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Paul Dennis Key

Mckinney Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Would it be wise for the victim in a criminal case to meet with the defense attorney in order to help the defendant?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Jim Mitchell Medley
    2. Paul Dennis Key
    3. Evan Edward Pierce-Jones
    4. David R. Lee
    5. Stephen A. Gustitis
    5 lawyer answers

    Prosecutors are not in the business of dismissing cases. They're there to prosecute and to do otherwise goes against the grain. If the complaining witness wants to see a charge dismissed, then he should absolutely work with the defense attorney. Obtaining a dismissal is often counter-intuitive to the lay person. The complaining witness may present a lot of reasons for wanting a charge dismissed that end up unintentionally bolstering the prosecutor's desire to continue to prosecute.

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  2. How can we get our share/ belongings of a family started business if the person is in jail for molesting a relative of ours?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Robert Werner von Dohlen
    2. Christopher Chad Lampe
    3. Jack Lewis Siegel
    4. Paul Dennis Key
    5. Ian Michael Kuecker
    5 lawyer answers

    I'm not sure if you would have any interest in the business just because you or other family members helped him launch it. Further he is your mother's ex-husband, then, to the extent the business was an asset of the marriage, that asset was likely divided in the divorce decree. The victim of the molestation would likely have a civil cause of action against him and could get money damages that way. If she's still a minor, her mother could file on her behalf. She may also be able to get some...

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  3. I have no felonies. Will I i get jail time for assistance fraud if its a felony in CC,tx

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Paul Dennis Key
    2. Evan Edward Pierce-Jones
    3. Andrew M. Leone
    3 lawyer answers

    You could get jail time. You could get probation. You could beat the accusations. Hard to tell from the information you provided. I'd hire someone and pay him well, though.

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  4. So I was caught shoplifting at Walmart, and it has been about 2 months, is it possible for the case to be dropped?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Paul Dennis Key
    2. Jim Mitchell Medley
    2 lawyer answers

    Possible, but not likely. More likely that you're seeing what one frequently sees: An inefficient bureaucracy. Likely every bit of investigation was done on this case the day you were arrested. There's really no good excuse for it taking more than a few days to get the case filed, but this happens all the time.

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  5. Can a store file a civil suit for damages when the merchandise shoplifted was approximately 50 cents?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Teri A. Walter
    2. Paul Dennis Key
    3. John Walter Robinson
    4. Andrea W. Kelly
    5 lawyer answers

    I handle a lot of these civil demands, typically in conjunction with criminal theft charges. $275 is excessive. Can they sue? Yes, the law allows it. Will they? Very unlikely. They're hoping that for the price of a postage stamp you will send them $275. More than likely the letter you received is from a firm in New York, California, or Florida. Do you really think they're going to come to Texas and sue your daughter over a petty theft? What jury would award them much if anything? In my...

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  6. Do I need an expungement or a Non-disclosure

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Paul Dennis Key
    2. Cynthia Russell Henley
    3. Graham Thayer Williamson II
    3 lawyer answers

    If you had a true pre-trial diversion, then you ultimately will be able to have the matter expunged and not just a non-disclosure. Expunction is much better that non-disclosure. With an expunction, all records are deleted and/or sent to the court that orders the expunction. Under this situation, you'd have the right to retrieve those records and do with them what you wish. If you did not retrieve them, then they would be destroyed by the court after a year. In this instance, yes, the statute...

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  7. Do I have to Wal-Mart fine

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Macy Michelle Jaggers
    2. Paul Dennis Key
    3. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    My client's never pay them and there's never been an issue.

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  8. MY FAMILY HIRED A LAWYER SHE BEEN TAKEN MONEY FROM FAMILY MEMBERS $50.00 MONTH FROM OVER 400 MEMBERS.SHE WANT ANSWER NOQUESTION

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Evan Edward Pierce-Jones
    2. Paul Dennis Key
    3. Shari Goldsberry
    3 lawyer answers

    She's free to consult with other lawyers. She should bring a copy of her contract with the current lawyer, however.

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  9. I had assault in 1996and not been in trouble since and I was wondering if I could get my record expunged from my record

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Jim Mitchell Medley
    2. Paul Dennis Key
    3. Evan Edward Pierce-Jones
    3 lawyer answers

    If you were convicted or even put on deferred probation for class a misdemeanor assault against a family member, then you're not legally qualified for an expunction or an order of non-disclosure, short of getting a pardon from the governor.

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  10. As a condition of Probation. I have to serve three days in the Harris county Jail, I have to turn myself in by 6 pm on a Friday.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Jim Mitchell Medley
    2. Paul Dennis Key
    2 lawyer answers

    You should be out shortly after midnight on Sunday. That is to say, as soon as the clock goes from 11:59 PM, Saturday, to 12:00 AM, Sunday, the jail will give you credit for that "day," and start to process your release. It is unlikely that you would be able to qualify for something like inmate worker in such a short amount of time.

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