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Christopher Wesley Keyser

Roseville Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Is it at all possible to get my DWI reduced to a reckless driving?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Christopher Wesley Keyser
    2. Christian Ryan Peterson
    3. Thomas C Gallagher
    4. Max Allen Keller
    5. W. Harvey Skees
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    It is possible, depending on the prosecutor. Some prosecutors have a blanket policy of not agreeing to careless or reckless driving while some have an opposite policy of agreeing to reduce charges whenever the BAC is .10 or less. It really depends on the specific facts and circumstances of the case. I agree that you also need to address your implied consent case (license revocation). I recommend getting in touch with an attorney in your area. Good luck!

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  2. How to go about dropping charges

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Christopher Wesley Keyser
    2. John Leif Fossum
    3. Benjamin J Lieberman
    3 lawyer answers

    You are correct that you cannot get the charges dropped. How the case proceeds and whether charges are dismissed are up to the prosecutor at this point, who will almost certainly subpoena you to testify at trial - if the case in fact goes to trial. Although you do not control the case, your input is evaluated by the prosecutor. You are free to call him/her to explain how you wish the case to proceed and what you believe the outcome should be. This may (or may not) have an effect on the...

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  3. Advice on how to go about giving a statement to a seargeant reguarding a self defense bar fight I was recently involved in

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Christopher Wesley Keyser
    2. Maury Devereau Beaulier
    3. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    Do not give a statement to the police. There is little to gain my doing this. The police is currently investigating the incident to refer to the prosecuting authority for charges. The less information the prosecutor has, the less likely you will be charged. Giving a statement can only add much needed information to the prosecutor's decision to charge you with committing an assault. Your best best is to stay away from law enforcement but if you absolutely feel compelled to speak, get a...

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  4. Is it too late for a public defender? My attorney had a Stroke and is no longer representing me and the trial is soon.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Thomas C Gallagher
    2. Christopher Wesley Keyser
    3. Christopher Jay Cadem
    4. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.
    5. Andrew M. Leone
    5 lawyer answers

    It is worth your time to bring these points to the judge's attention, and you may get a public defender appointed to you. However, do not wait until the last second when you are in court for your scheduled court appearance. As my colleague suggests, go see the Public Defender and court personnel immediately.

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  5. How serious is this careless driving ticket?

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Christopher Wesley Keyser
    2. Samuel John Edmunds
    3. Landon J Ascheman
    4. Rodd Ahren Tschida
    5. Charles Raymond Segal
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    To add to the other answers already posted, you have nothing to lose by taking a shot in court. You may be able to negotiate a settlement with the prosecutor where this alleged offense stays off your record (and you have a decent shot since your record is currently clean). Most prosecutors aren't looking to jam people up. With a clean record and the right negotiation, keeping this case off the books is not an impossible task. Good luck.

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  6. Do I need a lawyer

    Answered 2 months ago.

    1. Andrew M. Leone
    2. Christopher Wesley Keyser
    3. Samuel John Edmunds
    4. Rodd Ahren Tschida
    5. William W Housley
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    Unless you have previous theft convictions, you probably aren't looking at serving jail for this type of case. Your main concern should be keeping a theft conviction off your record. That may or may not be possible, which is why you should at least consult with an attorney, and seriously consider hiring someone (or applying for a public defender). Regarding your second question, if you plead guilty and are convicted, a lawyer cannot change the charge later (usually) but the charge can...

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  7. Is it possible to appeal or withdraw my plea?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Thomas C Gallagher
    2. Christopher Wesley Keyser
    3. Brent Schafer
    4. Max Allen Keller
    4 lawyer answers

    The above answer is very good and I agree. It is very possible, but difficult, to withdraw your plea after sentencing. In addition to showing a manifest injustice as described above, you may be able to withdraw your plea if you can show the plea was not made knowingly and voluntarily. This typically means you were not properly advised of all your rights before pleading. With that said, this typically doesn't come up since you presumably went through a plea petition with your lawyer and/or...

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  8. Do i have a case if her witness statements don't match

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Christopher Wesley Keyser
    2. Thomas C Gallagher
    3. Robert W Adams
    4. Benjamin J Lieberman
    4 lawyer answers

    These two statements are not wildly different. In both versions, the alleged victim is presumably accusing Ryan (I wouldn't use your real name on here, if you're the defendant) of touching the alleged victim's thigh. If you feel you are not guilty of this offense, I recommend getting a lawyer to defend you. Upon the statements provided here, it appears this case comes down to the alleged victim's testimony and the defendant's. A jury will have to weigh who is telling a truer version. Feel...

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  9. What should I say/do in order for my charge to be expunged in the future?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Christopher Wesley Keyser
    2. Thomas C Gallagher
    3. Max Allen Keller
    4. Maury Devereau Beaulier
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    The simplest way to get an expungement sealing ALL records in the future is to get your case resolved "in your favor." This means the case must be dismissed, continued for dismissal, or you must be acquitted at trial. Depending on the facts of a case, these could be difficult outcomes to achieve. With the circumstances you describe, you may be eligible for diversion, which essentially amounts to probation. If you successfully complete probation, your case will be dismissed. However, with...

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  10. How do judges feel about joining the National Guard vs jailtime?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Christopher Wesley Keyser
    2. Thomas C Gallagher
    3. Max Allen Keller
    4. Harry Edward Hudson Jr
    4 lawyer answers

    Whenever a judge makes a sentencing determination, including probation violations, all relevant facts are considered. Will a judge react favorably to your NG service? I would certainly hope so. However, the judge will also consider your criminal history, the circumstances surrounding the conviction, the severity of the probation violation and whether there were previous probation violations. In short, military service plays a part - but it cannot be the sole reason for asking for leniency...

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