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Indictments have nothing to do with sentencing issues or guidelines. They are a formal naming of a person to a particular crime. It's common for charges to result in an indictment that long after arrest. You're innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, so no, an indictment by itself doesn't mean automatic jail time. To obtain an indictment against a suspected criminal, the prosecutor must present their case to a grand jury. A grand jury is a jury made of a group of 16-40Read more
A pretrial hearing is a meeting that occurs before a trial action begins, attended by the plaintiff, the defendant, the judge, the lawyers, and maybe other involved parties. Pretrial hearings aim to resolve some of the legal issues before the trial begins where the judge is informed of such things as whether the parties are ready for trial, have all of their witnesses lined up, motions that may still be pending and the status of negotiations if any. The judge will usually issue an immediate response to any issues raised during a pretrial conference.Read more
The sure-fire way is to contact someone at the Clerk of the Court in the county where this is being tried.Read more
Most facilities do not provide a forum for inmates to participate in civil lawsuits. The best you could hope for is the inmate to submit answers to the plaintiff's interrogatories. The inmate may then have their written answers notarized there.Read more
It can definitely be done. But, you will have to have your lawyer do the coordinating. They know how the system works and getting all parties on the same page in goping to take some level of effort to accomplish.Read more
All offenders will be afforded free legal counsel if they are unable to pay on thier own.Read more
Yes to the first question. The mail room staff would have no idea about the restraining order and the letter would reach the inmate. The second question is a little tricky. If he knows he has a restraining order and willfully breaks it, it will add to his current woes in dealing with the current charges he is being held for. However, the jail will probably not stop him from callingRead more
At what point in the process is he in? Has he make a plea, is this in trial or going to trial? If he has not advanced to those stages he is entitled to a lawyer AND and investigator paid for by the state or feds (if a federal trial). Yes, an investigator... most people don't know you get the benefit of this too. If you have information feed an investigator you might be able to pull off a minorRead more
Yes, we have all gone through the process and although we are not lawyers, the system operates in a way where lawyers take advantage of people who don't know what is coming. We have experience from the side of the defendants, seen all the dirty tricks and paid the lawyers to navigate through all phases. We are very confident you will get an insight a real lawyer wouldn't tell you until after you paid them money they'll never refund.Read more