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Zachary Cryder Shaffer

Zachary Shaffer’s Answers

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  • Our fee now totals 8500. The court has no knowledge of his appearance. And he came to one hearing. what should I do

    Hi we hired a criminal defense attorney for my son his first fee was 3500 pre trial. We had no communication from him. He didn't show up for the first court hearing and called an hour into it to tell the clerk he apologized he was sick. The secon...

    Zachary’s Answer

    I'm sorry you've had that horrible experience. Are you sure the attorney hasn't been showing up? Most attorneys will give a free consult and look up the status on the docket. Best of luck to your family!

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  • When it come to plea bargaining can a good relationship between your lawyer and da help when it comes to a better deal?

    Involved in a criminal CPID case I hired attorney but was looking for an opinion on this matter. My current attorney is a Philly trial lawyer with lots of experience in Philadelphia unfortunately this case cannot go to trial I will lose according...

    Zachary’s Answer

    Why would you hire someone who isn't in court regularly? Relationships matter, but putting together a good mitigation package can be done whether your attorney knows the DA or not. See what kind of offer they can put together for you before you jump ship. It may need to be an open plea.

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  • Well I get a bench warrent for being in wrong courtroom

    I had court 9/1/15 I sat in the wrong courtroom all day by the time I found out I was in the wrong room and went to the right room noone was in there. I did talk to the sheriff that was working in that courtroom and he tried to make a call for me ...

    Zachary’s Answer

    You probably already have a bench warrant. You should walk in with an attorney to the correct courtroom today so that you can explain the situation to the judge. If you don't resolve it quickly the warrant unit will probably try to pick you up.

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  • I have a bench warrant hearing on 7/21/15 in phila ( original bench warrant issued on 1/27/1997) what can happen at this thing??

    previously arrested on 11/8/96 in phila. for stat. rape after i called police and the girl was arrested for armed robbery only after which did she make these allegations. posted bail and attended all my hearings until in january probation officer ...

    Zachary’s Answer

    You need an experienced Philadelphia attorney to pave the road before you turn yourself in. If it's unlikely they will be able to prosecute the case, then you need to be moved through the system quickly as you will likely have high bail. Good luck!

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  • Should I hire a private attorney for a gagnon 1 hearing

    My husband is on probation in Philadelphia. He hasn't seen his probation officer in a year. He was stopped for driving a car and the registration was suspended. He gave a fake name he was ran in to be figure printed. They took in for his probation...

    Zachary’s Answer

    Did you mean judge Palumbo? Most of the time he likes to have the DA and defense attorney work out an agreement ahead of time. A seasoned Philadelphia criminal defense attorney can probably reach out and try to make that happen!

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  • How can I get parole

    My husband is incarcerated he has reached his minimum time served should I contact a lawyer to file his parole ?

    Zachary’s Answer

    You can contact an attorney to have it filed with his judge. Has he received any write ups?

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  • If i have a warrant for a bench warrant in new jersey for violation of probation will they eventually drop the warrant?

    if i have a warrant for a bench warrant in new jersey for violation of probation will they eventually drop the warrant? i have been arrested several times in a different state and new jersey has not extradited me for this warrant. is there a certa...

    Zachary’s Answer

    It can remain open indefinitely. You can be held for a while in PA pending a governor's warrant or lack thereof.

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  • When can he be released??

    My boyfriend caught a charge with drugs. Court kept continuing the hearing. Now the court has thrown the case out. So when will he be released??? And why does he have a court date a month from now if the case was thrown out?? Please help. I don't ...

    Zachary’s Answer

    Does he have a detainer? There are a variety of reasons why he could be held.

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  • Good Attorney to get detainers lifted in Philadelphia ?

    My boyfriend is fighting to get his 2 detainers lifted one is for a warrant for a first time D.U.I and the other is for possession of drugs attempt to deliver it was only one bag of weed . he shouldn't even had been arrested for it . im just look...

    Zachary’s Answer

    Any guarantee by a lawyer is a promise to pick your pocket. Certain back judges would never lift under those circumstances and others will.

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  • My case was dismissed in Philadelphia. Do I get all all my money back, or do I just get back 70%?

    My bail was 10% of 50,000. I paid 5,000. 10% of 50,000. Am I suppose to get a refund of 70% or 100% if my case was dismissed?

    Zachary’s Answer

    The city self insures as a bail agency so you only get back $3500 of your $5010 that you paid. If you owe the city any money, they may try to take money from that as well.

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