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Karrah Griffin Leary

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  • In the state of TN, what would be my likely outcome of theft under $100? What should i do to be prepared?

    I was at walmart and they did a civil arrest for theft under $90.00 (first offense). I cooperated fully. Prior, I have a clean record of any misdemeanors or felonies and I am 23. It was a terribly stupid move on my part that I assure you won't be ...

    Karrah’s Answer

    In Tennessee, conviction for "theft under $500.00" is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by a jail sentence of up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and/or a fine up to $2500. In Knoxville, court costs vary. I recommend taking this situation very seriously and not listening to the advice of your friend; no two cases and sets of factual circumstances are exactly alike, and attorneys are specifically trained to apply the law to the particular facts involved in YOUR case and, when necessary, negotiate with the District Attorneys on your behalf. An attorney may be able to assist you with minimizing repercussions. I agree with the above counselors; if you cannot afford an attorney, I recommend asking that the court appoint one for you.

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  • Easiest way for a us citizen to be with their international spouse?

    been in a long distance relationship for 7 months, known each other online for over a year. Have met in person once, and will be spending three months together when she comes to visit me in August this year. we want to be together permanently, bu...

    Karrah’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Prasad regarding filing the fiance visa. I advise your girlfriend to follow the requirements and leave the U.S. before the expiration of her VWP. Then you can file an I-129 petition for fiance visa on her behalf- once she gets the visa, be sure to marry within 90 days of her entry into the United States! Subsequently, you can adjust her status to that of a conditional lawful permanent resident.

    Regarding your relationship, there are a variety of ways to prove that your marriage is in good faith. You just have to be honest with USCIS regarding your relationship. It would be beneficial to bring documentation to your interview that proves your genuine love for one another- for instance, do you have pictures of your trip together the one time you saw each other? Have you sent email/letter correspondence to each other? Have you kept in contact with each other's friends and relatives, either online or in person? Have you sent each other gifts?

    I suggest that you speak with an immigration attorney to discuss the facts of your case in further detail. I wish you both the best!

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  • Question about court on a shoplifting charge????

    Ok i went to court because i had stole 140 from belk this was my first offense and i had a laywer. Next they made me sign a paper and said i have 11 months and 29 days to stay out of trouble and they dismiss it or something. So did this use up a d...

    Karrah’s Answer

    I agree with Joe Mason Brandon, Jr.'s response. A retirement seems to be referred to as a "Pass" here in Knoxville- sometimes, your lawyer can consult with the District Attorney on your behalf and obtain a deal in which there is no guilty plea- as long as you acquire no new offenses within a specific time period (30 days, 6 months, 11 months and 29 days, etc.) then the offense will be dismissed. Please contact your lawyer, though! He/she should explain your rights and sentence to you in much more detail.

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  • My daughter was cited with a underage drinking citation in Rutherford county TN , She got this because she was told by the

    cop if she didn't tell him she was she was going to jail. He never tested her for drinking and the fact was she told him she had a sip. Never in trouble before and can't afford a lawyer. She is in college to become a nurse though she was wrong for...

    Karrah’s Answer

    Does the citation state whether your daughter must report to municipal (city) court or criminal court? Underage drinking citations in my area (Knoxville) that involve violation of a city ordinance are handled at municipal court- dismissal with certain conditions (30 or 60 day pass in which she can acquire no new offenses, full payment of court costs) may very well be a possibility if she has no prior offenses. However, it will be up to the discretion of the judge. It would be beneficial to consult with an attorney in your area regarding the procedure and particular facts of your daughter's case- perhaps an attorney would be willing to offer a free or low-cost consultation.

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  • I Need an attorney to file my wifes I-130 form and to find o8ut how much this will cost

    my contact email is majcoffman@yahoo.com I live in knoxville tn

    Karrah’s Answer

    As Mr. Schmidt stated, the filing fee for the I-130 itself is $420. Are you interested in adjusting your wife's status concurrently? If so, there will be an additional filing fee for the I-485. I agree with the attorneys above- attorney's fees typically vary depending on the particular circumstances involved in your case. At my office (The McKellar Law Firm), the attorney's fee includes services in addition to completing your forms- services such as researching current law and procedures, keeping you informed of any potential difficulties that may arise in your case, notifying you of any requests for information, and periodically following up with USCIS on your behalf. Feel free to contact The McKellar Law Firm at (865) 566-0125 for a free consultation regarding your case.

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