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  • I have an ex partner who is threatening to ruin my reputation with work and friends how do i deal with this extortion

    He is telling me that if I do not contact him he will ruin my reputation. He has already sent text messages to my former boss and I am afraid he is going to try it with my new place of work

    Michael’s Answer

    You have 3 potential courses of action as I see it:

    1) Call the cops and file a complaint (this will almost certainly NOT result in an arrest but it will dovetail nicely into the remaining options);

    2) Seek a restraining order (domestic or otherwise); or

    3) If he takes action against your interests then sue his a**.

    I do not see any other avenue for you but would caution that at present yours is NOT a criminal defense question. If, o the other hand, you go a route other than the one's that I've outlines and foolishly choose to take matters in your own hands then it could become a criminal defense matter, only you will be the one who needs the attorney.

    Wishing you good luck and hoping that I've been helpful.

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  • What will happen to me?

    Me and two friends shoplift 56 dollars worth of items and last August we was suppose to go to court but we missed it.i want to turn myself in. This is my first offense.

    Michael’s Answer

    This is a good choice but one not to do on you own initiative.

    Please, pretty please, do it through / with the help of a lawyer.

    Use the "Find a Lawyer" feature on AVVO to locate proximate lawyers and hire one.

    I hope that I have been helpful in answering your question.

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  • Not sure if I ran a stop sign or not.

    I was at a four way stop and about 20 to 30 yards ahead of me on the opposite side of the street was a road crew clearing out vegetation. I stopped at the four way and continued on. There was no one holding any sign and my side of the street was...

    Michael’s Answer

    Did you get a ticket?

    If not then I am not sure either what you are asking or why you are asking it.

    Still, I hope that I have been helpful in answering your question.

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  • I was given 6 months probation and missed my court date. now I have a FTA warrant should I turn myself in or get a lawyer

    I was working at walmart and stole something. I was given I was given 6 months probation and fines and 20hrs of community service. I went to probation officer every month and paid fines. I haven't done my community service and missed my court date...

    Michael’s Answer

    I am not an OH lawyer and cannot comment on matters of OH law or procedure but, I can tell you that in Florida, where I have been a practicing criminal defense attorney for nearly a quarter of a century, that the bottom line with warrants is that they suck (well that and that oftentimes they end up in untimely and inconvenient incarceration). When it comes to the subject of warrants, anyone anywhere who has knowledge of the existence of the warrant has 2 choices: Either they can deal with it proactively, in an offensive manner or they can live day to day, waiting until it is ultimately served, and then play catch-up (defense).

    In this light warrants can be likened to cancer. If it exists (whether it is a warrant or cancer) then you have a problem. You can either choose to deal with the problem and hope for the best or you can wait for the problem to deal with you in its own natural fashion. In the former event it may or may not work out favorably for you, but, in the case of a warrant, at least the State and the Judge will have to acknowledge that you voluntarily chose to bring the matter to them (which is an undeniable fact that even an inexperienced lawyer should be able to use your advantage during the pendency of your case). In the later event, however, just as with cancer, the longer that you choose to wait (whether in denial, self-pity or simply because you are lost in hope, desperation and prayer that it'll heal itself / go away) then more time that it has to metasticize and destroy you from within.

    You may well have defenses to your charge (as I said I am not an OH lawyer and I know less than nothing about OH law - you should certainly discuss the same with an experienced Warren, OH area criminal defense practicioner) but, right, wrong or indifferent I am confident that the warrant is a veritable cancer which will almost surely prejudice you, whether with the Court, the State or both, sometime down the legal pike.

    I hope that I have been helpful in answering your question.

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  • What happens if you cannot post bail?

    I may be in a situation where I have to choose between hiring a lawyer or bail. If I cannot post bail, does the time that I am in jail count towards any sentencing that I may get? So if I am sentenced to a month and already did 20 days, will I onl...

    Michael’s Answer

    You pretty much have it right.

    No bail = in jail.

    Each day in on a given case is credited toward any sentence in that case.

    You may serve less than your hypothetical math indicates though as you fail to factor in gain time / good (behavior) time / happy time (whatever they call it in CA it's additional time off your actual time served).

    I hope that I have been helpful in answering your question.

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  • My license got suspended in California and I'm not sure what to do now.

    I paid half the speeding ticket and forgot about it then moved back here fo Utah in 2012. I'm not sure how long its been suspended or if i have a warrant out for my arrest.

    Michael’s Answer

    Hire a local CA lawyer in the area where you received the ticket to assist you.

    Use the "Find a Lawyer" feature on AVVO to locate a few proximate lawyers, send out some emails and remotely hire one with a credit card.

    This should be easy peezy lemon squeezy.

    I hope that I have been helpful in answering your question.

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  • I have a warrant in Georgia for simple battery an robbery can I get a lawyer to lift the warrant

    I jus want to get a court date without having to turn myself in an lose my job going back to georgia

    Michael’s Answer

    I don't know GA law or procedure but in FL (where I have been a criminal defense attorney for nearly a quarter of a century) you don;lt get to dictate the terms and conditions of your warrant being quashed. That's up to the Judge, and here, in the 305, they almost always want o see your smiling face before they will even consider it. Again, GA may well be different (I am often times amazed at the differences which exist across State lines), but either way here is what I can tell you about warrants:

    The bottom line with warrants is that they suck (well that and that oftentimes they end up in untimely and inconvenient incarceration). When it comes to the subject of warrants, anyone anywhere who has knowledge of the existence of the warrant has 2 choices: Either they can deal with it proactively, in an offensive manner or they can live day to day, waiting until it is ultimately served, and then play catch-up (defense).

    In this light warrants can be likened to cancer. If it exists (whether it is a warrant or cancer) then you have a problem. You can either choose to deal with the problem and hope for the best or you can wait for the problem to deal with you in its own natural fashion. In the former event it may or may not work out favorably for you, but, in the case of a warrant, at least the State and the Judge will have to acknowledge that you voluntarily chose to bring the matter to them (which is an undeniable fact that even an inexperienced lawyer should be able to use your advantage during the pendency of your case). In the later event, however, just as with cancer, the longer that you choose to wait (whether in denial, self-pity or simply because you are lost in hope, desperation and prayer that it'll heal itself / go away) then more time that it has to metasticize and destroy you from within.

    You may well have defenses to your charges, I don't know. What I do know is that you should discuss the matter with an experienced Douglasville, GA area criminal defense lawyer. Further, I am certain that, right, wrong or indifferent that the warrant is a veritable cancer which will almost surely prejudice you, whether with the Court, the State or both, sometime down the legal pike.

    I hope that I have been helpful in answering your question.

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  • I recieved a ticket for possesion of marijuana and paraphernilia. No court required.Is this going to be on my background check?

    I was camping and the ranger gave us a ticket for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. All i had to do was pay it online and the was the last I ever had to deal with it. I didn't have to go to court or anything. I want to know if this is goi...

    Michael’s Answer

    No lawyer can tell you either how thoroughly some other person / entity will go in conducting a background check or what such an examination may or may not reveal.

    That said, unfortunately, it is probably a safe bet to assume that if you were arrested anytime in the digital age then your criminal record will almost certainly remain with you forever. To some degree or another this is true regardless of whether your ultimately seal or expunge a case. All arrests are matters of public record, and, even if they are subsequently removed from the public record they still remain alive and well in various private records. This is one down-side to technology.

    You might want to do your own background check to see what pops up. Forewarned is forearmed. If your prior indiscretion appears then, for better or for worse, you are probably best advised to take the wind out of the sails by admitting your past issues / indiscretions to your present (or potential) employer, lender, landlord, licensing authority, admissions committee, etcetera, rather than waiting for them to find out on their own, but that's a personal, not a legal, decision.

    I hope that I have been helpful in answering your question.

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  • Is there anything I can do to help?

    im on ga 1st offender probation for assault. i was placed on this in 2012. in the court order judge brown states that it can be terminated once all terms are met. my po states that all she can do is unsupervised due to the crime rven though the co...

    Michael’s Answer

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    Your PO must listen to your Judge.

    Your best bet is to hire a Grovetown, GA criminal defense lawyer to prepare, file, calendar and litigate a legally sound a persuasive motion for termination of your probation.

    I hope that I have been helpful in answering your question.

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  • Florida DL HTO susp 3/14/2011. I completed ADI. I need a hardship lic. Any chance I get regular license back at this time ?

    I am starting the process of getting a hardship license. I only have 8 1/2 months remaining of my 5 year suspension. Is there a way I can request my regular license at this time? any process that might get me reinstated without restrictions? I ...

    Michael’s Answer

    You may want to call the good folks at DMV in Tallahassee (850-617-2000). If you follow the rule of the 3 "p"'s (be patient, pleasant and polite) then you will likely be surprised at just how knowledgeable and helpful they can be.

    I hope that I have been helpful in answering your question.

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