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Deirdre Lynn O'Connor

Deirdre O'Connor’s Answers

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  • Why the police holding my BabyDaddy if the victim told them she don’t know him?

    Deirdre’s Answer

    Help the father of your child find a good criminal defense lawyer. Obviously, you want to stay away from the lawyers who will mock and ridicule his situation. If he is factually innocent, he needs a lawyer who is not afraid to prepare the case for trial--this is done by conducting a thorough investigation. He does not need a lawyer who will only try to jam "a deal" down his throat. Many of us offer a free consultation. Good luck.

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  • Can a police officer hold your property for ransom demanding a confession for something you didn't do?

    Deirdre’s Answer

    The dog is not evidence and the police have no legal justification for holding it. Contact a lawyer to work with you to get the dog returned. The lawyer can contact the pound and make a demand for the release of the dog. The lawyer can file a complaint of the officer on your behalf. Whatever you do, do NOT speak to the police. It will not go well for you. Hire a lawyer to help you. You may have a civil claim against the police for the illegal seizure of your dog.

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  • Could someone post bail on informal probation?

    Deirdre’s Answer

    Call the attorney who represented you at the sentencing to appear with you in court. It will go much better if you have an attorney with you. And best to get into court ASAP. The longer you wait, the less likely the judge will believe it was an innocent mistake.

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  • Should I be present my boyfriends readiness conference ?

    Deirdre’s Answer

    You do not need to appear and, in my view, generally speaking, it is better if you do not appear unless you have have been properly subpoenaed. They have to personally serve you--a mailed subpoena is not enough. If you show up, the DA can order you to appear at the trial, thereby avoiding the need for a personally served subpoena. To the extent that your position will make a difference in the outcome, the attorneys already know what it is and can represent that to the court. You're being there adds nothing and may very well hurt the case. But, of course, the best person to advise you is your boyfriend's attorney.

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  • In the Discovery, do I have to mention a witness who is no longer able to be a witness?

    Deirdre’s Answer

    You do NOT have to disclose a witness you do NOT intend to call. Period. The simple and correct answer to your question is, No you do not have to disclose the name of the witness.

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  • How do I know if I am under investigation??

    Deirdre’s Answer

    Do not call the police. It never goes well for a defendant to speak to the police. Speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer to find out what is going on.

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  • Will I do jail time when I go to court on a ftp on a misdemeanor warrant? ?

    Deirdre’s Answer

    Depending on the type of charge, an attorney may be able to clear this up without your appearance. Call a few to find the right one to represent you.

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  • If a public defender lied to me in order to enter a plea deal, would that be a good reason to file a motion 1018 ?

    Deirdre’s Answer

    Did you have alcohol in your system? Drugs? You might have a remedy if there is new evidence of innocence. You should consult privately with a few criminal defense lawyers who focus on post-conviction innocence cases.

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  • My girlfriend attacked me, I defended myself. She admitted that she lied to the police but I'm still being charged.

    Deirdre’s Answer

    Did you go to trial or take a deal? If you pled, you will need to file a motion to withdraw the plea. If you were convicted at trial, you can file a motion for a new trial if there was error and/or new evidence justifies the motion. Once you're sentence, you can also appeal the conviction. If the case hasn't gone to trial yet and you haven't taken a deal, you should make sure your lawyer has everything she needs to create a doubt as to your girlfriend's original version. As for the sentencing, you're lawyer should argue all the mitigating facts that would justify a no-jail probationary sentence, including your academic pursuits, employment, lack of criminal history, etc.

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  • Can I MYSELF file a continuance to replace my Public Defender in a Criminal Felony case in Pre-Trial with an outside attorney?

    Deirdre’s Answer

    You can, but it is not wise to do so. You really want to get your private counsel in ASAP and let her submit the motion to continue. Maybe you can get your public defender on board for requesting additional time for this purpose and/or other reasons, e.g. ongoing discovery, investigation, etc. If you try to get more time on your own, the court is likely to shoot you down.

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