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  • Can my friends &/or my 23 year old get in trouble for hanging out with me when my parents don't want me to?

    I'm 15 years old, and I have a 23 year old boyfriend. Just to clarify we have no had sexual intercourse or sexual contact of any kind. My parents won't let us see each other and any of my friends that help me see him I'm not allowed to spend time ...

    Michael’s Answer

    Even if one were to accept the somewhat dubious claim that a 23 year-old man has no sexual interest in his 15 year-old "girlfriend" your parents could be charged criminally for failure to act if they reasonably believe he intends sexual contact. Listen to your parents. They are doing what is required of them under the law.

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  • How can I figure all this out and what's the best way to go about it?

    In 2013 got convicted of a class H felony sat jail time and got sentenced 3 years probation maybe 1&1/2 years then got charged with a misdemeanor didn't go to court now I have a bench warrant and haven't contacted me P.O. since the warrant

    Michael’s Answer

    No lawyer can advise you to do anything other tan turn yourself in. Hire a lawyer to arrange a turn in, go see the public defender, or turn yourself in, either to your PO or at the jail.

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  • I received three citations in Taylor's Falls, WI. Will these go on my criminal record even though they are only citations?

    A friend of mine and I went to Taylor's Falls so adventure. We walked in to the park and eventually found ourselves wandering off trail. We found some cliffs with very deep water beneath them. We began cliff jumping in a restricted area. Furthermo...

    Michael’s Answer

    If there was no mandatory court appearance, these weren't criminal charges. Depending upon what court handled them, however, they may be readily discoverable on a background check. There is no way to expunge ordinance convictions, however, you may be able to get them reopened. How serious a prospective employer will consider them probably depends on the nature of the employment sought. For future reference, it is better to consult a lawyer before taking a conviction.

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  • Can i still sue the state? Or Officer?

    I was arrested in Milwaukee County Wisconsin in October 2013 for felony possession of a firearm. It was later dismissed due to illegal search and seizure. I did not fit the description of the males they were looking for. I wasn't doing anything bu...

    Michael’s Answer

    Your state law claims are likely barred, but you may still be able to bring a federal claim. If so, the next question is likely to become whether the claim is worth the cost of pursuing it. Review your case with a lawyer who practices before the federal court in the Eastern District in Milwaukee. Good luck.

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  • Can I sue a Probation Officer/Office for not doing their job?

    I was placed on probation last year for retail theft, it was my first crime and boy I paid for it. I completed my probation with 0 issues, paid all my fines and fees, attended every meeting with out any problems. Part of my court case was to quali...

    Michael’s Answer

    P&P doesn't expunge records, the Clerk of Courts does. If the court records show you still owe the court money, that is the likely hold up. P&P takes a cut from everything they collect, and their record keeping is atrocious. If the money the Clerk still shows you owing is less than it would cost to hire a lawyer to try and straighten it out, it may be cheaper just to pay it. Check with the Clerk of Courts. Good luck.

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  • Criminal Question

    who has the power to reopen a case the DA, Judge, police officer, supreme court, anyone else that can reopen a case that has been closed.

    Michael’s Answer

    Without cause or agreement, no one. The law favors finality.

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  • Car was parked in hospital parking lot and was hit by another employee.

    My wife is an employee and was parked in employee parking which can only be assessed if you have a gate pass. My wife did report the accident to the hospital parking staff before she left the parking lot and she did get a police report. On leav...

    Michael’s Answer

    If the police are investigating the hit & run, make sure they know about the video surveillance. Otherwise, as others have indicated, let your insurance company deal with it. That's what you pay them for.

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  • Married to sex offender

    I was wondering if you have a child and you are married to a sex offender that was charged with second degree sexual assault with child he was 17 and got a 15 year old pregnant can the mother loose custody of child especially since the child has b...

    Michael’s Answer

    This is not a criminal defense question. You would need to discuss the situation more thoroughly with a lawyer who handles custody disputes to get a reliable opinion.

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  • Do I have grounds to sue Shopko and their employee for criminally damaging property and I paid 3000 to get Windshield and dent f

    I was accused of stealing at Shopko. The loss prevention employee ended up following me to my car and kicked and punched the back windshield and it smashed all the way in. Police came as I was at the other end of parking lot afraid of employee but...

    Michael’s Answer

    Maybe. You'd need to have a lawyer review it. Even if you have a legally viable case, it may not be economically viable, meaning it may cost more to pursue than it is worth. Good luck.

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