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Dustin R. T. Sullivan

Dustin Sullivan’s Answers

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  • I need help with GS 18b 302(2)(1) at the age of 20 myself( now 21) with my roomate at the age of 20 to buy alcohol

    My court case is tomorrow downtown and I do not know what to do. maybe a PJC? thanks so much

    Dustin’s Answer

    A PJC is a conviction so that is not the best option, nor will the DAs office simply allow you to do it. The New Hanover Co. DAs office has made a policy not to make it simple for any underage drinking offenses so what you are trying to get done will most likely not happen at all, especially being u represented. Hire an attorney!

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  • Years following a guilty misdemeanor plea, what can be done to help improve your criminal record besides an expungement?

    Child Abuse: improper storage of firearm, maintaining and dwelling of controlled substance, and possession of pyrotechnics: fireworks.. All misdemeanors charges due to choosing the wrong boyfriend

    Dustin’s Answer

    More information is needed. When were the convictions? Have you had ANY charges since then? You MAY be eligible to expunge certain types of convictions here in NC so long as 15 years has passed since the conviction date AND you have not had any new charges during the 15 year interim.

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  • I am being charges for a Misdemeanor Larceny and need to know what to expect.

    Over a month a go I accidently picked up a wallet and didn't realize it until I grab my purse later that day. Not knowing where I got it from for sure I return it to a store I was in earlier in the day. I told them I found it. Now I am being charg...

    Dustin’s Answer

    You need to retain an attorney prior to court date and try and get the case dismissed. Don't speak to anyone else about the case except for the attorney. If you can hire one the court may appoint you an attorney. Best of luck!

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  • Im on probation and I caught a new charge.

    Also I live in a halfway house. I also attend intensive outpatient classes. I failed a drug test a month ago but passed my recent one. I have been using and am serious about really getting my self together Ive known for a while and have tried to ...

    Dustin’s Answer

    The one failed drug test isn't the biggest issue you face since you have tested clean since then. The real issue is the new charge and it really depends what that new charge is. What are you on probation for now? What is your new charge? What is your prior record? Don't answer these questions on here but as you can see a number of factors come into play. I would certainly recommend that you apply for court appointed counsel if you are eligible and cover all of this with the attorney. Good luck!

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  • I have a pending felony charge that is suppose to be getting dropped will this show up on my background check?

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    Dustin’s Answer

    I absolutely agree with what the other attorneys have already stated. Yes, it will still show up on your record and I would certainly recommend that you get this expunged shortly after the case is dismissed, so long as you are able to. The expungement process will "take away" the charge from even being listed on your record as though it never happened. Typically, I tell clients the process takes around 6 months from start to finish. Best of luck!

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  • Why was my court date continued for a speeding ticket?

    I got a speeding ticket in NC in March and hired a lawyer. My court date was April 10 and I didn't hear back from my lawyer so I thought everything went okay. I looked online and it says I have another court date on May 21. It doesn't say anything...

    Dustin’s Answer

    It appears your attorney continued your case. Your best option is to contact the attorney and find out why.

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  • Is a speeding ticket a probation violation and will I go to jail?

    I'm on probation for theft.

    Dustin’s Answer

    While technically it can, you should be ok so long as you get it reduced to a non moving violation, improper equipment, if possible. Try and hire an attorney to get this done! Best of luck.

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  • What kinds of questions should I ask my lawyer about my shoplifting case.

    This is not the first time. The last times was in 2007 and 2009.

    Dustin’s Answer

    Just ask your attorney this exact question and the attorney will go over everything you need. Write everything down and schedule a meeting with the attorney. Best of luck!

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  • I pled guilty to DWI in district court today and got unsupervised probation. If I appeal to superior court next week, is it

    possible that the DAs will be willing to reduce or dismiss my DWI to avoid a full blown jury trial? the DA in district court told me that they will fire him if he reduces a dwi

    Dustin’s Answer

    Chances are great that your DWI charge would not be dismissed simply because you appealed the case. A "full blown" trial is nothing an attorney, or ADA, would be hesitant to get into. If you feel you have issues that are worth a trial, you have 10 days to appeal your case. Speak to an attorney to see if you have any issues worth the appeal. Best of luck!

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