If you really want to recover the diamond, you'll have to call 911 and report it stolen. You will probably have to tell them your stepson stole it and pawned it, etc., to trace it to the new owner. Your stepson will be charged with a felony. The police may or may not be able to look through the pawn shop's records to find the buyer.
Even if you don't want to prosecute your stepson, you might still have to report the theft in order to recover from any insurance policy. An insurance...
If you are indigent, the court has to appoint an attorney for you, because of potential jail consequences. If you are not indigent, there's no requirement that you hire an attorney, but you shouldn't say or sign anything that you don't completely understand. The judge cannot advise you; the prosecutor can't give you legal advice. However, an expungement isn't automatic and that may be what's most important to you, and why you should spend money on an attorney.
Most employers do background checks, and a DUI conviction will certainly show up there. Take heart; while the DUI never completely falls off your record , it does become less important over time. Most employers, for instance, only check three years of your driving record. Having said that, many employers will ask point blank if you have ever been convicted of a DUI. And you will have to answer "yes" if you have a DUI conviction.
You need a good DUI lawyer. Don't just plead guilty until you'...
The worst that can happen is that your friend can go back before the original Burglary judge and lose his first offender status. Not only can he then become a convicted felon, but the judge can impose a new sentence of up to 20 years (with the 20 years beginning on the original date of sentencing), all in prison, or all on probation or a combination of the two. Your friend needs an attorney in both counties, but especially in the county in which he has the first offender sentence.
You should hire a PA attorney to handle this for you without moving back. Each state is different about how to clear up criminal records. If you'd been convicted in GA, or plead no contest in GA, you would not be able to expunge your record. It's worth the money to find out if PA is different. You should also contact professional nursing associations and licensing agencies to find out what exactly you need to do in order to keep your nursing license for work in GA. If your professional...
You really need a lawyer. Ask your "company lawyer" for a recommendation to a local criminal defense lawyer. Write down everything you did in this case, and do not post it on the internet, but give it to your lawyer. Assume your conversation with the investigator was recorded. Now that you're out on bond your first focus should be on hiring a lawyer to fight for you.
Yes his probation can be revoked so that he spends the rest of his DUI sentence in jail. They don't have to wait until the felony is resolved in court. The fact that he was arrested may be all that's needed to revoke his probation.
I think you'll find many of the answers you are looking for on my website, clarktowne.com under the DUI FAQ section.
A good DUI lawyer may help him avoid the worst possibilities. Make sure he interviews at least three lawyers and finds the one he is most comfortable with.
If you are saying your brother in law is charged with obstructing someone else's custody of this girl (such as her parent or guardian), then he's lucky to not be facing additional charges. He needs to stop talking about this, and avoid that girl before he's in more trouble. He needs an attorney today.
Every court is different. Look for the telephone number on your ticket and call the court clerk to ask this question. It's a good idea for a parent to go to court with you; if this is going to present a problem for you, ask the clerk of court if a guardian or other adult can accompany you to court. This charge may affect your driver's license, and for that reason, you may want to speak to an attorney in the state that issues your license.