Currently I am in court for telling a man that I will beat up him and his brother. (Only the one present filled a statement). I have to attend an arraignment next. The Charge being threat to commit a crime to wit assault and battery. (The threat was never carried out) however the victim knows I have a high profile job to which, any legal trouble I get into; is completely frowned upon. The victims brother, whom is stated on the police report to have been threatened not in person, has contacted me through text message stating that, if I pay him $5,000.00 he will split it with his brother, and make sure he does not appear in court. But if I fail to give them the money, that he will make sure his brother appears in court to testify if I plead not guilty. What do I do? Can the case be dismissed
Show the text to your defense attorney. He may be able to use it to discredit the testimony against you. He may even be able to get the prosecutor to drop the case.
You should share this information with your lawyer. If you do not have one, you should hire one. If you cannot afford to hire one, the court will appoint a lawyer for you at minimal cost. It might be a case where you could bring charges against the brother for extortion.
This sounds like important information to share with your attorney. Best of luck....
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--Former Prosecutor--20 years experience.
This is extremely important information to share with your attorney. Whatever you do, don't delete those texts!
Your attorney can use this effectively to both discredit the "victims" completely, bring charges against them, and possibly convince the prosecutor to drop charges without having to go to trial.
If you do not have an attorney, you should hire one immediately -- prior to arraignment. If you cannot afford an attorney, tell the court at arraignment and they will appoint one for you. Good luck!
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This sounds like extortion. I would contact the lawyer to discuss this matter with the police.
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