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  • I was charged with a DUI and the probable cause to stop me was  an OBED/TRAFFIC/CONTROL/DEVICE GENERAL USE.

    I was stopped for no reason while driving home. The officer told me I was speeding when I wasn't " there is no proof" They took me to jail charge with a DUI and refusal to summit to testing. I hired an attorney that I am not happy with. Looking fo...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I would recommend talking to many attorneys, there are plenty on Avvo. It sounds like you may have a basis for a motion to suppress, but I would need to look further into the facts. Good luck.

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  • Why do some lawyers call the dea and some recommend not to? When you are being investigated

    I recieved a letter of seizure from them

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues, it really depends on the facts of the case. It is impossible to determine whether it is your best interest without additional information. Regardless, I would recommend retaining an attorney quickly to assist you in this matter. An attorney will be able to provide you the sort of advice, you need. Good luck!

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  • Hourly vs Flat fee rates on serious felony criminal charges

    I've been getting estimates between $40,000 to 100,000 flat fee for a serious first degree felony case. One attorney does not do flat fee and is estimating 75k to 100k. The hourly rate attorney has a good reputation (amongst other attorneys), but ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I agree with my colleague, Jay, my concern would be that if you are already stretched so thin, you may not be able to deal with the other costs of litigation, like experts, transcripts, etc. What is the specific charge? My other concern would be if it is being handled on an hourly basis is that if you spend all your money on the initial retainer, then you are unable to come up with the additional fees, is the attorney going to withdrawn? This would put you at a worse place then you are already are in.

    I would recommend keep interviewing attorneys until you find someone that you feel comfortable with and works financially. Good luck.

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  • I need help

    I was driving and got pulled over the cop told me I was driving under suspended license well to find out polk county in fl did it by mistake. When I went to court in Osceola county for my driving under suspended license judge draper wouldn't even ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I would recommend retaining an attorney down here to help resolve the warrant issue. Unfortunately, if you are arrested in WV with a Florida warrant, they can transport you down here for the warrant. I am actually from West Virginia, which part of the state are you from? Good luck

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  • Can a decision of not taking it to trial on the states behalf be made at pretrial?

    Burglary with fire arm charge, The state has no evidence what so ever, no gun,witness didnt Identify him on the photo packet she circled someone else, dey have video tapes wit the aledged codefendent in it but none of him or anyone who matches his...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues. The State isn't going to just drop the case, I also doubt they truly don't have any evidence. Retain an attorney. Good luck

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  • I want to know when and why i violate. Violations handbook

    I have two years left on my probation (3years) i never violated until a year into it. I will have 2 dirty urines back to back will I i go to prison

    Jonathan’s Answer

    It depends on a million factors, including your prior records, your score under Florida's scoring system, prior history on probation, etc. I would recommend retaining an attorney to assist you in the matter. Judge Perry is extremely aggressive with regards to dirty urine tests and drug use. good luck!

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  • Can I be violated for back resolution if the sentencing judge said I have until the last four month of my probation(may 2015eos

    I transferred to another state the probation officer knew I was behind and now he is trying to make me pay more then I can afford by December first or he said he will violate me and send me back to Florida if I can't pay it even throw I still hav...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I am sorry, but it is a little unclear, are you behind on restitution? is that the concern?

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  • Has it been your experience that the best plea deals come at the beginning of cases? Criminal defense felony

    I've been told that any litigation could make the prosecutor pull any plea deals off the table (especially civilian depositions). Are the best plea deals at the beginning stages? This is in reference to major crimes (first degree felonies).

    Jonathan’s Answer

    As the only Tampa lawyer to post a response, I can tell you this is totally incorrect in Tampa. I am not sure how you could even have an idea whether to plea a case or not in the total beginning without completing any discovery, deposition or further investigations. Also, the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office will begin to make better offers when they have a reason to do so, like a strong motion that is filed, a well taken deposition, etc. I would recommend retaining a Tampa criminal defense attorney as soon as possible and to listen to their recommendations as opposed to the other people, who have been offering advice. Good luck.

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  • What happens when both the victim and the perpetrator viotate a no contact rule.because they want to be together?

    A wife and her husband want to work on their marriage but the wife was told no contact with her husband he also wants to be with his wife. She has a domestic violence charge. What can they do?

    Jonathan’s Answer

    This is one of the more confusing things with a no-contact Order, it really only applies to the Defendant contacting the Victim, since the Court can't really punish or sanction the Victim for contacting the Defendant. I would retain an attorney to have the no-contact Order either lifted or modified to allow non-violent contact. Good luck.

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  • For Notice of Trial what is the estimated time needed to present a complicated divorce case?

    I'm representing myself at a divorce trial that I am taking back in to set aside a default judgement on. I need to know what is considered a reasonable amount of time to present my case.

    Jonathan’s Answer

    How many witnesses do you anticipate calling? How many pieces of evidence are you admitting? Is the other side represented?

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