Katherine Godin’s Answers

Katherine Godin

Warwick Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. My boyfriend died unexpectedly in January from pnemonia and now the police want to question me about his death. Do I need help?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Ira J Kaplan
    2. Steven D. Power
    3. Katherine Godin
    4. David C. Newton
    5. Corine K. Claxton
    6. ···
    7 lawyer answers

    I agree with what the other two attorneys have already said, but I would just add that in my experience, sometimes having an attorney speak with the detective and tell them that you are represented and do not wish to speak to law enforcement can lead to the officer stopping those repeated attempts to speak with you. It's not a guarantee, but I've certainly found that to be the case with several of my clients.

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  2. Can cops get arrest warrants signed by a judge on weekends?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Katherine Godin
    2. Eleanor R. Hertzberg
    3. Mark M. Mikhaiel
    4. David C. Newton
    4 lawyer answers

    Yes 


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  3. Summoned to court for receiving, aid in or embezzling property -250

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Katherine Godin
    2. Terri D. Leary
    3. Henry Lebensbaum
    4. Dominic L. Pang
    5. Joseph M. Pacella
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    If you have received notice of an arraignment, then you have been charged. The arraignment is the formal proceeding to notify you of the charge and to take your plea, typically a plea of not guilty so the case can proceed after that. After the arraignment, you will receive discovery (i.e., the police reports, witness statements and any other evidence they have against you). You should consult with an attorney, or if you cannot afford one, ask for a public defender. Good luck to you.

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  4. If the state's witness doesn't show up, what happens?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Katherine Godin
    2. Michael W Modica
    3. William A. Jones Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    Generally speaking, if the only evidence the State has is eyewitness testimony (in other words, they do not have physical evidence or the defendant's own statements), and the eyewitnesses do not show up, then they would be unable to prove their case. Often times, if the matter is set down for trial and the witnesses fail to appear after being subpoenaed, the prosecutor will dismiss the charges or at least offer a plea deal on reduced/amended charges. 


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  5. Can I file an answer with the court for a petition for a criminal complaint?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Lauren Craig Redmond
    2. Katherine Godin
    3. Alan J Pransky
    4. Joseph Brian Simons
    5. Terri D. Leary
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    7 lawyer answers

    I would strongly advise you against filing any kind of statement with the court until you consult with an attorney. Any statement you make can/will be used against you in your prosecution. Consult with a criminal defense attorney and explain things to him/her. They can properly advise you of your options and how to proceed. If you cannot afford an attorney, you will in all likelihood be assigned an attorney at your arraignment (if you qualify for one - check in with Probation before court...

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  6. Can mass.violate probation for picking up a new charge in rhode island.?

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Katherine Godin
    2. Henry Lebensbaum
    3. Terri D. Leary
    4. Kevin P. Landry
    5. Jonathan Tyler Adkins
    5 lawyer answers

    Yes, your brother can be found in violation of his MA probation for committing a crime in RI. Most likely, if he's still held in MA when his next RI court date arrives, RI will issue a bench warrant, and once he is released from custody in MA, he will be taken (or ordered by Probation to immediately report) to court in RI. There are some attorneys on here who are licensed to practice in both states. I would suggest contacting an attorney directly if you want to discuss this further. Best...

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  7. Community Service hours before Court date

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Katherine Godin
    2. Neville Joseph Bedford
    3. Erick Masten Platten
    3 lawyer answers

    I respectfully disagree with the first attorney's answer. If this is in Rhode Island, where I practice, then I have had numerous clients who have started their community service before accepting a plea deal in court. As long as the solicitor/AG knows that you began the community service as a result of the charge, and as long as when you're done with the community service hours, you have a letter signed on the organization's letterhead by an employee of the organization, outlining how many...

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  8. Should I pick an lawyer before actually being charged with anything?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Katherine Godin
    2. Stephen Walter Sawyer
    3. Karyn T. Missimer
    4. Aaron Michael Galarowicz
    4 lawyer answers

    Speaking with an attorney prior to be charged with anything could certainly help. I practice in RI and MA, and I offer representation to those accused of (but not yet charged with) crimes in RI or MA. When appropriate, I communicate with the law enforcement agency to let them know I am representing the client and that if they want to question him or her, it needs to be done with me present. It also helps to leave the communications between the police and an attorney, instead of the police...

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  9. The Wetterling Act and similarly situated statutory rape offenders.

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Katherine Godin
    2. Jennifer J Wirsching
    2 lawyer answers

    I believe you may have submitted a similar question a few hours ago. This question is very vague. First of all, if you are talking about the Jacob Wetterling Act but are talking about a state criminal case, then any Romeo and Juliet provision you may be citing does not apply. If you're addressing a federal criminal case, and are still asking about why a 19 year old is not afforded the defense of being within a certain age frame of the complaining witness (or at least an exemption to federal...

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  10. I have been told by my attorney that I am not authorized to see the evidence against me. Is this possible?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Katherine Godin
    2. Andrew W. Cowan
    3. David C. Newton
    3 lawyer answers

    While, generally speaking, a defendant is entitled to a copy of the alleged evidence against him or her, if your offense is a sex offense and/or against a child, there may a protective order in place. If the charge happens to involve child pornography, then not even the attorney can receive a copy of the evidence against you. Instead, he or she has to do an evidence view of the alleged evidence, typically either at the U.S. Attorney's Office or the field FBI office. 


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