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Lisa Michelle Harris

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  • When a person is violated parole and a lawyer has filed a warrent and that person also has a felony charge for drugs and a long

    history of arrests,How much time will they have to go to prison?

    Lisa’s Answer

    The amount of time someone could be looking at serving in prison or jail is an in exact science. To start, you need to look at how much time you have left on your current sentence and whether the court could revoke the entire amont of remaining time. Secondly, it depends on the potential time you are subjected to on the new charge, which may include enhancements based on your prior history. Even after looking at all of the above, sentencing, with the exception of mandatory minimums, etc. is discretionary and does depend to some degree on the outlook of the prosecutor and the ultimate view of the judge.

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  • International student get arrested with possession of marijuana

    I'm an international student currently in South dakota. last week when i was visiting a friend at brookings for their homecoming, we got pulled over(i wasnt driving) and the cops said they smelled marijuna and asked all of us to get out of the car...

    Lisa’s Answer

    The first thing you should do is contact a defense attorney in your area as soon as possible. You would do well to look for someone who also handles immigration issues. Your F1 visa could be impacted by a conviction. In general, federal law dictates that you could be deported after a conviction for any crime of moral turpitude or convicted of any crime for which a sentence longer than a year could be imposed. If you are not deported after conviction you may run into problems with renewing your student visa. Beyond the U.S. consequences, a conviction can also impact your ability to gain entrance or obtain visas in other countries.

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  • Can I have a Pro bono lawyer Handel a Probation termination for me

    I was charged in 2012 for stalking. I was given 2yrs. Probation. But my PD was very hard to understand and I don't think he gave all the information for Probation and I was led to believe that I only had to stay away from The Female and stay out ...

    Lisa’s Answer

    It sounds like you may have been under bond conditions while waiting for your case to be concluded. I strongly suggest you consult with your attorney on the case and, if you don't have one, hire or apply for one asap. Your attorney needs to review what is going on and tell you in clear terms so that you understand where you stand with things. This is not a question that can be answered without looking through the court documents.

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  • My step son was arrested at school for possession of pot. He is 14. How serious is this

    My stepson is 14 and arrested with 2 grams of pot on school property. I need to retain counsel but do not have a lot of money. I am worried that because he is African American and considered low class that he will be profiled and have a black sta...

    Lisa’s Answer

    I agree with you that your stepson's case is serious insomuch as it may cause him to have a permanent mark on his record, even if only for the purposes of sentencing once he's no longer a minor. In Arizona, the juvenile court system has a diversionary program that is available through juvenile drug court to some minors. You need to speak with a juvenile defense attorney in Arizona who can advise you on the likelihood of your stepson qualifying. In general a diversionary program is not available to someone who has previously had run-ins with the juvenile system.

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  • I got a drug paraphernalia and simple possession (1st offense) is it be best to ask for trial since I don't have the money?

    This is my first offense and I am a college student. The police that pulled me over said that he would tell the judge that I was very honest and cooperated. My brother told me the simple possession would probably be dropped and I'd have to pay the...

    Lisa’s Answer

    I would not enter a plea or pay a ticket without consulting an attorney in your area. You may be elligible for a conditional discharge:

    Code §44-53-450

    A. Whenever any person who has not previously been convicted in this state or any other state for violations of laws relating to marijuana or other non-narcotic drugs (narcotic drugs are found in Schedule I (b) and (c) of §44-53-190 and Schedule II, §44-53-230) pleads guilty to or is found guilty of possession of a controlled substance (see §44-53-370), the court, without entering a judgment and with the consent of the accused, may defer further proceedings and place him on probation upon terms and conditions which the court deems appropriate. If these terms and conditions are violated, the court may enter an adjudication of guilt and proceed accordingly. Upon fulfillment of the terms and conditions, the court shall discharge the person and dismiss the proceedings against him. Discharge and dismissal under this section may occur only once with respect to any person.
    B. Upon dismissal or discharge under this section, the accused, if under the age of 25 at the time of the offense, may apply to the court for an order to remove from all official records any mention of his arrest and the subsequent proceedings. The effect of such an order, if granted, shall be to restore such person, in the eyes of the law, to the status he occupied before such arrest.

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  • First driving offense, should I fight the speeding ticket?

    I was pulled over speeding on I-85 in Gwinnett County. I was only doing 80 in a 70 but the cop said I was doing 89(and said he would only put down 85). My tickets shows that I said I was only doing 80 and he paced(speed detection technique) me bet...

    Lisa’s Answer

    Only you can make a determination of whether or not challenging the ticket and missing work and going to court to try to get it reduced will be of be of benefit. Your fine will be more than $100 even if you get a reduction. Generally, what a reduction is given, the fine amount that is associated with the ticketed speed will apply. The benefit is that you will not receive points on your license with a reduction. Hiring an attorney in this matter will be far more costly than the fine associated with the rules violation.

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  • Should I take Defensive Driving for a speeding ticket in a school zone I feel I have a strong case in...or fight It? 27 y/o Male

    32/20 In a SZ (school zone) I turned into the SZ from an adjacent street at a T. School zone sign in on the other side of the street, across from the T with arrows and a indication of the enforced time (2:45 - 3:45). I made a right, was in the s...

    Lisa’s Answer

    Taking a defensive driving course when you have a pending traffic ticket can only be of benefit to you. There may be more than one type a defensive driving course that you can take. In some states one option is a defensive driving course which includes a certificate that you can send to your auto insurance company which will also provide you with the discount. That class and the certificate is something that may be helpful to the prosecutor in charge of your case. It will show initiative and show that you are positively trying to resolve your case. I do suggest you speak with an attorney in your area for further advice.

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  • What will happen to me ? Burglary Charge 1rst offense

    I have been charged with burglary but i did not enter the house i was outside the house and was a lookout they do not have pictures or evidence but my name was said by the two guys who went inside the house and who got caught on camera. This is my...

    Lisa’s Answer

    Being the lookout in the burglary makes you just as culpable as the people who actually entered the building. Since this is your first offense you may have the option to plead under the Georgia first offenders act. This is a very serious charge and could result in a significant prison sentence of up to 20 years. You should consult with a skilled Georgia criminal defense attorney. Talk with your family about what resources you may have to hire an attorney. This is not something you should attempt to handle on your own.

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  • Is it possible to get a bond lower in a few days?

    i am pregnant with his first child and due anyday now i want to get him out to see the birth but have only been able to come up with 2300 so far and his bond is 5000

    Lisa’s Answer

    It is possible in some jurisdictions but usually only with the consent of the judge and the prosecutor. If he has an attorney, he can ask his attorney to speak with the prosecutor assigned to the case and see if they will agree to a consent bond reduction under the circumstances. It will then need to be placed in an order and signed by the judge before it can be transmitted to the jail so he can be bonded out on the new amount. Best of luck to you.

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  • Was this in the best interest of the client? Is this legal?

    Friend was arrested in his mothers house and taken to tribal jail. Stayed there for one month, then found out the charges went federal. By that time, the person who made accusations against my friend was living in a shelter because her husband had...

    Lisa’s Answer

    Without knowing more about the details of what your friend was charged with, there's no way to know if the plea offer he was given is just or not. That said, you cannot compare apples and oranges. Tribal adjudication is very very different from a federal case. If he is unhappy with his attorney and he can afford to hire a new one or consult with one, he should.

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