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Andrew M. Leone

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  • What can I do as a victim who is being charged with a crime that I did not commit?

    I am very upset. I was just charged with perjury and forgery. I have been a victim of harassment the last 8 years from the same family. I stood up for myself and got a harassment order, 1 year ago. I told the truth and presented documents that I ...

    Andrew’s Answer

    Just because you were charged (standard of probable cause) does not mean the prosecution can prove the case (standard of beyond a reasonable doubt). It is important to retain an experienced attorney who can fight for you in court and make sure your rights are being protected.

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  • What can I do if I feel my lawyer is trying to do something I don't want to..

    I've been fighting a felony for harboring a fugitive for over a year now my lawyer said at first I'm totally innocent and we will win cuz he was never found in my place he was found at apt next to mine. Now he has completely changed and recently w...

    Andrew’s Answer

    Accepting any deal is your choice and your attorney can only give you advice. If you are not satisfied with the representation, then you can always hire a different attorney.

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  • Doesn't the state have to prove that EVERY month I had an income and the amount, instead of just assuming?

    I have been charged with Public Assistance fraud. They are alleging that I was working. They allege they found money in my bank accounts but most of the is loans from family not to mention loans for school which cannot be counted towards my assist...

    Andrew’s Answer

    Yes, the prosecution has to prove each element of a crime charged beyond a reasonable doubt in order to convict. This is a very high burden, much higher than the probable cause needed in order to charge you with the crime. Every case is different and often times the prosecutor can have trouble meeting this burden of proof. Also, if a prosecutor feels he or she will have difficulty meeting this burden, they may be more willing to negotiate a better resolution.

    Obviously, this is a very serious offense and would be in your best interest to retain an attorney to assure you are treated fairly in court.

    I hope you find this information helpful and I wish you the best of luck.

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  • Should I hire an attorney for my (first ever) misdemeanor offense?

    I was charged and arrested with a misdemeanor due to intoxication within the vacancy of my own home. I am worried that I will be spending time in the county jail, seeing as I might have also been charged with an obstruction of the law, but due to ...

    Andrew’s Answer

    Yes, you should hire an attorney. This being your first offense makes it even more important to do so, because you will want to resolve this case Ina way that will not result in a conviction. This is possible, but more likely to happen with an experienced attorney advocating on your behalf.

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  • What type of careless driving (MN) consequences am I facing?

    I was pulled over by an undercover police officer. I was told by the officer that my speed was excessive. They never told me what my speed was, I don't think they clocked me. I explained to the officer my car's throttle has an acceleration issue (...

    Andrew’s Answer

    At this point you are facing criminal consequences, as careless driving is a misdemeanor. You want to make certain to resolve this case in a way that will not result in a conviction, which would greatly impact your life. It would be wise to retain an attorney who can guide you through the court process and secure the best possible result, possibly even a dismissal.

    I hope you find this information helpful and I wish you the best of luck.

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  • Mn law allows you to be charged with dui, if you are charged with illegal possession of controlled substance, but...

    since the controlled substance was actually, a perfectly legal prescription. cant i have both charges dismissed? they can only charge me with the dui, because of the supposed illegal possession(i even got the judge to admit that). so conversely, s...

    Andrew’s Answer

    From the scenario you present, yes it sounds like you have a basis for a motion to dismiss. If not, you certainly have a great case to take to trial. The prosecution will have a tough time proving you were DWI when all the test results come back negative. Also, it appears you were not in possession of any illegal substance.

    I hope you find this information helpful and I wish you the best of luck.

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  • Caught stealing

    I stole less than $500 worth of items at my job. I was confronted and admitted to stealing those items. I wrote a written statement, then was fired and the police came. I have a court date in a couple days and would like to know what will happen. ...

    Andrew’s Answer

    The first court date, usually called either Arraignment or First Appearance, is simply a time to enter a not guilty plea and get the court process started. It would be wise to retain an attorney prior to this date, in order to assure your rights are being protected and you are treated fairly. The most important thing to strive for is keeping a conviction off your record. There are several ways of accomplishing this goal, although it may require some negotiating with the prosecutor.

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  • A dui and test refusal charged during a breakdown ..

    a dui and test refusal charged during a breakdown .. probable cause based on mobility and medical issues with alerts for both on drivers license.. alcohol alleged and speech ( aphasia ? TBI documented and lung capacity known by same dept from b...

    Andrew’s Answer

    You seem to have some valid defenses to your case. These are very complicated issues and at this time it would be in your best interest to retain an experienced attorney to help protect your rights in court.

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  • When will the county he's on probation with out out a warrant after he receives a new charge ? In MN

    My boyfriend received a controlled substance charge in Hennepin County MN a couple months ago. He was on probation in another county in MN at the time. He was arrested for a warrant the night before last and is now sitting in Hennepin County wonde...

    Andrew’s Answer

    Simply being arrested on a new charge is enough for his previous probation to be violated. One of the rules of probation is to remain law abiding.

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