Leticia Denise Astacio’s Answers

Leticia Denise Astacio

Rochester Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. If it is someone first time being in trouble

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Leticia Denise Astacio
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    That will depend in large part on the age of the individual and the offenses they are charged with. Some felony offenses (such as robbery in the first degree) have mandatory minimum prison terms if an individual is convicted. In addition, if a person is eligible to be sentenced as a youthful offender, that can have an impact on the duration of the prison term as well.

  2. I've been charged with petty theft. I've never been in trouble before, 2 speeding tickets years ago, no DUI or other charges.

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Leticia Denise Astacio
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    In some part this will depend on the common practice of the area you live in. If this is a first time offense and the merchandise was recovered in my jurisdiction (Rochester NY) you would likely receive an ACD and community service. If the merchandise was not recovered you will likely be required to pay restitution as well to make the merchant whole.

  3. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, TWO REPORTS, ONE RECORDED PHONE CALL, PICTURES, AND REGRET.

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Leticia Denise Astacio
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    In most criminal cases the person referred to as the victim or complainant cannot "drop the charges". When an individual is charged with a crime, typically the accusatory instrument is even captioned "The People of the State of (whatever state you live in)" as the state, not the individual is prosecuting the defendant. If you are personally served with a subpoena, you have to appear, or you yourself can be arrested for failure to obey a Court order. In addition, if CPS is involved you have to...