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  • How do I help my daughter with this

    my daughter is being accused of statutory rape. she was 18 and 5 months the friend that introduced them said the young man was 18. the young man said he was 18. along comes the sex and my daughter ends up pregnant. she called him to let him know a...

    Craig’s Answer

    This is not something you or your daughter should openly discuss online. Sincerely the best way to handle this is to seek counsel (private or court appointed) and discuss the case/strategy/options with him or her. There is far too much needed information for an attorney to be able to adequately answer your question, especially in an online forum as this. Talk directly with an attorney. Good luck.

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  • Will the person that has the order of protection against me be notified of my court date?

    I was arrested for violation of court order and was released on my own recognizance.

    Craig’s Answer

    Yes. If you are charged with the criminal offense of violating the order of protection then the State is required to notify alleged victims of the pending charges, all court dates, etc.

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  • How can the state use this evidence ? Is it admissible? What are my chances of judge approving motion to exclude evidence?

    States charging me with 2nd degree buglary taking the witness word. The victim (witness) turned in photos of my vehicle being parked around his neighborhood that he got from another source (that don't want to testify) days after the crime. He also...

    Craig’s Answer

    If in fact the facts and evidence is as you say then your lawyer will have much to work with to defend and advocate for you. But in my experience there is usually more to it, which we as attorneys learn as we obtain and review the discovery. And whether true or not, prosecutors are not supposed to file and pursue charges unless they believe they can prove the case. Your best approach is to seek qualified, experienced, aggressive counsel to represent you in all respects. Unfortunately you have been charged and you therefore need to proitect yourself.

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  • Can I have an AZ lawyer represent me next week in court for an assault charge? (I am in California)

    I have been summoned to court next Thursday for an assault charge in AZ for a pretrial. Can I hire a lawyer to go for me? I was in AZ in December to visit my boyfriend. We got into an argument at his hotel and he asked me to leave at 11pm. He gr...

    Craig’s Answer

    Yes, for a misdemeanor charge a lawyer can appear on your behalf. No attorney, or anyone else for that matter, can or should advise you what to do without being your lawyer and learning all of the applicable circumstances. Though at this point, I would tell you not do anything other than to retain counsel. You certainly should not represent yourself.

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  • Is there any chance i will go to jail or lose my job teaching at the community college?

    I was going through a hard time and took a couple pain killers from an ex-coworkers purse. She pressed charges and now i have a court date set for misdemeanor theft. Can this mean big trouble for me? I am a single mom and a college professor. Is t...

    Craig’s Answer

    It is unlikely you will receive a jail sentence "IF" you are convicted, which of course has not happened. The goal is to avoid conviction in the first place - regardless of the underlying facts - so jai could not even be a theoretically possibility. As for losing your job, in my view it is not appropriate for an attorney to firmly answer that question without knowing much more about you and the overall circumstances. However there can be no doubt given the nature of the charge (theft, a moral turpitude crime, and drugs) that your job is in jeopardy. If it has not already happened, you should soon receive notice that your fingerprint clearance card has been suspended which of course by itself jeopardizes your job status. Having said all of that however, you should have an attorney representing you so that she/he learns about you and your circumstances and can then properly advise you. Seek counsel and best of luck.

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  • If I can't get to Arizona how am I supposed to deal with this. what is my best plan of action at this point ?

    I pawned a stolen iPad for my boyfriend and got arrested because of it. I had a court date and told the judge that I couldn't make it out to Arizona because I live in California. My public defender gave me a second court date for September 8 and I...

    Craig’s Answer

    Sounds like you are charged with a felony which means you will have to appear in AZ to have the warrant resolved. As my colleague said, you should contact your public defender. Or alternatively, you can retain private counsel to assist you in all respects. Regardless, you need/should address this ASAP so as to avoid unnecessary arrest on the outstanding warrant (even if you are stopped for a simple traffic matter, etc.). Best of luck.

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  • Can Initial 911 calls, recorded statements, or any other statements be entered after a domestic violence victim pleads 5th?

    If excited utterances and/or testimonial statements are considered hearsay; if the victim pleads the 5th, could the statements be entered as evidence if the victim called the police more than 2.5 hours after the incident occurred?

    Craig’s Answer

    You should speak to your lawyer who of course is in the best position to answer your questions. But the answer to your questions is that it depends on the circumstances; so is it possible such evidence can be admitted/used? Yes. Also, just know that it's not as easy as people think for an alleged victim in any case but especially a DV case to "plead the 5th." The judge and prosecutor will take various steps to assure the victim is appropriately invoking.

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  • What should me and my girlfriend do in domestic violence case, prosecutor won't drop charges?

    I have a previous felony from 04. My girlfriend was in a fight, with someone else, hours before we were in an heated argument, I destroyed the apartment and left. She and her sister (non witness) called the cops and stated that I choked and beat h...

    Craig’s Answer

    Unfortunately prosecutors rarely dismiss domestic violence cases simply because an alleged victim recants her allegations or does not want to prosecute, so it's not a surprise that the prosrcutorecutor in your case is refusing to do so. You ask however what you and your girlfriend should do. No attorney can nor should advise you what to do without knowing the details of your case; there are so many variables that must be considered, assessed, and evaluated. Given the seriousness of your charges, you likely have an attorney representing you. He or she is who you need to talk with and consult about your options. Sorry I could not tell you something more insightful. Good luck.

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  • How can I get a dv charge dropped?

    My now ex is currently in jail for dv. I did not press charges but understand az charges this automatically. Is there anything I can sign or do? We are not getting back together. He has a clean record. His court date is this week.

    Craig’s Answer

    Generally the answer to your question is "no", you can't just sign a paper or express a desire to have the case be dismissed. However your support can certainly influence a favorable outcome, and even eventually a dismissal in the right circumstances. I suggest you reach out to your ex's attorney and discuss with him or her since they are in the best position to know the case and the particulars etc.

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