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William Lawrence Welch III

William Welch’s Answers

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  • What could happen in this situation? What is the exact charge?

    I got a phone set up through my ex girlfriends dad. She recently got him to restrict my phone service so I called sprint and got access to his account and took the restrictions off my phone. I had some of his account information already so that's ...

    William’s Answer

    No one can guarantee whether you might be charged or when you might be arrested. Charges might include theft, embezzlement, and attempt. While local authorities certainly would have jurisdiction to charge you, I would not rule out federal jurisdiction. If charged, seek a confidential consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney, who can help you evaluate defenses and mitigation. Beware that online posts are not confidential, and the authorities may use them.

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  • Can anything be done about a PBJ in regards to a DUI in Maryland.

    Roughly ten years ago, I received a DUI in the state of Maryland. I received a PBJ after agreeing to attend a drug/alcohol educational program. Ten years later, it is still affecting my life. I know the charge is not eligible for expungement, but ...

    William’s Answer

    If you persuade a judge that the finding was in violation of the Constitution, then you might obtain relief via petition for writ of error coram nobis. These are difficult, time consuming, and as a result expensive. No one can guarantee the outcome.

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  • Expungement Question

    If I was convicted of attempt to flee and elude an incarcerable traffic offense if Mva clean my driving record would the guilty verdict come off of my criminal record as well?

    William’s Answer

    No, the Court and MVA are separate. While MVA generally takes points off of a person's driving record after three years, the offense itself remains on your court and driving records. Even if the Court enters probation before judgment, I don't believe that you may expunge traffic charges, but additional information about expungement is available at mdcourts.gov.

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  • Can screenshots be used in court as solid evidence?

    I have a female falsely claiming that I have been text and Facebook harassing her through messages. I already have a restraining order against her in another jurisdiction. She recently filed for a restraining order in DC against me, not only order...

    William’s Answer

    Anything might be evidence as long as the government can properly authenticate it. All they need is a certificate from Facebook or a witness to say so. Whether evidence is solid is for the jury to decide.

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  • Will future potential employers be able to see my PBJ after getting it expunged?

    I am 19 and got a citation at my College for processing a fake ID. Just had my court date and received a Probation Before Judgment. I was never arrested and the PBJ, from what I understand, means I was not convicted. However, does this mean I have...

    William’s Answer

    Private employers should not, but there are third parties who do not always update their databases. No one can guarantee that you name would not appear there. Public safety and national security agencies will always see it. I hope that you got a certified copy of your court file before it was expunged, because that may help you persuade an employer who is on the fence about whether to give you a chance.

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  • What is "supplemental discovery"?

    ...in connection with a criminal case in the state of Maryland? Thank you in advance for your help.

    William’s Answer

    Sometimes the State's Attorney receives additional material about your case that must be disclosed to you.

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  • I have a benchwarrant for my arrest in Indiana for not completing community service. Right now I live in Maryland. What do I do?

    I was arrested for theft in hobart, In. I lived in chicago, Il at the time. I was given community service that had to be completed within a years time. I was going to school and working at this time. Six months in, my aunt was sick and I moved in ...

    William’s Answer

    Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Indiana. Perhaps that attorney can have the bench warrant recalled. If not, then it will remain outstanding until it is served, because you surrender in Hobart. Otherwise you may be arrested anywhere by any law enforcement officer and detained until Indiana responds to the inquiry about whether they will extradite you at that time. If Indiana decides that they do not want to spend the money to do so, that does not resolve your warrant. You may be detained repeatedly until the warrant has been served.

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  • How can I get my record expunged, reduced, or even cleared?

    In 2006, I was charged with "THEFT: $500 PLUS VALUE". I got time served, 6 months. I was convicted of a felony 2 weeks after my 18th birthday. In 2009, the law in MD was changed to where "THEFT: $1000 PLUS VALUE" became the felony charge, makin...

    William’s Answer

    Convictions like these may not be expunged. Additional information about what may be expunged is available at mdcourts.gov. Pardons are political.

    Postconviction or coram nobis might result in your convictions being overturned, and perhaps then you may petition to expunge them. Know that it is extremely difficult, time-consuming and expensive to pursue. There is no guarantee that you would ultimately succeed in persuading the Court that your conviction(s) violated the Constitution.

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  • I set bond for my friends baltimore case yesterdaybut they still let baltimore pick him up.thry say they couldnt find his papers

    I bonded my friend from baltimore and they still let baltimore pick him up.what can I do about that

    William’s Answer

    They should either let him go when the papers catch up, or they should give you your bond back.

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  • How long can a jail hold u on a detainer in md.and if u have two detainers how does that work.

    My friend is in scdc but his case got thrown out.but hes being held on detainer for two counties.

    William’s Answer

    Your friend could contact the Courts which have issued the detainers, in case somehow his case have fallen through the cracks. However, without knowing everything about his situation, that would be a reckless strategy. Your friend should consult with his lawyer before he does anything.

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