i have a pending trial and my attorney has offered only a small amount of information for the upcoming trial. will the prosecution have legal precedence to use my prior guilty pleas at trial?
It really depends on the type of criminal convictions you have in your past and if you are planning to give testimony yourself. There are specific types of crimes that can be raised to discredit or make the jury question your truthfulness but they can only be brought up in specific circumstances. Just because you have other criminal convictions does not necessarily mean they will be used. You should discuss this further with your lawyer.See question
I was pulled over, the officer discovered I had a warrant, I was arrested and the next morning in court I was told I have two warrants, both for theft 3. In both cases I stole from an employer, $100 from one and $40 from the other. That morning wa...
The public defender answered with a plea of not guilty to preserve all of your options. If you would have plead guilty then the only thing left would have been sentencing. This way you can meet with your attorney and discuss all of your options. First, make sure from here on out you attend all court dates. Things will just snowball and get worse if you miss court and you get re-arrested. You were likely appointed an attorney for each of your cases. Contact them as soon as possible to find out what your offers are. Sometimes global resolutions can be made (where you have cases out of different courts). There is no way to guess at what your sentence will be at this point. You may get time served or you may be required to go back to do more time. If you weren't appointed an attorney, you should hire one as soon as possible.See question
Last July we called the police and they came and personally escorted a person off my property and trespassed the person.. Does the no trespassing order expire at any point? I don't have any paperwork about it and never heard anything after that day.
You should inquire with the local police that escorted the person off the property. They may have given the person a verbalSee question
I just received a letter from The Municipal Court of Seattle, saying that I have been charged with shoplifting that happened in December. The officer that I talked to at that time told me that I'm most likely won't get charged because this is my f...
The officer at the time can only make a guess as to what might happen. The city prosecutor is always free to make the decision to charge or not to charge. My guess is that you will likely be offered a diversion agreement (where you pay a fine and then have the case dismissed after a period of time.) It is very unlikely you would be facing any jail time for this case on a first offense. At the first hearing they will likely assign you an attorney if you cannot afford one and give you new court dates. It's best to make contact with an attorney before your next court date. Often discussing the procedures can ease some of your fears before you head in to court. Feel free to give us a call! Best of Luck!See question
I need a lawyer to represent me in court to take care of my warrent. I had to move out of state. It's for dwls in the 3rd
You will need to eventually be present for your case to be resolved so it's best to contact an attorney now. They can help you quash the warrant but you will need to be at a hearing to do so. They can help consolidate your court dates so you aren't coming back to the state multiple times.See question
I want to clear everything up and make right with the legal system. The crimes are 5 years old and has been haunting me from getting my license back. I was told by a lawyer over the phone that I have to show up in person but have read an attorney ...
You must appear in person but it may be best to hire a lawyer in the meantime to get the ball rolling. Often times when you appear in court to quash a warrant that will not be the same date you resolve your case. Many courts have different calendars depending on what you are doing (quashing warrant, pleading, trial etc.) You will need to be put on the appropriate calendar to resolve your matter and that can often be weeks out. If you are traveling to the state to handle these it's best to have someone who knows when those court dates are usually set to save you the time of traveling twice.See question
My son got a ticket for possession of marijuana 3 1/2 years ago. He didn't show up for court so a bench was issued. He needs to pass a background check for a job so he would like to get this cleared up. I called the court and they said it expired...
They may re-issue depending on the jurisdiction but a lot of courts are also declining to follow up with these cases based on the new changes in marijuana laws in Washington. If the warrant is re-issued then get a new court date and contact an attorney to assist at the future court date. Any questions feel free to call.See question