Your chances for a deferred on class 3 misdemeanors, with no priors, is usually good, but without an attorney representing you, the DA is less likely to make his best offer; The outcome also will depend upon the "victim's" sentiments and all the surrounding facts and circumstances. I would urge you to contact competent counsel before attempting to proceed alone, as you are being accused of crimes, and it is a serious matter.
Yes, you can...For that matter, with an outstanding warrant, you could be arrested at any time or place. I would urge you to clear it up as soon as possible. Voluntarily returning is the best way to proceed; If you don't, you may find yourself arrested on the warrant and sitting in the slammer for a few days!
Yes, you can. Typically, the plaintiff in a civil action will sue any and all possible parties; In your case, you and your employer are both obvious defendants. The insurance company which insures the vehicle can be expected to step in and attempt to settle the matter, but if the insurance is insufficient to satisfy the damages to the plaintiff, it is very possible that you and your employer will be "on the hook" for any additional damages which the plaintiff suffered.
Fix the defect and bring evidence of the repair with you. Explain your financial situation to the Judge. If he or she is compassionate, they may waive the fine or impose the minimum. Sometimes court costs cannot be waived. In any event, you can always request "time to pay"
due to your hardship and the court may give you several months to come up with the money.
There are two prongs to the question:
With respect to the DMV...Refusal will almost always result in license suspension, but there are instances where this may not be the case. An attorney experienced in DUI can explain when an exception may exist.
With respect to the County Court DUI case, an experienced attorney may be able to unveil defenses (such as unlawful stop of the vehicle) or may, in any event, be able to negotiate a far better plea deal than someone who "goes it alone" without an...
The fact that the bike was unlocked is not a defense; However, as my colleagues have said, your lack of intent to steal is. It really comes down to whether you have had any prior criminal contacts--obviously, the statement of a person who has a history of thefts that he intended to return the bike is less likely to be credited by the prosecutor and judge. Typical pleas in such cases range from a "deferred" (where the case is ultimately dismissed if you stay out of trouble and comply with any...
Usually co-defendant have the same court date; There are situations, however, in which they may have different dates. Perhaps your "co-defendant" is not actually charged with the same charges... For example, if each of you is charged with possession of his (or her) possessed drugs, the cases might not be jointly triable.
As my colleagues have indicated, this is a class-C violent felony offense and your son-in-law is facing the possibility of upstate prison time. Rather than trying the case on Avvo, I would strongly urge you to retain competent counsel to represent him ASAP. This is a very serious accusation. Good luck.
First of all, it is the District Attorney's Office, and not the police, which obtains indictments. But yes, one witness is absolutely sufficient....Indeed, there are cases with no eyewitnesses at all, but merely "circumstantial evidence" tying a person to a crime. Two examples of this are fingerprint and DNA evidence connecting the accused to the crime, even where no one is "pointing a finger at you".