Matthew S. Abdo’s Answers

Matthew S. Abdo

Clinton Township Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Dui

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Matthew S. Abdo
    2. J. Matthew Catchick Jr.
    3. Becket J. Jones
    4. Gerald R Stahl
    5. David B. Carter Jr.
    5 lawyer answers

    First off, I can't advise anyone to break the law. Speaking broadly, there may be a way to game the system but I've never heard of it being done successfully. Even if it were possible I strongly advise against such. We get a lot of license calls and suspensions seem to follow our clients from state-to-state. If you've been sober for more than a year you have a decent set of facts for a license hearing. Your best bet is to invest the two or three years and get your full license back in Michigan....

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  2. Will I get jail time for my first owi?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Matthew S. Abdo
    2. J. Matthew Catchick Jr.
    3. David B. Carter Jr.
    4. Zacharia Spencer Bonham
    5. Steven L. Schwartz
    5 lawyer answers

    There are a lot of factors at play in answering this question - it largely depends on the Judge you are before and the prevailing norms regarding DUIs in the charging jurisdiction. I practice in in Macomb/Oakland/Wayne and I can tell you from experience before some Judges jail is definitely part of the conversation. With a huge BAC like this the Judge uses the following logic. You were able to drink more than three times the legal limit, and drive a car in a circumstance where most people...

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  3. I just got my first OWI, what should i do before i see a judge?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Braxton Jason Newman
    2. Zacharia Spencer Bonham
    3. Gary Francis Kennedy II
    4. Anthony Michael Solis
    5. David B. Carter Jr.
    6. ···
    8 lawyer answers

    The first answer is very good, it outlines the very most you can do for a first offense DUI. Judges treat these much differently from one jurisdiction to the next. Some will treat a first offender as a mistake and let them go with fines and a light term of probation. Others will look at you as having a serious drinking issue, and will slam you with two year probation, AA, and maybe even jail. A steady trend has been to be more and more strict on these. Bottom line, hire someone fluent in the...

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  4. Recently caught with marijuana. What should I do next?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. David B. Carter Jr.
    2. Gerald R Stahl
    3. Matthew S. Abdo
    4. Jodi Lyn Hemingway
    5. Zacharia Spencer Bonham
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    This is a no-brainer you should definitely get a lawyer. If you don't get a 7411 you won't only have a record but you will lose your license. Moreover, it will abstract as a "drug crime" to your driving record which in my opinion sounds worse than possession of marijuana. Good luck.

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  5. What are some things to expect with a first time mip charge?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Matthew S. Abdo
    2. Becket J. Jones
    3. David B. Carter Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    Your options, broadly speaking, are to dispute the issue or to cop a plea. You're not looking at jail, as I understand it the MIP statute doesn't even allow for it. Nonetheless, if you don't meet court obligations some judges will try to toss you on a contempt theory. Personally speaking, take a break from the alcohol (you shouldn't be drinking anyway) and avoid your friends who are out getting in trouble. You'll make this best case scenario if you're not stacking up new problems while the case...

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  6. Caught and arrested for shoplifting at JCPenny released by police on 100$ bond

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Timothy J. Klisz
    2. Daniel P. Hilf
    3. Matthew S. Abdo
    4. John F. Brennan
    5. Gary Francis Kennedy II
    5 lawyer answers

    Mr. Hilf is active on these blogs and I frequently find his answers to be on point. As he said, this case will not ruin your life and shouldn't result in any jail time. Retail fraud is a crime of intent so you may have issues for trial. Nonetheless, cases like these can typically be resolved with a favorable plea disposition with the possibility of avoiding a conviction. Considering this is a crime of dishonesty (and therefore highly damaging for school/work applications) you want to carefully...

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  7. What should I expect in a Show Cause hearing for OWI probation violation , provided a dilute urine screening ?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Timothy J. Klisz
    2. Matthew S. Abdo
    3. Patricia A. Reiser
    3 lawyer answers

    Experience tells that probation violations can vary from District to District. Some Courts have little tolerance for even a first violation, while others are more forgiving. The threshold for proving a violation is very low, and in your case it will only need to be shown that your sample was indeed diluted. Nonetheless, you should be able to offer an explanation. In this instance, I don't think you are looking at a worst case scenario violation (IE a new charge, positive alcohol or drug test)...

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  8. Can an expunged record be found?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Timothy A. Dinan
    2. Matthew S. Abdo
    3. Tara E. Nichol
    3 lawyer answers

    At our Firm we have a saying, "Records never completely go away." The expungment law is a great second chance statute that allows clients to say honestly say they were never convicted of a crime. However, as I understand it arrest records do not disappear so easily. Moreover, there is little to no control over information that is floating around about you on private sites. What is important is that you know the legal status of your case and be able to articulate it to an employer or educational...

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  9. My wife threaten to call 911, but never did..i took the phone off the base and broke it. Gave her my cell..and said call them

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Loren M. Dickstein
    2. Matthew S. Abdo
    3. Henry Lebensbaum
    3 lawyer answers

    You may be looking at a charge for interfering with a crime report and possibly domestic violence as well. The interfering charge is often brought in tandem with a DV. These cases are very emotional and frustrating for clients because they often reconcile with the victim before the issue ever see's a courtroom (of course we NEVER advise clients to disobey a no-contact order). Nonetheless, prosecutors are hard pressed to dismiss such a case because they don't know if there is a continuing...

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  10. Can a 10yr old class c felony in NV be expunged.

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Matthew S. Abdo
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3. Garrett Tanji Ogata
    3 lawyer answers

    I am not familiar with your State's procedure but in Michigan the rules are laid out pretty straight forward on government websites. I'd search 'Nevada set aside conviction' and see if that leads you to some official information. What I can say is that where clients are eligible they get an expungment almost every time we file for a hearing (maybe every time since I've came on with our Firm). It's worth looking into, I'd call a well review criminal attorney in your area for more information.

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