Richard J. Sweeney’s Answers

Richard J. Sweeney

Quincy Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. What would happen if I am under 18 and get pulled over driving with a permit alone?

    Answered 15 days ago.

    1. Christopher C Ware
    2. Neil S Tassel
    3. Richard J. Sweeney
    4. Dominic L. Pang
    4 lawyer answers

    You are operating without a license and subject to arrest and your vehicle will be towed by the police. You will have to get a licensed driver to recover the car, your grandparents will lose trust in you and you will need to pay a lawyer some money to get you out of this. Finally your insurance will increase. Glad you asked before you did this because it's just not a good decision any way you look at it.

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  2. Does the court take into account who called the cops?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Todd Andrew Spodek
    2. Richard J. Sweeney
    3. Michael Lewis Marley
    4. Joseph A Lo Piccolo
    5. Caryn S. Fennell
    5 lawyer answers

    You are correct in thinking that the officer's first impression is that the person who called the police is the "victim". Fortunately well trained police officers will immediately split the two of you up and question you separately to ascertain the true story. You will have an opportunity to tell your side of the story at that time and then, if arrested, your attorney will be able to poke holes in the the other story and solidify yours through cross examination of the officers who will be...

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  3. Should I bring an attorney with me to answer questions in a police investigation

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    2. Michael E Hendrickson
    3. Richard J. Sweeney
    4. Alan James Brinkmeier
    4 lawyer answers

    It is almost always a good idea to refuse to talk with the police unless you have an airtight alibi. ANYTHING you say WILL be used against you. The police are conducting an investigation and will present their evidence and any statements you make to the court and you will either be arrested or summonsed to a court for a hearing or an arraignment. Getting a good attorney early on is a necessity as your attorney can talk to the police on your behalf without any of your statements being used...

    1 lawyer agreed with this answer

  4. Suspended license

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Richard J. Sweeney
    1 lawyer answer

    When your license is suspended your "right to operate a motor vehicle" is suspended in that state. Since the Homeland Security Act most (not all) states will view a susspension in one state as a suspension in their state. It may not catch up to you until you renew however, most states will send you a suspension notice at your last known address. Do not confuse your possession of your physical license with a vaild right to operate. You should check with your state's Motor Vehicle Department...

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  5. Can we protect our son who may be selling his narcotic medication to a dealer?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Richard J. Sweeney
    1 lawyer answer

    Your son is committing the crime of distributing drigs and the best thing you can do is to contact a reliable attorney who can sit down with both you and your son and explain the consequences to him before he gets caught. Police officers routinely check text messages and track the supplier of the drugs and people arrested are often quick to give up their source to help themselves. Your child obviously has not thoought this out and an experienced attorney can stop this before he gets arrested...

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  6. I recieved a speeding ticket 55 in a 35 by a motorcycle cop with radar.the officer failed to put the date on the ticket

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Richard J. Sweeney
    1 lawyer answer

    You need to move to dismiss the ticket, called a "citation defense" in Massachusetts on the grounds that the ticket is defective. Check with a local clerk of court in Arizona because different states have different terms for this defense.

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  7. Is it worth it to hire a lawyer to resolve my speeding ticket?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Timothy Kevin Wilson
    2. Mitchell Paul Goldstein
    3. Richard J. Sweeney
    3 lawyer answers

    I advise all of my clients to contact their insurance company and ask them how much this ticket will cost them in increased insurance premiums over the next few years if they do not contest it. That should be your first call. In Massachusetts you lose good driver credits for certain offense and it ends up costing you literally THOUSANDS of dollars over the next couple of years in increased premiums. If that is the case in your state then it is absolutely worth it to hire an experienced...

  8. Need good defense attorney

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey Alan Lustick
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3. Richard J. Sweeney
    3 lawyer answers

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  9. When will I know if they are going to charge me?

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Richard J. Sweeney
    2. Craig A. Epifanio
    3. Howard Woodley Bailey
    3 lawyer answers

    It is almost always a good idea to refuse to talk with the police unless you have an airtight alibi. ANYTHING you say WILL be used against you. The police are conducting an investigation and will present their evidence and any statements you make to the court and you will either be arrested or summonsed to a court for a hearing or an arraignment. Getting a good attorney early on is a necessity as your attorney can talk to the police on your behalf without any of your statements being used...