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Karen Jean Tufte

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  • How many times can you file a speedy trial on a criminal case?

    Lawyer filed for a speedy trial and then due to conflict of dates set by the judge and a prior case he had elsewhere could not adhere to the speedy trial. The trial date was postponed and a continuous was granted. At this point can another speed...

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    Yes. As long as your attorney is still ready to proceed to trial, s/he can file a new demand. You should discuss this further with your attorney. Good luck!

    `Karen J Tufte
    Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney
    772-489-9096
    www.tuftelawoffice.com

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  • With hold of adjudication.

    i was originally charged with a felony possession, first offence so when i was able to receive a with hold of adjudication on the charge. to my understanding this is a no conviction. when an employer asks if i have ever committed a crime or charge...

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    Based on your facts, you can legally state that you were not convicted of a criminal offense. However, the offense will still show upon a background check. If you have no convictions for anything else, you might want to consider having your record sealed. Good luck!

    `Karen J Tufte
    Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney
    772-489-9096
    www.tuftelawoffice.com

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  • Is it illegal to take waste cooking oil from behind a restaurant in Florida?

    was thinking of collecting oil but couldn't find laws on it

    Karen’s Answer

    Yes, it is a theft. Years ago restaurants had to pay someone to haul the waste away, now it is a commodity that companies purchase from the restauant. I have found that restaurants are being diligent in pursuing prosecutions in these cases.

    Karen J Tufte
    Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney
    772-489-9096
    www.tuftelawoffice.com

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  • WHAT DOES nolle prosequi ??? MEAN I WENT TO COURT THEY DROPPED CHARGES BUT WILL THEY TAKE THIS BATTERY OFF MY RECORD>???

    I WENT TO COURT THEY DROPPED CHARGES BUT WILL THEY TAKE THIS BATTERY OFF MY RECORD>??? IT LOOKS BAD..I DIDNT DO IT

    Karen’s Answer

    It means that the charge was dropped. However, your public record will reflect that you were arrested and that the charge was dropped. If you have no prior criminal convictions, you would be elgible to apply to have your record sealed. You should consult with a qualified criminal defense attorney to assist you with that. Good luck!

    Karen J Tufte
    Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney
    772-489-9096
    www.tuftelawoffice.com

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  • I have entered the PTI program for a charge of grand theft. I have completed the program except for paying the fine.

    Since I received the charge, every employer who has run a background check has denied me employment. Once the program is satisfactorily completed, what will show on my record? What is filed in the Court file? The question always asked is have y...

    Karen’s Answer

    Currently a background check will show that you were arrested for grand theft. If you have no other criminal convictions, once you have successfully completed your PTI program, you can petition to expunge your record for that offense. There are some offenses that cannot be sealed, but theft may be sealed. You should consult an attiorney in your area for more information. good luck.

    Karen J Tufte
    Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney
    772-489-9096
    www.tuftelawoffice.com

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  • Can anyone offer me information on whether or not you can get into Law Enforcement with a petty theft record?

    I was charged with petty theft back in college, first time offense ever in my life! No record not even a speeding ticket. I made a foolish mistake and I would like to get into Law Enforcement or the Military and serve my country. Has anyone dealt ...

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    Generally, yes. I personally know 2 deputies who had a petit theft charge when they were younger and are no law enforcement officers. You will need to explain what happened & qualify in all other aspects. I'm sure that this 1 mistake will not prevent you from a successful future in your chosen career. Good luck!

    Karen J Tufte
    Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney
    772-489-9096
    www.tuftelawoffice.com

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  • Can I get an arrest record removed from my record in Palm Beach County, FL?

    I was arrested in Palm Beach County, FL for Domestic Violence which didn't happen and Cruelty Towards a Child because this domestic violence that didn't happen. The supposed victim even told the Palm Spring Police Officer that it didn't happen. I ...

    Karen’s Answer

    Under Florida law if you have ANY convictions, you are not eligible to have any offenses sealed. Not fair, I know, but that is the law in Florida. Thus, unfortunately, because you have prior felony convictions, you will not be able to have those charges sealed or removed.

    Karen J Tufte
    Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney
    772-489-9096
    www.tuftelawoffice.com

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  • Got into an altercation with my child's father while pregnant. Since this was my first offense, is there anything I can do?

    Court Record ID: 372011CF003407A00100 Arresting Agency: Court Disposition: Adjudication Withheld Court Disposition Date: 01/10/2012 Source Name: Fl Leon Courts Source State: FL Charge Category: Source: Leonflview Offense Date: 10/30/2011...

    Karen’s Answer

    I'm not sure what you are asking. From what you posted, it appears that you went to court in January and had adjudiction withheld. Are you on probation? Were you just sentenced to court costs? If you have no other convictions and you have completed whatever sentence was imposed, you would be eligible to have these offenses sealed. You cxan only seal your record one time in your life and from only one incident. it appears that these 2 offenses are from the same incident, so they woukd both be sealed. You may want to consult with an attorney in your area about having your record sealed. If your question is regarding some other issue, please follow it up. good luck.

    Karen J Tufte
    Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney
    772-489-9096
    www.tuftelawoffice.com

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  • What does adudications withheld mean and do I have to talk about my arrest on future interviews? I live in Miami Florida

    I have a "Withheld Adudication-Probation Special Conditions" I have paid the assessment amount that was require of me to pay. My probation termination will be on August. Does this mean that my arrest never happened or that I will not come up in th...

    Karen’s Answer

    A withhold of adjudication means that you were not formally comvicted of the offense. If your offense was a felony, that means you are not a convicted felon. However, it is still a public record. If you have no other criminal convictions, you may be eligible to have the arrest and disposition sealed from most public inquiries (there are some limited excepotions). In addition, not all offense may be sealed. Please consult wiuth an experienced criminal defense attorney in Miami to determine if you are eligible. Good luck!

    Karen J Tufte
    Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney
    772-489-9096
    www.tuftelawoffice.com

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