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  • First time offence for medicade fraud money laundering and conspiracy first time offence program? But I didn't know it was wrong

    I wasn't charged with anything yet but the FBi in Charlotte, NC thinks that I committed Medicaid fraud money laundering and conspiracy but I was working for a company for all of 4 months and I didn't know that the things that I was doing was fraud...

    Matthew’s Answer

    You need to consult with a lawyer right away. Do not post any more information on this public forum. Just contact a criminal lawyer immediately.

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  • What is the sentence for 1st degree murder&1st degree burglary in N.C.

    A murder took place at a residence and I want to know what are the penalties in the state of N.C. for these crimes

    Matthew’s Answer

    First degree murder carries a life sentence and there is potential for the death penalty in some cases.

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  • If your 18 is it illegal to have a 15 year old girlfriend and to kiss her but no sex

    we are only 3 years apart and if i do decide to kiss her would i need parental consent to do so or no

    Matthew’s Answer

    No, there is nothing illegal about that.

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  • What is the difference between PJC and nolo contendere?

    I was charged for shoplifting in North Carolina more than a year ago and took the PJC the judge offered. I'm now in New Jersey and on an application was asked if I'd ever plead nolo contendere. What is the difference of these pleas? Are they the s...

    Matthew’s Answer

    A PJC (prayer for judgment continued) is not a type of plea. Rather, it is a disposition of a case. Nolo contendere is a no contest plea. It means that when you are asked how you plead, you say either nolo contendere or (more commonly) no contest. You may get a PJC if you plead no contest just as you would if you plead guilty.

    When you received the PJC you either pleaded guilty or no contest. A background check would reveal which type of plea you took. You may also remember.

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  • If you have not been sentenced yet, but scheduled, are you eligible for the new drug law all drugs plus 2 for reduced points?

    someone said that all drugs is a request, an that i wouldnt be eligible, but the law states that it will be retroactive

    Matthew’s Answer

    In federal cases, whether you are awaiting sentencing or have already been sentenced, you are eligible to be sentenced under the amendment that came into effect this month, with a couple exceptions. The exceptions are as follows: If you will be or have been sentenced as a career offender, you are not eligible. If you are sentenced based on a mandatory minimum, you are not eligible. Speak with your lawyer about whether you are eligible.

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  • If the state drops charges can the feds pick it up?

    my boy friend and i are from NC we was coming home late one night and got pulled over and they came back and said that he had a ATF "alcohol, tobacco firearm" was asking me if i had picked he up in DC i said no...... i didn't know what they was ta...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Situations like this are not entirely uncommon. Unfortunately, a long line of cases holds that one can be prosecuted for the same thing in both state and federal courts, as they are separate jurisdictions. It is important that your boyfriend has good representation to help him through the federal case.

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  • Can you be convicted of possession of a firearm if the firearm was not in your possession and found in an open shed outside of a

    The gun was found in an open shed outside of a rental house i was at.

    Matthew’s Answer

    In order to prove that you possessed the firearm, the state must prove that you had knowledge that it was there, and that you had dominion and control over it. Based on where it was found, you may have a very good defense (depending on other facts or a lack thereof.). Consult with a lawyer immediately if you have not already.

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  • My 19 year old rode with friends who robbed someone and he sat in the car. He has no record, what are his chances?

    There are 6 felony charges

    Matthew’s Answer

    Much more must be known before anyone can advise what his options will be. The important thing is to make sure he has a lawyer and have him communicate with the lawyer. His lawyer is in the best position to answer your question.

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  • What is deferred prosecution in a low felony? Do you plead guilty even if you're not?

    Friend was at the hospital and there is not way he could be guilty of this. He has a court appointed attorney that will not give him 15 minutes but came up with deferred prosecution. Is this a good idea. This felony has been hanging over his hea...

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    This is a matter he should discuss with his lawyer, and his lawyer is in the best position to advise him. But to answer the question in your subject heading, deferred prosecution does not require a guilty plea in court. It does, however, generally require an admission to committing the crime alleged. That admission is typically written onto a document and placed in a file. The benefit to deferred prosecution is that, if the person to whom it is offered successfully completes the program, the case will be dismissed. As such, it is often a "sure-thing" to lead to a dismissal, whereas there is always some risk in going to trial. It is up to your friend whether he should accept deferred prosecution, and he should consult with his lawyer about the pros and cons of accepting it vs. declining it.

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  • I got caught with a couple of pain pills and got charged with trafficking opiates. Now the only plea I am getting is attempted

    trafficking of opiates. I never tried to traffic opiates. They were all for my personal use. It was only 42 Percocets. The cop weighed them and said 15 grams of opiates. Should I reject the plea since it makes no sense?

    Matthew’s Answer

    A trafficking charge is based on the quantity of drugs rather than on one's intent. Even if you intended to flush the pills down the toilet so no one could have access to them, possession of a certain quantity prior to flushing them still constitutes trafficking. Discuss possible defenses with your attorney. That way, you can determine whether you should take the plea. Maybe some decent defenses exist or maybe they don't. Generally, defenses to look for in trafficking cases involve search and seizure issues and issues with the state's ability to prove possession.

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