Yes, getting private lawyer involved in an old warrant situation could make a huge difference. A hard working lawyer should prepare the groundwork in terms of resolving your situation with the DA and the judge prior to your having to show up and face a significant uncertainty. Without a private lawyer, you have no other alternative but to turn yourself in and hope for the best. Even a Public Defender's office will not anything for you until you are physically present and ready to turn...
It is absolutely impossible to tell you what is likely to happen without knowing the facts of the case and who the defendant is. There are too many variables involved. Suffice it to say that the charges she is facing are very serious and potentially could land her in state prison.
You should be pounding the phones interviewing lawyers to discuss this case in detailed and confidential consultations. Contact a couple to get a sense of who might be the best for this case. Also, only a...
First, you have to defend yourself in the criminal case filed against you, if indeed one was or is going to be filed. Your only course of action is to hire a lawyer - do not attempt to defend yourself. If you cannot afford private counsel, a public defender will be provided for you at the time of your first hearing in court.
One big advantage of being represented by private counsel is that he/she can intervene early in an effort to have the case dismissed even before charges have been...
Different courts and DA offices have different policies. If diversion is possible in your case, then it does not ultimately matter whether it requires a guilty plea or not, unless you are not a citizen and you are concerned about immigration consequences.
If there is no diversion program in place, you might consider hiring private counsel to negotiate it for you. Do everything you can to avoid a theft conviction which is going to be detrimental to your ability to seek employment in the...
If you make all your appearances, i.e., do not actually ignore any tickets, there will be no warrants and you will not be at risk of having to go to jail if stopped. That is assuming that you will also pay any fines on schedule or do community service as might be required by the court. You might be able to substitute community service for having to pay fines.
With this many tickets, I would make sure to take traffic school for as many as possible. You should be able to deal with at least...
If you were already convicted, the strike will always count against you and can and probably will be used to enhance your sentence on any future offenses, but ONLY IF you get in trouble with the law again. Lesson here is simple - stay out of trouble as being in trouble with the law is not worth it. You have your whole life ahead of you.
When you turn 18, you should get in touch with the lawyer to look into sealing your juvenile record.
Jacek W. Lentz, Esq.
It is often advisable to hire an attorney which would greatly increase your chances of beating the ticket. Attorneys cost money of course so it all depends on how important beating the ticket is to you. For example, are you in danger of getting too many DMV points and having your license suspended if you plead guilty and get convicted? If yes, you should do all you can to beat the thing.
If hiring a lawyer is not even an option, you could try to defend yourself by getting a great book...
Yes, it is possible to withdraw a guilty plea but it is not automatic and not necessarily easy. One of the most important factors is the timing of your plea. Are you still waiting to be sentenced? Did you receive probation and your sentencing was within the last 120 days? If the plea and sentencing took place a long time ago, your chances are greatly diminished.
Feel free to contact my office for additional non-binding consultation.
Jacek W. Lentz, Esq.