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What are the chances he does jail time without representation of a lawyer : My friends brother was recently arrested with his friend with 20 grams of marijuana with drug paraphernalia scales and bags. (drugs were in the bags) He was caught at an apartment complex and he is 19 years old.

Asked about 5 years ago in Criminal Defense

Brian’s answer: Your friend will be appointed an attorney if he can not afford to hire a private lawyer on his own. the advantage to hiring a private lawyer is you can pick the attorney who best fits your friend and who is comfortable with. If he can not afford an attorney, while many assigned state legal aid attorneys are very competent, it's luck of the draw. In looking for private counsel you want someone who practices locally in the area who predominantly practices criminal defense and is experienced in the law. Good luck.

Answered about 5 years ago.


Summons New York trespassing question. Please help : I got a summons a month ago for trespassing and my court day was 2 days ago. Anyways I went to court for this summons and went up to the judge. It took like 2 second for him to say dismissed and I had a question at the same time. But Iam worried because the person next to me either said 2 things. Either this case will be dismissed tomorrow OR come back tomorrow for it to be dismissed. Iam confused now. I don't know what do do ? How can I make sure? I live in forest hills so I don't know what court I went to because my dad took me.

Asked about 5 years ago in Criminal Defense

Brian’s answer: It was likely either located at 125-01 Queens Boulevard in Queens or at 346 Broadway in Manhattan. Speak to your father, then when you get to the building ask someone where to go for a certificate of disposition. It will cost you $10.00. Good luck.

Answered about 5 years ago.


Can my lawyer in michigan go to trial for me with out my presence?: I just found out i have a felony 2 warrant in michigan i live in Florida .

Asked about 5 years ago in Criminal Defense

Brian’s answer: A trial can continue in your abscence, yes. It's called abstention. However "trial" is a long way away from going forward. First you need to address the warrants. Hire a lawyer who can discuss with you whether or not your appearance will be required. In most instances and states, your presence is required to vacate an open warrant. Good luck to you.

Answered about 5 years ago.