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  • I was one day short of getting my driver's license back after 9 years, got another charge for dwls, on probation.

    I KNOW several people who are hard core drug dealers, and I'm NOT usually the type of person to do this, but I need to have help from a lawyer to see maybe if I can turn these people in, that I can save my life, I've got three kids, and I'm a Good...

    Catherine’s Answer

    You must never, ever discuss turning in drug dealers in exchange for leniency. It won't work if they know about you, and a person who was one day short of getting their license back is a pretty descriptive behavior that could point to you. There are many things you can do to help yourself, but you do need a lawyer. Get a ua and start doing a driving course...which you will have to do. My only question is, why didn't you get a hardship license after two years on the ten? Did no one tell you of this potential?
    Good luck, and mums the word.

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  • Burglary of an unoccupied conveyance question

    I have a recent court date coming up for burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and was wondering if I can possibly get it dropped to maybe a simple trespassing maybe even misdemeanor burglary. I don't want a felony on my record the rest of my life ...

    Catherine’s Answer

    We practice in Volusia county and your case is exactly what a specific deferral program attempts to target. We believe we could get you into the PTI program which would result in charges being dropped. Most criminal attorneys will speak to you on the phone or in their office free of charge. Why not go and see what info you can obtain?

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  • My younger brother and I got MIPs while we were visiting Sandestin, Florida. The officers didn't never saw us with alcohol.

    The cops took my fake ID but didn't charge me for it. My younger brother didn't have a fake ID. They saw us walking out of a bar and stopped us. We were both given MIPs. We were never breathalyzed and no other form of sobriety test was performed. ...

    Catherine’s Answer

    Many students get these charges, and pay the fine. That would preclude you from the ability to seal or expunge any future crimes. You are very young and have many years ahead of you. Counsel was correct in telling you about a diversion program which will result in the charges being dropped. It sounds scary, but Homeland Security takes a dim view of fake IDs...if you can get one, someone that wants to terrorize the country can get one also. You may for that reason be put into a database.
    You have a great case for a diversion...wait to see if it is offered, but having a private attorney is an advantage.in receiving these types of offers.
    Good luck...it's not the crime of the century.

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  • Can DUI charges still be filed if you weren't in the vehicle and the keys were no where in the area at the time of the accident?

    This was a single vehicle crash and the person was out of the vehicle and the keys were no where to be found. A blood test was given at the hospital and showed that the BAC was above legal limit. How could they prove the person was actually behind...

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    You have some great defenses in this case but the state attorney does not have to be your advocate. The element of "actual physical control" is not met if the keys were not in the car and you were not behind the wheel but you have to have a Motion to Supress/Dismiss filed by your legal counsel...don't do anything without counsel...you have a great case that you cannot handle on your own.

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  • How do I challenge the wording of my criminal charge online?

    in 1997, I was charged with 2nd degree attempted homicide with adequate provocation and mitigating circumstances. I'm just now discovering that the initial charge is listed as 2nd Degree Intentional Homicide. The victim is my ex wife. I hurt her...

    Catherine’s Answer

    Get a certified copy of the charge you were found guilty of, or plead to and an attorney could do a Motion to Correct scrivener's error...this may work even if time has passed to appeal, if it is newly found evidence, but the above Motion could accomplish this AND show any potential employers that the Court system is trying to correct their mistakes, helping you to prove that the error exists.
    Good luck
    I have had luck with these type of cases...you just have to understand how to do it.

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  • If my girlfriend says she has filed a police report for someone stealing her jewelry, is the anyway for me to verify that?

    She tells me she has done so, but she procastinated and want to find out if she really did. She says she gave my name as the person to return the property to

    Catherine’s Answer

    you may utilize the Florida Sunshine law to ask for all incident reports that were made at your or another's residence. We find a lot of information in these reports. One client even found out his ex had made a very serious allegation against him, and he hired us to repair the problem.
    Go down to" records" of the law enforcement office within which you live.

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  • Can you sue the division of motor vehicles for making me go ten years without a valid license because of their micommunications

    I recieved a DUI ten years ago, did everything i was supposed to ( probation, classes, counseling, interlock, etc.) There was still some issue with another state and no one from either sate could tell me why. It took 8 years of phone calls and let...

    Catherine’s Answer

    This situation is rare, but does occur. Most of the time it is an old ticket in the other state...and the longer it goes unaddressed, the dmv in that state can report it incorrectly. I advise my clients to hire an attorney in the other state, to have a hearing to make the driving record in that state correct. Sometimes it is not until a hearing such as this is scheduled that any human actually looks at the problem. If it was the other state's fault, Florida would not be liable. An attorney in this state should look at your record to determine why they are making you take these classes, etc. numerous times, and where are the records of the prior classes?
    Good luck
    I'm sorry this has happened to you. It sounds like a nightmare.

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  • Can a mug shot website be in contempt of court for violating an expunged record?

    I would like to know if it is illegal for the mug shot websites to continue posting a mug shot of a person who has had their file expunged.

    Catherine’s Answer

    Our law firm uses a company that has relationships with all of these websites and does a great job at removing these negative internet presences, as they say.

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  • Expected sentence for 20 counts of Burglary of an Unoccupied Conveyance?

    What is the expected sentence (potential realistic outcome) for 20 counts of Burglary of an Unoccupied Conveyance in which the defendant did not pose a threat, has no prior convictions or any run ins with the police, and over 90% of the stolen pro...

    Catherine’s Answer

    I just want to add, that if this was due to drugs, you might request Drug Court because successful completion will result in the charges being dropped if your attorney consolidated them into one case number. I just accomplished this for a client, and then expunged his record.

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  • How do I apply for an appeal hearing after getting a dui during the first 10 days?

    I got a dui and I have 10 days to appeal the suspension. I basically just need the extra 30 days to get my affairs in order before my license is suspended so I need to know how to submit a formal appeal.

    Catherine’s Answer

    Simply put, if this is a first dui, you can get a hardship license if you agree to waive the formal hearing. The hardship will be allowed for the whole of your suspension perid of time.
    Ask for a hearing you are gambling and it is based solely upon case law you do not have access to. Hire an attorney. This is one of a few misdemeanors which can heavily influence work in the future, keeping a job, getting a job, etc.

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