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John R. Grasso

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  • How do I find out if I have a warrant?

    Earlier this year I was caught shoplifting at home depot (60$) by security. Police were called but did nothing. I was brought out back and persuaded to sign papers and pay a small fee by security (60ish). I received a letter to pay 500.00 I tried ...

    John’s Answer

    If you are concerned that you may have an outstanding warrant against you, speak with a lawyer in your neighborhood and ask her or him to inquire. If you have the warrant, you should clear it up. Getting arrested at 2:00 a.m. on a Saturday over something that could have easily been avoided is a tragedy.

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  • Got arrested for shoplifting, what do i do?

    Hello, i got arrested today for shoplifting by LP, from a walmart. The total i came up with from the items maybe $80 at most, the LP said two of the items were 10 and the other 35 and then they accused me of stealing batteries wich i did not take....

    John’s Answer

    Before you admit to anything, consult with an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, ask the court to refer you to CPCS or to appoint a lawyer for you. You may be able to escape this unfortunate incident with no permanent record. You may not. You will never know if you do not seek competent legal advice.

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  • Child pornography charges?

    I uploaded a paradise birds child dance/modeling video to Youtube. All the children appearing in the video were fully clothed and were just dancing and doing modeling poses. It did not appear that the video showed any 'livacious exhibitions of the...

    John’s Answer

    Based the facts you set out in your post, it does not appear that the images constitute the legal definition of child pornography. Youtube, however, is free to rely on its own regulations and make its own conclusions about what it permits on its site. You may be well-served to call on a competent criminal attorney in your neighborhood to actually inspect your post and help ease your concerns.

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  • What happens if I have a MA driver's license and get a DUI in CA?

    I am a resident of MA but temporarily reside in CA for work and was (very bizarrely) charged and convicted with DUI in CA. Since I will be working here in CA for the next few months I will be able to attend the required DUI programs and will cl...

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    CA only has the power to suspend your driving privilege in CA. If MA learns of your CA problems, it may take its own action. It is never definite whether one state will notify your state. I suggest you complete the DUI school in CA. If you perform the DUI school in MA, you surely will be putting MA on alert. I strongly suggest you keep an eye on the mail at the address listed on your MA license. If MA takes action against you, it will notify you by mail at that address.

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  • How to obtain hardship license in state of Mass, as for i am a Rhode Island resident. Due to (94c) 3 year susp.

    Sept. 2011 was Charged with possession of class B and with intent In Mass and R.I , for it was a joint operation. I signed in 2012 and received 2/2 with deferral in Mass, and 5/5 sus. in R.I..Since i have become a full-time student while employed...

    John’s Answer

    If you are a Rhode Island resident with a suspended Rhode Island driver's license, you do not likely qualify for a hardship license. Rhode Island does not have a hardship license and Massachusetts cannot license residents from other states.

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  • I was assaulted at my previous place of employment and quit. Can I sue the company for not providing adequate security?

    I worked at a staffing agency and worked primarily alone in the front office. Two weeks prior to me being assaulted, the office was broken into through the bathroom ceiling. The area the business is located in is filled with prostitutes and drug a...

    John’s Answer

    You can sue. Whether you have a reasonable law suit based on good faith is something an employment attorney can answer for you. Before you call one and schedule a consult, get all your facts (and evidence) together. That way, you'll have a productive first meeting.

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  • I AM BEING VERBALLY ASSAULTED BY DOWN STAIRS Tent OF 2 YRS IVE BEEN HERE 16. HE IS MAKING THIS VERY DIFFICULT REGARDING PARK

    I HAVE DOCUMENTED THIS TO MY LANDLORD WITH NO RESULTS POLICE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED YET STATE ITS UP TO LANDLORD I AM IN FEAR OF THIS TENANT

    John’s Answer

    Your landlord has to provide you with what he agreed to provide you when you leased the premises - a livable dwelling free from unreasonable nuisances. If he or she refuses to resolve this problem, then perhaps you should terminate your lease and leave. If your fear of your neighbor is reasonable and real (based on articulable facts that support it), then you could try to get a protection order from a court. Either way, you should consult with an attorney about all of this. Calling the police has its limits. The police are not your landlord - or your neighbor's landlord.

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  • Can police enter your house in sc because they smell marijuana if they came looking for someone else that didnt live there

    my husband opened the door when they knocked (they didnt announce that they were the police or he wouldnt have opened the door) and walked out on the porch he closed the door behind him denying them entry into the home and they said they smelled p...

    John’s Answer

    Your case has so many issues and would make a great question for law school or the bar exam. First, you need a local criminal defense lawyer. The police are certainly permitted to knock on your door. They do not need to announce who they are when they knock (if they are not executing a search warrant). The police do not need to ignore what they see or smell. As far as the police threatening to take your kids or shoot your husband, that's not permissible. However, the police will deny doing either.

    It does not sound as though the police "busted" into your house. It sounds more like the police persuaded (lawfully or unlawfully) your husband to open the door and allow them inside. What happened after that is going to be carefully scrutinized by your local lawyer. The smell alone could have formed the basis (there's your "probable cause") for an application for a search warrant which then might have been the lawful basis for searching your home and seizing your marijuana.

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  • Is it unconstitutional for a first offender in a DUI death case to get sentenced to 18 years?

    It was an accident in Mississippi.

    John’s Answer

    A long sentence for this sort of crime is not likely unconstitutional under the United States Constitution. It might be under the Mississippi Constitution (I've never read it) but in all likelihood it probably is a lawful sentence. When you say it was an "accident," you might be correct. However, DUI with death resulting is the sort of "accident" the law punishes as a crime. The attorney for the person sentenced will know the answer to your question or at least that's the first place to ask your question and go from there.

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  • Am I going to jail?

    I was charged with "theft from building", "larceny over $250", and possession of a class "a" substance... I'm only 19 years old and these are my first charges ever! I have court on Monday.. I'm trying to go back to school and currently have interv...

    John’s Answer

    Go to court on Monday with a lawyer. If you don't go to court with a lawyer, ask the judge to appoint a lawyer for you. Whatever you do, make sure you (1) go to court on Monday, and (2) do not saying anything about your case until you have a lawyer. Jail isn't the only problem you need to be thinking about on the day before your first court appearance. You are too young to end up with a criminal conviction on your record if you can avoid it.

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