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Jeffrey B Henry

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  • My 17yo son got a speeding ticket in MD. He was driving 76MPH in a 55MPH zone. College 8hrs away. Court or waiver hearing?

    My 17yo son got a speeding ticket in Queen Anne County, MD. He was driving 76MPH in a 55MPH zone. It is his first ticket. He leaves for college which is 8 hours away on 8/14. Should he return home during college and try to go to court? Or, should ...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    Never do the waiver hearing. That is the equivalent of saying I want a court date but the officer need not appear and I will plead guilty. Always request trial and if the officer shows and has the evidence he needs you can still plead guilty and explain, but if he is not there or unprepared you can win if its a trial but give up that possibility with a waiver. if you instead pay the ticket most likely yes the insurance will go up. There could also be consequences to his license depending on if he has a full license or a provisional one. If he can't attend court because of school it is allowed for your attorney to attend instead of your son for this type of case. An attorney would also know how to win the case and how to convince the judge to drop the points

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  • I just found out that I had a judgment against me in 2011. I was never served with a Summon . Can I have this case reheard?

    My ex has dental services in 2008 and I did sign in the contract for as a responsible party for the teeth cleaning service. However, she went back and had some other services which has a bill of about $3500. The insurance paid half of it and the...

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    It is possible to reopen the case depending on how they claim you were served, but based on the amount you cite here hiring a lawyer for this would not make sense-- too much for fees versus just paying the debt. You can try to file a moth to vacate yourself but the chances of this working would be very low if you don't know the rules

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  • Find a lawyer to review case to see if defendant can receive credit for time served under house arrest

    Currently serving four years under plea deal. Public defender did not follow up

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    You can use the find a lawyer tool here or click on any lawyer you see for their contact info. More info is required to answer your question, but generally time on house arrest is credited as time served, but there are exceptions

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  • I have a v.o.p in one state and have new charges in another state. What can I do?

    Hello, someone has made a statement against me to the local authorities about a crime she allegedly committed with me. Even though I know the statement are false because the time frames don't add up and it didn't happen the way she said it did. Bu...

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    The answer is obvious. You have two matters each of which could land you in jail. You need a lawyer immediately

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  • Does custody paperwork need to be filed?

    If my ex and I agree on everything from legal to physical custody, does anything paperwork need to be filed? We want the order on file but do not want to go through all of the filing of the prelim paperwork and serving the other party

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    There are nuances here that make the answer depend on some things unstated, and you should get a consultation in person to clarify, since this is too serious a matter to just leave to a brief reply here. But that said, generally you don't have to file anything if you two agree completely but if nothing is filed whatever you agree to is completely unenforceable. If the other person doesn't comply you cannot enforce what you do agree to unless its part of a court order and has gone through the process. I would also add that when you do agree that process is fairly simple and inexpensive even with a lawyer

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  • How to request a social services' evaluation of children to evaluate and diagnose Parental Alienation Syndrome?

    I am involved in a custody case in which the other party has actively alienated the children from me. All the literature that I have read on Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) confirms that that is exactly what has been going on in our case. ...

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    It is possible if you have an attorney in your case and present the issue correctly the court would have their evaluator look into this PAS question, but it is more common that they would not pursue this specific issue for you and this would be up to you to have them evaluated by your own expert

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  • My husband & I have temporary custody papers signed and notarized by my soon to be ex daughter in law of her two girls.

    how secure is that document and can she take the girls anytime if she get mad at us for any reason. Our son is in jail right now and pretty much out of the picture.

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    If this is a court order or these papers are part of a court case and have been approved by and incorporated into an order by a court they have some strength on a temporary basis, especially if the mother is less than fit. Sounds like this is not the case and this is something you wrote up yourself, and if so it is completely worthless

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  • Emergency hearing

    If I have sole legal custody and physical custody and my sons father enrolled him in day care which he already attends one with me weekly which I pay 185 a week for even if my son isn't there , to be spiteful during his visitation during the summe...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    What you describe is not going to be enough for an emergency. Judges in PG require a lot more than just this. There would be other things you could do though but not an emergency. Seems as though you have been handling this yourself and are not satisfied with how things are going so perhaps its time to get some help

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  • How to file for a emergency child custody here, layer to busy.

    My ex has violated child custody by drink in front of the Children. When on vacation. And drink alcohol many times at family homes, resturtans and amusement parks and drove after drinking. Oldest daughter report this to me and wants to testify in...

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    You are not allowed to file things at all yourself if you have an attorney, so they would have to withdraw before you could file this, or you could get a new attorney. Perhaps your new attorney would also be able to discuss with you if what you are seeking will work, because it might not be enough

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  • Can a police officer arrest me for driving without a license if I have a learners permit?

    If I have a learners permit and I am over the age of 25, can a police officer arrest me for driving with a license. The officer also charged me with driving on a learners permit without required supervision. This is the second time the officer...

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    A police officer can accuse you of driving while being an English sheep dog. They can charge you with anything. When you get to court most prosecutors will realize the correct charge is driving without supervision on a learners, and they don't the judge should, but only if the case is argued correctly, which should be done by an attorney, especially considering you face jail for this

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