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Errol Lamont Cook

Errol Cook’s Answers

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  • What is the typical time served for a second degree robbery if you already have a strike and are still on parole for doing so?

    My friend has a mental health condition as well as a drug and alcohol problem.. He had just gotten off probation but still was on parole when he relapsed with the drugs and alcohol and he does not remember doing this crime that he has been charge...

    Errol’s Answer

    What he is offered depends on his record, the prosecutor and the judge. Obviously striking the strike and getting the robbery reduced to a grand theft person is ideal but probably not likely. If he has no money and he is in custody then he needs to go with the public defender.

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  • Im on 2, 3 year summary probations one theft one controlled substance. i got a marijuana ticket.

    i have had a medical liscence for a long time and i didnt have the funds to renewew it. What do you think will be the outcome

    Errol’s Answer

    Some tickets slip through the cracks and some don’t. Generally, being on informal probation is easier because there is generally no assigned probation officer reviewing your arrest record. A marijuana ticket is such a minor offense that a judge should ignore it. On the other hand, you might get a judge who will give hou the maximum for any probation violation. Find out about the courthouse and judge who is likel tol hear your probation violation and...yes..hire a lawyer

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  • If i can get it reduced to just simple posession instead of intent to sell how much better is that for my future?

    I dont know if i will get any diversion or dej options with my charge but what kind or recourse to i have later after i have just 11350 on my record? can i expunge it? get a state liscense? is it beneficial to have just a felony posession vs pose...

    Errol’s Answer

    Possession is always better than a sales charge. It can be explained better and there is more sympathy for drug users versus drug dealers. Your ability to get a state license depends on what type of license you are seeking. Child care license....probably not.

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  • Should famalies of victims be allowed to decide the punishment of those who commit crimes?

    revenge?

    Errol’s Answer

    It depends on who you ask and the nature of the crime. Many families do actively call the prosecutors to request a charge be dropped, reduced or enhanced. Family and victims have the right to speak before the judge prior to sentencing (Victim Impact Statements). Civil Compromises aloss D. A. Continuances where money is paid for the victim's loss are common.

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  • What does expungment do? I want to clear my record of a shoplifting charge.

    I've heard it's a way to clear your record, but I’m not sure what it really means. How do I go about doing it? Is it worth it? And will I need a lawyer to do it? The shoplifting arrest was back in 2006, when I was 18. It wasn't anything of valu...

    Errol’s Answer

    Expungement is always worth it. However, filing the documents is never a guarantee that it will be granted, and some prosecutors routinely object. I don't know why. Petty Theft is a very lightweight offense so you shouldn't have a problem.

    Did you successfully complete probation? Have the fines been paid? Do you have any pending cases?

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  • What does it mean when the judge seals a case?

    My brother was convicted of exposing himself to a child 45 years ago, by a 7 year old by identifing him from a drivers lic. the judge sealed his case and had prbation for 3 years. 25years later the new law put his picture on the internet and he ha...

    Errol’s Answer

    Some judges use incorrect terms to explain Expungement. Probation being granted means there was a conviction. After Probation is expired a defendant generally qualifies for an Expungement per Penal Code 1203. I have heard judges erroneously tell pro per defendants that their record will be sealed with an Expungement....not true. Different rules apply.

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  • Can my husband have his sentence minimize?

    My husband is going to be visited by his counselor/parole officer in three months? why? is there a possibility he will get release sooner? please help! he was discharge of his parole in oc while in custody and picked up another cdc # and parole of...

    Errol’s Answer

    There is generally no reason for a parole office to visit someone who is not on parole. If he picked up another case and grid being visited by a parole officer, then he is probably on parole and is going to have a hearing...unless it's waived. Also, one generally paroles out of thecounty from where they were sent to prison...

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  • Would i be criminally charged here

    What if let someone ride my motorbike and they say they are drunk not with the engine running but with someone pushing them down the street on it what would i be criminally charged what would the charge be?

    Errol’s Answer

    I don't see where you'd be criminally liable if you did not know and had no reason to know that the driver was drunk. However, if you had reason to know that this person was drunk and allowed them to use your motorcycle, there could be some criminal culpability. Aiding and Abetting?? I think it's a stretch.

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  • My friend got in to a fight with a co worker and he was arrested and charged with 245a force/adw not firearm . he go in to his

    car and the other guy jump on the car someone call the police when the police came the guy said that my friend hit him with the car . im concern my friend is never been in trouble with the law he has no criminal record

    Errol’s Answer

    This is an extremely serious charge based on your recitation of the event. The fact that your friend has no criminal history works in his favor. A witness testifying against your friend obviously hurts his case. It would be important to know whether the witness is biased. Your friend absolutely needs a good lawyer.

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  • Will my medical debts in collection affect my wifes credit,is she responsible as well

    I have about $ 300.000 in medical bills i incurred while i am married, will this affect my wifes credit in the future, im in collections and cant pay.

    Errol’s Answer

    Generally, your separate medical bills should not affect your wife's credit, now or in the future.

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