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James Kevin Hayslett

Clearwater DUI / DWI Attorney.

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  1. I am being called an threatened with a warrant for arrest an charges with felonies from a rental company is this right?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. James Kevin Hayslett
    2. Craig A. Epifanio
    3. Tony Cooper Dodds
    4. Thomas Anthony Sadaka
    5. Joseph Julius Registrato
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    Unfortunatly you can be arrested even though you returned the property and this is clearly a civil not criminal matter. In Florida companies like the one you mentioned have been able to convince Leo's and prosecutors to arrest and file theft or conversion charges under similar circumstances. Make no mistake a large number are not prosecuted because the state attorneys feel like these companies are "gaming" the system by using the criminal courts as civil collection agencies. I would explain...

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  2. Can I press charges for theft on a roommate who took my xbox and left to Florida?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. James Kevin Hayslett
    2. Robert Jason De Groot
    3. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.
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    The answer is yes. You would need to call your local law-enforcement office. Depending on where you live it would be the sheriffs office or your local police department. You would provide them with your proof of ownership and explaine he did not have a right to take it with him when he left.

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  3. If I got a dui in florida with florida license. If I go to reinstate Texas license will florida dui show up?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. James Kevin Hayslett
    2. Colleen M. Glenn
    3. Corey Ira Cohen
    4. Christopher N. Hoover
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    It is important to know that both Florida and Texas are part of the interstate drivers license compact. That compact is an agreement between 45 participating states to share information regarding's certain types of convictions including DUI and DWI convictions. That being said a DUI conviction in Florida should appear when applying for a Texas drivers license. However, after practicing DUI defense for the past 20 years in Florida I've had numerous clients that have obtained Texas drivers...

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  4. Can the police arrest you for a DUI if some one calls and says you are suspicious while siting on a parking lot a Walgreen.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. James Kevin Hayslett
    2. Lawrence A. Newman
    3. David Richard Damore
    4. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.
    5. Stephanie Thompson Pawuk
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    My answer is going to be different than the other above lawyers answers. First to justify a traffic stop the stopping officer would've had to observe a basis, reasonable articuable suspicion, for that stop. However that's not what happened in your case. The state is going to argue that the law-enforcement officers contact with you was "a citizens contact". What this means is if a law-enforcement officer can approach a citizen like yourself in a car and begin a conversation. If during that...

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  5. Firearm possession after felony

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. James Kevin Hayslett
    2. Antonio Gonzalo Jimenez
    3. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.
    4. Don Waggoner
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    If you have a firearm it makes it easy for your husband to be charged with felon in possession of firearm. The possession can be constructive versus actual. I always advise my clients that if one spouse has a felony conviction if they want to own a firearm Store it at a different property or at a locker at the gun range.

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  6. Does having a paid lawyer reduce your chances of requesting a bond reduction?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. James Kevin Hayslett
    2. Lori Doganiero Palmieri
    3. David Richard Damore
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    No. The issues are different many times another party, family or friends will pay the attorneys retainer. The court is concerned with ties to the community, prior record, and potential sentence of the instant charge to name a few. In fact usually hiring an attorney can actually lower the bond.

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  7. Is a DUI a misdemeanor in NJ

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. James Kevin Hayslett
    2. James Alexander Abate
    3. Christopher T Campbell
    4. Lawrence A. Newman
    5. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.
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    In New Jersey unlike most states it is a traffic offense not a criminal misdemeanor.

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  8. My bf was sentenced to 3 yrs probation for attempted assault w/o intent to kill back in May of 2011. He is afraid he violated.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. James Kevin Hayslett
    2. Peter Charles Amuso
    3. Keith G Langer
    4. David Bradley Dohner
    5. Carolyn Capri Garber
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    Contact with law enforcement does not generally include being a WITNESS to a crime. Based upon the facts that you indicate I don't believe that his contact as a witness will violate his probation.

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  9. Is court room same as judges chambers?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. James Kevin Hayslett
    2. Craig A. Epifanio
    3. Benjamin J Lieberman
    4. John Skyler Riordan
    5. Mark Copoulos
    5 lawyer answers

    Typically a criminal court judge will have a hearing in a court room. There are some exceptions, a judges chambers is a fancy word for his office or an anti-room directly next to his office. We usually see Chambers being used in civil cases or in pretrial motions or hearings where there's less formality. Relax most judges are helpful especially for pro se litigants.

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  10. Hi, I was told by a police officer that there is a new law effective 2011that allows you to seal and expunge a DUI. Is this true

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. James Kevin Hayslett
    2. Michael Christopher Grieco
    3. Christina Maria Soberon-Llort
    4. William David Umansky
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    No. DUI's in Florida are prohibited from being sealed or expunged both by statute and based upon the fact that they require an adjudication of guilt. (You cannot seal or expunge a criminal charge for which you receive an adjudication of guilt.) There are however two counties that allow a diversion program for first time offenders which after successful completion can be sealed. Unfortunately thats not the situation in your case. In Florida a DUI stays on a persons driving record for 75 years....

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