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Son is charged with institutional assault and corruption of

Son is charged with institutional sexual assault and corruption of a minor. She a 17 yr old in the mental health unit. She has history of acting out for attention. My son works housekeeping there. He is high functioning aspergers, 33 his social skills of a teenager with no street smarts. An easy "target" for people to take advantage of him. Detective solicited an admission from my son that the girl "touched him".He is a workaholic and was interrogated after working 16 hrs with only a few hrs sleep before beginning his double shift.A portion of his difficulties is that when put under pressure or conflict he will agree to stop the pressure. In this case the detective told him if he made an admission he could go home.He has hired an attorney. The attorney is not interested in pursuing my sons "weaknesses" due to his disability. He is showing no interest in challenging my sons confession. He has not talked with hospital personnel to gain knowledge of the girls motivation.

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Evidence Gathering I suffer from mental illness and was

Evidence GatheringI suffer from mental illness and was involved in a criminal matter in New Jersey. To make a long story short, I received a death threat from an employee at the company at which I was working, my employer demanded my physical address (I use a P. O. Box for mail) and in a short period of time someone broke into my home and car. My employer prevented me from getting disability insurance payments when I quit my job from the stress, which resulted in my not having money for food and medication. This caused me to be paranoid and to act out by destroying the equipment that I believed that my employer was using to track my whereabouts.The destruction was all caught on videotape and no one was physically menaced or verbally threatened. My lawyers (public defender and private) threw me under the proverbial bus. They didn't pursue a diminished capacity or insanity defense and allowed falsified evidence to be used against me. The video tape was doctored and my former supervisor said that I called her from the county jail and threatened her. The threat allegation was impossible because the phone system in the jail requires one to make only collect calls; therefore, she would have had to accept a collect call from me while I was at the county jail. I was suborned to plead guilty to avoid a 10-year prison sentence built on false evidence and an order preventing me from contacting anyone at the company was issued.I want to hire someone, an actor or a private investigator to speak with the employees of the company to gather evidence and incriminating statements from employees of them. Can I legally do that without violating the no contact order so that I can give the information to my Post-Conviction Relief attorney?

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Someone who developed a severe drug habit and is now being

Someone who developed a severe drug habit and is now being charged with hindering apprehension of another person who committed an assault resulting in death, does being under the influence of drugs and whose ability to think rationally and make morally sound decisions factor into the defense and subsequent judgement?

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Not right now thanks , My issue is allegedly possession

Customer: Not right now thanks JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue? Customer: My issue is allegedly possession of my own prescription pain meds (B felony) & possession with intent to sell. I have never been arrested or in trouble w/the law. JA: OK got it. Last thing — JustAnswer charges a fee (generally around $18) to post your type of question to Criminal Law Experts (you only pay if satisfied). There are a couple customers ahead of you. We can help you for less if you're not in a rush. Are you willing to wait a bit? Customer: Yes I can wait. thanks JA: OK. Now I'm going to take you to a page to place a secure deposit with JustAnswer. Don't worry, this chat is saved. After that, we will finish helping you.

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In, days after sentencing, a judge can allow a convicted

in Virginia, for 21 days after sentencing, a judge can allow a convicted person to withdraw a guilty plea for "manifest injustice." Would an insanity defense be considered a guilty plea for this purpose?

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I live in Maryland. I am 27-28 years old. I have three assault

I live in Maryland. I am 27-28 years old. I have three assault charges, each a 10 year sentence, and one for reckless endangerment, which is a 5 year sentence. I pushed two of my family members in a fit of rage and was swinging an object around in my hand, and bruised my grandfather's hand. I have never been charged with assault before, but have been charged with destruction of property, while in a psychiatric holding unit. I have an historical diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, anxiety disorder, ADHD, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, and some other ones with a most recent and active diagnosis of Anti-Social Personality Disorder. I am not getting a lawyer and don't believe in those labels they threw on me in psychiatry. I just except that I did what I did and that's it. What do you think that my possible sentence will be for this? I am also on probation from the destruction of property charge, which also was a first time sort of offence, and have another court case coming up for violating it. This will happen on July 8th. The court case for the assaults and reckless endangerment will be later that month.

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My son has been charged w/1st degree murder & attempted murder.

My son has been charged w/1st degree murder & attempted murder. He has never been in trouble bf this; he was evaluated by 3 psycharists and diagnosed w/schizophrenia. Psycharists at State Mental Hospital in Arkansas said he was not competentent at time of crime and suffered from Mental Defict. Prosecutors want to send him to prison for 25 yrs. He is receiving medication and it has helped to restore him back to the kind, gentle person he has always been. Prosecutors offered a plea of 25 yrs; we are going to pretrial Dec. 8 in Arkansas. We think another plea for shorter prison time will be offered but we want our son to receive Mental Health treatment in a medical setting. He was in Arkansas State Hospital for 10 months after crime was committed & 3 psycharists diagnosed him w/schizophrenia & said he was not competent and had a mental defect when crime committed. What is your advise? Take plea or go to court and fight for him to continue to receive mental health treatment bc he was not competent during time of crime. PLEASE HELP ASAP...going to Pretrial Monday, Dec. 8.

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Short date is over, we are still in the pre trial stage. Looks

Short date is over, we are still in the pre trial stage. Looks like we are heading to a jury trial for breach of peace 2nd degree unless prosecutor drops it before.What are the questions I should ask prospective jurors to see if I should reject or accept them as jurors?My defense is simple, straight forward, and the absolute truth...I was verbally attacked first AND the complaintant (friend of the police!!!) committed disorderly conduct against me PRIOR to allegations of breach of peace on my part in defending myself verbally. That's my defense...he started it, and I can prove it.Thanks Zoey. I look forward to your continued input.

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I have a pretrial conference in less than two weeks for telecommunications

I have a pretrial conference in less than two weeks for telecommunications harassment and menacing. My lawyer explained to me that these are stalking charges. Is it too late to throw one of the charges out? Also, the DA has not released all of the evidence yet to my lawyer, is this a bad sign? They have only released the police report. What should happen if the alleged victim does not show up to the court date? Also, I am disabled by the government for a pychological mental impairment, and my attorney thinks a plea for not guilty by insanity will fit. Will I know more about that at pretrial?

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