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  • Should I inform my probation officer of this...

    One of the conditions of my probation is DUI school and complete treatment if referred by DUI school(and I was referred to treatment). Well I was supposed to start the 12 week treatment program last Monday but I decided to reschedule due to health...

    David’s Answer

    Prior to telling your probation officer, have your attorney file a motion with the judge to extend the time by two weeks. Also, you can speak with the counselor and see if they will let you double up a couple of weeks so you can complete on time, which is the best solution. Good Luck.

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  • On home arrest in Florida with an ankle monitor. Can I go to doctor's appointments and needed evaluations?

    I was released on bond at first appearance with the conditions of wearing an ankle GPS monitor. I was instructed to go only to work and home. While at home, I can not leave until I go to work the next morning. I am to follow the same route to w...

    David’s Answer

    In most cases you will be allowed to keep necessary medical appointments, however, you cannot just go. The Judge should have been told about these appointments and health issues when you were put on house arrest. You need to speak with your supervisor and get permission in advance to go. If you just go, you will likely be arrested and kept in jail. Call your attorney for help if you need it or get an attorney if you do not have one. Good Luck.

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  • I have a DWI from 2005 in Virginia, will that stop me from getting my license in Florida

    I was on my way to class smoking marijuana and was pulled over and given a DWI and possession charge. I lived in Richmond and didn't really need a license so never attempted to get it back.

    David’s Answer

    If you have a hold on your license from Virginia, Florida will not issue you a license until you clear up the matter in Virginia. I would contact the Virginia DMV to find out what you need to do. Once it is clear, you should have no problem getting a license in Florida. You should be able to handle this without an attorney. I would only pay an attorney if you cannot get answers yourself. Further, an attorney in Virginia will be in the best position to help you with your Virginia license issue, not a Florida attorney. Good Luck.

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  • Does Mugshots.com has an obligation to unpublish expunged records / mugshots once served with expungement papers?

    On their unpublishing policy they say "courtesy". Courtesy or obligation?

    David’s Answer

    Courtesy. Good Luck.

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  • Can i really violate probation for this if i was told i didnt need it by the dealer please help dont wanna go to jail

    im am currently on probation for dwls with knowledge i was recently stopped for driving a motorized bike i was givin 3 tickets for dwls,no regestation and failure to stop at a stop sign i was told by the dealer where i bought my bike that i didnt ...

    David’s Answer

    A court may find this was not a willful violation, contact a local lawyer. Good Luck.

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  • I get caught with violated BPO restriction. Should I get a lawyer?

    I was driving few night ago going to my friend's house in the morning about 1 AM. then this policeman stop me and told me that my plate light was out and he even called out a search cop with a big dog to search my car for drugs,he didn't find anyt...

    David’s Answer

    Since you posted this question in the DUI section of Avvo, I will assume your license was suspended for DUI. All prosecutors everywhere I work seek jail time on BPO violations if the license is suspended for DUI or Drugs. Hiring a lawyer would be a very smart thing to do. Good Luck.

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  • I am looking for a lawyer to take a case pro bono. For a friend of miine who is in Miami. This is a life/death situation

    I am begging for help for him because I don't want to see an innocent man convicted

    David’s Answer

    In criminal law, the pro bono lawyer is called the Public Defender. A Public Defender will be appointed for your friend if he is indigent. Good Luck.

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  • I was convicted for a drug felony over 30 years ago in fed court. Is this criminal record traceable on any type of background ck

    I was arrested at the airport with one pound of cocaine. I was sentenced in federal court to one year and one day . I have not had any other encounter with the law. I am concerned that it might be on record.

    David’s Answer

    Hire someone to do a background check for you to find out for sure. There is no reason why it would not be on your background unless you have sealed the record. The only way to know for sure is to have a background check done. Good Luck.

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  • Is it legal or ethical for a court appointed lawyer to do the major majority of conflict cases-no more than pub.defen. extension

    i have a court appointed attorney who doesnt return calls has old address advertised - i had to contact the florida bar just to get her to respond-1 time only- she inters pleas without clients knowledge -sometimes without there consent-i have a tr...

    David’s Answer

    I agree with the other attorney, however, when you show up in court, make sure you are blameless. Make sure you have tried to contact the attorney and returned the phone calls she has made. Unfortunately as with every profession, there are good and bad. You should also consider contacting the bar association and filing a report.

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  • Shoplifting in florida for $200 i have to go court soon i dont know what to do.

    first time offender for a petty theft i dont know what to do please help.

    David’s Answer

    Hiring a good local lawyer is the best place to start. Make sure to discuss the possibility of diversion. Good Luck.

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