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  • I just went through a nasty custody battle over my daughter and lost. How do I file an appeal?

    For most of the case I didn't have a lawyer since I couldn't afford one. My boyfriend loaned me $5k to retain one for the last couple months. Because my mother and grandmother and I are not getting along right now, they bad mouthed me to the guard...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I would recommend retaining an attorney to assist you in filing the appeal. The filing and arguing of an appeal is very fact specific and requires you to meet several strict guidelines. Further, the Second District Court of Appeals is not too forgiving for pro se litigants making procedural errors. Good luck.

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  • VOP Technical.

    My boyfriend was on a 5 year suspended. He was on probation. He got stopped for driving on a suspended . The license was suspended for child support. In his VOP his probation Officer was not there and he never had an evidentuary hearing. And the j...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues. Unfortunately at this point, it sounds as though post-conviction relief through a 3.850 or a similar motion is going to be difficult. I would recommend he retain counsel for the hearings and/or to properly file the motion. Our firm handles these matters. Good luck.

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  • Is it to late for a lawyer

    I was arrested for possession of controlled substance (Methaphamine) 2yrs ago, Hillsborough county sheriff’s office showed up at my girlfriend’s house acting on a crime stoppers tip, woke me out of a sound sleep wanting to search the RV I ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Yes, you can still hire an attorney to assist you in the matter to handle the violation of probation. You will go before Judge Perry since this is a technical violation in Hillsborough County. Good luck.

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  • How to vet a potential criminal defense attorney?

    How do I properly vet a potential attorney? Is there a way to find out their track record (how many cases they plead, trial experience, percentage of acquittals, etc.)? What other information should I seek prior to hiring an attorney?

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I would recommend sitting down and meeting with as many attorneys as possible. Frankly, it will almost impossible for you to get all that information from publicly available sources. I would sit down and meet as many attorneys as you can and find out which ones you are most comfortable with. Good luck.

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  • Ex threatening, harassing using compromising pictures, please help

    I have an ex-boyfriend who is threatening to send compromising pictures of me to employers and friends if I do not do what he wishes. He lives in a different state (NH), and I have not seen him in over two months. I have no idea what my recourse i...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I would recommend an injunction as the first line of defense. I understand it may only upset him, but it sounds like it is the best option you have at this point. Further, it gives you a remedy, if he continues threatening and contacting you. Good luck!

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  • Can you recommend 3 top criminal defense attorney in our area?

    My relative has been charged with a very serious crime (First degree murder). We are currently seeking an experienced private attorney. One of the suggestions I found online was to ask attorneys in my area who they would recommend. If your family...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues. I strongly recommend using the "find a lawyer" section of the website, you should be able to find plenty of qualified attorneys in that section, that will assist you and your family. Good luck!

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  • Will I get arrested

    Will I get arrested at the dmv in Tampa FL for a bench warrant I missed court and I'm trying to get a picture I'd

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues. It really depends on whether or not they run your ID against a warrant database. Regardless, I would strongly recommend taking care of the warrant as quickly as possible.

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  • Motion To Clarify Sentence

    My friend put in a motion to clairfy sentence and the judge denied it. He put one in to the orig sentencing judge and the VOP judge. Why would the judge deny a motion to clairfy sentence he is not asking for it to be modified just a clairfication....

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues, there was very likely a procedural defect with the motion. Hire an attorney to assist him in filing the motion. Good luck.

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  • I'm engaged & want to move out of state with my child. Is this sufficient reason to do so?

    Child is 12. Father has been sporadic in life. However there's a shared responsibility plan in place, I'm the custodial parent with physical custody & he hasn't totally followed the order. He's 20,000 in arrears, & has been incarcerated due to thi...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I agree with my colleague. It is also worth noting that the court is going to consider what is in the best interest of the child, not you, so make sure your argument focuses on the child's best interest. Our firm routinely handles these matters and offers free case consultations. Good luck!

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  • Is a judge in a vop hearing required to ask if you are satisfied with your public defender or if any one promised you any thing?

    Trying to find a way to get my friends 10 year sentence at least reduced. We feel he did not get a chance to defend him self nor did his public defender defend him. He admitted to the vop but the judge made some comments that were not factual an...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Generally, a judge will ask about whether someone is pleased with their counsel during a colloquy admitting a violation of probation, but many times they do not. What sort of statements were made that were "not factual"? What does your friend believe the public defender did improperly? Good luck

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