Melissa Moore Stockham’s Answers

Melissa Moore Stockham

Lake Mary Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Family Law - Divorce- My trial is coming up tomorrow...

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Melissa Moore Stockham
    2. Ophelia Genarina Bernal-Mora
    3. Eunice Gedeon
    4. Michelle Rene Fernandez
    5. William Charles Rosenfelt
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    Do whatever is necessary to try to get face time with an attorney today. Also, you may wish to consider asking for a continuance in the name of hiring counsel to help you. Good luck!

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  2. If i report someone for cohabitation in florida

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Melissa Moore Stockham
    2. Steven Douglas Knittle
    3. Michael Adam Haber
    4. Jesus Novo III
    5. Eric Matthew Matheny
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    Most likely not. There is a Statute on the books that pertains to "living in open (cohabitation....I'm not sure if the word is "adultery" or "fornication"). But it is not largely enforced, if it is ever enforced at all. I see you are writing from Miami. Given the vastness of the legal system in Miami, unless there are other things I do not know, it is extremely unlikely that someone reported for cohabitation will be arrested.

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  3. During a trial what goes on in the courtroom when the Jury is at Recess??

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Justin Wade Blow
    2. Michael Adam Haber
    3. Jennifer Ann Synnamon
    4. Brenda A Drake
    5. George Costas Andriotis
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    A lot of the things that go on are necessary due process issues, such as determining if the defendant is satisfied with the attorney's services. If the jury has been charged and is in the course of deliberations, it means a lot of downtime for the lawyers.

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  4. Why are there differences in the number of jurors? Why do some trials have 9 jurors while others have only 6, w/ 4 alternates

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Don Waggoner
    2. Melissa Moore Stockham
    3. William David Umansky
    4. Robert Jason De Groot
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    In Florida, most juries have six jurors with one alternate (two if its a multi-day trial). For capital cases in Florida, however, juries have twelve members and two alternates.

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  5. Is it reasonable for me to speak to my ex-wife via email only?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Heather Morcroft
    2. Melissa Moore Stockham
    3. William Charles Rosenfelt
    4. Ophelia Genarina Bernal-Mora
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    If the Court has permitted email communication, you may use that as a means of communication. In fact, I often encourage clients in contentious relationships to do just that because the paper trail leaves little room for "he said, she said". Judging from your ex-wife's reaction, she may not trust the email system for just this reason...any way she misspeaks can be presented in court. Don't let her reluctance get in your way. And if she balks in court you can always provide your responses in...

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  6. Can the state of florida's SAO change charges one to another after they officially charge you with a crime?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Melissa Moore Stockham
    2. Michael Adam Haber
    3. Justin Gary Hausler
    4. William Charles Rosenfelt
    5. Ophelia Genarina Bernal-Mora
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    Yes, and it happens all the time. Until a jury is sworn in to try the case or the individual enters a plea and is sentenced according to that plea, the State may amend the charges.

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  7. Is it legal or illegal to curse in public?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Michael Adam Haber
    2. Melissa Moore Stockham
    3. Jesus Novo III
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    Unless there is some local ordinance of which I am not aware, generally there is no law against it if you are an adult. Moreover, if there is a law against it, I can assure you it is not enforced widely. I see you are writing from Miami. I can't imagine there being any legal prohibition on profanity out of Dade County.

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  8. Can I spend the night at my mom's house even if her boyfriend was charged with "Unlawful Sexual Activity With Certain Minor"?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Melissa Moore Stockham
    2. Heather Morcroft
    3. Michael Adam Haber
    4. Joseph Julius Registrato
    5. Robert Jason De Groot
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    I think that is a very bad idea, for you, your mother, and for your mother's boyfriend. Most likely, if he was convicted he is required to register as a sex offender. And therefore if you stay there, he may end up in more trouble. Even if he can't get in more trouble, I just think that is a bad idea.

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  9. I am going to court on aug 12 in va for a dui. I live and have drivers license in fl.

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Melissa Moore Stockham
    2. Jennifer Ann Synnamon
    3. Thomas Ifversen
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    You should be fine with an attorney in Virginia, but if you live here, you should ask the Court up there to transfer any probation down here and make sure any sanctions of probation the Courts assign up there are available down here so you do not violate your probation (I am assuming probation will be the disposition) inadvertently. A Florida lawyer may be helpful in making sure the transfer of your probation goes smoothly. Good luck.

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  10. What am i facing for a techincal on misd probation?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Melissa Moore Stockham
    2. Mark E. A. Bakay
    3. Betty Elaine Jones
    4. Stephen Ross Cohen
    5. George C. Mangrum
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    It really depends. I can't make a prediction without further information. Do you have prior offenses? How long was your probation? Did you have an appointment with your probation that you missed? You need to talk to a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to determine your options. Good luck!

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