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Christopher Francis Morales

Christopher Morales’s Answers

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  • Can you file rape charges if you are in another country?

    My cousin visited me in the USA for a month. Just found out she was raped by another relative during her stay. She is now back is her country and wants to file charges. Is it possible?

    Christopher’s Answer

    Maybe, most likely the D.A. will want the victim to be back in the United States in order for them to press charges. Their concern, is that they could go through a lot of trouble building the case against the alleged rapist and then the victim doesn't come to court to testify against the defendant because they are in a different country. The D.A. can't supboena her because she is outside of their jurisdiction, so their would be no way to force her to come to the United States to testify.

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  • Can someone who witnessed a murder but didn't turn them in be charged with a crime years later if they chose to talk to police?

    Hi, I am writing a book that takes place in present day San Francisco, CA. My question is in reference to someone witnessing a murder that happened in San Francisco in 1995. Frightened, he opted not to go to the police but instead chose to run, cr...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Nope, he's under no legal obligation to report a crime that he witnessed. There is no statute of limitations on murder, so the police and prosecutors can still file charges against the murderer if the information that he provides helps them. Feel free to call me with any other criminal questions, I'm a certified specialist in criminal law and a native San Franciscan.

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  • What is the process of contesting a restraining order in state of CA

    Friends of my roommate are having domestic issues and the woman filed a restraining order against the man. The man wants to know if and how he can contest it since he says it's a bunch of lies. They're not married, but they do have a child who was...

    Christopher’s Answer

    On the restraining order there should be a date for a hearing. If not go to the court on McAllister street to ask for a hearing. Yes, he can contest it. The best way is to look at the declaration that the moving wrote asking for the restraining order. If any part of the declaration is false or misleading then the restraining order was issued based on a false or misleading declaration and should be invalid. Each restaining order is a little different so read it carefully, i've never heard of a restraining order that forced someone to move out of their house.

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  • Will this go on my permanent record?

    I was recently charged with retail theft at Nordstrom's in Illinois. I'm 19, have no previous offenses, and was charged a fine from Nordstroms for civil damages. However, I was arrested and had no identification on my person. The value of the i...

    Christopher’s Answer

    First of all if you were arrested and fingerprinted then the chances are that this arrest will go on your permanent record. If you were not fingerprinted you may be OK. Because the dollar amount is under $50.00 the prosecutor may not charge you with a misdemeanor. The jurisdiction you are in may have some sort of diversion program where you would do some community service or serve some sort of penance in exchange for dismissing the case.

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  • Could I face criminal charges if my friend had cocaine in my house, he is charged with selling cocaine

    My friend sells cocaine, and he was at my house hanging out. I wasn't aware he had everything with him. One time I gave him a number to someone who wanted some, but I have never sold it myself or been involved with a sale. He went to his car outsi...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Probably you are in the clear. If you helped him in any way, shape or form it could be a problem but that doesn't sound like the case. On the other hand the fact that the search warrant was for your house tells me that the police believe you were pretty close to the action. Sometime there can be a seperate charge for maintaning a house where drugs are sold, sort of like owning a house of prostitution. But if the police had the goods on you, they would have arrested you along with your friend.

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  • Is this Criminal case or Civil Case?

    My Father used to own two stores in Virginia that went out of business. He had two suppliers that he had contract to sell their product. The payment was done every two weeks after he sells their product and he deducts his commissions. He has outst...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Most likely this is a civil case. Your father should consider filing for bankruptcy or trying to work out arrangements with the debtors. It would be a criminal matter if your dad had the specific intention of stealing money from these two people. That doesn't sound like the case here.

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  • Can I be held criminally liable for getting my 16 year old girlfriend pregnant, I am now 18 years old

    My girlfriend got pregnant she is now four months and 3 weeks ago I turned 18. My girlfriend' s parents are threating me that if I Don't follow their rules they will get me locked up for being 18. My girl is 16 and I know that At this age you can ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Since you were a minor at the time that you had sex with your girlfriend I don't see anyway that you can be charged with a crime.

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  • What can my brother do if he was in jail for 10 and a half years and now he is in house arrest for 3 years"

    what can my brother do if he was in jail for 10 and a half years and now he is in house arrest for 3 years

    Christopher’s Answer

    I am assumming he is on parole after serving a lengthy prison sentence. His parole officer holds all of the cards here. If your brother abides by all the rules and keeps the parole officer very happy he can ask to be released from parole early, in California it can happen as quickly as 18 months after release from prison.

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  • IL state criminal code, can we contact the victim of theft and offer him money to drop the criminal charges

    My nephew was arrested for stealing money. Even though we do not believe he is guilty, we would like to contact the man who had him arrested and offer him money. Is this legal and if he agrees, will they release my nephew?

    Christopher’s Answer

    This is a great question. The short answer is NO. The man is a witness to a crime, and what you are talking about is paying off a witness not to testify and that is a crime. Be careful. I would hire an attorney and ask the attorney to propose a "Civil Compromise." This must be done by attorneys. This may not work for a theft case, usually it is reserved for hit and run type of cases, but have the attorney approach the man and ask him if he will agree to ask the judge to dismiss the case if he is paid in full for his damages. The judg may go for it.

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  • Simple misdemeanor criminal trespass charge-IA

    The person was charged with simple misdemeanor criminal trespass charge for not leaving the premises of her ex-BF even when the police came and asked her to leave his property. She was not harming the ex BF in any possible way but wanted to talk t...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Once the police and prosecutor are involved it is out of the hands of BF. The BF is only a witness and the local prosecutor representing the state handles the case. If a law has been broken it's up to the prosecutor to uphold the law and charge the GF. Saying that, most prosecutors I know are overworked and underpayed and would be happy to dismiss a Mickey Mouse case like this. The BF should write a letter to the prosecutor asking that the case be dismissed. If the BF, who is the victim is uncooperative with the prosecutor, the prosecutor may just dump the case.

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