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Heather KS Nalley

Heather Nalley’s Answers

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  • Can my 16 yr old daughter stay with me & not get into trouble with the law

    My daughter cones every summer to visit me from Colorado. She wants to live with me & not go back. Will I get into trouble with the law if she dont go back to Colorado?

    Heather’s Answer

    More information is needed. But I would recommend that you consult with an attorney immediately if you have your daughter and you do NOT have any legal authorization to do so. When looking for an attorney, you have to know whether the home state is Colorado or Michigan. There are few attorneys who are familiar with the interstate compact that governs cases involving more than one state.

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  • First time ever getting trouble.

    what happenes when you are 18 and you get caught stealing from a store. the cops are called and I went to jail. this is my first time ever getting in trouble trouble.

    Heather’s Answer

    Depending on the amount and local policies, you could qualify for many diversion programs. There are some informal diversion programs for retail fraud that never make it to the court system. Once you are in the court system, there are other diversion-type programs, such as Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA).

    Hire an attorney. We know how to navigate the system and the available options for our clients. Sometimes, people who represent themselves do not know what to ask for in terms of resolution.

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  • Can I ask the trial court in a misdemeanor case for relief from judgment after a plea?

    I plead guilty to Domestic Violence under the diversion program, and my attorney never said that the plea could/would result in immigration issues (I'm here on a student VISA). I never would've pleaded guilty had I known. Is there anything I can...

    Heather’s Answer

    You should seek an appellate attorney immediately. There is a time period for a late application for leave to appeal to the circuit court. Appeals in the circuit court are a bit different than to the court of appeals or supreme court. You would need a solid reason for the lateness of the application for leave to appeal, but generally, it takes time to find the information out and appeal. There are costs associated with the appeal: attorney fees, court costs, transcripts.

    Last, I would seek an appellate attorney with some understanding of immigration law or has access to someone to consult with. My firm handled a felony case with immigration consequences recently. By fashioning an appropriate plea arrangement, we were able to work with the prosecutor's office to keep our client from being deported.

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  • I am a non-custodial parent and I get my kids every other weekend. Lately the custodial parent is ignoring me? What can I do?

    The custodial parent is ignoring me and not picking the kids up. I have had the kids on her days and I am still paying her child support on a limited income. I would gladly take the kids more or full time if I did not have to pay her child support...

    Heather’s Answer

    You can file a complaint with your FOC caseworker. There are different means through the court that can bring it to the attention of the courts. Communication with an ex can be very difficult. There are therapeutic tools that the courts use, such as communication therapies or the ADEPT program or Our Family Wizard, to help parents in your situations.

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