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Dennis James Dressler

Dennis Dressler’s Legal Guides

32 total

  • Private attorney (street lawyer) or Public Defender?

    Recently it has been suggested that if you should have to choose between spending your money on a street lawyer or a public defender, you should choose to sit in jail and get a street lawyer. The author said that he knows many public defenders and they rate among the brightest a...

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  • Just got arrested, so, what do I do now? Write it down.

    In addition to not telling the police anything without an attorney present start to detail as many facts concerning the incident for which you were arrested as you can. Many times I have seen a client in court get jammed up with the jury because they don't have a report like the ...

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  • Why should I keep a disposable camera in my glovebox?

    That cheap, throwaway camera, can quickly become your best friend. If you are in an accident, get a ticket, or have other reason to deal with law enforcement that camera can potentially save you a lot of grief. So can the camera on your cell phone but do you really want the cops ...

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  • The nice detective said if I came in and spoken with him I wouldn't get arrested, should I?

    Please be careful because what the nice detective probably said was something along the lines of 'if you come in and talk to me I will not arrest you at this time' which is not the same thing. That could mean I will not arrest you today. That could also mean once I have you here ...

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  • What if I can't keep my mouth shut?

    No matter how good it sounds in your head it never sounds very good once the officerwrites it in his report surrounding his contact with you. "You Nazi swine" just does not play well with the jury when you are saying it to someone whose job is funded by the taxes jurors pay. Yes ...

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  • Will I go to jail when I go to Arraignment?

    You have received a summons to come to court for an Arraignment. Your first question, if you are new to the criminal justice system, may well be "am I going to jail when I show up for court?" The answer is most likely you will not. If you have warrants for other matters that coul...

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  • What happens at an Arraignment?

    The purpose of an arraignment is to advise you of the charges against you and to set conditions of your release (or continued release if you are not in custody at the time of your arraignment). Your lawyer and the prosecutor will exchange paperwork concerning the charge, bond iss...

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  • I've been arraigned, now what?

    Between the time of your arraignment and your next court date can be a busy time. It is up to you to make sure it is time well spent. It is your case and no one will care as much as you do unless you make it to where they want to work with you. Make an appointment to meet with yo...

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  • Should I go to trial?

    That is a question that is so fact specific that there is really never just one correct answer. Did you confess? What did you say? What were the conditions under which you came to make a statement that can be used against you? Were you caught in the act? Were you on video tape? W...

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  • Never say the cop is lying from the stand.

    When you are asked by the prosecutor on cross examination how it is that the officer's story and your version are so different their favorite way to ask the question is "was the officer lying?". The temptation is always to say YES, YES, OF COURSE HE IS. And, perhaps, he is. That ...

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