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  • What should I do?

    I gave a friend a name for a guy who would buy drugs from him, and the guy stole them. Now I've been threatened... does this make me guilty and what should I do?

    Russell’s Answer

    It doesn't make you guilty, but you clearly need to distance yourself from these transactions. Do not discuss these matters with anyone other than a qualified criminal defense attorney in your area.

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  • If i get two drug felonies in missouri can i get them dropped to misdemeanors

    I got charged with one felony of having a quarter pound of marijuana and another with having less then a gram of cocaine. It is my first offense is there any way to get it dropped to a misdemeanor to completely cleared possibly>???

    Russell’s Answer

    Would need to know a lot more about your case. Technically it is possible. Contact a local attorney to discuss in further detail.

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  • Does Missouri law mandate that I be present at my preliminary hearing even if my attorney will be there?

    I live in a different state, am disable and can't afford the traveling back and forth. My attorney won't give me a straight answer if I need to be there or not, just that he is expecting me and that he is filing for a "waiver of preliminary hearing".

    Russell’s Answer

    If your case is in Jackson County, MO you will not get a Preliminary Hearing. If you do not waive your prelim, the prosecutors office will dismiss your case and take it to the Grand Jury to get an indictment. If your case is in Clay, Cass or Platte County, then whether or not you need to be there depends strickly upon the judge. Most judges in the Kansas City Metropolitan area expect clients to be present at EVERY hearing on felony cases.

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  • Driving while suspended

    My husband was caught driving while suspended in 2010 and he pled quilty. They orderd him to pay a fine. Well he has showed up to his court dates and has made some kind of payments. Well he missed a court date and a warrant was issued for him. He ...

    Russell’s Answer

    It depends on what the terms of his guilty plea were back in 2010. The court may require him to post a bond (in excess of the amount of his outstanding balance) and give him a new court date. Try looking his case up on casenet located at: https://www.courts.mo.gov/casenet/base/welcome.do

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  • I got a dui in licking missouri and was sentenced to court supervised probation

    I was given paperwork of terms of probation which states to report any change of address with 7 days of moving and to attend satop class which I already did and showed the court. The court is saying that if I move back to california I have to in...

    Russell’s Answer

    I would have to see the terms and conditions of your probation to provide you with a complete and accurate response, however, it sounds like you are only on "court supervised" probation, and that you are not being monitored by an independent agency or Missouri Probation and Parole. If that is the case, then you should be able to move back to California without any recourse from the Court. However, you should notify the court of your change of address, and contact whoever is monitoring your probation, and let them know of your intent to move. If it is simply court supervised probation, then you should be able to move. Plenty of out of state defendants are on court supervised probation in Missouri. Contact a local attorney in Licking, MO and they can answer the question concerning your probation easily. I wish you the best of luck.

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  • Hello.i have old petty thief cases that are about 4to 5years old but i goto court tomorow for a petty thief charge plus criminal

    i would like to know what do you think will happen?

    Russell’s Answer

    You must contact an attorney in your area immediately to discuss the facts of your case and your criminal history. Past prior offenses can be very damaging to you if you are found guilty in this case, or may prohibit you from entering into a plea bargain for this case. Search avvo.com for criminal attorneys in Ohio and contact a few of them immediately. The judge may give you a continuance tomorrow, but you must speak with a competent criminal attorney in your area as soon as possible. Best of luck.

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  • Should I sue?

    I was sexually harassed in my home last thurs. I specifically idenified the person to the police and I also filled out a form along with talking to the person's wife. Since then the police have not contacted him or tried to find him at all. I r...

    Russell’s Answer

    Very sorry to hear about this incident. If you want to prosecute him criminally, then you will have to wait for the police and then the prosecutor to do their jobs. It might be difficult to find an attorney in Madison, WI to take the civil case since it is questionable whether or not their would be any insurance to cover a potential civil verdict. My recommendation is to make a paper trail as best you can. Make sure that a complete police report was taken, and then follow up with the prosecuting attorney's office if you wish to pursue the criminal action. Any case against him would rely upon your testimony. I wish you the best of luck.

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