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  • Can I defend myself in a gun case if I cannot afford a lawyer

    Charged with illegal transport of handgun in MD

    Richard’s Answer

    You can, but do you know how? The prosecutor is a lawyer and has been trained to try cases. If you haven't discussed your case with a lawyer, or just have concluded you ca not afford a private attorney, apply to the public defenders office. You apply not less than ten business days, not calendar days before court.

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  • Does a violation of probation guarantee jail time?

    My girlfriend has a violation of probation from over 3 years ago and is scared to appear in court that she may go back to jail for it. I am looking into options for her, and I have told her she needs to go back, but want to get a lawyer for her fi...

    Richard’s Answer

    Being found in violation of probation is indeed serious. But not going to court is not going to make it better, it will only get worse. There is no "guarantee" of jail time, but failing to appear will make it much more likely because she will not be able to avoid the VOP forever. She needs to retain an attorney ASAP to represent her in this case. If she is unable to afford a private attorney she should apply to the office of the public defender. Don't wait until the day of court. Good luck.

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  • I have gotten 1DWI in 40 years. The judge ordered a lifesaver machine be put on my truck for 6 months.

    My 88 year old mother called me and said she was hurt,fell down and unable to get up.I had been drinking but jumped in my truck And drove there asap. I got pulled over. Got DWI. My lawyer isn't doing a thing. Won't return my calls etc..

    Richard’s Answer

    You must certainly discuss this matter with your attorney. You have the right to have a prompt reply. As others have said you may have to consider a new attorney - if so seek out an attorney that concentrates. On. DWI/DUI.

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  • I plead not guilty to a charge and it was later dropped, but my record shows a nolo plea.

    I posted this yesterday but have more information. It was in 2002 for false statement. In court I remember pleading not guilty and the case was dropped. I a recent interview for the Sheriff Department I found out I have a nolo plea. I got a co...

    Richard’s Answer

    Mr. Scherr is correct. I would also recommend getting a certified/true test copy of any and all papers the court my still have, even if it is only that page, and I agree that you should request a copy of any recording to the court proceeding.

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  • Caught shoplifting in military facility. Was handcuffed and processed, but released after questioning.

    I was caught shoplifting. The value was less than $10 and is my first offense. I'm 19 years old, military dependent. My military ID was confiscated and I'm not allowed to enter the PX and my privliges to use my card at the commissary and PX were r...

    Richard’s Answer

    You will receive a notice to appear in court. Since you live in Severn, I assume this was on Ft. Meade? If, so you will go to
    Federal Magistrates court in Baltimore. You may qualify for a public defender as Mr. Oakley said, if not try to retain a private attorney. Cooperate with your attorney-jail is very very unlikely, but you don't want to be saddled with a theft conviction.

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  • How long it take MD to extradite fugitive from VA Custody, Will they even extradite or not, if they do, Can fugitive be bonded?

    Someone i know arrived in US from different country got arrested at airport and detained in VA(fugitive from justice MD). Fugitive waived the extradition and waiting for MD authorities to take him. How long MD can take to come to VA? Fugitive is ...

    Richard’s Answer

    The Virginia court he appeared in may have set a time limit. Even not usually he will be brought to Maryland within a week to ten days. Can be longer, frequently shorter.

    Once he is in Maryland he may be taken before a district court judge for a bail review; if it is a circuit court case he or his attorney may have to petition the court for a bail review.

    Whether he is ultimately permitted to post bond and rereleased is up to the judge, who will consider a number of factors, including the seriousness of the alleged offense, his prior record if any, ties to the community, and others.

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  • Will I be able to drive in Maryland for work after my DUI?

    I live in Delaware but got busted in Maryland for a DUI. This was my first DUI. My MVA hearing is coming up. Can I get a restricted license so I can continue to work 2-3 times a week in Maryland? The cops never took my license because I'm assuming...

    Richard’s Answer

    I agree with the analysis by both Attorneys Scherr and Oakley. I have seen the MVA here grant a modified restriction to permit limited driving in Maryland. However, as with so many things in life, the "devil is in the details". Whether or not there was a breath test, the result of that test, whether the result would potentially require installation of an ignition interlock, etc. You will need the assistance of competent attorney to evaluate those details and find a way through. It is not hopeless, but retain an attorney as soon as possible to protect your interests.

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  • Can I be charged if someone gave me permission?

    My boyfriend and I ended a very unhealthy relationship on bad terms. I expressed my feelings to him about how much pain he's put me thru for 7 years from physical/emotional abuse. While doing so I told him that he makes me want to mess up his car ...

    Richard’s Answer

    Yes, you can be charged. I would think the court may be skeptical about "permission". Lawyer up and don't post additional facts.

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  • Arrest warrant for and unintentional assault person stated it was an accident at the time of report can warrant be recalled ?

    police were called by someone else and the person i unintentionally hit said that it was an accident to the police , not knowing it cause an arrest warrant . now he has tried to file motion to quash the case but only had a incident number

    Richard’s Answer

    It is possible but not likely at this point. The chances are better if you retain an attorney, and he/she files with the court, but still not guaranteed.

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  • I'm 20. Got a DUI. I don't want the interlock. How long will my license be suspended?

    No dui or traffic prior offenses for me.

    Richard’s Answer

    Can't give a definite answer without more information - and don't post it here because this is a public site that anyone can see. In general, if you took a breath test and the result was between .08 and less than .15, MVA will propose a 45 day suspension, that has the potential to be modified to permit limited driving. If .15 or greater then looking at a 90 day suspension. If a test refusal, then looking at a 120 day suspension, that and the greater than .15 suspensions can not be modified except with the interlock. That fact of being under age 21 raises the possibility of another suspension for that.

    Depending upon the outcome in court there is the possibility of additional suspension time.

    The situation is not hopeless by any means, but you need an experienced DUI attorney to defend you i this matter.

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