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Stephen C. Cooper

Stephen Cooper’s Answers

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  • Driving to Canada with an open misdemeanor warrant in Florida.

    I have an open warrant in Monroe County Florida for failure to complete terms of my probation. It is from 2009 and it happened because of errors with paperwork from Florida probation services. I only found out about it early this year. I hired ...

    Stephen’s Answer

    The warrant and open case will likely show up upon reentry, if not upon exiting. In either event you will be held for the authorities it may take weeks for Florida to come get you. I would cancel the trip until the Florida first

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  • Does my girlfriend need a defense attorney?

    My girlfriend was charged with a petty theft at a local grocery store (under $25) and was processed through the local PD. I bailed her out ($250) but she is trying to attend a local college and get a better job and would like to plea to a lesser c...

    Stephen’s Answer

    She needs an attorney and if she cannot afford one, the Court will appoint one. She should avoid a conviction for a crime, as even though jail is unlikely, the future problems will be enormous.

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  • WARRANT SERVERITY F AFTER A GRAND LARCENY 1st C FELONY

    My brother is 17 currently at rikers it's been about a week since he was arrested I don't know nothing about the legal system he sees a judge today what can I expect

    Stephen’s Answer

    You have not given enough information to answer your question. I assume he was arraigned and bail was set. If the defense refused to waive, the DA will either file an indictment today or he will be released without bail.

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  • What is a possible sentence for my boyfriend ?

    My boyfriend went into a store and stole a cell phone. A week later the store locked the phone. He went to return it and got arrested. And charged with class A misdemeanors Pl165.40 for petite larceny , his court day in a while away and we'd like ...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Hefaces a maximum of one year in jail. He should hire an attorney.

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  • Can I be reimbursed or compensated for this?

    My tourettes and impulse control disorder made me give a person who hates me my credit card and credit card pin and security code. It also made me tell her she can spend a lot of my money. Can I be reimbursed or compensated for this beca...

    Stephen’s Answer

    If you can find a doctor willing to testify to this I'm sure you could find a lawyer willing to sue

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  • Can I still be charged with public disturbance/minor misdemeanor if it was caused by tourettes?

    Can I still be charged with public disturbance/minor misdemeanor if it was caused by tourettes?

    Stephen’s Answer

    Yes you may be charged. Being charged or being arrested and being convicted are two different things to rats would be a defense to the issue of intent

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  • Assault charge-What is my best option?

    I'm a 23 year old Irish girl in New York on a H-4 visa, I had an altercation after a night out getting food at a street vendor. I got punched in the face and knocked to the ground by a male, when the cops arrived I requested charges to be pressed ...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Neither of you can drop charges, as the charges are brought by the DA's office. However, if both agree to refuse to press charges, the DA's office is ussually willing to go along with your wishes.

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  • Man thrown out of his child's mother's house. She has protective order against him. He's can't get his property from her house

    They lived together, not married. He went with police to get property but she won't let him do so. Does he have to sue to get property?

    Stephen’s Answer

    Most protective orders include a section which provides a time and date when he can go, with police escort to remove his property. If his does not, he should call his lawyer.

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  • Is a police office allowed to ask my 14 year old questions about a death that she was accused of ?? No rights were read to her.

    Police detective asked my daughter what happen because my nephew died in my home and my daughter was babysitting while he was sleeping>>. did they have the right to ask her questions? They charged her that morning. I didn't have permission to let...

    Stephen’s Answer

    As a general rule, the police are permitted to ask anyone questions, for otherwise they would never be able to determine what happened. In a custodial sitaution, everyone is entitled to an attorney before the police can use the statements they receive. That is why people in custody must be advised of, and waive their right to counsel. If the person in custody is under age, they do not have the ability to waive that right, which generally means the statements would be suppressed. However, if there was no custodial situation, these rights are not required.

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  • Do I need to pay the Civil Penalty for the "Shoplifting"

    My wife(33 old) shopped in a department store and carry many items without taking a shopping cart or basket, she put one pair of earrings with box in her shorts back pocket because she has no hands to carry them. she paid everything but those earr...

    Stephen’s Answer

    There is no such thing as a civil penalty. Its simply an attorney making a plea for money. You can ignore it and nothing will happen. If the store really wants the money, they will hire a lawyer and file suit. That lawyer will charge them more than the lawsuit will seek.

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