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  • Can state and federal time run concurrently?

    My boyfriend just received 5 years state time; now they're adding a federal case against him can they be ran concurrently

    Mary’s Answer

    Yes they can run concurrently but often do not. This seems. Like a simple yes or no but it is quite complex and depends on which soverign sentences first and the relationship between the underlying the charges. This is the perfect time to have a lawyer with a depth of experience in both courts

    Good luck

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  • How can a person take back his guilty plea if he has changed his mind in a federal case ?

    How can a person take back his guilty plea if he has changed his mind in a federal case?

    Mary’s Answer

    this is not a question with a specific, easy answer, eg how many days do i have to file a notice of appeal. it is not only complicated, but you must have a great reason for seeking to withdraw the plea. remember that at your plea the judge put you under oath and asked a series of questions, including whether you were guilty of the crime. that would be the same judge who you would ask to withdraw your plea.
    you really, really need a lawyer. if you cannot retain private counsel, the court will appoint a lawyer for you..

    good luck

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  • What is a supersede indictment?

    To my knowledge there were two in this particular case. So, is there still two or does the supersede 'amend' the first? How does that work? As if a redo?

    Mary’s Answer

    the last superseding indictment is the one on which trial will be held. your lawyer should evaluate the changes between and among them. a problem can arise with the time given to you to go to trial. of course you should be speaking with your lawyer about questions like these. You are in the Northern District of Florida, so there is a public defender in place. if the federal public defender cannot take the case because of, for instance, conflict of interest, the court will appoint a private lawyer to represent you.

    good luck

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  • Trying t find the court docket for a federal drugnconspiracy case in Chicago . WeBsite or something

    Robert shipp 40 black male. Sentenced to life for 5 month investigation in 1994'

    Mary’s Answer

    Some cases from 1994 may not have been added to pacer. If so, you can call the clerk of the united states district court and obtain the docket.

    If it is on pacer, i believe that they will accept credit cards for individual searches. Docket is probably under 10 pages and they now charge 10 cents per page. The individual docket entries like the indictment, motions, etc cost the same amt 10 cents per page. Really a bargain.

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  • My Federal, criminal case is going to trial soon. I can no longer afford my attorney, what should i do?

    I am very doubtful for results i may achieve with a public defender- However, my family has vested a lot of money on my private attorney and i have yet to achieve any results. I have been incarcerated for over a year and i have yet to an actual r...

    Mary’s Answer

    You are in a bind. However the decision between trial and plea requires meaningful consultation with your counsel
    Most federal courts require your counsel to proceed with the case if he or she has placed a notice of appearance with the court
    I have tried federal cases in many parts of the country (even arguing at the us supreme court), so if your family is interested in a consultation, please ask them to look at my website for complete information. Federal cases are complex, sentences are long, and they are expensive--particularly to get a full and sophisticated analysis of your predicament.

    Best of luck and i would be happy to speak with you or your family. I can get all of the court filings from the internet.

    Kate bonner. Katebonner.com

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  • Need legal help for an old case, Thanks.

    My first ever run in with the law in 2007 I was arrested on the side of the road and failed the sobriety test, I blew a .5. I went to court it was reduced to wreckless driving. Like an Idiot I never took the asap classes but paid all fees orde...

    Mary’s Answer

    You need an experienced criminal attorney NOW. Much better to straighten it out living in your home than incarcerated. Your lawyer's advice will be driven by the facts. She will obtain as many records as possible and reach out to the prosecutor to try to work it out. I would get as much info as possible about your health including alcohol and anxiety problems. If you would look at my website you will see that i have a breadth of working in other jurisdictions. Really, the only additional expense is travel and perhaps experts and local counsel.
    This is doable but not a cakewalk. Please feel free. To call

    Kate bonner

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  • CAN A CRIMINAL APPEAL RISK A DEFENDANTS SENTENCE TO BE INCREASED/HEIGHTENED?? DO WE HAVE TO ORDER A RETRIAL IF ERRORS ARE FOUND?

    Our case is about to file the initial briefs by the end of this month. We are trying to play the safest options here. We did not goto trial, rather entered a No Contest plea to the judge & she handed down the sentence the day at sentencing. Our Tr...

    Mary’s Answer

    The answer is no except in smoe very rare cases where you have another intervening conviction. Very , very rarely a concern.
    You deserve to have these questions answered by your lawyer. It does not matter if you have had a public defender appointed or not.
    You need to find out what the lawyer believes are or may be the problems with your plea, if any.
    Very recently the united states supreme court has confirmed that you can challenge the effectiveness of counsel at plea.
    Depending on the circumstances your appeal may seek a new trial but if you win on insufficient evidence the case will be over. No conviction or. Probation. Please look at mywebsite and if you are interested in retaining counsel, please contact me.

    Good luck
    Kate bonner

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  • Will my brother stand a chance?

    he has 3 counts of lewd luscious chrarges the girl he was dating told her she was 18 years old at the time she was 15 years old, she have engage in sexual intercouse with other men and have had a baby with someone older then her, its her word agai...

    Mary’s Answer

    your brother is in a very serious position. how old he is now is very important. not only can he be convicted, sentenced to prison, but then because of a sexual offense he will be on a public register for the rest of his life. this is so, so serious, and it seems as if you are trying to justify his actions--not a good place to start from.
    the public defender has experience in these matters and i would be surprised if he has not already been appointed. you and your brother should consult with the pd who will give you the answers to your questions.

    if you do not have or do not want the public defender, you need to rally your family around and see if they can see their way clear to hiring a lawyer and experts if needed. i would be happy to meet with you and have experience in this area. however, it would be a private retention.

    please feel free to call me at 954 523 6225 and look at my website kate@katebonner.com

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  • Defendant found afflicted with Mad King George's Disease should counsel have sought insane certfication prior to going to trial?

    Defendant is a multiple killer on death row, who investigators found, in sealed pre-trial medical records, to be afflicted with Mad King George's disease or Acute Intermittent Porphyria that medical experts say can cause periodic bouts of insanity...

    Mary’s Answer

    you have not stated the stage of the current prosecution. as you may know, there is a difference between insanity and competency. also if you are litigating post conviction your burden will have to reinvestigate and establish that he was afflicted at the time of offense. in other words, a nunc pro tunc analysis. your investigator should also attempt to locate those who were around this person at the time of the offenses and characterize his behavior v. his normal behavior; whether he was on drugs, etc.

    this is not a yes/no question and when a person's life is at stake it must be approached professionally and thoroughtly. i represent those individuals on death row and each defendant there has a lawyer assigned. you should direct your questions to the post conviction counsel--could be capital collateral counsel or privately appointed attorney.

    i would be happy to discuss this with you. also, please visit my website: katebonner.com.

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