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Cy M. Abdo
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  • Will text messages be a likely part of this case?

    We are going to court on Monday to testify against my ex, whom had been in court for 3 years trying to get her children out of state custody (one child is my daughter who I have always had custody of) this is tribal court, the children were remove...

    Cy’s Answer

    I have found that text messages usually lack relevancy, are hearsay or are truncated messages that do not tell the whole story. However, your attorney can craft an argument to admit them especially to show motive or for impeachment purposes to discredit a witness.

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  • My niece, who is seventeen got caught stealing. What is going to happen?

    My niece is 17yrs. She was caught stealing (boots for $150) taken to the police station, ticket a misdemeanor, and had to now appear back in front of the court in 10 days. What is going to happen? Will this always be on her record? Is she consider...

    Cy’s Answer

    She may be eligible for HYTA. HYTA is available for youthful offenders that our age 17 but under age 21. When a youthful offender is given the special status, the judge withholds any adjudication of guilt. The offender is placed upon probation and the charge is dismissed upon compliance with probation. An attorney can ensure that your niece's case is handled properly. A judge is not required to give an offender this HYTA. Is discretionary by the court.Therefore please get the help of a lawyer to protect the rights of your niece.

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  • What do I need to fight a PPO made on false allegations?

    A motion has already been filed to terminate the PPO. And a court hearing is set for later this month. Their isn't much evidence either way. more of her word vs mine. I feel this is a retaliation for her bf (the ex husband of my wife to be) gettin...

    Cy’s Answer

    It sounds like you have done everything legally possible at this juncture. The courts are reluctant to dismiss a PPO merely because it is only based upon the allegations of one party. It is really unfortunate that when a PPO is issued, the party is labeled as a troublemaker. These horrible PPOs cause otherwise law abiding individuals with a multitude of problems. Once issued, others may believe the allegations to be true even though they are not. This could mean that an employer would be reluctant to hire someone that was a party to a PPO proceeding under the theory that he is a notice that a person has a disagreeable past. good luck with this matter.

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  • MIP arraignment without a lawyer?

    So I received an MIP of alcohol on 12/20/2014. My court date is on 03/10/2015. I spoke with a lawyer and he said to go to the arraignment, listen to what my options are and decided if I need to hire him. What should be a deciding fact that I need ...

    Cy’s Answer

    You should hire a lawyer before your arraignment who can best explain all of your legal options. First of all, your attorney may be able to waive the arraignment. Should you decide to attend the arraignment, the judge will may not discuss possible outcomes of your case because that is the job of your a lawyer. By all means plead not guilty to preserve your future rights and obtain counsel. Yes, you may be eligible for a deferral and dismissal of this matter.

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  • I had a record expunged 20+ years ago and it showed up recently on a background check. What should I do? Why would it show up?

    The check was done by Quality Counts Inc.

    Cy’s Answer

    This is always troubling. First make sure that the Michigan State acted on the order to set aside the conviction. Once you have established that the order to set aside conviction has been properly entered, the Michigan State Police seal the record from public disclosure. However, certain high security entities may still see your record even if it was expunged. The other problem is when private information companies compile old records and do not remove the entry even when it is subsequently expunged.

    I can understand your frustration. Follow up on this matter by contacting the Michigan State Police. You can also contact the court where the offense occurred and was expunged. The clerk can track this old file and give you a certified copy of the order setting aside the conviction. You should get that document and keep it with your important permanent records just in case.

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  • Can I choice jail over probation for marijuana usage and how long would I have to spend in jail. Leaving state 4 job

    Usage of marijuana. Want to take a job in which I would be gone and not be able to report to probation. Would they consider me doing jail instead of probation. And how much time would I spend

    Cy’s Answer

    I cringe whenever this question comes up on AVVO. Attorneys fight for freedom, never jail. If you are legitimately moving, most courts will not block your request. However, the judge may ask for you to submit to drug testing and attend counseling while you are on probation. However, should you be someone that just doesn't want to do these things, you can mention this to your attorney who may be able to formulate some genius reasons why you can't comply. But don't expect an attorney to ask the judge to impose jail. Should you proceed with this course of action, I guess the answer is yes, you could request jail in lieu of probation. Call lawyers that offer free consultations that may be able to help you before you do anything rash.

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  • Does the charge need to be stated on a citation for it to be valid for applying a fine to a traffic ticket?

    On my citation, it states 1543(a), but it is my second offense, so the fine is $400. I understand according to 6503(a) they can make the fine between $200 and $1,000, but does that particular charge need to be listed somewhere on the citation or ...

    Cy’s Answer

    In Michigan, the notice requirement would be satisfied by the entry of a code number violation. Errors or missing information can often be amended. A defense lawyer can question the officer about the integrity of a ticket when there is missing information. Missing or inaccurate information is usually not fatal, it may go to the overall credibility though when other errors are present. You should contact one of the fine AVVO lawyers in your jurisdiction.

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  • How to tell if my revocation is lifted?

    My license was revoked in November of 2009. I have since completed all necessary paperwork and sent in for a hearing review. No paperwork has been sent back. I applied for car insurance for my son's vehicle in my name and was approved, strangely ...

    Cy’s Answer

    You get a hearing date unless you specifically requested an Administrative Review of your documents only. You will either get a hearing date or a decision based upon the type of request. The DLAD uses regular US Mail for notices.

    It does take about 8 weeks to get a hearing date based upon the requests that we make in the Detroit area. You should follow up with the DLAD to make sure that they received your documents and a response was not lost in the mail that may have been sent to you.

    Your approval of insurance doesn't mean that you have license.

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  • What happens if my mail in probation form is late?

    I am on non reporting probation in the city of novi, mi. I was supposed to mail in my probation report on 1/15 but realized I forgot on the 20th. I have since mailed it in. What will happen? Is this probation violation?

    Cy’s Answer

    If you have been on time in the past and have been compliant, you may get a pass. Technically it is a violation but it may not be acted upon. However, sometimes the probation department will save it and add it to the next violation. Then they bunch them together in a probation violation proceeding.

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  • Can you hire a lawyer @17?

    How much does a lawyer cost that deals w/ retail fraud ? What office can I call in flint michigcan to begin my search ?

    Cy’s Answer

    You can hire a lawyer at age 17. The age of consent for contracts in Michigan is 18. This conflicts with the criminal law which makes a person age 17 or older responsible like an adult for his or her crimes. Since this is not a juvenile case, you should be able to meet with a lawyer and talk in confidence about your adult criminal case.

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