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Tristan M Shaffer

Tristan Shaffer’s Answers

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  • If police call your house to haress you but tell you that he gave you a ticket but did not. What should you do.

    When i call police station they do not have any record on file. No police officer name or number.

    Tristan’s Answer

    I would call the clerk of court and check to see if there is a anything filed. If not then call the police and fill out a report about the phone call.

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  • Do I need an attorney

    I was at a friends house recently and she was complaining about loosing her wallet. (Before i got there) We were getting ready to go to dinner so I went down to my car to get a pair of shoes (she let me borrow jeans). We went out to eat, returned ...

    Tristan’s Answer

    First of all never talk to law enforcement without an attorney. Doing appeals I represent quite a few people who where accused and convicted of murder. I believe that about 1/4 of my murder clients never would have been convicted if either them or their codefendants would have exercised their right to remain silent. Everyone thinks they are smarter than the police; most are wrong (even a few people I think are innocent)

    You can likely get an Attorney to represent you for the limited purposes of a turnin and bond setting. The benefit of this is that they will act as a shield between you and the cops. You also will generally get a heads up before you are arrested if they have got an arrest warrant. Represented people generally have the benefit of being able to schedule a time to turn themselves in versus being arrested whenever the cops feel like serving a warrant.

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  • I was arrested in June 2008 for possession of crack cocaine w intent to distribute(less than a gram) possession of marijuana etc

    I was arrested in June 2008 for possession of crack cocaine w intent to distribute(less than a gram) possession of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. I still have yet to recieve a court date for the felony charge (pwd) but I have been found guilty...

    Tristan’s Answer

    The crack charge would not have been remanded to magistrate court, at least not as a crack charge. Magistrate courts have no jurisdiction to hear a possession of crack.

    I were you represented by the public defenders office if so I would contact them. If not your best chance is retaining a lawyer to look into it.

    Many times time can be your friend. There is a chance that the solicitors office lost track of the charge. If it is the Richland county solicitors office they are going through old charges and will likely find it soon.

    If you want to hire a lawyer to handle it, I would call Tony Dessausure 803-771-0042. I used to work with him and he is a pro at handling situations like this. Especially if the charge is in lexington or Richland. He could likely push them enough to dispose of the charge without pushing so hard that they are reminded that they need to prosecute you.

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  • If the arresting officer does not show up to your court date, shouldn't all charges be dropped?

    we have had multiple issues with the Dillon county officers, judges, and all other government employees. they have violated all of our rights starting with how they arrested us to the officer not showing up. our charges are simple possession, thou...

    Tristan’s Answer

    Well regarding county officers use of marijuana it probably will not help you.

    But you can ask for the charges to be dismissed for lack of prosecution but many times judges will freely grant the first few continuance motions made by the state. I think your best option is hiring an attorney or requesting a public defender. You might want to call Henry Anderson in Florence or Dan Blake in bennettsville both are great attorneys.

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  • Have not received any response from my divorce attorney since February 1st. What can I do?

    My divorce is over and my ex has a court order QDRO to pay. He had until January 28th to comply. My ex contacts my attorney the week before the deadline. It is almost April and I have not received anything. I have not heard from attorney since Feb...

    Tristan’s Answer

    I would suggest sending a letter. If you want you can send it certified return reciept requested. But be understanding family attorneys are very busy and always putting out fires.

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  • Can i sue for wrongful termination if i feel a tort has been committed against me

    I was fired for not reporting use of force after being questioned by a detective, but cleared of any wrong doing bc it was obvious i didn't witness an attack or knew nothing of it. A week later i was called in to the office at work and fired for s...

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    Your situation sounds a complicated. I would suggest contacting a employment attorney to discuss this matter in person.

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  • What happens if information is wrong on my tickets?

    I got 3 tickets for drinking in South Carolina and the date is wrong on all of them. Is there any way that this will affect the consequences, or what will happen in court?

    Tristan’s Answer

    No the date being wrong will not warrant dismissal. I would bring it to the court's attention. Also, if you are worried about keeping your record clean I would suggest hiring a lawyer or requesting a public defender. If it is a city of Columbia ticket they can generally get pretty good results.

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  • Can a person's sentence be 'enhanced' with a firearm if they did not charge them with it?

    My fiance told me the following: My circuit used that youthful offender act years and years ago to career me out. The prosecutor used my youthful offender to career me out. remember...... i was 17 when i did time back then..... i caught this time...

    Tristan’s Answer

    A yoa can be used as a prior for sentencing guideline purposes.

    Also the don't have to charge you with the firearm to use it to enhance your sentence.

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  • Black mailing on kik?

    a random guy chatted me and said my adress.. He told me to send pictures or else he would do stuff to me... What do i do?

    Tristan’s Answer

    I certainly would not send pictures. You might want to contact the police depending on what he said he would do.

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  • I was arrested for domestic violence.Plead not guilty.The person I supposibly did this to never came to court or follow up.

    They only thing they have is me yelling in the back ground ,I never put my hands on anyone.They never offered me a public defender or anything. They said they had no problem dropping charges if Iwould go to domestic violence classes for 26 weeks a...

    Tristan’s Answer

    They probably are not dropping the charge. They are probably saying you can plead guilty and get domestic abuse counseling instead of a sentence or fine. I would suggest contacting the public defenders office or hiring a lawyer.

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