With regard to your court date, you should call the court and tell them about your conflict with school. They can tell you how to seek a continuance in the case, which will entail filing a motion (unless the local court allows you to do it by phone - I've never practiced there so I dont know).
With respect to the charge itself, when individuals possess a possibility of jail time, they are entitled to court appointed counsel. Given that this is your first offense, the Commonwealth will...
I agree with Stephen. It is certainly not too late to invoke your 5th Amendment right to counsel. For people who are actually guilty of whatever charge may be on the horizon, speaking the the law enforcement officer will only serve to incriminate. Everything said to an officer in a consensual meeting will be used in court, if it gets there.
Often times, I get calls from people who are innocent, and they want to meet with an investigator because they do not want to be seen as "lawyering...
Given that the bus was rear-ended by another car, it's most likely that the car was at fault. It's also possible that, for instance if your bus driver stopped short, he/she may have contributed to the accident. Best bet is to call a local personal injury attorney to discuss the case.
Best of luck!
I dont know that it is, in fact, a legal question. It sounds more factual even if it is an important fact in a criminal case. I always find the best way to answer questions like this is to go to people that do the stuff on a day to day basis. Perhaps the question should be referred to the local store that sells loto tickets.
Which state was your marijuana conviction in? In Virginia, NO conviction gets expunged. Often times, I have clients come in and tell me that their marijuana charge was dismissed pursuant to a deferred finding. But that's not the same as an expungment.
Assuming it's not a Virginia charge, and it was appropriately expunged, then you do not have to disclose a charge or arrest. Nevertheless, with the internet, who knows how they are running checks. And probably a good idea is to go ahead...
While I dont practice in MO, a particular bond set for an offense depends on alot of variables. The first is the actual circumstances surround the assault. Was it particularly violent or aggravated and is there any indication if, let out, he would continue to pursue the victim? The next is possibility of danger to the community, which is where the judge will look at his criminal record to see if there are any other violent offenses (or other types of offenses that are uniquely dangerous)....
You certainly need to meet with an attorney. You first need to find out if this is a felony charge. I could imagine it being charged as a felony under forging public documents. If it is a felony charge, there is no statute of limitations in Virginia.
HOwever, if it does turn out to be a misdemeanor, there will be a SOL issue.
When it comes down to the facts of your case, I have not researched the issue, but it seems like there may be an argument that you did not intent to falsify...
Each case is different and results can stand on a single fact. Call up some local attorneys, and they will give you a run down of the specifics of your case. Unfortunately, with criminal charges, many times, you won't know the outcome until when it happens because results really do depend on a lot of different factors.
It's good that you didn't hurt anyone and weren't a jerk. But, again, whether you can get it reduced or not will really depend on a lot of things. Best of luck.
I agree. These are typically very difficult cases. And there are always two sides to every story. So you should speak with an attorney and make sure he/she knows every fact that you know. The last thing you want to do is get involved in litigation and, a year down the road, realize that you have no case because of a fact you didn't reveal.
Best of luck!
James S. Abrenio