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SubjectDate Asked
Public Intox3/16/2010
  Q: On March 13, as we were [my finance Aaron Beard and I] driving through Millington after a day of ...
  A: Wanda, I am truly sorry for the treatment you received. I wish i had the officers report so i ...
pi and indecent exposure3/15/2010
  Q: Can you get a pi or indecent exposure on rural property in texas, or outside city limits
  A: Kaleb, There are a lot of possible's on this. First I don't know what you mean by a PI. Indecent ...
undercover and drugs3/14/2010
  Q: You are an undercover officer, and during training your instructors have taught you how to avoid ...
  A: Julie, Common question. The answer is you avoid using drugs with all possible effort. However ...
Extradiction on misdemeanor warrants3/13/2010
  Q: I was recently arrested in California for a DUI, my 3rd in 4 years. I am currently a resident of ...
  A: Liz, Sorry about the problem you are having. Normally states do not extradite for misdemeanors. ...
robbery3/11/2010
  Q: I was charged with robbery and consp to robbery along with another person, heres the deal, the ...
  A: James, This is really a questions that you should address with your attorney. If you don't have ...
shoplifting3/10/2010
  Q: Ohio:I was caught shoplifting at walmart today and they took down my drivers license info, ss# and ...
  A: Lonny, Sorry about the problem you are having. At this point there is nothing you can do except ...
Detective questioning a minor3/9/2010
  Q: Good Afternoon My son is 16 years old. A person is car window was broken off school property. A ...
  A: Emily, I understand how disconcerting this can be for a parent. Your son handled the situation ...
Quick Question3/9/2010
  Q: What is the penality for extortion through mail and who would I report it to in the United States? I ...
  A: Skyler, Sorry about he delay in getting back to you. I have been distracted by work. Extortion is ...
extradition3/8/2010
  Q: my boyfriend is being held in grenada MS for SC on a misdmeanor escape charge he was in jail on ...
  A: Frankie, Sorry for my delay is responding, i have been distracted with work. I am also sorry about ...
Harrassment3/8/2010
  Q: Yes I have a son who is 20, works for a farmer outside of a rural community in Kansas. He has never ...
  A: Suzie, I apologize for the delay in responding but i have been busy at work. What your son is ...
harrassment3/6/2010
  Q: we have been having problems with our downstairs neiborghs they play loud music day or night and ...
  A: Ginger, Sorry about the problem. these neighbor and quality of life issues are a real pain for ...
Bad Check in AZ3/5/2010
  Q: I just found out I have a warrant for arrest. The charges are failure to appear in the second ...
  A: Judy, Sorry about the problem. Your first contacts can be with the court or the prosecutors ...
felony child support3/5/2010
  Q: My ex and I went to court over a month and a half ago for his felony child support . He hasn't ...
  A: Shelly, I know this is a hardship for you and your children. There is an old adage, "You cant ...
what about3/2/2010
  Q: What if you asked your rights to be read does the officer have to read you you're right?
  A: cesar, Actually no, the officer does not have to read you your rights. However if the officer ...
Question about being charged3/1/2010
  Q: My son was searched, items taken from him....including his money. He received a paper from the ...
  A: Laura, I am sorry about the problem your son and you are having. In response to your question. ...
stealing2/28/2010
  Q: my boyfriend got caught stealing from walmart (we live in illinois), he had stolen from there before ...
  A: Liz, Normally shoplifting is not a real big deal. First time offenders and this is determined by ...
class H felony in MI2/27/2010
  Q: my friend was charge with a class H felony. what happened was his girlfriend at the time wrote him ...
  A: Shane, If i read your subject right it says in Michigan? we don't have class H felony's. Either ...
3rg degree felony2/26/2010
  Q: My brother was arrested for assult causing boldily injury to a family member (his wife) although he ...
  A: Dee, Sorry about the problem your brother is having. Your brother was arrested by the police for a ...
crazy neighbors2/26/2010
  Q: We had a couple of Gang members rent the home next to ours in northern Ca. They had 4 pit bulls and ...
  A: Robert, Sorry for the problem. If you were given a ticket and a court date, what happen when you ...
arrest2/25/2010
  Q: I would like your expert opinion on the following: 1) When determining whether a stop or an arrest ...
  A: Rudy, Excellent questions, Homework ?? 1) Reasonableness is obviously determined after the fact by ...
Son on Parole/parole search procedure2/22/2010
  Q: First, we live in Anaheim, Ca. Second, my son has been out since February of 2009 with one mishap in ...
  A: Mr. Lewis, I am sorry for the problem that you and your son are having. I wish there was an easy ...
GRAND JURY MINUTES2/21/2010
  Q: Robin Sexton Well I have two questions. 1. Can someone get indited based on their previous ...
  A: Mr. C. Grand Jury minutes are suppressed and are not released prior to indictment. After ...
I'm sorry to bother you but i need these answers for a school project.2/21/2010
  Q: 1.)What is the most used technique to solve homicide cases? 2.)What is your estimated ...
  A: Geordan, Not a problem, don't mind helping. Just out of curiosity am i going to be listed in your ...
Homicide Detective2/21/2010
  Q: What type of degrees are needed to become a homicide detective? Do you know what type of courses ...
  A: Lily, Good question, There is no specific degree or degrees required to be a homicide detective. ...
Complaint or charges2/20/2010
  Q: Robin, My fiancť was arrested and when I asked what the charges were I was told she isn't being ...
  A: Don, I agree with the attorneys you talked to, something sounds weird. Unless you are arrested ...
theft and tresspassing in walmart. need advice asap.2/19/2010
  Q: About a half year ago or so I got caught stealing an ashtray and a doughnut from walmart. The ...
  A: Steph, Trespass is not the serious, normally if pursued it would be a citation. Also your age will ...
class x felony - illinois2/19/2010
  Q: can a Class X felony home invasion charge in Illinois - get probation...the accused has NO criminal ...
  A: Luna, Sorry about your boyfriends problem. Probation is a possibility however the potential for ...
My 11 year old and harassment charges2/18/2010
  Q: my question revolves around my 11 year old daughter. I have been summons as her mother to appear at ...
  A: Maria, Sorry about the problems you and your daughter are having. Since this is a very minor ...
violation2/18/2010
  Q: my boyfriend had a warrant for his arrest for violating a probation order. he was arrested and send ...
  A: Ashley, I am very sorry for your friends problem. I nor anyone else in a forum such as this can ...
Possibly illegal sting procedure that textbook says is OK2/17/2010
  Q: This is the book inPractical Criminal Investigations in Correctional Facilities WILLIAM R. BELL (CRC ...
  A: Lee, I am not sure i am reading this the same way you are. Are you reading "trip" as getting ...
gun charges2/16/2010
  Q: I know someone that sold a gun to another person and the other person sold it to an undercover ...
  A: Dawn, actually they are concerned about both. What law enforcement wants to know is how the weapon ...
Change guilty plea to not guilty plea2/15/2010
  Q: I pleaded guilty to a domestic violance charge. My wife was not the one called the police and she ...
  A: Rob, This will not be an easy if even possible venture on your part. Your best bet may be to try ...
Auto vandalsim2/15/2010
  Q: I had two cars vandalized. One $2000 damage, second totaled. We think we know who was involved, ...
  A: Vernomica, Sorry about the problems. I hate to admit this but vandalism is not a pressing concern ...
bondable2/13/2010
  Q: i was caught shoplifting but was never charged, can i still be bondable? or where can i go to find ...
  A: Megan, If you have never been charged, fingerprinted or appeared in court you can be bonded. You ...
act 120 cert2/13/2010
  Q: sir, i am getting ready to get out of the us army and i am a military police officer. i want to get ...
  A: Adam, Just so you know act 120 is different in every state. In some states it could be the law to ...
Becoming a Police Detective2/11/2010
  Q: I am in school now going for Criminal Justice Major. I would like to use that and work with abused ...
  A: Lisa, First i need to apologize for the delay. sometimes detectives get tied up on things and ...
search warrant2/10/2010
  Q: During the execution of a search warrant at my house, I was not allowed in my house. I have since ...
  A: Mary, Each jurisdiction will have differing rules and policies. However generally officers will not ...
No plaintiff listed2/10/2010
  Q: In the MD judicial court case, public record, there is a defendant listed but no plaintiff. In what ...
  A: Annie, "Plaintiffs" in criminal cases are normally the state. It is worded as People v John Smith ...
probation and prop 2152/8/2010
  Q: I'm on felony probation and i have a prop 215 license that's expired,now they want to drug test me ...
  A: Will, Medical Marijuana issues are very confusing. Michigan is just now getting into this issue ...
burglary2/8/2010
  Q: How long can the state wait to indict someone arrested for burglary. There has not been an ...
  A: Barbara, This falls under the issue of statutes of limitations. Each state will be somewhat ...
vop but all fines and fees are paid...2/7/2010
  Q: a friend of mine is on probation for simple pos wich is a felony, went under first offenders act in ...
  A: Sara, Sorry about your friends problem. Simple possession is a felony in Georgia ?? wow ! anyway ...
open records for juveniles2/7/2010
  Q: My son was convicted in 2006 as a juvenile for assaulted with a deadly weapon. He did two years in ...
  A: Janna, Weird ? If Texas has a State Appellate defenders officer they may have adopted this case ...
dui2/4/2010
  Q: my bac was right at 0.08 i wanted to know if i should fight. people are telling me i should that i ...
  A: Nicole, Sorry about the arrest. DUI's are pretty routine police matters so the prosecution of ...
Detective procedural2/3/2010
  Q: My questions are related to a novel I am writing. One of my characters (Sarah) is out on parole ...
  A: Erin, I apologize for the delay i have been out of the office. First the "art" part of being a ...
second degree criminal trespass2/3/2010
  Q: I am due in court in the state of Washington for criminal trespass in the second degree. I have been ...
  A: Eric, Anything is possible. trespass is a pretty minor offense usually. You will be entitled ...
Acquitted of murder and inheritence2/3/2010
  Q: I've just watched a TV program in which a man is acquitted of murder of his wife. (The case takes ...
  A: Steve, Remember the OJ case ?? OJ Simpson was found not guilty by a criminal jury. After that ...
gagnon 2 hearing2/2/2010
  Q: my boyfriend was incarcerated on parole violation on 11/5/09 he was told by his probation officer to ...
  A: Theresa, Sorry about your boyfriends situation. I also need to apologize about my delay in ...
violation probation2/1/2010
  Q: I know somebody that violated probation 4 or 5 years ago and moved to a different state and I guess ...
  A: Jessica, Unfortunately i can't tell you much as there are so many variables. A lot will depend on ...
Question concerning Probation1/29/2010
  Q: my husband is on parole did two years Michigan prison for absconding was sentenced outside the MI ...
  A: Virginia, I am sorry for the turmoil this has caused you and your husband. I wish i could provide ...
extradition1/27/2010
  Q: I am facing 90 days of work release on approx $4500 theft charge It happened in washington state and ...
  A: Scared, I do understand and sympathize with your situation. Your options are few unfortunately. ...
Probation Officer1/26/2010
  Q: I am on felony probation. I had my first home visit yesterday ad my PO came while I was at work. ...
  A: Sarah, Glad you got the money back. This is not an easy situation obviously. First quesiton to ...
obstruction of a 911 call1/25/2010
  Q: All this happened almost 2 years ago, but the state in questioned is finally moving ahead. I was ...
  A: John, You probably have a good defense BUT i am not an attorney and do not give legal advise. I ...
Sentence1/22/2010
  Q: I had a question. My boyfriend was charged with possession with intent to distribute 2nd offense non ...
  A: Sam, Sorry abut your boyfriend and for you. These decisions are very difficult. I am not going to ...
simple assault charges against my 17 year old1/21/2010
  Q: Robin, My 17 year old daughter was involved in a physical fight with another girl in a public ...
  A: Tracy, Sorry about what is going on with your daughter. These fights issues are never easy to deal ...
Assault charges on my son1/20/2010
  Q: My son hit me (& has done this before.) I want to know if I ever decide to press assault charges on ...
  A: Kellie, I am very sorry for this, sons should not be hitting their mothers. I will deal with the ...
business's rights1/20/2010
  Q: i run a business a customer rented several golf carts from me, he failed to return them to me in a ...
  A: James, This is a business mans nightmare. Here are the issues. You "contracted" with the customer ...
public intox and criminal mischief1/20/2010
  Q: I have received a criminal mischief and public intoxication charge in the state of Iowa. It is ...
  A: Austin, Good question, if you read these forums you will find a lot of people didn't ask this ...
Class C misdameanor1/19/2010
  Q: I just received notice that I have a warrant out for my arrest for a speeding ticket that I ...
  A: Dina, You have to understand this is government and can be pretty sloppy. Best guess the paperwork ...
search warrant1/19/2010
  Q: Is it legal for the police to search my home with a warrant that was issued for someoneelses home. ...
  A: Russell, Wow not good police work. Mistakes happen and the courts do allow for some mistakes. ...
Probation1/19/2010
  Q: Can a probation officer call you and tell you taht you have to report that same day knowing that you ...
  A: Gabriel, First i need to apologize in the delay for responding, i have been out of office on ...
search warrants1/18/2010
  Q: Is a search warrant valid if noone(the owner of the premises) is present on the scene.
  A: Deidra, First i need to apologize in the delay for responding, i have been out of office on ...
contemt of court charges1/18/2010
  Q: A mother and daughther had there attorneys file a appeal because they did not appear for there court ...
  A: Giles, First i need to apologize in the delay for responding, i have been out of office on ...
Being played!.1/17/2010
  Q: Yes, I have a question concerning a crazy women(literally) who used to be a friend of mine for ...
  A: Jason, First i need to apologize in the delay for responding, i have been out of office on ...
Drug charge1/16/2010
  Q: My boyfriend recently was taken down to the narcotics unit but was never arrested and never booked ...
  A: Kristen, First i need to apologize in the delay for responding, i have been out of office on ...
Understanding Tresspassing Laws1/16/2010
  Q: Can you please help me to understand our rights as homeowners when it comes to tresspassing laws? A ...
  A: First i need to apologize in the delay for responding, i have been out of office on assignment. ...
theft from a state building1/15/2010
  Q: is there a statute of limitations on a theft of money from a state building?like from about 28 or 29 ...
  A: Pen, First i need to apologize in the delay for responding, i have been out of office on ...
Is this ethical?1/14/2010
  Q: Is it ethical or ok for a Homicide Detective to question the 12 year old sister of a homicide victim ...
  A: Corey, First i need to apologize in the delay for responding, i have been out of office on ...
Is this ethical1/14/2010
  Q: Is it normal or ethical for an Investigating Detective to create a 2nd photo array containing a ...
  A: Corey, The question really isn't about ethics it is about admissibility. In photo lineups the ...
THEFT AND FORGERY1/14/2010
  Q: IF SOMEONE STEALS SOME CHECKS AND FORGES AND USES SAY 20 OF THE CHECKS, WOULD EACH CHECK BE ...
  A: Terri, Technically yes each time a check was used could be a separate count. However in most ...
checks1/13/2010
  Q: I wrote a $15.00 check back in 2007 to sonic drive in. I received a letter to day if I don't pay ...
  A: Robert, It is really difficult for me to say as i do not know where you are at and specifically ...
radar traffic ticket1/12/2010
  Q: I ignored a letter in the mail about a radar camera ticket back in sept. The courts have chosen to ...
  A: Ben, It will probably stand up as properly served. Couple of things first apparently you received ...
Harrassment1/11/2010
  Q: I used to be friends with someone, and found it not to be in my best interest to remain friends with ...
  A: Theresa, Sorry about the problem you are having. Of the items you mentioned in your questions the ...
MY P.O SAID I COULD LEAVE !1/10/2010
  Q: I was charged with robbery in a kmart theft. I was with someone that decided he wanted to steal in ...
  A: Tysheon, I am terribly sorry for problems you are having and admittedly they are quite complicated. ...
Assault1/10/2010
  Q: My neighbor assaulted me and was convicted. My apartment manager will not evict him even though it ...
  A: Nicole, I wont be much help on this question as it is a civil issue ( contract, landlord-tenant) ...
Requirements to participate in a live line up1/8/2010
  Q: If an eyewitness does not make a positive eyewitness identification against a suspect when they are ...
  A: Corey, Yes the person would qualify however the fact that they failed to identify them in a photo ...
abusing a power of attorney1/8/2010
  Q: 24 years ago my grandfather gave an unfiled POA to his daughter while he had surgury. She transfered ...
  A: Dana, 24 years creates a hell of hurdle. It is also going to be very difficult to go back and ...
public intox and criminal mischief1/7/2010
  Q: I was recently arrest and given a public intox and a criminal mischief charge for breaking a window ...
  A: Austin, Sorry about the problem you are having. I can't offer legal advise as i am not an attorney ...
Question about bail?1/7/2010
  Q: If some one is a fugitive from a different state and they get caught outside of the state that they ...
  A: Tatiana, Each charge a person is arrested for is subject to a bond or bail amount. With few ...
Forgery and Fraud in MD1/6/2010
  Q: My ex-husband took out a Fannie Mae Home Saver Advance Note on our house after we were legally ...
  A: Jessica, Really it is impossible for anyone to say as there are so many variables. Your state like ...
Abscounding,Felony, Probation......1/6/2010
  Q: Ian on probation with a county and am currently in another county, if i get picked up before the 90 ...
  A: Grace, It is really hard to give you much information on this situation because of the many ...
detainer?12/17/2009
  Q: Hello- I was recently a victim of domestic violence (battery)- and now that he is incarcerated- I am ...
  A: Melanie, I did a search for SOID as it was not an acronym i had seen before. No Luck. It would ...
warrents12/17/2009
  Q: how long do warrants stay in affect? non felony
  A: Cathy, There is no set time limit on them. Some state may have a statutory limit, some ...
Prank Call12/16/2009
  Q: (Minnesota) One prank call was made from my phone but not by me; to a police officer saying someone ...
  A: Steve, It is not harassment, if you read the preceding act which is also part of the Minnesota ...
personal bond12/16/2009
  Q: Can a person who has received a pardon for shoplifting, still be bondable for employment?
  A: Barb, We are going to be having a language problem here as i speak American and you speak Canadian. ...
question12/15/2009
  Q: i just turned 18 in July and i got in trouble with some friends where one of them stole 73 dollars ...
  A: Zach, Sorry about the trouble you are having. At 18 you will be treated as an adult. The penalty ...
malicious intent12/14/2009
  Q: What can I do about a man I was with threatening me that he will post a video he took of us sexually ...
  A: Andi, I am really sorry about this. The specifics are important in a case like this, age, and ...
probable cause for a stop , and then search and seizure and coercion issue12/13/2009
  Q: i was riding a bike in southern ca. <10 miles from the ocean , around 15 minutes before sunset near ...
  A: mister, You have a very specific set of circumstance and based on the information you may indeed ...
How do I get my felony sealed in Texas?12/13/2009
  Q: I have a felony drug charge in 2006 less than .0001% cocaine possession something like that.They are ...
  A: Tammy, Sorry abut the problems you are having. There are a lot of questions on this topic on ...
drug dealer12/11/2009
  Q: My son is on HYDA for a drug charge, last week him and 3 friends were arriested for 1st degree home ...
  A: Monique, I agree, sounds like the cops were a little short sighted. Couple of options for you ...
Extradition12/10/2009
  Q: My fiance is being held in a community jail in New York and has a warrant from Florida. He went to ...
  A: Morgan, These extradition questions are complicated. Your fiance waived extradition so that ...
Assault12/10/2009
  Q: How long can a person go without reporting an assault. I'm aware there is no statue of limitation ...
  A: Linda, You may have this a little confused. The statute of limitation begins usually when the ...
violation of probation12/9/2009
  Q: if you have been convicted of a charge and are currently in jail for that conviction with time ...
  A: Virginia, Double jeopardy means briefly that you can not be tried for the same crime twice. Most ...
juristiction12/8/2009
  Q: The question is on juristiction issues. If you want to sue someone for 'theft' etc - basicaly ...
  A: Andi, Criminal cases are filed in the location of where the crime occurred. However as in ...
diverstion program vs. traffic accident12/8/2009
  Q: I live in Washington and recently my 18 year old adult son got into an accident with my vehicle that ...
  A: Cindy, This question was sent to the question pool and i just received it. Hope it is not to late ...
Suicide or Homicide12/7/2009
  Q: Your general opinion only. Would an apparent suicide victim drop her daughter to day care, visit the ...
  A: Concerned, Very difficult questions. Understanding what a person would do prior to a suicide is ...
felons flying with warrents12/6/2009
  Q: Can a person with a felony capias of 250 mile radius, fly outside of that area? Within the United ...
  A: Jessica, You may need to rewrite your question with some more detail as i am not sure i am ...
Unlawful Entry & MIP12/6/2009
  Q: I am 18 and last night I was trying to find my way to my friends house in Ann Arbor from a party. I ...
  A: Tom, Sorry about the problem you got yourself into. Both offences are misdemeanors. Your primary ...
Expunging a misdeamor12/5/2009
  Q: I have a mis. obtaining property under false pretenses from 2008 in Rowan County...I did my 45 days ...
  A: Kyshia, Each state has ways that particularly misdemeanors can be expunged or sealed from records. ...
BENCH WARRANT12/4/2009
  Q: I committed a felony Theft 1 Class B in 1988. This was my first offense and I have not been in any ...
  A: Diane, Hope you get this resolved. Funny the court sent you to the prosecutors office as the ...
pot charges12/2/2009
  Q: I asked you some questions regarding my arrest for pot possession months ago and how Im moving to ...
  A: Ben, Yes i remember, however i thought you originally stated that it was a small quantity of ...
expunction/non-disclosure12/2/2009
  Q: I have a class A and class C misdemeanor cases from 9 years ago in Texas. I am having trouble ...
  A: Donald, I am sorry about the problem you are having. People don't realize how a couple of bad ...
Shoplifting12/1/2009
  Q: i was accused for shoplifting a shirt with a belt on Saturday but i bought that shirt on Friday. I ...
  A: Laura, Sorry about the situation you have gotten into. The issue is difficult because you state ...
officer of company embezzlement11/26/2009
  Q: We own a small store and my brother who is a officer took 17 thousand out of business account and ...
  A: John, Technically this would be an embezzlement by definition. However 99% of the prosecutors and ...
me11/24/2009
  Q: i am 18, i got caught shoplifting the day before my birthday so i was charged as a juvenile. i have ...
  A: Robbin, Sorry about the trouble you got into. It is not however the end of the world. You are ...
Investigation of Homicide/Suicide11/24/2009
  Q: I'm a writer doing research, and would love some information to help clarify how a smallish town ...
  A: KB, Good luck on your writing. You have got a pretty wide area to work with here. So i would ...
Unlawful Entry11/22/2009
  Q: This weekend, some out of town friends wanted to go see the "Big House" Michigan Football stadium. ...
  A: Charla, Depends if they are Buckeyes, then they are toast. Sorry just kidding. Illegal entry is ...
extradition from europe on a civil contempt of court11/22/2009
  Q: My brother failed to appear at his own pending divorce hearing, and lost by default. He had certain ...
  A: Richard, Not for a civil contempt of court charge. However in some states failure to pay child ...
shoplifting11/22/2009
  Q: This is very embarrassing to me but approx. 7yrs ago I and another person got caught shoplifting at ...
  A: Christie, Sorry about the problem you are having but let me add that you have not ruined your life. ...
attempted grand larceny in the third degree11/21/2009
  Q: i was wondering what the punishment for attempted grand larceny in the third degree is. details: ...
  A: Rob, Sorry you got yourself into this situation. First each state will have differing statutes, ...
consent order for vehicle11/21/2009
  Q: 1st officer detains me inside a church premises, first showing badge. He tells me he is just waiting ...
  A: Josh, Sorry you have gotten yourself into a difficult situation. There will be no real issue with ...
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: Linda, I am very sorry for what happen to you. i Know how much work you have put in to get where ...
homocide detective11/20/2009
  Q: i was arrested before for grand theft auto and drug charges 2 years ago. they did not file charges ...
  A: Elizabeth, First i have to say that was a hell of a misunderstanding. The fact that you were ...
juvenile case simple assualt11/20/2009
  Q: Can a 11 year old be charged with simple assualt for hitting another 11 year in the lip causing a ...
  A: Cherlene, Yes in most states an 11 year old could be charged and it is normally treated as a ...
time limit11/20/2009
  Q: in the state of Ga from the time of the arrest and bond posted, how long by law do the courts have ...
  A: Keisha, I apologize for my delay in responding. Each state will have differing court procedures ...
illegal sentencing11/19/2009
  Q: what does motion to correct illegal sentencing mean? and if won does that mean the inmate will be ...
  A: Carolyn, A motion to correct sentencing means that the defendant is arguing that the sentence they ...
Trespassing by former Tenant11/17/2009
  Q: I have a former tenant of a room share in a private house that did not leave as they said they were. ...
  A: Lyn, You can actually do both. You can contact the police and see if you can get the prosecutor to ...
Simple Assault11/16/2009
  Q: I was arrested for simple assault in DC. I punched a guy after a verbal hockey game dispute and ...
  A: Chris, Probably not, more then likely just the penalty box. Sorry that was to easy. The charge is ...
illegal search11/16/2009
  Q: Officers are trying to find a convict who escaped from a nearby jail. Going door-to-door in the ...
  A: Brandon, Not an easy question. Here are the possible arguments. First the initial search is legal ...
Possession charge11/16/2009
  Q: If I was arrested in az for pot possession months ago and never received a ticket or heard anything ...
  A: Ben. Yes you would be, normally sanctions do not apply until conviction. The one issue you may ...
theft11/14/2009
  Q: I feel so stupid for this, but i was caught stealing 7$ worth of stuff at a kmart today. i have ...
  A: Linda, I do realize how embarrassing this is and it is unfortunate. IN most jurisdictions this ...
liklihood of charges being dismissed11/12/2009
  Q: young father & disabled vet jailed on false charges of family violence battery and cruelty to ...
  A: Evy, I apologize for my delay in answering i ended up with the bug going around. The issue in this ...
Credit cards in husband's name11/12/2009
  Q: I acquired and used 3 credit cards in my husband's name. I made the payments and never told him ...
  A: Diana, I apologize for my delay in answering i ended up with the bug going around. Technically ...
shop lifting11/10/2009
  Q: 25subdivision of the the penal law of the state of new York for 19.00 of merchandised and was ...
  A: Crystal, I apologize for my delay in answering i ended up with the bug going around. Wal-mart is a ...
speeding ticket11/9/2009
  Q: is it entrapment. radar detectors are illegal in va. can the police just sit in total darkness? ...
  A: Kevin, The answer is no, you don't have to be able to see them and it is definitely not entrapment. ...
email threats11/9/2009
  Q: revolutionmuslim who areagainst USA and Israel and all non believers. So I visited their website and ...
  A: Gena, Belive me i agree with your feelings. This is a fairly new area of law, threats over the ...
Appeal for a Class 1 Misdemeanor Driving on a Suspended11/5/2009
  Q: My driver's license was suspended due to a lapse in insurance. I was pulled over 2x the first time ...
  A: Emily, I do understand your concerns about this. Normally suspended driving is considered a ...
Autopsy report11/4/2009
  Q: My father is trying to find out how to get a copy of his fathers autopsy report who died in 1966 ...
  A: Scott, Interesting, could be difficult as records don't last long. However i have been ...
alination of the neighbors telling my grandmother lies he said she said11/4/2009
  Q: is there any laws in the state of missouri that would keep the neighbors out of my family affairs? ...
  A: Michele, I am sorry about the problem this is causing you. This is not a very clear cut area of ...
appeal11/3/2009
  Q: In Tennessee, I know you have 30 days to appeal a sentence. What if you go past the 30 days and you ...
  A: Linda, Each state will have differing rules on this and there sometimes extenuating circumstances ...
Issuance of Worthless Check11/3/2009
  Q: I have received 3 charges of Issuance of Wothless Checks. I am filling out job applications and I am ...
  A: Lindsey, Thanks for trying to be honest. Issuing worthless checks is a very common offense. There ...
Public Defender Violated My Right to Trial....11/2/2009
  Q: Can I sue the public defender's office in alexandria, virginia after I wrote letters to the atty to ...
  A: Willie, Sorry about the problem you are having. To sue an attorney you will need to find an ...
harrasment in work place11/2/2009
  Q: what are my rights if my mother who is a severe patient of diabetes and high blood pressure is made ...
  A: Abhinesh, I appreciate your concern for you mother. This is really not a criminal justice ...
lying to police officer10/31/2009
  Q: I have two sisters that have identical SS#'s except for one number. One sister in Michigan, one in ...
  A: Tina, Sorry for the delay in responding to your questions. Ohio will have different laws and ...
Kidnapping ? & forced signatures10/31/2009
  Q: My ex husband and his attorney took me to the attorneys house under false pretenses and made me ...
  A: Marilyn, I apologize for my delay in respondng to your questions. These are some pretty serious ...
Federal Hold10/30/2009
  Q: My boyfriend was initially charged 3 years ago with a federal counterfeiting charge. He served his ...
  A: Ally, I apologize for the delay in responding to your questions. I know how stressful this is for ...
search warrant10/30/2009
  Q: When a search warrant is serve on someones home and u happen to be visiting at the time it is serve ...
  A: Lydia, I apologize for the delay in responding to your question. IN most situations anyone found ...
Probation & rights of others10/30/2009
  Q: If I'm in the house of someone on probation & officers come in without a warrant, do they have the ...
  A: Elizabeth, I apologize for the deal in responding to your question. A probationers loss of privacy ...
Harassment10/29/2009
  Q: My husbands Ex has been a total nightmare she keeps calling cps for eveything even things that are ...
  A: Brindle, I apologize for my delay in answering your question. These issues are a real pain for ...
Looking for Advice.10/29/2009
  Q: Right now I'm currently going to school for criminal justice, and plan to join U.S.M.C. once ...
  A: Austin, I apologize for my delay in responding to your question. It is very difficult to say how ...
Brother Padlocked Family Home10/29/2009
  Q: I live in Va. and my parents passed away,my mom in Mar.of this year. My brother never left home and ...
  A: Nadine, I apologize for my delay in responding to your question. These types of situations are ...
citation criminal mischief10/28/2009
  Q: I pleaded not guilty to this charge and it only involved my neighbors weeds. when i went to court ...
  A: Patricia, I apologize for my delay in responding. I have read through your question several times ...
indiana misdemeanor law10/28/2009
  Q: friend was charged with criminal misdemeanor with offense of conversion. i understand misdemeanor ...
  A: Robin, I apologize for my delay in responding. Conversion is simply converting one persons ...
contested child custody10/27/2009
  Q: can my soon to be ex 's lawywer ask me to sign blank relaease of informaion forms for medical ...
  A: Kim, He can ask you to do anything but you don't necessarily need to comply. Any such document ...
criminal search and seizure10/26/2009
  Q: Is there a law out there that would prohibit an officer from searching your car because you studder ...
  A: Theresa, There are a lot of cases out there but i have never heard of one specifically on point to ...
obstruction of justice10/25/2009
  Q: There was an incident where a phone statement was given but not fully truthful. The said charges of ...
  A: Tori, Obstruction of justice is normally a charge that is brought by courts or prosecutors. ...
experditing10/24/2009
  Q: in your best honest opion do you think indiana will experdite some one on a dwi and a owi charge in ...
  A: Ray, Best opinion, probably not. Most states do not extradite for OUI charges unless it reaches ...
Federal Law protecting motor carriers10/23/2009
  Q: We are a motor carrier. We hauled government freight for a broker who got the loads from the ...
  A: Linda, Sorry for the problem, Yes there are probably several criminal laws being violated. You ...
pressing charges10/22/2009
  Q: what is going to happen if i press charges again somebody i was fighting.
  A: Keisha, Each jurisdiction will handle it differently but the normal procedure is that the police ...
neighbor10/21/2009
  Q: Good Afternoon, my name is Vivian ... I have a question regarding my neighbor, She comes out often ...
  A: Vivian, Sorry about the problem and i truly wish i knew. These types of problems plague cops, ...
probable cause10/20/2009
  Q: leavin the club one night my friends and i went to local gas station where people meet shortly cops ...
  A: Joel, I first need to apologize for my delay in answering due to emergency issues is could not be ...
assault on a minor10/20/2009
  Q: I'm 18 and live in Washington state. theres a group of minors that live close by and they have been ...
  A: Dylan, I first need to apologize for my delay in answering due to emergency issues is could not be ...
robbery10/19/2009
  Q: i was wondering i was with my friends and they committed a robbery i didnt know it was going to ...
  A: Andrew, Not the best of friends. It will depend on a couple of different things. First is your ...
searchwarrant10/19/2009
  Q: I get pulled over and the officer drives the vehicle to the impound yard after I tell him he can ...
  A: Angela, I first need to apologize for my delay in answering due to emergency issues is could not be ...
arrested in CA on Las Vegas probation warrant, extradition, length of time to get a court date10/19/2009
  Q: My boyfriend just got arrested (in California where we live) for a probation warrant in Las Vegas ...
  A: Nikki, I first need to apologize for my delay in answering due to emergency issues is could not be ...
No Trespass Order10/18/2009
  Q: How do I obtain one of these in NYS for an individual that has been harassing us.I told him to leave ...
  A: Debbie, I have never seen a no trespass order and my review of New York statutes didn't reveal one. ...
public defender lawyers10/18/2009
  Q: how can i be sure if he is truthfully trying his best or just running me thru the system? and or ...
  A: Mark, I understand your concern, what it boils down to is are you comfortable with your ...
search warrants10/16/2009
  Q: If a person is missing and foul play is suspected, and that person lives alone, without known family ...
  A: Scott, Scott Missing persons are difficult because of the issue that as adults we have an ...
Statue of Limitations for Suspended License Infractions in the State of Califronia Misdeameanor10/15/2009
  Q: Is there a statue of limitations for misdemeanor beach warrants in Ca. Got a Misdemeanor Infraction ...
  A: D, People commonly misunderstand statutes of limitations. Statutes of limitations limit the time ...
DWI in Louisiana10/15/2009
  Q: First, thank you for your time regarding my situation. I recently got stationed in Shreveport, La. ...
  A: Joshua, Sorry about what happen. Did you talk to an attorney prior to pleading ? You really ...
HELP10/15/2009
  Q: i sold beer to a undercover minor that was working with the police for the 2nd time ,today was my ...
  A: Sorry about what happen. Normally this type of charge is not punished with jail. Even second time. ...
ethics10/14/2009
  Q: You are a prosecutor trying your first case.You are thrilled with how well it is going .Every ...
  A: Harri, This for an ethics class ?? This questions brings into play two possibly conflicting issues ...
Assault charges w/ minor and adult10/14/2009
  Q: My Female Fiance (adult) was walking our two dogs at 9pm when she was accosted by a group of 4 ...
  A: John, I wish i could tell you that common sense will prevail but that isn't always true. Currently ...
police honesty10/13/2009
  Q: You are a police officer testifying about a particular crime.It is a case where you honestly donít ...
  A: Harri, Thanks for a difficult question ! First this is not a question about police honesty it is a ...
Impersonating10/13/2009
  Q: What is the code/law for impersonating a social worker in the state of Virginia?
  A: Wendy, I am not an expert in Virgina law. Your question is not easy to answer because most laws ...
PA - D & D booking proceedure10/12/2009
  Q: A former acquaintance of mine disappeared and he may be a John Doe found in Canada. The police in ...
  A: Sue, I can only tell you what normally happens. Usually when someone is arrested and put in jail a ...
Research question10/12/2009
  Q: I just found out this weekend that my son's girlfriend was going out with a gut before my son, Ryan ...
  A: Polly, As a parent i can completely understand your concern. If the case is completed, meaning ...
Detainer Release10/10/2009
  Q: My fiance has been in philadelphia prison for almost nine months. He has been sitting in there ...
  A: Tamira, There is something else going on here. Normally if a case is dismissed the subject is ...
parole violation10/10/2009
  Q: My son is on parole in Idaho and there is a warrant on him. He went to California and got busted for ...
  A: Jerry, Sorry about the problems your son is having. If he is convicted in California and given a ...
unlawful of taking vehicles...10/9/2009
  Q: My Friend Took her grandma's car without permission while she traveled to different state. when she ...
  A: Allen, Your friends grandmother could probably ask for the charge to be dismissed under the ...
exspunged??10/9/2009
  Q: I recently applied for nursing school and had a background check done, only to recieve my past ...
  A: Judy, I am truly sorry about the problem you are having. If you read through this forum many ...
Discrepancies on arrest warrant and illegal questioning by employer10/9/2009
  Q: If someone is questioned during a disciplinary hearing for possible criminal acts, and they are ...
  A: Rhonda, Sorry for the difficulties you are having. Work place investigations mingled with law ...
trial process10/7/2009
  Q: can a party raise new evidence in a case through its brief?
  A: Kristina, This is a very technical question and there are a lot of variables. It depends first on ...
Embezzlement or theft?10/7/2009
  Q: I live as a renter in my girlfriend and her husbands home. I willfully loaned them my laptop ...
  A: Cara, Sorry about this, it is not going to get any easier i am afraid especially if you report this ...
writing husband check...10/7/2009
  Q: Mr, my husband left me and my son to be with other woman.i need to consult a lawyer.so i wrote a ...
  A: Tharanna, I am very sorry for the mess you are in i realize how emotional and confusing this is. ...
falsyfing police reports10/3/2009
  Q: What action do I take to pursue a fake police report from a police station and now the offender is ...
  A: Lana, Normally the police will automatically refer a complaint of this nature directly to the ...
embezzlement10/1/2009
  Q: If someone embezzled money from a financial institute do the penalties vary depending on the amount ...
  A: Stanley, In some states, yes others obviously not. Further state sentencing guidelines may kick in ...
simple possesion of cannabis10/1/2009
  Q: i was recently charged with simple possesion of cannabis.20 dollars.at home.my friend did admit to ...
  A: Saemas, This question was put in the question pool and i just today received it. I doubt there is ...
Charges of 220.1610/1/2009
  Q: My question is can two people be charged in an apartment with 220.16 after the police aledgely found ...
  A: Mr. C. First 220.16 does not mean anything unless there is a state attached to it. Each state and ...
probation9/30/2009
  Q: i have a friend who had been placed on deferred adjudicated probation 7 yrs ago in texas. it was to ...
  A: Jane, I regret that it is impossible for me or anyone else in this type of forum to answer that ...
Stolen Property9/28/2009
  Q: My husband I were in the Philadelphia area (we are residents of Florida) renting an apartment s o he ...
  A: Diane Frankowski, This quesiton ended up in the question pool so i did not receive it until today, ...
A question for you.9/26/2009
  Q: I went out of the country recently and let my ex-roommate take care of my car. I left the title in ...
  A: Aimee, This was in the qustion pool so i did not receive it until now, i apologize. This is a ...
question 19/26/2009
  Q: My husband and I are separated, and all of the vehicles are in his name. Can he report the vehicle ...
  A: Cindy, Probably not. In most states once married all property is joint. Make sure you have the ...
fraud9/25/2009
  Q: I have been convicted of fraud under $5000 in canada i am a minnor and have been asked to write an ...
  A: Erin, Interesting sentence you got, you are fortunate. The research can be formidable. In the ...
IMPORTANT9/25/2009
  Q: my husband has been working for this company for 16 years left the job for 2 years due to a law ...
  A: Susan, Criminally depending on your state the statute of limitations may have passed. From your ...
search warrants9/24/2009
  Q: how can a person with no atty get an injuction to stop a search (administraitve) warrant? which ...
  A: Travis, An injunction would have to be filed in a trial court of that jurisdiction. There is no ...
obtaining evidence9/24/2009
  Q: while defending myself,i want to check someone else's cell phone records.how would i do it?
  A: Bill, This was in the question pool so i did not receive it until now, i apologize. your only ...
Instate Felony Warrant in Florida9/24/2009
  Q: My husband was arrested last night in Texas for an instate Florida felony warrant dated 1993. The ...
  A: Jamie, Sorry about the problems your husband is having. Florida can change their extradition ...
Ques about statute of limitations in NJ DWI9/23/2009
  Q: I got a DWI in Nov of 2000 and was wondering if after 10 years it is wiped away from record. I am ...
  A: cara, The term you are looking for is the " life of the warrant" since you were charged in court ...
HARRASMENT CHARGE9/23/2009
  Q: I HAVE BEEN CHARGE WITH HARASSMENT IN THE STATE COLORADO. WHAT IF ANY MIGHT BE A LESSER CHARGE I ...
  A: Kelly, Depending on the nature of the harassment there could be a couple such as possible ...
Probation Violation9/23/2009
  Q: My fiance is currently waiting to see the appointed judge about her violation to see if they are ...
  A: Tara, Sorry about the problems your fiance is having. No one, especially on a forum such as this ...
Criminal mischief9/22/2009
  Q: my daughter was riding her bicycle yesterday and she fell and accidently scratched the vehicle that ...
  A: Cynthia, Sounds odd to me also. It could just be the statutes in your location that allows a ...
PA non-traffic violation9/21/2009
  Q: PA and was cited for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. He spent the night in jail (never ...
  A: Marc, Sorry about what happen to your son. First thing i would like to mention is the phone call. ...
expunging a misdemeanor larceny9/20/2009
  Q: A while back i got hired by lowes foods in north Carolina as a cashier. About three months later i ...
  A: Shane, Does not look good for you in North Carolina. Here is web link that you can review. It is ...
Tenant's right to break lease9/19/2009
  Q: My son goes to college and rents a room in a house with two other roommates. The other two were just ...
  A: Carmen, Landlord / tenant law is civil not criminal so is outside of my expertise. However there ...
False Offenses on background check9/18/2009
  Q: So my place of employement started doing background checks recently due to an issue with a former ...
  A: J, It does not sound like they got an official criminal history. The ones from police agencies and ...
Supoena Guidelines9/18/2009
  Q: I received a call from a neighbor involved in a messy divorce/custody battle demanding I provide her ...
  A: Linda, All divorces are messy, some are just messier then others. Your neighbor could possibly ...
fileing a lawsuit9/17/2009
  Q: Can a parent file a lawsuit against a principal and school ISD cop for driving my child off school ...
  A: Janette, Sorry about the stress and concern this caused you. A lawsuit can be filed for pretty ...
Harasment Calls Charge9/16/2009
  Q: I was involved in an accident and tried to call the other party to ask for insurance information. ...
  A: Calvin, Sorry about the problems you are having. Vehicle insurance in each states varies along ...
Son's incarceration9/15/2009
  Q: My son was arrested for purchasing gun on 8/13/09 and is in US Marshal hold pinellas County Florida ...
  A: Jean, If he is in US Marshall custody you are dealing with a Federal Offense. He should have been ...
V.O.P.9/15/2009
  Q: i recently got a vop for a dirty urine, and i am wondering how much time i am looking at, i got ...
  A: Robert, It is really hard for anyone in this type of forum to answer the question due to local ...
probation help9/13/2009
  Q: i got put on probation on 4-22-09 and i have not reported to my probation officer nor did any of my ...
  A: Caroline, I am truly sorry about all the problems you are having. Unfortunately you seem to keep ...
Juvenile Probation9/13/2009
  Q: My 17 year old son is currently on juvenile probation under Hamilton County in Cincinnati, OH. The ...
  A: Rosemary, I am sorry for the predicament and problems this put you and the rest of your family in. ...
wobbler9/12/2009
  Q: my son was charged with a wobbler and he went to his classes for anger mgt and now he is on ...
  A: Shannon, Just goes to show you lean something new everyday. I had never heard of a wobbler offense ...
retrial9/11/2009
  Q: how long does the DA have to drop the charges, on the defendant, after a retrial. i hope it is soon, ...
  A: Judy, Your attorney is the best source for this question as he is familiar with your states court ...
Protective orders for minors in PA9/11/2009
  Q: Would you happen to know what the basic requirements are before one could get a protective order to ...
  A: Susie, Sorry about the problem you and your son are having. Neighbor complaints are a real pain ...
assualt/battery & distruction of private property9/10/2009
  Q: My daughters college roommate punched her in the eye causing a black eye and bleeding. She also ...
  A: Robin, Sorry about what happen to your daughter. Was there a police report made ? If not file one ...
holding against will, willfull damage?9/9/2009
  Q: If someone was to box a car in with a woman and 3 kids at 11.30pm, for app.10 mins and was kicking ...
  A: Kerry, Australia law is obviously not my expertise i can only answer in context of American law ...
probation hold9/8/2009
  Q: ok so my hubby went to jail for a crime that they cant prove he did and is waiting for a trial.. but ...
  A: Briggette, Sorry about the problems your husband and you are having. First i am not a bookie and ...
Case on Stealing9/8/2009
  Q: My friend was allegedly caught on CCTV to have stolen a cellphone left on the couch. He admitted to ...
  A: Mira, From your question i could not discern if we are talking about a criminal charge or an ...
Compulsory claims in criminal trial9/7/2009
  Q: I am curious about an aspect of criminal procedure. If one wants to call the constitutionality of a ...
  A: Jennifer, This is a very very complicated question. For the most part constitutional questions can ...
accessory to arm robbery9/6/2009
  Q: My brother asked my husband to take him over one of his friends house, when my husband did my ...
  A: Violet, Sorry about what happened to your husband. He will need an attorney. Your husband was an ...
Gun Law9/5/2009
  Q: I'm currently in Afghanistan serving the Army as a paratrooper for Charlie Co 3-509 out of Ft. ...
  A: Matthew, Each state is going to be different. They will have differing definitions of what is ...
legal9/5/2009
  Q: I have a question regarding potential legalities. I have a friend Jim who purchased 20 percocet from ...
  A: joe, This one is easy, all three. First the only person that is legally allowed to posses the ...
Non-traffic violation9/5/2009
  Q: I was recently given a ticket for possesion of stolen property. 496(a). However the arresting ...
  A: Trevor, Probably, The charge possession of stolen property could either be a misdemeanor or ...
Criminal Law9/4/2009
  Q: I was arrested for trafficking drugs, not true though!!! It was my room mate...I am representing ...
  A: Joe, Probably not, it is not so much a mistake as an oversight. Many times persons appear at ...
malicious intent9/4/2009
  Q: The protection order was ruled it was granted illegally, advised to go to small claims to get ...
  A: Irma, Obviously you are from out of the USA, Canada perhaps ? Proving malicious intent is not ...
probation9/4/2009
  Q: I wanted to know in the state of DE can a probation officer come to your home at 2 a.m. in the ...
  A: Tameka, There is probably no prohibited time that they can come to your home. Yes it is ...
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, Sorry about the problems you had. The value of the items stolen may or may not be real ...
Harassment9/1/2009
  Q: I live in Connecticut and my fiance has been charged with harassment in the second degree. My issue ...
  A: Gerry, Sorry about the problems your fiance is having. This Internet harassment is a pretty new ...
beating up a disabled man9/1/2009
  Q: Is beating up a disabled man considered a felony? If it makes any difference the location is Puerto ...
  A: Moses, I guess it is kind of a shame that this question even needs to be asked. There will be some ...
rodney king8/31/2009
  Q: rodney king case ,civil or criminal? and y
  A: Tom, You sent this question twice so i will only respond to this one. The answer unfortunately for ...
Keying cars8/30/2009
  Q: My car has been keyed i know who did it and i know how to catch them. the only thing i want to know ...
  A: Brandon, The charge is "Malicious destruction of property" (MDOP) it is value specific meaning ...
posession8/29/2009
  Q: How many people can get charged with a possession charge for the same drugs. There was 3 Grams of ...
  A: Dustin, Obviously all of them could be charged however these situation are fact specific. What did ...
charges8/29/2009
  Q: What are the possible charges for being arrested under the influence of a controlled substance 1 ...
  A: Andrew, Your questions lacks specificity. In general in most jurisdiction a person under the ...
School fraud..8/28/2009
  Q: What is the charge for making a payment to a college with a check from a closed acct and receiving a ...
  A: Donald, First each state will be different so i will have to give it as a general statement. The ...
felony8/28/2009
  Q: A person is charged with a 3rd degree felony. What does a person do to get a 3rd degree felony ?
  A: Sharon, Felony by definition is a more serious crime then a misdemeanor. The distinction is ...
naked neighbor8/27/2009
  Q: I live in Washington state and I have a neighbor that regularly walks around his apartment with the ...
  A: Audrey, In most jurisdictions this is not allowed. Contact you local police, don't have them come ...
deferred adjudication for possession of stolen firearm8/26/2009
  Q: I was placed on deferred adjudication for possession of a stolen fire arm in Texas. it has been well ...
  A: Wes, Deferred ajudication means that if one completes the time period specified by the court then ...
Misdemeanor in Domestic Violence8/26/2009
  Q: My ex boyfriend received a simple misdemeanor and interference in a domestic assault case. I filed ...
  A: Tonya, Every crime has " lesser included offences" that a subject is also guilty of. For example ...
Auto lnsurance8/26/2009
  Q: If I added a pickup truck to my insurance (I am a 60 yr. old man) in order to let my neighbor put ...
  A: Donald, Very generous of you. You are probably not violating any criminal or motor vehicle ...
extradition8/25/2009
  Q: I have two questions. My first question is how long can someone be held for extradition before they ...
  A: Chantel, You are correct on your "speedy trial" concern. The current rule in regards to interstate ...
Injustice8/24/2009
  Q: Who do you request assistance from if you feel that the courts and law enforcement agency is biased ...
  A: Felicia, Sorry about the problems you are having. Actions done by government ( law enforcement) ...
seizure of a firearm8/24/2009
  Q: If the police takes your registered firearm, do they have to issue a evidence custody form or some ...
  A: Felicia, Most agencies do not issue a receipt for items seized. They are documented in the report. ...
Interrogation of a minor8/24/2009
  Q: Can the police interrogate a child without parent's consent in the state of Michigan? What if was ...
  A: Felcia, Interviewing of a minor in Michigan is not a clear cut issue. If the child is a suspect ...
Seach Warrant8/23/2009
  Q: A seach warrant was issued to my home address looking for controlled Substance, to wit: Marijuana ...
  A: David, Sorry about what happen. Search warrants are based on sufficient probable cause. Which in ...
working for the government with a felony8/23/2009
  Q: it was about 8 years ago(April 2001) that I was found with a fake social security card in my ...
  A: Fernando, I am sorry to tell you this but it is going to be difficult. You will need to try and ...
rape in nj8/22/2009
  Q: can you please tell me the statue of limitations in new jersey that one can file a accusation of ...
  A: Reggie, Sorry about the problems you friend is having. Statute of limitations in this situation as ...
my son deputy for 15 years in jail8/22/2009
  Q: the prosecutors unable to find victim for two(2) years keep posponing trial,she ran away from foster ...
  A: Manuel, I read through your posting several times and i am sorry but i fail to see a question. My ...
Stealing from Wal Mart.8/21/2009
  Q: I lived in Washington since I was 7 yrs old. My friend and I went to Wal Mart one afternoon. And she ...
  A: Josele, Plese calm down, everything will be OK. I know this is frightening to you but it will not ...
rape8/21/2009
  Q: if a step-father sexually assaulted and raped his now 17 yr old step-daughter over a total of ...
  A: No Name, Obviously this is a very serious issue. I can not address Maryland law specifically but i ...
neighbor harssament8/20/2009
  Q: i have my next door neighbor harassing me over years and hard to catch i called over 50 time police ...
  A: Kay4, Neighbor problems are very difficult. They are quality of life issues and are open to a wide ...
my 12 year old son was vrbaly attacked by my 52 year old naighbor8/20/2009
  Q: my son was walking home from school and my naighbor was at a house located near the school as my son ...
  A: Maria, Neighbor problems are extremely difficult for everyone to deal with. In most situations ...
probation in california and marijuana prescriptions8/19/2009
  Q: i am curious to find out the law on california's marijuana prescriptions for probationers. can I be ...
  A: Etan, I apologize for the delay in responding to your question. It required some research on my ...
becoming a detective8/19/2009
  Q: I want to be a homicide detective. I already know that you have to be a cop first and work on the ...
  A: Sarah, Good luck on your career quest. You are correct on your information that it takes some time ...
dogs8/17/2009
  Q: my neighbor seems to think that no dog should bark at all during no hours i have 3 coondogs they do ...
  A: Lance, Coon dogs, I love their voice but not at 3 am. Neighbor issues, barking dogs etc are ...
criminal misdemeanor charge8/17/2009
  Q: My son did a stupid thing, being almost 19 what is new. He was picked up while walking a busy road ...
  A: D. Sorry about your son but many, many years ago probably could have been me. I was no treat as a ...
This female friend of mine8/17/2009
  Q: I have this female friend that keeps going back to a guy who don't treat her very well at all he has ...
  A: TJ, I am truly sorry about your friend and the worries that this is causing you and her family and ...
limit on warrent8/16/2009
  Q: Is there a time limit on warrents for failure to appear in the state of florida?
  A: Michelle, No there is not. Warrant life can be several years. Some jurisdictions will do a purge ...
probation violation8/16/2009
  Q: if you are on probation for a first time felony offense and violated your probation what would ...
  A: Gwen, There are a lot of variables here. A lot depends on the specific felony conviction, the ...
My brother crimminal activity8/15/2009
  Q: My brother is in jail in Sacramento county. Here he is awaiting trial on a possession with intent to ...
  A: Ian, Sorry about the problems your brother is having. There is no statute of limitations on ...
probation violation laws8/15/2009
  Q: my husband has a technical probation violation out of the state of georgia. he moved to seattle wa ...
  A: Marie, Sorry about the problems your husband and you are having. Their is no set amount of time ...
Posession of Marijuana in CA8/15/2009
  Q: I was recently given a ticket for possession of marijuana in California. On the ticket is a date to ...
  A: Raul, Normally the ticket is all the notice you will get. The appearance date is not necessarily ...
illegal search and seizure8/14/2009
  Q: Wednesday night, my live in boyfriend and I were arrested for possession of paraphernalia in ...
  A: Ashley, Sorry for the difficulties you are having. You need to contact an attorney. I can only ...
Out of state vehicle ticketed in NJ8/14/2009
  Q: During the 4th of July weekend, I visited relatives in South Jersey. We took a trip to Sea Isle City ...
  A: Michael, As we both know officers have a certain amount of discretion when it comes to issuing ...
petit larceny, falsifying business records8/14/2009
  Q: my nusband has been charged with 1 count falsifying business records class e 1st degree and 1 count ...
  A: Stephanie, Sorry about the problems you and your husband are having. It is very difficult for ...
Harassment8/13/2009
  Q: If I'm on my property and someone else is there uninvited on my property grazing a horse and I ask ...
  A: Randall, Probably not, Harassment by definition is repeated unwanted contact, one wouldn't suffice. ...
question8/13/2009
  Q: I was wondering i live in ny. I rented 2 game consoles from rent a center. I got behind on my bills ...
  A: Tom, Technically yes. I presume in the New York Statutes that part of the penalty COULD BE a jail ...
consent searches8/13/2009
  Q: If someone consents to a warrantless search of his residence, is law enforcement required to have ...
  A: Donald, No there is no requirement. The justification for having the resident not present is for ...
What class or level is these charges?8/5/2009
  Q: I'm from PA and have a non-violent charge for theft and my first offense when I was 19 years-old but ...
  A: Sean, Good luck on your quest to have your record expunged. Nolle Pros is a legal term meaning the ...
Bench Warrants' Validity in Other States8/3/2009
  Q: I live in Missouri and I have 4 bench warrants for failure to appear in court for speeding tickets. ...
  A: Sam, Bench warrants for misdemeanors and civil infractions do not normally cross state lines. The ...
Juvenile Law8/2/2009
  Q: What can happen to a person who harbors a minor who is 16, almost 17, and is on Juvenile Probation. ...
  A: Kelsi, The charge is probably a misdemeanor. The person can obviously be arrested and possibly ...
wrongful execution of a search warrant8/2/2009
  Q: Who does one complain to or submit a complaint about a wrongful execution of a search warrant done ...
  A: David, There are several avenues you can take. First is you can contact a private attorney to ...
probation search8/2/2009
  Q: If my father was stoped by the police. The officer asked were he had stayed at. He told them he had ...
  A: Dave, No it doesn't give them the right. If a probationer moves into your house then you would ...
search warrant8/1/2009
  Q: Is the Shasta County Assessor-Recorder Real Property Appraiser Dept. responsible fot the cost of ...
  A: Les, With out a great deal more detail I nor anyone else in this type of forum could begin to ...
criminal subponea8/1/2009
  Q: I have a subpoena and d not want to be a witness. I just started a new job and can't afford it for ...
  A: Jo, I do understand your concerns and so do the police and prosecutors in your area. There are ...
bad check received7/31/2009
  Q: What can I do to collect from someone who wrote a bad check, and then gave me a replacement check on ...
  A: Kim, Most prosecutors or police departments have a pretty well defined procedure for handling check ...
repurcutions from an outstanding warrant?7/31/2009
  Q: I was recently cleaning my apartment and found an old ticket (description of offense: poss open cont ...
  A: Stephen, It is possible there could be a warrant for you. You can try calling the court to see if ...
Warrent7/30/2009
  Q: IS THERE A STATUE OF LIMITATIONS ON BENCH WARRANTS IN DECATUR GEORGIA FOR A MISDEMEANORS
  A: Earl, What your are referring to is not statute of limitations but the "life of the warrant". In ...
Failure to provide ssn7/30/2009
  Q: I was arrested for not providing my social security number to a rental cop. I asked why i needed it ...
  A: Jaime, Under Federal Law you are not required to provide your social Security Number except for ...
Expunction/Non-Disclosure eligible ?7/29/2009
  Q: My 18 year daughter was cited for "the sale of alcohol to a minor" during a sting conducted by the ...
  A: Roxann, Sorry about your daughters problem. If your daughter received a delayed disposition, that ...
misdiminer bench warrients7/28/2009
  Q: I received a DWI in 2001 in California and was to aper in court. The company I worked for and ...
  A: Robert, You are in a very difficult situation. Basically it boils down to two paths. First you ...
D.U.I. charge7/27/2009
  Q: I was in an accident 11-15-08.While at scene an officer asked me to do breath test while still in ...
  A: Randy, Sorry about the accident and the injuries,hope things improve for you. You are asking some ...
criminal procedure7/27/2009
  Q: What would be required of police to search an auto after a traffic stop?
  A: LaRhonda, The standard that is required is "Probable cause". However explaining that is very ...
Consent to Search7/26/2009
  Q: First, thanks for taking my question. I was wondering if the consent to search is time-sensitive ...
  A: Darren, Yes searches are time sensitive. Once the officer leave the search is terminated and ...
runaway teen7/26/2009
  Q: my daughter ran away from a girls home 2 nights ago in seguin,tx. we found here today in her home ...
  A: Tommy, Glad your daughter is safe. First there is very little that you can do regarding sentence. ...
harassment7/24/2009
  Q: My daughter(15) had not heard from her father in 3 years. She called him on Father's Day to talk to ...
  A: Jennifer, I can not give advise as to the acceptance of any plea or offer as i am not an attorney ...
early parol release7/23/2009
  Q: My husband has been in prison for almost 6 yrs. He has been told within the prison staff including ...
  A: Gale, I hope things work out however you didn't provide any information as to what state etc this ...
hot checks7/22/2009
  Q: what is the charge for writing hot checks and what is the statute of limitations for that charge, ...
  A: Emma, First slang varies from region to region. To me hot checks implies stolen checks. In most ...
got busted7/21/2009
  Q: the charge i was booked for was tetrahy pos. what type of charge is this and , the way i was cought ...
  A: Destry, There are many compounds that begin with tetrahy with out more detailed information i nor ...
Minor charged with trespassing/criminal mischief7/21/2009
  Q: My son 17 yr. old is scheduled for court hearing with a Hearing Officer for 1) trespassing ...
  A: Nancy, Sorry the problem your son got into. I truly can not advise if you need an attorney or not. ...
theft in walmart7/20/2009
  Q: i live in washington state and i always go to wal mart which is just down the street of my house. ...
  A: Michelle, Sorry that you got dragged into your friends bad judgement. Reviewing your question ...
COSECUTIVE VS CONCURRENT7/19/2009
  Q: IF THE JUDGE SAID IN FEDERAL COURT THAT SENTANCE WAS TO RUN CONSECTIVELY WITH STATE SENTANCE BUT ...
  A: Jamie, Consecutive means it is running separate or one after the other. In this sentence, once the ...
minor harassing another minor7/18/2009
  Q: My soon to be 17 year old daughter dated her exboyfriend for a little over a year. The last 6 ...
  A: Caoline, I am truly sorry about what your daughter and your family are going through. The young ...
question important7/18/2009
  Q: Me and my boyfriend and his buddy were in a whataburger. weve been drinking. we werent driving. we ...
  A: Jessica, Sorry about the problem you and your boyfriend are having. First you need to understand ...
DUI7/17/2009
  Q: I received a dui in Leon County in 2000. I recently received another DUI in Hillsborough county in ...
  A: Dee, Sorry about what happen. That is some long time probation. More serious than what happens in ...
gps7/17/2009
  Q: Do you have any idea the requirements for an police officer to place an GPS device on a suspects ...
  A: Melissa, Excellent question, haven't had this one before. Each state and department may have ...
leaving the country.7/16/2009
  Q: I am leaving the country next month and thought I had an unpaid fine in my previous state where I ...
  A: Jeremiah, You can contact an attorney in Colorado and see if they can take care of the matter. The ...
Holding a person against their will7/15/2009
  Q: My Dad suffers from dementia after a motorcycle accident - I have cared for him for approx 2 years - ...
  A: Eric, I am terribly sorry about this issue. These family type issues are emotionally charged and ...
abscounding7/15/2009
  Q: ok.. awhile back i asked a question saying that i was abscounding from michigan. i was on probation ...
  A: Michael, Misdemeanor warrants are not entered into the NCIC computer so a misdemeanor warrant in ...
police injustice7/14/2009
  Q: my brother was recently indicted and is currently awaiting trial on an alleged rape case.He is out ...
  A: Patricia, I am truly sorry for the situation your brother is in. You ask if this is legal. I am ...
17 year old son using stolen credit card7/14/2009
  Q: My son allegedly used a stolen credit card that belonged to a friend (girl) to purchase gas and ...
  A: Bryon, Sorry about the situation your son got into. Normally less then 50 dollars would be a ...
probation terms7/12/2009
  Q: is it normal for someone to be placed on probation for 5 years? isn't there some kind of set time ...
  A: Mickie, I apologize for my delay in answering your question. It was unavoidable. Probation can be ...
theft7/11/2009
  Q: what is the statue of limitations for a theft <$50 case with prior conviction?
  A: Amanda, First the prior conviction variable is not a factor in the statutes of limitations. Second, ...
Subpoenas7/10/2009
  Q: I have to be in court in Ohio the 30th of July. I had gotten into a heated argument with an ex ...
  A: Jamie, the "book" answer is that you could be held in contempt of court. which means arrest and ...
regarding complaint that was filed against me7/9/2009
  Q: a complaint was filed against me by the DA. I was arrested and released the next day and since went ...
  A: Kathy, The statute of limitations varies from state to state however the minimum that i am aware ...
violation7/8/2009
  Q: I am on supervised release following my incarceration for a marijuana conspiracy charge. My conduct ...
  A: Ryan, Sorry about the problem you got yourself into. Contacting an attorney prior to talking with ...
Criminal investigation interviews7/8/2009
  Q: What information does the investigator have to tell a suspect about evidence. Can the suspect ask to ...
  A: Russell, The investigator does not have to tell the suspect or victims, witnesses anything. A lot ...
warrents out of state7/3/2009
  Q: if you have a warrant in Pennsylvania and get picked up in new York and you sign a wavier how long ...
  A: Flroine, There is no set answer to this question and it is a very common question. It depends on ...
Bad checks7/1/2009
  Q: I have a few customers who wrote bad checks to our small business. What can I do? one is over ...
  A: Michelle, Common problems with businesses'. You need to contact your local police department. ...
Trespassing on property7/1/2009
  Q: I recently found out that an individual has been on my property (personal residence in NJ). This ...
  A: Joseph, I realize how troubling this can be. The answer of course won't be clear as each state ...
Extradition from State to State7/1/2009
  Q: Are there laws which put a limit on how long a state (say Missouri) has to extradite a prisoner from ...
  A: Kerry, Common question and the answer is not really. The one basic standard is the requesting ...
Criminal Sentencing6/30/2009
  Q: I am writing a paper for my criminal justice class and I need approx sentences for the following ...
  A: Chandra, Your professor is messing with cuz you would need some more information. The biggest ...
harassing phone calls6/30/2009
  Q: I have received several phone calls at around one or two in the morning from a private number to my ...
  A: Kristin, You have enough to call the police but will they do much, i really can't say. It will ...
Need help.6/29/2009
  Q: I got a check in the mail by USPO and it was from and Insurance company. I checked it out on line ...
  A: Debbie, I am sorry this happen to you, you are not alone by any stretch of the imagination. You ...
oalr6/29/2009
  Q: what do the charges O.A.L.R PB15 and CAPIAS-FTC W/ROCC PROGRAM mean or stand for?
  A: Ginny, Here is a little secret, not every state uses the same codes. Not even cops will use the ...
Old prisoners6/29/2009
  Q: The Maydoff case got me wondering: Are old prisoners kept separate from younger prisoners? Thank ...
  A: Steve, Good question, Not normally just based on age. Prisoners are segregated by various means, ...
Bond on Probation???6/28/2009
  Q: Can you get a bond set on a felony probation revocation? The reason for the motion to revoke was for ...
  A: Mike, Depends on your court jurisdiction and some other factors. Remember that the purpose of bond ...
Lying to the police about my age6/28/2009
  Q: So, one night i took my dad's car and drove to my friends house. on the way there i got lost and was ...
  A: Paige, Probably not much, lying to the police is actually pretty common. We almost expect it. You ...
enquiring6/27/2009
  Q: can a wife's evidence be used in court against her husband.
  A: Tracey, I see that you are in the United Kingdom which i am not familiar with at all so my answer ...
Probation volation6/26/2009
  Q: I was on prabation for burglary of a dwelling and grand theft.I volated probation by burglary of ...
  A: Jauan, You have two good people working for you however i would never suggest that someone not ...
stealing6/26/2009
  Q: a friend of mine was caught stealing, in NY. How long does the company have to press charges ...
  A: Sara, Sorry about your friends problem. Several considerations are involved. Was this person ...
statue of limitations6/25/2009
  Q: Is there a statue of limitations on the prosecution of bad checks, forgery, theft. My husband cashed ...
  A: Cheryl, There is a statute of limitations for pretty much everything. Each state is different. 2 ...
ID Theft6/24/2009
  Q: About 5 yrs ago I was trying to be nice to a so called friend who was known for having sticky ...
  A: Kelly, Real sorry about the problem you are having. Wish you had contacted me five years ago. OK ...
parole6/24/2009
  Q: my husbands on parole and his discharge date is june 22 2009 he recently got arrested before his ...
  A: Sasha, Sorry about the problems your husband is having. The parole hold is placed by the parole ...
Tennessee Probation Law6/24/2009
  Q: I missed my probation appointment today due to having cronic diarria and throwing up and was not ...
  A: Jennifer, honesty. Contact your probation officer as soon as possible. explain what happen. If ...
autopsy6/22/2009
  Q: * How long does it take for the autopsy results to be released and who receives them, investigating ...
  A: Kgosi, Autopsy results will vary depending on the complexity of the examination being done. The ...
Summons6/22/2009
  Q: A person trying to serve me came to my house today and my daughter answered the door. They did not ...
  A: Aligh, This is really going to depend on the procedures of your state, the type of summons and ...
female police officer procedures6/21/2009
  Q: what is the procedure for a female officer pulling over a vehicle suspected of carring a weapon or ...
  A: John, There is no different procedure for male of female officer with the exception of some ...
No Need For Arrest6/21/2009
  Q: My younger brohter is 19 and a few months back he was caught driving without a license. he received ...
  A: Tacha, Sorry about what happen to your brother. Each state has different laws but to my knowledge ...
time limits6/20/2009
  Q: in the state of louisiana from the time of the arrest and bond posted, how long by law do the courts ...
  A: Glenn, I am sorry i wont be able to be specific on your questions. Every state has different laws ...
No rights read6/19/2009
  Q: I was not read my rights. What does that mean? Can charges be dropped?
  A: Dale, I apologize for my delay in responding i was unexpectedly called out of my area. Miranda ...
Statute of limitations for law enforcement6/18/2009
  Q: Does the statute of limitations for police officers start after a crime is committed by the officer ...
  A: Brian, The person's profession is not necessarily the issue. In some cases like with public ...
changing guilty plea to not guilty plea6/18/2009
  Q: my boyfriend, tony, was charge w/telephone misuse. Long story short, the prosecutor said it tony ...
  A: Suzanne, Depending on exactly where your boyfriend is at in the court process it is possible to ...
search warrants6/17/2009
  Q: The police came into my home 2 weeks ago with a search warrant for all of our computers, cameras, ...
  A: K, The only direction you can go regarding the investigator is to file a complaint with his ...
blue warrant6/16/2009
  Q: could you please help me.my husband just got released from mineral wells pre-parole facility on may ...
  A: Liz, I do understand how upsetting this can be. First i am restricted on what information i can ...
Neighbors Who Videotape6/16/2009
  Q: Our neighbors have called in two complaints in the last month about our dog being in their yard and ...
  A: Lou, I understand how difficult this can be. The basic law is that if the person viewing or is ...
Extradition6/15/2009
  Q: Does the defendent get notified when the state they reside in gets the warrant from the requesting ...
  A: William, The Governors warrants are between the two states and no the person listed in the warrant ...
detainer6/15/2009
  Q: if you get locked up and have a detainer on you is it a must that you have to be seen infront of ...
  A: Lynn, Like most legal question the answer is, depends. It would depend on what the detainer is ...
forgery6/14/2009
  Q: i moved in with my nephew to help him with bills. his gas was 1600 dollars and couldnt get it on. my ...
  A: Edyjane, I read through your question several times but i am still not sure exactly what happen. ...
statue of limitation6/14/2009
  Q: Is there a statue of limitation for someone who violated probation on a drug charge,left the state ...
  A: James, Statute of limitations deals with the time the state has to file charges against someone, ...
probation searches6/14/2009
  Q: at a friends house whose on probation is it legal for a officer to take duffel bag in room shut the ...
  A: Anthony, The question you pose is, "is it legal" The answer is yes but i don't really think that ...
PROBATION6/13/2009
  Q: I JUST HAVE ONE MORE...YOU TOLD ME THAT IN MY CASE OF BRAKING PROBATION 10 YEARS AGO FOR A DWI ...
  A: Jalofa, Now i understand. Unfortunately i would have no way of knowing what the judge could set. ...
larceny6/13/2009
  Q: My friend has been accused of using a city gas card for $30 and he wasn't even in town at the time. ...
  A: Kim, Sorry about your friends problem. If your friend can substantiate that he was not in town ...
police harrassment on juvinile6/13/2009
  Q: my son was arrested for disorderly conduct ans interfering with the police. yesterday my son and ...
  A: Ms. Miller, Sorry for the difficulty your family and you are having. This does not appear to be a ...
Agravated Harrasment in the second degree6/11/2009
  Q: I am the plaintiff on an agravated harrasment case and trial starts soon but am not able to attend ...
  A: Maria, By stating that you are the plaintiff implies that this is a civil case ? In civil cases ...
Unlaweful roadside search?6/11/2009
  Q: I was on a long roadtrip alone from the West Coast and East Coast. While driving my black Mercedes ...
  A: Damien, Sorry for the problem you had. There are two issues and they need to be considered ...
michigan 3 strike law6/10/2009
  Q: is there a statute of limitations on how far back they can go to add "habitual offender" to any ...
  A: Jim, There is no limit on how far back they can go. All that is required is that it is a felony ...
Missouri Dui Statue of Limitations6/10/2009
  Q: What is the time period of the Statue of Limitations for Missouri on DUI charges..
  A: Summer, Quick check for Missouri is one year for misdemeanors. If there is some aggravating aspect ...
Criminal question6/9/2009
  Q: My brother was arrested at the Phish concert in Jones Beach NY last week for a class a misdemeanor, ...
  A: Amy, I apologize for my delay in responding i was called out of my area for period of time. Class A ...
Interference with police duty or not?6/9/2009
  Q: I was just taken to jail for interference of police duty and I am wondering if what I did was really ...
  A: Teresea, I apologize for my delay in responding as i have been out of my office. It is very ...
Hard Time?6/8/2009
  Q: What is the meaning of "hard time" (as in "he was sentenced to twenty years of hard time.") True ...
  A: Steve, Your right the term is an anachronism from early 1900's. From my perspective all time would ...
Right to a speedy trial6/8/2009
  Q: My husband has been arrested in NC, but his charges are supposely from WV. They are moving him ...
  A: Deaon, I would need a lot more information to properly respond to your question. Either he has ...
neighbor problem6/8/2009
  Q: The person that lives next door to me is my sister in law. I am very afraid of her. She has sent ...
  A: Patricia, I apologize for my delay in responding but i have been out of my office. Neighbor ...
Get a Felony off Record6/7/2009
  Q: Good Afternoon Robin, My name is David. i am writing you today to ...
  A: David, Sorry for the delay in answering your question as i have been out of the office. There is ...
Child Support Warrant6/6/2009
  Q: I have a family member who was picked up in Ohio six days ago for a warrant for child support. The ...
  A: Marie, Sorry about the problems your brother is having. Michigan does on occasion seek felony ...
loan6/6/2009
  Q: Couple days ago a friend of mine needed $15 to fill his car gas tank and really needed it. He swore ...
  A: Hasan, Sorry to say but no it won't work. The reason is that the loan is a civil contract between ...
Misdemeanors and warrants?6/5/2009
  Q: Last Xmas I was arrested for a misdemeanor drug charge in Georgia, I live in Alabama. I was released ...
  A: Matt, Sorry about the problem. Obviously I can't give you odds on a nationwide pick up. I can give ...
Felony criminal mischeif6/4/2009
  Q: If your in (say) a pizza shop and you order and pay for your food; and while waiting for it you lean ...
  A: Jay, This is a very iffy question and i will try to explain why. First one of the things that ...
criminal profiling.6/4/2009
  Q: my name is Alexandra McCoanchie, and I have been interested in criminal profiling for a few years ...
  A: Alexandra, Interesting topics for a career. The easiest place to start is with the forensic ...
Neighbor has Schizophrenia6/4/2009
  Q: I have a neighbor issue, and I'll try to make this as clear as possible. Three working girlfriends ...
  A: Beth, I do sympathize with you and your problem. Obviously in the best situations neighbor ...
statute of limitation on a criminal investigation6/3/2009
  Q: my friend is currently being investigated by the fish and wildlife troopers in the state of Alaska ...
  A: Danielle, It will depend on what charge or alleged crime they are investigating him for. Each ...
medical marijuana6/3/2009
  Q: as an employe dealing with government contracts working for an aerospace company the gov did a 1 ...
  A: Gus, Sorry i can't answer this question. The issue is not criminal but a civil employment ...
dui bench warrant on military base6/2/2009
  Q: okay my boyfriend turned himself in this morning for a bench warrant for a dui on a military base ...
  A: Deidre, I apologize for the delay in answering i have been very busy with several incidents at work ...
Telephone Harrassment6/1/2009
  Q: I loaned an individual some money to which was supposed to be paid back within the week and it has ...
  A: Delores I apologize for the delay in answering i have been very busy with several incidents at work ...
Extradition Waiver5/31/2009
  Q: I have a friend who was stopped for not wearing a seatbelt in TX, but when the officer ran his ...
  A: Sarah, I apologize for the delay in answering i have been very busy with several incidents at work ...
civil law5/30/2009
  Q: my spouse forged my name on several credit cards. the amount is large whats my recourse.
  A: Courtney, This is not a pretty situation. If you are still " happily " married you are between a ...
expunge-sealed federal record5/29/2009
  Q: My husband was sentenced in a federal court in GA. Has no previous record, did the time as well as ...
  A: Kathleen, I have never heard of Federal expungement or sealed record. However i am not a Federal ...
Consecutive sentencing5/29/2009
  Q: My boyfriend was locked up in TN in July of 2008. He had a hold on him from Louisiana since August ...
  A: Blue, I am sorry about your boyfriends problems and especially how they affect you. Yes, this ...
Miranda Rights5/28/2009
  Q: A while ago my boyfriend and I were arrested. I mean full blown, 3 cop cars and handcuffs. I was ...
  A: Heather, A lot of people are confused about the Miranda or Preinterview rights. I blame TV for ...
Search & Seizure5/28/2009
  Q: I was pulled over for expired plates, given a sobriety test which I passed. The officer then asked ...
  A: Bob, Yes probably. It would be described as a consent search. An attorney may argue some aspects ...
CPS child abuse/neglect5/27/2009
  Q: If the warrent reads: police officer or cps worker to remove at a certain address can child be ...
  A: Sarah, Without reviewing the document and knowing the specific jurisdiction i would state, yes. I ...
kidnapping laws and punishment in florida5/26/2009
  Q: What is the minimum and maximum punishment for kidnapping. What class would the fall under
  A: Vernita, I apologize for my delay in writing, I got very busy at work on something unexpectedly of ...
court5/26/2009
  Q: my boyfriend pushed me and got a caution a month later he hurt me again and has been charged with ...
  A: leanne, United Kingdom is quite a ways out of my jurisdiction and comfort zone. I can not give you ...
PROBATION 10 YEARS AGO5/26/2009
  Q: I BREAK PROBATION ON A DWI CASE 10 YEARS AGO IN TEXAS 1.- AFTER HOW LONG THE CASE IS DISMISS. 2.- I ...
  A: Jalofa, Ten years is quite awhile and they "may" have closed the case but not necessarily. ...
Husband charged with public intoxication.5/25/2009
  Q: Well, my husband screwed up. I know this. We were at a BBQ at his friends house until about 12:00 ...
  A: Bethany, Sorry about what happen to your husband. If he has no record and there is no aggravating ...
Extradition from Illinois to Michigan5/25/2009
  Q: Will they extradite me from Southern Illinois to Ann Arbor MI for a felony warrant? I was stopped ...
  A: Summer, Sorry about the difficulties you have gotten into. Extradition's are authorized by the ...
DUI+travelling onward with a warrent for arrest5/23/2009
  Q: My american boyfriend is looking at a 3rd conviction for a DUI,- this time in California State ...
  A: eden, Third offense in California is not a pleasant prospect. I certainly hope he has consulted ...
Destruction of property during "probation search"5/22/2009
  Q: My son's front door was broken into with one of those things the police use to get into a house. He ...
  A: Lea, Must have been one hell of a probation. Seems extreme but some one would have to review the ...
check block5/22/2009
  Q: I sold a puppy to an individual who claimed two weeks later the puppy was sick. Not only is this not ...
  A: Faith, You may have no recourse except civil or small claims court. I think most jurisdictions ...
Property taken during a search (warrent)5/21/2009
  Q: My son was "suspected" of a crime (someone at school who dislikes my son said something to a police ...
  A: Mary, I apologize for the long delay in answering things got interesting at work. I know these ...
parole5/20/2009
  Q: My brother was granted parole two months ago and still has not been released is there anything his ...
  A: Keondra, I apologize for the long delay in answering things got interesting at work. I realize ...
Steps to becoming Detective5/20/2009
  Q: I would like to know, where do you start to become a Detective/Criminal Investigator? Is there a ...
  A: Jessica, I apologize for the long delay in answering things got interesting at work. Good luck on ...
Statute of Limitations5/20/2009
  Q: What is the justification for the statute of limitations? I would imagine that the theory is that ...
  A: Steve, I apologize for the long delay in answering things got interesting at work. Excellent ...
not read my rights5/19/2009
  Q: I was arrested on my driveway for a drunk in public when the cops were not called, and I was not ...
  A: Jacqueline, I apologize for the long delay in answering, things got interesting at work. Miranda ...
shoplifting5/19/2009
  Q: so what happens if you are charged with 3 counts of retail theft, under $500, and have no prior ...
  A: emily I apologize for the long delay in answering things got interesting at work. all states have ...
Juvenile Probation, leaving the country.5/19/2009
  Q: I am 16 years old and have just been put on probation for 1 year. I will start in about 2 weeks or ...
  A: Vlad, I apologize for the long delay in answering things got interesting at work. You are kind of ...
Wild Plants5/18/2009
  Q: There was a wild plant in my backyard that looked like marijuana. I showed it to my brother but he ...
  A: William, Can it happen, certainly around here it is called ditch weed. If you suspect it is ...
criminal law/precursors5/17/2009
  Q: My employee was charged with precursors and intent to maufacture in Mississipi. He was given an ...
  A: Andrew, If officers are serving a search warrant any item taken that is described in the search ...
scammed5/17/2009
  Q: i took my 2 year old to industry studio in new jersey because i was interested in him acting and ...
  A: Kim, Sorry about this problem your having. Your right this is probably a scam / fraud. However it ...
extradition5/17/2009
  Q: How long can a county wait to extradite to another county?
  A: Crystal, That will vary by state. Normally it is only a couple of days. It varies do to jail over ...
seize of property during arrest5/16/2009
  Q: My step daughter and boyfriend were at home cops came to their home thinking he was selling drugs. ...
  A: Charlene, Sorry about the problem your step daughter is having. Forfeiture laws are confusing and ...
speed limit wasn't visible right away5/15/2009
  Q: yesterday i was on my way to pick up my sister from school. I was driving up a road that had a speed ...
  A: Shelly, Sorry about the ticket. You certainly can go to the police station and file a complaint ...
criminal law5/15/2009
  Q: A friend of mine committed a crime while under the influence of drugs. He kicked in the back door of ...
  A: Rachel, I was a little confused by your question so i will try and restate it. please correct me if ...
can they do this.cause they did5/15/2009
  Q: allen been thru... wFri Apr 17 2009 11:33 3 years ago i was sitting at home.... minding my own ...
  A: Allen, I am sorry for what happened to you and your family. I read through though your posting ...
misdemeanor conviction5/14/2009
  Q: Is pleading guilty to a misdemeanor traffic offense a criminal conviction ? Is it sufficient to be ...
  A: Malorie, Misdemeanors are criminal offences, a misdemeanor criminal offense. A traffic misdemeanor ...
if you can not pay a ticket5/14/2009
  Q: if you get a tresspassing ticket and can't pay it due to no work and being a full time student whose ...
  A: Alley, Sorry about the problem you are having. No college student has extra money, especially for ...
statue of limitations5/13/2009
  Q: can the state of Texas still prosecute you after 10 years if you escaped from custody during a ...
  A: Roy, Some potentially serious actions. First a quick discussion on the statutes of limitations. ...
avoiding a subpoena5/13/2009
  Q: I just read that it is against the law to avoid a server in some states. What about Wisconsin, Iowa, ...
  A: Mike, Really hard question. Obviously all states are different. Generally speaking avoiding a ...
prisoner health problems5/12/2009
  Q: Hey - My 54 year-old brother was arrested for possession with intent to distribute(meth)in ...
  A: Pat, Really odd, Your are dealing with several different issues here. Most of them are civil ...
Probation5/12/2009
  Q: I am going to be taking the probation exam. I had been studying only a short period of time when the ...
  A: Jenn, good luck You kind of actually answered your own questions. If they are only offering it ...
drug testing5/12/2009
  Q: I was put on felony probation in 2007 I was drug tested several times I failed a few for marijuana ...
  A: Dustin, Interesting question. First if you want to file a law suit you would obviously have to file ...
Criminal Warrants5/3/2009
  Q: I have 2 sons who were sentenced in Las Vegas, Nevada for drug use. One did some time in prison ...
  A: Mary I sincerely apologize for my delay in responding as i was called out of state suddenly. ...
Driving While Supended5/3/2009
  Q: I Have a Case Pending In Maryland it Was 11 Years Ago I did Know it Until I Checked Dmv Is There a ...
  A: Barry, I sincerely apologize for my delay in responding as i was called out of state suddenly. ...
Credit Card Fraud in CA5/3/2009
  Q: I acquired 5 cc cards in a family members name. Charged 20,000. I paid some payments but now have ...
  A: Cynthia, Sorry about the problem you are having. Credit card companies are usually loathed to ...
status of limitation on theft5/2/2009
  Q: I have some questions on the status of limitation on theft in MN. When does the status of limitation ...
  A: Aaron, I apologize for my delay in responding as i was called out of my area unexpectedly. Statute ...
what to do when the dt will not change the report5/2/2009
  Q: i have a 24 for year old son who has a conditional discharge from a new York court he was told to ...
  A: Lisa, I sincerely apologize for my delay in answering your questions as i was called out of my ...
video taping5/1/2009
  Q: I was wondering if I could videotape my front lawn. We are having some problems with the ...
  A: June, sincerely apologize for my delay in answering your questions as i was called out of my area ...
phone harressment4/30/2009
  Q: What does the law say about phone calling in terms of harressment. Is there comar or something I can ...
  A: William, sincerely apologize for my delay in answering your questions as i was called out of my ...
Website fraud4/30/2009
  Q: i would like to please ask a question. I am starting up a new business and was wondering.. if i was ...
  A: Katy, Greeting's mate. Sorry, I have a friend in Australia and that is the way he greets me. ...
Lying to the police about a theft4/29/2009
  Q: Last week my friend lied about someone breaking into her house when she actually let them in. And ...
  A: Jasmine, sincerely apologize for my delay in answering your questions as i was called out of my ...
Statute of limitations4/29/2009
  Q: What is the statute of limitations on misdemeanors in Orange Co., CA?
  A: Thomas, I sincerely apologize for my delay in answering your questions as i was called out of my ...
search warrant4/28/2009
  Q: Is it possible for police to obtain a search warrant with my name on it for a house where I've never ...
  A: Yael, I sincerely apologize for the delay as i was called out of my area unexpectedly. Search ...
Criminal Trespassing4/28/2009
  Q: On Saturday 4/25 I was asked to leave a bar in Midland, TX. The bar is located inside a shopping ...
  A: Corey, I sincerely apologize for the delay I was called out of my area unrepentantly. Sorry about ...
search warrants4/28/2009
  Q: if the cops come to your door with a search warrant,and r going to search your house and u ask them ...
  A: Darwin, I apologize for my delay in responding. I get called out occasionally away from my office ...
lying to police4/27/2009
  Q: I was in situation where the policeman said an issue occurred about a phone call and without ...
  A: Steve, I apologize for my delay in responding. I get called out occasionally away from my office ...
Question About Expunged Records4/27/2009
  Q: I Was put on Misdemeanor probation for having a billy club in my car, a couple months later the ...
  A: Adam, I apologize for my delay in responding. I get called out occasionally away from my office ...
Bad Check4/27/2009
  Q: I wrote a post dated check in upstate, NY for a down payment on a car. They were going to notify me ...
  A: Linda, I apologize for my delay in responding. I get called out occasionally away from my office. ...
criminal tresspass4/24/2009
  Q: what is the most a person can get from 1st offense criminal tresspass? incident in question is old ...
  A: Bonnie, With out knowing specific state and statute cited no one can be specific. Criminal ...
Warrant4/23/2009
  Q: What exactly is a Warrant Merit of Concern?
  A: Angelica, You stumped me, I have never heard the term before nor can i find it in any of my ...
Obstruction of Justice Time Served4/23/2009
  Q: In 2006, my son gave a false name to a police officer at a traffic stop (he was a passenger in the ...
  A: Lisa, I am really sorry about the problems your son is having and all the stress he is causing you. ...
Misdemeanor warrant4/21/2009
  Q: she has a retail theft was suppose to do community service and never did it because they wanted her ...
  A: Stephanie, Sorry about the problem your sister is having. Statute of limitations deals with the ...
Search warrant suppression4/19/2009
  Q: Is there a legal precedent for having a search warrant suppressed when it was issued based almost ...
  A: Pam, As far as a precedent or case law dealing with that exact factual situation i a not familiar ...
not sure4/19/2009
  Q: is there a law that states that someone can sighn a statement that such&such wasnt his but rather ...
  A: Peter, You are going to have to be a little more specific your question is just a little to ...
Felony Warrant4/18/2009
  Q: My friend had a boyfriend who lived at her address. He has since moved. The police have been to her ...
  A: Susan, Probably not, there could be a specific statute in her state that allows something like ...
trespassing4/17/2009
  Q: Can you please tell me if a person can be charged with trespassing on their own property during a ...
  A: lynette, Talk about a mess. Most law enforcement officers would rather face a shots fired call ...
Minor/Age of Consent4/17/2009
  Q: I am wondering whether it is legal for me, as a 24 year old, to have sex with a minor above the age ...
  A: Ginny, If the person is over the age of consent then they can consent to have sexual relations with ...
Illegal sentencing4/16/2009
  Q: I have a friend that was convicted in 1998. I am not completely sure of the charge, I think it was ...
  A: Jacquline, It is difficult to answer your question without seeing the documents that you are ...
Time Frame for pressing charges4/15/2009
  Q: What is the time frame for pressing charges against someone for say breaking and entering? My ...
  A: Johnny, You are referring to the statute of limitations and they vary from state to state, also ...
VOP4/13/2009
  Q: I am on probation for 3 years for falsifying business records (bogus, but went on for over a year ...
  A: Lisa, Sorry about the difficulties you are having. There are a couple different types of probation ...
misdemeanor shoplifting4/11/2009
  Q: A friend and I were caught shoplifting. The stolen merchandise totaled to about $50. I was ...
  A: Kat, It is possible that it would remain on your record. Normally first offences can be expunged. ...
neighbor problems4/11/2009
  Q: I have had problems for over a year now with my neighbors. It's getting a lot worse now that my ...
  A: Cheryl, I do understand your frustration with this, neighbor problems are some of the most ...
Class C misdemeanors4/9/2009
  Q: Can I get a job in the legel field with four class C misdemeanors?
  A: Marissa, Difficult question to answer due to the variances in definitions and requirements. You ...
bail for a traffic ticket4/4/2009
  Q: I was picked up in New York State on a warrant for failure to appear for a traffic ticket ...
  A: Frank, I agree , weird. This may be a quirk in New York law. In most jurisdictions this would be ...
theft3/25/2009
  Q: I had a friend do work on my car problem is he took my money bought the parts but retured the parts ...
  A: Christy, Obviously illegal, in my state it is larceny by conversion but could be classified as ...
how long3/25/2009
  Q: How long can you hold an inmate until they are ID? is my question
  A: Cookie, excellent question. There is nothing really written in stone. The requirement is that a ...
Criminal Trespass3/25/2009
  Q: Is a police officer suppose to arrest someone for Criminal Trespass when they knew he wasn't doing ...
  A: Tamra, No a police officer is not suppose to be doing that. I wish i could say that there is no ...
criminal mischief3/24/2009
  Q: What exactly is criminal mischief?
  A: Jared, Criminal mischief is kind of a catch all statute that will have varying definitions normally ...
Search Warrants3/24/2009
  Q: If police return to the place where a search warrant had been issued, and the search had been ...
  A: Kippi, NO, it would not null and void the original warrant. If what they are returning to obtain ...
shoplifting3/21/2009
  Q: My friend recently was caught shoplifting an item of cosmetics worth approx. £5 in boots store... ...
  A: grey_tea, I apologize for my delay in responding i was called out of my area last week and i am ...
Probation violation-HELP!3/21/2009
  Q: My son is on probation for a prior drug charge but has been drug free for 3 years. One of the ...
  A: Patty, I apologize for my delay in responding i was called out of my area last week and i am just ...
Please Help my stress3/21/2009
  Q: I was arrested Tuesday for possession of forged instruments. It started when I received an e-mail ...
  A: Zak, Sorry about your problem. Also this question got sent to the question pool and it is not ...
The PO ignored a drug addiction3/20/2009
  Q: I would like to know if there are any laws against a Probation officer neglecting to report drug ...
  A: Stephanie, First i need to apologize for the delay in responding, i was called out of the area ...
Detained in Texas Prison3/19/2009
  Q: My son has been in prison in Texas for 4 years. He is scheduled for release in April, but Louisiana ...
  A: Diana, First i need to apologize for the delay in responding, i was called out of the area ...
Detective3/18/2009
  Q: I'm 18 years old and i want to be a Undercover Detective or a Homicide Detective. I'm not sure what ...
  A: Lyn, First i need to apologize for the delay in responding, i was called out of the area ...
Vandalism/tampering3/18/2009
  Q: Recently I was arrested for vandalism/graffiti ( the police called it tampering?). I was leaving my ...
  A: Andrew, First i need to apologize for the delay in responding, i was called out of the area ...
Credit Card Iusse3/17/2009
  Q: I hope you can give my wife and I some guidance. This doesn't involve an arrest yet but maybe you ...
  A: Paul, First i need to apologize for the delay in responding, i was called out of the area ...
criminal trespassing3/17/2009
  Q: On march 3 my 15 year old son was arrested at his friends building for criminal trespassing. His ...
  A: evelyn First i need to apologize for the delay in responding, i was called out of the area ...
regarding probation violation3/16/2009
  Q: I have federal probation and was caught with felony possesion of marijuanna with intent to sell what ...
  A: Daren, Worst case is obviously to have probation revoked and sent back to prison. Other options is ...
old road between properties3/16/2009
  Q: My neighbor and I have and old road between our properties ...I own the road and there is nothing ...
  A: Sheila, I just found this question in the question pool an area of this board that i am not notifed ...
PA Non-Traffic Citation - No Fine Listed3/16/2009
  Q: I was recently issued a Non-Traffic Citation for the summary offense of public drunkenness (PA ...
  A: Mike, The citation is fine. The police do not set the fine the courts do and the police do not ...
re; indiana bench warrant3/13/2009
  Q: if inmate in Texas how long does Indiana have to come get him for warrant issued in that state? ...
  A: Sharon, There is usually not a expiration date on a warrant so i am not sure what you are referring ...
Speedy Trial Laws in New York3/11/2009
  Q: My husband was arrested on July 5th, 2008 for weapons possesion in the 4th degree. He didn't see ...
  A: Selena, Sorry about the problem you husband is having. I really can not advise as to the viability ...
Extradition for bench warrant in Illinois3/11/2009
  Q: Extradition for bench warrant in Illinois. Will the state always want a person returned to ...
  A: Jannet, Your question is lacking in some detail but i will give you some generalities. I will ...
criminal subpoena/witness for the state3/10/2009
  Q: What happens if you are subpoenaed to testify for the state vs. --- and it will cause a financial ...
  A: Kimberlee, Yes, appearing in court as a witness can be a hardship, financially and other ways. ...
State to state warrant3/10/2009
  Q: A few years ago, my mother was pulled over by a cop in texas who swears she ran a red light. It was ...
  A: Ariel, Traffic offences are misdemeanors and are not extradited. Since she was not convicted in ...
Statute of limitation3/9/2009
  Q: Is there a statute of limitation for contempt of court in Colorado. I was ordered to not send ...
  A: Nicole, The judge would have to be informed of the possible violation of its order. If a contempt ...
DUI3/9/2009
  Q: I was recently charge with a DUI in the state of Pennsylvania. I was at a friendís house in my ...
  A: Harrison, Sorry about the situation you are in. If you have an attorney consult him or her about ...
Probation violation?3/8/2009
  Q: He has been on good behavior probation for 3.5 years for driving related incidents. My question is ...
  A: Matt, The answer is , Maybe. This is a question that needs to be discussed with his probation ...
Assult on minor in Walmarts3/7/2009
  Q: My name is Serina Nolan. And I want to speak and act on the behalf of my 3 year old daughter, ...
  A: Serina, I am very sorry for what happen to your daughter Katrina. As a parent i can well imagine ...
Gun charge3/6/2009
  Q: i was wondering if a group of friends were in a hotel and the police didnt get consent to search and ...
  A: Sarah, Search questions are very difficult without all the case facts including the officers ...
Criminal Mischief3/6/2009
  Q: I have some questions about filing a criminal mischief charge against an individual who destroyed ...
  A: Devaki, You are much more forgiving then i would be. However that was not the question. You have ...
charged with assault and battery3/6/2009
  Q: Recently I went to pick my kids up from their school. There were no school authorities outside. I ...
  A: Dave, I understand but cant' say i agree. Everyone says we are not suppose to standby and watch ...
Arrested a long time ago3/4/2009
  Q: I am 45 yrs. old, and was arrested a long time ago for something stupid. I was at a bar with a ...
  A: Jessica, Sorry about the stress this is causing you. The soliciting charge or whatever the ...
Re: Dui arrest3/4/2009
  Q: I was pulled over for doing 41 in a 35 which then led to a field sobriety test. The test was ...
  A: Andrew, Interesting case facts. You are asking if you and others have grounds to file a civil ...
Assault on minor3/2/2009
  Q: a close family member of mine was in a fight at the weekend with a 16 year old boy and the my family ...
  A: Lisa, Sorry no easy answer. The 30 yr old could potentially be charged with assault, possibly even ...
public urination in texas3/1/2009
  Q: is it illegal for anyone to urinate in public in the state of texas?
  A: Kelli, It is illegal in probably all states. Normally treated as a public nuisance type offense, ...
Careless Driving Citation2/27/2009
  Q: My 17 yr old daughter received a citation in NJ for careless driving on 1/29/09. The summons ...
  A: Lissette, Sorry about the problem with your daughter. Statute of limitations will not be an issue ...
No Bond2/27/2009
  Q: Robin, My daughter was arrested for warrants in Texas. She has done time served for the ...
  A: Tammy, Sorry about the problems your daughter and you are having. No Bond would be a restriction ...
knowingly receiving stolen property2/27/2009
  Q: While you have already addressed this question. Where in this category does an individual fall in if ...
  A: Miquel, Difficult question. There is the real world answer and the technical answer. However ...
pretty theft2/26/2009
  Q: I filed under pretty theft case...so is it effected my visa renewal because i am an international ...
  A: Chand, Possibly but not likely. Petty theft is defined several different ways and can also be ...
ccp 211 for jury pool summons2/26/2009
  Q: without any entry on recod for need for a special summons for prospective jury pool, the bailiff was ...
  A: Rebecca, I think i understand most of your question, but i am not sure what part of the question ...
Broken jaw2/25/2009
  Q: I was recently invited to a party where I was hit in the jaw by another person at this party. I do ...
  A: Peter, Sorry about the jaw, that hurts i know. You have to issues. First is the criminal ...
habeaus corpus2/25/2009
  Q: what the next step or time limit after an denial?
  A: Brenda, I first need to apologize as i have been out of town on assignment. I need to assume that ...
BAC test vs. Breathalizer2/25/2009
  Q: I was given a series of sobriety tests an a breathalizer after a 3 car accident that was not my ...
  A: Mabel, I first need to apologize as i have been out of town on assignment. I am also sorry about ...
worried2/23/2009
  Q: I was told that attempted assault fell under the guidelines of measure 11 in Or. I have done some ...
  A: Jennifer, Measure 11 is a mandatory minimum sentencing statute sometimes called "truth in ...
revoked license2/22/2009
  Q: about 1987 i recieved a speeding ticket in Miami Florida...i didn't pay it and they revoked my ...
  A: Joseph, Congratulations on your up coming wedding. First, they do not run a criminal check on you ...
Questioning2/22/2009
  Q: what are good questions to ask a defendant in a criminal trail. what are good questions to ask a ...
  A: Alejandra, This question is overly broad as the questioning is specific to the type of crime and ...
my son stole checks2/21/2009
  Q: we live in colorado & my son stole some checks from a friend of mine & his friend forged the name & ...
  A: Gary, Sorry about the problems your son has gotten himself into. There is always the possibility. ...
possible election law violation2/21/2009
  Q: when i voted early in November 2008, i signed an application to vote that my residential address was ...
  A: hakan I doubt that the local prosecutor will take much interest in this. If they do they should ...
NJ Statutes of Limitations2/20/2009
  Q: My son is writing a term paper about the above named subject for school. Each student was given a ...
  A: Michael, Legal research can be confusing. Since i help my son and daughter with their homework ...
Theft2/19/2009
  Q: I was convected with a felony of theft because of shopleftting and I am regret doing it so very ...
  A: Ruth, I know this is very frustrating. As a student of Criminal Justice i am sure you recognize ...
Home Survalence2/18/2009
  Q: Is there any laws in NH to prevent me from video taping a cheating spouse at my home. I really do ...
  A: Joe, I can't think of a worse question to try and answer. The laws regarding covert video are ...
telephone harrasment2/18/2009
  Q: I was fighting with my ex boyfriend for a few months and I called his house phone a lot. His fathers ...
  A: Jenelle, By definition you probably committed some sort of Harassment by New York statute. The ...
what is definition of "criminal"2/18/2009
  Q: I received the following question on an application: Have you ever been arrested, indicted, ...
  A: Randy, The application covered it's bases, A class C misd would classify as a criminal charge. They ...
flight to avoid2/17/2009
  Q: Probation,parole not involved. You answered a question about flight warrants earlier. Concerning ...
  A: Peggy, Under the rules the warrant holding state has 180 days to bring the arrested person to ...
Government Criminal System Question2/14/2009
  Q: My boyfriend was recently cited with marijuana possession on an army base. To the best of my ...
  A: Kitty, There are several items that i am not clear on. Is he currently enlisted in the military ? ...
12 year old stealing phone2/12/2009
  Q: What will happen if they press charges against my 12 year old for stealing their daughters phone? ...
  A: Concerned Mother, I understand your frustration but the juvenile system is usually not a good ...
Ganja2/10/2009
  Q: I was at the park and my friend was smoking a black and mild. We are all 15 and a cop saw him put ...
  A: Adam, Unfortunately the answer is, maybe. Laws regarding search and seizure can be very confusing ...
felon2/10/2009
  Q: my daughters ex boyfriend is a felon he was placed on probation he stole a car credit card and used ...
  A: Barb, Obviously your daughter needs to reevaluate her choice of young men. These actions could be ...
Battery2/9/2009
  Q: I had been harassed for several months by my best friends estranged husbands after their split in ...
  A: Jessica, Sorry about the difficulties you are having. The truth of the matter is this, our system ...
vehicle held for evidence2/6/2009
  Q: i really need soemone's help; my son was at a party with friends and he had my car, a friend of his ...
  A: Pete, Sorry about the problem you are having. The police can hold the vehicle for a reasonable ...
Simple assault on a minor2/6/2009
  Q: I am an over protective father who recently found a young man that has been ask to leave our ...
  A: Gary, Sorry about the problem. There are two issues, first is the criminal aspect. The assault is ...
accused of stealing2/5/2009
  Q: A friend of mine was shopping at a grocery store, she paid for her purchases and she stopped out of ...
  A: Christine, Sorry about the problems your friend got into. First thing is that the security officer ...
Simple Assault2/2/2009
  Q: I got into a fight outside a bar and am being charged with simple assault. I am currently out of ...
  A: Sean, Contact the court and request a public defender. Depending on the state and jurisdiction ...
Harassment2/2/2009
  Q: My ex and I broke up July of 2008 and sense then he has not stopped harassing me. He endlessly ...
  A: Stephanie, This type of stuff can be very frustrating and frightening. First thing is to call or ...
Murder Charges1/31/2009
  Q: My son and three of his friends were robbed at gun point in broad daylight. My son chased the ...
  A: Concerned Mother, I am sorry this tragedy has happened to your family and your son. Without a ...
statutory rape1/30/2009
  Q: my sister engaged in a relationship with my x husband, she was 14 yrs old, & my x husband was 24 yrs ...
  A: Esmeralda, The system is not perfect, not even close. What your ex-husband did was wrong and ...
Shoplifting1/29/2009
  Q: Yesterday (1/28/09) my girlfriend, and her friend, both adults, and I, a minor, were in a WalMart ...
  A: Matt, Sorry the situation you and your friends got into. There is no obligation for the Wal Mart ...
Telephone and email harassment1/28/2009
  Q: Apx. 16 months ago, I broke up with my girlfriend of apx. 5 years. Since that time she's dedicated ...
  A: Jeff, Here is the problem from my view. Dating someone for 5 years normally allows them quite a ...
Rights of parents to deny police access to their juvenile children for interrogation1/28/2009
  Q: Do I, as a parent of a Juvenile under the age of 17, have the right to either a) deny the Police ...
  A: Lesley, While i can't speak specifically about Florida's law some states require the permission of ...
Theft1/26/2009
  Q: My stepfather died January 11, 08. He and my Mother had two joint checking accounts. He has ...
  A: Donna, Sorry for the loss of your stepfather and the problems your mother is having. It could be ...
down grading a misdemeanor1/26/2009
  Q: back in aug of 2003 I was involved in a fight, I was 18 at the time. I got arrested and plead to a ...
  A: Nicholas, Sorry about the difficulty you are having but you are not alone. Depending on what state ...
Harrasment by law enforcemnet1/25/2009
  Q: My boyfreind is in my opinion being harrased by our small towm city cop. We only have one. We live ...
  A: Amy, I am sorry about the problems you and your boyfriend are having. With out a great deal more ...
my boyfriend1/25/2009
  Q: My boyfriend was arrested for a bench warrant. When the sherriffs looked at the bench warrant it ...
  A: Ashley, I am sorry for the problems your boyfriend is having. I have never heard of the term " ...
Forgery1/24/2009
  Q: I've been charged with 3 felony counts of 1st degree forgery. I cashed two checks totaling $980.00 ...
  A: Gelisha, Sorry for the problems you are having. Estimating penalties is impossible with out a ...
question of assault in texas1/23/2009
  Q: Long story short, I was at a bar me and my friends were pretty drunk and the manager asked me to ...
  A: Mark, The possibilities are numerous as to charges, assault, assault with weapon ( rock), ...
where to find laws1/22/2009
  Q: I am just trying to find out if you can direct me where to find What the laws are on an Adult ...
  A: Billie, Here a pretty good link to New Mexico law, specifically the Contributing delinquency law. ...
fugitive1/21/2009
  Q: if a fugutuve in picked-up in one state. how long does the state that wants him have to come and ...
  A: T This falls under the Interstate Detainer Act, a very confusing piece of legislation and court ...
answer1/21/2009
  Q: how long does wisconsin have to pick up a fugitive from michigan
  A: Holly, Lots of variables, Depends on why they are being held in Michigan. What the status of the ...
Simple question1/17/2009
  Q: The police found my boyfriend in my apartment after i told them he wasn't there,(he had warrants for ...
  A: Brittany, I first want to apologize for the delay in answering your question, had some computer ...
warrant 4 my arrest1/15/2009
  Q: I had missed court on january.8.2008,& I had a mischief charge for breaking a window so now their ...
  A: Shewit, I am not real clear on what your situation is. What i am reading is that you live in ...
will a felon come off my record after completing probation1/15/2009
  Q: i received a deferred prosecution for larceny by employee in the state of n.c. .....i was given a ...
  A: Brenda, If this was a deferred sentence or prosecution then generally yes. There will be a non ...
illegal search1/15/2009
  Q: can a person's home be search while they are in police custody for a different crime other then what ...
  A: DX, Yes the police, with the proper authority can search a residence for any evidence associated to ...
Pregnant minor from another minor1/14/2009
  Q: My friends daughter who just turned (16) is pregnant by her 17 year old (soon to be 18) boyfriend. ...
  A: Anica, This is more civil then criminal but what generally happens is this. The male is held ...
crime1/12/2009
  Q: what's the lisbility for an ndividual who collect money from another person by deception
  A: Amadu, This would be a type of fraud and would be interpreted by the statutes in the state that it ...
Search Warrants1/12/2009
  Q: What exactly is meant by "no night" search on a California Search Warrant. Does night mean night or, ...
  A: Sam, We don't have that type of restriction in Michigan for search warrants or arrest warrants. ...
enforcement of a class c misdemeanors in Texas1/11/2009
  Q: How can class c misdemeanors be brought to court? Does a police officer have to see the violation or ...
  A: Bobby, I apologize for the deal but i was dealing with some issues recently. Class C misdemeanors ...
trespassing1/11/2009
  Q: If you enter a wooded area that is not gated or fenced and is not posted "no trespassing", can you ...
  A: Pat, Trespass is and can be a confusing issue. Each state will have different definitions and ...
Out of State DUI1/10/2009
  Q: I got a DUI in TN, but have a NV license. However, TN never took away my license after my conviction ...
  A: Matt, The restriction is ordered by TN. It is their responsibility to enforce the action. If you ...
Criminal law1/10/2009
  Q: My question is, my son was charged with Robbery in the 1st degree that his friend did and the friend ...
  A: Lola, I am terrible sorry for the situation that your son is in. I can't respond to your sons ...
Forgery1/9/2009
  Q: I had a detective question me about a check that someone was caught trying to cash. They charged ...
  A: A. From your question it is impossible to discern exactly what the relationship was between you and ...
Procedure?1/5/2009
  Q: Detectives took me in to question about an incident I'm not involve in and he said I'll be back ...
  A: Jinno, I am sorry about the situation you are in. This type of stuff is can be very confusing and ...
unconstitutional search1/5/2009
  Q: can police search and sieze personal effects in a residence with no resident home,damage property ...
  A: Brad, Police under normal circumstance can not just search a residence. There are exceptions of ...
shop-lifting, California12/29/2008
  Q: I have been charged with felony 487a, due to the claimed retail value of items being four hundred ...
  A: Pablo, This question was placed into the question pool which I do not check very often, therefore ...
EXTRADITION12/29/2008
  Q: MY FIANCEE WAS ON PROBATION IN FLORIDA AND HAD IT TRANSFERRED TO PA.. HE HAD 3 MONTHS LEFT ON HIS ...
  A: Donna, I am sorry about the problems your fiancee is having. Normally misdemeanors are not ...
probation appeal due to discrimination12/28/2008
  Q: my son has mental retardation and was convicted as a level 1 sex offender.incriminal court he was ...
  A: Marion, I first want to apologize for the delay in answering this, it was moved to the question ...
teaching certification and possession12/28/2008
  Q: I have a family member who is certified to teach in the state of Michigan. She suffers from a number ...
  A: Andrew, I first need to apologize for the delay in answering this question, it was routed to the ...
Domestic Violence and Custody modification12/25/2008
  Q: My children 19,16, and 10 lived with my ex until recently. He has custody of the children and I live ...
  A: Jade, I am very sorry about what happened to your kids and i am glad you were able to get them out. ...
is he guilty of the murder of Tweedle Dum12/25/2008
  Q: Cheshire Cat is tired of being chased by Tweedle Dee all day long and decides to murder him. He buys ...
  A: David, Again yes, In fact in this situation a case could possibly argued for the attempt to ...
Will Antony's act be deemed the proximate cause of Cleo's death12/25/2008
  Q: Antony gives Cleopatra a glass of wine tainted with arsenic, intending to kill her. However, the ...
  A: David, Again Yes, It is Anthony's intent that will be looked at and what act started the ball ...
Is D guilty for the death of V?12/24/2008
  Q: D sets a bomb in V's car (parked at V's office) because he is angry at V. He then has a change of ...
  A: David, Yes, You can't call back the bullet. The bomb was set by D if it killed V, the security ...
Hab Offender/OWI12/23/2008
  Q: My husband was recently sentenced for OWI 3rd. They also charged him for a Habitual Offender to. I ...
  A: Jeannie, Sorry about the problem you husband is having. It is a little confusing and i will try. ...
falsified police arrest report12/22/2008
  Q: Among other falsified documents in a 14 page arrest report is a declaration of probable that is ...
  A: Gilbert, Your are asking very specific legal questions in a state jurisdiction that i am not an ...
illegal search warrant??12/21/2008
  Q: is it an illegal search when the police don't give me the part of the search warrant that has the ...
  A: Natalie, That is a technical issue to be determined by the court. Under most court rules any ...
Embezzelment12/21/2008
  Q: My son has been on anti-depressants, and he doesn't seem to be the same sharp and quick young man ...
  A: Debra, Sorry about the problems your son is having. I can only answer this as a generality because ...
When does it become conspiracy to commit murder?12/21/2008
  Q: Say two people were planning to go out and kill someone at random. When would the planning itself ...
  A: Megan, This is going to be dependent on the state statutes and prevailing court precedents. ...
Concerns on crimal law12/20/2008
  Q: How can u get charged with residential burglary, if you are the owner of the house, if someones ...
  A: Freedom, You would have to review specifically the wording of the statute. The first idea that ...
Son held in jail on non warrent in NC12/20/2008
  Q: My son is on probation in Texas and was arrested in NC for a non warrant in Texas. After doing ...
  A: Susan, I know these problems are very difficult to deal with and to understand. I have done some ...
Detainers12/19/2008
  Q: My friend didn't report as scheduled to his parole officer on his last 5 months on parole back in ...
  A: Nicole, This is not going to be a quick fix. Once he finishes his current prison sentence if he is ...
Crime Scene Procedures12/18/2008
  Q: Can police take a suspect to a victims house for identification, have the victim id them from 10+ ...
  A: Andrea, Yes they can, however i would probably do it in reverse. Take the victim to the suspect. ...
relevant warrant12/18/2008
  Q: got removed from my chapter 13 in sept americredit wants me to turn in my truck and is using a third ...
  A: Ron, This is civil law not criminal. I am not an expert in that field. It sounds like what is ...
Need help on P.I. law12/17/2008
  Q: As a licensed bailbondsman / bail company owner in Michigan. Maybe you can help. There is a new P.I. ...
  A: Karen, New laws are a pain in the a**. Takes awhile to sort everything out. I have not read ...
search warrents12/17/2008
  Q: My sister and I were robbed in her home by 2 men with a guns. When the police came to get a report, ...
  A: Terry, I am glad no one was seriously hurt. It is pretty common for suspects to blame the victims ...
???12/17/2008
  Q: i was just cought shop lifting and was charged with thieft under 500 dollars.I was told i was to be ...
  A: Brandon, What it appears to be in your jurisdiction is that you will receive a notification from ...
Problem with Neighbor12/16/2008
  Q: I have recently moved into a neighborhood in the suburbs of Philadelphia that is made up of ...
  A: Nick, You need to be proactive. She may have some sort of personality or mental defect. First ...
extradition12/16/2008
  Q: what type of crime warrants extradition from another state? There would have to be substantial ...
  A: Jessica, Extradition's between states is normally limited to felonies. It has nothing to do with ...
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, Quite a bit of damage. In most jurisdictions there is no requirement for citizens to act ...
Violating Probation12/15/2008
  Q: I recently got a ticket for theft of services 165.15 (3), was i technically arrested or just issued ...
  A: Robin, a ticket is technically an arrest. At least to a probation officer. This is something that ...
statute of limitations - ky12/15/2008
  Q: My son at age 14 was brought up on a sex abuse 1 charge. He spent 8.5 months in juvenile detention, ...
  A: Penny, Sorry about your son and I know you are very worried about him. DJJ is correct regarding ...
Deferred Sentence12/14/2008
  Q: My boyfriend moved to Maryland in January 2008. He had a misdemeanor charge pending in Washington ...
  A: Yael, What a mess these lies caused, huh ? 1) the warrant is usually put into the system fairly ...
Probation Search-Scope12/13/2008
  Q: My brother is on formal probation. He has his own room in my mother's home. The police arrived to ...
  A: Angelica, In general they are correct and the room would be subject to search. The guideline is ...
Warrant12/13/2008
  Q: I found your site while surfing the internet. My significant other presented an employment ...
  A: Yael, What a mess. OK first the attorney is probably correct as to the potential sentence and ...
outstanding warrant12/12/2008
  Q: Relatives of mine were in need of public assistance of which they received. They came to live with ...
  A: Carrie, Sorry about the problems your relatives are having. There is basically only a few ways ...
Texas open container12/12/2008
  Q: If a person traveling through the state of Texas (en-route to another state) is given a open ...
  A: Carol, Open container of alcohol are usually minor violations. Failure to respond a warrant would ...
Excessive Sentence?12/11/2008
  Q: Two years ago I wrote a hot check for $33. Shortly after that my family and I moved to another ...
  A: Michael, Your questions deal with some fairly technical legal questions. Particularly regarding ...
extradition12/10/2008
  Q: My name is candais and my husband is currently being held in the local regional jail awaiting ...
  A: Candais, Unfortunately the answer is no. The trial is held where the crime is alleged to have ...
unauthorized presence in park12/10/2008
  Q: I got a ticket well actually a summons for being in the park after it closes. I had no idea about ...
  A: Svetlana, This is a minor violation, very similar to a traffic ticket that quite truthfully most ...
small claims12/10/2008
  Q: If a defendant loses a small claims case alleging destruction of property can the plaintiff then ...
  A: Sharon, It will depend on the case facts. If the destruction was accidental then probably not. If ...
Home searches.12/9/2008
  Q: I'm a Baltimore county resident and recently had an incident involving police officers. Two officers ...
  A: Christopher, The actions of the officers is pretty common, it also borders being questionable. I ...
Italian fraud and law12/9/2008
  Q: Is there any way to check if a person in Italy has a criminal record or has been convicted and ...
  A: Susan, If i understand your question you are asking how someone in Australia can obtain the ...
Letter from Detective12/9/2008
  Q: What can happen if I receive a letter from the police department asking me to contact them. In ...
  A: Aaron, Under the Fifth amendment you are not required to make a statement in your defense. The ...
Domestic Violence12/7/2008
  Q: Robin, I am a single father of 2 minor boys- one 9 the other 11. My ex wife has vast amounts of ...
  A: Richard, I think few people would disagree that marital disputes, custody issues, etc. are ...
DUI12/7/2008
  Q: If my sons father had got pulled over for drinking and driving with my son in the car. What would ...
  A: Diana, In most jurisdictions the child would be taken into protective custody until your son could ...
Diploma Forgery12/5/2008
  Q: I asked you a few months ago about a situation my fiance had in Maryland. She applied to a ...
  A: Paul, The only way to check on possible charges is to contact the police agency and either ask or ...
What would most police do12/5/2008
  Q: A man gets arrested, and he informs the police immediately after being mirandized that he is Belgium ...
  A: Alexa, Most police departments have policies that cover these issues. However it is really pretty ...
Abscounding12/4/2008
  Q: I just had a quick qestion on abscounding sentences. I live in michigan and I wanted to know what ...
  A: DeAngelo, I presume you are talking about someone that is on probation for a felony and takes off. ...
Aarons rental12/4/2008
  Q: I live in GA. I lost my job and was behind in my rent. I spent 2 days at my son's house in TN, so I ...
  A: Susan, I am very sorry about the problems you are having. I am some what of a cynic so the thought ...
recovery of seized $'s from CA CHP12/3/2008
  Q: Apx. 10 months ago my mother and her boyfriend were out driving (w/no particular place to go..so to ...
  A: Bambi, Wow ! Heck of a story. Glad no one else was seriously hurt. Also appears to be a real ...
Harrassment12/2/2008
  Q: My parents divorced over 40 years ago and I never saw my father again. About 8 years ago he called ...
  A: Noble, These are not easy issues to deal. Part of the problem is the varying statutes regarding ...
Petit Theft at Walmart12/1/2008
  Q: I and my wife got caught by Walmart security today (11/30/08). My wife took 2 bottles of vitamin C ...
  A: Dave, Sorry about what happen, besides the legal aspect it can be very embarrassing for both of ...
habitual offender law12/1/2008
  Q: I have serious felony convictions in my past. I was recently arrested for OWI and ...
  A: John, Depends on your state. Truthfully OWI and R &O usually run together for some reason. The R & ...
Clemency11/29/2008
  Q: I recently read that there are two forms of clemency. [1] Pardon, which exceuses the crime in some ...
  A: Steve, In the first instance you are correct pardon merely releases someone from prison not their ...
detainer and extradition11/29/2008
  Q: my husband is currently in a county jail in pa waiting to go to trial for minor drug charges.He has ...
  A: Aisha, It depends on a couple of things. They could wait till his current case is ajudicated in PA. ...
Unlawful Search of Person in a Store11/29/2008
  Q: My friend in Los Angeles, CA was arrested at an adult video store, while still insdide. He ...
  A: Dee, There seems to be something missing in your narrative. Your friend was in a store and the ...
Obtainig certain court documents11/28/2008
  Q: We are in Florida, my husband is now at a classification center. Is there any way that I can do a ...
  A: Liz. All the court documents you describe should be available directly from the court. You can ...
Extradition from Texas to Louisiana11/27/2008
  Q: My brother is in prison in Texas. He has a parole hold on him. The extradition papers were filed ...
  A: Mary, This question is tricky because of the differences in the states. Also i am not clear on ...
law11/27/2008
  Q: if my son has a fugitive warrant in another state close by do you think he would get bail and if so ...
  A: Mike, It is really impossible to say. The variables include the type of charge, how long a ...
Blood Spatter11/27/2008
  Q: I was wonder if you could tell me if blood Spatter analysis is admissible in court under the ...
  A: Melody, Yes it is and has been used in hundreds of cases at both the state and Federal Level. The ...
Phone calls11/26/2008
  Q: I keep getting calls from a man with a heavy middle eastern accent. He asks for me or my lawyer. He ...
  A: Julie, These are harassing phone calls and also may be indications of some sort of identity theft. ...
search warrant11/26/2008
  Q: the warrant says night search aurthoized (yes)or (no) and the no box is marked, they searched at ...
  A: Michael, Some states have that caveat in their search warrants regarding searches at night. In your ...
harassment from a neighbor11/25/2008
  Q: Subject harassment Question Ever since my neighbor moved in we have been having problems with ...
  A: Jennifer, I read through your questions several times. These types of complaints are very ...
Prescription Forgery11/25/2008
  Q: I made a big mistake and was charged last week with 2 counts of altering/forging a prescription and ...
  A: Bryan, Prescription addiction is a huge problem and i give you a lot of credit for taking steps to ...
extradition11/24/2008
  Q: My boyfriend had warrants in Louisiana, and was picked up in Wisconsin. How long does LA typically ...
  A: Malia, If your boyfriend waived extradition then LA has to start court proceedings within 180 days. ...
dui11/24/2008
  Q: how long does the state have to charge you after a dui accident? the arrest was made on october ...
  A: Michael, Each state can have different time frames. Usually less then a year but could also vary ...
Simple Assault11/23/2008
  Q: My son @ 17 was in a Emotional Growth School that we sent him to. He was involved in a fight w/3 ...
  A: Brenda, Sorry about the problems your son is having. If your son is only being charged with ...
Violation of probation11/23/2008
  Q: I have a friend who currently has a warrent for violation probation on a unauthorized use of vehicle ...
  A: Nekeya Best advise is to contact the probation officer who told her she was off probation and try ...
St. of Limitations on Battery?11/23/2008
  Q: I was arrested last week for crim. mischief over $1k (3rd degree felony). I feel this guy is ...
  A: Eddie, Statute of limitations for battery at the misdemeanor level is normally minimum one year. ...
lesser sentence11/22/2008
  Q: if a man has admitted to investigators about sexual abuse on a minor and has also admitted that he ...
  A: Shirley, There are many factors that come into play in sentencing. cooperation with the police is ...
Discriminated and unlawfully searched11/22/2008
  Q: I believe i was discriminated against because of my ethnicity. Officer says i "cut her of" which i ...
  A: Ricardo, A lot of what you describe, yes they can do. Their motivation and reasoning quite ...
Neighbor's Car In driveway11/21/2008
  Q: What would you suggest a person do when you open the front door(13111 Pembroke St two houses from ...
  A: sweetmeat, Yes if someone has you blocked especially in your own driveway you can call and have ...
harassment?11/21/2008
  Q: Long story short, neighbor tried to hit me with a steal pole, then threatened to kill me, went to ...
  A: Jane, I am terribly sorry about all this. You are in a very difficult situation. You are a ...
underage theft11/20/2008
  Q: my 17-yr old worked at a c-store and was busted for theft, approx. $600 worth over a period of a ...
  A: Sara, In most jurisdictions 17 is not underage, they can be tried as an adult. However it is also ...
Early Probation Termination Appeal11/19/2008
  Q: I recently put in a petition with the Suffolk county, NY,courts for an early termination of my ...
  A: Jack, You are certainly with in your rights to ask for an explanation. The appellate part is a ...
neighbor damaging roof and air conditioners11/18/2008
  Q: I have one a neighbor who had threatened me on a continual basis for the last 4 years and is now ...
  A: Anabell Sounds like the guy is a real jerk. he may be trying to force you out so he can buy your ...
stolen property11/18/2008
  Q: My friends girlfriend was arrested for a probation violation and while in custody she had informed ...
  A: Richard, You obviously have some serious issues to deal with. Your residence is your ...
obsconding11/17/2008
  Q: I am on probation in Washington for a missderminer what is likely to happen if i move to florida
  A: First don't do it. OK now what could happen, worst case scenario. You would be arrested in Florida ...
armed robbery11/17/2008
  Q: yes i was wonder my boyfriend might be getting charged with armed robbery.but i was wondering if you ...
  A: Stephanie, Sorry about what is happening with your boyfriend. Armed Robbery in all jurisdictions ...
absconding11/15/2008
  Q: Im on probation in Oregon and wanted to know what will happen if I abscond to Texas and get caught ...
  A: Jamie, First don't do it. OK now what could happen, worst case scenario. You would be arrested in ...
Forgery11/15/2008
  Q: If a person that is mentally ill, gives you permission to sign their checks for them. And you have a ...
  A: Bridget, Technically, you can not sign someone else's name. Sometimes you may be allowed to sign ...
Vandalism or Domestic Violence11/15/2008
  Q: I am in a situation where they are trying to subpoena me for an incident where my boyfriend of 15 ...
  A: Marcy, The first question i have is what is your boyfriends attorney saying ? Domestic violence is ...
Husband was arrested for stealing his own car!11/14/2008
  Q: At the beginning of 08 my husband and I refinanced a vehicle loan in the state of Texas. Prior to ...
  A: Amy, Wow, first i have ever heard of this. I agree with the attorneys, it makes no sense. This ...
plea agreement question11/14/2008
  Q: My son goes to college in Iowa and in the parking lot he could not move his vehicle out because car ...
  A: lee, lots of questions and I will try to get to them all. your son did a simple act of malicious ...
fourth amendment11/13/2008
  Q: would it be an illegal search and seizure if you are in an accident and a fireman finds marijuana in ...
  A: bev, Excellent question. Normally laws regarding search and seizure deal mainly with police ...
oregon uniform citation and complaint11/13/2008
  Q: i got writen a complaint on a pcs charge and they got my first and middle name wrong.... someone ...
  A: Jessi, who ever told you that I wouldn't take any more advise from. Errors in citations, tickets ...
10 year old11/13/2008
  Q: My 10 year old daughter was with 3 other friends. Two of the friends were the only one's throwing ...
  A: Florida, boys and rocks, lost a few windows myself. She is ten so she won't be charged with a ...
extradition11/11/2008
  Q: My fiance wsa arrested in North Carolina on a violation of probation warrant from Connecticut. I ...
  A: Jaimie, I sincerely apologize for the lateness of this response. It was put into the question pool ...
Mischief Charge, Ontario11/10/2008
  Q: After far too much drinking, I blacked out and kicked a car a few times, put some dents in it and ...
  A: Phill, I first want to apologize for the lateness of this response. It got put into the question ...
Assault and Battery Question11/8/2008
  Q: I bumped into someone at school in the bathroom while reaching for a paper towel and they had a fit ...
  A: Tony, With no record you should be fine. You cooperated and the assault was not serious. You ...
Medical Care For Inmates11/8/2008
  Q: I have an inmate on my pod who has a hernia. It is very painful for him. He will soon be in state ...
  A: Robert, No, a writ merely takes him before a judge regarding custody issues, legality of being ...
Private Investigator and Minors/Juviniles11/8/2008
  Q: I am writing a comic book script about a private investigator and was wondering what the PI policy ...
  A: Ken, To my knowledge there is no specific statutes regarding a PI interviewing juveniles. However ...
aggrevated tresspass, and criminal damage, harrassment and theft11/8/2008
  Q: i moved into a property 5th march 2008, paying £500 deposit and £480 per calendar month rent, rent ...
  A: Sadie, Landlord / tenant issues are complex and messy. Sorry, it sounds like you got a bad one. ...
Aggravated Assault Case11/7/2008
  Q: Me & 3 of my friends were at a sports bar approx.1 wk ago we did not like the waitress attitude & ...
  A: Lester, Wow, bad night, sorry you guys got hurt especially over something so trivial. You can ...
protective custody (?)11/7/2008
  Q: does a criminal have the right to be put into protective custody in prison if the nature of his/her ...
  A: Thomas, Yes protective custody exists. Each state would have a differing variant but in practice ...
apeal a sentence11/7/2008
  Q: I was sentence for a battery charge I pleaded no contest 26 weeks of counseling 1 year probation ...
  A: Frank, You are asking a specific legal question which I am not qualified to answer. I am not ...
i need your help???11/7/2008
  Q: but i dont no how they can charge him with armed kidnapping when it was not a kid all he did was tie ...
  A: Stephanie, I am really very sorry for you and your situation. Your boyfriend is facing some very ...
suspected DUI/ Probation Violation11/6/2008
  Q: If a person was found guilty on 3 counts of reckless endangerment and received 6 years of probation ...
  A: Regina, The answer is probably yes. The OUI would obviously be a very serious violation of ...
Serious Accident11/6/2008
  Q: I was involved in a serious car accident over the weekend. I was not driving, but my friend that had ...
  A: Ashley, I am glad you were not seriously hurt. First thing is you obviously know what the right ...
criminal law11/6/2008
  Q: I was arrested by a local police officer in august and was charged with obstruction of justice.I was ...
  A: Bernice, Glad you were able to get the charge taken care of and sorry it cost so much. Suing police ...
adult felony probation11/5/2008
  Q: can an officer come to my home and search my whole house and tell my daughter friend to get out of ...
  A: Linda, You didn't specify who is on probation etc but generally part of probation is an agreement ...
Define this code, if possible11/5/2008
  Q: We saw a sign posted that said, "GOV'T AGENTS & OTHERS NO TRESPASSING ...
  A: Leroy, Here is a link to a site regarding this. Just so you know it won't work. There has never ...
parole11/4/2008
  Q:
  A: Christy, Every states probation and parole requirements and policies are very different. I would ...
What should I do?11/4/2008
  Q: have two cases in two different counties that do not know of the other cases. I have a DUI in ...
  A: Joshua, First in most courts they will ask at some point if you are on bond or have charges pending ...
parole11/3/2008
  Q: I was deported soon after getting released from prison and for that reason I cannot report because ...
  A: Martin, Logic would kind of dictate that is true wouldn't it ? How ever we are dealing with the ...
Hi11/3/2008
  Q: ..I am currently separated from my husband of 7 yrs but not divorced. Recently I had opened a ...
  A: Fatima, Sounds like you should really consider a divorce. First each state handles this type of ...
auto body work11/2/2008
  Q: we had an accident labor day, weekend, and since then (it wasn't our fault) we have gotten the ...
  A: Jill, I am very sorry about what has happened to you and your family. It is despicable the way ...
PUblic Intoxication11/2/2008
  Q: I received a dwi in 2005.. since then i always have a cab/friend drive me.. I hvae had 4 PIs in ...
  A: Derrel / Wayne First very smart not to drive when drinking, thanks. Second, public intoxication is ...
Unlawful Search and Seizure11/1/2008
  Q: If a person is under arrest for one charge(handgun in vehicle), when the vehicle is towed back to ...
  A: Lorraine, Search and seizure is complicated. First we begin with a search warrant is required per ...
Double Jeopardy10/31/2008
  Q: I have a question of whether or not "double jeopardy" applies in the following. My older son (23) ...
  A: Lisa, No double jeopardy would not apply. In fact there could be additional charges. The issue is ...
Obstruction of Justice10/31/2008
  Q: Recently, I attended a concert in which a fight broke out between a friend and another person. Due ...
  A: Nick, Unless you are giving false information you are not obstructing just irritating and that ...
warrant10/31/2008
  Q: My daughter was committed in Shasta County, California. There was a warrant out. We know this ...
  A: Liz, Most courts allow public access to records. So the simplest way is to go to the court where ...
Speeding in Texas10/30/2008
  Q: My boyfriend got pulled over for speeding and they arrested him. I just read the law and they said ...
  A: Brittney, Arrested for speeding ? No they probably can't. You need to make sure there is not ...
threats10/30/2008
  Q: WHAT CAN I DO IF A BOY WOULD COME UP AND HIT ME BUT THE COPS SAID THAT I CANT HIT HIM BACK WHAT DO I ...
  A: Michael, You are being bullied and I am very sorry about that. Yes you should definitely tell ...
Petty Theft???? in Kansas10/30/2008
  Q: My son took $400 from his girlfriend's account (Junction City, KS). She informed me about the ...
  A: Brenda, Sorry about what is happening with your son. I am not sure petty theft is going to be the ...
mental abuse/neglect/deprivation10/30/2008
  Q: much like physical/sexual abuse, is there any cause of action, criminal or civil, in effort of ...
  A: Jr. Difficult issues particularly from a legal standpoint. First issue each state is different as ...
harrassment10/29/2008
  Q: What avenue should we take? My husband works with a man who recently broke-up with his girlfriend (a ...
  A: Jenn, Sorry to say that to stop her and prevent if forever is not going to happen. You have two ...
urine analysis10/29/2008
  Q: what will a u/a say if the urine that was used was two weeks old? and what will a treatment center ...
  A: Sophie, depends on what they are testing for. Urine by nature is not a real stabile environment ...
search warrants10/29/2008
  Q: I was wondering what would all be required of a police officer to search a home suspected of ...
  A: Joann, All that is needed is probable cause. Didn't really help did it ? Probable cause is kind ...
shoplifting10/29/2008
  Q: the other day i was at the store and i stole 3-4 pieces of chocolate.when i was leaving i saw the ...
  A: John, Possibly but it might not be easy for them. With out proof that you stole something, such as ...
Car Dealer Felony Theft10/28/2008
  Q: On June 21, 2007, a Georgia used car dealer took a $1,000 deposit from me but failed to deliver the ...
  A: Lyn, Wow ! your hired ! Seriously great job looks like better then the cops did. Yes you were ...
probation violation10/28/2008
  Q: my son originally was charged with Felony Assault which because he was actually defending himself we ...
  A: Rachel, Unfortunately not a lot. You son is on probation so he is kind of at the mercy of the ...
forgery of government check10/28/2008
  Q: I am an immigrant from the UK. I married an American woman and when she told me she wanted a ...
  A: Bryan, Apparently you don't want to just call this even ? Technically she committed forgery. ...
Filing false charges10/28/2008
  Q: Ok, here's the situation. My best friend is going through a nasty divorce. I work with a former ...
  A: Marie, well if your friend would be kind enough to save the text message or even forward it to ...
Obstruction of justice for not speaking with police10/27/2008
  Q: Police in Kootenai County, Idaho often threaten to charge people with "Obstruction of Justice" for ...
  A: Scott, You are correct, the police can not compel anyone to answer questions with a few exceptions, ...
probation violation10/27/2008
  Q: My boyfriend and now future father of my baby is in trouble. I just found out he has had two ...
  A: Bobbi, This is very difficult for you I am sure. First I am a firm believer in that most people ...
Extradition10/27/2008
  Q: My neice was arrested for an old warrant out of another county in Texas. I was told that the other ...
  A: Chris, If it is "in" state it is not extradition. Each state has different policies and procedures ...
theft under 50010/27/2008
  Q: hi i was charged with theft under 500 and they are taking my case to trial cause more charges were ...
  A: KC, Sorry about the trouble you are in. It is impossible for anyone other then the prosecutor and ...
unlawful entry on intoxicated person10/26/2008
  Q: I'm 20 years old and were blacked drunk and passed out in some strangers house and locked the door. ...
  A: If you have no prior convictions and are otherwise no problem I would strongly suspect a probation ...
Criminal Mischief10/26/2008
  Q: My son, who is 16, and his two friends went out and defaced another persons property. They toilet ...
  A: Bill, Hopefully you will survive you son's growing up. I suspect at age 16 and the type of offense ...
extradition10/26/2008
  Q: My husband is in jail on a hold from Florida and we are in Arkansas. He has a warrant for a battery ...
  A: Jennifer, Sorry about your husband and your problem. I really can't give odds. It really depends ...
criminal10/26/2008
  Q: what work do i have to do as a homicide detective
  A: Sofia, A homicide detective, depending on the agency or department will have several different jobs ...
interstate extradition for probation violation10/26/2008
  Q: My fiance was arrested in North Carolina as a fugitive from justice based on a warrant out of South ...
  A: Natasha Sorry about your fiance. 14 year old misdemeanor warrant, That is quite a while. No one ...
PL 145.00 crimanal mischief 4th dagree10/25/2008
  Q: i was chaged with crimanal mischief 4th dagree,the estimated damage was $100.00 there are no ...
  A: Chris, The statute you cite is meaningless to me with out knowing what state or government ...
minor arrested10/25/2008
  Q: My brother has been arrested on suspition of asault( for spitting at a woman) and is 15 years old, ...
  A: Aisha, Sorry about your brother. He is most likely a juvenile in your state at 15. I don't think ...
Administrative Hold10/25/2008
  Q: How long can someone be held on administrative hold in the state of Flroida before they are charged ...
  A: Daena, Technically they can hold him until is original sentence is served. Parole is prison with ...
Misdeameanor charges10/24/2008
  Q: I was recently arrested on misdeameanor prostitution and marijuana charges. It was a very small ...
  A: Mike, Sorry about what happen. It is certainly possible however each state and court in each state ...
college dorm10/24/2008
  Q: I will explain my story then ask a question at the end. An RA(resident assistant) smelled ...
  A: Jack, Go back and read your dorm rules that you signed. I suspect they have the authority ( RA's) ...
search10/24/2008
  Q: my son is on juvenile probation,subject to search and siezure which includes his liveing quarters ( ...
  A: Tim, These are complicated questions. You are correct that under a probation search they are only ...
felony extradition10/24/2008
  Q: My question is this. I found out that my daughter was picked up in RI as a fugitive from TX. She ...
  A: Linda, Very sorry about your daughters trouble. As a parent i know this is hard. Extradition is a ...
probation10/23/2008
  Q: Can a person on probation for selling drugs work at a place where there are drugs as in a Nursing ...
  A: Anna, There is probably no criminal statute in your state restricting that. There are two other ...
Probation hold10/23/2008
  Q: My husband was taken to jail on October 2 2008. The police came to our farm saying that there are ...
  A: Angel, Sorry about the problems you and your husband are having. You state in your question that ...
Changed a script add controlled substance10/23/2008
  Q: I loved on added Vicodin to my script for antibiotics and they were caught and lucky not to go to ...
  A: David, Very unfortunate, kind of surprised that one attempt at this was picked up Federally. I ...
Harrasment/Defamation10/23/2008
  Q: What statue can I use to file a law suit and what is the maximum amount that can be ordered via ...
  A: LaCeresha, Law suits are civil in nature not criminal. I don't do civil law. Each state has ...
Petty Theft10/23/2008
  Q: your answer to my question last time was very helpful. But I have another. I found out today that I ...
  A: Tyler, Sorry about the problem you are having. Truthfully only the Judge in the court you are ...
lstatues of limitation10/22/2008
  Q: I was pulled over in Oregon for running a yellow light.. I had a WA warrent from 4ys earlier so he ...
  A: Rachel, These are all evidentiary issues that may or may not impact the admissibility of the ...
shaneclarkson22@hotmail.com10/22/2008
  Q: on June 1 08, me my cousin,uncle and girlfriend were involved in an incident where i got into an ...
  A: Shane, Sorry about the incident, glad it turned out as well as it did for you and your family. At ...
Petty Theft10/22/2008
  Q: I have recently stolen $12.00 from a kids pants pockets in gym without anybody being in the room. ...
  A: Tyler, Sorry about the trouble you got yourself into. I will give you the best answers I can but ...
search10/21/2008
  Q: If the police received a 911 call of someone screaming and they went to the house to find a person ...
  A: Kelsey, Search questions are complicated, a great deal depends on the entirety of the circumstance ...
SEXUAL ASSAULT10/21/2008
  Q: COULD U PLEASE TELL ME WHAT "PRECHARGED SEXULT ASSAULT" MEANS. THANKYOU.
  A: Mike, Would need a lot more detail to be exact. This is not a term that is used in my State or one ...
Harrasment charges10/21/2008
  Q: My son(16 Years Old)was removed from school in a policeman car and charged for harassment to the ...
  A: Nexie, Sorry about he problems your son is having. What has happen is a collision between ...
Mental10/21/2008
  Q: What are some mental abilities and attitudes a Homicide detective should have?
  A: Stephanie, Interesting question ! Had to think on that one. I guess the classic answer it they ...
Must I appeal or can I re-file for an injunction against harrassment10/21/2008
  Q: I filed an injunction against harrassment against my new neighbor (Az./can't directly file against ...
  A: Karen, Yes you can refile if and when new information comes forward. However this time you had ...
underage drinking10/20/2008
  Q: i live in Georgia if that will have any relevance on the matter thank you very much and god bless
  A: Todd, Hopefully reason will prevail. If you are drinking in your home privately and not out ...
Harassing Neighbor10/20/2008
  Q: To simplify the best I can. Last December, we had a new change in HOA board. The president is in ...
  A: Michele, Most of the issues you describe are not quite criminal, infuriating, frustrating, and very ...
suspected petty larcency10/20/2008
  Q: i let a man and his daughter live in my home for two years rent free while i was out of state. upon ...
  A: David, You got yourself a mess and I am very sorry about your home. if the computer is yours and ...
Heavy harrasement /The real estate neighbor wants my lot10/19/2008
  Q: The lot next door to me was sold and bought I though nothing of it after a time I realized I was ...
  A: Stephanie, I read through your question several times trying to understand exactly what is going ...
vechicle seized for a criminal investigation10/18/2008
  Q: I want to know my rights are the police allowed to keep my vechicle because they say they need it to ...
  A: Julie, The police are allowed to keep your vehicle for a reasonable amount of time, reasonable is ...
Vehicle stop by police10/18/2008
  Q: Is it legal or permissable for police in Rosenberg, Tx. to stop a car for the sole purpose of ...
  A: Tom, Under the fourth amendment rules a police officer needs a reasonable suspicion that there has ...
Illegal Searches, Schools10/17/2008
  Q: S.C. Code of Laws 59-63-1110 allows Public School Officials to arbitrarily search, with or without ...
  A: Ernie, Yes this is legal and is commonly done in most high schools. It can not be done on the ...
warrant10/17/2008
  Q: I live in upstate New York, recently divorced. My ex was served contempt of court papers in Sept., ...
  A: Jean, What you are looking for is a criminal warrant. In most states failure to pay child support ...
probation search's cohibitants10/16/2008
  Q: When a probation officer does a probation search,[i or no elese in the residence is on probation ...
  A: Fred, First contributions are not accepted the experts on this board do this because we truly just ...
Social Security Fraud10/16/2008
  Q: We have been contacted in australia that our cousin has been arrested for social security fraud in ...
  A: Andy, I agree it sounds pretty serious. But do the math, the amount could be a thousand dollars a ...
Expungment10/16/2008
  Q: In August 2007,I was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. I hired an attorney and plead ...
  A: Jennifer, It is certainly possible. For the most part it is just filling forms and minor offences ...
cognitive liberties10/16/2008
  Q: OK...in 2000 I was charged with possession of marijuana after a concert in New Jersey(stupid college ...
  A: Ed, Sorry i think it is ridiculous to penalize someone for trying dope on a couple of occasion. ...
warrants10/16/2008
  Q: If you have out of state felony warrants can the police find out where you work by running your ...
  A: Paul, If the state that holds the felony warrants will pay for extradition then yes they could have ...
woundering10/15/2008
  Q: can a cop search my car for no reason when im on probation for theft?
  A: Mark, Standard cop answer, "maybe". Depends on what your probation order states. Read through it ...
Felony Warrants10/15/2008
  Q: In Texas, A 3 year old toddler was noticed walking alone in a cemetery. Police were called and the ...
  A: Donna, My quick read of Texas statute indicates that this is a "state Felony" but if there are ...
POSSESSION OF A CDS10/14/2008
  Q: MY 13 YEAR OLD SON HAS BEEN CHARGES WITH POSSESSION OF A CDS. HIS FRIEND TOOK OXYCONTIN FROM HER ...
  A: Michelle, Drugs and kids are scary to parents. Your son was in a very difficult situation for a 13 ...
can you be charged both criminal and administrative charges?10/14/2008
  Q: I own a bar. I was not behind the bar or even working in the bar, I was thier watching a band play ...
  A: Shawana, Common question. Double jeopardy is for criminal cases only. Just to really confuse ...
Law Question- Please Help10/13/2008
  Q: Ok, I made a call from a females cellphone to 911 about a party going over and possibly drinking ...
  A: Shane, I hate to say this but i am really confused by this situation. What did this guy take a ...
C.P.L. 220.16(1 & 12) POSSESSION 3RD10/13/2008
  Q: New to this an not sure how to ask the questions I need answered so I'll provided the details and ...
  A: Felix, You provided a lot of detail and information. I realize that drug dependency is a wicked ...
arrest warrants10/12/2008
  Q: in new york state is there a set time that the police have to execute an arrest warrant?
  A: Samantha, There is no set time for an arrest warrant. Current case law is leaning toward the fact ...
Retail Theft10/12/2008
  Q: this is Karen. I was recently charged with retail theft in a grocery store. I never left the store ...
  A: Karen, Sorry about this. Most retail theft laws allow for intent to steal such as the item was ...
criminal trespassing ticket10/12/2008
  Q: my son was driving home. had some car trouble. pulled over into a parking lot of a restaurant that ...
  A: Joann, Sounds petty to me too. A reason why the officer may have done this is quite truthfully ...
trespassing on private property10/12/2008
  Q: My Mom put up a chain link fence (4 ft) in the front of her property for privacy. On a good day, ...
  A: Kelly, Ugh, no one likes these neighbor issues. Reason is because the deal with keeping the peace ...
fraud10/11/2008
  Q: my uncle is in jail and he told me that he owned a company called New World Builders.He called me ...
  A: Tierra, Sounds like your uncle took you for a ride. I don't believe you are in any trouble unless ...
larceny by employee10/11/2008
  Q: if an employer charge me with larceny of merchandise,but when my lawyer got my paperwork it didn't ...
  A: Becki, Really depends on what else the prosecution may have as evidence. The embezzlement charge ...
Petty Theft10/10/2008
  Q: should i get a criminal defense lawyer? What kind of misdemeanor is this? The attorney wants $1,000 ...
  A: James, I will not nor can I ever advise someone not to get an attorney if they feel they need one. ...
about an old case10/10/2008
  Q: Ok, not sure if you can even answer, A guy came to our house threatened my husband (not sure if this ...
  A: LIsa, It is possible, each state has different laws and definitions. You will have to do a search ...
subpoena10/10/2008
  Q: The RIAA(Recording Industry Association of America has issued an subpoena for alleged charges of ...
  A: Anonymous, This is an on going issue as i am sure you are aware and you are correct the IP address ...
can you be arrested10/9/2008
  Q: The police asked my son who is 17 to help them recover stolen items by asking some of the ...
  A: Julie, I don't have a clue as to what they are doing ! This makes no sense. First I have to take ...
questions about how to file suits.10/9/2008
  Q: i've been nailed for things u'd never believe. 1 time i was convicted of a car alarm going off on a ...
  A: Tim, Read through your question several times. I will be the first to say that sometimes it does ...
phone harrassment10/8/2008
  Q: i am being harrassed with up to 25 calls PER DAYj by a credit card collection agency. this is ...
  A: Michelle, Credit collectors are regulated by the Federal Trade Commission ( ...
Bad check penalties in PA10/8/2008
  Q: I am a landlord and a tenant signed the lease and I gave her the keys and she gave me two checks ...
  A: Jack, Here are two links to Pennsylvania law on Bad Checks ...
harrassment & newpaper comments10/8/2008
  Q: i have been charged with harrassment based on one single sentence in a local daily newspsper's 'add ...
  A: op, Harassment is a fairly new concept in US law and can run headlong into the First amendment. ...
Warrants10/8/2008
  Q: How long is a warrant good for? I got arrested and did not show up for court now I have a warrant ...
  A: April, In most states warrants are good forever. However in a practical matter a warrant SHOULD ...
felonies10/8/2008
  Q: what is the statue of limitations in baltimore maryland of a criminal who violated probation and is ...
  A: Chelsea, Statute of limitations deals only with the time the state has to file charges against a ...
Re10/7/2008
  Q: My home was raided October 3rd,at 5am.they didn't find any drugs.so they booked me for 11550 and ...
  A: Jose, Not sure what 500 dollars you are talking about, if it was forfeited or if it was bond. Bond ...
subpeona10/7/2008
  Q: I was told that a subpoena was issued for me to appear in court and they cannot find me to serve ...
  A: Shirley, In most states if they don't serve you personably then you can not be held in contempt. ...
house10/7/2008
  Q: In 1994 my parents house was left to me and my sister. I was liven and working is Ca. I just retired ...
  A: Jay, Two issues, first and primarily this is a civil issue between you and your sister. I ...
My brother10/6/2008
  Q: .....my brother has been on probation(2 yesrs probation given) since feb 08 for a cocaine possession ...
  A: Lawanda, No it doesnt. A lot depends on prior history and how he was doing on probation up until ...
Police reports/Written statements10/6/2008
  Q: I immediately contacted the police and this is how their "investigation" unfolds. On 10/11/2005 at ...
  A: Karen, Probably not the best way to handle it I agree. However it is done and unfortunately quite ...
Bad Neighbors10/5/2008
  Q: In a neighborhood with limited parking, what are the laws about parking in front of someones home. ...
  A: Elaine, parking is a normally a civil violation, low end of the enforcement scale. Damage to ...
stolen paycheck from mail and cashed10/5/2008
  Q: My husband is a physician in Sacramento, CA. I bill medical insurance companies for him for the ...
  A: Amy, Yes call the police. The bank isn't out any money as they just debited your deposit. ...
child abuse10/4/2008
  Q: i was wondering what the difference is in these two charges. child abuse and cruelty to children.
  A: Ricky, Each state uses different terms and definitions for this type of charge. Without a ...
burglary on my house10/3/2008
  Q: on July 28th I took my family to Disney in Florida,we left around 8pm, my sister went to sleep at my ...
  A: Carlos, I wish i could give you some good news. Unfortunately all i can say is i am sorry. You ...
Controlled Substance10/3/2008
  Q: I was recently pulled over leaving a friends house. His house is on a PRIVATE ROAD. I pulled out of ...
  A: Jason, Everything the officer did is more then likely appropriate. The courts have given police ...
Marijuana posession10/2/2008
  Q: The polica cem to a home for a domestic dispute. In the time that they were there, they found a ...
  A: Sarah, This is not uncommon. The officer is still investigating and i suspect is interested in ...
Non-Traffic Citation - Public urination10/2/2008
  Q: My husband received a non-traffic citation for public urination and the officer did not see him ...
  A: Jamie, Sorry about all this. I can't advise what your husband should do in court as i am not an ...
Simple Assault Charge10/1/2008
  Q: I was at a party where there were two 12 yr old boys there who kept nagging me and harrassing me all ...
  A: John, The mediator is probably correct. The prosecutors office will try to work this out. Just ...
detainer10/1/2008
  Q: My husband is incarcerated at Coastal State Prison, Savannah Ga. The Parole Board has set a tpm of ...
  A: Maria, This is a very confusing area of law. The law is the Interstate Agreement on Detainers. It ...
PPO Order9/30/2008
  Q: I have been dating the same guy for 7 years we broke up and he started dating another girl she had ...
  A: Samantha, You don't need all this stress while you are pregnant. Your question of , how can i ...
Police procedures...9/30/2008
  Q: I recieved an 2nd offence OWI in 11 yrs. Iowa. The police forgot to fingerprint and book me. They ...
  A: Paul, No not really. They may have forgotten or you may have been so intoxicated it wasn't worth ...
Criminal/Civil9/29/2008
  Q: I was attacked by a highly intoxicated acquaintance may 17 (my birthday) and this resulted in ...
  A: Amanda, You are in for some real world stuff. As you are aware there are two systems civil and ...
Harassment by neighbors!9/29/2008
  Q: My name is Vanessa and I am a college student living in South Carolina. I recently moved into my ...
  A: Vanessa, Move Sorry to say that anything else would be time consuming, expensive and probably ...
habitual offender9/29/2008
  Q: My husband was charged as an habitual offender in "03 for the past five years we have been fighting ...
  A: Mrs Johnson, Sorry about the problems with your husband. I don't know what state you are in but ...
credit fraud9/29/2008
  Q: My husband and I have been married for 7 years in Arkansas. I've been a stay at home mother for 6 of ...
  A: Carol, Prosecute you for what ?? They authorized the transactions they are in his name. If he ...
Bad check to landlord9/28/2008
  Q: My ex and I split back in February. We have child. At custody/visitation (both pro se) judge advised ...
  A: Anthony, Divorces confuse everything and no one wants to get involved. Here in the problems of ...
arrest warrant and charges.9/28/2008
  Q: there is an arrest warrant for me; before it was issued i had a family emergency and had to leave ...
  A: Edward, Your question confused me. You said that an arrest warrant was issued for you, that is a ...
rules and procedures9/28/2008
  Q: I was wondering about Wisconsin's statues, rules, and procedures to a speedy trial. If you know of ...
  A: Mai Ka, You are looking at a minimum semester long class in law school. Very complicated issues ...
Harassment9/28/2008
  Q: I am currently seeking employment and want to know if a harassment fine is considered to be a ...
  A: Mandy, If you were fingerprinted then it is a charge that could show up on a criminal history ...
FTA9/27/2008
  Q: My boyfriend just went to jail. He had a warrant for a FTA failure to appear. He got picked up on ...
  A: Hazel, Normally the police departments are required to get someone before a court as early as ...
Criminal Mischief9/27/2008
  Q: My friend and I egged a car because this woman was poisoning cats, and poisoned our adopted pregnant ...
  A: Michelle, Got two cats, two dogs and don't remember how many other animals we have raised or ...
extradition from texas to florida9/27/2008
  Q: My girlfriend was recently arrested about 16 days ago on a old Violation of probation warrent or ...
  A: Deryck, Sorry about your girlfriend. Generally these are the procedures followed. Texas found out ...
expungement/sealing records9/26/2008
  Q: While I was going through a divorce my wife charged me with Fraud/using her credit card...something ...
  A: Hector, I did a quick search for Pennsylvania law on expungements. Based on my review it does not ...
Illegal entry retrieving package I was looking for9/26/2008
  Q: I had a package delivered by UPS on 9/15 to my home address, that was not put by my front door or ...
  A: AJ, First point is that UPS ain't mail it is a private company. Illegal entry unless the person ...
Valid Parole Violation?9/26/2008
  Q: A friend of mine was out on Parole, however, n Monday, on 9/22, he was standing outside on the ...
  A: Laura, This term "Validated gang Member" fluctuates through the country for definition but a ...
extradition9/25/2008
  Q: My son in law has been in jail for 20 days waiting on extradition from Louisiana. He saw the ...
  A: Janice, If the judge sticks to his guns then your son would be released. However what i would ...
Identity Theft9/25/2008
  Q: Please help me on this, two years ago while I was a stupid Freshmen in college, I received a letter ...
  A: Moody, Computer games got pretty expensive didn't they ? College students don't have a lot of ...
Handcuffing law/regulations9/25/2008
  Q: When a defendant is sentenced to a custodial sentence is there a limit on how long that person can ...
  A: Kiesha, There is no law about how long a person / prisoner can be handcuffed. The only question is ...
larceny9/25/2008
  Q: I have been clean from theft for 5 years and recently I was in desperate need and I stole a bra from ...
  A: Tricia, I understand how frightening this can be. Obviously I can't know what store security was ...
Parole hold9/24/2008
  Q: My husband is in marion county jail on a parole hold my question for you is how long do they usually ...
  A: Lakisha, Sorry about your husband. Jurisdictions differ on parole hearings. The parolees status ...
DUI AND MOVING OUT OF STATE9/24/2008
  Q: I GOT A DUI IN CALIFORNIA AND AM NOW DOING MY CLASSES AND COMMUNITY SERVICE. I ALREADY HAD IT SET TO ...
  A: Feliciano, Any thing is possible however it will depend if Colorado even offers this type of class. ...
Statue of Limitation9/24/2008
  Q: I have a friend that just got out of prison serving federal time and he was placed on probation and ...
  A: LaKeisha, If he was charged in Maryland then statute of limitations is not an issue as that deals ...
parole violation9/24/2008
  Q: In NYS if someone had been violated on parole for someone filing charges on them for harassment but ...
  A: Tiffany, Probably however the standard for proof in a parole /probation hearing is less then the ...
Extradition of shoplifting offender.9/24/2008
  Q: During my visit to the United States, Orlando, Florida, I shoplifted several clothes with a value of ...
  A: Joshua, Don't worry no one will come to Singapore to get you. Just look at the cost ! it would ...
Texas extradition laws9/23/2008
  Q: I have found that I have a Misdemeanor class B charge in Texas for driving on a suspended license ...
  A: Cherie, Misdemeanors are not normally a extraditable offense. Where you would get documentation ...
shoplifting and obstruction charges9/22/2008
  Q: THIS IS MY FIRST OFFENSE, I'VE NEVER BEEN CONVICTED OR ARRESTED BUT I WAS ARRESTED A WEEK AGO FOR ...
  A: Robert, The shoplifting isn't that big a deal the obstruction problem does create a problem. I ...
Domestic violence9/21/2008
  Q: I am involved ia domestic violence case, and I was wondering if the police called me without ...
  A: GQ, Lets go over the general rules on this. 5th amendment is the Miranda issue meaning you can't ...
Double Jeopardy9/21/2008
  Q: A criminal charge of "Workers Compensation Fraud" is dismissed by the Court because it was filed ...
  A: Elliott, Double jeopardy can be confusing. Simplest definition is that you can not be charged with ...
battery9/21/2008
  Q: What are the charges for battery?
  A: Jeff, I don't really understand your question. By definition Battery is a charge meaning the ...
pressing charges9/21/2008
  Q: After much instigation from friends my 15 year old son agreed to meet a classmate to have a fight. ...
  A: Jeanette, Don't sound right to me either. The officer should have taken the video unless he ...
felon depositing unknowingly a fraudulent check9/21/2008
  Q: I received a check for some furniture I am trying to sell. The check came thru Fed-Ex and I ...
  A: Chris, No, You did not write the check nor declare that it was valid or authentic. You could be ...
parole hold9/20/2008
  Q: My fiance just got a parole hold because he didnt know he had a new parole officer until he got ...
  A: Alicia, Sorry about the problems for you and your fiance'. Just so you understand your fiance' is ...
FORGERY9/20/2008
  Q: I got divorced from my wife in october of 2006. she forged my signature on the divorce papers. I ...
  A: Christopher, First question is where is your divorce attorney and how did he let this happen ? ...
Extradition9/20/2008
  Q: I have a friend who resides in LA and was recently arrested and being held in L.A. Co. due to a ...
  A: Crus, Let's try to clarify some stuff here. Your friend was wanted by Texas authorities for a ...
malicious intent9/20/2008
  Q: How many cases, what kind of cases and how much mental distress would warrant this issue?
  A: Sandra, Your question unfortunately is not very clear. Malicious intent is a legal term that has ...
probation9/20/2008
  Q: in tx.,on a 10 yr dui probation,can you get it dismissed after serving 5 years?
  A: Karen, Unfortunately I can't say as I am not that familiar with Texas law. However anything is ...
I'm doing research for a screenplay.9/19/2008
  Q: I am doing research for a screenplay and I'm sure that you're a very busy professional, therefore I ...
  A: Richard, Yes i understand that there are some liberties taken with screenplays, and news for that ...
Misdemeanor Warrant9/19/2008
  Q: I have a misdemeanor warrant in another county than the one I live in. Can I, or should I turn my ...
  A: Steve, My advise would be to contact the court in the county where the warrant is and arrange to go ...
Family Violence Act9/19/2008
  Q: My husband was arrested in Georgia under the Family Violence Act in May of 2008. He was charged with ...
  A: Kristina, I know this is very difficult for you, your family and your husband. Family violence is ...
check fraud9/18/2008
  Q: My wife recently opened her first bank account ever. Without knowing the seriousness of check ...
  A: Willis, Check kiting is writing checks and then hoping the deposit will hit before the check is ...
change in guilty plea9/18/2008
  Q: Can a defendant change their guilty plea to not guilty after they plead? This is in a CSC1 case. The ...
  A: Diana, Yes they can. It is risky on there part because it has the tendency of ticking a lot of ...
Firearms9/18/2008
  Q: Can I obtain a firearms permit with a misdeameanor possession of controlled substance charge in m7y ...
  A: Melissa, federally there would be no problem as they only are interested in Felony convictions. ...
shoplifting9/13/2008
  Q: A friend of mine was at a retail pharmacy store, and was approached inside the store, accused of ...
  A: Mimi, The store employees are allowed to approach someone and ask the questions you describe. Your ...
unethical9/13/2008
  Q: What would happen to a police officer found to be having a intimate relationship with a witness to a ...
  A: Kate, It happens unfortunately. There is nothing illegal about it and you are correct it falls into ...
Theft By An Attorney9/12/2008
  Q: I have actual evidence that an attorney stole and or embezzled over $10,000 from a settlement. Is ...
  A: Victor, Yes it would be criminal, get your facts together and contact your local police dept. Tell ...
DUI in CA9/11/2008
  Q: My husband is charged with DUI?DWI in california.HIs court date is sept 22nd. His company is ...
  A: Sudha, It is wise to double check. You can call the probation dept in advance or the court and ...
hello sir9/11/2008
  Q: then she got out and kicked my door sevral times i saw the damage and got mad and reported her the ...
  A: Andrew, I think i would be pretty upset if my girlfriend put my car in park at 60. Not only did ...
Severity of punishment for withholding9/11/2008
  Q: I'm currently doing research for a story, so this isn't from life or necessarily informed more than ...
  A: Cris, Lets go over the general rules. No one has to talk to the cops, it is always voluntary all ...
How to press criminal charges for bad checks9/10/2008
  Q: I'd signed a sublet agreement with someone to sublet his apartment from Aug-Dec. of this year. I ...
  A: Kristina, Yes, contact the police and see who you should talk to about a check crime or fraud. ...
felony9/9/2008
  Q: I need to know if a first time felon have to do time, if it's their first offense?
  A: Tawanda, There are a lot of variables and without a lot more information no one can answer that ...
Phone Harrassment Criminal Summons.9/9/2008
  Q: I don't know where to start... in April of 2007 i rented an apartment here in Cookeville, Tennessee. ...
  A: Ashley, Take a breath you will be fine. Especially since you recorded everything, excellent. To ...
How long can Oregon police hold someone on a Fugitive warrant?9/9/2008
  Q: My boyfriend recently was picked up on a fugitive warrant in the state of Oregon. My understanding ...
  A: Summer, No question about it the legal system will drive someone nuts. Oregon can hold them as ...
rape 1 on brunglary 19/7/2008
  Q: This case goes back to Nov 5,2003. The case would be five years old this Nov. This women said there ...
  A: Natasha, If there is a question about her identity and if she falsified that information then ...
WARRANT9/7/2008
  Q: I was arrested in michigan for dv and felony interfering with communication.I plea bargained and had ...
  A: Chad, That is a felony. Here is what happened. You made an agreement to plead guilty to a reduced ...
Knowingly allowing an unlicensed person to drive a car9/7/2008
  Q: My 16 year old received a ticket for allowing his 15 year old friend to drive his car w/o a license. ...
  A: Jay, There should be no points as your son was not driving. What can it be reduced to ? Not much, ...
probation violation/extradition9/5/2008
  Q: This is the short version, bear with me...In Aug of '07 I was arrested for POM<2 oz (a joint) in Ft. ...
  A: Jeny, I have to agree sometimes the system just seems to keep kicking once your are down. People ...
Subpeona9/5/2008
  Q: I have received a subpoena to testify in a criminal case in 9 days. I have a scheduled business ...
  A: Bruce, Nine days isn't bad. Most states the limit is 48 hours. Believe me after all my years ...
subpoena/bench warrant?9/4/2008
  Q: In general how are subpoena's from the court issued to you? Do police officers come to your home or ...
  A: Mel, Hard to say, depends on how aggressive the officer is in serving either. Subpoenas are served ...
Statue of Limitations on Extortion9/4/2008
  Q: What is the Statue of Limitations on Extortion in Oklahoma? I was blackmailed by a law enforcement ...
  A: Kathy, You are discussing two separate issues, one criminal, one civil. The criminal statute of ...
Shoplifting accusation9/4/2008
  Q: My husband and I were approached in a store parking lot yesterday by who we assume was a store ...
  A: Debbie, Yes the police can come a calling anytime. If the person makes a complaint and there ...
detainers9/3/2008
  Q: I have a friend who violated his probation by being outside of his probation limits and for ...
  A: Paul, Detainers are basically orders usually through an appropriate probation, parole or other ...
Registration9/3/2008
  Q: What can I do to hav ethe statute changed that I was arrested under? In 2003 I plead to Attempted ...
  A: Caroline, Sex offender registration(SOR) varies from state to state. Florida's i know is very ...
First time midemeanors9/1/2008
  Q: Okay, I know you probably get these questions a lot but im really nervous. I'll explain. I don't ...
  A: Jacob, Your right not an unusual situation and it is regrettable it has happened to you. One of ...
statue of limitations8/31/2008
  Q: are there any kinds of statue of limitation laws on robbery?
  A: Dexter, Yes, Each state has there own statutes regarding these and other crimes. Do a quick ...
accused of theft on a job8/31/2008
  Q: two men recently terminated from a union job. being accused of theft without any proof. thoughts are ...
  A: Bobbi There has got to be some reason however it may not be a good one. Without a lot more ...
shoplifting8/28/2008
  Q: I was picked up for shoplifting a pair of 35$ earrings yesterday. It was really dumb, my first and ...
  A: Alma, I know this is scary for you but try to relax a little. Let me try and put this into ...
2nd Degree Burglary8/27/2008
  Q: My brother has been charged with 2nd degree burglary. He has no prior charges at all. This took ...
  A: Mabes, Sorry about the trouble you brother is in and i do know how frightening this can be. A ...
assault and battery of household member8/27/2008
  Q: My husband is a officer and is being charged with assault and battery of household member of me his ...
  A: Rachael, I am very sorry about this incident and your family. I am also proud of your husband for ...
search warrent8/26/2008
  Q: what info must be on a search warrant for it to be legal
  A: Carlyn, Each state may have slightly different requirements. In general the warrant needs to ...
NYC Expungement8/25/2008
  Q: I have a close friend that has a record in NYC. He wants to know how he can get that record ...
  A: Mauri, Expungements procedures and rules differ from state to state. New York I believe will not ...
would a child be removed from her parents,in the folowing situwation.8/25/2008
  Q: I hope that this is not a stupid question? I am doing some research for a research report. Would ...
  A: Ethan, Interesting question so i will answer, Possibly. As the statute says it has to be with the ...
parole/early release8/22/2008
  Q: My boyfriend was wrongly sentenced to 20 years for 2 counts of aggravated assault on public servant ...
  A: Jessica, All jury decisions are appealable, most states have a state appellate office so yes he ...
law8/22/2008
  Q: In a burglary case in Warner Robins I plead guilty to theft by receiving. As a result of that a ...
  A: Michael, I believe the greatest fear of any professional in criminal justice is convicting an ...
my son8/21/2008
  Q: my son is in jail. he has thirty five counts of various crimes, larc/grand of firearm, larc/theft is ...
  A: Renee, Sorry about your son, he has some serious troubles and the decisions are nearly impossible ...
petty larceny8/21/2008
  Q: So i worked at macys and was caught stealing $320 worth of stuff. I did tell the security what had ...
  A: Becca, You and a bunch of others make the same mistakes all time. The divider is what people do ...
juvinal hit by an adult8/21/2008
  Q: It was about 2 months ago my son was driving, no license. We live in a private property resort. ...
  A: Bobbie, The officer is probably correct. The assault on your son is a misdemeanor and not ...
ua retest8/20/2008
  Q: My sister-in-law is in drug court in oregon she has had 45 days of clean ua's but she recently ...
  A: Kathleen, Depends on how your drug court is set up. A request could be made through the drug court ...
Child Molestation Laws8/20/2008
  Q: My daughter has filed a PPO and reported to local police and FIA regarding molestion of her 4 and ...
  A: Terrie, Sorry about what happen to your granddaughter. It is very sickening and frightening and ...
illegal raid, search and seizure8/20/2008
  Q: There was a raid on an Art Institute in Detroit where about 100 people from 18 to 30 years were ...
  A: Wanda, As i state in my description i do not comment on specific cases for legal reasons. Whether ...
simple assault & harrament charge8/19/2008
  Q: iam being charged with simple assualt and harrasment against my sister im 22 shes 38. she is also ...
  A: g, This can be dealt with in several different ways but would require the agreement between both of ...
checks8/18/2008
  Q: Some checks were delivered to my address with my name on it but they were not mine. Me and a friend ...
  A: Tiffany, I think you are in pretty good shape. Work real hard at getting the money paid back, ...
Computer Confiscation Via Myspace8/17/2008
  Q: The reason is my cousin which has never used my computer it's one of the two. Did something and then ...
  A: Richard, Computers save a lot of information of online activity. Log ins, user id's, passwords and ...
crime scene procedures8/14/2008
  Q: what are the procedures, if any,the NYC police are to follow to inform the citizen's, when denied ...
  A: Anna, Every police agency has different procedures and policies. No way anyone can know all them. ...
citation8/13/2008
  Q: i am on probation for a crime committed a year ago and i just got a civil citation for assessing a ...
  A: Lanny Possible yes but probably not probable. civil citations are kind of like traffic tickets. ...
Important Question8/13/2008
  Q: I had a question November of 07 my friend at the time who was 15 had annoyed some girl who was in ...
  A: Kevin, Easiest way to handle this is to call the police ask the status. It probably has been ...
Fraud8/12/2008
  Q: A friend of mine was busted coming through the US boarder from Mexico using some one elses passport ...
  A: I guess it depends on what you mean by totally screwed. Some serious charges. He is obviously ...
help!!8/11/2008
  Q: i live in miami ,fl i got charged with grand theft because i made the biggest mistake and wasnt ...
  A: jayse, I know you are scared you made a mistake and not the only thing left is try and minimize. ...
Statue of Limitations on Criminal Trespassing8/11/2008
  Q: I would like to know what the statue of limitations on criminal trespassing in Texas is? My son ...
  A: Rosena, Statute of limitations deals with the time that the government has to charge someone with ...
Assault? Battery?8/10/2008
  Q: I work at a major retail store and I was in a dispute with a customer. Long story short, I exploded ...
  A: Joshua, Yeah i know the type also. you have two issues one is criminal and the other is civil. ...
running from the cops8/10/2008
  Q: I have a boyfriend that is in jail at the moment with his bond set at $12,000. He continues to tell ...
  A: Mandi, Yes it is possible, i can think of three charges and that will differentiate by ...
Jail Medical Neglect8/10/2008
  Q: Jail personnel DID NOT give correct Pain Medicines dose or at correct times despite repeated, ...
  A: Jim, All prisoners have the right to humane treatment while in the custody of the government. The ...
Extradition and Statute of Limitations8/10/2008
  Q: I recently received a ticket in Utah for paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance ...
  A: John two separate issues, we will discuss the statute of limitations first. Statute of limitations ...
armed robbery8/8/2008
  Q: how much time can a person for armed robbery?
  A: Marsha, Each state is different as to the maximum penalty. However these sentences are based on ...
Subpoena8/8/2008
  Q: I have a friend who her boyfriend/ had abuse her. The police officers came out that night and ...
  A: KC, The answer is Yes they can and Yes she can get in trouble. Here is what is going on. The ...
Search Warrants8/8/2008
  Q: In The State Of California How Long Do The Authorities Have To Execute A Search Warrant. Is There A ...
  A: Marcos, Search warrants are really not affected by a statute of limitations. What controls is the ...
worrents out of the stae i live in8/7/2008
  Q: I have a warrant from another state , I got a probation warrant for something i did not do but i was ...
  A: Samantha, Just to make sure i have this straight. You have a warrant in your home state. If the ...
harassment8/6/2008
  Q: My sister lives in PA, she recently divorced from an abusive husband. Now he won't leave her alone. ...
  A: Sue, Most states have a laws that prohibit the acts you are describing, they are generally called ...
forging diploma to get job8/5/2008
  Q: just found out my ex forged her H/S diploma when infact her highest grade completed was 8th grade, ...
  A: jt. Corruption of minors is probably not a consideration just based on a false diploma. Also I ...
Deadline to file appeal in probation case8/3/2008
  Q: I wish to know what is the deadline to file an appeal involving probation in the state of Georgia. I ...
  A: Edward, I am not an expert in Georgia criminal procedure. There are 50 states and they are all ...
Counseling High School Students Laws8/2/2008
  Q: You were helpful in the past! Got another question :) Scenerio: Fairly new counselor is talking ...
  A: Dee, Ahh! "what if's" were would we be without them? First it is not assault, no fear on the part ...
Tresspassing8/2/2008
  Q: My mother died when my twin sister and I were twelve. And she left us the house we were living in ...
  A: Shante, You need to get a deed for the property. Once ownership is established then you would have ...
prison escape8/2/2008
  Q: do you know any law that punishes jail guards if there was an escape during their watch? is it ...
  A: Kristine I don't know of any law like that. If a prison guard aids then they could be charged. ...
4 years of harassment across 4 states8/1/2008
  Q: While being a school district employee I was threatened by a school administrator that he would set ...
  A: Gary, i got two almost identical questions from you. I will respond on this one and the other i ...
theft under $100.00 @$5008/1/2008
  Q: You seem to be so smart. I also am embarrased to say that this happened to me as well. I am taking ...
  A: Susie, I do know that this is very scary for you. However my wife will disagree with you about me ...
dropped charges7/31/2008
  Q: I was arrested 3 years ago on 5 counts of child neglect and 1 count of manufacturing an explosive. ...
  A: Stephen, You want to get money back for attorneys ??? Good luck. OK here is how it is suppose to ...
Interpretation of discharge papers7/30/2008
  Q: I live in Michigan, if that's relevant. My boyfriend received his papers discharging him from ...
  A: Brandi, I would need to know the context of the phrase " not a matter of public record". What is ...
Statues of Limitation7/30/2008
  Q: What is the statue of limitations in California? Also, for example: If you stole $200 from a ...
  A: Mary, 17 years !! I doubt you could find a police agency that would take a report that old. ...
Non traffic violation pleas7/30/2008
  Q: What is the best plea for two non traffic violations, one retail theft of alcohol, and drunk in ...
  A: Larry, I can not ethically able to tell you or even suggest to you how to plead. Generally ...
assault/self defense7/29/2008
  Q: a couple of months ago a friend of mine got into an altercation with a former friend over and old ...
  A: Smith, Charging is strictly at the discretion of the prosecutors office. If they determine that a ...
criminal tresspass7/29/2008
  Q: i have lived (stayed) at my finance apartment home for bout three months and i have been receiving ...
  A: Francisco, You are being some what disingenuous. In your question you first state you have been ...
Detective7/28/2008
  Q: Hi I'm Ashley and i want to know do i have to be a police officer to be a homicide detective? thanks
  A: Ashley, Homicide detectives are police officers. I think what you want to know is do you have to ...
Criminal Michief7/28/2008
  Q: Senerio: Me and 2 of my buddies stopped at an abandon building to try an figure out where we were, ...
  A: Kevin, Probably a misdemeanor or at the minimum a civil type infraction. If it is just a citation ...
out of state warrant7/28/2008
  Q: If a person has a California arrest warrant and is residinging in Florida is there anything that can ...
  A: Emily, First question is it an extraditable warrant, usually a felony. Then it is up to the law ...
FORGERY7/26/2008
  Q: IN 2007 I NOTICED THAT AFTER A FAMILY MEMBER LEFT MY HOME I WAS MISSING MY ID I (KNOWING THE FAMILY ...
  A: Dayshun, I need to clear up a few things first. You said that there is a warrant for your arrest ? ...
Interstate Driving with an Uninspected Vehicle7/26/2008
  Q: Can a NJ cop pull over an Uninspected PA Vehicle simply for being uninspected? Will they ticket?
  A: Audrey, I wouldn't think so. The reason being is that unless the vehicle is registered in NJ then ...
Trespassing7/26/2008
  Q: I am A security guard for A private school. I ask A person to leave, because he is not conforming ...
  A: Jack, Probably yes, however each state has different variables in their laws. Also in the laws ...
Pennsylvania Non-Traffic Citation Summons7/25/2008
  Q: Please explain section 56. Remarks/Subpoena List where entry appears like an EX but looks written ...
  A: Gary, I am terribly sorry but the information provided does not provide anything that I can work ...
out of state warrants7/24/2008
  Q: i live in ct and have a misdeameanor case in california if i miss court and a bench warrant is ...
  A: Brian, Normally there is no extradition on misdemeanors. Bench warrants are dependent on what type ...
petty larcency 1st time offense charge7/24/2008
  Q: I was at Lord & Taylor in Fairfax, va. and was charged w/shop lifting. I had a stroller from the ...
  A: Cherry, The officer is correct this is not a big issue, fairly common. However the important part ...
failure to report accident in parking lot7/23/2008
  Q: My son has been charged with MCL 257.618 in Michigan (failure to report an accident). The damage ...
  A: Cathy, Kids, got to love them. This is a traffic offense a 90 day misdemeanor but is treated as a ...
dui limitation7/23/2008
  Q: I got a DUI in TN more than a year ago and it has just been put off rescheduling over and over. I ...
  A: Joshua, Lots of variables in a question like this. I will begin with I am no where near an expert ...
probation voilation7/23/2008
  Q: what are my rights when iam accused of a probation violation of a dirty UA iam not dirty i have been ...
  A: Tyler, Out of curiosity is it possible you were exposed to some marijuana smoke, someone around you ...
dui resulting in vop7/22/2008
  Q: My man is in some trouble.hes locked up in marion county florida. ocala...he got a 1st offense dui ...
  A: Stacy, It appears that he was arrested for DUI and is in jail on that charge. Normally people ...
what is the law on comeone Harassment7/22/2008
  Q: I just went to court and was told by the judge that my case is not harassment this is my case my ...
  A: Brandi, You don't say what state you are in. However in my jurisdiction a lot of what you describe ...
Criminal Roomates7/21/2008
  Q: Help! I'm a new landlord and have just rented a room to a young man age 38 in my house where i also ...
  A: Eliz, You are dealing with a landlord / tenant issue which i am not qualified to answer. The ...
Statute of Limitation for a Contempt of Court Warrant7/21/2008
  Q: Does a contempt of court warrant (most likely a bench warrant) for not showing up for a civil ...
  A: Val, No. Statute of limitations deals with the time frame required for the state to file charges. ...
probation oficer7/21/2008
  Q: my husband is on probation for running from cops,do the probation office have the right to search ...
  A: Judy, Yes they do. If that authority is given to them in the probation which is pretty standard. ...
Runaway 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: Megan, Being a missing person is not a crime. Being a runaway is not a crime either, it is a ...
Early Release From Parole7/20/2008
  Q: My spouse is on 5 years probation for felony drug possession. The sentence was issued in Cobb ...
  A: Steve, Not sure what more I could add, sounds like she has done an awesome job. Other then ...
Question for a report7/20/2008
  Q: the career I choose is a police detective. I have several question's. 1) What types of thing's does ...
  A: Cheynne, Glad to help. 1) what types of things do we do ? very broad answer, when i describe my ...
oral sex with a minor7/20/2008
  Q: My 19 y/o son had sex with a 13 y/o. Police came to door stating he was to have no further contact ...
  A: Shelley, this is serious you need to contact an attorney. I don't know what state you are in or ...
Paroll, "Time off for good behavior, or what?7/19/2008
  Q: On a true-crime TV show a convicted defendent was given "25 to life without the possibility of ...
  A: Steve, TV seldom gets it right. 25 to life means they are given a minimum sentence of 25 years and ...
Warrants7/19/2008
  Q: Are there different levels of warrants? Are some warrants nationwide and others just statewide? If ...
  A: Kellen, Sorry i didn't answer that one more specifically. Under 100 dollars is usually not very ...
law student7/19/2008
  Q: How much would i have to take to be charged with a felony theft by taking charge?
  A: Georgia, You typed charge, did you mean change ? The variable is the value of the object(s) taken. ...
Check Kiting/Forgery7/18/2008
  Q: I live in Wisconsin. My daughter and I floated checks to each other twice and my bank is asking me ...
  A: Jackie, Check kiting use to be a lot more common prior to the digital processing of transactions. ...
Former owner of home7/18/2008
  Q: I'm not quite sure if you can answer this, the former owner of my property has twice wanted to walk ...
  A: Nicole, Probably not a restraining order yet. Most jurisdiction require some sort of alleged crime ...
early release from probation7/18/2008
  Q: I have been sentenced to 6 years. of probation in orange county, Orlando, Florida. I have served 5 ...
  A: Saj, Congratulations and good luck. Your best source for this information is your probation ...
Right to Search7/18/2008
  Q: I am at work and my husband just called to tell me our house was raided. Our oldest son ended up in ...
  A: Michelle, This is really difficult for you and your family I am sure. The right is not the ...
Trying to transfer home7/17/2008
  Q: I am a convicted felon living in the state of Tn , I was convicted of a felony in Ky. I was forced ...
  A: Jeremy, To be honest i have never heard of someone on parole being forced to leave the state they ...
Miranda Warning7/17/2008
  Q: My 12 year old son was charged with 4th degree sexual assault. An officer came to the house and ...
  A: Not necessarily, Miranda in its current form is given to subjects who are in custody, your son was ...
bad check7/17/2008
  Q: IM GOING TO COURT TODAY FOR A BAD CHECK THAT I GUESS I WROTE,TWO SEPERATE TOTALING 837.00,PROBLEM IS ...
  A: Dorine, Don't panic, bad checks is not a real serious offense. You won't be sentenced to day ...
Credit Card Fraud7/17/2008
  Q: Will credit card\law enforcement really investigate credit card fraud of less than 500.00? Or will ...
  A: Jason, Law enforcement will take a report and it may be required for credit card company to ...
2c:52-27/16/2008
  Q: I have come across NJ Statute 2C:52-2 but could not determine if my charge, 2C:11-5 is covered under ...
  A: Robert, If you are wrong then we are both wrong I read it the same as you. Your best choice is to ...
Possible illegal search on my home7/16/2008
  Q: I had a similiar incident happen to me yesterday where the police came in and bogusly searched and ...
  A: Bernadette, The inventory you received could be the warrant also read it carefully, they may not be ...
Unautohrized Presence in Park7/16/2008
  Q: "Hi, I recently received a ticket for unauthorized presence in a park. When the park police ...
  A: Anna, calm down, it appears that this is a very minor issue. If you have a problem with the date ...
theft7/16/2008
  Q: If a vehicle or major property is stolen under what circumstances are the police allowed not to ...
  A: Joy, Very difficult question to answer because of the generality. Couple of thoughts on this. You ...
Getting A Pardon For Employment7/15/2008
  Q: I was wondering if it hard to do the paperwork for getting a Pardon on Convictions I received from ...
  A: Holly, Each state has different requirements for an expungement which is what i belive you are ...
Criminal mischief 2nd degree7/14/2008
  Q: Robin, A week ago I had an argument with my husband. He went to his best friend's house. After a ...
  A: Janet, It is pretty sad when most cops would rather respond to man with a gun call then a neighbor ...
theft7/12/2008
  Q: I am an employee for the federal government and I am being accused of stealing a digital camera from ...
  A: Maylinda, Nothing is 100 % but polygraphs are amazingly accurate, depending on the operator. ...
SEARCH AND ARREST WARRANTS7/12/2008
  Q: SHOULD THERE BE A SEPERATE SEARCH WARRANT FOR A SAFE ON PROPERTY
  A: Kim, Current case law indicates that it is not necessary. If officers are searching a location and ...
petty misdemeanor7/11/2008
  Q: What is the max amount of time one can get for failure to ID? Is six months in jail a constitutional ...
  A: Asa, It is impossible for anyone to really answer that question. A lot depends on the laws in your ...
recieving stolen property you didnt know was stolen7/11/2008
  Q: a friend you let stay at your house who was homeless and stole from a neighbors home and hid them ...
  A: Pamela, Each state had different laws and variables in those laws. In general though it may depend ...
Forgery7/11/2008
  Q: My now ex-husband forged my name on a loan check in the amount of $10,000to from my 401k acct. in ...
  A: Renee, Any restitution would be up to the court. If the court ordered then yes it would be outside ...
Personal Protection Orders in Michigan7/10/2008
  Q: The law in michigan regarding Personal Protection Orders in Michigan are horrible.My wife got one on ...
  A: Paul, Not sure if there was a question in there or not. I can't say that i disagree with you. A ...
searh warrants7/9/2008
  Q: does a search warrant need to be served during a raid in a place of business in california ...
  A: Darlene, In most situations I would expect a search warrant. It is probable that officers entered ...
Statute of limitations on vandalism in NJ7/8/2008
  Q: What is the statute of limitations on vandalism in NJ, amounting to 3,000 in damages? Does a police ...
  A: Christina, Each state is different as to there statutes. As a general rule most felonies are ...
retail theft7/8/2008
  Q: I am 21 and currently on probation for a dui in oct 2006. I was recently caught in case of retail ...
  A: Keith, Glad you returned everything. Actually if you are stealing from your employer it is ...
Trespassing and Criminal mischief7/8/2008
  Q: Well myself and three other of my friends decided to go on a ghost hunt at an old school house. We ...
  A: Jordan, Each state has different definitions, terms and laws. Criminal mischief in its various ...
Deferred Sentence7/8/2008
  Q: I asked you a question about a deferred sentence I got in the state of Washington. The deferred ...
  A: Paul, Most checks are only done in the state where the person is applying. Normally criminal ...
harassment7/7/2008
  Q: Our adult neighbor has been verbally harassing my minor son and daughter when ever they are outside. ...
  A: Laura, Neighbor problems are some of the most difficult to deal with. You have been dealing with ...
My freind stole a signed blank check from my desk.7/7/2008
  Q: I had a signed blank check in my desk. My friend who lived with me took the signed check wrote it ...
  A: Diana, My answer would have to be yes. The taking of the check and making it out for 100,000 is ...
wrong time on ticket7/7/2008
  Q: i received a ticket for trespassing, but on the ticket the officer put the time down as 12:30am, ...
  A: Sara, Sorry it really is not an issue, the officer can very easily amend the information in court. ...
expired prescription7/6/2008
  Q: Is it illegal for a person to use a controlled substance that was prescribed (now expired) to her a ...
  A: Sami, No it is not illegal, as long as the substance is in its original container and is prescribed ...
incorrect citation7/6/2008
  Q: I recently received a dui in the city of Red Lodge, Montana. When the officer filled out the ...
  A: Ty, Is it possible yes, However I doubt it will be successful. The information on the citation is ...
technical violation of probation7/6/2008
  Q: My son was charged with possession of drug paraphenelia in AZ in 2005. this was a prop 200 case, ...
  A: Susan, What the statute means is that if the judge determines that the violation was significant ...
Probabtion violations7/5/2008
  Q: My friend is in jail for a probation viiolation (Felony). Incident happened about 7 yrs ago, his ...
  A: Marcella, The Riverside Act is not one that I am familiar with. To be fair there are 50 states each ...
Probation7/3/2008
  Q: I am on probation and think I may or may not have failed a drug test for taking a prescription ...
  A: Louis, A small correct dosage of a cough syrup will have minimal return on a blood test. ...
direction on law7/3/2008
  Q: Robin, I have a few questions about dealing with the law. Since I do not have much knowledge in ...
  A: Leah, No one is OK with it. Both the police and the prosecuting authority wish they had the time ...
writing bad checks in Arizona7/3/2008
  Q: My 24 yr old daughter wrote many checks to various stores in Arizona that she knew were not good ...
  A: Kim, Sorry about your daughters problems. I did a quick check it appears that this could be a ...
Diploma forgery7/2/2008
  Q: A friend of mine applied to a university in Washington state with a fake masters degree. He holds a ...
  A: Paul, Interesting situation. 1) The agreement with the Washington prosecutors office should be for ...
victim7/2/2008
  Q: I was robbed and beaten where I was employeed at in May 2002 by Sam Eric Movie Theatre on 19th and ...
  A: Alexander, I am sorry about what happen to you. A little clarification please. When you were ...
Probation7/1/2008
  Q: I am a Domestic Violence victim and I was given permission to leave California to acquire housing ...
  A: Cassie, I just need to clarify a couple of things. You are on probation for filing false papers. ...
armed robery,kidnaping,burglary of vehical in texas6/28/2008
  Q: how much time would a person get?
  A: Donya Almost impossible for anyone to say because of the variances between each state. Each State ...
michigan three strike laws6/28/2008
  Q: I have two felonies that are from 1994.june 27 2008 today i was popped for manufacturing of ...
  A: Derek, Michigan's Habitual Offender act would include you. It is an enhancement to what ever ...
Misdemeanor Larceny and Shoplifting concealment goods6/27/2008
  Q: Will I be able to get it Expunctions from my record it happened right after I turned 18 it was about ...
  A: Tonya, It will depend on your state law, most states allows for some form of expungement. Do a ...
retail theft6/26/2008
  Q: this is gus i wanted to ask you what class is retail theft in, for example; class A, class B, class ...
  A: Gus, Each State has different laws and penalties and terminology. For example in Michigan there is ...
Miscellaneous6/26/2008
  Q: Son in jail, once out on bond can another county bring up charges ? He has no criminal record and no ...
  A: Priscilla, Your question is lacking a lot of detail but i will try and answer. If he is out on ...
Kidnapping Charges6/25/2008
  Q: How many years if any, can someone get for Kidnapping charges? The man was indited on Kidnapping ...
  A: Ellie, In New York felonies are divided by class for the purpose of sentencing the classes are from ...
False Criminal Record6/24/2008
  Q: Have a friend who is a NYC Auxiliary Police Officer, has one arrest on his record that ended up ...
  A: Frank, This is obviously not something to be taken lightly. If his brother used his name on these ...
criminal tresspassing ticket6/24/2008
  Q: Robin, my son's stepmother has filed a criminal trespassing charge against me for entering their ...
  A: Mary Jo, Criminal trespass is normally a pretty minor issue. Unless it is a frequent occurrence or ...
writing checks on own account and paying them6/24/2008
  Q: I haven't gotten into any trouble but I'm curious can I be arrested even though i have paid these ...
  A: Ashame, What you are doing is a transaction referred to check kiting. It use to be a lot more ...
extradition6/23/2008
  Q: My brother was recently arrested in Florida but the warrant is for Pennsylvania First when they came ...
  A: Denise, Several different things going on here lets see if we can work through them. Most warrants ...
statue vs life of a warrant6/23/2008
  Q: I have a basic question in reference to "statue of limitations" and "life of a warrant" If a ...
  A: Janet, You are correct. Statute of limitations applies to the amount of time the state has to file ...
wrong court or date6/23/2008
  Q: I received an appearance ticket for criminal mischief in the 4th degree, not prouid of it either. ...
  A: Janine, Don't disregard the ticket. Try calling the court or the police department that wrote the ...
Leaving the country while on probation.6/23/2008
  Q: Robin. I found your website through google searching on some laws and found it very helpful. Im ...
  A: Mariana, You have some issues don't you ? Your drug conviction does not appear to be a serious ...
Criminal Misdemeanor Warrant6/22/2008
  Q: I received a letter regarding a warrant for my arrest because I was driving with a suspended license ...
  A: Julie, A lot depends on what your courts policies are and they are all different. In most ...
speeding ticket sent to collections6/21/2008
  Q: Los Angeles, CA. I was issued a speeding ticket (going 50 in 35mph, was a speed trap). When ...
  A: Marcie, Oww !! 700 for a speeding ticket?? Another reason i won't be going to California any time ...
trespass/open container6/21/2008
  Q: My 17 year old son went out with some friends. They ended up in the local woods at a bonfire party. ...
  A: Anne, It is more then a parking ticket, they may either be civil or misdemeanor. At 17 your son in ...
Punishment for larceny ( New York )6/21/2008
  Q: I need to know the conditions and penalties f
  A: John, Larceny is a type of crime, there are so many variables and each state has their own elements ...
extradition6/20/2008
  Q: what happens if a person is awaiting a govenor warrant and it never comes? there has to be a time ...
  A: Chasity, 90 days it quite awhile without some sort of court proceedings. He is entitled to a ...
alleged phone harassment6/20/2008
  Q: The deal is my step father took my three year old sister and flew her out of state to Texas. (we ...
  A: Nikole, Glad you got your sister back that must have been a very difficult time for you and your ...
statute of limitations6/19/2008
  Q: On a theft under $500, what is the statute of limitations? THe charge is from 1999.
  A: Michelle, Each state and the federal government has different laws covering the their statute of ...
DuI6/19/2008
  Q: j had TWO D.U I . ONE IN 83 AND THE OTHER IN 84 COULD THEY BE EXPUNGE FROM MY RECORD, ALSO HAD A ...
  A: Curtis, I did a quick review of some of Georgia laws, appears they are very very restrictive on ...
SHOPLIFTING6/19/2008
  Q: my daughter turned 18 this year. she got in trouble for the first time with her friends. she stole a ...
  A: Kate, Each part of this country has different laws and policies. General first time offenders are ...
class a misdemeanor v.o.p.6/19/2008
  Q: Ok i got a 'sale of alcohol to minors' six months deferred judification and probation. second to ...
  A: Julius, There is no way I or anyone else can answer this question. The reason being is that there ...
Crooked Cop.....Need Advice6/18/2008
  Q: My boyfriend was arrested for assault w/a deadly weapon, threats/assault and reckless driving. The ...
  A: Melissa, Wow, lots of things going on. I regret your are having these problems. I will try and ...
expediting6/18/2008
  Q: If a person has violated there probation by leaving the state and the warrant issued guidelines have ...
  A: Nicole, It depends if the probation violation amounts to a felony first. If it is not a felony then ...
(Minor) P.I6/17/2008
  Q: I have recently been charged for minor public intoxication. I claimed no contest but I really do not ...
  A: Tiera, Depends on where you are at in the court procedure and more importantly what is allowed in ...
Unfair Probation Officer6/17/2008
  Q: The father of my child was arrested for assault and served six months in jail. Upon getting ...
  A: Lauren, Sorry about the problems you are having. If you can make no headway with the probation ...
Defamation by a LEO6/16/2008
  Q: I called a neighbor at 5:30 A.M. and left a nasty message threatening her ever-barking dog. Only the ...
  A: Bryant, Great the one state that doesn't use English common law ! Once you made the call and it ...
Question6/15/2008
  Q: I had a bench warrant out which i new nothing about.It all had to lead back to 12-22-01.The bench ...
  A: Christa, Sorry no, statute of limitations does not involve warrants. quite a while for a bench ...
over 18 dating under 186/14/2008
  Q: hey my names davis, i'm just wondering the rules for VA my girlfriend is 15 and i'm turning 18. her ...
  A: Davis, I don't know all 50 states however in most states under 16 is still a juvenile and therefore ...
Unlawful Entry6/14/2008
  Q: My ex husband illegally came into my home last night to get his dog.I had been taking care of his ...
  A: Ruth, If there is no OFP in force that rules that arrest out. Trespass and Unlawful entry may ...
MIRANDA RIGHTS6/14/2008
  Q: I WAS QUESTIONED,HANDCUFFED,ARRESTED,TOOK TO JAIL FOR 6 HOURS AND HAD TO BOND OUT.BUT WAS NOT READ ...
  A: Stephanie, The written statement if taken after you were handcuffed should have been preceded by ...
Traffic Ticket6/13/2008
  Q: I was in court today attempting to defend against a "driving while on a cell phone" case. There ...
  A: Kevin, Most traffic violations are essentially the police officers word against the driver. The ...
background check/old warrants6/12/2008
  Q: I am a law-abiding, God-fearing, tax-paying, great credit, homeowner mother and wife. Unfortunately, ...
  A: Mia, The good ole teenage years, fortunately most of us grow up. Some don't. I find that having ...
class c misdemeanor theft6/12/2008
  Q: i went to jail for so called stealing out of walmart..it was not me but it was the girl that i was ...
  A: C-nell, First thing is I would not hire that attorney again. My guess is you were probably charged ...
Probation search6/12/2008
  Q: Do city cops have jurisdiction passed city limits? A city police office followed my husband,after ...
  A: Susan, Every state has different laws and regulations regarding authority and jurisdiction of ...
car6/11/2008
  Q: my financing company call and harass me at work if i am a day late on my car payment now they have ...
  A: Chris, I obviously don't know all the laws in all 50 states however this sounds more civil then ...
Bill collector calling my home6/10/2008
  Q: I have received numerous calls from a collection agency for my son's x wife. She does not live with ...
  A: Jacqueline, Collection activities and regulations are not normally criminal in nature so outside of ...
criminal law6/9/2008
  Q: An employee of ours lives in Texas and works in La she is a single mon and works 4 miles across the ...
  A: Beth, I applaud your efforts to help your employee, thank you. This sounds like bureaucracy run ...
Please Misconduct6/8/2008
  Q: Recently, I received a speeding citation from a county deputy who was parked in a very clearly ...
  A: Les, Good luck on your motion however I don't belive you will prevail. Most states have similar ...
law6/6/2008
  Q: what is criminallaw and how does it differ from civil law and private law
  A: Victor, Criminal law is defined by statute and are listed in the states criminal code or penal ...
trouble with kissing >6/6/2008
  Q: ok i have a boyfriend that is now considered a level 1 sex offender. he was charged with SEXUAL ...
  A: ashley, Level one in New York is a misdemeanor and the information is not available on line you ...
sexual abuse and the ties with kissing ????6/6/2008
  Q: ok i have a boyfriend that is now considered a level 1 sex offender. he was charged with SEXUAL ...
  A: Ashley, Each state has it own definitions and variables to different sex related crimes. Some ...
Charges6/5/2008
  Q: Robin,I live in Oklahoma and on saturday night my son and his friend were taken into the police dept ...
  A: Julie, These are some very different court procedures then any I have ever heard of. The fact that ...
Extradition6/5/2008
  Q: I have a friend being held on a felony charge in texas, we are trying to figure out how long our ...
  A: Nick, Depends on his exact status and none of this is written in stone. Let me try and explain. He ...
Gun Law6/4/2008
  Q: I was wondering if three years is the statute of limitations in Texas for a gun charge? Even for ...
  A: Holly, Most "minor" felonies in Texas is 3 years. However Federal would be 5 and a felon in ...
Trespassing6/3/2008
  Q: I just got detained for Trespassing, Well it was kinda my fault. I cut the chain on 2 fences ...
  A: Jeff, Yeah I got to agree with you, it was kind of your fault. Trespassing is usually a ...
Early Release6/3/2008
  Q: My grandson pleaded guilty to robbery. He was the lookout knowone was injured he had no weapon and ...
  A: Khadijah, I know this is very troubling for you and your family and it is truly unfortunate. New ...
Horse Theft treated as civil matter6/2/2008
  Q: I reported my stolen horse (value $20,000.00) to the county sheriff's office. They claim it is civil ...
  A: Lisa, Having horses i do understand how you feel. However without a lot more information and ...
Criminal Oui6/2/2008
  Q: I recently got pulled over while driving a vehicle with 4 passengers that were under 21 i myself am ...
  A: Craig, That is an extremely high Blood Alcohol level. With out more information you probably are ...
MIP6/2/2008
  Q: i got an imp i got pulled over and he though i have so thing so he asked and i told him that i had a ...
  A: Ryan, Possession of alcohol by a minor could result in the suspension or revocation of your ...
Shop lifting PLEASE HELP I"M DESPERATE6/1/2008
  Q: I have been caught by security in texas yesterday.He gave me a ticket which is a traffic Violations ...
  A: Picchi, Without a lot more information it is hard to be specific. However if all the officer did ...
Expungement of a misdemeanor5/31/2008
  Q: I have a misdemeanor put on my record last year, and was given 18 months probation for a 3 dollar ...
  A: Natalie, North Carolina seems pretty straight forward. I attached a link for you with the ...
hi5/29/2008
  Q: imp wondering what r valid reasons for not submitting bank statements for closed accounts in a ...
  A: J, Technically you questions deals with an area of Family or civil law not criminal. However ...
trasspassing and battery charges5/28/2008
  Q: with these being misdemeanors, do you have any idea of what type of sentencing i could recv. i am ...
  A: Maria, First you should be eligible for court appointed attorney. Normally in misdemeanor cases ...
Statue of limitations on a bench warrant5/27/2008
  Q: IS there a time limitation on a misdemeanor bench warrant?
  A: Deb, Currently the answer is no, however there have been some recent cases that show the government ...
underage drinking5/26/2008
  Q: My name is nick and i recently threw a party in Pa and me and my friends were caught with underage ...
  A: Nick, Jail is probably unlikely unless you have a serious history outside of this incident. ...
Urine at a Crime Scene5/25/2008
  Q: Robin! I am working on a script involving the Miami Metro Police Department and an investigation ...
  A: Harmody, I will have to start by saying that i am not an expert in Urine analysis or DNA extraction ...
Harrassment/2nd Degree5/25/2008
  Q: I posted my question regarding a neighbor that owed us 1,500 in loans. And I thank JP for his ...
  A: Sarah, You have a very difficult, frustrating, stressful situation. Also it could be quite ...
not so funny bathroom humour5/24/2008
  Q: My brother told me that when he was in highschool, someone "jokingly" put laxative chocolate into ...
  A: Amy, It could be assault depending on the states definition of assault, all are a little different. ...
Investigation and Home Search Rights5/22/2008
  Q: A 20 year old named Ryan, who lives at home with his parents was recently followed and pulled over ...
  A: Jonathan, There are several issues going on with your incident. However you asked specifically ...
Apealing a 29 yr robbery sentence5/22/2008
  Q: How do one go about appealing a 29 year sentence for 2 counts of robbery with a firearm & 2 counts ...
  A: Toney, Pretty long sentence if the subject has no prior criminal history. First and foremost you ...
Harrassing, unstable neighbors5/22/2008
  Q: Missouri case. The couple next door, childless and in their late 30s, are harassing my family to ...
  A: Ian, I wish i could give you good news but the answer is pretty much what your local police have ...
expungement of misdemeanor5/22/2008
  Q: My boyfriend was convicted of impersonating an officer - big mess and incompetent attorney....He had ...
  A: Donna, I looked briefly at some North Carolina law on the subject. The process seems fairly ...
Subpoena5/22/2008
  Q: Can you be obligated to attend court when you receive a subpeona via mail? I was under the ...
  A: Raquel, It is pretty common to receive subpoenas' by mail, however the validity of service is often ...
Vehicle search and miranda rights5/21/2008
  Q: me and My girlfriend were sitting in a park Smoking a joint it was late and no one else was in the ...
  A: Phillip, We will discuss the "Miranda" rights first. These rights are not a requirement on arrest. ...
probation violation5/20/2008
  Q: i may have failed a drug test and i am on probation this is a 1st violation , what is the least ...
  A: Stephanie, I truly can't say what the limits are there are way to many variables that i don't have. ...
defense attorney needed5/19/2008
  Q: I am just wanting an opinon on my situation, I was called on Friday by a police detective saying ...
  A: Nikki, I am not going to disagree with your father. Truthfully the officer made it sound as if ...
DUI marijuana blood tests5/19/2008
  Q: I'm seventeen and I recently got into a one car accident, totaling my mercury on a tree alongside a ...
  A: John, To my knowledge there is no qualitative test for marijuana intoxication. In Michigan any ...
Fleeing Felon5/18/2008
  Q: Can you shoot a fleeing felon that is not armed, but that is escaping from the custody of NYC Dept. ...
  A: Charles, Lethal force is normally a matter that is defined by either Department Policy or by a ...
Charges pending5/16/2008
  Q: My 17 yr old son was arrested in October 2007 on attempted burglary of a habitation. He gave a ...
  A: Regina, I researched some of the Texas Criminal Procedure Rules. Since I don't work in Texas and ...
EMT w/Expungement5/16/2008
  Q: My husband is currently enrolled in EMT-B training (Ohio.) His 7+ year-old 5th degree forgery ...
  A: Trish, Tricky question, I would answer "no" to a felony conviction question. Reason, the ...
Warrants5/16/2008
  Q: To obtain a warrant does there have to be a definite charge? (Maybe not convicted at trial or found ...
  A: Tiffany, I am not sure what type of warrant you are referring to. The two most common are search ...
Verbal Obstruction of Justice?5/14/2008
  Q: What constitutes a "materially" false statement or representation? In Fairfax County, Virginia, My ...
  A: Patty, Interesting case facts. The answers would probably keep several lawyers arguing about it ...
why Detectives do not respond5/14/2008
  Q: My grandson was killed in Houston Texas on April 25, 2008. No one has been arrested or questioned as ...
  A: Lillie, I am terribly sorry for your loss and for the treatment you have been receiving. Obviously ...
Criminal Investigation5/12/2008
  Q: I live in Ohio and I had a detective call me wanting to ask me some questions. I was a little ...
  A: Angela, You have a two choices you can tell the officer you won't talk to him or you can talk to ...
court date5/12/2008
  Q: I was recently arrested, and plead not guilty the next day in the court at the jail...they then said ...
  A: Nick, I am not real familiar with Texas court procedure. However in most courts, after ...
WHEN THE LAW GOES BAD5/12/2008
  Q: ROBIN, WHAT DOES A PERSON DO WHEN THEY HAVE EVIDENCE OF AN OFFICERS WRONG DOING. THEY TAKE IT TO THE ...
  A: Jennifer, Without a whole lot more detail it is difficult to give specific advise. A lot of this ...
Hold on an inmate5/10/2008
  Q: My boyfriend was sentenced in Minnesota and Michigan, Michigan ran his time concurrent with ...
  A: Mariah, A "hold" is also called a detainer. I would suspect that even though his time is running ...
crimial question5/8/2008
  Q: can you get house arrest for a charge that carries a mandatory sentence? ANSWER: Tasha, Your ...
  A: Tasha, In my part of the country we don't have house arrest. It is either probation or jail. I ...
hi5/6/2008
  Q: two babies first aborted due to doubt as to who was the father of the child social worker and ...
  A: J. Some extremely complicated issues. I don't think i can do justice to them all in this venue. ...
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: J, The entire thing is illegal. The only entity that can issue SSN is the Social Security ...
harrassment charges5/5/2008
  Q: Someone filed harrassment charges against my son. He has never been in trouble with the law and only ...
  A: Cheik, It is unfortunate what this person is trying to do to your son. Harassment normally ...
Limitation Period For Criminal Law In The USA5/5/2008
  Q: Generally, does the USA or any particular state has a limitation period / time bar for the ...
  A: Raymon, The term is called "Statute of Limitations" and it varies by state and for the Federal ...
Harrassment and More5/5/2008
  Q: My neighbor file a non-factual complaint with NJ DYFS in retribution because the city of Clifton, ...
  A: Bill, I will first discuss the civil aspect. It is not my field of knowledge. That was easy, ...
what next5/5/2008
  Q: I got a citation for underage consumption of alcohol suspected of using, no tests just finger print ...
  A: Travis, Normally underage consumption is a misdemeanor or civil type violation. So there is no ...
marajuana charge5/4/2008
  Q: I was pulled over last night for tail lights out, she smelled unsmoked pot in my car, gave me field ...
  A: Sherry, I am sorry but i really can't tell you how to plead. That is a decision for you to make ...
Homicide5/4/2008
  Q: I know that a job such as this one is very dangerous, so I wanted to ask you a certain question. On ...
  A: Joyce, I am not sure i understood your question. If you are asking do criminals sometimes go after ...
Probation searches5/4/2008
  Q: My boyfriend is on felony probation, I understand that he can be searched at anytime. what I want to ...
  A: Robin, Nice name. No, just because your boyfriend lost some of his rights due to his conviction ...
Criminal Law Question5/3/2008
  Q: sorry about not making it clear. I'll clean it up "Hi how are you? My brother broke someone's ...
  A: Mike, I am fine thanks for asking. Once a person decides to drop charges it is difficult to ...
VOP5/2/2008
  Q: My other half was arrested in December this past year on drug charges. However, he was already on ...
  A: Douglas, I regret but it is impossible for anyone to say except the judge. A lot depends on ...
concerning "part numbers" of court sessions5/2/2008
  Q: I'm curious about the numbers assigned to different court proceedings. Example: In the show Law & ...
  A: Jeff, Interesting question took me a little research. The "parts" term appears to be strictly a New ...
dui stop5/2/2008
  Q: i was a passenger in my friends car when we were stopped. upon stopping, the officer came up and ...
  A: Very common scenario and questions, Here we go. 1) Refusal of a search. Yes the driver could have ...
homicide detective!5/1/2008
  Q: there i have always been interested in detective work & the law. But i have chosen homicide; how ...
  A: Ashlee, So you have decided on a career that is frustrating, exhausting, stressful and will age you ...
robbery 14/29/2008
  Q: i know a guy who was arrested for robbery in the first degree. he is 18 years old and has a prior ...
  A: Zach, Unfortunately all states have different laws, definition and punishments. Example Armed ...
Accussed of vandalism4/27/2008
  Q: Last week I was interviewed by detectives about a vandalism case at an ex employer that I quite 2 ...
  A: Cody, Someone thinking someone did something is not enough to charge. There needs to be evidence. ...
robbery4/27/2008
  Q: is doing a beer run a felony or could it be considered a robbery?
  A: Ray, Each state has slightly different variables and definitions in their state laws. Robbery ...
wrongful arrest / then rearested ?4/26/2008
  Q: was arrested , made bald , appeared in court on wrong charge,nulled processed Then rearrested on ...
  A: yHank, I am sorry i do not understand your question. What Federal statute dealing with what ? ...
parole hold4/26/2008
  Q: My husband was arrested for defending himself . The officer was not going to arrest him but his ...
  A: Crystal, You are dealing with two separate aspects. The first was the police and the prosecutor. ...
statue of limitations4/25/2008
  Q: I worked for an employer one year ago & I just found out that they are saying I stole money from ...
  A: Susan, Yes, more then likely. Misdemeanors in most states is about 1 year so if it was a ...
crooked police4/23/2008
  Q: i was pulled over on a traffic stop by two officers i have a valid lincense they search me an my car ...
  A: Terrence, I read through your posting several times but couldn't really find a question in it. ...
misdemeanor shoplifting under $5004/22/2008
  Q: I was embarrassingly picked up for shoplifting something (worth $126) from a department store ...
  A: Helene, The embarrassment is probably the worst part. First time misdemeanors do not normally ...
time limitation4/21/2008
  Q: My boyfriend was arrested for second degree assault & false imprisonment against me. on previous ...
  A: Leilani, Don't let this guy and his attorney scare you. Make sure you let the prosecuting ...
neice4/21/2008
  Q: i would like to know my niece met a man online who is on probation for check forgery from another ...
  A: Nancy, I know this is very worrisome to you. Normally, a probationer or parolee needs to get ...
illegal search and seizure4/21/2008
  Q: Is a search warrant legal if evidence is taken out of a locked room by a civilian and then given to ...
  A: Hershall, No it is not illegal unless the person was sent there by the law enforcement agency. ...
Check forgery4/20/2008
  Q: What is the statue of limitations for filing charges against my ex-husband for check forgery? At the ...
  A: Genise, In most states check forgery would be a felony and the norm is about 5 years. Each state ...
having sex with minor?4/20/2008
  Q: if someone has sex with minor gets arrested and goes through trial. if they are found guilty will ...
  A: Jess, Almost impossible for me to answer. Each state has its own guidelines and laws as to who must ...
extradition4/19/2008
  Q: I was held in jail on a warrant out of montana and texas and signed both waivers for exradition. So ...
  A: Thomas, I was in process of answering this question and i hit the wrong button, sorry. ...
Procedure in assault case4/17/2008
  Q: I'm a writer and I have a situation in my book that I really need to ask about. In this story, a ...
  A: Evelyn, Based on your scenario it is unlikely the male victim would be arrested. Obviously there ...
DUI in Arizona/Moving out of state4/17/2008
  Q: Can a person transfer their hours of counseling in progress to another state? I want to complete my ...
  A: Terry, Everything is negotiable. First step is you need to come up with the plan. Find a ...
unknowingly cashed a stolen check4/17/2008
  Q: We need guidance on how to proceed. There are several flags in this story, it was all done before my ...
  A: Mark, I agree it is a mess. Don't wait any longer, call the police. Your son was taken advantage ...
extraditions4/16/2008
  Q: my husband is being held at the ccdc in norman, okla. while waiting to be extradited to virginia. ...
  A: Amanda, There are several factors that have to take place. First is the person contesting ...
Can I get probation for 7 charges of lude acts with a minor4/16/2008
  Q: Well what happened is we took my wife sister in to live with us every thing was good for about a ...
  A: Justin, You have several questions in here, let me see if I can answer some of them. First without ...
Police investgation.4/16/2008
  Q: A person went to the police and told them that I dropped her son on his head and slammed a car door ...
  A: Collis, Is it legal ? Probably yes. There are few laws governing what police have to do when a ...
Violation of probation4/16/2008
  Q: my friend has missed a few probation meetings at random. He went today and the arrested him for not ...
  A: Lou, Not a lot you can do. A lot of what happens depends on a variety of factors. The underlying ...
strong armed robbery4/16/2008
  Q: well i wanna know if i can beat my case because they are charging me with strong armed robbery and ...
  A: Kris, For the record I am not an attorney and I don't/ can't/ won't give legal advise. Without ...
Probationers rights4/15/2008
  Q: Can a prob officer enter your residence when you are not there or can they get security to open your ...
  A: Desiree, I have never seen any court ruling that states the probationer has to be present when a ...
where to complain4/15/2008
  Q: someone is doing credit fraud i think like he is shopping with the credit card that is not his what ...
  A: Priya, You have several options but they depend on what information you have. 1) If you can talk ...
theft by deception charge4/14/2008
  Q: I was charged with a second degree theft by deception charge. The State attorney General came ...
  A: Diana, If it is a "legal" entity such as a corporation the state could still take jurisdiction. ...
victim sole witness unable to positively id suspect ( myself ) in an in field show up4/14/2008
  Q: 1./ victim sole witness unable to positively id suspect ( myself ) in an in field show up that i ...
  A: William, Witness identification is usually pretty poor evidence either way. Most investigators ...
VOP4/13/2008
  Q: I am currently on felony probation if I catch new charges and go do the time for them and also ...
  A: Jill, This appears to be Tennessee specific which I am not familiar with at all. I would be very ...
Employment - Petty Theft in CA4/13/2008
  Q: In February 2004, the company I worked for accused me of misappropriation of company assets. I had ...
  A: Natalie, You are dealing with a civil issue at this point not a criminal one. You need to get all ...
Follow-up on Wrong Address4/11/2008
  Q: An informant & a agent came to my house trying to buy prescription pills from me. I refused them. ...
  A: Kathy, Looks like a real cluster. The address issue is not a big deal. Incorrect addresses, wrong ...
Holding Mail4/11/2008
  Q: Recently, my brother, "Tommy", his wife, "Nadine", and I got in a bit of a confrentation, that ...
  A: This is a very awkward and difficult scenario and no easy answers. Family issues usually are. You ...
Subpoenas4/11/2008
  Q: A friend of mine just got a subpoena to appear in court. The officer told him that he is on ...
  A: Jennifer, Courts schedule multiple cases for certain days and times with the knowledge that a ...
extradition from CA to Texas4/11/2008
  Q: My son, living in CA, had a warrant issued for a dirty test in Texas for a case he was on probation ...
  A: Sue, Once your son has waived extradition the requesting State, Texas, has 30 days to come and get ...
Misdemeanor Shoplifting4/10/2008
  Q: I live in Cincinnati and was on vacation in Tennessee a couple weeks ago and made a very stupid ...
  A: Kevin, On top of all this it is very embarrassing also. Lets keep this in perspective, the vast ...
shotguns4/10/2008
  Q: hi when the police come in to your house and take a shotgun that is licensed how long are they ...
  A: Eric, Depends on why they took it. If they came with a search warrant then they can hold the gun ...
unlawful use of a vehicle.4/10/2008
  Q: My husband was in a car that was stolen, he was not aware that it was stolen he just was getting a ...
  A: Sandy I am sorry about your husband's problem. One of the problems is you don't know what the cops ...
Probation hold time4/10/2008
  Q: How long can a PO officer hold a client if there is no evidence of a violation and there is no ...
  A: Seth, Theoretically a PO shouldn't be holding someone without cause. If he is holding someone they ...
Probation for Felony and Misdemeanor4/9/2008
  Q: Is probation rules same for Felony (1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree sexual assault) and misdemeanor (4th ...
  A: Brian, Probation is court ordered supervision and it is only generally referred to in statute. The ...
sexual harassment4/9/2008
  Q: My 14 year old son, was in gym class & a 13 year old girl was flirting & stared tickling him,& he ...
  A: Laura, I think this is 2008 and it is a very complicated world. My son is 13 and I worry everyday. ...
Ga law4/9/2008
  Q: Was this wrong on the laws part should they have let anyone come threw my windows my daughter said ...
  A: Kim, Georgia specific I wouldn't know however these types of incidents are fairly common and ...
my expungement4/9/2008
  Q: 4.5 years ago i was convicted of 245 assault with a deadly weapon. 5 months ago it was expunged, and ...
  A: Sam, Congratulations on getting your record expunged and good luck on your job request. Expungement ...
Search & Seizure4/7/2008
  Q: Let's say "Bob" and "Tim" share an apartment. One day the cops come looking for Bob and they have ...
  A: Robert, Very interesting question and goes to prove you learn something new everyday. When i first ...
Stolen Money4/7/2008
  Q: This is my situation. 4 months ago. I asked my friend who's an assistant Gamestop manaager to get me ...
  A: Jake, Money and friends cause a lot of problems. Yes, he has stolen your money. In Michigan it ...
Extradition Florida to Georgia - Felony4/6/2008
  Q: I think I have some what of a simple question. I will out line below: I have a friend who has been ...
  A: Sean, If there are no charges in Florida and she does not fight extradition then Georgia is suppose ...
Public Defenders4/5/2008
  Q: My husband was arrested 4/07 poss of meth he is set for trial 4/9/08 his pub def will not talk with ...
  A: Jenny, I am sorry about your husband and for the stress this puts you through. Your dates seem a ...
Extradition4/5/2008
  Q: When you fight extradition does that mean that you will be tried and sentenced in the state you ...
  A: Caitlin, Extradition is a little confusing but here are the general concepts. Subject has a charge ...
search warrants4/4/2008
  Q: What is the name of the document that preceeds obtaining a search warrant. I don't know if I am ...
  A: Cindy, The document is called an affidavit. A police officer / affiant submits the document to a ...
Extradition Warrant4/4/2008
  Q: My question is this: what is the protocal for an extradition order. To clarify: what would an ...
  A: Rebecca, I can imagine how difficult this is for you and your children. Extradition is a criminal ...
incident in public high school4/4/2008
  Q: My 16 year old son was urinated on by another student. The matter was reported to school ...
  A: Dorothy, If it was my son i would feel exactly the same way and probably more. Unfortunately we ...
Statute of Limitations4/3/2008
  Q: What is the statute of limitations on filing a charge for a level 8 non-person felony for "computer ...
  A: Ginger I am not familiar with Kansas law but a quick check leads me to believe it is 5 years. Here ...
statue of limations4/1/2008
  Q: If someone breaks a window to gain access to the inside of your vehicle and steals your stereo. Is ...
  A: Tim, State of limitations vary with each state. Misdemeanors are usually 1 year and felonies are ...
Polygraph and VOP3/29/2008
  Q: My friend now has been asked to take a maintenance polygraph test by the Probation officer. If he ...
  A: Brian, Polygraphs are usually not admissible in court hearings anywhere in the United States with ...
state of arizon3/26/2008
  Q: wondering how long they have to charge you with a dui no formal charges have been made and it has ...
  A: Sandra, Understand please that all states are a little different in their laws, procedures and ...
drug posession charges3/26/2008
  Q: i have a family member in TN that is facing a charge of drug paraphernalia. do you know what the ...
  A: Kris, Usually paraphernalia is a misdemeanor offense. Tennessee distinguishes between possession ...
i just want to know3/25/2008
  Q: My fiance was sentenced to state prison for dating an under age girl when he was 24 and she was 14 ...
  A: Carmen, Difficult to say. Each State handles prison sentences differently as to the awarding of ...
forgery of federal check3/25/2008
  Q: My ex-spouse forged my name on a federal tax refund check and deposited it in their own personal ...
  A: emi, The charge could either be federal or state charge, felony level. Usually without a prior ...
second charge of theft and didnt do it3/25/2008
  Q: ok so on December 11th my ex-best friend decided to steal a quad,we live in a small town in the ...
  A: Cody, You apparently accidentally sent this to me three times, so i will only answer on this one, ...
Telephone Harassment3/24/2008
  Q: I live in the state of New York. My estranged sister-in-law, who is currently in a bitter divorce ...
  A: Nicole, I read the statute and it does seem to fit. Obviously the final determination would be the ...
2 simple assault3/23/2008
  Q: My lawyer has filed a not quilty plea and a change of date of the hearing three weeks ago and I have ...
  A: Adrienne, I am not sure I completely understand your question so let me rephrase it. You were ...
Felony warrant (property damage)3/22/2008
  Q: I just received a letter from the Dept of Veterans Affairs. It states that all my benifits will ...
  A: Maurice, Recently a lot of Federal agencies are connecting with the Law Enforcement Network and ...
Probation violation3/22/2008
  Q: My friend was falsely accused by his girlfriend for sexual assault, and he accepted the plea bargain ...
  A: Brian, 1) The PO can bring someone with him. Depending on who it is may violate a department ...
formal searchable probation in CA3/22/2008
  Q: If I am at work and my house is locked can probation make me give a key to my mother, who also lives ...
  A: Laura, If you are on probation you have agreed to waive certain rights, particularly your right to ...
changing a plea to not guilty from guilty3/21/2008
  Q: short and sweet,my publicdefender told me that i was facing 7 years if i didnt plead guilty to ...
  A: You need to be aware that changing your plea is something that courts take very , very seriously. ...
nepatism3/20/2008
  Q: Neighbors across the street son is City Councilman. On behalf of his parents, he complains to ...
  A: Denny, The unfortunate truth is not much of anything. Judges rulings need to be appealed, a very ...
Hearsay3/20/2008
  Q: I was asked to provide a statement to a detective because they assumed that they knew I did the ...
  A: Shari, If you wrote a statement implicating yourself it is not hearsay it would be considered an ...
Help by boyfriend faces a year for nothing!3/20/2008
  Q: The general question I have is, are policemen (those on duty with cars) required to wear mics and ...
  A: Celeste, Sorry about your boyfriends problems, unfortunately alcohol seems to a factor in a lot of ...
search warrant3/19/2008
  Q: does the police have to show me a search warrant before intering my house and do they have to give ...
  A: Angel, Police officers are required to produce a warrant at the time of service. They may not have ...
hi3/19/2008
  Q: a freind of mine who is on psychotropix meds told me that after eh returned from a month long ...
  A: Yom, Talk about some very controversial topics. I will try and just stick to the law, criminally ...
Phone Harassment3/18/2008
  Q: I took out a harassment warrant on someone, in return 8 days later, they took one out on me, how he ...
  A: Tabitha, You said that you took out a harassment warrant on him. That indicates to me that you ...
assualt3/17/2008
  Q: and is that hard to fight in court
  A: Kalisha, In most states and jurisdiction use of a weapon moves it into the felony range. As far as ...
robbery3/17/2008
  Q: what is the common punishment for a first offense robery, with an otherwise clean record
  A: Matthew, That is very difficult to say. Robbery in my state implies either armed or unarmed ...
third degree theft3/16/2008
  Q: i was charged with third degree theft in alabama this is my second time the total value on the iten ...
  A: Celinthia, Unfortunately there is absolutely no way for me to know this. There are to many ...
fugitive warrants lifted but still in jail in Maryland3/14/2008
  Q: Arrested in Maryland for fugitive warrants in Mississippi. Warrants in Mississippi lifted due to ...
  A: Sheila, If the warrants that your son was arrested for in Maryland have been lifted then there ...
Arrested in beverly Hills & extradited to Texas3/13/2008
  Q: I am trying to locate a young woman who was extradited to Texas March 2, 2008. I downloaded her ...
  A: Ruth, The first thing I would do is call the Los Angeles County Sheriff, Jail division. Ask for ...
becoming a Homicide decetive3/13/2008
  Q: I am 19 years old and i am graduating this year and i will be attending college in my Miami and i ...
  A: Jasmoan, Congratulations on graduating and going to college. This is a very common question for me ...
Probation Violation3/13/2008
  Q: I have a family vacation planned for Colorado that was set up 3 months ago. I recently had court in ...
  A: Deborah, Technically violation of probation puts you back in front of the judge and the judge can ...
criminology course3/13/2008
  Q: I'm studying a criminology course and am struggling with a couple of questions, my tutor is only ...
  A: Nicola, Regarding fraud, the rule is follow the money. In Belgium the price of tobacco is much ...
search warrant3/13/2008
  Q: if a search warrent was exicuited and has the wrong address on it is it a good search warrent?
  A: Trey, Recent case law says no. The real risk comes if they go to the wrong house completely. The ...
Rape3/12/2008
  Q: Is there a statue of limitations on rape in states of Michigan and Iowa?
  A: B, I am not sure about Iowa for Michigan there is no statute of limitations for Criminal Sexual ...
Statute of Limitaions3/12/2008
  Q: What is the statute of limitation in Oklahoma for trafficking, child endangerment,a gun charge for ...
  A: LADAWN, Busy person. Specifically Oklahoma I am not familiar with however most of the offences, ...
need help on Harassment3/11/2008
  Q: Legally, what charges can be brought against some one who is convicted of harassment in Colorado?
  A: Brianna, Not familiar with Colorado law. A quick search indicates that their harassment law they ...
detective3/10/2008
  Q: Hey, My name is Carl Flowers, I am currently in college. I was wondering how could i go by becoming ...
  A: Carl, The word detective is pretty much just a title or rank. It encompasses a great deal of ...
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, Without being able to review the statute the ticket was written under it is hard for me to ...
police procedure3/10/2008
  Q: In the story I am writing, I have a homicide officer go to the home of a woman who was a friend of ...
  A: Demetrius, Depending on the size of the agency. A very small department would not have plain ...
Subpeona3/7/2008
  Q: I pressed charges on my ex because he destroyed some things in my house but After all I decided I ...
  A: Briana, The officer left the subpoena with your ex ?? Technically then you were not served. In ...
Defacing Property in Colorado3/6/2008
  Q: Last night a friend and I were given a citation for defacing property while on vacation in Colorado. ...
  A: Greg, Class 2 misdemeanor in Colorado appears to be 250-1000 dollar fine and/ or 3- 12 months in ...
petty misdemeanors3/6/2008
  Q:
  A: Oksana, I am not sure I would classify "Drunk Driving Murders" as a petty misdemeanor. Maximum ...
Extradition in Texas3/6/2008
  Q: 1. If a person has waived their rights for Extradition How long before he is returned back to Texas? ...
  A: Shelly, I think I have already answered this question but i will try again. Once a person is ...
Crimninal Justice3/5/2008
  Q: If the judge decides to exclude the evidence is there any way it may be introduced at the trial?
  A: Jeff, The most probable answer is "no" once the evidence has been excluded it can not be introduced ...
Extradition in The State of Texas3/5/2008
  Q: If someone has waived their rights for extradition to Texas? How long does the US Marshal have to ...
  A: Shelly, There is no set time frames but there are some guidelines. The first is how long is the ...
search warrents3/1/2008
  Q: i live in p.g county m.d can the police search your home without having a warrent when they enter ...
  A: Augusta, Laws regarding search and seizure are confusing to say the least. Without going into a ...
Change of status in warrant2/29/2008
  Q: Last year I was arrested and tried to kill myself while in the holding cell and was transported to ...
  A: Darrell, Yes it is legal. What happened is once you are arrested or charged your "trial clock" ...
car accident2/28/2008
  Q: I was recently involved in a car accident and I was wondering if someone is on probation, would that ...
  A: Marie, As usual it depends on the state and how advance their computers systems are. In most ...
college: criminal justice2/28/2008
  Q: i am 15 years old and am looking to become a detective. i have a few questions about this: first off ...
  A: Scott, I wish you the best in your endeavor. Yes you can major in criminal justice in college. ...
Police Reports2/27/2008
  Q: I am interested in getting a hold of a copy of a police report for an incident that happened a ...
  A: Heather, In the United States all states and the Federal Government fall under statutes referred to ...
Warrants & Procedures2/27/2008
  Q: I have a friend in jail on a conspiracy charge. He has no bond. What i need to know is on his ...
  A: Deborah, Don't think i have ever seen that wording on a warrant. Can you give me some more ...
charge change2/27/2008
  Q: Sorry I couldn't mae a better subject. I was wondering something and it has been bothering me. I ...
  A: Radin, Just to make sure i understand your question. A person is charged with a crime such as ...
Company being notified of possible charge2/26/2008
  Q: Last week I was pulled over and given a DWI. I am in the process of getting it possibly dismissed ...
  A: Kristin, The best i can do is tell you what happens in Michigan. When you are convicted, that ...
privacy law ?2/26/2008
  Q: My son has been incarcarated for about 1 year in federal holding, now awaiting sentencing. I didn't ...
  A: Sarita, Once a subject has been arrested the information is public knowledge in most situations. ...
about detectives/crimnal investigators2/26/2008
  Q: ok i understand that detectives and criminal investigators are the same. so if i was to go to a ...
  A: Derrick, You are correct detectives /criminal investigators are for the most part synonymous. ...
shoplifting2/24/2008
  Q: in Texas, can a person be charged with shoplifting if the merchandise is left in a shopping basket ...
  A: Sherry, Unfortunately I don't have the answer to this one. Texas law is not one i am familiar ...
arson2/22/2008
  Q: what is the NJ Statue of limitations on arson?
  A: Mike, Some quick research indicates 5 years from the date of the arson to bring charges. Now the ...
Assault2/21/2008
  Q: My friend lives in Georgia and was attacked by her boyfriend's ex. She protected herself and fought ...
  A: Ronata, You can try this web site and see what you can come up with. ...
Phone Harassment2/20/2008
  Q: Ok crazy landlord her boyfriend was changing and locking me out of the basement of new apartment I ...
  A: Heather, One of the least popular things to deal with is landlord tenant issues, right next to ...
Social Engineering Essay2/20/2008
  Q: How can the law be used as a tool for social engineering? If you were in a position to enact laws, ...
  A: Carol, Too early in the morning for this. Are we for or against social engineering ? what context ...
shoplifting2/19/2008
  Q: I am a 64 yr old woman and was caught shoplifing. This is the first time and the security people ...
  A: Rhonda, I hope I can help. Based on your information, Yes, the police could get a warrant and ...
limitations2/19/2008
  Q: while visiting my daughter-in-law in the hospital,her father was down in the parking lot tearing ...
  A: Mayree, Depending on the jurisdiction you could still file a criminal complaint. The fact that it ...
Limitations of residential burglary2/18/2008
  Q: the house was completely surrounded and supposedly he "escaped" a surrounded house. anyway they have ...
  A: Julie, I can't tell you specifically what the statute of limitations are in Illinois. In Michigan ...
Ohio Invenstigation2/18/2008
  Q: My house was recently broken into. We reported it to the police, because of my fiance's past the ...
  A: Erica, interesting your house was broken into and now you don't want the police stopping by? ...
police officers ask and search information2/17/2008
  Q: The other night, my boyfriend and I got a hotel room for the night. We are both over 18 and have no ...
  A: Brandi, Yes it is legal, basically what happened is you and your boyfriend consented to both the ...
credit card fraud in georgia2/16/2008
  Q: but I want to compare results. My 20 year old brother has been convicted of credit card fraud, in ...
  A: Jennifer, I did a quick search and found lexis-nexis has a very good site for reviewing various ...
sealed warrent2/15/2008
  Q: I would like to know what it means by a sealed warrent. Thank you
  A: Diane, It depends on the jurisdiction. The short answer is that either the existence of the ...
DETAINER2/14/2008
  Q: My husband is in jail in Virginia awaiting sentencing the end of March. He was told by his lawyers ...
  A: The first question is who filed the detainer and what is the detainer for ? He may be out on bond ...
PROBATION VIOLATION2/14/2008
  Q: my boyfriend is being charged with a misdeamor for having a pipe but it was new so nothing in it but ...
  A: Karla, In this situation your best source of information is the probation officer. He is much mare ...
wrong name on arrest warrent2/13/2008
  Q: Officer fills in wrong name on the arrest warrent, judge signs it and then they find out that that ...
  A: Cindy, Unfortunately the answer is maybe and then is it an issue ? Officers should not be changing ...
robin2/13/2008
  Q: how do i go by getting my son release from prison early after he has serve 13yrs for attempting ...
  A: Aretha, This is outside of my expertise. There are only two ways that i am aware of to reduce a ...
Check forgery2/12/2008
  Q: What is the criminal sanction in the CA for one who is found liable in court for signing his (soon ...
  A: Julie, I am not sure what you are referring to as CA. If I understand your question a person signs ...
RE: Prosecution for First Degree Theft (For Jack Toomey)2/12/2008
  Q: I did not know how else to reply to Mr. Toomey's question as he has maxed out and I cannot "Ask a ...
  A: JC Your brother is in a difficult situation and that is unfortunate. I am not familiar with ...
stolen and forged check2/10/2008
  Q: Someone I know stole and cashed a check for $400 from someone he was doing work for in his home in ...
  A: Normally the bank does not press charges in this situation it would be up to the person who's check ...
loud upstairs neighbors2/10/2008
  Q: My upstairs neighbors have been consistently loud since the day they moved in. I made several ...
  A: Mr. Samuel, I do know how annoying and very maddening this behavior can be. I also regret the ...
Ticket questions2/8/2008
  Q: In a typical traffic ticket like speeding, is the time written on the ticket typically as the ...
  A: In a normal traffic situation the officer would write the time he is writing the ticket not the time ...
my exwife is harassing me2/7/2008
  Q: My ex wife and I have a baby boy together and she has two kids from another marriage. When we were ...
  A: Ed, First and foremost do not violate the court order or have someone violate it for you. What ...
felony theft2/7/2008
  Q: I am 40 yrs old until 2 weeks ago had no record.I confessed to stealing over $7,000 from my job and ...
  A: I do realize how difficult this is for you and the stress of waiting for the other shoe to drop. i ...
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE2/7/2008
  Q: I'M DOING A PAPER ON CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND I NEED SOME FACTS TO SUPPORT MY PAPER LIKE THE AMOUNT OF ...
  A: Chekella, I a sorry but your question is not detailed enough for me to answer. Each State has ...
felony charge2/6/2008
  Q: What should I do? I've been accused of stealing property and selling it to a pawnshop.It didn't ...
  A: Kelly, I am sorry to read about your problem. Unfortunately i can't give you a very direct answer ...

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