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Nicholas Dwight Thornton

Fargo Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. I have a boyfriend of 3 yrs that has lived in the U.S. since he was 2 and he's 24! Yesterday he was arrested as an immigrant

    Answered 23 days ago.

    1. Nicholas Dwight Thornton
    2. Irene Vaisman
    3. L. Vincent Ramunno
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with my colleague. Much more information is needed to answer this question in even the most general sense. Your boyfriend should contact a North Dakota licensed attorney who is familiar with immigration law and criminal defense.

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  2. How can he be proven guilty?

    Answered 4 days ago.

    1. Nicholas Dwight Thornton
    1 lawyer answer

    Typically, ingestion can be proven up in one of four ways: (1) an officer's observation of use or obvious effects of use; (2) a chemical test; (3) admissions or statements made by the defendant or other witnesses; or (4) with the opinion of a "drug recognition expert." From what you've stated, your friend may have a defensible case. He should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to discuss the specifics of his defense.

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  3. 22 year old gets 14 year old pregnant can they avoid jail time?

    Answered 23 days ago.

    1. Nicholas Dwight Thornton
    2. Valerie Semmes Bouffiou
    3. Laurence K Nurmi
    3 lawyer answers

    Many factors impact what type of sentence is likely if a person is convicted of a particular crime. The prosecutor has a number of charging options for this type of conduct: some are felonies; some are misdemeanors; some charges have minimum mandatory penalties and severe collateral consequences like registration as a sex offender. The prosecutor may or may not be willing to negotiate around some of these issues. The 22-year-old referenced here needs to find an attorney experienced in...

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  4. My mum is British and was arrested for drunk driving in 2001, will she be allowed back into U.S?

    Answered about 16 hours ago.

    1. Alexander Joseph Segal
    2. Nicholas Dwight Thornton
    3. Jay Scott Finnecy
    3 lawyer answers

    Assuming this is a misdemeanor-level DUI, your mother can hire an attorney to appear in Court for her to clear the warrant.

  5. Possible outcome of 2 felony charges, and 1 misdemeanor.

    Answered about 16 hours ago.

    1. Nicholas Dwight Thornton
    2. J. Denise Carter
    3. Robert Jason De Groot
    3 lawyer answers

    From what you describe, there are really two issues you need to address. The first is the conduct for which you are charged. A conviction for terrorizing with a weapon in North Dakota carries with it a minimum mandatory penalty of 2 years in prison without parole, and a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison unless there are habitual offender/special dangerous offender issues. If that incident was video-recorded and that recording is introduced and received into evidence, your ex-girlfriend's...

  6. I am a felon on probation with 2 years left. My boyfriend is an ex felon and we are wanting to get married.

    Answered 19 days ago.

    1. Nicholas Dwight Thornton
    1 lawyer answer

    It depends upon the terms and conditions of probation and what charges both of you were convicted of. In North Dakota, most probation terms (listed on the "Appendix A" filed with the criminal judgment) include provisions that prohibit probationers from associating with "known felons without prior permission from your parole/probation officer" or with "users or traffickers in narcotics, marijuana, or other controlled substances." If those conditions apply to you, the pertinent issue will be...

  7. Is there a way to keep a 22 year old father out of prison if the mother is 14?

    Answered 23 days ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Alan Baker
    3. Nicholas Dwight Thornton
    3 lawyer answers

    The answer to your question depends on many facts that are not included in your post. A 14-year-old cannot legally consent to sex, regardless if she came onto him or if it was the other way around. This type of case can be charged out as gross sexual imposition, or it could be charged out as contributing to the delinquency of a minor (misdemeanor) or corruption or solicitation of a minor (misdemeanor). Some of these offenses have stiff minimum mandatory penalties and consequences like...