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  • If you cooperated with the federal government and you need your sentencing transcripts but they dont who as it excisted

    2 different federal sentences that were suppose to be combined n bop but time in wrong now we need sentence transcripts but courts clerk office shows that it don't exist due to him helping

    Jonathan’s Answer

    If your case was in federal court, it would have been unusual for you not to have had a lawyer, who should be the first person you ask to help resolve this. If your case was not sealed, and depending on the court, you can get any audiotape of the proceedings from the court clerk's office and a transcript from the court reporter. If a transcript already was made, you may order a paid-for copy.

    If your case was sealed, your lawyer can help seek appropriate relief from the court to seek the transcript.

    All the best to you. Jon

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  • When in the state of maryland do I have to disclose a expunged arrest record?

    Expungment took place in state of PA about 5 years ago. Entered a pre trial diversion program on a misdeamnor theft charge. Case was dismissed and arrest record expunged. Live in Maryland now so was wondering when I have to disclose when applyi...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    If you are asked whether you have previously been charged with a crime, is if honest to say "no" merely because the matter has been expunged? I as an employer would look askance at a "no" answer, but would not ask about mere arrests in the first place. Some employers will ask about all criminal charges. You might wish to know if you risk criminal liability to answer no on a federal government or security clearance applicarion.

    It sounds best for you to consult privately with a lawyer on the matter. All the best to you. Jon

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  • If I am a victim of a crime such as a first degree assault case and do not want to testify do I have to ?

    was injured by accidental gun shot fired without aiming or trigger being pulled

    Jonathan’s Answer

    If you do not wish to testify, a good lawyer might be able to comvince the prosecutor not to call you as a witness, and will know how to deal with any effort by the prosecutor to immunize and force testimony from a witness asserting the Fifth Amendment. All the best to you. Jon

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  • I was given a class 4 felony maliciously throw missle at motor vehicle. Misdemeanor 1 vandalism. lowering my charges

    What are my chances of lowering the felony with no jail time? I have no criminal record..please help

    Jonathan’s Answer

    This charge is too serious to do anything other than hiring a qualified lawyer, with whom you can inclide diacussion of the strength and weakness of the allegations against you, and such proactive steps you can take as doing volunteer community aervice. All the best to you. Jon

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  • How should I plead for reckless driving? (After being told it will probably be lowered)

    I got a ticket for reckless driving after hitting a transformer and then calling the police to report it. The police officer told me that in court it'll probably be lowered to improper driving. (He'll say there was no speeding,etc) I plan on apol...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    It is best that you obtain a qualified lawyer to defend you. This charge is jailable and risks up to siz months of suspended driving with or without restrictions. You make the cop's job easier by coming to court withoit a lawyer. The lawyer can assess your chances of winning, can negotiate on your behalf, can fight to win, and can seek the most favorable sentence in the event of a conviction. Thanks. Jon

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  • On average, what is the typical outcome of someone facing felony attempted breaking and entering charges?

    If they have no criminal history.

    Jonathan’s Answer

    As addressed by the prior responders, the answer is better addressed through the specifics of the case. Moreover, the defendant can help improve the possible case outcome by hiring and working closely with a qualified lawyer. If the charges against the defendant might stick, s/he may want to address with hia or her lawyer taking such proactive steps as pursuing voluntary community service and seeking a clean psychological bill of health.

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  • In Virginia, what justifies non-lethal physical contact that leaves no injury? (pushing someone away, slapping....)

    does it have to be someone actually assaulting you or can it be someone pulling his fist back like he is punching you, waving his hand in your face, and trying to take property out of your hand.

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Your question does not make clear whether you or someone else has been on the giving or receiving end of such behavior, are considering engaging in such behavior, or arr contemplating such behavior. In any of those scenarios, you may get a more beneficial answer through consulting directlu with a qualified lawyer. All the best to you. Jon

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  • First charge with CR.11.306 (prostitution), would I need lawyer at the first time?

    The summons is issued and waiting for court date. I was busted after I agreed to pay money for sex (officer might have the video) with undercover officer. 1. When I appear on the court near future, is it only time I can appeal? or can I a...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    This is a damning charge, and a conviction can cause great risk to your immigration status. You will need a lawyer to defend you, and should verify whether the upcoming court date is merely the date when you are told your trial date.

    All the best to you. Jon

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  • I was charged with assault in MD I didn't start it. The police wouldn't believe me.

    I am on probation in VA. Now I am being charged with VOP in VA.

    Jonathan’s Answer

    As other posters point out, you do not pose a question in your inquiry. In any event, you will apparently not help yourself further by communicating with the police, rather than having your lawyer do so.

    All the best to you. Jon

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  • What would you recommend? DUI 19yo.

    I got in an accident and got three charges, DUI, open container, and underage possession of alcohol. Keep in mind I'm 19. What would you recommend I do before court? I registered to take a driver's improvement class already. Is there anything else...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Congratulations on registering for a driver improvement class. You can also consider proactively signing up for VASAP, and doing at least 6-10 documented AA-type meetings (including AA and Smartrecover[dot]org

    I agree with the previous posters' recommendation for you to get a lawyer. All the best to you. Jon

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