Ernest L. Chang’s Answers

Ernest L. Chang

Melbourne Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. My son was arrested in Orlando on 12/29 & date was set for 1/18, he is in rehab and missed the court date, what should he do?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Ernest L. Chang
    2. Brett Nicholls Metcalf
    3. Sherry Gale Ivey Jones
    4. William David Umansky
    5. James W Chandler
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    Hire a lawyer- With proof that your son is in rehab, an attorney may be able to get the judge to recall the warrant, continue the case until your son completes rehab and then work to resolve his case favorably. Feel free to contact my office for a free consultation.

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  2. Is there any way if i retain a lawyer to keep my license when i got a DUI?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Ernest L. Chang
    2. James Regan
    3. Colleen M. Glenn
    4. Jasen Bodie Nielsen
    5. Tracey Lyn Sticco
    5 lawyer answers

    A lawyer can assist you with a formal review hearing to challenge your License suspension. However, keeping your license is NOT a guarantee even if you retain a lawyer.

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  3. Can I legally own a handgun in FL if I was convicted of felonies as a juvenile?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Ernest L. Chang
    2. Seda Aktas
    3. Marci Dana Silver
    4. James Regan
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    The DUI would not have any effect on your possessing a firearm. IF you were adjudicated as a delinquent, and that crime would be a felony as an adult, , it would be a crime to own/possess a firearm if you were under age 24. See Florida statute 790.23: (1) It is unlawful for any person to own or to have in his or her care, custody, possession, or control any firearm, ammunition, or electric weapon or device, or to carry a concealed weapon, including a tear gas gun or chemical weapon...

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  4. I was arrested 3 weeks ago and several of my personal items were seized (all electronics). I need these things...!

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. William David Umansky
    2. Ernest L. Chang
    3. Amir A. Ladan
    4. Mark H Randall
    4 lawyer answers

    If the electronic items were seized for evidence, they can be kept until the case is disposed- if the items were of a personal nature, such as a cell phone or laptop and are not necessary for the prosecution, you lawyer could file a motion to have your property returned. You should consult with an attorney to discuss the specifics of your case.

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  5. What happens if you violate a quarterman's bond? I heard their not aloud to give those out anymore?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Ernest L. Chang
    2. Jason Michael Reid
    3. William David Umansky
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    A violation of a Quartermans bond essentially nullifies your plea agreement. Whatever agreement you may have had with the state attorney is void and the judge is able to sentence you to the maximum allowed by law. Although they are not common, judges do use them occasionally. If you have violated a Quarterman condition of your release, you should discuss the matter with your attorney as soon as possible.

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  6. In probation, can I VOP on slander?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. William David Umansky
    2. Ernest L. Chang
    3. Barry Franklin Poulson
    4. Mark H Randall
    5. Roger Scott Jr.
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    While truth may be a defense, I do not believe that your probation would be violated for slander. However, you are on probation, and this company could possibly get the police involved in "looking" at you. Why take the chance. Remove the posting, and avoid the possibility of the company calling on police. While you may not get violated for "slander", the police may find some other reason to violate you.

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  7. I was wrongfully accused as being the driver at an accident for a DUI charge the driver told the cops i was driving can i win

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Michael Leonard Mastrogiovanni
    2. Ernest L. Chang
    3. Matthew Phillip Konecky
    4. Jesus Novo III
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    Yes- obviously depending on the facts, any admissions that you may or may not have made, etc. whose car was it? Any admissions? Any witnesses, etc. consult with an attorney immediately.

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  8. Dui manslaughter

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. William David Umansky
    2. Sean P. Wickens
    3. Catherine Holly Yach Gleason
    4. Ernest L. Chang
    5. Thomas D. Boley
    5 lawyer answers

    There are many factors that affect when reports are disclosed to lawyers. Since you already have a lawyer involved, I would schedule an appointment with your lawyer to fully discuss the evidence, reports, motions, etc. Ask your lawyer to explain your case and the defense strategy to you.

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  9. Need record sealed/expunged.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. William Alexander Corzo
    2. Ernest L. Chang
    3. Bryce Aric Fetter
    4. William David Umansky
    5. Steven Douglas Knittle
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    Although there are certain offenses that are not eligible to be sealed, if your case was in fact dismissed or charges never filed, that case may be eligible to be sealed and/or expunged. I would contact a lawyer that does sealings and expunctions in your jurisdiction. They will discuss the specifics of this case with you to assess whether you are in fact eligible to have this case sealed and in doing so make sure you meet all of the other criteria.

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  10. Hello, I am looking for a pro bono attorney for a criminal case.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. William David Umansky
    2. Amber Hill
    3. Ernest L. Chang
    4. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko
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    Given that the person has already served 15 years of prison, it would appear on the surface that all time periods for appeal and possibly even post-conviction challenged may have lapsed. It would appear as if some other collateral issue would have to be present, possibly new evidence or the like, in order to obtain some relief. I would follow the suggestions posted above, obtain contact numbers from the Orange County Bar Association or perhaps the Florida Bar, of a lawyer(s) who might be...

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