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Jill Christine Schaefer

Saint Louis Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. I have a felony dui warrant on me and I have moved 800 miles from the issuing State.

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Jill Christine Schaefer
    2. Edward Lee Guinn
    3. Carl Matthew Ward
    4. Ted Harvatin
    4 lawyer answers

    Yeah, the warrant will never go away no matter how many years you try and avoid it. You're not the only person who has wanted to avoid a problem like this, so a good criminal defense attorney will know how to fix your problem. I would contact one immediately. If you cannot afford a private attorney, you may qualify for a public defender. The main # of the Public Defender in St. Louis County is 314-615-4778.

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  2. How long does it take for lab results to come back in Missouri for a narcotic charge

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Jill Christine Schaefer
    2. Lacy Michelle Fields
    2 lawyer answers

    I agree with the previous lawyer. The City of St. Louis tests seized "drugs" immediately. St. Louis County generally takes a much longer time. If the substance seized tests positive for a controlled substance....the protocol in the County is to mail the person accused of drug possession a warrant letter (it's actually more of a postcard) stating "There is a warrant outstanding for your arrest..." Sometimes this notice is sent 6-12 months after the arrest and it can be very confusing to a...

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  3. Will I go to jail in st Louis county for a first time felony c drug possesion charge with no criminal history and it was a small

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Jill Christine Schaefer
    2. Lacy Michelle Fields
    3. Melvin G. Franke
    3 lawyer answers

    You find yourself in a situation which is not terribly uncommon. One mistake like this does not have to be the end to your dreams. As a first-time offender, you have a lot of options. For one, St. Louis County does have a very successful Drug Court that if you're eligible and if completed, might be a good solution to your problems. Drug Court is a program that was set up with people like you specifically in mind, first-time offenders who have a desire to address their problems with drugs....

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  4. I was arrested for shoplifting in St Louis Mo. I received a letter from Kohl's asking for payment for the items involved.

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Jill Christine Schaefer
    2. David Lisle Brengle
    3. Melvin G. Franke
    3 lawyer answers

    Your situation is not uncommon, but you need to be prudent. Before you do anything, you should consult with a criminal defense attorney in your area as soon as you can. Bring the paperwork from Kohl's to that consultation. It might be a good idea to choose a lawyer who offers free consultations if you're on a limited budget. If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, you may contact the local Public Defender's office. Their office in St. Louis County is 314-615-4778. They may be able...

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  5. Will my boyfriends probation violation and new charges run concurrent?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Ross Tyson Mutrux
    2. Jill Christine Schaefer
    3. Anthony Graceson Laramore
    3 lawyer answers

    What you're describing happens quite a bit.... The answer is a little more complicated than a yes or no or even a maybe. A Defendant can not receive concurrent time for a charge that does not actually exist. If your boyfriend had been picked up for the probation violation and the warrant on the new case had issued, this is a no-brainer, your bf's lawyer could and would negotiate for concurrent time (parallel sentences that begin and end at the same time). However, this isn't...

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  6. My husbans lawer told him to plea guily to pos of herion 2 pills how much time could he get this is first drug

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Jill Christine Schaefer
    2. Lacy Michelle Fields
    2 lawyer answers

    I think you're really wanting to know many things with this question... First, what is my husband looking at? Secondly, if he accepts a plea bargain, what can he expect? If he's charged with 1 count Possession of a Controlled Substance, this is a class C felony in Missouri. The range of punishment is 1 day in County Jail to up to 7 years in Missouri Department of Corrections (prison). This range could be expanded even further if the state prosecutor wants to play hardball and your...

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  7. My nephew was arrested for "intent to shoplift". The manager of the store said he looked suspicious. Prosecutor said if he had

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Jill Christine Schaefer
    1 lawyer answer

    Wow! I've been a practicing criminal defense attorney for 13 years and I haven't heard this one. First of all, "intent to shoplift" is not a recognizable criminal offense in the state of Missouri.... In order to prove "Attempted Stealing" (a valid charge), a prosecutor must prove that a "substantial step" has been made on the part of the accused to affectuate a theft. Being inside a retail store open to the public and looking suspicious is NOT enough to prove "substantial step". Being...

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  8. Can a person go in front of a judge charge that sentenced him to time a couple of years ago?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Jill Christine Schaefer
    2. Steven Fisher Fairlie
    2 lawyer answers

    Unfortunately judges see the same people in front of them docket after docket. What you seem to be describing happens all the time... A person pleads guilty or is convicted of a crime, a judge sentences this person and a month later, six months later, two years later, ten years later, that same person appears in front of that same judge with a different accusation levied against him. No one has a right to a fresh judge every time he/she is accused of a crime. This is particularly...

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  9. Is st Louis county hard on drug offeders

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Lacy Michelle Fields
    2. Jill Christine Schaefer
    3. Melvin G. Franke
    3 lawyer answers

    The Prosecuting Attorney's Office in St. Louis County is reasonable and quite fair when it comes to many drug offenses. I've known them to dismiss cases when, upon further reflection, the evidence wasn't there ( a police officer made a critical mistake) or wasn't what it appeared to be (the accused had a valid prescription for pills found in his possession). They will also respond to mitigation evidence such as 1) no prior criminal activity (first-time offenders), 2) possession over sale, 3)...

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  10. What is it called?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Jill Christine Schaefer
    2. Nicholas Ryan Poehl
    3. M Elizabeth Foley
    3 lawyer answers

    In the state of Missouri (where I practice), we call that a "refusal". Your local prosecutor probably decided to refuse any application for a warrant on this case. Refusals are pretty common in cases like you described where the likelihood of conviction is not high (afterall you were retrieving your own things from your parent's house). In Missouri, this kind of thing would show up (if it showed up at all) as an arrest with an "unknown disposition" or it would say "refusal". In...

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