Maximize the facts that you have no prior criminal record and that the victim was not seriously harmed The nature and circumstances of the offense, your role in it, and the harm caused to the victim
Is there a sufficient factual basis to support the charge? For a charge to be filed, the Courts only require a probable cause (PC) basis. This is a very low evidentiary standard that only requires th
Do I want a Fixer? Someone who can get me the lowest plea from this situation? In order for you to understand the possible dispositions available to you, you and your lawyer need to discuss what you
What is PTI? What is the Benefit of Diversion? PTI (Pre-trial Intervention) is similar in nature to probation, but it is not probation. Probation is part of a sentence imposed by a Judge after a conv
When you are charged with a crime, an offense, or a violation of the criminal code, the prosecution will typically make you an offer, to lower the potential sentence, the grade of the charge, or both, so long as you plead guilty. The trick to doing this right, is knowing when to ...
Why should I cooperate? Cooperation with the police has many names, some less glamorous then others. Some of the official names include, Cooperating Informant, Reliable Source, and Anonymous Source.
Parole is a conditional release from prison. If you violate the conditions of the release, the gatekeeper who determines whether you are going to be re-incarcerated is the Parole Board. The trick to not being re-incarcerated is to convince the Parole Board you are not a risk or ...
I was smoking a MJ joint, and shared it with my friend... The act of distribution of a drug, also called a controlled dangerous substance (a CDS) is essentially accomplished by the actual, constructi
Keep the record simple The most important things to discuss with your lawyer are what the charges are, what the direct sentencing consequences can be, and whether the charges you are pleading guilty
Bench warrants are issued when you do not do something that the Court has ordered you to do. For example: The Judge sets a hearing date - and you do not show up. The Judge orders you to appear for an interview with probation prior to sentencing - and you do not attendThe Judge...