Mary Catherine Bonner’s Answers

Mary Catherine Bonner

Fort Lauderdale Appeals Lawyer.

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  1. My son is a 30 year old graduate student, that has been convicted of a drug offense & is serving 24 months in the federal system

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Adam Todd Dougherty
    2. Mary Catherine Bonner
    3. Eric J Trabin
    4. Joshua Sachs
    5. John L Ponzini
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    before i could give you a competent answer, we would need to get some questions answered. how long ago was he sentenced; in which district was he sentenced; did he cooperate with the government; was it a sentence recommended by the government, etc. time may well be of the essence but not knowing more, it is impossible. you should meet with either his past attorney or i invite you to meet with me in fort lauderdale. there is no parole, there is supervised relief. if he received a 24...

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  2. CAN A CRIMINAL APPEAL RISK A DEFENDANTS SENTENCE TO BE INCREASED/HEIGHTENED?? DO WE HAVE TO ORDER A RETRIAL IF ERRORS ARE FOUND?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Eric J Trabin
    2. Mary Catherine Bonner
    3. Joshua Sachs
    4. Michael Steven Pollok
    5. Ricky Louis Ferrara
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    The answer is no except in smoe very rare cases where you have another intervening conviction. Very , very rarely a concern. You deserve to have these questions answered by your lawyer. It does not matter if you have had a public defender appointed or not. You need to find out what the lawyer believes are or may be the problems with your plea, if any. Very recently the united states supreme court has confirmed that you can challenge the effectiveness of counsel at plea. Depending on the...

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  3. I had i lawyer for my son in a federal court, after exsausting all my finaces he said to us and the cout=rt he wasent qulified t

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Corey Ira Cohen
    2. Michael A Orozco
    3. Mary Catherine Bonner
    4. Frank Mascagni III
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    unfortunately, reductions of sentence do not exist in federal court, except when the person has cooperated and the government itself moves for the reduction. there are a few other issues that you must consider. if you are concerned about the fees paid, you can contact the Florida Bar. which has a process for fee disputes. if your son's former lawyer said that he "wasn't qualified" on the record, you need to obtain those pages of transcript. since your son is at fci, i can only...

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  4. My brother lose his firts appeal in Tampa Florida court can he appeal again . If yes how much a lawyer charges.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. William David Umansky
    2. Mary Catherine Bonner
    3. Jason Michael Reid
    4. Amber Hill
    5. Clifford M. Miller
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    I am sorry about your brother. I presume that it was a state court conviction but the manner in which it is presented is unclear. yes, there are lots of things to do after a conviction is affirmed. I would need to know in which court he was convicted. if it is florida courts, he can seek review (rarely given) in the florida supreme court. this is a limited jurisdiction and too complicated to explain in this brief area. he can seek certiorari in the united states supreme court....

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  5. Is the same judge thats puts a person on probation, the same judge that terminates it?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. William David Umansky
    2. Evan Mitchell Kleiman
    3. Douglas Holbrook
    4. Mary Catherine Bonner
    5. Andrew Nicholas Clifford
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    generall speaking, absent some intervening factor, yes.

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  6. Could I be approved a realestate lic?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Mary Catherine Bonner
    2. Ryan Sanford Grazi
    3. Carol Anne Johnson
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    first of all "arraignment" is not a charge.. you will have to obtain the records to actually be alble to speak with authority about your priors. you also say that your 2002 was nolle prossed. if it was not prosecuted it is not a conviction. expungement/sealing is a staturorily created right in florida. you need a criminal attorney to answer these questions after all of the facts are made clear. should you wish to call me, please feel free. also visit my website at katebonner.com. i...

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  7. My father passed away and my mother is ill can my sister take over everything? my parents have a will on their home.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Kenneth R. Gold
    2. Julie Aletta Paquette
    3. Mary Catherine Bonner
    4. Laurence I Levinson
    5. Peter L. Conway
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    in a practical sense many times the child who has the most access to the home and to the elderly or ill parent has the most power. i am not commenting on michigan law, but here in florida, if your mom re-deeded the house to herself, you and your siblings, if she passes away you and your siblings will already be record owners, so no one person can alienate the home. you really need a good michigan real estate/trusts and estates lawyer. i know that even consultations can be expensive, but a...

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  8. Why is my state sentence longer than federal requirements? what can I do?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Howard A. Schwartz
    2. Mary Catherine Bonner
    3. Michael Lewis Marley
    4. Norman Antonio Stiteler
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    these are two separate systems. you can actually be charged and convicted in both. no, it isn't double jeopardy. there are many pros and cons. sometimes in state prosecutions there is the chance of a withhold of adjudication, sometimes there is the ability to early-termination of any probation. also, you need to ascertain what exact term of incarceration--rather than the number in the sentencing document--will be served at any rate. you need a lawyer and badly. you need someone...

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  9. Defendant found afflicted with Mad King George's Disease should counsel have sought insane certfication prior to going to trial?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Brett Nicholls Metcalf
    2. Joseph Julius Registrato
    3. Michael Douglas Shafer
    4. Mary Catherine Bonner
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    you have not stated the stage of the current prosecution. as you may know, there is a difference between insanity and competency. also if you are litigating post conviction your burden will have to reinvestigate and establish that he was afflicted at the time of offense. in other words, a nunc pro tunc analysis. your investigator should also attempt to locate those who were around this person at the time of the offenses and characterize his behavior v. his normal behavior; whether he was on...

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  10. I'm an indigent defendant found guilty of a crime. Should the direct appeal fail, I want to be prepared for the next appeal.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Joshua Sachs
    2. Clifford M. Miller
    3. Mary Catherine Bonner
    4. Frank Mascagni III
    5. Michael Steven Pollok
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    you have quite a complex question. firstly, if you were convicted in orlando, go to the website for the Fifth District Court of Appeals of Florida (under florida courts). there will be a way to check for a docket. follow the directions, and you will see what is happening with your case. if you are unsuccessful in the Fifth District, in some circumstances you can take your issues to the Florida Supreme Court, and if they are of federal constitutional dimension, you can petition the United...

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