Seth A. Blum’s Answers

Seth A. Blum

Raleigh Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Is suspicion of murder d/t several assaults against a deceased person who did not have an autopsy, grounds to have an

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Seth A. Blum
    2. Paul J. Whiting
    2 lawyer answers

    I gather from your question that you suspect your ex-wife killed someone. Further, you believe that she has gotten away with it because the deceased person was cremated before an autopsy could be conducted. If that is right, there is really no way of which I am aware to force the police to investigate. If, however, you take what you know and what you can prove and meet with a detective, you may be able to get the police interested in learning more. Alternatively, if you have the funds,...

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  2. Do I legally have to take a polygraph examination if I have not been charged of anything?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Seth A. Blum
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    You do not have to take this polygraph test. The police can NEVER force you to take a polygraph exam. The results are not admissible in court because polygraphy is regarded as junk science by the courts. Generally, it is used by the police to trick people into saying stupid things that hurt their cases. Your best bet is to hire an experienced, local criminal defense attorney to run interference between you and the police. You should not be trying to do this on your own. Having a savvy...

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  3. Is there a lawyer who will help me?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Seth A. Blum
    2. Sharon Griffin Scudder
    2 lawyer answers

    Contact Legal Aid. (919) 856-2180 224 South Dawson Street, Raleigh Here is a video on preparing for divorce:

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  4. How much credibility does the law give informants?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Seth A. Blum
    2. Michael Jason Rhoades
    3. John M. Kaman
    3 lawyer answers

    It is entirely possible that your son could face additional charges. Presumably the police would have investigated these crimes when they happened and may have "hard evidence," but did not know with whom to match it. It he can provide detail that would only be known to the person who committed the crime, the informant could be very credible. I would be worried in your shoes. On the other hand, if your son is doing well, it may be possible to resolve any new charges in a way that allows...

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  5. Falsely accused of communicating threats, should I hire an attorney? Fiance was at work both days she said he threatened her.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Seth A. Blum
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Lars A. Lundeen
    3 lawyer answers

    Absolutely you should hire a lawyer. Your question implies that the case will be thrown out when the truth comes out. This assumes that the judge will believe what you say simply because you are telling the truth and the woman who brought the charges is lying. If we could count on this, we would not need judges, juries or even trials. People lie. Some people lie very well. Courts get things wrong. Do not think that you can relax because you have truth, righteousness, and the American...

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  6. Cheap

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Seth A. Blum
    2. Alan D. Walton
    2 lawyer answers

    The phone number for the Legal Aid Office in Concord, which I believe is the one closest to you, is 704-786-4145.

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  7. Is my confession admissible?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Seth A. Blum
    2. Bonnor E. Hudson III
    3. Ronald S. Pichlik
    3 lawyer answers

    The police must read you your rights if you were 1) in custody and 2) being questioned. Custody means that a reasonable person in your circumstance would not feel free to leave. Here is sure sound like you were both in custody and being questioned. As such, anything that you said before being read your rights should not be admissible. Of course, part of the challenge will be convincing a judge that this is what happened. Additionally, this is only important if the prosecution cannot prove...

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  8. Can a lawyer help me? I have no money but was in a car accident with collision. I have more problems also!!

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Seth A. Blum
    2. Raymond Scott Costantino
    3. Marc Sean Hurd
    3 lawyer answers

    You are at real risk of going to jail. You need an experienced local traffic lawyer who knows not only the law, but the people who are enforcing the law. Knowing the personalities of the judges can make the difference between probation and months in jail. Hire a lawyer to analyze your driving record and guide you through the court system. It will be the best money you ever spent. You need lawyers who are experienced in both civil and criminal law. You have a series of complicated problems...

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  9. Is it ethical for a lawyer to automatically blame the radar gun or breathalyzer to get his client off?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Seth A. Blum
    2. Todd Jason Allen
    3. Richard Earl Hornsby
    4. Derryl Stephen Halpern
    4 lawyer answers

    It is up to the prosecution to prove every element of a case beyond a reasonable doubt. The defense lawyer's job is to protect his/her client. If the evidence presented by the State can be interpreted in a way that protects the defendant, it is not the defense lawyer's job to tell the objective truth, but to suggest an interpretation that is good for the client. So, yes, it is ethical for a lawyer to blame the radar gun or breathalyzer to protect his client.

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  10. What happens if there is a unsigned bill of information at trial?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Seth A. Blum
    2. F. "Bill" William Powers
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    If the Defendant signed it, he signed it. If he did not want the deal, he ought not to have signed and should have taken the case to trial. Signing outside the box is going to count in the same way as signing on the line. If he wants to withdraw the plea, it may not be too late. I cannot tell from your description when all of this happened. There is a limited time, I believe 10 days, during which a plea may be withdrawn. The Defendant, though, would need to be prepared to go to trial if...

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