Bryan L. Shorstein’s Answers

Bryan L. Shorstein

Saint Augustine Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Anything to do but wait?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Bryan L. Shorstein
    2. Kevin Jeffrey Pitts
    3. Colleen M. Glenn
    3 lawyer answers

    That seems like a long time to wait for a decision although many Judges are very busy and it can take a while to get a ruling. You may want to call the Judge's Judicial Assistant and ask her/him what the status of your case is.

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  2. I am currently on probation for DUI in FL, I have done all that has been asked of me under the terms of my probation, but did

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Bryan L. Shorstein
    2. William David Umansky
    3. Jasen Bodie Nielsen
    4. Mark H Randall
    4 lawyer answers

    It is highly unlikely that a Judge will impose jail time for this type of violation. If this is the only thing you have yet to complete and you haven't been in any other trouble, it is very very doubtful you will go to jail. Some judges may extend your probation but even that is unlikely given that you have attended 90% of those classes. Your probation officer might not have the ability himself to cancel the court date but he can probably recommend to the court that this date be canceled....

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  3. Probation Violation - What might happen ?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jenna Cyra Finkelstein
    2. Stephanie Thompson Pawuk
    3. Bryan L. Shorstein
    4. Amber Hill
    4 lawyer answers

    If you have been faithfully attending these classes every week and putting in your best effort, it is unlikely that you will be violated unless you have other things you would be doing which would constitute a violation. Usually, a violation like this would occur if the PO thought you were blowing off these classes or not taking them seriously. You might want to talk to your PO specifically about this issue. And of course, like my colleague said before me, speaking to an attorney might...

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  4. Can my friend go out of the country for misdemeanor probation?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Bryan L. Shorstein
    2. Macy Michelle Jaggers
    3. Samuel Lynndon Morgan
    4. Mark H Randall
    4 lawyer answers

    Most of the time, if someone is on misdemeanor probation, he will be allowed to travel anywhere especially if the trip is only for a few days. All probations are different but I would not advise going out of the country without first getting the approval of the probation officer. If he has had trouble getting a response from his specific probation officer, he may want to try and just call the probation offiice. Most probation offices have an officer available to answer such questions.

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  5. I ran from a police officer

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Amir A. Ladan
    2. Bryan L. Shorstein
    3. William David Umansky
    3 lawyer answers

    You have to be very careful about what you do from this point on. If you sped up and the Officer got your tag number, it is very possible that he will come looking for the person who was driving the car that eluded him. I would advise you to contact and attorney in the Orlando area and tell the attorney exactly what happened. The attorney who answered this question before me, Mr. Ladan, is correct. Law enforcement has a lot of discretion with these charges who you feel from them. They could...

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  6. I think my friends family may have hired a lawyer that has questionable practices

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Colleen M. Glenn
    2. Jack Richard Lebowitz
    3. Bryan L. Shorstein
    3 lawyer answers

    I am not sure by what you wrote whether or not this lawyer was hired for you or for your friend. I think it would also be wise to just ask the lawyer about what he/she read. Chances are that if it is on the internet for you to see , the lawyer is probably aware of it. This way everyone can get everything out in the open and it would probably create a better lawyer/client relationship. Also, if that information is so disturbing to the client, I am sure the client could get out of the...

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  7. In Florida, can a 15 year old and an 18 year old be together if there is no sexual intercourse happening?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Bryan L. Shorstein
    1 lawyer answer

    If you haven't done anything sexual, you can not get in any trouble with the law just because you are dating.

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  8. My son was arrested for shoplifting 2 cases of beer and package of ribs . what is the maximum penalty for that .

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Eric J Trabin
    2. Bryan L. Shorstein
    3. William David Umansky
    3 lawyer answers

    I think what you are trying to ask is 'what is the worst case scenario for my son?'. it is highly unlikely that your son will be given the maximum penalty for this however there is a wide range of possible results. I agree with Mr. Trabin, the attorney who previously answered this question. By contacting an attorney familiar with the specific court your son is in, you will be properly informed of both the worst case scenario and the best case scenario for him.

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  9. What does it mean when a probation officer says she is meeting with the judge and she will ask about terminating my probation?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Steven Douglas Knittle
    2. Bryan L. Shorstein
    3. Mark H Randall
    3 lawyer answers

    Many Judges have policies by which you can get off your probation early if you have completed everything they ask . Some Judges will let you off after a half way point vs. others who may let you off once you have completed all your tasks. This sounds like a good problem to have if the PO is meeting with the Judge to terminate you. You might want to call the PO and just ask for an update on your situation and he/she should tell you what is going on.

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  10. I will like to know what is the worst that could happen to me

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jonathan Hackworth
    2. Bryan L. Shorstein
    3. William David Umansky
    4. Thomas Klemens Almquist
    4 lawyer answers

    I think to fairly answer your question, we may need a little more information. Was that your only violation? Has it come to the end of your 2 years? The first attorney who answered your question is right, you could conceivably get a few years in prison but that is highly unlikely. The initial issue that you need to be concerned about it that if the probation officer is going to violate you, is he/she going to ask for a no bond warrant vs a warrant with a bond amount vs. an ROR bond vs. a...

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