Joshua Sachs’s Answers

Joshua Sachs

Evanston Appeals Lawyer.

Contributor Level 19
  1. I am a witness in a federal case. The federal prosecutor told me to get an attorney because I am not 100% truthful. Why?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Michael Kevin Cernyar
    2. David Matthew Piper
    3. Joshua Sachs
    4. Greg Thomas Hill
    5. Robert M Speeter
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    Perjury is one possibility. Giving false information to a government agent is another. They may be considering prosecuting you. Think of the warning to get an attorney as their "En Garde!"

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  2. I got a subpoena for a federal grand jury on Monday. Today, I get a call that the grand jury date is being moved. Common?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Stephen Andrew Mosca
    2. Joshua Sachs
    3. Larry Thomas McMillan
    4. Stephen F Wallace
    5. Thomas G. Briody
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    7 lawyer answers

    In my experience it is not at all unusual and is generally more a matter of scheduling and time conflicts than it is anything related to the merits of the case.

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  3. Is it common practice for state attorneys to offer services for federal cases?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Joshua Sachs
    2. John M. Kaman
    3. Robert David Richman
    3 lawyer answers

    There are several different questions here, at least. Many attorneys handle cases in both state and federal courts and handle them very well. And many attorneys do not put everything they do on their websites, if they have websites at all. So there is nothing strange about any of that and the picture up to that point, at least, is fully consistent with what many a very fine attorney would do. You say the police reports have false statements in them, but so far there has been no...

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  4. How can I find out how many trial felony cases an attorney has had? or how many bench cases?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Judy A. Goldstein
    2. Joshua Sachs
    3. Jeffrey Allen Fagan
    4. Melissa I. Smejkal
    5. Raymond George Wigell
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    A track record by itself doesn't tell you thing. Does a high ratio of "not guilty' findings suggest a master trial attorney or a lawyer who avoids tough cases? Most of us don't bother to keep records of that kind of thing because they are meaningless. It can be very difficult even for an attorney, and almost impossible for a non-attorney, to evaluate the quality of a lawyer's work. There are too many variables. Reputation in the local legal community, in my opinion, remains the most...

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  5. Federal sentencing downward variance

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Joshua Sachs
    2. Anthony Michael Solis
    3. Steven Andrew Brody
    4. Joshua Sabert Lowther
    5. Stephen F Wallace
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    Departures have lost some of their importance since the Supreme Court declared the federal sentencing guidelines to be advisory only. I agree with Mr. Solis that the facts you describe would probably not warrant a downward departure under the guidelines, but they would be considered in determining the actual sentence under Section 3553(a).

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  6. Is it Legal for an Assistant State Attorney to Offer a Defendant a Combined Plea on Two Separate Cases?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Joshua Sachs
    2. Jonathan Burton Blecher
    3. Aaron J. O'Brien
    4. Colleen M. Glenn
    5. Alberto Marino Quirantes Jr.
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    Legal? It certainly would be in Illinois. I cannot say about Florida. Sometimes a plea agreement resolving multiple cases is the best possible resolution that a defendant could have, and I have been involved in cases where the defense worked hard to put such an agreement together, sometimes having to obtain the consent of prosecutors from multiple counties. You are very loose with words like "coerce" and "force." The defendant is never required and can never be compelled to accept a...

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  7. How could a defense lawyer argue a case like this this?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Tristan Neil Bullington
    2. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    3. Joshua Sachs
    4. Kathryn Mary Holton
    5. Jessica Michelle Rose
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    This sounds like an examination question. The answer that a professor wants from a student will be totally unlike the answer that a practicing lawyer would give. Law school deals in hypotheticals. Real lawyers do not.

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  8. Do Cook County judges show leniency to pro SE litigants ?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Joshua Sachs
    2. Brian J. Hickey
    3. Judy A. Goldstein
    4. Rixon Charles Rafter III
    5. Thomas John Nitschke
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    8 lawyer answers

    You might get a bit of break on some aspects of pleading, but you will get no break at all on having to prove your case by proper evidence, having to comply with the rules of evidence in asking questions of witnesses, meeting deadlines, and putting together a sound legal argument in support of any contested position. And if you waste the judge's time because you do not know what you are doing, do not expect to be treated with patience.

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  9. Questions regarding a assault with deadly weapon and hit and run charges.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Joshua Sachs
    2. Melissa I. Smejkal
    3. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko
    4. Teresa Ann Mcadams
    5. James Donald Garrett
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    It is too early to speculate. You do not know whether or not these are the final charges. Whether or not she makes bail should make no difference in the outcome of the case, although if she is on bail it will be easier for her to assist her attorney and a history of good conduct while on bail might be a point in favor of a more lenient sentence in the event that she is convicted. I strongly recommend that she have no further communication about this matter with the police or the prosecutor,...

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  10. What does a motion to modify bail?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Joshua Sachs
    2. William A. Jones Jr.
    3. Judy A. Goldstein
    4. Raymond George Wigell
    4 lawyer answers

    A defendant unable to make the bail set by the court might file a motion to modify in the hope of persuading the judge to set a lower bail. On the other hand, a prosecutor who does not want to see a defendant released might file a motion to modify asking the judge to increase the defendant's bail. "Modify" is simply another word for "change."

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