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  • Am I in trouble?

    We are all 16-17. So a couple of my friends (4 including me) went at 12:33 Am to play basketball at a church, one of said friends was a member of the church, and his father was high up in said church, and so my friend had a key to the church. We...

    Gregory’s Answer

    If you had no involvement in the fire extinguisher/fire alarm stunt, my guess if you're probably innocent of the criminal mischief charge. In order to prove liability as an accomplice to that offense the state has to prove more than presence at the scene and knowledge a crime was committed. My guess is you're probably innocent of the breaking or entering charge too.

    Just understand that both conclusions are highly tentative and the outcome of each charge will likely turn on your mental state at the time, which may be inferred from your actions. I suggest getting a criminal defense lawyer and not discussing this matter with anyone else--especially police.

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  • How much does a criminal lawyer cost?

    My friend has been caught with drugs in his pocket and is already a felony. How can the intent to delivery charges be dropped since he wasn't in the act of selling. He was supposed to get off parole next year but he has been violated for 6 months ...

    Gregory’s Answer

    The law allows a jury to consider many factors in deciding whether someone in possession of drugs intends to sell them. Obviously being caught in the act of dealing is one way, but it isn't the only one--the amount of drugs in his possession, whether the drugs were divided up into separate baggies, whether he had a scale, and whether he was found with a large amount of cash are examples of others.

    The fee a competent defense attorney might demand for a case like this could vary immensely. Personally I wouldn't touch such a case for less that $2,500 up front--and I'm generally towards the more affordable end of the scale as far as lawyers go. Whether Additional fees would be incurred would depend on whether it goes to trial, the number of court appearances required, and other factors.

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  • Can they release the details

    I was caught shoplifting at walmart. Yes I know stupid. About $50 worth of merchandise. My question is walmart said they only use the information and details of the incident n their store. Can they release the details of the shoplifting incident? ...

    Gregory’s Answer

    Sure they can. If they make a police report charges will be filed and it will all be a matter of public record.

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  • Can you appeal a federal criminal sentence that has a guilty plea?

    US vs Adrianne Davis Miller

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    You cal always appeal the legality of your sentence. If sentenced in federal court this usually means filing what's called a 2255 motion for post conviction relief. Many such motions are filed by prisoners representing themselves, often with the assistance of other prisoners, though you can retain a lawyer to help you here. The downside is that such motions are rarely successful.

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  • How do you file a criminal misdemeanor against an individual in Arizona?

    If you are a victim of a criminal act done by an individual and know it's considered a misdemeanor, where do you go to file the complaint? Will an attorney help you if it's a valid complaint and is there a fee to the victim to press charges?

    Gregory’s Answer

    File a police report about the incident. If the person isn't charged you can follow up by making an inquiry at the prosecuting attorney's office. I doubt you need a private attorney here.

    Also, understand that just because someone committed a crime doesn't necessarily mean they will be arrested or prosecuted for it. Prosecutors have substantial discretion about whether to pursue criminal charges against someone. If the prosecutor thinks he can prove this person committed a crime, charges will likely be filed. But the decision is not yours to make.

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  • Accepted an Alford Plea and sentenced . He was promised he would only serve 2/3 of the time. Attorney omitted some of the

    necessary paperwork therefore, the agreement wasn't documented. Now he may have to serve all of the time. Can we sue the Law office?

    Gregory’s Answer

    You may have a case for malpractice. Seek an attorney if you wish, but unfortunately winning a judgment against the lawyer or firm who represented this person isn't going to reduce the time he has to serve.

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  • Criminal Defense Lawyer

    How long after someone has been arrested can a lawyer start working on their case. ( in custody )

    Gregory’s Answer

    As others have said, a lawyer can begin working on your case immediately. If you haven't been formally charged with a crime yet--and just because you're being held in jail on a given offense doesn't mean you've been charged with that offense--a lawyer may not immediately be able to access all information about your case. But he can start working on it. If you know you are going to need a lawyer on this matter, by all means start looking for one now.

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  • If u check your own self in rehab and you are on parole but have not seen parole officer. Will u still go back to prison

    I am on parole been out prison 3month's...live n Arkansas. I got out and started hanging out wit my friends and started gettin high again. I don't want this life no more ...I stop going to parole visits. I have checked myself into rehab I go the 2...

    Gregory’s Answer

    Your parole officer will like it that you enrolled in rehab, but this does not excuse you from reporting and following other conditions of your parole. So you are in substantial danger of getting violated and going to prison.

    Another factor is how you're paying for rehab. Many rehab programs will accept people who cannot pay, but your parole officer will be a lot more impressed if you are paying for it yourself. So if you can possibly pay--and even if you're now enrolled free--you should. The parole board doesn't like freeloaders.

    Aside from that, I suggest getting a good lawyer and fixing things with the board as soon as possible.

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  • Do I need to worry about going to jail?

    I was working in a correctional facility and I met an inmate. We kissed. I then left the facility and we started to communicating. Well, now I have police questioning me about drugs and sexual contact. I've never touched drugs a day in my life and...

    Gregory’s Answer

    You made a mistake, no question about it, but that doesn't mean you committed a crime. Whether you did is impossible to say based on the information provided.

    What worries me is your comment about police questioning you. That indicates you may have been answering their questions. Talking to police is absolutely the worst mistake someone in your situation could make. I cannot emphasize this strongly enough. I tell all clients and potential clients never to talk to cops, but for some reason many of them do it anyway. Regardless of whether you committed a crime or not, talking to police can never help you and can easily sink you. Never do it.

    If you're arrested or discover you have an outstanding warrant, retain an experienced lawyer. Until then keep your mouth shut about the matter.

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  • Do I need a criminal lawyer

    early February I was beaten by my boyfriend. The police were called and they did nothing. They made fun of me and told me that I was not beaten put me in handcuffs and put me in the back of their car. On the 27th of February my boyfriend beat me s...

    Gregory’s Answer

    First of all, ditch the boyfriend! While I disbelieve blaming victims, only a fool would stay with someone who puts through such abuse. For your sake please break up with him. Ditto to the order of protection: Get one against him. While a lawyer may be able to help you with this, I doubt you really need a lawyer here. Contact the prosecuting attorney's office. They will tell you what you need to do.

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