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  • Incarcerated person and divorce

    Can a criminal who is incarcerated for a long term prison sentence, has a high maximum security level 5 go to divorce trial? Are they allowed to attend, he has a divorce attorney.

    Joseph’s Answer

    They court will allow an inmate to appear by telephone. His lawyer will probably set this up.

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  • Visitation with infants

    My sons father and his lawyer are demanding he have equally shared parenting meaning he get him one full week and I have him the other week. My ex has threatened to kill me, my fiancé, beat my son with a belt, and had someone stalking me. My son a...

    Joseph’s Answer

    It is difficult to predict what will happen, but you do have some valid concerns. You should discuss your case with an experienced local family law attorney ASAP.

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  • Does a Florida Hearing Officer have to make a recommended order or can he simply refuse?

    My husband is currently facing enforcement of a support order that is so riddled with errors and the Courts refuse to do anything about it. The order was made based on fraudulently filed information by the former spouse which doubled his income. ...

    Joseph’s Answer

    It's probably time to hire a lawyer. The longer your husband continues to represent himself, the harder it will be for a lawyer to fix it. Consult with an experienced family law attorney ASAP.

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  • Grand Theft 3rd Degree Sentence??

    My brother in Law was just arrested for 3rd Degree Grand Theft ( $300-$5000), this is his first in Florida besides driving without a licence. He did however have a couple past Felonies in Michigan. Will this affect his sentencing in Florida?

    Joseph’s Answer

    Sentencing in Florida is based on a scoresheet, and your brother-in-law will receive points on his scoresheet for his priors. The more serious the priors, the higher points they carry. So, yes, the Michigan priors, and priors from any state, will affect his sentence.

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  • DUI-UNLAW BLD ALCH .15 OR HIGHER OR W PERSON UNDER 18 1ST OFF

    Used be filed as dui/drugs What shall I expect at my arraignment?? Worried

    Joseph’s Answer

    Plead not guilty and hire a local experienced criminal defense attorney.

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  • What can happen if my C.I catches a felony (disturbution of a controlled substance another state while my case is still going on

    Its a video tape of me in the presence but not interacting with the c.I he went to jail in fl and alabama picked him up for a disturbution of a controlled substance charge)

    Joseph’s Answer

    It could help. Consult with an experienced local criminal defense attorney.

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  • Can i be arrested for dui if i was not in my car at the time ?

    Got a call from someone saying my friend was beat up at a bar, girlfriend and i went to see if he was ok. I tried to approach my friend where they were attending him with his injuries. The police at that time pulled me away and then said he smel...

    Joseph’s Answer

    The state must prove that you were in actual physical control of the car to prove a DUI. Contact an experienced local criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

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  • I was convicted of a DUI on July 15th 2014. Got ticket for dwls 8 days later. Thought I had 10 days for BPO What can I expect?

    I applied and and I was issued a BPO on July 25th 2014, 10 days after conviction and 2 days after ticket for dwls. It was a honest misunderstanding and I now have a valid BPO as I intended to within the 10 days however, I now know that I misunders...

    Joseph’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues. Contact an experienced local criminal defense attorney to discuss your case further. Do not make any further admissions on a public forum such as this.

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  • I was arrested and charged with driving wo a valid license on 7/3. Court date is 7/21. What am I going to expect?

    4/2012 was charged and received probation for driving with a suspended licence. I'm a looking at jail time?

    Joseph’s Answer

    There is not enough information to give you a good answer. Consult with a local experienced criminal defense attorney .

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  • Looking to expunge my record.

    I have a question back in 2006 I was arrested and charged with Grand Theft auto in the state of FL. I plead guilty, adjudications withheld.I violated the probation and went to jail for 120 days. By doing so I completed the probation. The judge ...

    Joseph’s Answer

    If adjudication was withheld, you may be eligible to seal the record. You may not expunge it at this time because you were placed on probation for the charge. The record may be expunged after it is sealed for 10 years. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your case further.

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