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Christopher S Ison

Christopher Ison’s Answers

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  • Does my attorney have to pay my medical expenses from the check that was sent to me from an auto accident I was in?

    My attorney gave a contract saying that she was keeping 33.3% of the check that was going to be paid to us, we just received the check but she kept about 75% and she said that she was going to pay the medical expenses from that.

    Christopher’s Answer

    As a personal injury attorney, the practice in my firm is to pay any outstanding medical bills with the proceeds of the settlement. Moreover, if your attorney gave a letter of protection to a doctor so that the doctor would treat you, without billing you at the time of treatment, your attorney would be obligated to repay that doctor from your settlement proceeds.

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  • Will i need an attorney? what can i do?

    about 2 weeks ago i was involved in a rear end fender bender. i was at a stoplight and it turned green so we started moving and all of a sudden the car infront of me slams the breaks and i run into her, this happened at no more than 10 mph. we pul...

    Christopher’s Answer

    You should definitely seek the advise and representation of a local attorney. A local attorney will be able to help you figure out the exact charges being leveled against you and will know how to handle them.

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  • Traffic misdemeanor - plead no contest, adjudication withheld by judge | Will this go on my record? What should I do? (Florida)

    I was given a court summons for driving in Florida with an out-of-state license, which is a second degree misdemeanor. I went to my assigned courtroom and was sent to another courtroom where I saw a clerk and plead no contest. I produced a valid F...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Since you pled no contest, this charge will go on your record. You should consult with a local criminal defense attorney ASAP. Depending upon when you entered into this plea, you might be able to withdraw your plea. Withdrawing a plea is a highly technical and time sensitive matter. Depending upon how long ago you pled to this charge, you might not be allowed to withdraw your plea. You could also discuss with the attorney whether you qualify to have this charge expunged from your record.

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  • When exactly does a cop need to explain my Miranda Rights?

    I was arrested last night. Im 17 and the cop took tests to see if i was under the influence and he could not tell if I was, he put me in handcuffs said I was under arrest because he smelt it on my breath. He then read me my miranda rights at the s...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Generally, law enforcement officers do not need to read Miranda unless they are going to conduct a custodial interview. What's a custodial interview? Basically, it's when law enforcement begins to question a suspect about his involvement in a crime while that suspect is being detained by law enforcement. There are specific legal standards for determining whether a law enforcement officer was conducting a custodial interview

    In your particular situation, just because the officer didn't read you Miranda until he brought you back to the station doesn't mean that he violated your Rights. However, you should consult with a local criminal defense attorney ASAP about representing you in this matter. Once you meet with your attorney and he reviews the necessary discovery, he will be in the best possible position to determine whether your Rights were violated, as well as answering any questions you might have about your case.

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  • I was charged with misdemeanor DUI in march of 2011. I was unable to maintain the insurance after Florida changed the monthly

    Insurance requirements to having to prepay the entire premium. My insurance lapsed in september of 2012 and on january 15 2013 i was involved in a collision and ticketed for careless driving, suspended license, expired tag and was given a court da...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Its difficult to say exactly what you are facing. There are a lot of variables that have to be taken into account. Typically the careless driving charge is not a criminal offense so there will be no jail time imposed on that count. The suspended license can be anywhere from a second degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in the county jail to a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The degree of the suspended license charge depends upon a number of variables that we don't know.

    You should hire a local criminal defense attorney ASAP. If you can't afford an attorney, the court will appoint an attorney to represent you. I understand the fear of the unknown, especially when you could potentially go to jail; however, once your attorney meets with you and reviews the necessary discovery, he will be in the best possible position to answer your questions.

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  • I got charged with resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct as well as harrassment int he second and obstructing government.

    What do I face? Should I get a lawyer? The Harassment we both pressed charges and it was self defense and I have witness'. The other 3 I was drunk one night and didn't want to be charged with disorderly conduct and told the cops not to arrest me a...

    Christopher’s Answer

    You should hire a local criminal defense attorney ASAP. If you can not afford to hire an attorney, the court will appoint a lawyer for you. I understand the fear of the unkown, especially when you could be looking at potential jail time; however, once your lawyer meets with you and gets the necessary discovery, he will be in the best position to tell you what you are facing.

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  • I was arrested for dui and also had suboxone found in my possesion in which some one else has already admitted that they weren't

    mine,but there's I had told the officer that i was not intoxicated and did not have any alcohol in my system when tested,but did have my prescription meds in my sytsem that I had taken days before .I had explained that I was upset and had not slep...

    Christopher’s Answer

    You have two options: 1.) stick with your public defender or 2.) hire a private attorney. If you aren't satisfied with the public defender's representation, then you might consider seeking the services of a local criminal defense attorney that has a good reputation for handling DUI and drug cases.

    It is important that you be as forthcoming and honest with your attorney as you can be so he can provide you with the best defense. Moreover, it is extremely important that you not talk to anyone else about this case other than your attorney. If the prosecution were to find out that you are making statements about what happened, they could use those statements against you.

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  • Charged with felony false statements in gwinnett what is jail time and estimate of fee to avoid jailtime?

    no license hit nd run car accident called car in stolen

    Christopher’s Answer

    If you've been charged with a crime, you should hire an attorney to represent you. If you can't afford an attorney to represent you in a criminal matter, the court can appoint you a public defender. Once you hire an attorney and discuss all of the facts with him, he should be in the best possible position to answer your question about how to avoid jailtime.

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  • What should i do?

    I was pulled over with my cousin and the police officer smelled marijuana. He searched us and ended up finding marijuana in the car. None of the marijuana was mine and now they are trying to charge me with visiting a common nuisance. My cousin als...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Since you have the public defender, you need to listen to him/her. Be straightforward and forthcoming with your attorney, as he/she should be able to adequately represent you in court. Most importantly, don't talk about this to anyone other than your attorney. If the prosecution got wind that you had been talking to other people about this incident, they might be able to use that against you (depending upon what you say).

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  • Should my loved one take her chances at trial on a murder case if she has already been through two trials with a jury dead lock

    She is being tried as a look out, but both juries have been dead locked due to fact that one of the witnesses, for the prosecution, is not believable. The case is unstable and lacks strong facts in the case.

    Christopher’s Answer

    Your sister should consult with her attorney regarding this issue. In a case like this, it is too difficult for any attorney to speculate as to what your sister should do, especially when we are not aware of every single fact. The attorney representing her will be in the best position to assist her with this decision.

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