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John Skyler Riordan

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  • What should I do?

    Hello, I was arrested a few weeks ago for grand larceny from my former workplace. The charge was grand larceny in the third degree. This is my first time ever being arrested. The same day I was fired from my job for theft, I paid the restitution o...

    John’s Answer

    You need a lawyer. This charge is a charge of dishonesty and can affect you for the remainder if your life. Do not chance doing this without an experienced criminal defense attorney.

    I practice in Palm Beach County and have an office in Lake Worth. Call me for a free consultation.

    --John S. Riordan, Esq.
    (561) 886-2620

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  • Arrested, court-ordered diversion program completed. Am I required to report the arrest to the bar?

    I have been a member of the state bar for 6 years. 2 years ago I was arrested on a drug possession charge, but I completed a court-ordered diversion program and have stayed clean ever since. The charges were dropped. Am I required to report this ...

    John’s Answer

    I believe the FL Bar changed the reporting requirements under the Rules of Ethical conduct a few years back. Previously, you were only required to report felony arrests; however, now you are required to report any arrest. I would call the Florida Bar Ethics Hotline and confidentially ask the FL Bar's opinion. (850) 561-5600.

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  • My daughter is in some trouble. She has some money, but she is a single mom and as a parent I want to help. I need help please.

    All I can say because I'm scared to say anything but help. She was charged with extortion. So naive, she didn't know words would get her in trouble. she is a good mom and was desperate at the time. Not collecting child support, doesn't mean she ca...

    John’s Answer

    She absolutely needs a good criminal attorney. I handle complex criminal cases throughout the state. In fact I am driving in to Jacksonville for another cases tomorrow. Please feel free to contact me if your wish to discuss.

    --John S. Riordan
    (561) 886-2620

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  • Should my son accept a plea bargain when he is innocent

    my son has been in jail for the past seven month in florida. the police has a video showing a woman who picked him up outside a bar. he agreed to have her perform oral sex on him. when he didn't pay her, she drove him to the home of the officer wh...

    John’s Answer

    There has to be far more to the story than that version. Something sounds strange based upon what you said. These are very serious charges and if the plea is accepted possibly subject your son to being a registered sex offender for life. Unfortunately, your son's lawyer is in the best position to provide legal advice as to what he should do.

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  • How do I remove present Atty from case? How do I ask to downgrade my CC to probation( served 1 yr to date).

    Was arrested in 2010 for fraud & grand theft. Admitted to $19K - but was told I had to plea to the entire amount of $39K. Plead not-guilty and judge said guilty. I paid entire amount of $39K back - was sentenced to 2 yrs Community Control follow...

    John’s Answer

    Unfortunately, you have answered your own question. You really need to hire another attorney. You can do it own your own; however, an attorney gives you the best possibility at the motion being granted.

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  • My son was caught for shop lifting in Walmart they stopped him right out the door

    My son was caught for shop lifting in Walmart they stopped him right out the door and took him to there security room.Thay recovered the product and never called the police but did have him sign something, took his pic and told him not to come bac...

    John’s Answer

    Yes it is legal; however, if he was not arrested and the police were not called at the time of the initial incident, it is very unlikely that criminal charges will be filed. This is a civil demand letter allowed by law. Typically, most attorneys advise clients to ignore these kind of letter. Rarely, if ever, will Walmart spend $400 plus to sue over a smaller amount. Technically, it can happen, but usually doesn't. Want to play it safe. Pay the money.

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  • Is a 1 million dollar bail excessive under the 8th amendment?

    I have a dear friend who was arrested on false accusations by his son's mother. She is trying to take back what she originally said, but the court hearing isn't for another month. These are his current charges. PC 166(C)(1) Misdemeano...

    John’s Answer

    While he may not be a flight risk, it appears as if he is a potential risk to the alleged victim. One of the counts listed by you is a violation of a DV protection order. Add to the violation an allegation of kidnapping, and it is clear why the judge set the bond a t one million. Usually, this kind of scenario equals NO BOND for the protection of the alleged victim. I would not say that one million is excessive based upon the above.

    You need to immediately retain an attorney to fight the charges and seek to get the bond reduced ASAP.

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  • How long can a criminal case take and how long can they hold you in jail if you can't pay bond ?

    Been sittin in jail for 4 months. Bond is too high. Has had several arraignments and one PTC. Next PTC is the 30th and also a hearing to files motions. Had 31 one charges. 10 were dropped. Grand left less than 20k. Deal in stolen prop, false info ...

    John’s Answer

    A criminal case can take years and you will stay in jail until the case is over if you cannot post bond. Best option is to hire an attorney who can seek to have the bond lowered and allow you an opportunity to get out while the case is pending. Feel free to have a friend or family member call my office for a free consultation. I handle cases throughout Florida.

    John S. Riordan, Esq.
    (561) 886-2620

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  • My 15 yr old daughter was "arrested" but never booked and has misdemeanor charges from being in possession of alcohol.

    My daughter was allowed into an 18 and over dance club w/o even request of ID and then also SERVED alcohol in same club again w/o asking for ID. When getting ready to leave the club a police officer tried to snatch a bottle of beer from my daught...

    John’s Answer

    Unfortunately, this is very common and not an injustice as you described it. Your daughter fled from police. An officer can use reasonable and necessary force to apprehend a fleeing suspect. Their training calls for the fleeing suspect to be taken to the ground and detained, usually by a knee to the back of the head or neck.

    Bottom line is do not flee from the police. The vast majority of the time the person fleeing comes out on the losing end.

    Miranda is not necessary if your daughter was simply being arrested without any in custody interrogation.

    I cannot address the release issue as I agree she should have been released to a parent; however, that is in the officer's discretion.

    You can file an internal affairs complaint and have the officer investigated for using excessive force, but my guess is that complaint will be determined to be unfounded

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  • Recently a no contest was put onto my case, not enought evidence, and I committed no crime, but was treated like a criminal.

    went to hearings, went to jail, have a record that I do not deserve, wAT ARE ME OPTIONS TOR LEGAL COMPENSASTION/

    John’s Answer

    Sounds like you took a no contest plea. If that is correct, there are no options for you to seek legal compensation. Taking a plea essentially precludes a successful claim for monetary damages. As indicated, you potentially seek to have your record sealed, but that does not provide for monetary compensation.

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