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  • Probation violation?

    My boyfriend was put on probation for 15 months for criminal damaging and ordered to pay a little over $1000 in restitution fees. While on probation he received two open container tickets. He paid the first one off the next day, and everything was...

    Colin’s Answer

    It is always difficult to predict the chances of going to jail on a probation violation. Consider AA meetings, treatment, pay fees, hire an attorney, etc. Anything to show he is taking it seriously and addressing the problem. May or may not help.

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  • I've got a petty theft charge(2003) and a theft charge(2005) both in greene county. Can the greater one be expunged?

    Since then I have most definitely rehabed myself to make a long story short.

    Colin’s Answer

    If one is a felony conviction and one is a misdemeanor conviction then maybe. If both are misdemeanors, a person is not eligible if they are convictions of the "same offense."

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  • I'm on probation for possession of drug paraphanal (?) and still have about 5 mos to go. Have been to court 3 times.

    Was doing heroine. Probation officer said she's sending me to jail regardless. Anyway, I smoked marajuana, tried to fool the drug test & got caught. What can I expect? Due back in court 10/15 & due to see PO 10/11. Am I allowed to write to the jud...

    Colin’s Answer

    You may be revoked or the judge may give you another chance. If revoked, the judge can ship you for the amount of time suspended on the case.

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  • How long could an inmate be held in custody within franklin county jail in Ohio before receiving his/her indictment papers?

    On a felony charge of complicity which allegedly took place in Dublin, Ohio

    Colin’s Answer

    A preliminary hearing should be held within a reasonable time no longer than 10 days from arrest or service of summons if in custody or 15 days if out of custody (unless extraordinary circumstances exist). Charges are typically dismissed for future indictment meaning the case will be presented to the Grand Jury for determination at a later date. The person shall then be brought to trial within 270 days of arrest on a felony.

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  • How do I get out of this parking ticket

    I got a parking ticket for parking in downtown columbus. I parked at around 8:40 am. I put coins in the meter for 2hr. When I returned I saw parking ticket for $50 that said no stopping until 9am. Near the parking spot, it did not say anything abo...

    Colin’s Answer

    You can request a hearing to contest the ticket. Keep in mind this may result in additional costs if you are found to be in violation.

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  • What lawsare broken when a security guard stalks and harasses a member of a college? What legal things can be done to resolve it

    A person I know was stalked and harassed (by following, and verbal harassment etc.) by a security guard at the college she attends last year. That security guard was fired for doing so and now another (presumable his friend) is doing the exact sam...

    Colin’s Answer

    Calling the police, protection orders, and complaints with the university are all options.

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  • How much time will be served by a person on probation for drug charges, if they are caught in violation on drugs?

    This person has been attending meetings but has missed some and has serious drug problems

    Colin’s Answer

    It could be all of the suspended time, could be some of the suspended time, or could be none of the suspended time. It all depends on probation's position, the prosecutor's position, the severity of the violation itself, mitigating factors, and ultimately the judge's position.

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  • Can my sister press charges against me for assaulting her son even if she was not there when it happened

    her son is 7 years old

    Colin’s Answer

    These are very serious charges given the victim is a minor. I suggest contacting Mr. Beck to discuss this privately.

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  • I'm on probation for an OVUAC and I just got a citation for underage possession of alcohol and obstruction of justice. What next

    I was on private property with alcohol on me and the police officer asked me to step on the sidewalk. I said what happens if i don't and then he said he would drag me on to the sidewalk. I'm already on probation for an OVUAC and the officer charge...

    Colin’s Answer

    Given your probation status, you will want to be very careful how you proceed. You should hire a local defense attorney to help fight the new charges or at least negotiate for continuing probation rather than imposing jail.

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  • Can a bond be revoked if the case is closed but I still owe a balance?

    The bounty hunters came looking for me with what they said was a felony warrent however I have no new charges and am on probation. Idk what they came for but I do have a balance with a bond from a few years ago that my mother in law filed on her b...

    Colin’s Answer

    If the case is closed, the bond should have already been released. It sounds like there is a new warrant for failing to pay on your balance. It is tough to tell why bounty hunters would be looking for you. Get an attorney to look into it privately.

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