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Corine Claxton’s Answers

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  • Should I as a mother ask to stand and speak to the judge on my sons behalf.?

    my son got into trouble with the law he has a lawyer but I very much want to speak on my sons behalf is it okay to ask to speak with judge? his 20 yrs.old

    Corine’s Answer

    Generally, no. Your son's lawyer should do all of the talking unless he or she determines that your input is in the best interest oh his or her client (your son). Speak to the lawyer first.

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  • Will I get sent to jail for missing an OUI 1st random court ordered screening? I have been taking them for 6 months passing all.

    I took a job in Vermont and told the probation officer that I needed to please be called the day before for a screen because I have a 4 HR ride to court house. He said he would work with me. I am not on probation but subject to the screens. I mis...

    Corine’s Answer

    You said your trial is in two months. I assume you have an attorney that is preparing for your trial. My advice is to contact your lawyer as soon as possible so that s/he can speak to the probation department on your behalf. If you are not represented by a lawyer, then you must hire one as soon as possible. Violating the terms of your pre-trial release can lead to serious consequences and can also affect the ultimate outcome of your case.

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  • Should I have an attorney present for a summons to appear in front of a magistrate for an assault and battery complaint?

    Summons to appear in front of magistrate to determine whether criminal proceedings will commence against me. Assault and battery ( offense code 265/13A/B).

    Corine’s Answer

    Yes. Hiring an attorney will increase your chances of convincing a clerk magistrate that there is no probable cause to issue a criminal complaint against you. Hire a lawyer today.

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  • Who do I contact if I suspect someone is using drugs?

    I have a friend who I suspect is using crack. She is a recovering addict. She has D C F involved, D C F has custody of her 6 month year old daughter, and the biological father has full custody of her 5 year old daughter. The children have differen...

    Corine’s Answer

    Call her family members or her friends so that they can encourage her to get the type of substance abuse treatment that she needs. Addiction is hard to beat without support. There are several in-patient and out-patient programs in Worcester that can help her get back on track. However, it sounds like she needs an intervention by people who care about her.

    If your friend's mother want would like her to leave, then the mother can ask her to leave. If she refuses then the mother can have the police escort her out, assuming that she doesn't have a legal right to be there (name on the lease, etc.).

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  • Contacted by local police for "interview" what does this mean?

    I went to my ex's house (still lives at home) to get a piece of mail. We hung out for a little and I asked if I could have some other things of mine she had in her possession. We went to her room and she returned my item, I then received an import...

    Corine’s Answer

    Do not speak to the police. "Interviewing" with the police may give them enough evidence to have you charged with a crime. They may ask you "innocent" questions just to confirm that you were in the house, that you were in the room with the ring alone, and that you left the apartment right before your ex-left the apartment. That, coupled with any information your ex may have provided, may be enough to have you charged. Hire a lawyer. When the police call again, tell the officer to contact your lawyer. Your lawyer will know how to handle it from there.

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  • I made a false statement about my dad hitting me because i was mad

    all of the police knows me and i have done this before and had no court or a probation

    Corine’s Answer

    Consult with a lawyer. Filing a false police report is a crime in Massachusetts. However, you have a 5th Amendment right not to incriminate yourself. You don't have to tell the prosecutor or the court that you lied. Let a lawyer do all the talking for you. A lawyer would be able to tell the prosecutor that you intend to invoke your 5th Amendment right if you are summonsed to court to testify against your father. I am assuming that without your (false) testimony, the prosecutor has no case. A reasonable prosecutor would dismiss the case under those circumstances. Good luck.

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  • If I want to drop stolen car charges can the DA refuse to??

    I mistakely thought my car was stolen and signed a police report. My friend was driving and now charges were filed. I was very frantic when i filed the police report. I gave my friend the keys but when he didnt show up for 3 hrs i thought he took ...

    Corine’s Answer

    Based on your statement, it sounds like you gave your friend permission to drive your car by giving him the keys and that you mistakenly believed he took the car when he didn't show up. You also did not know your friend had been in an accident. If that is the truth, put it in writing and give it to the prosecutor. Also tell the prosecutor that you do not want to proceed with the case. The prosecutor will be required to provide your written (and even your oral) statement to your friend's defense attorney. Even if the prosecutor does not dismiss the case, the defense attorney can ask you to tell the jury about your mistake if you are called to testify.

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  • Probation violations

    i was incarcerated for 3 1/2 yrs and served with a 209A order- i violated probation by accepting a phone call from my daughter and was given several stipulations from district court- and also from Superior court- there were a few differences in th...

    Corine’s Answer

    Check to see if the new condition was added to the form you signed when you were placed on probation (or after you were placed back on probation) in Superior Court.

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  • I was temporarily detained and frisked by a police officer recently. Is there be an incident report?

    I was stopped by town police officer while walking down the street recently. After a "No" response to my question, "Am I free to leave?", I asserted my constitutional protections (refused to consent to searches & refused to answer ALL questions wi...

    Corine’s Answer

    Generally, police officers do not write incident reports for a "stop and frisk."

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  • Should I plead not guilty at a DUI arraignment tomorrow?

    I am guilty, I blew .17 at the police station. Have never gotten in trouble with the law before.

    Corine’s Answer

    The answer is, "No." At the arraignment the court will enter a plea of not guilty on your behalf. A drunk driving charge carries a potential jail sentence. You must hire a lawyer as soon as possible. If you can't afford one, the court may appoint one to represent you.

    It is important for your to have a lawyer review the facts of your case before you make any decisions. A lawyer will be able to tell you whether the Commonwealth has a strong or a weak case. For example, the test results may have been compromised by a malfunctioning breathalyzer machine. Find a lawyer to represent you. Don't delay.

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