Margaret Strickland’s Answers

Margaret Strickland

Las Cruces Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Attempting to enter a bar underage. What will happen probation wise or how to plead. whats the smart thing to do at this point?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Margaret Strickland
    2. Christopher Irvin Simser
    3. Ethan Patrick Meaney
    3 lawyer answers

    Pleading to the new case could very well result in your probation being violated. You need to proceed very cautiously. On unsupervised probation, the only condition is that you not violate any laws, which means if you are found to have violated the law in this new case it's a violation of your probation.

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  2. Can i get probation for a 3rd degree burglery?What are my chances of going to jail?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Margaret Strickland
    2. Michael J Palumbo
    2 lawyer answers

    Although you could go to jail, it's not usually the court's first choice for a juvenile accused of a nonviolent crime. Nothing is guaranteed, but you would likely get some kind of probation if convicted. Good luck with your case!

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  3. My brothers wife has filed a false report against my boyfriend

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Margaret Strickland
    2. Stephen D Aarons
    3. Juan Carlos Garcia Jr
    3 lawyer answers

    You can file for a restraining order. Also, filing a false police report is a crime. Keep track of everything. And protect your boyfriend by never leaving him alone with your niece until this is all over. It's sad, but people have been convicted of child sexual abuse based on false allegations.

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  4. Can your lawyer discuss your what you told him regarding your case with a federal prosecutor that charged u with a crime

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Stephen D Aarons
    2. Margaret Strickland
    3. William A. Jones Jr.
    4. Stephen F Wallace
    5. Raymond George Wigell
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    It's hard to tell exactly what's going in here, but it seems likely your attorney was talking to the prosecution in hypotheticals regarding cooperation. I can't imagine he or she simply told the prosecuti

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  5. If you do a global plea and get into trouble again does that go against the 3 strike law?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Margaret Strickland
    2. Stephen D Aarons
    2 lawyer answers

    I can't say whether the plea is a good idea, but I can tell you that New Mexico does not have a "three strikes and you're out" rule like some states. New Mexico does have what's called "habitual" time, which enhances the penalties on a felony if a person has a prior felony conviction(s). Habitual time gives 1 additional year for one prior felony conviction, 4 additional years for two prior felony convictions, and 8 additional years for three or more prior convictions. However, to...

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  6. Raided,paraphernalia found,son not home,det says if I don't turn snitch ill get child abuse charge what to do

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Margaret Strickland
    2. Stephen D Aarons
    3. Bryan L. Walter
    3 lawyer answers

    You have the right to remain silent and not cooperate with law enforcement if you choose. You also have the right to be an informant if you choose. Be very careful when cooperating with law enforcement, especially regarding the promises they make. It's a prosecutor, not law enforcement, that gets to make the decision on whether or not you will face charges, so promises from law enforcement can be completely hollow. Law enforcement sometimes tells people in your situation they will "...

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  7. What is the penalties for false imprisonment?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Margaret Strickland
    2. Stephen D Aarons
    2 lawyer answers

    It is a fourth degree felony, carrying a maximum penalty of 18 months imprisonment. If she has any prior felony convictions, that penalty may be enhanced by up to eight years.

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  8. What is the probability that I will go to jail even though this is my first offense, and first time ever getting in trouble?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Stephen D Aarons
    2. Margaret Strickland
    2 lawyer answers

    I agree with Mr. Aarons, but I also think there isn't enough information about your case to figure out what's likely to happen. The best advice now, which you have already been given by Mr. Aarons, is remain silent. You don't have to make a statement to anyone, and it can hurt your case to make statements. It's perfectly fine for you to tell anyone who wants to talk to you about this case that you want to speak to a lawyer before you make any statements.

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  9. What is a presentment Hearing in District Court after a mistrial has taken place?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Margaret Strickland
    2. Stephen D Aarons
    2 lawyer answers

    It's a hearing the court holds when the defense lawyer and prosecutor cannot agree to the language on a court order. It almost never means anything bad for the accused. Good luck!

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  10. I have a misdemeanor charged filed against me on Friday the 7th 2014. It is a minor offense and I am interested in dismissal

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Margaret Strickland
    1 lawyer answer

    Mitigating circumstances don't equal dismissal. Do not assume because you have a compelling issue in the case that you can simply explain that to the judge and he or she will then dismiss the case. If you need to get this case dismissed, then you should either hire a lawyer or request the judge appoint a public defender to help you.

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