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Richard G. Canina
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  • My daughter who is a minor, currently is facing a 3rd degree felony. The charge was burglary of an unoccupied conveyance, unarme

    The cops said this is technically her first real charge, she has been on probation before for a drug paraphernalia charge & has a background in the past of drug use which didn't change. The cops offered her to attend a 4-6 month rehabilitation cen...

    Richard’s Answer

    If your daughter wishes to try and protect her record and her future, she should consult with a criminal defense attorney in the St. Lucie County area. Start by using the find a lawyer feature on this website. You will find that many attorneys in your area will be able to handle this for you effectively.

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  • My son was arrested for drugs first offence 24 years old.

    Less than 20 grams marinuana, hash oil, one hit of acid and a pipe.

    Richard’s Answer

    You should consult with an experienced Brevard County Criminal Defense Attorney as soon as possible. Your son may have valid defenses to this charge. If no defenses exist, a seasoned criminal attorney may be able to negotiate a favorable resolution to the case not involving incarceration and conviction.

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  • I had a DUI in Florida in 1999. Will this show up on an FBI background check?

    I was a teenager at the time (over 17). I'm now applying for licensing as a CPA in Texas. The CPA board has a "moral character" clause and I'm worried I may not be able to get a license because of this. It was a misdemeanor charge. Will it show u...

    Richard’s Answer

    Unless the charge was amended, you were adjudicated guilty and you are not eligible for sealing or expungment in Florida. It is extremely likely that this will show up on an FBI background check, (also known as an NCIC Report)

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  • My son is currently serving jail time on a vop. he is scheduled to get out November but he still owes the bondsman. the bondsman

    The bondsman says if he doesn't pay right when he gets out he will put him back in jail for the remainder of his probation which is 111 months. can he do that?

    Richard’s Answer

    Absolutely not. Call the Department of Financial Services if he is threatening to do this.

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  • I think I have a valid case against the Florida Lottery for False Advertising. Do I?

    Two years ago, I realized one of FL Lottery's $20 games couldn't live up the number of 1-million & 10-million dollar payouts advertised as available to win. This game has now been cancelled - they did not award even half of what was posted on thei...

    Richard’s Answer

    I would recommend you seek out a lawyer who focuses their practice on consumer protection litigation. This doesn't sound like a criminal matter.

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  • In florida, is bond revoked if no contact order is broken even if the victim and i have been communicating for months?

    I was arrested months ago for a felony domestic violence charge. The victim and i have been communicating for months. She suddenly feels pressured by me regarding my charges. Even though she has wanted and initiated contact for months, could my bo...

    Richard’s Answer

    You need to talk to your lawyer about this! He/she cannot effectively represent you if you can't be open and candid with them! It doesn't matter who initiates the contact. The fact that you had contact with her breaches the "no contact" condition of your bond which, not only can put you right back in jail, but can cause the prosecutor to view you in a more negative light... In other words, they'll "have it out" for you and may want to see you get a stiffer punishment. You are playing with fire.

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  • Juvenille diversion programs I should qualify for???

    FIRST EVER OFFENSE . im not wanting to go on probation because I want to move out when I'm 18. My charges are as follows: Fleeing and Elduding Paraphaneila Under 20gs of cannibis Violation of learners liscense Are there any intervention ...

    Richard’s Answer

    I am a criminal defense attorney who has been practicing in Brevard County for nearly 30 years. Feel free to contact my office for an evaluation of your case free of charge.

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  • PLEASE HELP ME SEND POLICE 2117 VISCAYA PKLW CAPE CORAL I HAVE NO PHONE PLEASE PLEASE

    PLEASE HELP ME SEND POLICE 2117 VISCAYA PKLW CAPE CORAL I HAVE NO PHONE PLEASE PLEASE

    Richard’s Answer

    Cape coral police are on the way.

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  • On probation for dlws. Recvd a civil citation for dlws w/o knowledge. Po violated my probation. What can I expect

    Less then 20 days left of probation. If probation revoked would time on probation be applied to any possible jail time?

    Richard’s Answer

    I agree with the other attorneys. To answer your question, NO... if your probation is revoked, any time you have served on probation will NOT be applied to any possible jail time. You should contact an experienced LOCAL criminal defense attorney in Fort Myers/Cape Coral who has experience handling these matters. I highly recommend Thomas Demine of the Law firm of Brenner and Demine. Give him a call at 239-332-1100. He will not charge you anything for an initial consultation.

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  • I go to court on may 15th 2013 for driving while license revoked as a habitual what should i do

    my wife had an axidy attack while it was raining and i took over the driving to get the van off the road then we slid into a car no damage to their car but i went to jail for habitual traffic

    Richard’s Answer

    HIRE A CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY NOW! The other attorneys are correct in that this is very serious. Depending on the exact facts and circumstances of your case, you may have a possible defense of necessity. Only an experienced criminal defense attorney can tell you for sure after you sit down with them and discuss the case. No attorney on Avvo can give you a definite "yes" or "no". Driving while license suspended/habitual offender is a third degree Felony in Florida and is punishable by up to 5 years in state prison. Your best defense is a GOOD lawyer. I routinely handle these types of cases in Orlando. Feel free to call my office for a free consultation.

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