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If it says criminal direct filed on drug charge what does that mean however the person I was with it does not say that why: There was a firearm drugs and pills the driver took the firearm both we both got charged for possession and drug parhaellia but on my case info is criminal direct filed but not on his does that mean I am indicted and he is not

Asked almost 3 years ago in Criminal Defense

Jennifer’s answer: are you a juvenile and your friend an adult? "Direct file" is a term that is often used to describe what happens when a prosecutor has the authority to charge you as an adult by directly filing the charge in the adult court without having to seek permission from the juvenile court. I've never heard the term "direct file" used in connection with an indictment.

Answered almost 3 years ago.


Is probable cause enough to search a locked glove box or trunk?: My friend is saying that if you get pulled over and the cops DO have probable cause, they can search your car. However, if your trunk or glove box is locked, he says that the police would need a warrent and wouldn't legally be able to open it or make you unlock it. Also, if this is the case and you are not breaking any laws are you allowed to leave before they obtain the warrent, assuming you arent being detained yet?

Asked almost 3 years ago in Criminal Defense

Jennifer’s answer: it depends on the circumstances. Police only made reasonable articulable suspicion (something a little lesser than probable cause) to stop your car, but they do need probable cause to search it, assuming that you don't consent to the search. if police have probable cause to believe that your car contains contraband than they can search your car without a warrant; in order to search a closed container within your car, they would have to have particular rise suspicion – in other words they would have to have some particular reason for believing that the contraband they believe is in your car might be Inside that closed container. If you are under arrest, police can seize your vehicle and Tow it to the police station for safekeeping. Once they seize your vehicle they can conduct what's called an inventory search which is purportedly to protect police against allegations of theft. It doesn't matter what you are arrested for or whether or not they have any reason to believe your car contains contraband because the purpose of the search of your car is to create a list of all of the items contained within it so that you cannot say, once you are released, that your brand-new laptop was in the car when you were arrested and It was not in the car when you were released. Although I have to point out here that in my 13 years of experience in practicing criminal defense law I have never once seen an actual inventory list of items contained with in an arrestee's car.In my humble opinion, when police are conducting inventory searches of automobiles they have impounded, they are not the slightest bit concerned with protecting themselves from allegations of theft,.

if you are not breaking any laws and you are not under arrest, police are allowed to temporarily detain you for a brief period of time in order to investigate The situation.

Answered almost 3 years ago.


When I first moved into my apartment I paid first, last, & security. Do I have to pay last month rent? I want to move out today.: Help please.

Asked almost 3 years ago in Landlord & Tenant

Jennifer’s answer: You do not have to pay last months rent. If you paid first, last, and security when you moved in, which is arguably illegal and Rhode Island, then your last month's rent is definitely paid for.

Answered almost 3 years ago.