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  • Is there statue of limitations after charges have been filed?

    I received a letter stating I have a warrant for my arrest due to not showing up for court. It's a theft charge that I am completely unaware of. I was never arrested for anything nor did I steal anything. I'm a mother of two little ones and can ...

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    More information is needed to accurately and fully answer your questions. But the statute of limitations applies to the time the State has to file charges from the date of the alleged offense. Typically one year for misdemeanors and seven years for felonies (but there are exceptions). The likelihood is that the State filed the charges in a timely manner and then issued the warrant for your arrest (which could have happened for any number of reasons). There is nothing to wait out; you need to address this ASAP, and you should do so with counsel acting on your behalf. As it stands now, if you get stopped for a traffic ticket - even with your kids in the car with you - you could and likely would end up in jail. Seek counsel and clear this up. Good luck.

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  • Being charged with providing false information to a police, what is the charges? I pleaded not guilty, what is going to happen?

    A situation happened that involved me & my partner. We gave 2 sides of the story of what had happened that day. since we were not agreeing with each other the officer didn't believe me. So the officer wrote me a ticket and accussed me of false inf...

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    I agree with my colleague. You need to aggressively fight the charge as it can affect you in many different negative ways. You may have a defense to the charge even if from a layperson's perspective you did not tell the truth. Depends on the particular charge, whether city ordinance, state offense etc. You are likely charged with A.R.S. § 13-2907.01 which is a class 1 miss and carries a maximum penalty of 6 months in jail and/or $2500 fine. You certainly should retain a qualified, experienced, aggressive lawyer. Good luck.

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  • Distraught about super extreme DUI?

    I was charged with super extreme, my first EVER offense that my BAC came back confirming as extreme. I did hire a lawyer as a soon as I was charged. I'm waiting the results of my MVD hearing(under advisement but was told not to be hopeful as they ...

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    It certainly is stressful to go through what you are experiencing. But every one of your questions should be posed directly to your lawyer. Only he knows your case and you should at the least start with him. DUI cases can be one and charges reduced. It simply depends on so many variables that simply saying you have an extreme DUI says nothing. Has he told you to plead guilty? Have you given him time to let the case mature? Has he had time to investigate and seek avenues of attack. If you just had your MVD hearing the answer to those questions are likely "no". Pleading guilty without a quality lawyer representing you and doing all he can to seek a favorable outcome may end in the same result you will face in the long run BUT at least you will have, or your attorney on your behalf will have, explored all options and tried to exploit weaknesses to your advantage. Talk to your lawyer.

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  • I have been named in a Police report for vandalism. Must they contact me before issuing an arrest warrant? What is the process.

    I have not been contacted yet but i am wondering if they need my side of the story before they can continue. I am being accused of throwing a rock through someones window. I only know this because she had text me the next morning and told me she i...

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    No, police do not "need" to get your statement before charging or arresting you. They may and probably will try to get a statement from you, BUT you should NOT talk to them. Politely refuse to talk, no matter what they say to you. You should consider retaining counsel before charges are filed to assist you in all respects. Good luck.

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  • I have never been notified in any way of the charge from 2012. Would a motion to dismiss for due process violation be an option?

    I have been indicted for dui charge from a 2012 questionable traffic stop. Blood was taken and I was told to check back in 2 weeks, checked in 2014, still nothing. Considering that I was immediately released without any citations and told that I...

    Craig’s Answer

    You raise good issues. However, nothing is as simple as first thought. And, though you may not like the suggestion, you need to retain counsel to explore and assess all of the related circumstances. Once the attorney does that, he/she can advise you of the options. But certainly pre and post charge delay are issues to be explored. As to your assertion that you are not factually guilty of the allegations, again, that's something that has to be investigated by experienced counsel. One way or the other you need qualified counsel to defend you and advocate for you. Good luck.

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  • If I plead guilty by mail for a public urination charge, will this go on a criminal record?

    I missed the summons date as I am not from the states. They issued a warrant for my arrest. I sent the court a letter requesting to quash my warrant and they said I could plead guilty by mail (via a form). I can plead guilty, but I do not want a c...

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    Certainly do NOT plead guilty without at least having a qualified, experienced attorney represent you, review your case and circumstances, and try to achieve dismissal. An attorney can represent you in court without you appearing in the US or in the Court. Be sure to seek representation to do all that's reasonably possible to receive not only a criminal record, but a conviction of a charge that does not look good on a record.

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  • Charged with disorderly conduct & the case was dropped when other party didn't show. 2 weeks later, charged again with same +.

    Charged with disorderly conduct for a verbal argument. Both parties were charged. Case was dismissed when the other party didn't show. Now, 2 weeks later received paperwork with a court date for the same charge plus assault! How is this possible?

    Craig’s Answer

    It is legally acceptable and happens often when the witnesses are cooperating with the State wanting to prosecute but for some reason or another don't appear for trial as expected. Depending on the facts of the case and if the witnesses still intend to cooperate, the State can and does refile charges.

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  • Do I need a lawyer for accusation of drug diversion as a nurse?

    ACCIDENTALLY pocketed a narcotic, later found and returned it before leaving floor. Previously questioned for giving same medication to another patient who subsequently stated she did not like the medication (it was a doctor's order). I did not ...

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    No attorney can simply provide an answer as to what you should do without knowing all or most of the details. BUT you certainly should have an attorney regardless of the circumstances. An attorney would need to consider and assess not only your explanation but also the police report, witness statements, etc. And without getting into the details diversion is not always a good option for certain professionals since some diversion programs require a guilty plea or a factual admission of guilt which despite a later dismissal of the criminal charges can still be used by the licensing agency. So again be careful and seek/retain counsel. Good luck.

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  • Can I refuse an interview with a detective that wants to interview me for a crime I did not commit? Can I be arrested not going?

    My step daughter accused me of molesting her because I have been punishing her for poor grades, she's 16. The police came and detained me and then released me, a few hours later detectives came and wanted to interview me but I sad no, not without...

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    Of course you can refuse to be interviewed or answer questions by the police, and in fact that is what you should do, especially if you don't have a lawyer. There is nothing unlawful about that. However, the officer can arrest you if she/he chooses assuming they have sufficient evidence to reasonably believe you committed the crime; whether you did or did not is a different story. Don't be pressured into answering their questions, even if they arrest you or threaten to do so.

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  • Been OVER 3yrs since my DUI & still NO trial. been flying in from CA 8 x's now! Finally got a trial date & appeared but DA cont!

    was charged with DUI in AZ, a year later, the charges were dismissed so I moved out of state to Ca, 12 days later, they brought the charges back up & i have been flying back to AZ for court ever since! I paid an atty a retainer of $3,000, he made ...

    Craig’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues. You haven't asked a question. On the other hand to the extent that you are asking what you can do, I see two options: hire a new lawyer or do your best to work with your current lawyer. If he/she is not responsive, then demand a one on one and respectfully ask for clarification etc. You certainly haven't provided enough detail for us to assess the overall circumstances; however, for me, you couldn't provide enough information on here, nor should you try, for me to assess the overall case. You need to be comfortable with your attorney but the court is not going to permit you to change attorneys multiple times, and the later in the game the more difficult it will be to convince the judge to permit such change.

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