You may still be dealing with this problem. If so, here's a general discussion of legal principles.
A no-contact order was issued by a Judge, and it resulted from a criminal case. You want the no contact order lifted.
The judge may lift the order early. You will want to consider what has changed since it was issued -- any treatment completed and reasons why you and the protected party are ready to be together again (for example, kids, marriage getting back on track, etc.)
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I agree with both previous answers. Hiring an attorney to handle a traffic ticket is always advisable.
It is extremely hard to predict insurance rates. So, I normally advise to spend the money now instead of later. Often times, the cost of a traffic attorney is outweighed by the amount your insurance may increase. Especially, if you get another ticket, or use rental cars frequently.
A close look at your finances and future car use is probably the best way to handle this ticket.
A traffic ticket can make your accident look differently to insurance adjusters. Your insurance rates could ultimately go up if you are considered at fault for the accident.
In terms of the traffic ticket itself, I would advise hiring an attorney. It sounds more complex than your average speeding ticket.
Generally, for a C felony, it takes 5 years to be eligible to begin the expunge/seal/vacate process.
The first step is to go to the Clerk's Office in the Courthouse where you pled guilty and were sentenced on the felony.
Ask for a copy of your plea, and judgment & sentence. Once you have those papers, then you are equipped to approach an attorney, and get meaningful advice.
I would advise that your friend contact an attorney immediately and/or contact his or her local public defender.
The previous discussion is a general discussion of legal principles and does not create an attorney client relationship.
Its hard to say whether they will follow through and file the charge. Having said that, it sounds like they Zellars are willing to work with you. I would strongly advise against going into Zellars for the next five years. And find a local criminal defense attorney and sit down and talk to them about what happened. There is likely someone in your area who is familiar with Zellars and their theft prevention policy.
Sometimes on cases like this, if it does get filed, the state will offer a...
The first step for you would be to go the the courthouse where you resolved the case and ask for a copy of your court file. Then, you will have the necessary information to determing the type of felony and the time lines for vacation/expungement/sealing.
You can arrange with a debt collection service to pay of your ticket slowly. However they normally charge an interest rate. I would consult with your public defender because your question requires local knowledge. However, it would be best to have made some progress on dealing with your ticket. (i.e. research on debt collection services, a careful look at your finances).
It is possible that you could get a felony for this alleged crime. Essentially, if you have been charged with a crime, the state believes that they have the evidence to support it. This is really a question that you need to consult with a local attorney. I would advise that you do so immediately.
Yes, minors have a right to remain silent. Normally, if you do not want to talk further with the police, the best route to take is to say that you do not want to speak unless your attorney is present. The attorney can speak with the parent and take it from there.
If this juvenile is not hiring an attorney, request that a public defender be present with the minor for the interview.