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F. "Bill" William Powers

F. Powers’s Answers

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  • Who picks a jury?

    I've read that both the judge and lawyers involved in a case ask questions of prospective jurors but I was wondering if that's true.

    F.’s Answer

    The State starts the process, later turning an approved venire to the Defense. The Court (Judge) oversees the process.

    GREAT QUESTION. Actually, best question I've seen this year on AVVO. It's a complicated process that is more art than law.

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  • What will happen If I fail my first drug test on, my first meeting with probation officer

    I was sentenced to 18 months probation the 31st of July ... This past weekend I went to a party made a stupid choice and took some ecstasy, Monday I took a at home drug test and failed for THC, meth, and opiates ... Turns out those pills I took we...

    F.’s Answer

    Please stop posting online. This is a public forum. Retain legal counsel immediately.

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  • What are limits on a personal injury case. Is that the most the case will pay? It won't cover my expenses. Or lost wages.

    Rear ended on august of 12. Attorney filed just a week before august of 14. Not kept in touch and 2 years passed without a word. Now he says the max the policy will pay is 50,000 from the driver and that he pulled an assets on them and they have ...

    F.’s Answer

    You retained your attorney for a reason. Best is to rely on his/ her advice.

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  • Getting a restraining order against a neighbor.

    my next door neighbor was cyber bullying me making threats against me. I called the police, the police made a report and advised me to press criminal charges against him. we went to court, and settle the problem with a mediator, where he promis...

    F.’s Answer

    Private warrants may be sworn out upon meeting with a Magistrate. Obviously the Magistrate must make a finding of Probable Cause. A Crimihal Summons is also an option.

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  • Is a safety concern expressed by a child still hearsay in a child custody hearing?

    Police records indicate that my ex-wife gets a speeding ticket every couple of years on average and my youngest child told me that his mother brags about getting to his school in only 20 minutes while it should take 45. Is my child's information s...

    F.’s Answer

    Sounds more like family law issue. Too complex to answer without extensive review of factual scenario.

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  • NJ License, PA DUI, moving to NC after mandatory suspension period

    I had a DUI approximately 9 years ago in NY, with a NYDL. Last year in PA i received my 2nd offense with a NJDL. I successfully completed all mandatory treatment, incarceration and parol. All fines are paid and the criminal case is closed. Nex...

    F.’s Answer

    Need to comply with judgment and any other conditions home state. Pretty complicated stuff. Call an EXPERIENCED attorney without delay!

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  • Got a Ticket for No Turn on Red in Winston Salem, NC (NJ License). Can this be changed to a non moving violation ?

    I was driving in Winston Salem on Stratford Road & took a right turn on a Hanes Mall Blvd on red light. I did not spot the No Turn on Red signal and hence took the right turn when it was safe to. I was pulled over by a cop and got this ticket ...

    F.’s Answer

    Unfortunately, the answer is "it depends."

    A lot has to do with the nature and circumstances of the offense. The assistant district attorney will likely want to know what the prior record level is as well.

    As such, it likely would help to speak with an experienced attorney

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  • My boyfriend got in a car wreck driving with revoked license and he's already been to jail once for this wil he go again?

    He's been caught 5 times already for driving with revoke licenses and he just got out of jail last year and got caught 8 months later.

    F.’s Answer

    Sounds like a criminal defense, not DUI / DWI inquiry. With multiple convictions it would be conceivable a Judge could Order an active term, if convicted. That is not absolute, as one would need to review the facts of the case and prior history points.

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  • Received a ticket in Wytheville, VA would like to know my options regarding the ticket and regarding points on my license...

    how many points will be assessed to my license and how this whole process works, never had a ticket before...

    F.’s Answer

    Need more information. Obviously legal help in that state is necessary. But even to comment on the effects in North Carolina, one would need to know the type of citation.

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