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  • What can I do if I am about to sentenced to a substantial amount of time for a murder I did not commit what should I do?

    I am in quite a fix I'm about to be sentenced to 15 years for a murder I did not commit or have anything to do with & there saying they know everything, & are telling me my friends gave them all they need to know & I cannot afford a lawyer but ne...

    Raymond’s Answer

    Request an appointed lawyer or retain an experienced local criminal defense attorney ASAP. Do not agree to go forward at the sentencing hearing.

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  • If the victim in a simple assault case makes a false police statement while being intoxicated. Hurt me at trial.

    She has told the DA she lied several times and he still won't drop the charge's. Because he has witness who said that they saw me hitting her was not true like she has stated several times. They saw us struggling over the car keys because I was no...

    Raymond’s Answer

    "Changing her story" is an important event in a criminal case. Recantation confuses the fact pattern. Any thing that confuses the fact pattern can be used for the benefit of the accused by an experienced local defense lawyer.

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  • Is it a bad idea to switch attorneys in federal criminal cases?

    My husband has a court appointed attorney for his federal drug conspiracy charge, and neither of us feel like he is working for my husband. He will not accept any phone calls from my husband even though they are free, nor return any emails sent to...

    Raymond’s Answer

    Switching lawyers is the absolute right of the defendant. Communication between the attorney and his/her client is, without question, the most important part of the attorney/client relationship. This doesn't mean that the client has to always agree with the lawyer or vice versa. The real question is "Will a change of attorneys help the defendant?" A second or even third opinion by a local experienced criminal defense lawyer is the first step in determining the answer to that question. Repeating the obvious, without communication, both ways, the attorney/client relationship is of questionable value to the client.

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  • In California

    how much time for assault with a deadly weapon (firearm)?

    Raymond’s Answer

    Sentencing parameters are a complex mix of statutory and case law. Sentencing parameters for a specific case are an more complex mix of statute, caselaw and the case specific facts and circumstances, as applied by the subjective application of the sentencing judge. Read the statute and the caselaw and then consult a local experienced lawyer.

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  • Rule 15(a)’s 21-day time limit (multiple defendants)

    Do the Federal Rules address the issue of multiple defendants filing answers (or motions) on different days? When does the 21-day clock begin to run, after the first answer or motion is filed, or the last?

    Raymond’s Answer

    Civil vs Criminal? If criminal the time limits are case specific.

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  • What is statute of limitations --Title 18, U.S.C., Section 242 and Title 18, U.S.C., Chapter 73

    I was deprived of my civil rights by a law enforcement officer, then he falsified a report to cover up his crimes against me. I have acquired evidence that the "investigating officer" was probably involved in the falsification and coverup. He is...

    Raymond’s Answer

    Five years but the application of a SL to a specific fact pattern is a complex matter that requires all of the facts and circumstances in the case. It also requires an experienced local attorney.

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  • Proving intent in sexual assault case between dating teenagers?

    Dating teenagers. 16yo female, and 17yo male. Male sexually assaulted female. Case is in the DAs office and in the process of being reviewed. Currently, they are trying to figure out proving intent before filing. They are very interested in the...

    Raymond’s Answer

    Proof of intent is the job of the prosecutor's office. Usually it is not that problematic because it is based on the overt acts of the accused. Cooperating and telling the truth is the best approach to "helping" the prosecutor determine if charges should be filed.

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  • What is the penalty for opening someone else's mailbox?

    Someone I know put a letter for me to read in my mailbox. This person is very sneaky, and I do not trust him near my mailbox. What should I do? And is it a federal crime? Thanks

    Raymond’s Answer

    To determine what laws(statutes) may or may not be applicable to a fact specific situation is a complex endeavor. Wikipedia is a good first approach to your inquiry. Reporting this type of activity to local law enforcement and to the postal authorities is suggested by your question.

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  • Seeking an attorney to file an extraordinary motion for new trial for me. Please contact me at daauthor39@yahoo.out

    My brother was convicted of murder in 1995 in Georgia will go into detail upon contact. Only attorney's out of Georgia.

    Raymond’s Answer

    Use the AVVO "Find A Lawyer" search for Criminal defense and Violent Crime in Decatur, Georgia to obtain a list of local experenced lawyers to represent your brother.

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  • Can law enforcement stop blackmail?

    A person that I used to know is blackmailing me by threatening to post nude videos and pictures online and send them to everyone I know if I don't perform sexual act for him on camera or send more photos. Is there anything that anyone can do? I'm ...

    Raymond’s Answer

    Report to local law enforcement ASAP. If the police are not supportive of your situation contact a local experienced lawyer.

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