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  • Is bail impossible if u don't have family members in the district you have been indicted in on drug trafficking

    How do u go about posting or making bail especially with no property in the federal system

    John’s Answer

    No, it is not impossible, but it sounds like there are some significant obstacles. This is something you should discuss with your lawyer.

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  • MY HUSBAND PLEAD GUILTY TO 32 COUNTS OF GRAND LARCENCY. CAN HE APPEAL? HIS LAWYER TOLD HIM TO PLEAD.

    HE SHOULD HAVE ONLY PLEAD TO THE MARTIN ACT. MY SON(WHO COMMMITTED SUICIDE) WAS THE GUILTY PARTY.TOO LITTLE SPACE TO GO INTO THIS CASE. JUST NEED TO KNOW IF WE CAN APPEAL. ALSO, OUR ATTORNEY DID NOT WANT TO GO TO TRIAL BECAUSE WE COULD NOT PAY HIM...

    John’s Answer

    It is difficult to make a motion to take back a guilty plea or to prevail on an appeal of a plea, but it is not impossible. Mgr should hire an attorney or if he can't afford one, he should petition the appellate court to assign him one based in indigency. Make sure the lawyer who represented him at the plea knows to file the notice of appeal. It must be done within 30 days of the sentencing.

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  • What do I do if my son's attorney does not show up for his sentencing hearing?

    My son is being sentenced next week. At the previous court appearance, 2 months ago, the judge offered him 1 to 3 years with a YO status. I was under the impression that a presentence report was being prepared and we would be able to review it ...

    John’s Answer

    The defendant has a right to a one-day adjournment to review the presentence report. The report is generally not available in advance of the sentencing date. If the court-appointed lawyer is not communicating with the client, the client can ask the judge for a new lawyer. If the lawyer is someone you paid, then you can hire a different lawyer.

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  • Is there a way to push off a court date?

    Today I went to court for Publice Lewdness. The court date was pushed off to September 29th. However, I am leaving to study in a program in Israel on September 1st. Is tbere a way to advance the court date to sometime this August or to postpone fo...

    John’s Answer

    Yes, there are ways to either advance or postpone. Either will require an attorney or someone familiar with the court system who knows who to call and how to make the arrangements.

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  • I have a bench warrant. What will happen when I go to the courthouse without a lawyer?

    No lawyer & money in my pocket to pay for the court fees I owe... Bench warrant for not showing up to a follow up court date. Tried calling county clerk & they want me to come in. Will they arrest me on the spot even if I'm prepared to pay?

    John’s Answer

    Contact the lawyer who originally represented you. If you don't know who that is, you probably had Legal Aid or another court-appointed lawyer. If you can't afford a lawyer, the court will assign you one. You need an attorney as there is a possibility of bail being set.

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  • Daughter tells probation she's living with me, she is not. She lives out of state. Can I get in trouble for also lying about it

    They came two times this weekend to check on her, but I did not answer the door. I am actually covering for her

    John’s Answer

    You don't have to let anyone in your door unless they have a valid search warrant. Lying could theoretically result in a prosecution and is certainly not going to help your daughter. Probation will not let this drop and will ultimately file a violation of probation if she doesn't report and/or they can't verify her address.

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  • Warrant for arrest

    I have a warrant out for my arrest and will be turning myself in because I have no idea what it is for, but I was told to go directly to the court that issued the warrant. How can I get the warrant recalled?

    John’s Answer

    If you can afford to hire a lawyer, it is advisable to do so prior to surrendering on the warrant. If you can't afford a lawyer, the court will provide you with one. Hiring an attorney before you go is clearly the preferred way to go.

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  • I was arrested for petty theft

    this is my second arrest in two years I have acute anxiety disorder and have already contacted my dr and therapist. Will I go to jail?

    John’s Answer

    Unlikely, unless there are some particularly bad facts. However, it is a misdemeanor and jail is a a theoretical possibility so hire an experienced local criminal defense attorney.

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  • Do I need an attorney for a public lewdness charge? And how do I get in touch with one?

    Hello, I am 18 years old and on May 28th, I was with a girl, 17 years old, in Central Park. We were making out as it got intense (her hands were down my pants). The NYPD caught us and it is uncertain as to whether they saw my genitals or not. The...

    John’s Answer

    It is a misdemeanor. Yes, you need an attorney. The court will get a court-appointed lawyer on your court date, provided you meet the financial qualifications. Among them y benefits of hiring an attorney, you will get your questions answered in advance and can ease your anxiety.

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  • Was I arrested or detained? Do I need to check off that I was arrested on a New York State Pistol Permit application?

    My friend and I were in a parked car at the end of a street. A police officer rolled up on us and approached the driver's side window (my friend was driving). He said to hand him any drugs that we had on us or else we would be arrested if anything...

    John’s Answer

    You were definitely not arrested. As to what to write on the NYS pistol permit application, one would need to know what the question was, but I would think no disclosure would be required.

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