Unfortunately since a pre-trial is usually not a hearing it's a very informal setting.
Since you can't afford a private attorney, you are probably going to have to do the best you can with the public defender - one idea, be very nice to them - they have a high case load and actually do care, but they are regularly attacked by the judge the DA and their own clients.
Also, since it's your adult son, maybe he can afford an attorney, many take credit cards.
Sort of yes....there can also be civil punitive damages which would be above the restitution. I sounds weird that if you have paid the restitution that the banks would be getting sued - this is common if you were ordered and haven't paid.
There can be both a civil and a criminal case.
Good luck with your situation and remember this is general information only since we haven't seen the law suit nor do we have all the facts.
Go talk with an attorney immediately.
I agree with Attorney Marshall's answer and would add that there is a minimum before the good time credit begins...usually between 6 and 9 days depending on your county for jail time (not prison time).
Good luck with your situation.
You have to be very, very careful on this. I once had to represent a mother on a felony charge in Santa Cruz county against the DA's office for the mother trying to pay the medical bills in a similar situation.
Normally I'd say you can do it, but not knowing your county and watching a DA going after someone in a similar situation...better to be safe than sorry. You may wish to hire an attorney to contact and pay the bills just to be safe. I'd say, don't talk to them until after any...
So long as your divorce judgment or any written agreement isn't against it, you should be fine. However, the challenge is what does the agreement state when she turns 18 - I'm assuming he continued to pay support until she graduated this year in May or June and then quit?
Look at the wording in your decree, it's very important. If you had an attorney call him for specific advice on it.
Good luck and please remember this is general information and not specific legal advice as I have not...
Dropped - is a little vague. It can be used as a prior for 10 years (but I suspect this may change to be longer in the future). Sounds like you are on probation for 3 years (some counties do it for 5 years).
To "drop" the probation - meaning get out of it early - you usually need a good real current reason why - entering military, etc. not just that you want it to end early or vaguely might impact your job.
It's great that you've done everything you are supposed to have done (this is...
Unless you can show the lawyer how he/she is going to be able to make a lot of money by taking on your case for free (it costs the attorney a lot of money to actually do a case - especially against the government) - you'll probably not be able to.
To get a lawyer to work on contingency you'll need to show the lawyer the damages you have suffered.
If they really are not eligible to to be judge and are sitting illegally then the local news would probably be interested.
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Let's keep it simple. You touch her at all sexually, you go to prison. Forget the moral argument. The touching doesn't even have to be sexual, so maybe even simplier...you touch her (even non-sexually) you go to prison.
It's OK not to touch her and it's OK not to date her. It NOT ok to touch her...that is the law. You asked for it. You got it.
Having seen this in my practice before, expect trouble and very expensive attorneys fees, followed by possible prison sentence and sexual...
No . If you sign the name if would be a crime. Don't do it, not worth it and she will find out.
Take Note: Common Sense and this environment (the internet) require me to remind everyone that this answer isn't legal advice, and shouldn't be relied upon. Remember-every state has different laws, rules and regulations and each person's situation is fact specific, and it is impossible to evaluate a legal problem without a thorough evaluation and review of all the facts and documents at issue,...
If your not on SSI, and you can buy the car all in cash (assuming you can't use credit with your situation) - they may and try to take the car later if they discover it. But it is usual for them to go after cars, but not unheard of.
You can legally buy it, the real question will be if you can keep it.
Take Note: Common Sense and this environment (the internet) require me to remind everyone that this answer isn't legal advice, and shouldn't be relied upon. Remember-every state has...