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  • What should I do?

    In the month of May this year, my friend and I were smoking a joint by a train station staircase. The police came and took the joint away from me and arrested us. We spend a few hours in a precinct and were finger printed and got our mugshots take...

    John’s Answer

    Hire an attorney. An ACD is the likely offer, but you need an attorney to review the charges first.

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  • I received a summons, can a company who is running a background check find this and not hire me because of it?

    I was in a park holding an alcohol beverage and the officer stated she just wanted to make an example out of me. I took the summons so that she would not ticket my organization hosting the cookout at the park as she had threatened. I am just worri...

    John’s Answer

    Probably not, but if you're that concerned, it would be worth it to hire a lawyer. An experienced attorney may be able to get the case dismissed or, at worst, resolved with a small fine without you having to personally appear in court.

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  • Will I Be Moved To Probation Or Remain In Review ?

    A Few Months Back I Was Charged With Robbery I Was Put On An Ankle Bracelet & A Couple Weeks Later I Was Charged With Possession Of Marijuana I Was Placed In Juvenile For A While & When I Left They Placed Me On One Year Review , Few Weeks Later I ...

    John’s Answer

    Hire A Good Lawyer And Be Prepared For Probation To Ask For Remand.

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  • Grandlarceny in the 4th. Bought a Dirtbike forgot to get a receipt. Its lowered to a misdemeanor.. Will that be on his record?

    My son bought a dirtbike paid $2000 shook hands with the boy and they both went on there way. Next thing you know the cops show up at my sons house trying to say they saw him riding down the road and had him on video, and wrote him 5 tickets. we...

    John’s Answer

    Unless he was 18 years old or less when the crime was committed, it's a misdemeanor which stays on his record forever (or at least until the laws are changed to allow for expungement. Your son has the final say as to whether to accept the plea bargain or go to trial.

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  • Can I sue someone for theft while the criminal investigation is still ongoing?

    Can I sue someone for theft while the criminal investigation is still ongoing?

    John’s Answer

    Yes. Consult a civil attorney.........

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  • New York Local conditional release . What is this and is he eligible.

    Second questions first post didn't come out correct My boyfriend was sentenced to 1 year sentence for 220.39 felony b on 7/7/16 . He was already being held in rikers for 62 days . His projected release date is 12/29/16 . My question is someone g...

    John’s Answer

    This is found in article 12 of the NYS Corrections Law. It functions in much the same way as parole does for felonies. If the DA did not make waiver of early release a condition of the plea (as is often the case) he would apply at the local jail where he is serving his sentence.

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  • Can someone who is in prison in florida but has a warrant out of upstate new york for a probation violation get that taken care

    my gf is locked up in prision in florida but has a warrant for pv out of new york. is there anyway to get that taken care of while she is locked up? either by pleading out for jail and run concurently with florida or any other way to satisfy it so...

    John’s Answer

    You can hire a criminal defense lawyer familiar with the court of county where she was sentenced to work with the Department of Probation and the Court to try to get the sentence on the NY case run concurrently with whatever sentence she ends up getting in Florida. Instead of trying to get her brought up to NY, probation may very well simply recommend that she be discharged from probation if they feel she is getting a long enough jail sentence in Florida.

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  • What's my fate .? Caught shoplifting and possession of burglary tools.

    I was caught shoplifting and I had tools that took security tags off of merchandise. I was charged with petite larceny band possession of burglary tools . But when I was at police station and was discharged the only thing the police gave me was a...

    John’s Answer

    Hire an experienced local criminal defense lawyer. Your outcome will depend on a variety of factors including your prior record and whether a conviction will have any significant collateral consequences for you. With proof that you are receiving psychological counseling, you should hopefully at least be able to avoid jail.

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  • Parked after dusk and got a pink summons she left out of the country does she have a warrant now

    Hello my daughter was parked in Staten island parked after dusk they got a summons my daughter went to court her friend is a permanent card holder for 2 yrs she left on vacation to Greece wat will happen to her friend wen she tries to re enter the...

    John’s Answer

    She wasn't arrested or fingerprinted. Nothing will happen upon re-entry to the U.S. but she should vacate the warrant as soon as possible. If she hires an attorney, an attorney can take care of it without her having to appear.

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  • How do I preserve the radio transmission of an arrest

    A friend of mine asked me to pick up her prescription medications from a pharmacy and drop it off at her house. When i went to drop them off no one answered while leaving her building I was stopped in a store by the police, questioned and arrested...

    John’s Answer

    You could make a FOIL request, but I strongly suggest you retain an attorney. Most will take the case on a contingency fee basis meaning there is no up front cost to you.

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