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Barry Lawrence Aaron

Barry Aaron’s Answers

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  • I had a security guard stop me leaving walmart about stealing a movie and paint brush.

    i left immediately, said he had the wrong guy and later was called by a police detective in town, said shoplifting not possible shoplifting on the message. what should i do next?

    Barry’s Answer

    I would urge you to speak to an attorney before calling the detective back...It's pretty clear where this is going; Get advice from competent counsel...or proceed at your own peril!

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  • Does a codefendant have the same court date as a defendant?

    reason why I ask is because I got summons to go to court on drug charges and my co defendant is not showing any court date.

    Barry’s Answer

    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.

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  • Does a guarantor need to provide financial information in order for a lease to be legal?

    My 18 year old signed a lease for an off campus apartment and used his father as a guarantor. His father never submitted financial information. Would the lease be void?

    Barry’s Answer

    I see no reason that the lease would be void; Providing financial information is tangential to the lease, it does not invalidate it if otherwise properly executed.

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  • I was convicted over 10 years ago of 2 class C felonies and i need them off my record.

    Me and some "friends" were hanging out over 10 years ago, probably closer to 15 years. We went out being stupid and ended up breaking into 2 shelter type houses at some parks. There was no real damage done or property lost just stupid kids being s...

    Barry’s Answer

    It is not likely that you can get felony convictions expunged; However, some states do make provision for a "certificate of relief from civil disabilities"...speak to an attorney in your state to learn if Indiana has such a provision.

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  • Why would a parole officer hold a parolee in jail if the charge was dropped?

    His 2nd degree assult was dropped, he didn't have a UA test. Why is he still in jail? Why not just give him restrictions? Would he go back to prison even if the charges were dropped. I would like to work with the PO but i don't want to cause any f...

    Barry’s Answer

    It sounds to me like there must be other parole violations alleged; I agree with my colleague that parole should be contacted to find out what the specs are.

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  • I go for compliance hearing every 3 months in the court where I was sentenced I am in very good standing with the judge.

    everyone keeps pushing it over to someone else. probations says petition for modification of restrictions of probation. legal aid tells me to go to probation. unfortunately I can not afford an attorney and this is something that really needs to be...

    Barry’s Answer

    I have never seen a petition online of this type. You should contact the lawyer who represented you on the underlying case.

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  • My son in law was chgd with 265.03 fc (criminal poss weapon-2nd degree c felony)

    no previous record of any crimes, working individual, engaged with three young children he was in middle of family of one of his stepchildren that called cops when him and his fiancée had a disagreement. the person that called cops was a ...

    Barry’s Answer

    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.

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  • I have an old warrant and recently I was a Victim of a crime. Can I get arrested at the Restitution hearing?

    I was a victim of a drunk driver, I was hit and the driver pleaded guilty to DUI with injuries. And I was given a restitution hearing date. And just recently I found out I might have a warrant for my arrest.(unrelated, from years back) My questi...

    Barry’s Answer

    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!

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  • Do police need more than someone pointing a finger at you to include you on an indictment?

    What kind of proof do they need?

    Barry’s Answer

    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".

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  • What type of plea deal can I expect and what are my chances for a deferred sentence?

    I am charged with two class 3 misdemeanors, menacing and harassment. This is my first offense.

    Barry’s Answer

    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.

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