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Edward Tapanes

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  • What is a field information card?

    Asked in Miami, FL - 44 minutes A detective caught me and a friend smoking, my friend had his ID and i didnt so i gave him my information, he said he was going to let us go, but he only made me sign some sort of form, out of nervousness I just sig...

    Edward’s Answer

    A field information card or field interview card are what police use to document encounters with certain individuals. That information can later be used to solve crimes. However, field interview cards are not signed by the person. Just to give you an idea, the field interview card (in Miami) are small. If you signed a document that was letter size and you signed the lower right hand corner then you probably were arrested with a promise to appear in court. Please check the clerks website and your mail to make sure a criminal case was not opened against you. the website is www.miami-dadeclerk.com.

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  • Can I seal or expunge a DUI charge that happened 5 years ago?

    I plead nolo contedere but was charged guilty. Is there any possibility to ever erase this from my record? If not how long will it be on my record?

    Edward’s Answer

    I agree with all my colleagues. The simple answer is, unfortunately, no. Post Conviction relief after two years will generally only be allowed for newly discovered evidence. In my years of practice as an Asst. State Attorney and Defense Attorney I have never seen one granted in DUI after the two year mark.

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  • What lawyer do you recommend

    I am on community control after 3 years in state prison I received a Y.O sentence for armed robbery with a mask I have 2years cc the judge made no agreements or ties I just have to do my time she never said I could not get early termination in 6 m...

    Edward’s Answer

    Judges will normally consider converting community control to probation (not early terminating) at the half way mark, which would be a year in your case. I agree with my colleagues that Judge Miller will hear your case and give you a fair chance. However, i must caution you that with Judge Miller you must be prepared to demonstrate a compelling reason for doing so. Remember, you agreed to be 2 years in community control. Absent an agreement for early termination or conversion you are technically not entitled to converting your community control to probation or early terminating it. Again, if you provide Judge Miller with a compelling reason and convince the State then you should have no problem.

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  • How do I get a felony I did not commit off of my record?

    I am just finding out that this has been on my record for over a year. I have not been notified of this getting on my record nor have I ever been to court for it. I did not commit this act and need it off my record.

    Edward’s Answer

    In Florida, all persons arrested for a felony must be booked in a county jail. The county jail will have fingerprints and a booking photo of that person. Most, if not all, State Attorney's Office will assist victims of identity theft under these circumstances. This actually happens on a daily basis. The State Attorney's Office will provide you with the necessary documents and conduct their own research as to who used your personal information. If they determine who that person is, then the State will file a motion to amend the name and personal idenitfication regarding that case. This process is not simple and you will definetly beneift using an attorney in your area to assist you.

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