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William Strazza’s Answers

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  • What will happen to me.,today i was caught shoplifting much needed foos from shoprite in milburn total 27$ charge 2c:20-11b(2)

    i have a court date in 2 days, i have no job , this is my first offense, my question is what will most likely happen to me and what are my options, i was arrested and charged 2c:20-11b(2). will this effect ability to get a job.. will i goto jail...

    William’s Answer

    First, let me say - please never be too specific when posting a question on line. I assume your question was asked in error, and you did not mean to make a statement in your question which some might say is an admission. As to your situation, I agree with my colleagues - you need to seek advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Your question suggests you may not be able to afford one. If that is true, make application for public defender right away. Public defenders in most Municipal Courts in New Jersey are private attorneys from the area who serve their court once or twice per week. If you have any other questions - feel free to call me - 973-668-6344.

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  • What does it mean when the "complaint was not filed or submited" ?

    Charged with possession of marijuana , I was given a court date 4 days after my arrest , I went to cout but they told me they didn't have the complaint yet

    William’s Answer

    Your question is a good one. I am sure that was frustrating. That said, your question also causes me to ask some questions - when were you arrested (what date) andin what court did you appear? What happened to you, although rare, is not impossible. It is crucial that you not ignore the charge. In my view, you should consult with an attorney and aggressively defend yourself against the charge.

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  • Convicted of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, will affect immigration status? I ple to 3yrs probation

    the police wen to my room wen I wasn't in the house with out my consent en found the gun

    William’s Answer

    I agree with all my colleagues on this question. It is important to consult with immigration counsel immediately. If immigration counsel indicates this plea creates a problem, you might then want to speak with your lawyer about the possibility og withdrawing your plea.

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  • A bail was set for 300,000 for a sexual assault charge the judge denied the bail we don't know y but what should we do?

    He has prior drug charges and bail out before and continued going to court and did time. He is not at risk of fleeing. What is the necessary steps I need to take to help him get out or his bail reduced who should I see?

    William’s Answer

    Like everyone else, I agree - your question cannot be properly or accurately answered without much more information. In my view, your focus should be on defending the charges as opposed to bail. A bail reduction application can always be made - but I would be far more concerned with what appears to be a first degree sexual assault charge which carrier Megan's Law consequences inaddition to state prison. In my view, you and your family should consult with a lawyer.

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  • Can i change my mind about a plea deal days or weeks later after i declined it.?

    I feel like i should of accepted the deal that was offered to me. Now im told after the case goes to a Grand Jury im going to get offered jail time i could have left with probation. Can i ask for a court date before it goes to the Grand Jury. Wil...

    William’s Answer

    The short answer to your question is yes, you can change your mind and accept the original plea offer. However, I would also echo some of the comments by my colleagues. You will need to get the prosecutor to agree to put the deal back on the table. Toward that end, time is a factor. You would want to approach them before they actually go to the grand jury and present your case. That said, you should also be exploring PTI as an option. But most significantly, if you are asserting your innocence, you need to carefully examine any decision to plead guilty. In my view, you should either make an appointment with you public defender, or look to consult with private counsel. Either way, best of luck with your case.

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