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Margaret Strickland

Margaret Strickland’s Answers

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  • Can a person who had 4th degree felony with drugs, buy a rifle or shotgun?

    Time done and case close Feb 2006

    Margaret’s Answer

    No. It is a very serious crime to possess a firearm or ammunition after having been convicted of any felony.

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  • Do I really need to go to pre trail on an arraignments bond hearing

    Was caught with unpaid items

    Margaret’s Answer

    Yes you do need to go. If you don't, a warrant will be issued for your arrest.

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  • What would be my punishment on this petty theft of around eight dollars

    Took a couple pieces of cake from where I worked

    Margaret’s Answer

    Mr. Aarons is right about the maximum penalties, but in Las Cruces no judge is going to give you jail time or a fine for eating cake.

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  • What can I do?

    A week a go I met a girl on an online website and we exchanged numbers and she sent me some pictures and I sent her some and after the fact by the end of the conversation she told me she was 16, and father wants to press charges what can I do?? An...

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    • Selected as best answer

    This is almost certainly a scam. It's illegal to pay someone not to bring charges, so do not pay them anything.

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  • Am I still eligible for a Pre-Prosecution and Diversion Program in New Mexico despite being in one in another state?

    Back in mid 2014 I was arrested for drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana in Illinois. Due to it being my first major offense I was given the chance to enter into a Deferred Prosecution Program. I successfully completed the program and al...

    Margaret’s Answer

    Pre-prosecution diversion does not take DV cases in New Mexico, but you may have a good case/defense and not need that program to keep your record clean.

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  • I received a phone call from NY sheriff stating they will contact local sheriff to issue a warrant. Can a payday loan do this?

    I do not have a criminal past or history. I have defaulted on payday loans and I currently do owe money. The caller only stated his name, occupation with sheriff department, and that they will contact my local sheriff in city, state to have them i...

    Margaret’s Answer

    No they cannot. Simply defaulting on a payday loan is not illegal. File a complaint with the NM and NY attorney general for unfair/abusive collection practices.

    http://www.nmag.gov/consumer-complaint-instructions.aspx

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  • How long is a plea good for in a civil case? Is it permanent/forever or does it expire?

    My ex was wrongfully accused of something and his public defender is cornering him into a no contest plea that he doesn't want to take but see's no other choice and he is wondering if he takes this plea, does it expire after a certain amount of ti...

    Margaret’s Answer

    It sounds like this is a criminal case not a civil case. A plea lasts forever, so be very careful.

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  • Unable to use ignition interlock in New Mexico due to Emphysema. Calibration at lowest setting. How do I get this waived?

    I was charged with 1st DUI...state has law for ignition interlock to be kept in car for 1 year for first offense. Due to my health/COPD I am unable to start my car. Who can I speak with to get this requirement waived. My case is with an attorn...

    Margaret’s Answer

    There is no law that allows the judge to waive the interlock requierment.

    MVD can be asked to drop the revocation, but it's hard to get them to do that.

    Your most likely avenue of relief is appealing and asking the higher courts find the law that does not allow any exceptions to the interlock requirement improper.

    I hope you win!

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  • I recently used mushrooms a full twenty four hours before I checked in to probation. Will it show up on a U.A.?

    It was a one time use but I am nervous nonetheless.

    Margaret’s Answer

    Probably not. Most tests like this don't screen for mushrooms.

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  • Charged with residential burglary. first time felony.army vet. was over medicated by va.no record.can i get probation in nm?

    i was having blackouts due to over medication by va. spent 7 days in mental health hospital. dont remember what i did. have a clean record and i am an army vet. im nervous about facing time in jail. what are the chancesmy case will be dropped or g...

    Margaret’s Answer

    It's hard to give a complete answer without more facts. Based on what you have said, I think you have a relatively good chance of avoiding prison time.

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