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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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  • Motion with redraw plea

    My name is Antonio and i send you my question last week about my case and all of you advice me to do motion with redraw plea . becouse i'm innocence! The lawyer that represant me and did all the mass !! now he send a motion without to...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues. I would just advise you that if you withdraw your plea, you are likely going to be forced to go to trial on the matter, so I would think long hard before doing so. Generally, the State Attorney's Office will not engage in any further negotiations with you and the Court will likely not accept further pleas. Good luck.

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  • Jail time?

    I was arrested the other day because there was a warrant out for me the charge was "failure to obey written promise" the original crime was driving without a license and I was suppose to complete this program but was not able to . I was taken to ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Potentially there could be jail and/or probation, I would strongly recommend retaining an attorney to analyze the case because there very may well be defenses to the charge. Have a good weekend, good luck.

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  • How long does it take for the Pinellas Sheriff's Office to receive notice of a Misdemeanor FTA warrant from traffic court?

    And, will they come to your house to arrest you? I filed change of address with court, but they sent Notice to Appear to old address. I found out, called the Judge, and have file Motion to Withdraw Arrest Warrant. This all happened within sever...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    If there is an active arrest warrant, then yes there is a chance they may come arrest you. It is impossible to answer how quickly this would occur. Further, it is necessary to set your Motion for a hearing, otherwise it just won't be entered by being filed. I would strongly recommend retaining an attorney to assist you with this matter. We routinely handle these matters in your area. Have a good rest of the weekend and good luck with this matter.

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  • My friend was charged with 4 counts of grand theft larceny and has a prior record on drug charges.

    Grand theft larceny, credit fraud, identity theft

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I am not sure what the exact question is, what is the question?

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  • Are there any reasonable guidelines for VOP sentences in South Florida?

    I am aware that you can get sentenced to the full term of your original sentence for a VOP. Yet I believe every judge who is reasonable would also look at the type of offense. I would think you would get a lesser sentence for a technical violation...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    If the case is in Tampa, Judge Perry will handle the technical violation. He certainly does exercise reasonable consideration on technical violations, depending on the unique facts and circumstances of the VOP. I strongly recommend retaining a Tampa criminal defense attorney to assist you in the matter since the stakes are so high for a violation of probation. We offer free case consultations and routinely handle these cases. Enjoy the rest of the long weekend, good luck in this matter.

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  • I want to know if a failure to appear carries points when it comes to sentencing in the state of Florida

    I know that they the charges are felonies, not sure if that makes a difference.

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I agree with my colleague. Additionally, it significantly effects bond status in Pinellas County. They will likely indicate his/her prior failure to appear by putting a "13" dollar amount at the end of the bond, like $513. The Court will also set the bond significantly higher than it would otherwise based on the prior failure to appear. We handle cases throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Have a good long weekend, good luck.

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  • What are my chance of getting my case dismissed?

    I am 19 years old and I was caught with a fake id this weekend. (It was a photo of me on it.) I did not give the officer the id it was only found after he took my bag to look in it. Immediately after he found it I told him that it was not my id an...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues. You appear to have a serious issue with the search. If the search is suppressed, then the case is essentially over based on what you have said here. We are located in Tampa and offer free case consultations. Enjoy the rest of the long weekend, good luck.

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  • What kind of punishment do you think my boyfriend will get?

    He was charged with a 2nd degree felony as the rap sheet says online.. Aggravated battery with a deadly weapon against my dad.. My boyfriend is a convicted felon in the state of new York. However, he is a mental case to. He takes several mental i...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I agree with my colleague. This is a very complicated matter, which is going to require a unique strategy. Unfortunately, the State Attorney doesn't necessarily have to listen to the victim in a case like that with regard to potential sentencing. I strongly recommend consulting with a criminal defense attorney to discuss the unique facts and circumstances of the case. We handle these cases throughout the Tampa Bay Area and offer free case consultations. Have a good weekend.

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  • What is the chance my son will serve county time versus prison time ?

    My son was arrested for a concealed weapon under the seat of a car he was riding in (passenger ); he received 18 mo probation. He received a new charge for allegedly fleeing & eluding, (he drove a block before stopping, suspended DL.& marijuana in...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    It all depends on the facts of the case including his scoresheet, the potential for wining the new charge at trial, etc. I strongly recommend sitting down with an attorney to discuss it and thoroughly review the case, so you all can make the best decision possible. Our firm routinely handles these cases throughout the Tampa Bay Area. We offer free case consultations. Have a good long weekend.

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