I am the victim of a domestic violence case against my boyfriend. I've been subpoenaed to appear in court, but I don't want to testify because I can't remember half of what happened the night we were in a verbal disagreement.
You can only invoke your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent for things that might incriminate you. For testimony that will incriminate only the defendant, the court will not allow you to plead the Fifth.
If you cannot remember something, the prosecutor and/or the defendant’s attorney will refresh your recollection by reminding you of statements you made to the police.
You should consult with an attorney of your own, especially if you are concerned about self-incriminating testimony.See question
My son in law is 3/4 Seminole Indian. He's sitting in jail waiting trial for extend dui. He had a drinking problem as a young adult (25 years ago), but hadn't touched a drop since I've known him. His wife, is a school teacher with 5 kids still at...
As my colleagues have noted, one does not receive a plea offer for 30 years in prison for a first time DUI. If the plea offer really is for 30 years, then there is clearly something far more serious going on than a simple first time DUI. His attorney is in the best position to advise him about his case and all available options. He can seek a second opinion from a private attorney if he would like.
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Can a case of kidnapping by a spouse be filed in this situation: the US citizen spouse returns to the US with their US citizen minor child, leaving behind his legally married (married in US) wife in another country who has lost her status (perma...
Not every moral wrong has a legal remedy. This is a very tragic example of that.See question
I live in Ohio but My semi truck and trailer was stolen in Surprise Az. The young man that stole it was caught but released.My truck and trailer both had damage and had to be repaired which caused me "down" time without pay. The young man did not ...
If he is convicted, you will be entitled to Criminal restitution from the thief. The question then becomes: will he take it seriously and pay it? Some do, the ones who want to start doing the right things in life. Others just keep committing crimes and getting warrants for missing court. They eventually wind up serving long prison sentences for multiple convictions, and they are lucky to earn a meager wage in prison, which would be garnished to slowly repay the restitution to their victim(s).
You could certainly file a civil law suit against him. But in order to succeed, you would have to serve him with the law suit, which won't be easy if he is a fugitive for missing court. Then if you serve him, the question becomes: does he have any assets against which your civil judgment could let you collect? Unlikely. Perhaps he is covered by his parents' homeowners insurance policy, but this theft would be excluded from coverage since he committed an intentional tort. Most policies only cover negligent torts.
As the victim, you have the right to be heard in the criminal case. You can hire your own attorney or you can work directly with the prosecutor's office. I encourage you to be proactive.
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Arizona department of child safety came to my house and advise me it was for emotional abuse against my ex-husband and accusations of drug use we are divorced and live separately but I am being accused of failure to protect even though I took my ...
If the government is seeking to split up your family, then you will have an attorney appointed to represent you. I encourage you to work closely with your attorney and call them on a regular basis for best results.See question
I am 21 years old, when I was 18 I made a bad decision to sell drugs. I was put on house arrest for 8 months, then sent to prison for one year. I only served five months and was released early. I completed Parole and haven't been in trouble since....
The best people to ask would be any school that provides EMT training and certification. I think you will need a Fingerprint Clearance Card from the State of Arizona to work as an EMT. The felony conviction will make you ineligible for the card. Your first step will be to seek to have your conviction "set aside" and all of your civil rights restored. While there is no set time frame, I have found that the application to "set aside" the conviction is generally denied if it happened less than 5 years ago. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't try.
You can find forms to file it yourself on the Maricopa County Superior Court web page or you can contact a local criminal defense lawyer to handle it for a reasonable fee.
I congratulate you on turning your life around and wanting to save lives for a living. The hurdles you will face may feel frustrating and overwhelming, but don't give up. Never give up on being a positive contributer to society.See question
My cousin found a dog in Graham county, AZ. The dog was malnourished and showed signs of neglect. After spending one week of looking for the dogs owners- posting flyers, and using social media to try to track down the owners. The dog was not chipp...
The neglectful absentee "owner" should be charged with animal abuse. The rescuers of the dog should be featured on the evening news as good Samaritans, not charged with theft.See question
I shoplifted at airport while I was on my way home. I really needed a plug that works in European country. So I stole one. The price was very expensive and I didn't have enough money. I desperately needed it because the flight was extremely long a...
It is impossible to know whether you would be detained at any U.S. port of entry for shoplifting at an airport gift shop. It all depends on whether they were able to identify you with facial recognition software and put a file stop on you. If you are detained for questioning, it will be important for you to immediately invoke your right to remain silent and your right to an attorney.See question
I got a message from a witness for the prosecution that if I was willing to help him financially (allow him to claim our mutual kids on his taxes and agree to forgive/wipe out all his back child-support he owes) he would not testify against me in ...
What you are describing is extortion and blackmail. It is illegal for him to ask you for money in exchange for becoming unavailable to testify against you. If he put it in writing, do not destroy it. Show it to your attorney immediately. And if you agree to his demands, then that is also illegal. A defendant is not allowed to pay a witness to become unavailable under any circumstances, including if he is trying to blackmail you.See question