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  • What does it mean People's Statement of Readiness for Trial C.P.L 30:30?

    I had a trial for assaulting that was sealed and dismissed after a court held on July,15 2016. Then I received this letter from the court stating me to be advised that on August 17 the people state their readiness for trial.

    John’s Answer

    You need to contact your lawyer about this. CPL 30.30 sets time limits for the prosecution to bring you to trial. If that doesn't happen, your lawyer can ask the judge to dismiss the case. A statement of readiness is the prosecution's notice to you that they are now ready for trial. However, something is not right here. If the case was already dismissed and sealed, the notice of readiness is ineffective.

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  • Hi I was arrested in nj in February 25 2016 it's now the end of July 2016 and still no court date

    I got arrested and I have not got any calls from my lawyer no court dates from nj what could be happening I got arrested for forgery and child endangerment

    John’s Answer

    You probably have a warrant. I imagine you don't know who your lawyer is or you would have called him/her by now. Call the court immediately or hire a local attorney to assist you.

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  • MISDEMEANOR MARIJUANA

    I got arrested for a 10$ bag marijuana they said it was a misdemeanor I went to court and got it down to violation the lawyer said after a year all charges will be dropped should I still get this case sealed

    John’s Answer

    Sounds like you got the marijuana ACD (adjournment in contemplation of dismissal) pretty standard for misdemeanor marijuana possession. if so, the case will be dismissed and sealed a year from the date the court granted the ACD. During that year period, it remains an open case which will show up on a background check.

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  • Do U.S. courts maintain a database of social security numbers or driver's licences?

    I am told they do not. How then, are the able to find your previous court cases - and can they find such court cases from another state? Does this have anything to do with what is called a "court background check" - if so, how, and what exactly is...

    John’s Answer

    NY courts do not maintain such databases. In New York, criminal records are maintained by the Office of Court Administration. If you are arrested and fingerprinted, you are assigned a NYSID number. Some out of state criminal and other information may be reflected on the NYSID but not in as complete a manner and the NY state records. You can get your own NYSID by contacting OCA. You can get someone else's records - but restricted only to public information - such as an actual conviction for a crime - for a fee through OCA. I believe you have to ask for the latter on a county/borough basis - you can't get it for the entire State unless you pay separately for a search of each jurisdiction. These days, there are online providers who perform basically the same function more efficiently and for much less than OCA charges

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  • Can i serve alcohol while on probation?

    I am about to start misdemeanor probation and I have two serving jobs, both of which involve alcohol. will probation make me quit my jobs because alcohol is involved?

    John’s Answer

    There is no way to know without looking at the specific conditions of probation you were given at the time of sentence.

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  • Arrested in a carribean country

    iF I GOT arrested in the carribean for like failure to pay a service, would I be held until trial and if so what of my apartment as its weekly and 2 missed payments is evictions and I have stuff there thats my possesions.

    John’s Answer

    To the extent this question can be answered, you would need to contact an attorney familiar with the laws and procedures of that jurisdiction.

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  • What will I be punished with for a possession of marijuana charge if I am moving to a different state within the next week?

    I was just charged with unlawful possession of marijuana in New York State. I had a gram of weed, a bowl, and a grinder. My court date is scheduled for September 13th but I leave for college in 9 days won t be home for it, I will be 8 hours away. ...

    John’s Answer

    Hire an attorney. With proper paperwork, the case can be resolved, perhaps even dismissed, without you having to personally appear.

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  • What do I do if I have been given a citation and need to appear in court but am no longer in the country as I was not a resident

    On 7/20/16 I was given a ticket for walking through a closed city park. On the night I was told by the officer that I would be required to send a $25 money order to the address printed on the ticket. I was unsure of this process so I also asked an...

    John’s Answer

    Hire a lawyer. With the proper documentation, a lawyer will probably be able to take care of the matter without you having to return to New York to personally appear.

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  • Can I sue NYPD for kicking in my door with my children there

    They had a warrant but off of hearsay that my husband had a gun in the apartment which was untrue and not found they handcuffed all of us including my children while destroying my apartment now they have charged me and my husband with stupid misde...

    John’s Answer

    There may be a basis to sue, but you will first have to deal with the charges against you. You will need to consult a lawyer who handles civil rights lawsuits.

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  • How is it that the majority of lawyers avoid this question...I have done research and found that once an oath of office is taken

    Your citizenship is relinquished and you become a foreign entity and your sovereign immunities are here by waived....I found this to be true according to the comstitution

    John’s Answer

    What's the question? I would venture that the majority of (if not all) lawyers would disagree with the results of your "research".

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