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  • What are my chances of getting these charges dropped?

    I was camping at Cherokee National Forest and a Park Ranger gave me tickets for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. The Park Ranger saw the items on the ground, unattended and concealed then asked me what it was. I said, "I think it is a ...

    Chase’s Answer

    I agree with the above post. I wouldn't delay in contacting a lawyer in your area. You can supply him or her with information such as, where you were in proximity to the contraband, if anyone else was charged, if anyone else was camping with or near you, how the Ranger initiated contact with you, whether or not you have a record, etc. Each of these charges carries a potential penalty of 11 months and 29 days in jail, not to mention a criminal record. Having an attorney in your corner greatly increases your chances of arriving at a resolution you are willing to accept.

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  • Can you do community service in exchange for getting a misdemeanor expunged? or somehow get the cost to expunge lowered?

    I don't have a job and cant get one since no one wants to hire me with my misdemeanor on my record.I need to get it expunged but don't have the money for it.Is there any way the judge will allow me to do community service in exchange to get my mis...

    Chase’s Answer

    Community service in exchange for an expungeable disposition isn't possible if your plea has already been entered. The new statute for expungements went into effect last July and it is rigid - contact an attorney to see what your options are under the statute. Good luck!

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  • If I get a citation for 1/4 oz of pot,but was actually busted with an ounce and a half,can they add the rest to my charge later?

    I was pulled over for a brake light out.He smelled weed and asked if I had any in the car before he searched it.I said no,but I'm not consenting to a search.He said he's searching it because of probable cause from smelling it.He found an oz and a ...

    Chase’s Answer

    You're meeting with state police today without having contacted an attorney first? Do yourself a favor and hire a lawyer before you jump headfirst into that shark tank.

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  • Will I serve jail time for being charged Theft under 500 by Walmart in Bradley County Ty?

    This is my first offence and the man that stopped me caught me at my car, asked me if i was willing to come back in with him along with what I had. We went back in, cops called, paperwork filed and had a date set for court. He said that I was more...

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    You're looking at potentially 11 months and 29 days in jail and a fine of $2,500. This may ultimately result in jail time, probation, or a combination of both. In terms of the big picture, remember that no one wants a "crime of dishonesty" following him or her around any future job application. Do yourself a service and contact a lawyer in your area, as no where in the Tennessee Code is there an exception to a theft charge for someone who was cooperative. Good luck!

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  • I have a court date coning up next month,i need a pro bono attorney to represnt me,cant afford one,this is a misdomenor,my first

    time in trouble ever,can anyone please help me??

    Chase’s Answer

    The previous posts are correct - you can have one appointed for you. Make sure you arrive to court on time. You will likely be required to answer questions about your income and any assets. Answer truthfully, as this is a legal document. Afterwards and, if the court finds that you are eligible, you will be appointed an attorney and will have the opportunity to speak with him or her right then. Good luck!

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  • I was pulled over on a revoked license. I'm on probation for 1st time DUI. What will happen when I go to book myself in?

    There was no other traffic violation involved. The officer just scanned my plate, then pulled me over. He said all they my probably do is issue fines & a driving class. Could that be true?

    Chase’s Answer

    A charge of driving on a revoked license during your probationary period subjects you to jail time. The booking process itself is nothing to fear, but beyond that this isn't something you want to face on your own. When they give you the date of your first court appearance, go in with an attorney.

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  • Is lieing on a legal document considered perjury?

    Such as a motion, petition, affadavit, or arrest warrant. If so, is it a crime or against the law and is it prosecutable?

    Chase’s Answer

    Under the Tennessee Code, knowingly making a false statement under oath or an official document is a chargeable offense carrying up to 11 months and 29 days in jail as a Class A misdemeanor. (See TCA 39-16-702). Ultimately, "intent to deceive" is key. It's unclear where you are in terms of your question, but if you think you're in hot water, contact an attorney soon to discuss your rights and options. A "crime of dishonesty" is definitely something you don't want following you around on any future job application.

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  • Question about simple possession (marijuana) and paraphernalia.

    My 18 year old son was arrested for simple possession and paraphernalia. The bond was $1,000.00. I was told by quite a few people that is a really low bond amount. I am just curious............is that a really low bond amount for those charges i...

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    Simple possession and paraphernalia charges in Tennessee normally require a citation and release of the accused, unless some exception applies. In any event, your bond amount is par for the course. TCA 40-11-105 provides that "...in no event may a clerk set the amount of bail in excess of ... $1,000 if the defendant was charged with a misdemeanor" unless the defendant is deemed a flight risk.

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  • Can I go to court for being in a TN park after dark?

    My sister, friend, and I were at a park and a police officer came around. He didn't get out of the car, and all we heard were muffled radio mumblings. Could he write down our license plate numbers and arrest/summon/charge us? We are underage. He n...

    Chase’s Answer

    No worries now. In the future keep in mind most parks usually have a sign posted which designates the opening and closing hours of the park. Remaining on the property after hours can result in a criminal trespass charge if you're not careful.

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  • What rights does someone have if accused of theft over $500 and is innocent but being investigated. They want to issue warrant??

    this is over a stupid cell phone. Several people were there although only one person is accused and is my fiance. they gave him the option to take a polygraph although he has been advised not to take one or say anything. The detective wants to iss...

    Chase’s Answer

    The best thing you can do right now is know your rights as you cooperate with this investigation. Most criminal lawyers don't charge for an initial consultation, so it wouldn't be a bad idea to schedule one in your area. I'm wondering if you didn't intend to write "theft under 500," which seems to adequately reflect the value of the missing property. In which case, this charge would register as a simple misdemeanor. Good luck!

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