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Russell E. Hammer

Russell Hammer’s Answers

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  • Marijuana possession/ paraphernalia citation trial (first offense), how do I handle this?

    I am an 18-year-old college student and I was caught with 2 grams of Marijuana and paraphernalia in my dorm. I was arrested and taken to the station and issued two citations, one for possession of an illegal substance and one for paraphernalia, I ...

    Russell’s Answer

    If you call the court and tell them you want a lawyer they will most likely give you more time. Use that time to either contact a lawyer or contact the prosecuting attorney directly to discuss only what deals he will offer but not the facts of the case. For everybody out there this is a great example of what could happen if you go to court without a lawyer. You never know what consequences you might heap upon yourself without one.

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  • Is it illegal for a to give a police officer the wrong last name when they are called to a residence on a domestic call?

    The police was called to a residence and the person who called the police gave the police a last name that was not their legal name now the case is going to court and they did not show up.

    Russell’s Answer

    It might be illegal and people who give false names are routinely charged with obstructing an officer. My opinion is that the giving of a false name has to actually obstruct the officer's investigation to be a crime but most prosecutors and police do not agree with me.

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  • If A Hostage Stays Because They've Chosen To Not Against Their Will Can The Guilty Party Be Charged For It?

    I Read This Book Called 'Inside Out' And The Main Character 'Zachary Wahhsted' Offered To Stay So That All The Other Hostages Could Leave.The People Holding Up The Coffee Shop 'Alan and Joseph Mender' Can They Be Charged For This?

    Russell’s Answer

    If you're asking if Zachary can be charged the answer is probably yes but it begs the question, " who in their right mind would charge him?" Fact is the State can charge you for sneezing in the wrong direction.

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  • Do I need an attorney? Can this be dismissed?

    I was arrested for attempted possession of marijuana. I've never been arrested for charged with anything before this, and I had nothing on me.

    Russell’s Answer

    You need to see a lawyer who knows the local practice. If you have no prior arrest record La Crosse has programs that allow you to avoid a conviction whether your are guilty or not. This all depends on the facts of your case. You cannot protect yourself without a qualified lawyer.

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