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Scott Douglas Moore

Harrison Government Attorney.

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  1. What should I do regarding turning myself in for a failure to appear warrant?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Scott Douglas Moore
    2. Joshua Blanchard
    3. Loren M. Dickstein
    3 lawyer answers

    You should be represented by counsel. In any event, call ahead to find out if a bond amount has been set. Remember, your failure to appear resulted in a bench warrant being issued. You are entitled to show cause why you should not be held in contempt, so if you had a reason for missing the last court date, it should be presented accordingly. If, on the other hand, you simply forgot or didn't have money for fines and costs, most judges in my experience appreciate candor. This contempt...

  2. CPS is accusing me of child abuse for disciplining my 15 year old son AFTER he became violent with me.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Scott Douglas Moore
    2. Michael L Rich
    3. Evelyn Ann Cox
    3 lawyer answers

    It is very important that you seek representation in order to head off further DHS intervention. While the facts as you state them seem to fall under parental discipline, this matter could easily and quickly escalate toward the Circuit Court taking jurisdiction. Failing that, CPS could place your name on the state's Central Registry if the complaint is substantiated. This is a complicated area of law that needs the services of an attorney with specific training and experience. A word about...

  3. What to do when he is in trouble?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. John Freeman
    2. Scott Douglas Moore
    2 lawyer answers

    The love of your life wouldn't threaten you. Perhaps this situation was a misunderstanding, but you need to be responsible for your actions and he needs to take responsibility for his. The link below will put you in touch with people who can help you sort through this.

  4. Do I need an attorney for an arraignment for an assalt charge? If this goes to trial, will I have right to a free attorney?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Scott Douglas Moore
    2. Donalda Jean Gillies
    3 lawyer answers

    You do have the right to counsel at the arraignment, the first court appearance for a misdemeanor charge. The court is required to appoint counsel if you are indigent (unable to pay), and there is a likelihood that you would be jailed if found guilty. The defendant is advised of the charge, the maximum penalty if convicted. More importantly, the defendant is informed of his constitutional rights to a jury or bench trial, appointed attorney, presumption of innocence, and so on. After...

  5. Do I need an attorney for an arraignment for an assalt charge? If this goes to trial, will I have right to a free attorney?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Scott Douglas Moore
    2. Donalda Jean Gillies
    3 lawyer answers

    You do have the right to counsel at the arraignment, the first court appearance for a misdemeanor charge. The court is required to appoint counsel if you are indigent (unable to pay), and there is a likelihood that you would be jailed if found guilty. The defendant is advised of the charge, the maximum penalty if convicted. More importantly, the defendant is informed of his constitutional rights to a jury or bench trial, appointed attorney, presumption of innocence, and so on. After...

  6. I have a warrant due from missing court .

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Scott Douglas Moore
    1 lawyer answer

    If you have all of your receipts and clearances with you when you go to 36, you should be all right. Of course, it might be safer to send an attorney to make sure the coast is clear, as it were. My experience at that court suggests that you should be all right if you have taken care of the outstanding tickets.

  7. Is there any chance my son can get out of this with in patient rehab and probation,, which is what he needs?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Timothy J. Klisz
    2. Scott Douglas Moore
    2 lawyer answers

    Your son might consider doing what he can to get in front of his drug problem. Another attorney has already addressed the legal consequences, so I'll focus on the treatment aspect. As long as your son is incarcerated, he'll have time to read the NA or AA Big Books. He should attend any meetings held in the jail, and this should continue while the case is pending. You might want to contact the Michigan Department of Community Health (517-373-3740) for information about free or low-cost...