Judge Syler/Judge Thomsen - Good or Bad?

Judge Syler/Judge Thomsen - Good or Bad?

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guest

Saint Louis, MO

#1 Mar 5, 2012
Has anyone had much experince with either of these judges? Are they hard on criminals or do they cut any breaks for people who are trying to change from their criminal ways?
Jill

O Fallon, MO

#2 Mar 5, 2012
guest wrote:
Has anyone had much experince with either of these judges? Are they hard on criminals or do they cut any breaks for people who are trying to change from their criminal ways?
Why?
guest

Saint Louis, MO

#3 Mar 5, 2012
I have a friend who is worried about going in front of them and he's enrolled in a treatment program to get his life on track but he's worried whether he'll be getting time or more probation.
selfless

Saint Louis, MO

#4 Mar 5, 2012
Call a lawyer. Your answer depends on the criminal history and current charges. Both are good judges but there is only one round of second chances.
guest

Saint Louis, MO

#5 Mar 5, 2012
Well I know he has a public defender who hasn't given him alot of answers. I know he's facing another felony drug charge after already being on probation for a felony drug charge but I don't think he really has any other history than that. I'm just trying to find out for him whether he stands a chance in front of either of these judges because from what I gather he goes in front of one for breaking his probation and the other for his new charge.His probation officer has requested revocation since he caight a new charge although this is his first violation.
selfless

Saint Louis, MO

#6 Mar 5, 2012
guest wrote:
Well I know he has a public defender who hasn't given him alot of answers. I know he's facing another felony drug charge after already being on probation for a felony drug charge but I don't think he really has any other history than that. I'm just trying to find out for him whether he stands a chance in front of either of these judges because from what I gather he goes in front of one for breaking his probation and the other for his new charge.His probation officer has requested revocation since he caight a new charge although this is his first violation.
Syler has his felony probation. He will likely do some jail time. Thomsen is an associate circuit judge so he will only handle preliminary matters on the new felony charge. It is highly likely that Syler will sentence him on both the revocation and the new felony. I predict jail time on both if he pleads guilty. Private counsel is highly recommended but may not change the outcome. Will certainly have higher probability of a better outcome though. Ie less jail time.
Soul

Dallas, TX

#7 Mar 6, 2012
Do the crime, do the time.
FarmerJack

Cape Girardeau, MO

#8 Mar 6, 2012
start preparing your friend for anal play
guest

United States

#9 Mar 6, 2012
What abut drug court or house arrest? Does anyone know of any judges who favor these options. Do you think his outcome would be better with a paid attorney and perhaps a change of judge?
selfless

Saint Louis, MO

#10 Mar 6, 2012
guest wrote:
What abut drug court or house arrest? Does anyone know of any judges who favor these options. Do you think his outcome would be better with a paid attorney and perhaps a change of judge?
don't think he will have those options under the circumstances paid atty or not
guest

Saint Louis, MO

#11 Mar 6, 2012
Selfless, you sound more knowledgeable than anyone else who has replied. Are you perhaps an attorney yourself? So basically when it comes to drug charges whether marijuana or not it's second strike you're out? Sounds like he doesn't have a chance at anything other than incarceration from what has been stated here?
selfless

Saint Louis, MO

#12 Mar 7, 2012
guest wrote:
Selfless, you sound more knowledgeable than anyone else who has replied. Are you perhaps an attorney yourself? So basically when it comes to drug charges whether marijuana or not it's second strike you're out? Sounds like he doesn't have a chance at anything other than incarceration from what has been stated here?
If he is on probation and has picked up another charge and Syler is the judge that orig sentenced him to probation I'd expect that Syler will continue probation but give him at least 60 days shock time in county. Of course the facts of your buddy's new case drive the outcome and I don't have all the details but based on what you've said I'd expect this outcome if he is
convicted. However if the new charge is a weed charge keep in mind the state is behind on toxicology reports, like 6 mos, so he may have a slight chance of dismissal. No tox report is grounds for dismissal. if they can't prove it's weed they have no case. Thomsen will likely throw out if they can't prove it's weed by tox report. He should not waive his preliminary hearing for this reason. I wish him the best. Good luck.
Guest

United States

#13 Mar 8, 2012
Thanks for the information Selfless and though I realize the outcome can be quite variable it's still nice to have a general idea of what he may face. His original charge was felony possession marijuana and his new charge is distribution marijuana. I hope for his sake the judge will exhibit some leniency as he has been trying really hard to straighten his life out and has children and many other responsibilities.

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