Aaron J. Slavin’s Answers

Aaron J. Slavin

Clearwater Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. What does withheld justification mean in a criminal case

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Richard Earl Hornsby
    2. Aaron J. Slavin
    2 lawyer answers

    I am going to assume that your question is asking what a "withhold of adjudication" means. When an individual is charged with a crime and resolves their case, they can either be: 1) CONVICTED or adjudicated guilty of the offense, or 2) they can have the judge issue a "withhold of adjudication" and place them on probation. Typically, a "withhold" is only offered to first time offenders or those with a relatively minor criminal history. Certain crimes such as DUI and Fleeing and Eluding...

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  2. How much time am I facing they charged me with Grand theft and Burglary ... This is the first time I have ever been in trouble:(

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Aaron J. Slavin
    2. Richard Earl Hornsby
    3. Lloyd Harris Golburgh
    3 lawyer answers

    If the State of Florida charges you with a Residential Burglary, that is a Second Degree Felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. In a pure legal sense, you cannot steal your own property, so you may have a valid defense on the Grand Theft charge. Furthermore, if the theory of the Burglary is that you entered the home with the intent to "steal property" (yet that property was yours), then the State will also have a difficult time proving the Residential Burglary. You should consult...

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  3. Hello, i would like to know please if i can reopened a case for domesic vilence.

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Aaron J. Slavin
    2. Dominick Christopher Russo
    3. John M. Kaman
    3 lawyer answers

    If a jury already decided that your husband was NOT GUILTY of the criminal charge, then he cannot be retried on that same charge as that would constitute "double jeopardy." Sounds like you need a divorce attorney, not a criminal attorney. Good luck!!

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  4. Adjudication witheld

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Aaron J. Slavin
    2. C Suzanne Bechard
    3. Anuraag Hari Singhal
    4. Robert Edward Heyman
    5. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    As stated by the first two attorneys, this charge will show up on a background check (even if adjudication was withheld). Our Office handles many Sealing and Expungement cases in Pinellas County and throughout the Tampa Bay area. Because you received a "withhold of adjudication," instead of a dismissal or Not Guilty verdict at Trial, you would only be eligible for a Sealing of that arrest record. However, there is very little practicle difference between the two. If you have any...

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  5. I have recently been charged with animal cruelty (class 3 felony). Is it possible to plea bargain to a misdemeanor?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Aaron J. Slavin
    2. Timothy England Moffitt
    3. Laura Mcfarland-Taylor
    3 lawyer answers

    Animal Cruelty cases are always tough to handle because there is an emotional element, but if you have no prior record, the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office is usually pretty reasonable. You may be able to get the charge reduced to a misdemeanor and/or avoid a conviction and/or be eligible for a Pre-Trial Diversion program. There are lots of options that an experienced criminal defense attorney can discuss with you. If you have any specific questions and/or would like to meet...

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  6. Battery on elderly in Florida

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Marc F. Plotnick
    2. Aaron J. Slavin
    3 lawyer answers

    If you have no prior criminal history, you most likely will not be looking at a prison or jail sentence, but there are a lot of factors that only an experienced attorney can evaluate for you. As far as the State Attorney's Office filing charges against you, it is certainly possible.. especially if they have a disgruntled victim. Please visit my website at: www.slavinlawfirm.com and/or call my office for a FREE consultation if you have any further questions. My best, Aaron J. Slavin,...

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  7. Should my friend plead guilty to get it over with?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Robert Edward Heyman
    2. Jason A Hicks
    3. Eric J Trabin
    4. Aaron J. Slavin
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree with all of the previous attorneys' answers. Your friend should NOT "plead guilty to get it over with." There's the possibility that his Burglary charge can be reduced or his sentence can be mitigated (based on a number of different factors). A prior attorney made a good point about your friend being eligible to be sentenced as a "Youthful Offender," which could possibly allow him to avoid being convicted or going to prison. An attorney should be consulted with on this matter....

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  8. Internet Identity Theft/Stalking/Harassment

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Aaron J. Slavin
    1 lawyer answer

    From a criminal attorney's perspective, it seems that any crime that may have been committed was most likely committed in Nebraska (or wherever your ex-husband and his wife are located). While the actions that were taken against you and your children are certainly wrong and evil, I can see why the civil attorneys in Tampa are hesitant to take the case. Typically, civil cases like yours are done on a contigency basis where the attorney makes money only if your case is successful. I would...

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  9. Wtf how do i get the news website to take down the article about me + what am I facing

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Aaron J. Slavin
    1 lawyer answer

    Robbery by Snatching is a Third Degree Felony, Level 5 offense, which is punishable by up to five (5) years in the Florida State Prison system. As far as the media is concerned, you really don't have any control over what people write or post on the Internet. I'd try not to focus on that and get a good attorney to help you out in this situation. There is no "minimum" sentence. Assuming you have no prior criminal record, you may not score "mandatory" prison. That doesn't mean you can't,...

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  10. Illegal immigrant pulled over for bad headlight and given court date for expired licence

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Aaron J. Slavin
    2. C. C. Abbott
    3. Jeffrey David Boston
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with the previous attorney. My Office handles criminal and traffic matters such as this. We also consult with an experienced, local immigration attorney that can advise him on any potential consequences as it pertains to deportation and/or becoming a legal resident. Feel free to contact my Office with any questions or to set up a free consultation. Good luck, Aaron J. Slavin, Esq. SLAVIN LAW FIRM, LLC 4707 140th Avenue North, Suite 211 Clearwater, Florida 33762 727.474....

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