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Derron Reynard Parks

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  • What is the statute of limitations with regards to writing a bad check in MD?

    My daughter wrote a post-dated check 3 years ago, presuming that her tax refund would have been deposited into her account before the check was cashed, and it wasn't. However, no further action was taken. Can she still be taken to court?

    Derron’s Answer

    Assuming that the potential charge is the misdemeanor bad check charge, the criminal statute of limitation has passed. If she is charged with a felony theft (depending on the amount of the check and the circumstances), for example, there is no statute of limitation. There are also possible civil consequences as well.

    Your daughter needs to retain an attorney and seek legal advice from that attorney as I do not have enough information to provide such advice in this forum.

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  • This is my third time driving on suspended an i have 2 failure to appears how much jail time is that?

    this is my third time driving on suspended an i have 2 failure to appears how much jail time is that?

    Derron’s Answer

    Mr. Wood is absolutely correct. You need a lawyer now. Based on my experience when I was a prosecutor, you could face significant jail time. You are almost certain to face more jail time if you do not get the assistance of an attorney experienced in these matters. The fact that you have been caught three times indicates to a judge that you don't care about the law. Two failures to appear indicate that you don't care about the court. You need a lawyer to change the judge's mind.

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  • I got a subpoena to testify against my fiance. Now what?

    I got a subpoena to testify against my fiance in a gun charge. Is there any way I can challenge the subpoena or get out of it? The first trial date is scheduled when I turn 34 weeks pregnant. I have an anxiety disorder and am scared that all of...

    Derron’s Answer

    This is a very difficult question and it is difficult to give you advice without knowing more facts. For example, is this a District Court or Circuit Court subpoena? Were you personally served or was this mailed? Are you and your fiance getting married anytime soon? How is this other man involved? And is there any way that you could be considered to be in joint possession of this gun.

    In a word, yes, you can challenge a subpoena but it is complicated and requires a lawyer. There may also be resources available if you are afraid that the other defendant will be violent towards you.

    I am a former handgun prosecutor and I can only say that you need to seek the advice of your own counsel.

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  • What is recommended to do before you go to court?

    Example (get a job, go to school, etc.)

    Derron’s Answer

    Mr. Wood is absolutely right. You should show the Court that you are doing some positive things with you life in case you are convicted. I say "in case" because you can an should fight the charges with the assistance of a capable criminal defense lawyer. I would add one thing to Mr. Wood's answer. You should get a criminal defense attorney who practices regularly in Prince George's County. As a former Prince George's County prosecutor and president of a bar association covering the area, I can tell you that there are certain quirks in the court system that only a local would know.

    DISCLAIMER: I am not your lawyer. No lawyer/client relationship is forming here. I do not know enough about your situation from the above facts to be able to counsel you effectively, other than to tell you to seek a lawyer immediately. Therefore, this answer should not be relied upon as legal advice.

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  • I was cought shoplifting at a target store

    Me and another friend, i am 14 and shes 16 were caught with around $45 worth of stuff and we have to wait for our fine and court date. We have to go to court and are band for life from all target stores but also the mall of prince georges which i...

    Derron’s Answer

    You both need lawyers. You will be tried in the Circuit Court as a juvenile and can actually face more restrictive penalties than the average shoplifting adult would have faced in District Court. This is because the juvenile court judges may try to teach you a lesson. As a former prosecutor in Prince George's County, I can tell you that you need a lawyer.

    Now, as far as being banned is concerned, yes you can be banned from PG Plaza. Typically, it is not for life. Your lawyer should be able to help you reduce the amount of time that you are banned if the mall will agree to that.

    DISCLAIMER: I am not your lawyer. No attorney/client relationship is forming here. I do not know enough about your situation from the above facts to be able to counsel you effectively, other than to tell you to seek a lawyer immediately. Therefore, this answer should not be relied upon as legal advice.

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  • How long can you be held in the state of maryland if you have not been indicted?

    they have no evidence and they offered a plea and they did not take it and they have denied a moition for release.

    Derron’s Answer

    Indictment and being held are not necessarily related. You do not have to ever be indicted depending on the charges. There is not enough information in your question to advise you of anything other than that the person being held needs a lawyer immediately.

    DISCLAIMER: I am not your lawyer. No lawyer/attorney relationship is forming here. I do not know enough about your situation from the above facts to be able to counsel you effectively, other than to tell you to seek a lawyer immediately. Therefore, this answer should not be relied upon as legal advice.

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  • I am an Illegal driving without a driver’s license in Maryland, can I go to jail or be deported?

    I am an illegal immigrant, I live in Maryland and I was driving without a driver’s license, I am 19 years old turning to 20 next march. I receive a notification that I’ll go to court, but I don’t know what to expect from the process and I am afra...

    Derron’s Answer

    Depending on when you received the ticket, it is probably an offense for which you can go to jail. Last year, Maryland changed the law to make driving without a license jailable. It is not possible to just pay a fine without going to court. Your lawyer may be able to negotiate a fine for you instead of jail.

    Maryland also changed the law to prohibit undocumented immigrants from getting a license. You need to speak with an attorney immediately who can help you deal with this problem. Deportation is possible but not likely but you need an attorney.

    DISCLAIMER: I am not your lawyer. No lawyer/attorney relationship is forming here. I do not know enough about your situation from the above facts to be able to counsel you effectively, other than to tell you to seek a lawyer immediately. Therefore, this answer should not be relied upon as legal advice.

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  • What is a case warrant for district court?

    I was suppose to appear for a traffic citation and didn't show up, it says my case is now a case warrant, what is that?

    Derron’s Answer

    It means that the Court has issued a warrant for your arrest. You need to consult with an attorney immediately and he or she may be able to have the court recall the warrant. If you do not take care of it, the next time you are pulled over or have a similar encounter with a police officer, you will be arrested.

    DISCLAIMER: I am not your lawyer. No lawyer/attorney relationship is forming here. I do not know enough about your situation from the above facts to be able to counsel you effectively, other than to tell you to seek a lawyer immediately. Therefore, this answer should not be relied upon as legal advice.

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  • Help i made a mistake i need help

    The Job Where I worked at did not pay over time for hourly none salary employes/hourly employes had just striaght 55 hour work weeks and you would never get any over time just reg hourly pay we also had comish on top that about 10% of pay was comi...

    Derron’s Answer

    You have an awful lot going on there and that makes it somewhat difficult to answer the question. Because of the civil and criminal parts of your problem, I would suggest that you hire a lawyer that has experience in both criminal and employment law. Here on Avvo, if you click on a lawyer's name, you can see how much of each area the lawyer practices (try it out on the lawyers who answer your question).

    I will say this, if you meet the Fair Labor Standards Act definition, your employer is REQUIRED to pay you overtime. If they have threatened criminal prosecution as a result of your complaining about them not overtime, this may be unlawful retaliation. You could sue them for either one of these things.

    Your criminal and probation issues require more analysis based on whatever paperwork you may have. Contact a lawyer soon. The criminal case can probably done for a flat fee upfront. The employment issue is something that can be handled on a contingency basis, meaning that you may not have to pay anything unless you win money.

    DISCLAIMER: I am not your lawyer. No lawyer/attorney relationship is forming here. I do not know enough about your situation from the above facts to be able to counsel you effectively, other than to tell you to seek a lawyer immediately. Therefore, this answer should not be relied upon as legal advice.

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  • How can you get a free expungement?

    How can you get a free expungement?

    Derron’s Answer

    My understanding of the law is that expungement is only free if you are found not guilty. Otherwise, the court will impose a fee. Of course, this does not count any time spent by an attorney to secure your expungement.

    DISCLAIMER: I am not your lawyer. No lawyer/attorney relationship is forming here. I do not know enough about your situation from the above facts to be able to counsel you effectively, other than to tell you to seek a lawyer immediately. Therefore, this answer should not be relied upon as legal advice.

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