The short answer is no. Only people who are admitted to practice law in your state (typically that means graduating from law school and passing the bar exam) may advise or represent clients. You may want to contact a law school near you and see if they have a legal clinic. If they do, they may have law students assist you under the supervision of an attorney. Depending on your financial situation, you may be eligible for legal aid, which provides legal advice to people who cannot afford to...
I do not practice in Illinois, but in most jurisdictions prosecutors will often allow a case to be dismissed in return for the defendant paying the court costs. Your other option was to take the case to trial and make the prosecutor prove the case. That could have resulted in a fine AND court costs.
It's frustrating to pay anything at all when you believe you are in the right, but "dismissal for costs" is the cheapest outcome short of a full dismissal.
You may be able to appeal the...
While some law firms do pro bono legal work, there are many more cases than available attorneys. You may want to check with your local law school to see if there is a legal clinic that may take your case.
If you have some money to pay an attorney, check with the Wyoming Bar Association lawyer referral service (see link) and tell them your circumstances.
Or go back to the Public Defender's office, ask to speak with the managing attorney and request another review of your case.
Be aware that judges can spot desperation in a defendant. If the judge thinks that you are taking actions just to lessen the sentence, that won't help. Actions taken for sincere reasons and genuine expressions of remorse can be helpful.
Talk to your lawyer and explain your concerns. Be truthful with the judge and take responsibility for what you've done. So few defendants do that and you may stand out as someone who deserves a second chance.
Your best bet is to call the Oregon Bar Association and utilize their lawyer referral service. They can help you identify several qualified law firms that you can interview and discuss your case. Landlord tenant law is a commonly practiced area of law and many attorneys near you will be able to handle this. See link below.
First, remove this person from your life. Dating a criminal is a bad idea and will lead to more problems.
If you witnessed the theft or can prove the theft, go to the police and report him. If you are simply going based on what he told you, police and prosecutors will not have enough to bring a case just on that.
You can also tell the store so they can take protective action and stop further thefts. But remember, any of these actions could enrage your boyfriend and endanger you.
It sounds like you tried to press charges and the police declined to take the case further. Call your local prosecutor's office (located in or near your county courthouse) and ask how to file a private criminal complaint. Be aware that if you do file a private criminal complaint, the prosecutor doesn't have to follow through with it or a judge may dismiss it.
If you sue the person, you might be able to subpoena the mall for the security video. But remember to successfully bring a lawsuit...
Call the number on the citation. This is the Clerk's office. They can't give you legal advice but they can tell you the procedures involved in pleading guilty (meaning how to pay the citation) or to fight it and try to have the citation dismissed If you want to fight it, a lawyer can help you but the cost of retaining an attorney for this is likely much more than the fine.
Your best bet may be to pay the fine and be careful with your cigarettes in the future.
You and your father-in-law have a Second Amendment right to own a gun. Illinois does require certain paperwork to be filed for you to keep it (see link).
I presume that you or your spouse has the power of attorney to act for your father-in-law. If so, here's what to do. First, find someone who is familiar with guns and safely unload it. Next, decide if you want to keep it. If you don't, turn it in to your local police station and tell them you found it and don't want it. When you walk...
In the criminal defense world (I've been a prosecutor, not a criminal defense attorney but I know their world somewhat) "asap" has real meaning. In some cases, someone's liberty may be at stake.
Having said that, attorneys are busy and expecting an immediate call back based on an email is a bit unrealistic. Certainly you should be contacted within a few days and if you're not, that may be a sign that the firm is too busy to handle your case.
In this economy, there are many good...