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Tristan M Shaffer

Tristan Shaffer’s Answers

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  • Once a person has been sentenced to do jail time, is it possible to appeal to the judge and hire a new lawyer?

    The person is in New Haven Correction Center at this time and has been sentenced 18months for a domestic violent situation that he plead guilty with no contest. The "victim" was able to convince the judge that he should do time because he ruined ...

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    You can attack convictions based on Ineffective Assistance of Counsel. Depending on your State's laws, this can be done on direct appeal or some sort of collateral proceeding (Post Conviction Relief or State Habeas). I would suggest speaking to a local attorney that handles PCRs or Habeas cases in your State.

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  • Dark n’ lovely is a product that I use on my hair for over five years, I was very comfortable with this product and its service.

    scalp was itching and fluid draining from blisters in my head, behind ears and neck with extreme pain.

    Tristan’s Answer

    More information is needed to answer this question.
    When did this start to occur? Have you been to a Doctor? and What did the doctor say was the cause of the blisters?

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  • I was at an intersection were their was a fire truck in the middle of the intersection because of an accident.

    Traffic from the left was turning right and across the intersection was going around the fire truck. The car in front of me went around the fire truck and turn left. So I followed behind to turn left. I looked right the traffic had yield. I see a ...

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    Normally I would not say you have to consult a lawyer on a traffic violation, but in this case I would. Did he take you to jail or just cuff you?

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  • I stole 134 dollars worth of stuff from walmart and went to jail what will happen to me at court? will i get differed?

    my background has been ex-sponged but it was for paraphernalia and possession of 6 grams or 28 grams or less

    Tristan’s Answer

    I would highly recommend you hiring a lawyer or requesting a public defender.

    That being said it is unlikely that you will go to jail. Back when I represented a lot of defendants charged with shoplifting, I was often able to get the company to agree to drop the charge in exchange for restitution and a trespass notice. But at the time store employee's actually prosecuted the case. That ended around the time the SC Supreme Court came out with In Re Richland County Magistrate Court came out in 2010. I am not sure if the same deal can be worked not.

    I would highly recommend hiring an attorney or requesting a public defender. There are many very good attorneys in Charleston. I recommend Marybeth Mullaney in Mount Pleasant.

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  • I got into a car accident yesterday and didn't file with the police, or get any information, is there anything i can do now?

    I was on a main road, and a man in a truck pulled out off of a side road to the right of me, pulling out in front of me. I hit his car. I was on the main road and he was on the side road and when i hit him he was still in the main road, he never m...

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    If you have his plate number you should be able to get the info but I would suggest going to the ER ASAP for your pain. I would also contact a personal injury attorney ASAP. I am in Lexington but would be happy to discuss it with you.

    Tristan Shaffer 803-575-0394

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  • What does "3yrs. Suspended to 5 yrs. probation w/credit for 2 days" mean for the defendant of my case?

    2nd degree assault

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    You are on probation for the next five years. If you violate the terms of your probation you could get up to three years (minus the two days you have already served).

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  • What kind of trouble can I get in?

    Me and a friend got pulled over the other night. I was driving my roommates car. The cop found a needle under his seat, a spoon in his pocket, and 1 bag of heroine on the ground where he was standing. He wouldn't claim the bag so the cop said we w...

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    You need to contact an attorney ASAP. I would suggest talking to one before tomorrow and having the lawyer contact the cop. I have had some dealings with Hank Anderson he is a very good attorney.

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  • I was put on PTI for shoplifting at a local Wal-Mart...

    I was caught and arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart. This was my first offense breaking the law and I was put on Pre-Trial Intervention. Is it true that I am banned forever from all Wal-Marts? Thank you.

    Tristan’s Answer

    It depends on if anyone has put you on trespass notice. This could have been a bond judge or the people at Walmart. If they did then you are banned.

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  • If I request to drop the charges against my friend...

    If I request to drop the charges I placed against my friend, do I have no choice but to wait until he is arrested before I make this request? A detective told me that I could not drop the charges. Also, can I myself get in trouble if I make the ...

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    I think at this point you will have to wait until after he is arrested. I say that because apparently the police are unwilling to drop it. A prosecutor might have a different view but I would talk your friends attorney before talking to a prosecutor.

    I can't exactly say you won't get in trouble because I don't know all the facts, but generally if you have told the truth you will not get in trouble.

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  • Can I request to "drop charges" that I placed against a friend?

    The crime that I was told he will be charged with is Grand Theft of an auto. Basically, he took my car without my permission and didn't return. The car was found a week or so later parked at a laundermat...according to the person who called the ...

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    First thing you should do is contact his attorney. They will likely get a statement from you and tell you the best way to help your friend.

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