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  • My son got ticketed by a a federal agent I think and got a court date for possession of a controlled substance.

    What can I expect when we go to court. We're going to federal court. He was ticketed with a traffic citation and charged with possession of a controlled substance. He had a small amount of marihuana on him. What can I expect?

    Jesus’s Answer

    That is very unusual! Typically Possession of Cannabis is a State offense and unless your son was somehow in exclusive Federal Jurisdiction, the federal agent probably was out of his power to give him a ticket. I strongly suggest you consult with an attorney, and he will tell you exactly what to expect and how to proceed.

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  • How to file a modification of probation/ community control without legal representation?

    I need to know where i can locate the form needed to file a modification of probation.

    Jesus’s Answer

    There is an old adage that says "an attorney who represents himself has a fool for a client"; it also applies to pro-se defendants. I can direct you to F.S. § 921.0026 and/or F.S. § 948.05, but I strongly suggest you hire an attorney.

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  • Converting restitution to civil lien in Florida.

    Hello, I am on probation for 10 years withhold adjudication. I wanted to know if it were ever possible to have my probation converted to a civil lien if the victim has agreed to that? I have served just about half of the probation and about 6 mont...

    Jesus’s Answer

    Courts are usually hesitant to convert a criminal order of restitution that is a condition of probation into a civil order, however, if the victim agrees, a good criminal defense attorney could persuade the judge to grant it, especially if you have completed half of your probation (five years, it appears) without any hiccups. I suggest you contact an attorney. Good luck to you.

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  • Is it ok to file form N-400 while my green card is expired.

    Hello, I am a permanent residence, I've been one since 1997. my resident card is expired Sept 2014, I'm thinking instead of paying out cash my to renew the green card, I would just hire a lawyer to file the N400 form, but my question is will my...

    Jesus’s Answer

    A common misconception is that your Permanent Resident status expired with your card, however the key word there is "permanent". You shouldn't have any problems getting your naturalization.

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  • Can you get gain time for a minimum mandatory sentence involving 10-20-life?

    it i plea to 10 yrs doc per mininummum mangatory can i get gain time? involving firearms

    Jesus’s Answer

    Minimum mandatory means exactly that, you have to serve the minimum of your mandatory sentence before you can get gain time or any other reduction.

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  • Do I need an attorney for Drug Paraphernalia?

    This is my first ever offense and I'm 18 years old. I got a citation for drug paraphernalia and I got a pta. My questions is how much will the fine be, will my license get suspended, and if I qualify for diversion. also it was my friends car an...

    Jesus’s Answer

    Sounds like you have a good defense, however, you will definitely need a criminal defense attorney. If you want to accept a diversion program you may need to proffer that you are guilty of the charge. Don't do this yourself!

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  • I was arrested for petty theft, the case has been going on for 3 months and no movement?

    i havent gotten a court date and when i go online it just says notice to appear filed. I hear from a friend that they have to formally charg me by "informaion". But there is no information, does that need to happen at some point?

    Jesus’s Answer

    You need to speak to a criminal defense attorney pronto. There are issues that need to be preserved that only an attorney can handle, i.e. speedy trial, release of bond if any, etc. Additionally, listening to friends who are not legal professionals, while inexpensive at the beginning, usually end up costing more in terms of money, time and even your rights. Good luck.

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  • Bond money

    My husbands case was closed about a year ago.How do I request my bond money back?.I to this date havent received any forms as to getting my money back.

    Jesus’s Answer

    The additional information was the kicker. You signed a bond contract with a bondsman and paid a premium, usually 10% in State courts, 15% in Federal courts. That premium is not returnable to you. If you pledged any collateral for the difference, the bondsman should give you a release after the case is over.

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  • Will the Russian citizen with the Passport from St Kitts and Nevis, have difficulty obtaining residency in US?

    Will St Kitts and Nevis passport become an obstacle in the path of citizenship, due to it's questionable reputation?

    Jesus’s Answer

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    The question is not whether a passport from St. Kitts and Nevis has questionable reputation (I have friends who were born in Nevis and they have St. Kitts and Nevis passports that they use to travel all over the world, including the U.S.), the issue is whether it was obtained by fraud; if it was, then yes, there may be problems, although USCIS will be more lenient when the fraud did not involve U.S. documents. I strongly suggest the Russian citizen hires an Immigration attorney.

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  • What is a illegal conviction

    Is it lawful for the jury in a criminal case to find the defendant guilty of a crime that the judge did not instruct them on?.

    Jesus’s Answer

    In this day and age it is rare for a jury to convict for a crime they were not given the choice to check in the verdict form. However, if that was the case it wouldn't take much to vacate that verdict. Consult a criminal defense attorney ASAP as time is of the essence.

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