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  • I recently was caught at jc penney shoplifting, got ticket, letter from Micheal Ira Ansen P.C. is this legitimate? what do i do?

    Im 17 years old and i got caught shoplifting at jc penney. cops were called and i was given a ticket. I now have to appear in court to pay the ticket. a day ago i got a letter from Micheal Ira Ansen saying that I had to pay $150 in a civil suit. M...

    James’s Answer

    Unless they send you a complain and a summons to appear in small claims court (highly unlikely), then you do not have to send in any money. Companies make a big profit when people send in the money especially as their actual damages are much less than what they are demanding. As to the theft charge, you should request a 90 day deferred adjudication probation in court so as to avoid a theft conviction on your record.

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  • If I' ve the civil penalty will.they take me to court?

    I had am incident with wal mart. It was 10 dollar value what I took so I paid the fine, but Im scared they will take me to court. And will this be in my record?

    James’s Answer

    If you paid the fine, you probably will have a class C misdemeanor on your record and ought not have to go to court. If the fine you paid was not to the court but to the store as in a demand letter, then you should go to court to request a 90 day deferred so that you will not have a conviction on your record.

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  • What do I do if I was shoplifting at walmart and it was under 3@

    I was shoplifting, got caught, and they sent me a letter saying I have to pay 200 dollars. Do I pay it.the letter was sent from florida and I got caught in texas where I live , is there a cheaper way out, if I can't pay the full amount by the dead...

    James’s Answer

    Unless they send you a complain and a summons to appear in small claims court (highly unlikely), then you do not have to send in any money. Companies make a big profit when people send in the money especially as their actual damages are much less than what they are demanding.

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  • What do I do if I was shoplifting at walmart and it was under 3@

    I was shoplifting, got caught, and they sent me a letter saying I have to pay 200 dollars. Do I pay it.the letter was sent from florida and I got caught in texas where I live , is there a cheaper way out, if I can't pay the full amount by the dead...

    James’s Answer

    Unless they send you a complain and a summons to appear in small claims court (highly unlikely), then you do not have to send in any money. Companies make a big profit when people send in the money especially as their actual damages are much less than what they are demanding.

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  • What do I do if I was shoplifting at walmart and it was under 3@

    I was shoplifting, got caught, and they sent me a letter saying I have to pay 200 dollars. Do I pay it.the letter was sent from florida and I got caught in texas where I live , is there a cheaper way out, if I can't pay the full amount by the dead...

    James’s Answer

    Unless they send you a complain and a summons to appear in small claims court (highly unlikely), then you do not have to send in any money. Companies make a big profit when people send in the money especially as their actual damages are much less than what they are demanding.

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  • What's the difference between assault on a peace office and assault on a public servant in the state of Texas?

    Just wanting to know so I can better understand the charges

    James’s Answer

    A police officer is also a public servant and under Texas PC sec. 22.01(b)(1) it is considered a 3rd degree felony with a range of punishment of 2 to 10 years in prison which can be probated.

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  • In harris county, What are the possible outcomes of 2 pos cont substance charges...POSS CS PG 1 4G - 200G and POSS CS PG 1 <1G

    The poss cs pg 1 <1G he was currently on probation for. His probation has now been revoked since being arrested and charged with the Poss cs pg1 4g-200g. Since this is his second offense what could the possible outcomes of the court cases be?

    James’s Answer

    The range of punishment for the new offense is from 2 to 20 years in prison, however depending on the court and the circumstances it might be possible for your attorney to persuade the court to send him to a residential drug treatment program with an extended probation instead of prison. It all depends on the circumstances of the case, the court and your lawyer. Of course, if he was stopped and searched illegally, he may be able to win the new case at trial. You can call me to discuss his case.

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  • What happens if I'm not able to finish my community service because of my job?

    I'm on pre trial Diversion in uvalde county for a marijuana charge, and I work as a gate guard for oil rigs my job Is a 24/7 job I never leave the gate and I'm 60 miles out of uvalde out of 35 hours I have 18 left I get off pretral on the 23rd of...

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    You should definitely have your attorney talk to the prosecutor and the CLO about some other arrangements so that you can successfully complete your pretrial diversion. If that does not work, then you need to take a full day or two off work so that you can do the 18 years. If you complete the pretrial, then at some point you can get your record expunged, so that it is a BIG deal.

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  • What happens next now that my sister violated her probation and now is in jail?

    She was put on probation Nov. 2011 for 4 yrs for poss of cocaine (level f2) and she haven't reported to her probation officer in months and did only minimal of her community service!! She got arrested Aug 28th, went to court on Sept.4th but it got...

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    I have successfully represented many people in Harris county accused of violating felony probation. If her probation is revoked, she is facing 2 to 20 years in prison with credit for her back time. However, if she has a drug problem or some other mitigating circumstances, I may be able to get her into a program in lieu of actual prison. It all depends on the court that she is in and the full circumstances of her case.

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  • What should I do

    to day I took a friend to the store and she took so long I went inside too look for her when I didnt find her I went back to my car and there she was waiting but she didnt buy anything after leaving the store I discovered she had stolen from the s...

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    This seems to be more of an ethical question than a legal question. You were not the one shoplifting nor participating or encouraging her to do so. If she was not stopped leaving the store, she probably is not going to be arrested. In the highly unlikely event that store owners review surveillance video and sees her stealing, they could call police if they have your vehicle license plate. If that were to happen, then you should ask to speak to your lawyer before answering questions because you do not want to make any admissions that could be misconstrued against you.

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