i become one while being a state trooper or do ...
  A: Sean, I think that you don't have a complete understanding on how police departments are ...
criminal mischief10/25/2007
  Q: I'm about to file a restraining order against my ex-boyfriend who has threatened via phone message ...
  A: I'm not sure why you are asking me all of this intstead of asking your attorney who you are paying ...
harassment from a neighbor10/24/2007
  Q: what can I do if this lady next door to me always comes outside when i go outside and she starts ...
  A: Mary, You seem to have covered all of the bases. You have called the police, they have charged ...
Officer's requirement to tell me why i was being detained10/23/2007
  Q: After pulling into my friends driveway, i noticed a police car with lights on behind me. He walked ...
  A: Jason, As I tell my classes now you have no idea what was going on in the officer's area of ...
felony10/23/2007
  Q: He now lives in Sacramento California. He has a steady job and works hard but I would like him to ...
  A: Sandra, The first thing you need to do is to acknowledge that your boy friend was arrested and ...
Criminal Trespassing10/22/2007
  Q: I own a retail business that I am in the process of moving from one retail location to another ...
  A: Elanie, I am puzzled why you would wait for an answer on the Internet instead of simply picking ...
Search warrants.10/19/2007
  Q: I'm a writer, working on a detective story set in the States. I'd like to run a scenario by you: ...
  A: Phil, You must have a pretty unique and hard to come by car that the kidnapper owned. It ...
Harassment10/17/2007
  Q: I have a neighbor behind my house that doesn't like if we or anyone else who stays at my property go ...
  A: Michelle, Have you consulted with the police before you installed the video camera? In some ...
Becoming a detective...10/17/2007
  Q: Question #1: I understand it takes years to move up to being a homicide detective, but I've read ...
  A: Are you the same person who has been asking me these questions this evening but under a different ...
Reckless driving, Illegal search10/16/2007
  Q: I was stopped 4/25/07 by two motorcycle officers. When they signaled for me to pull over I pulled ...
  A: Mark, I am not sure why you are asking me about an incident that happened four months ago ...
Domestic violence??10/15/2007
  Q: I am currently on probation for paying a fine for a traffic violation. My ex boyfriend, (who has ...
  A: Michelle, This is not a site where people can get free legal advice. Especially from someone ...
Poss of Meth/Drug Related Objects10/14/2007
  Q: As a female, can a male police officer search me without cause by sticking his hands in my front ...
  A: Jamie, It is a common misunderstanding that a male police officer cannnot search a female. ...
harassment and defamation10/13/2007
  Q: my question is about a neighbor. we were once friends then she did something i personally took ...
  A: Tracey, You know sometimes I think that half of my questions involve neighbor disputes? I ...
attempted assault?10/11/2007
  Q: I am a registered nurse working at a hospital in Alabama. Recently, another employee affiliated ...
  A: Mary, I am going to be blunt. Why haven't you called the police and have him arrested? The ...
Texas interrogation procedures10/10/2007
  Q: What where the procedure officers had to make in texas in the 1970s, I'm doing an English 4 Senior ...
  A: Luis, I will admit that I do know quite a bit about law enforcement and criminal law I would ...
seach warrants10/9/2007
  Q: If the no knock provision on the warrant isn't sign by the judge and the police still enter with a ...
  A: Antonio, Before I address your question you need to understand that each state, all fifty of ...
internet crime10/8/2007
  Q: I live in NC and am recently divorced.While married, my husband asked me to sign him up for online ...
  A: I'm sorry but since every state has its own laws I wouldn't be qualified to answer your question. ...
Juvenile charges10/7/2007
  Q: My son, 17yr old, and his girlfriend went to an abandoned home to take some pictures. A couple of ...
  A: Connie, I'm not sure what you are looking for in your question. You son has already been ...
caught with drug10/5/2007
  Q: my brother was with a friend in his friends truck and got pulled over for speeding. when the cop ...
  A: To go right to the point the answer is yes. Anyone in a car where there are drugs can be ...
Law regarding breaking probation10/2/2007
  Q: My estranged husband is on 7 years of probation for "injury to a child", my daughter, and one of the ...
  A: Lori, I am not sure what an attorney is going to do for you that you can't do for yourself. ...
Statute Of Limitations10/1/2007
  Q: How long is the Kansas Statute of limitations on perusing a warrant?
  A: You have the legal term "statute of limitations" confused with a term called "life of a warrant". ...
legality of living arrangements involving a minor9/30/2007
  Q: Myself and a friend/coworker of mine are considering getting an apartment, as we both are in need of ...
  A: Bob, Your question is very difficult to answer because of the fact that every state in this ...
assault charges9/27/2007
  Q: I had my jaw broken by a so-called friend in April. Bills for the surgery are starting to come in ...
  A: Penny, I can't tell you whether to press charges or not because that is a decision you are going ...
Detective9/24/2007
  Q: My name is Riley, and I'd like to become a homicide detective as a choice in career. My question is ...
  A: Riley, I'm not sure how old you are but you need to consider this. The chances of going into ...
Probation Officers Department9/23/2007
  Q: When someone is arrested by his probation officer in the officer's office (during a meeting) - what ...
  A: Ursala, There is no standard way that your scenario happens. Keep in mind that there are ...
worthless check9/22/2007
  Q: I received 2 worthless checks from the same person in Boca Raton, Florida. Not being able to collect ...
  A: It is obviously a surprise to you but for many years the police in most states have gotten out of ...
statute of limitation9/19/2007
  Q: what is the statute of limitations in florida, if you wrote bad checks on someone else, and their is ...
  A: The term "statute of limitations" means that the state has a certain amount of time to solve a ...
warrant9/17/2007
  Q: If someone puts your address down as there place of residence, but they don't live there and you ...
  A: This all sounds like something that happened to you. You are asking me "if" the police can do all ...
Neighbor Vandalizing my propert9/16/2007
  Q: I have a neighbor who is possibly one of the best liars who can manipulate the system and turn ...
  A: Mark, I am not sure why the police, at your first residence, would tell you its your word ...
Judges' weight of evidence criterion9/16/2007
  Q: The other day, on the A&E program, American Justice, it was claimed that--in a criminal trial by ...
  A: Steve, I didn't see the program but if you are accurately quoting them then they are incorrect ...
Simple Assault Charge9/14/2007
  Q: I go into a fight with my brother who is 19yrs old and he hit me first but he ran to police and ...
  A: Sarah, What possesed you to go into court and plead guilty to a crime that will be on your ...
Please help me!9/14/2007
  Q: Recently my biracial children were harassed by someone who chased them down the road and called them ...
  A: Donna, Unless you are an attorney or have extensive training in legal matters there is no way ...
posession of illegal drugs9/11/2007
  Q: Im 17 years old will be 18 in october i was caught in june of 2007 I was pulling out of street when ...
  A: First of all you are seventeen which makes you a juvenile. You can't hire an attorney at your ...
Trespass Citation9/11/2007
  Q: I received a criminal citation for being at a park after it was closed. I have no record and was ...
  A: If you are convicted of the charge (you didn't say what the charge was) you will have a criminal ...
Assualt on a minor9/9/2007
  Q: Here's the Reader's Digest version. My daughter is divorced from first husband. Two kids. 6 & 4. ...
  A: Marie, I am assuming that "they" are the police as in "why would they not arrest her". In most ...
Statute Of Limitations on NJ traffic ticket9/8/2007
  Q: A bench warrant was issued for me very recently, in northern NJ, on a speeding ticket I don't ...
  A: I am hesitant to give you legal advice because I can't. However I can say that the legal issue of ...
Limit on warrants (like statute of limitations)8/31/2007
  Q: The person I am writing for was arrested in Maryland over 7 years ago for 2 marijuana cigarettes. He ...
  A: Graham, I have no idea what Maryland does with their warrant or how long they keep them on file. ...
Search and seizure8/31/2007
  Q: I live in California. Recently, I had allowed my roomates friend to store some boxes in my ...
  A: Normally I do not answer questions where a case is going to be decided by a judge because I ...
forgery8/30/2007
  Q: I had a "friend" living with me for about 2 months, and then he moved out. When he did, he stole an ...
  A: When you say that you "filed a police report" that means to me that you spoke to a police ...
Tresspassing8/29/2007
  Q: This question came up at work today. If while you were sleeping and someone broke into your home do ...
  A: Of course every situation is different and I have to be very careful how I answer this question ...
shoplift8/27/2007
  Q: I have a cousin who was arrested for shoplifting earrings worth less than $20. It was his first ...
  A: Yes it would be advantageous to get an attorney since your cousin will have an arrest record for the ...
search warrant8/25/2007
  Q: The police had a search warrant for a murder. But they found drugs and arressted my friend at his ...
  A: The usual rule of thumb is that the police can look anywhere for things named in the search ...
SUBPOENA8/22/2007
  Q: MY FRIEND GOT A SUBPEONA AND WAS ASKED QUESTIONS TO SOME SHE NEW ABOUT WHAT HAD TAKEN PLACE. WILL ...
  A: It is up to the prosecutor whether he subpoenas your "friend" to court. If the prosecutor thinks ...
Affidavit for Search Warrant8/19/2007
  Q: I have a friend who had a search warrant executed on his property. On the Affidavit for Search ...
  A: Brenda, That is not much information to work with. I would have to see the warrant and read it ...
False theft charges leading to a warrant for my arrest.8/17/2007
  Q: My now, ex-boyfriend has filed theft charges against me in a state that I no longer live in. He has ...
  A: Denise, Do you realize that with a warrant outstanding for your arrest that you could be ...
Search Warrant8/16/2007
  Q: Does the search warrant have to have the persons name and address on it or can it be blank? What is ...
  A: Stephanie, I don't know the law in your state but in my state a description of the premisis to ...
time limits on filing charges8/11/2007
  Q: what is the time limit for a prosecutor to file the charges to issue a warrant? For instance the ...
  A: April, Every state has different laws. One month certainly is not unusual and would not be ...
criminal law "mis.vandalism /felony vandalism "8/10/2007
  Q: when does "mis." vandalism, become "felony" vandalism?
  A: Alexandra, Apparently most people are not aware that each state has its own laws. For example ...
theft by a friend?8/10/2007
  Q: Is this a theft and can we file charges? A friend of ours asked to borrow a set of our tires (worth ...
  A: Tess, You haven't mentioned anything about calling the police. I am going to have to presume ...
issued warrant8/9/2007
  Q: what is the statue of limitations on an issued warrant for writing a bad check under $100? in the ...
  A: Michael, Perhaps you have the term "statute of limitations" confused with something else. ...
DUI Charges8/8/2007
  Q: In Sept. 06, I was arrested for a Felony DUI w/bodily injury. The basic circumstances were that I ...
  A: David, I am three thousand miles from California and know nothing at all about their court ...
Harassing Ex husband Email8/7/2007
  Q: First, our attorney is out of the country right now and is unreachable. And I am not sure what to ...
  A: Dennis, Why does your wife read the emails? When she sees an email from this man she can just ...
Child Pornography potential charges8/3/2007
  Q: I am a student, currently doing my studies in USA. My computer crashed and I had to give it to a ...
  A: I'm sorry but I don't know the law either since you didn't say where you were or what state you live ...
Burglary Procedures8/2/2007
  Q: My house was broken into a few months ago. I live in Augusta, GA. While I did call the police and ...
  A: Ok I should have asked you to describe the burglary such as if there was forcible entry to some part ...
Credit Card Fraud7/25/2007
  Q: My relative stole my credit card from my vehicle and charged 500-600 worth. He was caught on ...
  A: Mandy, The answers to most of your questions depend on either the law in your state and/or the ...
harassment7/25/2007
  Q: I am writing concerning a very sticky situation involving a relative of mine who has confided in me. ...
  A: Your "relative" needs to immediately schedule an appointment with a police official. Not just pick ...
Neighborhood conflicts7/24/2007
  Q: Mr. Toomey: I am following up on one of your previous questions regarding difficult neighbors. We ...
  A: Bruce,\ There is no mechanism that I know of where you can simply make a claim for last wages, ...
Paint Guns7/23/2007
  Q: When my daughter yelled at some boys (non minors) out her bedroom window for shooting a paint ball ...
  A: Kathy, There are fifty states and each state has different laws. What might be considered ...
Neighbor is harassing us.7/22/2007
  Q: Our neighbor of 10 months, is continually harassing us about parking in front of his house. He ...
  A: You have said that you have "filed police reports". Is any one conducting any follow up ...
CHP7/21/2007
  Q: I live in a small town ( 3 stop lights ) We have about 4 sherriff's on duty for every shift. The ...
  A: Dan, I've never been to California (I assume that is where you are since you are talking about ...
Restraining order7/20/2007
  Q: My wife abandoned my three children and me two weeks ago. Within that time period she has move ...
  A: Like most states it sounds like your state has a joint property law which means that all property ...
Half Trespassing?7/19/2007
  Q: Hey Jack, So I'm visiting a married couple at their home, which they own together. The husband, who ...
  A: Russ, There is really no way that I can tell you what the police would do. There are tens of ...
Warrants??7/16/2007
  Q: Is there a statue of limitations on a search warrant? Also what is the statue of limitations on a ...
  A: Jennifer, There is no national law on search warrants. Each state, all fifty of them, have ...
neighbor haraasment7/13/2007
  Q: My neighbor has been harassing me for awhile. The spread rumors such as I am a whore, I do drugs (I ...
  A: You haven't mentioned that you either did or didn't call the police about this matter. Why don't ...
harassment7/10/2007
  Q: I am only 14 years old and I broke up with my boyfriend of 7 months about a month and a half ago. ...
  A: Taylor, You haven't mentioned the most important thing. Have you gotten your parents involved ...
Traffic Ticket7/8/2007
  Q: I recently got discharged from the Military and while driving home from TN to CA I got a ticket in ...
  A: Jason, Unfortuantly if you don't appear in court or don't pay the tickets there it is almost a ...
Increased fine or court costs?7/8/2007
  Q: and thank you for taking time to read this. I live in the state of Georgia and I have been issued a ...
  A: Amanda, If I knew what the maximum fine and/or jail sentence (if there is one) for that specific ...
Missing Person - Statue Of Limitations7/7/2007
  Q: I would like to know what are the statue of limitations on a missing person ? After how many years ...
  A: Debbie, There is no such thing as "statute of limitations" for a missing person. Statute of ...
theft7/6/2007
  Q: my husband recently acquired a theft charge from a retail store he was working for. we went to court ...
  A: Ashley, Don't take this the wrong way but your husband didn't "aquire a theft charge". If he ...
Communicating threats7/5/2007
  Q: My husband is charged with communicating threats to me how does the jude rule when there are no ...
  A: Anne, I am not sure what I can do for you without knowing what the charging document says. I ...
Harassment by neighbor7/4/2007
  Q: My family and I have been the victim of harassment by our next door neighbor. We had to put up a ...
  A: Dale, No matter what the police thought, funny or not, they have the obligation to explain to ...
oui6/29/2007
  Q: My boyfriend was arrested this evening at my place with 2 officers stating he was seen driving while ...
  A: Patty, Obviously there has to be some evidence (which is called probable cause) to arrest him. ...
Harassing Neighbor6/28/2007
  Q: I have a neighbor who is constantly harassing other neighbors. She has gone to people's houses ...
  A: My first reaction would be to suggest that you simply do what you have been doing and that is ...
Harassment6/27/2007
  Q: I have a neighbor who stays up really late hours chit chatting with a couple of other women on our ...
  A: Amy, I am not sure why you are asking me what to do when you have already talked to the police ...
Tresspassing6/26/2007
  Q: I was told that even with no tresspassing signs on our fence of our yard that if someone was to jump ...
  A: Not sure how this question ended up in the inbox of a police detective since it should be ...
when the bank fraud dept. calls6/25/2007
  Q: its me again, sorry when the bank fraud dept. calls about checks deposited into acct. and returned ...
  A: You are again asking me for legal advice. I am a retired police officer and not an attorney. I ...
Harrasment by a neighbor6/24/2007
  Q: I was searching the web for a question regarding a particular law in regards to harrasement by a ...
  A: Kelly, I have no idea what state you live in. Every state, and even counties sometimes, have ...
Harassing neighbor6/21/2007
  Q: I need some advice please. I have a neighbor that has been giving me a hard time since I bought my ...
  A: I dont know whats\ that you live in nor do I know the laws in your county or town. Every state, ...
Typical Age Ranges for Homicide Det.6/18/2007
  Q: Greetings, I'm doing research for a writing project that would involve characters in a ...
  A: You can safely say that no one would ever be accepted into Homicide without at least twelve to ...
Driving issue6/15/2007
  Q: Recently, while delivering pizza to a customer on the job, I was pulled over for speeding. The ...
  A: Ryan, It would be very hard for me to answer your question since I live on the east coast and ...
PA non-traffic citation/summons6/14/2007
  Q: Is it legal to be charged w/a crime and receive a citation in the mail for harassment w/out ever ...
  A: While I do not live in Pennsylvania and have never worked there I can tell you that what you ...
neighbor harassment6/13/2007
  Q: My neighbors are constantly honking their horns as they pass my home. last night at 2:30am then ...
  A: Each state has its own laws and there are fifty states. There are no national laws about ...
Neighbor Harassment6/9/2007
  Q: My neighbor has, on several occasions, come to my house to make ridiculous complaints. For example, ...
  A: I don't see a question here but I am guessing you are asking me if any laws have been broken? It ...
search warrents6/7/2007
  Q: If the police have a warrant for someone and, they were told that, that person had been seen at you ...
  A: There is a Supreme Court decision that covers a situation just like that. But in that case the ...
Search Warrants6/6/2007
  Q: Hey Jack, So this is my situation I'm 18 and my three roommates are 18, 19, and 17. The house we ...
  A: My question to you whould be what makes you think that the police will be coming with a search ...
crazy neighbor who yells from truck or porch6/4/2007
  Q: What can I do about a neighbor who has been clearly been harassing me and my daughters since we ...
  A: Becky, Despite everything that this woman has done now you are the one in trouble and charged ...
How do you feel about helping criminals?6/4/2007
  Q: I have read your site and after looking through your blogs, how do you feel about giving advice to ...
  A: I don't give legal advice and make it clear to the person that I am not an attorney. The problem ...
minor rights6/2/2007
  Q: my seventeen year old son was arrested for involvement in the beating of another teenager. he and ...
  A: I am not a resident of Florida and have only been there once in my life so I am not familiar ...
Breaking and Entering5/30/2007
  Q: My name is Melissa and i am 19 years old and i have never committed a crime before, but one day me ...
  A: Melissa, I have no idea why they would dismiss your friends charges while keeping yours. I ...
Police Reports5/28/2007
  Q: On a police report in bold letters it said " State reasons for initial contact / car stop. Question ...
  A: Leo, Obviously you have a personal interest in how a police report was written. I don't think ...
EXTRADITION5/27/2007
  Q: I AM ON MISDEMEANOR PROBATION IN TEXAS,IF I GO TO WA. STATE CAN TEXAS EXTRADITE ME BACK TO TEXAS.? ...
  A: Your question should be answered in two ways. Can they extradite you? Of course they can. You are ...
Question5/26/2007
  Q: In April 2005 this female accused me of entering her auto w/o her consent. I went to jail that day ...
  A: I think that you have the term "statute of limitations" confused with the term "right to a ...
Miranda rights?5/23/2007
  Q: I've heard that police are no longer required to read an arrested person their Miranda rights! As a ...
  A: The only time that the police are required to read someone their Miranda rights is when they ...
Search Warrant5/23/2007
  Q: When applying for a search warrant, can a police officer file an affidavit and swear to the contents ...
  A: It certainly is legal. If the only thing that was allowed in a search warrant were the things ...
warrant5/19/2007
  Q: If a warrant is issued to search a house and there is a person visiting but sitting outside the ...
  A: If in the course of searching the person the police find something illegal then yes.....the person ...
given your miranda rights to sign after an interrogation?5/17/2007
  Q: my son was charged arrested and charged with murder, robbery, weapons and drug possession. When ...
  A: If your son is charged with murder you certainly have gotten him an attorney by now. If you ...
felons5/9/2007
  Q: i recently applied to my local police department and if accepted i start the academy in June heres ...
  A: Lynn, I get questions all of the time that deal with one particular state when the person does ...
theft charges5/7/2007
  Q: My friend recently got into some trouble where he was stealing cash in very small amount from a cash ...
  A: Ashley, The worst thing that could happen is that he could go to jail. However your friend ...
not read my rights and not in presense of a officer5/5/2007
  Q: I live in Snellville Georgia. At the park across the street from my neighborhood is having a ...
  A: Zachery, There would be no need to advise you of "your rights". You (and half of the country) ...
criminal or civil matter?5/2/2007
  Q: I have a question regarding a situation my sister is in in Mississippi. She lived with her ...
  A: Janine, The answer would depend on the law in the state of Mississippi. It could be that your ...
Issuance of a Subpoena5/1/2007
  Q: Sir, This is a real life situation that just happened. My daughter is a college student and her ...
  A: I don't know the law in every state but I do know that in some states a police officer has ...
numeber name5/1/2007
  Q: when using the numerical shorthand reference for type of case what would you call an armed robbery, ...
  A: Jess, Every police department in the nation has their own termonolgy when it comes to ...
lude act4/28/2007
  Q: Jack, I need to know some answers for my sister in law. Recently in Florida, her boyfriend went for ...
  A: Melody, There is no requirement for the police to "read rights' at the time of arrest. You ...
unlawful search????4/28/2007
  Q: ok heres the scenario...i got pulled over today because i wasnt wearing my seatbelt. i had an ...
  A: You could try to get the drug charge dropped but you don't have the legal skill to do that. Only ...
theft by deception4/27/2007
  Q: I work in a restaurant. The other evening, I had a "dine and dash" episode- a customer ate, drank ...
  A: He "made you pay the check"? Did he forcibly take the money from you? If not this is clearly a ...
search and seizure4/26/2007
  Q: I was awaken to answer the door. The police had my 19 year old son in custody. They informed me ...
  A: I would say that they had more than enough probable cause to believe that there were drugs in the ...
extradition4/25/2007
  Q: In Feb. 1998 I was convicted in Pennsylvania. I'm not even sure what the charges were but I think it ...
  A: Eve, I'm sorry that you had to type all of that but there is no way that I can figure out what ...
paraphernalia charge4/25/2007
  Q: I attend a public high school, and last week my friend had a meeting with the vice principal ...
  A: Jamie, There are several court decisions which support the right of school officials to conduct ...
Statute Of Limitations4/24/2007
  Q: Jack, I was arrested twice in Atlanta, Georgia for driving on a suspended license and possession of ...
  A: Steve, I think that you must have the term "statute of limitations" confused with some other ...
My History, What I should do next4/16/2007
  Q: my name is Sam, and I currently am a college student in the state of mississippi. I hope you don't ...
  A: Sam, About three quarters of my questions should be directed to attorneys since they involve ...
Search and seizure4/15/2007
  Q: I was pulled over in Pinole, ca because the police said there was a report of my or my passenger ...
  A: Jamie, Every day I get a question where someone asks a question about something that the ...
search warrent4/14/2007
  Q: my brother-in-law was arrested last month on drug charges and my motorcycle was at his house can ...
  A: Carl, You have asked twice "can they". Obviously they can do those things if they did it. If ...
criminal mischief4/13/2007
  Q: Is a criminal mischief charge a felony charge? I have a minor who threw a car replacement light bulb ...
  A: Katerin, There is no such law as "criminal mischief" in my state. What the majority of people ...
what section of the penal code?4/12/2007
  Q: Is it a criminal offense to give a police officer false information? This does not refer to giving ...
  A: Kathryn, Are you aware that there are fifty states and each have a completly different set of ...
Stolen Check4/8/2007
  Q: I live with my girlfriend and her roommate. MY girlfriend has all the bills in her name. Here is the ...
  A: Why don't you simply ask the roomate for another check? You probably don't have any proof that ...
questioning suspect out of state4/8/2007
  Q: what is the correct procedure for an outside agency(city police) to question a suspect who's charge ...
  A: Any police officer can question a suspect or a defendant who is in another state at the request of ...
statue of limitations/seizure of residential property(ie:home)4/7/2007
  Q: Good Morning, I appreciate you taking the time to answer my question. In the state of Ca. ...
  A: I can't possibly know the laws in every state in the country so I am going to tell you what the law ...
Neighbor Harrassment4/7/2007
  Q: My neighbor calls the police on me because I open my kitchen cabinets at night. She has been leaving ...
  A: Have you tried calling the police in your juristiction to see if the actions of your neighbor are ...
Theft4/6/2007
  Q: My son was caught stealing two items with the value of $100 at an electronics store. I was informed ...
  A: Miriam, I am in a tough situation here. If I tell you to hire an attorney and he charges you a ...
Rights when served with a search warrant4/5/2007
  Q: Mr Toomey, I was wondering about the rights of a citizen under American law when served with a ...
  A: There is no requirement that someone be present when a search warrant is served. Police ...
drug paraphernalia and posession of marijuana4/4/2007
  Q: I was stopped and arrested for grass posession. When i got to the jailhouse I realized the trooper ...
  A: You are asking me for legal advice which I am not permitted to give since I am not an attorney. You ...
unlawful search??4/2/2007
  Q: Alright here is my problem and situation; I was outside a friends house on private property hooking ...
  A: Bob, You are charged with a criminal offense so there will be a trial. Your attorney has the ...
researching old records4/1/2007
  Q: An uncle,Curtis Shedd of Walhalla,S.C. was executed in N.C. in 1951 for the murders of two children ...
  A: Jean, If the trial transcript even exists it would be very expensive to get it. In those days ...
Statuch of limitation3/29/2007
  Q: A little while ago my house was broken into and over $5,000 worth of stuff was stolen. I have a ...
  A: Pete, Not tryng to be rude but you shouldn't be worrying about the statute of limitations. You ...
Harassment3/28/2007
  Q: I have a neighbor who has harassed us through false noise complaints to the police that problem ...
  A: Are you the same person who asked this morning about false complaints to the police? If you ...
neighbor harassment3/27/2007
  Q: Is it legal for the neighbor to call childrens services over and over. Just because she is mad at ...
  A: Donna, As you probably know there are fifty states and each state has its own set of laws ...
probation violation3/27/2007
  Q: i am on probation. i had a couple of violation and got thirty days shock time. when i got out i ...
  A: I cannot give you legal advice since I am not an attorney and I doubt seriously if you are going ...
Illegal Entry??????3/26/2007
  Q: My 18 year old son moved out of our house a little less than 2 months ago under other than friendly ...
  A: Bill, Instead of asking me what you can charge him with I would think it would be a lot easier ...
probation officer3/24/2007
  Q: i was recently given a yrs probation due to a vindictive ex wife. she got me arrested one night ...
  A: Mike, First of all I am not a probation officer and know nothing about what they do. However I ...
Breathalyzer Consent3/20/2007
  Q: Hey, I was wondering what the laws are about breathalyzers in public intoxication cases. If an ...
  A: Don't take this answer as permission to drink or as gospel because there are fifty states and ...
unknowingly mip3/19/2007
  Q: California -- True story (probably sounds unbelievable) I am 18 years old and was caught in the ...
  A: James, I'm sorry but I cannot give you legal advice. Two of the reasons are that I am not an ...
DWI3/12/2007
  Q: Can a case be thrown out of court because officer was not concise with the information on report. ...
  A: Well first of all there is no legal term as "thrown out of court". A judge can deliever a ...
Neighbor Harassement3/8/2007
  Q: Toomey, my parents have a neighbor that for the past 5 years or so has continuously harassed them ...
  A: Kimberly, I would agree with the police that the person sounds like he has some sort of mental ...
Screenplay3/7/2007
  Q: If a man with a first offense was involved in a hit and run trying to escape a barrage of bullets in ...
  A: With so little information there is no way that I can tell you what someone would be charged ...
Criminal Profiling3/6/2007
  Q: I want to be a Criminal Profiler, and I was wondering if you knew anything about that career, or ...
  A: Bri, I know that almost all of the criminal profilers are in the FBI and that you need an ...
embezzlement3/3/2007
  Q: 2 questions. First, can a company press charges against someone for embezzlement after they talked ...
  A: Not sure what you mean by "press charges" since only the state can bring a criminal charge ...
legal term question3/1/2007
  Q: My question is, is there a legal term that says a police officer can only help you if you are in the ...
  A: I am not aware of any legal term that would apply to the scenario that you mentioned. One of ...
harrassment from neighbor2/28/2007
  Q: My neighbor will drive his car so close to mines and then change lanes and speed a head of me. On ...
  A: As you probably know there are fifty states and all have their own laws. The crime of ...
Question Sons case2/27/2007
  Q: warrant issued for son for stealing checks from an employer. Checks stolen from son and cashed by ...
  A: Denise, Many people have formed an opinion of "Miranda rights" from what they see on tv or in ...
Trial transcripts2/27/2007
  Q: Perhaps you may be of assistance in guiding me in the right direction. Twenty-five years ago, my ...
  A: Jennifer, Ordering trial transcripts is incredibly expensive because the entire audio tape or ...
Book Scene2/26/2007
  Q: I am writing a fiction piece that includes a scene in which a police officer informs a group of ...
  A: When you say "a group of parents" do you mean more than two or a father and mother? How old is ...
Arson2/20/2007
  Q: Is it possible for a house to burn for more than 2 hours with no visible signs from the outside ...
  A: I want to make this perfectly clear before I answer the question. My answer is not to be used in ...
old old warrant2/19/2007
  Q: A friend here in Maine received a letter from a town court in NY stating that shw has to appear in ...
  A: Your "friend" has the term "statute of limitations" confused with something else. Statute of ...
dismissal2/14/2007
  Q: dismissed for talking with two other people about doing a robbery on one of the vans i worked on in ...
  A: "dismissaldismissed for talking with two other people about doing a robbery on one of the vans i ...
Outstanding Warrants2/9/2007
  Q: I was wondering, my fiance' currently has two outstanding warrants on him one is out of Indiana and ...
  A: I would have no idea whether either state would extradite him. Those decisions are made by the ...
Vehicle Search2/9/2007
  Q: A family member was stopped for speeding. The State Trooper that pulled him over asked for his ...
  A: Without being there and hearing the officers side of the story there is no way in the world that ...
A TIME TO KILL2/7/2007
  Q: I was watching the 1996 Matthew McConnaughey movie A TIME TO KILL, which is basically about getting ...
  A: Augusto, I don't mean to blow you off but you are asking me a question that should be directed ...
Homicide Detective2/7/2007
  Q: Why can't go from a classroom to a desk, because I want to be a homicide detective and I don't want ...
  A: Well I am sorry that you feel that way but it is totally unrealistic to think that you could go ...
texas probation violation2/5/2007
  Q: I was sentenced to 10 years probation for 10# marijuana back in 1987 in Texas. I took off joined the ...
  A: Niki, You have the legal term "statute of limitations" confused with something else. Statute ...
faking a crime scene2/4/2007
  Q: Is there anything in GA law that addresses faking a crime scene? A man comes home from a business ...
  A: Since I don't live in Georgia and have never been there I have no idea about the laws in that ...
unlawful people2/1/2007
  Q: i have a question about people who do not pay rent, utilities, and other bills for several months, ...
  A: My state has a site where all criminal court cases going back at least twenty years are listed. ...
my rights as a victim2/1/2007
  Q: I have been harassed by a women for almost 2 yrs now . I have filed 10 reports of trespassing on her ...
  A: Pat, I have no idea why this is happening. Have you met with the detective or officer who is ...
automatic knife2/1/2007
  Q: I am a person with the use of one arm living in Maryland can I carry an automatic knife
  A: I can't possibly know the law in every state in the country so I would suggest that you simply go ...
statue of limitations1/24/2007
  Q: If a person was convicted of misd. theft, sentenced, did time, and was put on probation but violated ...
  A: I think that you have the legal term "statute of limitations" confused with "life of a warrant". ...
Possesion of marijuana1/23/2007
  Q: on January 20th i was walking home and got stopped by the police. A alarm was going off and i happen ...
  A: Rusty, If you are looking for legal advice on how to handle your case I am afraid that I cannot ...
Give me a list of things i need?1/18/2007
  Q: I'm only 19 years old.i've always wanted to be a homicide detective but i grew up to know you can't ...
  A: Stephen, I get a ton of questions from young people who want to be either homicide detectives or ...
trespassing and probation violation1/17/2007
  Q: I live in Riverside County, California and have a few questions regarding trespassing. Our next ...
  A: We (you) are dealing with California law and probably even county law here. I am on the other side ...
international record1/14/2007
  Q: My ex husband was found to have under age pornography of adolescent boys. He has a history of mental ...
  A: Sharon, International law and dealing with other countries is far out of my area of expertise. ...
illegal search admissible evidence1/14/2007
  Q: Say for example a crime was committed, like a rape or a murder, and the police had their eye on one ...
  A: The law is quite clear on this subject. If a judge rules that certain evidence cannot be ...
expunge arrest record1/11/2007
  Q: I'd like how to expunge an arrest record (no convictions!) and, what are the steps involved. Also, ...
  A: Michael, In some states an individual can take care of the expungement process without much ...
re:shopliftting1/11/2007
  Q: i was in lidol the other day doing shoping and the store does not have baskets i could not mange to ...
  A: I can't understand what happened. Especially the part where you say "I was to (too) late but I still ...
Phone Harrassment & Child Enticement1/9/2007
  Q: My husband was arrested recently on accusations from my sister and niece that he made harrassing ...
  A: Sam, I hope you understand that I can't comment directly on your husbands case since I know ...
Arrest warrant1/9/2007
  Q: I have a warrant for my arrest for violating probation ( I was on probation for drinking underage ). ...
  A: Instead of trying to run from the warrant and becoming a fugitive why don't you get an attorney ...
tresspassing1/7/2007
  Q: sir at 8:25 four friends and i were in route to a liquor store all but one of us are of age and we ...
  A: Robert, I am not sure what your question is. It seems that you are complaining about the ...
statue of limitations on misdemeanor DUI1/6/2007
  Q: What is the satue of limitation on a Misdemeanor DUI. I don't think there is one if you do not go to ...
  A: You have the term "statute of limitations" confused with something else. Statute of limitations ...
trespassing1/5/2007
  Q: Good Morning, Last Sat. I went out to my barn and noticed the neighbors horse was down in the field. ...
  A: Teri, This is a first for me. I have personally put down several wild animals or ordered that ...
search warrents12/28/2006
  Q: ------------------------------------------- The text above is a follow-up to ...IT was a girl ...
  A: Marcia, This whole thing might be entirely clear to you but when you keep saying "they" I have ...
please help me12/28/2006
  Q: I hope I'm not asking something that is wrong or you don't know that you can answer but I just have ...
  A: Nichole, Your question invloves civil law meaning that if there has been any violation of the ...
Law enforcement12/27/2006
  Q: I am graduating in May 2007 with a bachelors degree in Business administration. In August I plan to ...
  A: First of all I can't recommend what masters degree you should get for liability reasons and because ...
Not read my rights12/23/2006
  Q: He searched the car and said who is going to take care of the possession charge who is going to take ...
  A: A police officer has no obligation or reason to read "rights" to someone if the crime happens in ...
I think it would be fraud12/23/2006
  Q: I'm not sure of what subject this would fall under. I am on worker comp due to a shoulder injury. ...
  A: If you were receiving workers compensation payments that means you received some sort of award ...
Stealing12/14/2006
  Q: I was recently at a skilodge with a friend in Tahoe and, after a day of skiing we had found that ...
  A: How did they manage to order the meal? By using your friends credit card? Did you call it to ...
Waiting Extradition12/13/2006
  Q: Currently this person is being held in a NJ Jail for a warrant that he has in South Carolina. What ...
  A: Agnes, There is no "normal waiting period". Much of it is determined by availablity of ...
dui12/8/2006
  Q: My husband was arrested and charged with a dui. We think it should be a drunk in public or public ...
  A: If the officer is prepared to testify that he can prove that your husband was driving the car there ...
Warrent11/28/2006
  Q: Ok. If the marshals came 2 your door, and you let them in, and they say that they have a warrant for ...
  A: The courts have held time after time that if the police hold a warrant for someones arrest and ...
criminal domestic violence11/27/2006
  Q: if a female and a male has a big disagreement and he walks away and she runs behind him and starts ...
  A: Without knowing anything else about this supposed incident I can say, with some degree of ...
drug charge11/24/2006
  Q: i am being charged with delivery of a controlled substance. this is what happened. i was approached ...
  A: Since I don't know any of the details of this case except for the short version that you gave ...
tresspass 2nd degree11/22/2006
  Q: I work for a manufactured home sales lot as the service manager. a little over 2 years ago an older ...
  A: You are involved in a very complex criminal case. You have no legal training and the states ...
Harrasment Phone calls11/22/2006
  Q: Jack, I have been receiving repeated recording phone calls from Nextel, on my business line. This ...
  A: Kim, You know the same thing happened to me with a different company? A former worker had ...
PI11/19/2006
  Q: When filling out grad/law school applications, do i have to disclose a Public Intox since it is the ...
  A: I would think it would depend on how the question on the application is worded. Don't get ...
rape case11/13/2006
  Q: I am currently a college student being charged with what was formerly known as statutory rape and ...
  A: Jack, Are you aware that you are charged with a crime that could send you to prison and upon ...
Laws Concerning Knives11/13/2006
  Q: Jack I have recently moved into a new neighborhood and am interested in carrying a knife for ...
  A: Ryan, Every state has laws about the carrying of knives or other weapons. Unfortuantely we do ...
trespassing law in indiana10/30/2006
  Q: my question is for a friend of mine. she owns a small beauty shop in her home. recently she has had ...
  A: I didn't say a thing about this being a homework question. You were reading that on my profile ...
public intoxication10/28/2006
  Q: I was riding home with my roommate and after we had pulled into our driveway killed the car we were ...
  A: Kyle, I have no way of knowing if you have a chance of getting the charges dropped. There ...
Neighbor Harassment10/26/2006
  Q: There is a neighbor a block down the street that is constantly calling the police on everyone, ...
  A: Kimberly, Obviously I don't know for sure but I think what the officers are telling you is that ...
felony receipt of stolen property10/23/2006
  Q: What constitutes felony receipt of stolen property? Would possessing someone's credit cards with a ...
  A: My state has no such law as "felony recepit" of stolen property however I took the time to simply ...
Victim in DWI accident10/21/2006
  Q: My son and I were hit head on by a drunk driver in late July of this year. The person who hit us ...
  A: I think that you could probably get the answers to your questions by scheduling an appointment ...
Parking Lot Incident10/20/2006
  Q: This happended in the US. He is said he will call my insurance about this if I do not pay him ...
  A: Under no circumstances should you pay him a cent. If he is trying to extort money from then you ...
Criminal Domestic Violence10/19/2006
  Q: My brother is facing a trial for Criminal Domestic Violence. When he went for the hearing, his ...
  A: Your question is a bit confusing because you said that the magistrate said that he had to ...
Misdemeanor on your public record10/18/2006
  Q: I was arrested for shoplifting in 2002 in the state of illinois. It was a misdemeanor and my first ...
  A: It (the record of the offense) could very well be still on your criminal record if steps were not ...
Will I Go to Prison for Leaving Child Unattended For 4 Hours?10/17/2006
  Q: I am a licensed child care provider in Maryland for the past 9 years and have a degree in elementary ...
  A: Allison, As I have mentioned in my profile there is no way that I can predict what a judge will ...
criminal justice10/16/2006
  Q: I have to prepare a checklist of how you would investigate a missing person case and what would be ...
  A: Lisa, No two missing persons cases are alike so I don't think that there are really ...
Probation violation10/15/2006
  Q: My husband was arrested. The reason, they said, the defendant was unsuccessfully discharged from sex ...
  A: Debra, Let me start of by telling you that I cannot give you legal advice. That would be ...
Need advice10/13/2006
  Q: my fiance` was arrested for intoxicated assult with a vehicle AND was also charged with failure to ...
  A: I hope that you understand that I am not a civil attorney. I am a police officer and you are ...
public intoxication10/9/2006
  Q: What are the consequences for public intoxication?What are the expenses if proven guilty?
  A: Kati, Each state, and sometimes even individual towns, have their own laws especially for ...
impersonation of police officer10/7/2006
  Q: a couple of years back while going to a halloween party as a chp police motor officer, i was stopped ...
  A: Jim, I am sure that you realize that I cannot give you permission to wear a police uniform or ...
Prob Viol- Crim Mis 210/2/2006
  Q: I have a question concerning a friend who moved out of town.I have recently lost all contact with ...
  A: First of all you need to know that every state in the country has its own laws and most are ...
traffic stings, warrants and transport10/2/2006
  Q: Past couple of nights our sheriff/constables had traffic stings going on. People getting pulled over ...
  A: Beth, It seems that you are using this forum for a complaint board against the police. Ninety ...
Nonlicensed Contracor Kills10/1/2006
  Q: My brother was killed by this man that had a stop work order by the city and was not to do any ...
  A: Viola, Your brother was killed? Are the police investigating his murder? You should follow ...
pre trial procedings9/30/2006
  Q: I am a victim of being spit on by a mentally ill resident of the retirement complex where I live. ...
  A: Don't you think that you should be asking the person who is prosceuting the case this question? ...
No Ticket issed and Not read rights at time of arrest.9/19/2006
  Q: My boyfriend was recently pulled over for suposedly going 36 in a 30 mph speed zone. My boyfriend ...
  A: Kristen, Because of tv and the movies the general public believes that every person who is ...
seizure without warrant9/18/2006
  Q: Estranged wife tells husband to take computer, bought with his credit card and supposedly used ...
  A: It is not entrapment unless the detective encouraged you to download child pornography at the ...
pressing criminal charges9/16/2006
  Q: can an officer of the law press charges againg a person who alledgedly commited a crime? or is the ...
  A: In most states a police officer can apply for a warrant for any crime that he is investigating ...
Public Intoxication9/14/2006
  Q: My brother and I were at a hotel somewhere in Southern CA about a month ago. I'll admit that it was ...
  A: George, First of all you are assuming that the police use a breathalyzer for all cases ...
Statute of Limitations9/13/2006
  Q: Is there a statute of limitations on an outstanding felony warrant in Maryland? Warrant was issued ...
  A: You have the term "statute of limitations" confused with "life of a warrant" "Statute of ...
Arrest9/13/2006
  Q: I got into a dispute with my 17 year old son. He left my house called his mother and she called the ...
  A: Darren, First of all there is no requirement for the police to read you your "rights" You ...
phony fortune teller9/6/2006
  Q: I need some help with some research I'm doing for a book I'm writing. What would a phony psychic ...
  A: The person might be charged with theft, fraud, theft by deception, or whatever fits in the ...
Oregon law9/6/2006
  Q: I need some help with a book I'm writing. If a person burns down their house in Oregon and contacts ...
  A: I don't know a thing about Oregon. I live on the east coast and have never been involved in a ...
fraud9/4/2006
  Q: About2 years ago i worked as a lumber saleman. the company i worked for also did financing for ...
  A: Without knowing the complete circumstance of your situation there is no way that I can tell you ...
Possesion of Marijuana9/4/2006
  Q: Myself and 3 other freinds were arrested and charged with "possesion of marijuana under 30 grams". ...
  A: Why wouldn't it be legal for a police officer to observe you smoking an illegal substance? You ...
impersonation of a police officer9/1/2006
  Q: "I was a deputy Sheriff for 7 month, Then I was dismissed from duties after that time. a week after ...
  A: I'm not sure I understand your question because you have quotation marks around several ...
concerning a juvinile record9/1/2006
  Q: I would like to know if a juvinele rocord, can be held against a defendant? although this person is ...
  A: Once again the answer depends on the law in your state. We have fifty states and every state ...
Criminal law questions/possible consequences...8/28/2006
  Q: Toomey, With your experience I'm sure you know Kids are tough, since most feel they know ...
  A: Sandy, First of all I don't know a thing about "shock parole". That is a term that is forgein ...
criminal trespassing8/28/2006
  Q: I am still married to my husband. We are currently living in seperate houses. I took our daughter ...
  A: It sounds like that he is angry because he was arrested for assaulting you and thats why he is ...
Warrants8/26/2006
  Q: Ok so here is the problem, I got a warrant somewhere within the last three years. I've lived in 4 ...
  A: If the situation bothers you so much then you need to clear it up. Go to the station and turn ...
Credit Card Fraud8/25/2006
  Q: I had a live in housekeeper in my California desert home for a year. I gave her a credit card in ...
  A: Robert, I am flooded with questions where people ask me to second guess various police ...
fraud conversion theft by deception8/21/2006
  Q: Please help me! I bought a vehicle from McCord Motors approx. 3 weeks ago. It took me a month to ...
  A: If the police department has told you that this is a civil matter then you will have to pursue ...
probation violation8/18/2006
  Q: ive been on probation for about 4 months now, and i was supposed to get off at the end of this ...
  A: Annette, Perhaps you have confused me for a probation officer? I am a retired police officer ...
involuntary manslaughter prosecution8/15/2006
  Q: I am writing a book in which a character shot a man in a hunting accident 20 years ago. This ...
  A: If the statute of limitations in your fictional state is twenty years or more for manslaughter ...
pb 158/9/2006
  Q: My son was pulling the last 3 weeks of his white post community correction program and they ...
  A: Sherry, I don't and can't speculate on jail sentences, probation, or anything that involves ...
Public Intoxication8/8/2006
  Q: my question is my husband and I we fighted last saturday, and he was drunk a litte bit. The ...
  A: Of course it affects his future. Any arrest or arrest/conviction will affect his future because ...
Private Person Search8/7/2006
  Q: As it relates to a lawful private person arrest, what is the scoope of search allowed under a ...
  A: I have never heard of a citizen making an arrest that involved a search. I'm sorry but in my ...
Out of State DUI8/7/2006
  Q: My fiance and I were in North Dakota this past weekend. We live in Denver Colorado. We were pulled ...
  A: Another one of these "only had 2 beers cases"? All states have reciprocal agreements with each ...
Kidnapping7/29/2006
  Q: A friend of mine wants to move across state lines (from Texas to North Carolina) and take his young ...
  A: Sandy, There is no way that I can answer a question like this because I do not know the laws in ...
Posession of Marijuana7/28/2006
  Q: What is the Statute Of Limitations on Poss. of Marijuana? I was arrested with two roaches when I ...
  A: You have the term "statute of limitations" confused with "the right to a speedy trial". Statute ...
statue of limitations on out of state dui charges7/25/2006
  Q: I was arrested in 10/12/99 in the state of Maryland on dui charges. I currently live in Tennessee. ...
  A: You have the term "statute of limitations" confused with something else. Statute of limitations ...
general7/21/2006
  Q: I was arrested with my cousin.I had 11 bags of herion,he had 4 there were 5 empty bags in the car. ...
  A: I have no idea if you can get felony dropped. That is a question that you and the prosecutor ...
just curious, but very much seeking.7/21/2006
  Q: My name is LaShunda, I'm not very confident in my question, but I am seriously interested in your ...
  A: LaShunda, I am not sure how I would rate my experience. I do know that I saw alot, did alot, ...
Underage drinking7/20/2006
  Q: Is it illegal to refuse yo yake a breathalizer test in Maryland? Is it legal for a police officer ...
  A: The only person that is required to take a breathalyzer test in Maryland is the operator of a ...
Theft by Deception7/18/2006
  Q: I bought a truck from a dealership in Alabama, I have been late with the payment a few times due to ...
  A: Richard, I have no idea of how the "theft by deception" law reads in Alabama but in my state ...
criminal mischief7/16/2006
  Q: if glue was put in another persons key hole by myself and resulted in less than $100 in damage what ...
  A: As it says in my profile "please do not ask me what the penalty is for any crime". I have no way ...
Robbery Statute of Limitations7/14/2006
  Q: If someone is a suspect in an armed robbery of a person and could not be found, could they be ...
  A: You probably have the legal term "statute of limitations" confused with something else. Statute ...
Police Conduct durring a sting.7/13/2006
  Q: Recently I was makeing a left turn at an intersection and noticed a officer walking back and forth ...
  A: If you think that the ticket was unjustly issued then I would suggest that you go to court and ...
is it true7/10/2006
  Q: My boyfriend was charged with trafficking in cocaine but he was in the wrong place at he wrong time ...
  A: Nicole, There is no way for me to know what your boyfriends jail sentence will be. In my ...
homicide detective7/10/2006
  Q: Do you have to be a cop in order to ba a homicide detective? If so why do you have to be a cop ...
  A: Priscilla, First of all the term is "police officer" and not "cop". If you are planning a ...
telephone harassment7/8/2006
  Q: I live in NC and have an ex who lives in NJ. Being in an immature and still hurt over our break-up ...
  A: Lisa, You have already asked me this question once. My understanding of your question is that ...
Robbery 1st7/8/2006
  Q: My 17 year old daughter has been charged with robbery 1st. She knew nothing of what was going to ...
  A: She can expect to be in a lot of trouble being charged with a crime that will completely change ...
Homicide Detective7/6/2006
  Q: my question is how many years and what colleges are the best in order to gain as much knowledge and ...
  A: College and your choice of classes have nothing to do with being a successfull homicide detective ...
renting an aptment7/2/2006
  Q: i did not even move into the apt when i went back they new i was upset i want my damage deposit can ...
  A: Ok you need to read this carefully. This is not a police matter. It is a civil matter which ...
statue of limitations6/30/2006
  Q: a friend of mine just moved in with me, i recently found out that he has a warrent for his arrest ( ...
  A: You have the term "statute of limitations" confused with something else. Statute of limitations ...
Questionable Arrest Warrant...6/29/2006
  Q: I was arrested last Friday in public...with my daughter due to a warrant I had. It was from December ...
  A: It is hard to follow what exactly happened but I think that you are saying that you were ...
criminal mischief6/28/2006
  Q: what type of sentence does criminal mischief carries when a person dies in the state of tn thank ...
  A: Sherrie, There is no way that I would know that. There so many variables involved that I have ...
Public Intoxication6/24/2006
  Q: No Sir, I just found this web-site not long before sending my question, So I figured I would give ...
  A: I think that you have the procedure for proving a DWI case confused with public intoxication. ...
Public Intoxication6/21/2006
  Q: This is a little different scenario than one that was asked before. I drove to a friends house ...
  A: As I said before......if this is person who was arrested for public intoxication and didn't ...
illeagal search and seizure6/19/2006
  Q: Ok,you sorta have to know a little bit of the story. If someone was under drug investigation, and ...
  A: Sara, Since you didn't mention what kind of "drug investigation" was going on it is difficult ...
statute on dwi in missouri6/15/2006
  Q: I was wondering if you could tell me if there is a statute of limitations in missouri on dwi. My ...
  A: You have the term "statute of limitations" confused with the right to a speedy trial. Statute ...
Public Intoxication6/12/2006
  Q: Mr. Toomey, I live in Virginia Beach, VA and am 21 years old. After drinking at a bar and getting a ...
  A: Usually I don't second guess the actions of the police since I am hearing only one side of the ...
questioning of a suspect6/11/2006
  Q: please help me with this my son was picked up on a violation of probation is it true that at that ...
  A: Linda, Your question is a little hard to follow. I am also not an attorney and can't give you ...
CAR WRECK,LEAVING THE SENCE,GTA6/4/2006
  Q: I WAS A PASSANGER IN A CAR WHICH THE DRIVER HIT A PARKED CAR THEN FLEED THE SENCE.I FOLLOWED OUT OF ...
  A: I have no idea what you could be charged with since the law is different in every state. What ...
criminal and law homiside6/1/2006
  Q: I've been interested in being a homicide detective for along time and I'm still interested in being ...
  A: Carley, I'm sorry but I don't live anywhere near Wisconsin so I don't know anything about the ...
search and seizure6/1/2006
  Q: My boyfriend and I are not on probation and yet a probation search still took place at our ...
  A: Sorry but I am not familiar with probation searches. That is a function of the probation office ...
attempted assault?5/31/2006
  Q: If someone you work with is trying to set a situation up where he know's you will be hurt or ...
  A: Obviously it would depend on the law in your state but in my state if this person conspired with ...
Circumstantial Evidence5/24/2006
  Q: TV shows often refer to circumstanial evidence as opposed to, for examplr, eyewitness testimony. But ...
  A: DNA or latent fingerprints are direct evidence in other words they are right there in front of ...
Homicide detective5/23/2006
  Q: My name is Whitney Fleming and I have been interested in forensic science and homicide work for ...
  A: I really have no idea about Canadian law and how the police departments operate since I live in the ...
DUI5/9/2006
  Q: You helped me with some issues previously,and I hope you can help again. A young man at my work was ...
  A: Susan, There are some situations where a judge can structure a sentence so there are ...
Credit Card Theft5/1/2006
  Q: No I was asking if there is such a thing of the charge being a disorderly person offense someone ...
  A: Sissy, What I was suggesting is that you talk to the people handling the case. I can't ...
Is this sexual haressment?4/29/2006
  Q: Ok well she bought these shirts for me and the other girl to wear with names ect on them-but anyways ...
  A: Kristen, I have no idea who you are talking about when you say "she". Is this a parent, a ...
theft4/27/2006
  Q: when i was first employed at my present employment many members of staff had what i call a free ...
  A: Sandy, Not sure how anyone can tell you why they can't arrest you. I can tell you why they CAN ...
hello again!4/25/2006
  Q: hey jack, its natalie again, i've got another question for you... my commerce assignement requires ...
  A: Correct! Posting bail is a guarantee that a person will return to court when ordered. If you ...
Public Intoxication4/23/2006
  Q: How can you be charged with public intoxication without a breatholizer, subrity test or read your ...
  A: Most of the questions you are asking are impossible to answer since I was not there. The other ...
Being a Homicide detective4/19/2006
  Q: and I want to be a Homicide detective after a serving four years in college! My important question ...
  A: Sorry to tell you that there is no way to answer how many years it takes "exactly" to become a ...
Validity of arrest4/19/2006
  Q: I was under investigation (I was unaware at the time) and the detective requested a marked patrol ...
  A: How do you know that the officer didn't know ahead of time that you had a suspended license? ...
Probation Violation4/18/2006
  Q: My husband is on probation for a fraudlent use a bredit card. Friday night he was a arrested for a ...
  A: Heather, I don't have any idea what the outcome of the hearing will be. I want to remind you ...
RE: very curious3/20/2006
  Q: hey jack, thanks for replying to my message and for your answer. although i was a bit dissapointed ...
  A: Natalie, The states attorney or prosecutors officer plays no role whatsoever in solving ...
very curious3/17/2006
  Q: hey jack, my name is natalie and i'm 15 years old. At school i'm studying commerce and at the moment ...
  A: I am thinking that NSW means New South Wales? If so I am a long way from there because I live in ...
Arson3/13/2006
  Q: First, this is not a homework assignment. Please don't refuse to answer simply for that reason. I ...
  A: Bryce, There is no way that I could possibly know the motives behind the Alabama church fires. ...
Tresspassing3/9/2006
  Q: I was recently hit by a car on my bicycle. Later, upon picking up a police report, there was a ...
  A: Max, Don't you think that you should be calling the officer who handled your bicycle accident ...
No warrant3/8/2006
  Q: Mr. Toomey, I live in a small town and our police officiers seem to do what they want when they ...
  A: Darline, You asked whether the actions of the police were "legal". You didn't mention whether ...
misdeameanor paraphranalia & DUI3/7/2006
  Q: First of all i would like to thank you (whomever that may be) and your colleagues for providing this ...
  A: David, The answer to your question depends on the law in your state. Of course there are ...
warrantless apartment search3/2/2006
  Q: ------------------------- Followup To answer legal quistions. actually i dont have any lawyers ...
  A: Are you the person who said that he wanted to talk to his "lawyers" first? I don't recall your ...
school disciplinary2/22/2006
  Q: My brother is a freshman at SUNY Albany. Recently, some kids that were playing football outdoors of ...
  A: Not knowing the other side of the story (the version of the school and their police or whoever ...
criminal mischief2/22/2006
  Q: 2 boys, 14 and 16, were locked out by their Dad for 3 weeks. They now are residing full time at ...
  A: Lynn, The problem with answering a question like yours is that there are differences in the ...
Violation of Probation?2/20/2006
  Q: I'm currently on Probation for a DUI arrest back in Sept of '05. A couple of weeks ago I was cited ...
  A: Victor, You are asking me a question whose answer depends on a multitude of variables. The law ...
Search and Seizure/Dumpster Diving2/12/2006
  Q: How can I find out if Dumpster Diving is illegal where I live: Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, ...
  A: Don't you think that it would be easier to call the police in Cleveland and ask them what the law is ...
assault and batterty2/12/2006
  Q: I took out a warrant on someone for assault and battery well she took out one on me right after. She ...
  A: Denise, There is no way that I can predict what is going to happen in court. You need to be ...
Re: Criminal subpoenas2/12/2006
  Q: I had gotten subpoenaed to appear in court as a witness against my roommate. we got into a fight ...
  A: Ed, I don't know what is going to happen to you if you don't appear but I know what COULD ...
sentencing2/10/2006
  Q: Already sentenced in 1 part of the county in california to 90 days Co. jail/3 years probation 4 ...
  A: Mark, Although I was involved in the criminal justice field it does not make me qualfied to ...
Haven't heard back from ya yet2/2/2006
  Q: Just wondering if you had wrote back to my question. I need to know because it was for a class. We ...
  A: Kristen, Sorry but I have no idea what your question was. If it is a homework assignement and ...
capital punishment1/31/2006
  Q: is dna evidence needed in order to sentence someone to capital punishment? Thank you so much for ...
  A: Ashley, A very small percentage of criminal cases have DNA evidence although the media makes a ...
extradition1/30/2006
  Q: My husband has been locked up in county for a month and a half. Texas is waiting for the state of ...
  A: I don't think that there is any set time that a state has to pick up a prisoner who is wanted ...
warrants1/25/2006
  Q: will the dmv check for out of state warrants to get a id? Also can you go through these online ...
  A: Randy, There is no way in the world for me to know what your DMV will do. There are fifty ...
theft1/23/2006
  Q: my brother who was a employee at costco, who was caught stealing goods. the worth was under $500. ...
  A: Paula, Whether his confession can be used in court depends on the law in your state but I see ...
probation documentation...?1/22/2006
  Q: I just recently received a letter from court stating that they have an arrest warrant for failure to ...
  A: Kim, I can't possibly know the terms of your probation and the policy of your state. Your ...
Theater Hopping1/18/2006
  Q: I was in a discussion with a young man that I work with. The discussion of buying a ticket for one ...
  A: Tony, The law in my state is different than the law in your state. I know for a fact that ...
traffic tickets and a license to drive1/18/2006
  Q: When you acquire enough traffic tickets to deplete yourself of "driving points" do you automatically ...
  A: Augusto, I am sure that you are aware that there are fifty states. Each state has its own MVA ...
Legal1/16/2006
  Q: Here's a clip from an on-going hollywood/legal/law story: "HOLLYWOOD - Former "The Sopranos" star ...
  A: I have no idea about why a press release would say that. I guess that you would have to check ...
Word Definition1/15/2006
  Q: I was reading the newpaper and came across the following phrase: "...was arrested for shoplifting by ...
  A: I looked in the dictionary and this is what I found although there is no such wording in the ...
Public records. - criminal history - charges/offences..1/13/2006
  Q: . May I introduce myself as Renee from Australia... I obviously have a question!!!!... I will be ...
  A: In all my years of answering questions and giving advice I have never had one quite like this. ...
criminal law1/13/2006
  Q: Me and my wife got into a argument and my elbow struck her in the cheek and left a mark she called ...
  A: Robin, I can't give you legal advice because I am not an attorney and I can't get you out of ...
Stumped on drug siezure question1/11/2006
  Q: The supporting character in my book is a small town police officer. He just conducted a trash pull, ...
  A: Have we talked before? I ask because I don't remember a plot like this. The small town officer ...
DUI / marijuana posession/ probation?1/8/2006
  Q: i have a question. my boyfriend has 2 DUI'S in califorina state and he is on probation he was in AZ ...
  A: Cindy, There is really no way that I can speculate on what is going to happen to your boy ...
moving violations (speeding)1/3/2006
  Q: This doesn't appear to be your area of expertise but you're the only one I could find, so here goes. ...
  A: You might try to get it dismissed but it has been my expeirence that the officer will just ...
No Trespassing1/1/2006
  Q: I live in Indiana. Can the police come to my house to do a stop and knock or a consent search if my ...
  A: Kevin, There is really no way to answer that question without any facts about the call/case. ...
Deadline to press charges12/30/2005
  Q: What is the deadline for a person or business to press charges against another? What is the dealine, ...
  A: The answer to your question depends on the law in your state. The legal term is "statute of ...
Shoplifting12/29/2005
  Q: 1) When an officer handcuffs, arrests and take to jail a citizen accussed of shoplifting, does he ...
  A: 1. There is no need to advise a shoplifting defendant of his/her rights if the arresting officer ...
about states atoorneys12/1/2005
  Q: By law is a states attorney supposed to contact the defendants witnesses by mail or phone?
  A: It's really impossible to answer your question since there are literally thousands of ...
solving crimes11/28/2005
  Q: I'm working on a research paper on criminal profiling. Just wanted to ask you in your time as a ...
  A: Craig, I apoligize if it wasn't you but I have answered this question. Criminal profiling is ...
Murder with Mental Impairment11/22/2005
  Q: I just have a question, one which was given to me as preparation for an exam i have later this week. ...
  A: Chris, Does this involve British law? Either way this is far too involved a question for ...
Warrant?11/17/2005
  Q: I think i might have warrant out -DUI Probation violation Texas. I have not been able to pay all ...
  A: Walt, I didn't want to just hit the ignore button and dismiss this question because I truly ...
Sentencing11/5/2005
  Q: If convicted what is the normal sentencing for each of these, aggravated robbery, aggravated ...
  A: Ashley, There is no accurate way to answer your question since every state has its own ...
good samaritan11/3/2005
  Q: Jack Toomy Thank you for your quick earlier response regarding the misprision of felony subject. I ...
  A: Liron, I am going to have to tell you again that you are asking questions that should be asked ...
about searching a house11/1/2005
  Q: i was out side working on my friends car. 2 cop cars(under cover car and van) came to my drive way ...
  A: I am not a probabtion officer and have never participated in a probabtion search because in my ...
"hit and run" felony10/30/2005
  Q: my name is eliad maslaton,and i am researching the "hit and run" felony. my question is: under the ...
  A: I think that you are asking about a law that is unique to your state. Every state has its own set ...
framed for embezzlement10/27/2005
  Q: i'm writing a piece of fiction in which the protagonist, a religious leader, is framed for the ...
  A: Ian, I am not sure how someone would be framed either because in real life virtually no one ...
misprision of felony10/26/2005
  Q: my name is liron levy and I am researching the "misprision of felony" subject during my law studies. ...
  A: I'm sorry but I don't know a thing about the laws in the UK. I am a United States citizen and the ...
criminal law q for law 12 course10/25/2005
  Q: i need to know what the actus reus and mens rea of murder is? im not quite sure if there's just one ...
  A: Brandi, It sounds like you are asking me a law school type question. I am a police officer ...
court system10/21/2005
  Q: I don't know if you can help me but it's worth a try. I am in high school and have a test on the ...
  A: Kim, It's my policy not to do homework for students. In fact there is a button that I could ...
warrant issued10/20/2005
  Q: in 2000 i had a assets hearing and didnt find out till today when i was looking up court records on ...
  A: Shawn, Sorry but I have no idea what an "assets hearing" is. It is probably something that ...
deferred adjudication in texas10/20/2005
  Q: i was place on deferred probation for 10yrs do i have to answer yes on a job application if asked if ...
  A: Rob, I think that you have asked me the same type of question before. I would be foolish to ...
Liability10/5/2005
  Q: A friend's house was broken into, and the individual took several things. Apparently he also made a ...
  A: Niki, You probably should be asking the investigating officer this question since he would be ...
outcome of rape situation???10/3/2005
  Q: This is the situation, lets say a 16 year old male has sex with a 7 year old girl against her will, ...
  A: Paul, Since I don't live in either Massachusetts or Rhode Island and am not familiar with ...
coerced confession10/3/2005
  Q: --Jack this took place in municipal court, yes my attorney brought out several instances where the ...
  A: Ok I don't want to get into an arguement with you but just because your attorney raised several ...
can my son be legally held9/30/2005
  Q: My sons fingerprint was found in a store that was burgalarized some months ago and he was arrested ...
  A: Well it seems that someone in law enforcement had enough probable cause to arrest your son so ...
Suppression of eveidence9/28/2005
  Q: In a criminal case involving an illegal search and siezure, when should the attorney file the ...
  A: It has been my experience that motions for supression of evidence are filed weeks or months in ...
Duplicate question--gave you incorrect email address.9/26/2005
  Q: This is prob outside your area of expertise, but I'll give it a try anyway. Would you happen to know ...
  A: Jessica, Without knowing exactly what your child said, what the physical evidence was, what ...
private sale of auto Vehical9/25/2005
  Q: I buying a vehical from a friend that I have known for many years, this week I had been out of town ...
  A: Can he report the vehicle stolen? Of course. Would the police take it seriously? I don't ...
Shoplifting charge9/16/2005
  Q: I received a theft by unlawful taking under $300 citation. A loss prevention officer stated that he ...
  A: First of all you have to realize that there are fifty states with fifty sets of laws. There ...
Statute Of Limitations9/15/2005
  Q: What are the statute of limitations on a 3rd dwi. The first two were served by the accused ...
  A: I really don't understand your question however I will give it a try. You do mention the legal ...
California Law: Speeding....9/12/2005
  Q: Is it a traffic violation to speed up, moving from the right lane to the passing lane on the left, ...
  A: I'm sorry but I have absolutely no knowledge of California traffic law. I live on the east ...
law enforcement officers in courtroom9/11/2005
  Q: How do I find evidence of federal and local law enforcement officers in a court room. This happened ...
  A: Janet, I am not sure why you are asking a police officer this question when it probably should ...
Police conduct9/7/2005
  Q: Is it legal for an on duty police officer, in uniform, to come in to a private club that serves ...
  A: Joy, Before I answer this question I want you to understand that the law in every state is ...
Trafficking in cocaine9/6/2005
  Q: My question to you is: How can I be charged with all these counts when all the evidence they have is ...
  A: Thomas, Do you honestly think that I can comment on a situation that I know nothing about? ...
One more quick question Jack...9/1/2005
  Q: If the judge rules physical evidence inadmissable, must the property be returned to the defendant? ...
  A: Technically yes. But if this is a murder weapon I would be very surprised if the police offered ...
Courtroom terminology8/18/2005
  Q: No Jack, not really. It's just a single word. After pleading guilty, the judge may ask the ...
  A: Bernie, I honestly don't know of a single word that is always used. The only thing that comes ...
Discrediting a persons charactor8/17/2005
  Q: when someone accuses you of a crime you didnt commit and you have witnessess proving this person ...
  A: Suzie, I am totally confused about your question. What kind of a situation is this? Is ...
Credit Card Fraud.8/13/2005
  Q: Greetings. A friend of my mother's used my mother's credit card number without authorization and I ...
  A: Albert, Having no idea what the law says in your state, and there are fifty states with fifty ...
a hypothetical question.8/11/2005
  Q: i have a hypothetical question. if someone kill himself with an illegal gun that he ...
  A: Andre, There is no way that I can tell you what an individual police officer would or ...
murder8/10/2005
  Q: if a killing was committ where the person who committ it is a teenager, can they be charge with ...
  A: Monique, I really don't understand much of your question but I will make an attempt to answer ...
4th Amendment8/9/2005
  Q: What is the law regarding search and entry in to a hotel/motel room. Is a warrant required like it ...
  A: Stacey, Now this will be a general answer because no two calls will ever be the same and thus ...
DUI punishment in VA.7/23/2005
  Q: I was just released from jail on a federal DUI and driving on suspened license in Floyd Co. VA. I ...
  A: Jessica, Don't be offended but I can't give you legal advice. I am not an attorney. You need ...
One more for tonight Jack...7/22/2005
  Q: Do search warrents have a time limitation? Do they expire? Thanks, Bernie
  A: Did you get the follow up answer to your question about the prosecutor not having any evidence? ...
Courtroom Objections7/22/2005
  Q: I really do try to find this stuff on the web... It's just so much easier to ask you. Is ...
  A: Bernie, You are gettting into attorney type questions now. Remember I am not an attorney and ...
Court proceedings7/22/2005
  Q: Hey Jack, Hope all is well w/ you. I finally made it to the trial portion of the novel, and would ...
  A: Well remember that the Constitution guarantees all of us the right to bail and guards against ...
Murder to survive7/22/2005
  Q: ------------------------- any idea who else to ask? or a web site maybe ? i would appreciated it, ...
  A: My advice is to talk to an attorney. But remember the law in every state is different. There ...
shoplifting7/19/2005
  Q: i was caught by video survaillence stealing shampoo from grocery store.i was taken upstairs by loss ...
  A: Susan, Don't you think that you should be calling an attorney instead of messaging a police ...
Crim law7/2/2005
  Q: Im not sure if this question would be relevant to you, but im pretty sure it may be some type of ...
  A: Mike, I doubt if it was anything sinister. What you have described is fairly typical because ...
Jurisdictions6/23/2005
  Q: Can criminal evidence related or non related be used in another case in another jurisdiction? In ...
  A: Ann, You probably should be talking to an attorney about this since it sounds like you have a ...
RE: Search Warrants6/18/2005
  Q: The peace officer who requested and signed off on the warrant, does he not have to be their all the ...
  A: I can't speak for every state but in my state the officer who applies for, swears to, or ...
Search and Seizure6/18/2005
  Q: Aproaching the two year mark on teh seizure. To this day no return list has been filed with the ...
  A: I don't know who answered that original question but it wasn't me. I don't think that I can ...
Statute of LImitations6/14/2005
  Q: I was wondering if you knew how long the statute of limitations for arrest warrants were in the ...
  A: The term "statute of limitations" means that the police have a certain amount of time to solve ...
4th amendment6/10/2005
  Q: What exactly is the fourth amendment?
  A: The Fourth Amendment guarantees a citizen protection from unreasonable search and seizure by the ...
statue of limitation for car theft6/1/2005
  Q: I was somewhat involved in a car theft about 4 - 5 years ago. I came to my friends house and he just ...
  A: The staute of limitations for crimes depends on the state where you live. Each state has a ...
Search Warrents5/30/2005
  Q: Sir, I am doing research for a book. I would like to know the procedures for the police in one ...
  A: Bernie, The procedures for obtaining a search warrant is different in every state. I don't ...
Drugs Found While Executing Search/Arrest Warrant5/30/2005
  Q: My question comes to you from Texas. A search warrant was executed on a hotel room in which several ...
  A: Renee, Sorry but I can't pretend to be an expert on the laws in every state in the country. As ...
bank fraud5/29/2005
  Q: A few days ago, my husband (a physician in private practise) and I found out that we have been ...
  A: Vicki, You are asking me questions about a case that I know nothing about so it would be ...
Probation violation5/24/2005
  Q: Could you tell me what the statue of limitations is on a probation violation in Iowa?
  A: Heather, Although I don't live or work in Iowa and know nothing about the laws there I suspect ...
finding criminal record of inmate.5/13/2005
  Q: Toomey, I just typed you this question but I do not think it went through to you. Our church is ...
  A: Louise, A persons criminal record is not a matter of public record no matter what you have ...
statue of limitation4/30/2005
  Q: I reveived a letter today from Tallahassee State Attorneys Office.They telling me that I have 15 ...
  A: It appears that there is a warrant for you in Florida so I guess that they can "pop up" like ...
sponse to your answer4/26/2005
  Q: Dr. Mr. Tooney, I apologize but I believe you misunderstood my question. I can't seem to get an ...
  A: Cari, What I am telling you that you need to be asking the investigators and the prosecutor in ...
rape statures4/26/2005
  Q: I realize that statue for rape in cal. is 10 yrs for aggravated assault and six years for non ...
  A: You are asking me questions about a case that is being handled by the California police. I have no ...
Civil & Criminal Wrongs4/23/2005
  Q: Can you please explain the differances between Civil & Criminal wrongs.Thanks
  A: I don't know about "wrongs" because I have never heard that term applied this way but very ...
neighbor vandalized my car4/23/2005
  Q: Here is my problem. One night I parked my car in the only available spot on my block (everyone has ...
  A: Heather, I think that you should probably have told the person who took your report all of ...
DUI4/22/2005
  Q: My husband got stop for a DUI and the officer said he blew a 12, but when I got him out of jail it ...
  A: Nikki, You are asking me a question that applies to probation and parole matters. I am a ...
Old criminal records in CA4/22/2005
  Q: I am a mitigation investigator working on a death penalty appeal. My client's father was apparently ...
  A: I would start by asking whoever keeps the central repository for criminal records for the state ...
Lawsuit world4/21/2005
  Q: My question involves if a robber comes to your house and breaks in and breaks a leg then you will be ...
  A: Jason, Both of your questions involve civil law. Each state has its own laws and liability ...
Drunk driving and drugs4/14/2005
  Q: My brother who is 18 got pulled over and got a DUI he was in Laughlin, Nevada. They also found ...
  A: Stacey, I am sure that he COULD face a jail sentence but since I am not in Nevada and don't ...
Early departure4/12/2005
  Q: I was sentanced to a year in a drug & alcohol rehab center & left after 7 months. That was over 7 ...
  A: You must be aware that there is a good chance that you are a wanted person. In other words ...
can i please interview you for a project4/4/2005
  Q: my project is on criminal law and while i was searching the web for experts to interview your name ...
  A: What kind of project are you working on? I ususally don't do Internet interviews because I believe ...
Accused of Vandalism4/3/2005
  Q: This incident took place on April 1, 2005. I have a kid in my apartment building that is accusing me ...
  A: That is a first for me! Tuna juice? I guess that you realize that that there is no way I can ...
pending case3/27/2005
  Q: and also i shop lifted once when I was 17 im 23 now, can you tell me from your experience over the ...
  A: I'm sorry but your question was diverted to my spam folder so I didn't notice it until today. I ...
credit card/debit card theft3/24/2005
  Q: We live in NJ. My son has been accused of stealing his x-girlfriends (either) credit card or debit ...
  A: Patricia, Regardless of the fact that you cant afford a lawyer.........your son needs to be ...
Re: Question3/19/2005
  Q: Toomey, how are you? I don't know if this question pertains to you, but it's worth a shot. I was ...
  A: Diane, I have a policy of not doing homework type answers but since you are not asking me to do ...
Getting someone released3/17/2005
  Q: My husband is incarserated in the county jail. He has not been sentenced yet. The situation is I ...
  A: Since I know nothing about your husbands case and am not personally involved I cannot give you any ...
Are you able to request that a Murder suspect NOT be in the room when you are interviewed for Jury DUTY?3/15/2005
  Q: My husband got called for Jury Duty , he couldnt believe that the Murder suspect was allowed to SIT ...
  A: Of course the defendant has the right to know who the people are who are judging him. The ...
bounty hunter3/15/2005
  Q: my name is Zach and I attend St. John Nepomuk school in Racine,WI. In our computer class we are ...
  A: Zach, Just a little advice. I am sure that your teacher knows what he/she is doing but don't ...
criminal justice3/9/2005
  Q: I am going for my A.A.S degree in criminal justice.I dont know what to do with it after I ...
  A: I am really not a career counseler but I would bet that there was on this site somewhere. I would ...
What does absconder mean?...3/1/2005
  Q: What does absconder mean? What is a DWI level 5?
  A: The word absconder means a person who does not show up for court, who escapes, or is a fugitive. ...
not sure about this one2/28/2005
  Q: I do not know if I should be asking this question to a officer or a lawyer,maybe both.My daughter ...
  A: Ron, I don't know what I can do for you. You should have retained an attorney by now. ...
Assult2/28/2005
  Q: What is worse actual bodily harm or grievous bodily harm?
  A: Michael, There are fifty states and each has its own set of laws so it would depend on the ...
Statues of Limitions on Duii Warrent2/26/2005
  Q: I have a Warrent for Duii in the State of Oregon. For my second offences. I refused to blow and now ...
  A: John, There is no way to tell how long the warrant will stay on file since every state and ...
Missing/Stolen Vehicle2/22/2005
  Q: From Michigan: My husband and I are separated and within a week of finalizing divorce. He left our ...
  A: You are correct when you said that you can't report the car stolen because it is as much his as it ...
Federal vs State Prison2/13/2005
  Q: Would someone convicted of insider trading always be sent to a federal prison to serve his/her ...
  A: Nancy, I am not exactly an expert in the federal prison sentence but usually when a person is ...
Juvenille charges2/10/2005
  Q: I live in PA. In September my 16 year old son was hanging out with his friends when a dispute broke ...
  A: Tim, I think that you are confusing the criminal system with the civil system. Your son is ...
Assault2/8/2005
  Q: In the case of an alleged simple assault: Who may bring charges against said offender? Can a ...
  A: Terry, The answer to your question depends on the law in your state. Every state has ...
criminal law..2/2/2005
  Q: I was wondering if i was to take criminal law as my major what kind of a job would i be doing and ...
  A: I don't think I understand your question. You asked "what kind of job would I be doing". I really ...
missing persons2/1/2005
  Q: Are there any steps or procedures that police,detectives,or law enforcment in general are required ...
  A: Robert, I am sorry but I am not familiar with the San Jose or Santa Clara police departments ...
Harassment Citation1/27/2005
  Q: A girl called my friend and I in about harassment because I stepped up to her when she was the one ...
  A: I really don't understand your question but if you asking me what is going to happen in court there ...
Littering1/25/2005
  Q: Mr. Toomey, Your police experience seems quite extensive, so my question probably seems petty to ...
  A: I think that I would record the license tag, call the police, and see if they will do anything ...
Statutes of limitation?1/18/2005
  Q: Toomey, I am trying to find out a quick question pertaining to Arizona law, to find out if any ...
  A: J.C. I hope that you realize that I can't possibly know the law in every one of the fifty ...
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS1/14/2005
  Q: HOPE YOU CAN ANSWER THIS ONE.... I WAS SENTANCED TO A YR IN CALIFORNIA AND ID NEVER SERVED IT AND IT ...
  A: Your fourth DWI? The term "statute of limitations" does not apply in your case. Staute of ...
Laws Violated1/10/2005
  Q: I am senior at Rio Grande City High School(TEXAS) and my assignment is to put myself in a defence ...
  A: R. As you are aware I am a retired police officer and not a defenese attorney so I would not be ...
Inmate Abuse1/8/2005
  Q: Hey Jack- I have a relative serving time for felony assault. I believe he is being singled out and ...
  A: Adam, No I'm sorry I don't know of any law schools in Florida that do that kind of thing but ...
Why all the codes?1/8/2005
  Q: I recently had my rental car keyed by my room mates insane ex. I was online looking up the case in ...
  A: Since I don't know what state you are in and that every state has a different way of filing and ...
Probation Violations1/4/2005
  Q: Someone commits a crime and is sent to jail for several months. Upon release, they are put on ...
  A: Of course there is no standard national policy for this since every state has its own laws ...
statute of limitations1/4/2005
  Q: If you can't answer this let me know, I am having a hard time figuring it out myself. I had to file ...
  A: I really don't understand what your question is but I can understand your frustrations. First ...
law12/28/2004
  Q: my grandson was killed in a one car wreck. there was no drugs or drinking involved. the owener of ...
  A: I am very sorry to hear about the death of your grandson. But without knowing the facts of the case ...
My cousin was arrested for methamphetamines12/24/2004
  Q: My cousin, an 18 year old girl, just called my house from the local city jail. She told our family ...
  A: Without knowing the facts of the case there is no way that I can speculate on what your cousin is ...
criminal mischeif12/20/2004
  Q: is it posible to get a dismissal for naming a wrong victum.and not reading maranda rights
  A: The only time the police are required to read a defendant their Miranda rights is when a person ...
Definition of "Circumstantial Evidence".12/14/2004
  Q: In the Lacy Pererson case they keep referring to "circumstantial evidence" and I realized I'm not ...
  A: Steve, The two situations that you mentioned would both be circumstantial evidence. Sometimes ...
Revoking of Unwanted Restraining Order.12/14/2004
  Q: Mr.Toomey, I don't know if you can answer this, but I'm sure you would have a good idea of who ...
  A: Since the laws in every state are different I wouldnt want to try to answer your question because if ...
obssessive ex and restraining order12/6/2004
  Q: I am a journalism student at Ball State University in Muncie Indiana and am working on an article ...
  A: As you probably realize the law in every state is different and the procedures and law concerning ...
Statue of limitations12/6/2004
  Q: I have been recently arrested for something that happened 10 years ago, and I was never arrested for ...
  A: It sounds like a situation where the warrant was issued months after the search warrant was ...
criminal records11/27/2004
  Q: How does one go about checking or getting a copy of one's own personal record? Thank you in advance.
  A: Steve, In most states an individual simply goes to the central records facility of their local ...
lying to police who ask questions over the phone11/25/2004
  Q: I was called on the phone by the police and asked a questions about my girlfriend making a threat ...
  A: I'm sorry I can't give you legal advice over the Internet because I am not an attorney and even ...
Communicating threats11/24/2004
  Q: My mother took my kids, ages 4 & 5, to their school carnival. I have a restraining order on their ...
  A: Anytime someone has criminal charges placed against them that could send them to jail or affect ...
charges11/23/2004
  Q: Back in September 29 of 2003 I was charged with false reports to police becuase I reported my truck ...
  A: So the police have charged you with making a false report of a hit and run accident? Basically ...
Hearing11/23/2004
  Q: I have a hearing tomrrow about my boyfriend who has been bothering me. what is gong to happen do ...
  A: You didn't say what kind of hearing this was. Did you obtain a protection order of some sort ...
Criminal Law Question11/10/2004
  Q: I was charged for Criminal Trespass in the second degree in the State of Washington (RCW 9A.52.080). ...
  A: Joel, That would be a good thing to do but I caution you that if the charge carries a jail ...
unlawful search11/6/2004
  Q: long story short,walking across the street from my car at 11;00pm Officer drives by,see's me,turns ...
  A: My function on this site is not to second guess police officers or make judgements about whether the ...
Criminal behavior/ justice system10/17/2004
  Q: Do you believe the criminal justice system is effective? What is your view on crime theories?
  A: Kris, I don't mean to sound rude but I don't do homework type questions or give my opinions on ...
Miranda Rights: Read Once and Not Again?9/22/2004
  Q: my name is Katherine and I am a senior at a public high school in Pennsylvania. For my college ...
  A: That is a very interesting topic that you have chosen for your college essay. I can answer your ...
Bail9/22/2004
  Q: What is Bail and who does it have a disproportionate impact upon?
  A: This sounds like a homework type question but I will answer it. Bail is either money or ...
Domestic Violence9/20/2004
  Q: I was told that in a domestic violence case, if the "victim" does not come to the hearing, the ...
  A: Mike, You have to realize that there are fifty states and thousands of counties and almost ...
Questioning a criminal9/5/2004
  Q: I am a criminal Justice student and our mid-term essay is going to be a report about questioning a ...
  A: I am not sure what your project is all about. Do you have to write a police report and include the ...
Law8/31/2004
  Q: I just want to know if O.J. Simpson was not found guilty of killing Nicole, then why was Nicole's ...
  A: As you already know Simpson was found not guilty in criminal court. Everyone has the right to sue ...
Laws8/30/2004
  Q: Good afternoon Mr.Toomey, I am an high school student and would like to know what is the difference ...
  A: To put it simply.....criminal law covers things that are against the law that involves criminal acts ...
STATUE OF LIMATATIONS ON ROBBERY 18/8/2004
  Q: A SUSPECT IS ARRRESTED FOR ROBBERY IN THE FIRST DEGREE,SPENDS A YEAR IN JAIL ON CHARGE,MAKES BAIL AN ...
  A: The legal term "statute of limitations" means that the police have a certain amount of time to ...
Next Step?8/3/2004
  Q: A year and a half ago my Husband was a patrol officer for the local sheriff's dept. While on duty ...
  A: Hopefully this reply will get to you since the answer feature on this site has been down since ...
murder7/31/2004
  Q: a boy of 17 was stabbed and killed, approximately 6 weeks ago. his friend was stabbed also but ...
  A: Normally people retain attorneys when they are accused or charged with crimes. I don't see how ...
criminal law7/29/2004
  Q: I WANTED TO KNOW IF CONTEMPTING THE COURT AND SCANDALIZING THE COURT HAS THE SAME MEANING IN ...
  A: I'm sorry but I am not an expert on British law, have never been to the UK, and know nothing ...
Dating Under Eighteen7/29/2004
  Q: I was wondering what the law says exactly about someone over eighteen dating someone under eighteen. ...
  A: As you know there are fifty states and each state has its own laws. So what might be against the ...
Getting a license or will they be arrested7/28/2004
  Q: Can a person that is wanted by the police get a drivers license or will they be arrested at the ...
  A: You realize that I cannot tell you WHAT is going to happen because there are fifty states with fifty ...
criminal law7/23/2004
  Q: who is consider accessory to an offence according to the criminal law
  A: If you are another law student from Isreal I have asked that someone tell your class that I am not ...
search and seizure7/20/2004
  Q: My ex-boyfriend's house was searched and a small .22 caliper rifle was seized. I did not live there, ...
  A: I don't know what the law is in your state since it is going to be different than in my state but I ...
Criminal law-The responsibility of the accomplice7/17/2004
  Q: Toomey, My name is Sean and I am a Law student in the interdisciplinary center in Israel. I am ...
  A: Sean, For some reason I am being deluged with questions from Isralei law students concering ...
no warrent7/13/2004
  Q: can the police come to your looking for a person with warrent and you til them you don't wherew that ...
  A: Can they come to your house and look for a person who has a warrnat for them? Yes. Will the ...
no warrent7/11/2004
  Q: If the police come to your house looking for someone who has a warrent and the person never even ...
  A: Generally if the police had probable cause to believe that the fugitive was inside the house then ...
personal bond7/4/2004
  Q: I'm a 1st year law student and I have to write a final work about presonal bond in the criminal law. ...
  A: The Constitution guarantees every criminal defendant the right to a reasonable bond. However the ...
HOLDING FOR PICKUP6/30/2004
  Q: ------------------------- Could you please tell me where on the internet I can find the laws of ...
  A: I would simply enter Mississippi extradtion law or Mississippi law into Google and I am sure ...
Theft witness6/14/2004
  Q: My son has recieved a subpoena as witness to theft of saxophone by a friend. Friend left sax at ...
  A: I can't give you legal advice but I think that I would talk to the police officer handling the ...
Search6/10/2004
  Q: Jack My question refers to AZ laws. If the county sherif's office do a search of a house where one ...
  A: Sorry but I live and work on the east coast and have never been to Arizona. While the laws of ...
Entry w/o Breaking?5/26/2004
  Q: was charged with a felony entry charge for entering through a broken window into an abandoned ...
  A: Adam, Apparentely you are charged with whatever you are charged with because that is what the ...
law5/21/2004
  Q: I would like to know,from the time a person is charged with a crime,what is the maximum length of ...
  A: The Constitution guarantees a defendant the right to a "speedy trial" however that term is open for ...
Criminal Justice5/18/2004
  Q: I have a complex question. What if a 16 or 17- year-old from Britain illegally got into the U.S. on ...
  A: I hope that you realize that I am not an expert in the field of immigration, passports, entry into ...
Drugs and the law5/16/2004
  Q: I am involved with Alanon, which is an organizatoin of people who knows, or is related to someone ...
  A: The answer to your questions depends on the law in your state. Every state has a different law ...
5TH AMENDMENT5/15/2004
  Q: I realize that my question may require some depth of an answer but my intent is to find the "simple" ...
  A: Jason, My function here is to answer questions and not get into debates about the constitution ...
hello. where do i go online...5/11/2004
  Q: where do i go online to look up someones criminal record? i know that it is available for the public ...
  A: There are some pay sites which claim that they can give you someones criminal record. I am not sure ...
Fighting5/7/2004
  Q: Im 18 years old, and live in Texas, and I want to know that If someone younger than me, say 15, ...
  A: Darrel, I am not familiar with Texas law since I live about 1500 miles from Texas but whether ...
Pressing Charges/ Stalking5/7/2004
  Q: I am pressing charges on my ex-boyfriend 05-24-04: Prelim. D.A. is saying he may only get ...
  A: I don't know what advice I can give you since the laws in your state are obviously different than ...
Robbery at my home5/6/2004
  Q: I NEED HELP !!! Our home was burlarized recently. The thief/thieves went right to my wifes'jewelry ...
  A: Sorry I hit the wrong button earlier this moring and deleted your second message. But it is very ...
police procedure during a stop4/23/2004
  Q: Police in Richmond, Texas video tape stops when made. Is it proper police procedure to turn off the ...
  A: This is probably just a procedural thing. There are no laws that I know of that regulate the ...
LIFE4/13/2004
  Q: How can I help my boyfriend to get his papers or geen card without marry him?
  A: Torres, I am afraid that I am not an expert in immigration matters but there are groups and ...
fraud forgery4/11/2004
  Q: the police in mundelein il. took my car and have had it for 28 days without written receipt of car ...
  A: It sounds like your state has a vehicle forfeiture law and the police have seized your car ...
Deviant Sexual Behavior3/25/2004
  Q: My 80 yr. old father lives with my husband, 19 yr. old g-daughter and myself. He has started ...
  A: If your father is suffering from dementia or other diminishing mental condition then you need to get ...
missing guns3/22/2004
  Q: Remember me? I'm the guy who got arrested for putting his kid's Christmas present in his exwife's ...
  A: I'm glad that everything turned out well on the first court appearance. About the guns....I ...
possesion3/16/2004
  Q: Toomey; On Monday the 15th my friend Bobby and I were put under arrest and charged with PC ...
  A: You are giving me examples of criminal charges that are unique to your state ONLY. Remember that ...
re handcuffing3/10/2004
  Q: A woman has killed a man in self-defense. She has no other record, is well known in the community, ...
  A: It is standard procedure for arrested defendants to be handcuffed at the time of their arrest. ...
Public Intoxication3/9/2004
  Q: My friend was a passenger in a car that was stopped for failure to stop at a stop sign. He had been ...
  A: Since you did not give your friends age or what the law is in your state I am afraid that I cannot ...
Mail Search3/7/2004
  Q: I know that telephones can be tapped. Can any policeman go in and tap any phone,or is a warrnat ...
  A: Yes..the police or federal agents need a warrant to intercept your phone calls. Yes...the police or ...
authorized user2/26/2004
  Q: a friend gives me his atm card and pin number so i had access to his money. the bank states that i ...
  A: I can't answer your question without knowing more about the case. Did your friend give you ...
Criminal Fraud, Theft by Deception, and Embezzlement2/20/2004
  Q: I bought a car from my uncle. He told me that he would get it refinanced so that my monthly payments ...
  A: It sounds like a civil case to me but the laws in New York are obviously different then they are in ...
Criminal's funds2/18/2004
  Q: .. I'm the published author of over forty books, (www.doreenrobertshight.com) currently working on a ...
  A: I don't know where you got the idea that a convicted felon loses his assets just because he goes to ...
question2/17/2004
  Q: Three months ago two detectives visited me at home. They told me that I and few other individuals in ...
  A: I am not sure why you are relying on someone on the Internet when your brother is in jail but if I ...
Automobile2/16/2004
  Q: My Son goes to high school and he drives to school. He parks his truck in the student parking lot ...
  A: Without knowing the full results of the investigation there is no way I can tell you who is at ...
traffic ticket2/12/2004
  Q: I hit an unattended car in a parking lot in Washington state. I immediately drove home and called ...
  A: You certainly cannot plead guitly to hit and run because it will give you points, a fine, and your ...
Legal question2/11/2004
  Q: I was fired from a company for "misuse of the computer", which turned out to be a child porn ...
  A: Nick, The answers to your questions depend on a variety of things such as the law in your ...
traffic law -car vs. bicycle2/3/2004
  Q: Earlier this week, my son was struck by a car in an alley while he was riding to school. Luckily, ...
  A: Matt, The answer depends on the laws in your state. Apparentely under the laws of your state ...
breaking the law1/29/2004
  Q: if someone is a signer on a buisness account but not owner,and takes funds out of it to open a ...
  A: Dean, I believe you asked me a similar question earlier today and I could not respond because ...
legal1/4/2004
  Q: My friend received a check from State Farm Fire & Casualty for $9,000. No explanation! He didn't ...
  A: In most states the mere depositing a check that a reasonable man would know does not belong to you ...
Criminal Sexual Conduct12/26/2003
  Q: I divorced my now ex-wife over two years ago. My daughter has had week on week off visitation with ...
  A: I can't give you legal advice for obvious reasons but the whole thing depends on the laws in your ...
double murder12/12/2003
  Q: while in jail i met simon dedaj. i never knew him before and found out he was a relative. he, his ...
  A: People in jail always claim that they are innocent or have a lesser part to play in a crime than ...
search12/12/2003
  Q: i served 2 years for gun possesion. i have no other record. there was no incident or victims. i was ...
  A: From what you have said the search of the car seems to be lawful because as you say the police ...
the right charges?12/2/2003
  Q: I might have an unusual request: I need help with charges for a fictitious crime. The other experts ...
  A: Many authors don't realize that the laws in every state are different. For example there is no such ...
criminal mischief, tresspassing,domestic violence11/24/2003
  Q: I am a 43 year old married man who walked into my wife's place of employment with the intent of ...
  A: James, There is no way in the world that I can tell you if you are guilty of anything. That ...
lie detector tests11/5/2003
  Q: I have been asked to come in and take a lie detector test. This is regarding a video game that was ...
  A: Melvin, I cannot tell you whether to talk to the investigator or not to talk to him. That ...
should I go to the police for this?10/13/2003
  Q: My ex-boyfriend borrowed some dvds from me, including two expensive box sets and also a gold ring, ...
  A: If the law in your state covers the situation and you want him arrested and prosecuted then ...
Vehicular10/6/2003
  Q: A professional hockey player got injured in a car crash where it is alleged that he was driving at a ...
  A: It is probably because the law in the state where the incident happens calls for that charge. ...
Telephone response10/5/2003
  Q: Is it lawfull to answer a nuisnace or telemarketer, same thing to me, phone call with a bicycle air ...
  A: It would depend on the law in your state or city whether that would be lawful. Every state has its ...
Robbery9/13/2003
  Q: If you turn 18 on a Sunday then you are arrested on wednesday for being an accesory to a robbery ...
  A: You are asking me questions that are impossible to answer. Everything that you ask depends on the ...
no warrent8/25/2003
  Q: my house was intered and searched on an annonamous caller reporting drugs (x-girlfriend) the ...
  A: Gina, If the police found contraband, drugs, or anything illegal and then used it as evidence ...

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If you are an author asking for help I will gladly assist you. I do expect a reasonable donation using the Paypal feature. Please do NOT ask questions about potential jail sentences that you or your friends may receive in court. court. There is no way for me to know that. Only a judge could answer a question like that. I am also NOT a probation officer or parole officer so I cannot answer questions that relate to parole or probation. Also please keep in mind that every state has different laws. If you are planning to ask a question about a specific law or criminal charge that pertains to your state only it could be difficult to answer. I also cannot give you legal advice on what to do or what not to do in court. Retired police officer with 26 years experience. Worked in the patrol division as well as over 14 years in the detective bureau. Investigated a wide range of crime such as murder, rape, robbery, theft, fraud, missing persons, and other very sensitive crimes. I am available to answer your questions about criminal law and especially as it applies to police work. I taught at the police academy for several years and am especially knowledgeable about search and seizure. Any question about criminal law is welcome! Please don't ask me to do your homework or ask me questions that obviously come from your teachers or professors. I also do not do online interviews or surveys. Young people need to gain face to face interviewing skills. Local police officers usually are very agreeable to assist in these assignments.

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I am a retired police officer with 26 years experience. I investigated almost every type of crime including murder, rape, theft, missing persons, fraud, and domestic abuse. I am very knowledgeable about search and seizure and taught at the police academy for several years on a variety of subjects. I can answer questions that a lot of attorneys cannot since they do not have "street experience".

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Bachelor of Science degree in Criminolgy from the University of Maryland.

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