Rape victims are witnesses. It's a crime under both military law and civilian federal law to threaten or intimidate a witness. You haven't indicated where this is happening, but you may want to call the local FBI office or the local county prosecutor. The these two agencies may have the power to prosecute this rape if the military refuses to do. They may also be able to address whether or not the military forcing you to change your testimony is in itself a criminal act.
Maybe. If it's a felony, the police send a report to the prosecutor for review of whether the case should be a felony. If the prosecutor decides to make it a felony, you may receive a felony summons to appear for first appearances in the Superior Court. Likewise, if the prosecutor thinks the case ought to be a misdemeanor, you may receive a gold-colored ticket in the mail along with a summons to District Court.
Most law offices charge flat fees for defense in criminal cases. Fees can range form the modest defense available at $500 flat fee on up to several thousand dollars. You can sometimes get lawyers to quote their fees over the telephone. But be prepared to tell the details of what happened. When you consult with a lawyer for the purposes of finding out whether you may want to hire them or not, everything you say is confidential.
Haven't I answered this question already? No, if you already have a new court date in the same case where you got the warrant, you will probably not be arrested when you go to court. The safest bet is to have the court set you a "quash warrant" hearing ahead of time.
The answer is yes. Even if you do not leave the store, once you take hold of an item and form in your mind the mental intent to steal that item and not pay for it, then you have committed theft. You should hire a lawyer who can explain to the prosecutor and the merchant what brought you to this point. Everyone has a story. Perhaps if yours is told, the prosecutor will offer a reduction to shoplifting or allow you to get some assistance, possibly leading your case to a dismissal.
The situation you describe will be up to the judge to decide. Usually if you can show proof that you are working and you agree in writing to pay your back support, they will let you out of jail and return to work.
Each court usually has it's own case filing and numbering system. Some court systems use only numbers while some have both letters and numbers to identify their cases.
For example, in Mount Vernon Municipal Court, all of the case numbers are lie this: MV-XXX; or in Bellingham they are like this CB-XXX. On occasion in some courts you may also see L-XXX, which is a ticket from the State Liquor Control Board and PA-XXX which means that a prosecuting attorney filed the charge.
If you are on a deferred traffic ticket right now, then you have little choice but to contest your latest ticket. If you simply pay the new ticket, the previous one will go on your record as having been committed and you'll get a bill for the fill fine amount on that ticket. Then you will have two tickets on your record and will be on your way to certain higher insurance premiums.
If you hire a lawyer to handle this, you do not need to appear in court as the lawyer will attend court in...