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Patrick Lee Jarrett

Patrick Jarrett’s Answers

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  • If my ex wife isn't letting me have my court ordered visitation is she in contemp?

    I'm in the middle of a financial hardship and living with my parents but I work and am filing for child support reduction do to loss of previous higher paying job and cannot afford to pay her the agreed amount that was in my legal seperation agree...

    Patrick’s Answer

    I agree with the prior answers. You are required to pay your child support and if you are filing for a reduction, that is the right thing to do. If she is not permitting you to exercise visitation, she is also in violation of the court order. You can file a contempt action against her. The best thing to do at this point is to seek the advice of counsel if you do not already have an attorney.

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  • My ex has had me arrested and now is continualy trying to get me arrested for things i didn't do. What should i do?

    We dated for a year and a half then she had me arrested for simple battery and got a restraining order on me. I have left her alone and tried to do what the court has ordered me to but she is trying to keep me in jail and unable to live my life.

    Patrick’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues. Your situation is probably too complex to get adequate advice on a public forum. Call a lawyer to help you through this and to explore your options.

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  • I was asleep in my truck at Quick trip with no keys in the vehicle. An officer arrested me for DUI. Can that stand up in court?

    I was asleep in the driver seat of my vehicle at a local quick trip. I left my keys in the store when I went in to make a purchase. When I came back out, I couldn't find my keys, started my GPS on my phone and while waiting for the GPS to reroute,...

    Patrick’s Answer

    You need to either hire an attorney or speak with your local public defender's office about getting an appointed attorney. From the facts you presented, you definitely have issues that are winnable. The best thing you can do is find an attorney to represent you. The worst thing you can do is go into court without an attorney and represent yourself. Motions need to be filed and argued in your case as well as potentially a trial. Some of these issues are technical in nature and an experienced DUI attorney will be able to navigate the system and obtain a better result than you can on your own.

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  • How do I find out if I am still married or not?

    Me and my husband split up in 2010. I haven't heard from him since and he doesn't take care of his child. I found out that he's in prison and has me listed as his ex wife. How do I go about finding out if he got a divorce and not know the county o...

    Patrick’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Ashman. It is probably easier to file for a divorce rather than searching every court he could have possibly filed in since 2010.

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  • I received a letter from my county's magistrate court requesting that I appear for an arrest warrant hearing.

    My former employer has taken what they assume are necessary measures regarding my termination from the company. The termination is due to gross misconduct. Items in inventory were missing and my log-in is attached to them. Now here's the rub: m...

    Patrick’s Answer

    You should hire an attorney as the other answers suggest. If the warrant is issued, you will leave the courtroom under arrest. You have rights that you need to be aware of as the case moves forward. Hopefully this case will end at the pre-warrant hearing. If not, this will be the beginning of the process.

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  • My 20 year old son was arrested for DUI after blowing .02. Blood test came back negative for alcohol. Does he need a lawyer?

    My 20 year old son was stopped for speeding (ten over), blew .02 and was arrested for DUI. Blood test came back negative for alcohol. Letter with court date has charges being driving under the influence of drugs and speeding. I called to get blood...

    Patrick’s Answer

    Yes your son needs a lawyer. DUI law is complicated and the rules of evidence apply. Your son seems to have some arguments to be made. He needs to not speak with anyone other than a criminal defense attorney about the case.

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  • Can I travel outside of the states while starting probation misdemeanor?

    1. I have court in 4 days. April 22. 2. I will be doing a precourt aversion as this was my first misdemeanor (shoplifting below $50) 3. I will most likely get 12 months probation. But I don't know how soon that kicks in after ...

    Patrick’s Answer

    I agree with all the previous answers and want to second Mr Soloway's answer. You need to make sure that when you enter this diversion program that it is done in a manner that will not be considered a conviction for immigration purposes. Before entering this program, it is important to discuss with your criminal defense attorney the immigration consequences of entering this program.

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  • . How do I prove I didn't do it. They arrested me for changing the date on a perscription. Which I did not do.

    I took my perscription to the pharmacy at walmart and asked if I had to take all the meds on the perscription. I was told yes, They told me they would have to call the Doctor to ask him ,then they said there was no DEA number and the pharmasist di...

    Patrick’s Answer

    First, stop talking about the facts of this case on the internet. Second, you need to call a criminal defense attorney who practices in your area. An experienced attorney will be able to review the facts of your case and let you know what your options are. You do not need to be talking to anyone about this as everything you say will be used against you. If you cannot afford to hire private counsel, you need to contact your local public defender's office.

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  • I received a subpoena in the mail for arraignment. Am I going to jail?

    My mother called saying that I received a subpoena in the mail, and it said it's an arraignment. I do not have a criminal record I have never fought anyone or did anything illegal (I think). What should I do?

    Patrick’s Answer

    You need to speak with a criminal defense attorney before you speak with anyone about this case. You should not go to court without an attorney representing you. You listed this under Domestic Violence. Any domestic violence charges can be serious and have serious consequences if you are convicted going forward. An experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to sit down with you and explain what to expect and evaluate your case for you.

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  • If I can't afford to pay the court fees, what can I do?

    a few months ago i got arrested for shoplifting at walmart, it was $90 worth of stuff they said. My court date is coming up and I know that i'm going to have to pay court fees. My friend that got arrested for the same thing said that she had to p...

    Patrick’s Answer

    The other answer is correct. If you cannot afford an attorney, apply for a public defender. Your attorney may be able to work out a deal to allow you to enter into a pretrial diversion program wherein you complete conditions and get your case dismissed. That scenario is contingent upon the jurisdiction you are in.

    You may want to try to get a part time job to help you pay the fines and court costs. They will not just go away.

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