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Old 10-17-2020, 01:39 PM
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My love is trying to obtain copies of his juvenile records and his last case. He contacted the court and the initial time they mailed certain documents (from the most recent case) and later another clerk mailed the same records, yet it included paperwork from his juvenile history that he didn't request in the first letter but included.

After reviewing all of the paperwork, he realized certain items listed were not included (ex. it states digital pictures were not included).

Who does he contact to request any information not included but listed in the records? Is he not able to access all contents of his records or will he need to seek his attorney's office help?

His attorney passed away not long after he went back to prison and we're not sure if he should contact the office.
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My love is trying to obtain copies of his juvenile records and his last case. He contacted the court and the initial time they mailed certain documents (from the most recent case) and later another clerk mailed the same records, yet it included paperwork from his juvenile history that he didn't request in the first letter but included.

After reviewing all of the paperwork, he realized certain items listed were not included (ex. it states digital pictures were not included).

Who does he contact to request any information not included but listed in the records? Is he not able to access all contents of his records or will he need to seek his attorney's office help?

His attorney passed away not long after he went back to prison and we're not sure if he should contact the office.
The court file would not have evidence not entered into the record through trial. Did your loved one have a trial? If so, were those pictures entered into evidence? The best place to get that sort of thing would likely be either his attorney's office or the prosecutor's office.
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No he took a plea agreement after waiting more than a year.
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In that case, he'll have to write to his attorney and ask for the attorney's file. However, it may be all states I'm not sure, but most defendants are not allowed to possess crime scene photos, victim medical records, or autopsy information.
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If his lawyer passed away and was in a firm, contact the chief attorney, perhaps by email to start. There's no reason to be shy about reaching out to the firm. But if the lawyer was a sole practitioner, usually someone is chosen or assigned to work on future cases. I'm not sure how past cases are handled.



Most communities offer a brief free consultation through the bar. You might ask for a meeting with an experienced criminal attorney to learn the possible options. You can also call the State Bar organization and learn your options that way.



I do know accessing juvenile records is tricky. If the information is for a future filing, he may need a lawyer to pursue the full record. Some legal guidance would be useful. A final resource is a local law library. A local law school or local court may have a library. you can start with the reference desk of your local public library to get some info to pursue a path. (Ours isn't open, so that may take awhile.
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If his lawyer passed away and was in a firm, contact the chief attorney, perhaps by email to start. There's no reason to be shy about reaching out to the firm. But if the lawyer was a sole practitioner, usually someone is chosen or assigned to work on future cases. I'm not sure how past cases are handled.



Most communities offer a brief free consultation through the bar. You might ask for a meeting with an experienced criminal attorney to learn the possible options. You can also call the State Bar organization and learn your options that way.



I do know accessing juvenile records is tricky. If the information is for a future filing, he may need a lawyer to pursue the full record. Some legal guidance would be useful. A final resource is a local law library.
A local law school or local court may have a library. you can start with the reference desk of your local public library to get some info to pursue a path. (Ours isn't open, so that may take awhile.
He was a public defender and that's why he's getting most of the records from the clerk of court. I'm not sure of the reasoning behind the second set of documents containing information from his juvenile history. He said it was the same response letter from his first request, dated a year later that was puzzling to him. I believe he's just trying to gain some understanding of his case and how he ended up here at this point of his incarceration, not to do anything regarding his case and conviction.
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He needs to contact the office that public defender was out of and ask for a copy of the attorney's files from his case. That will include the attorney's notes and things not filed in court. But again, they may not send photos depending on his charges.
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He needs to contact the office that public defender was out of and ask for a copy of the attorney's files from his case. That will include the attorney's notes and things not filed in court. But again, they may not send photos depending on his charges.
He's received that information. It became another issue when the clerk responded to his request again, a year later with more paperwork included that didn't come with the initial request.
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