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Michael Lewis Bowdish

Saint Petersburg Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Will I get an extention of a restraining order

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Michael Lewis Bowdish
    2. Theodore W. Robinson
    2 lawyer answers

    The court should grant your motion to extend the injunction because the respondent committed acts after the issuance of the injunction which gives rise to a reasonable fear of imminent domestic violence. Although the respondent was charged with harassing telephone calls, you should argue that you were the victim of aggravated stalking (repeated harassment while an injunction is in place). It does not matter what charge the State decided to pursue; it is whether the facts of the violation...

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  2. What am i facing as a minor for the first time offense of burglary?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Michael Lewis Bowdish
    2. Aaron J. Slavin
    3. Eric J Trabin
    3 lawyer answers

    If the burglary was dropped to a misdemeanor and your case remains in juvenile court, then the worst is behind you. If you are ever charged as an adult, you should be really scared. Keeping your case in juvenile court, will help hide juvenile trouble from future employers. Also, the goal of juvenile court is rehabilitation. You are likely facing a short probation term with community service and perhaps a letter of apology. If you were charged as an adult for burglary to a residence,...

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  3. If I have two v.o.p. and now on c.c. in a drug rehab program can I still get early termination?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Michael Lewis Bowdish
    1 lawyer answer

    Unless, the judge specifically stated that early termination was not available, there is no reason why you cannot set a hearing on a motion for early termination. Most jurisdictions require that you serve half of the period of probation before you can set the hearing; and many judges would rather convert community control to regular drug offender probation if the probationer has completed six months or more of community control. Understand, that the judge will consider both your past...

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  4. I want to file a restraining order against my step-father he is harassing me through text messages and email?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Michael Lewis Bowdish
    2. John Arthur Smitten
    2 lawyer answers

    You may petition for an injunction against domestic violence (F.S. 741.28/741.30) if he is related to you by marriage or adoption. Otherwise, you can petition for an injunction against repeat violence (F.S. 784.046). The theory of prosecution rests upon the offense of stalking (F.S. 784.048), which is repeatedly harrassing someone without a legitimate purpose, causing substantial emotional stress. You don't need an attorney to petition for an injunction, and there is no cost for filing. You...

  5. DUI on Miami Beach...quick question

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Michael Lewis Bowdish
    2. Kevin Jeffrey Pitts
    3. Michael Alan Cohen
    3 lawyer answers

    You should send a letter and a $25 check to the Bureau of Administrative Reviews. The subject line of the letter should say "Request for Formal Review," and you must include a copy of the uniform traffic citation (UTC), which contains the notice of suspension at the bottom. The body of the letter should contain a "request for a temporary permit," your address, telephone number, the county and date of offense, your license number, and the UTC number. I often "waive the requirement to have the...

  6. What type of punishment is theft of firearm and armed burglary?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Michael Lewis Bowdish
    2. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    2 lawyer answers

    These are extremely serious charges. I ran a Florida Guidelines Scoresheet calculation on his sentencing range (without the inclusion of prior offenses). The lowest permissible sentence is currently set at 40 months, with the maximum sentence set at life in prison. Understand that the State Attorney's Office may agree to reduce or modify the charges or the sentence based upon mitigation, i.e., proof that he has a substance abuse problem and is taking steps toward admitting himself into...

  7. Expunging a case in Florida

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Michael Lewis Bowdish
    2. Ryan Patrick Rooth
    2 lawyer answers

    Florida permits the sealing (hiding) or expungement (destruction) of a single criminal episode if the charge and the applicant qualifies for this relief. This charge, "misdemeanor obtaining property in return for a worthless check" qualifies for sealing/expungement. Now we must determine if you qualify based on the sentence for this case and your criminal record. Unless the case was dismissed by the State, you will not qualify to expunge your record; however, you may be able to seal the...

  8. How can i find out, if there are charges in different state?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Michael Lewis Bowdish
    1 lawyer answer

    These days, many court records can be accessed online. Try running an online search for the terms "clerk of court" and the county you believe charges are pending. Look on the Clerk of Court home page for an online directory or records search. Then, search using your name. If this function is not available, call the Clerk of the Court and inquire about any pending charges.

  9. My friends were getting jumped and one of my friends stabbed one of the kids that were jumping them. what should he do?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Michael Lewis Bowdish
    2. Eric J Trabin
    2 lawyer answers

    Assuming your friend was arrested, he was most likely charged with "aggravated battery with a deadly weapon", punishable up to 15 years. The Florida Sentencing Guidelines will score this offense as follows: 56 points for the aggravated battery, plus 40 points for severe victim injury, subtract 28 points, multiply by .75; this computation equals 51, which is the lowest number of months in prison your friend could serve, with a maximum of 15 years in prison. This computation also assumes that...

  10. Grand Theft First Offense

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Michael Lewis Bowdish
    2. Eric J Trabin
    3. Theodore W. Robinson
    3 lawyer answers

    Some defendants initially want the easy way out: pay a fine or do some jail. But in my opinion, the best outcome is to have all record of this arrest sealed from public view. This is accomplished after the criminal case has been resolved; however, a defendant's eligibility to seal the record will depend on HOW this case is resolved. A defendant will qualify to seal his criminal record if the defendant has never been convicted of any crime. Therefore, to qualify for sealing, a defendant...