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  • I'm curious about enhanced penalties for assault by strangulation on a pregnant woman.

    This 19yr old had previously been charged with having a gun...90days in jail w/ 3yrs probation...he was out approximately 5 days and assaulted my daughter by choking, slapping, and biting her while she was 6.5mos pregnant. When he was picked up by...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Where I practice strangulation can turn a 93 day misdemeanor into a 10 year felony. Contact a local attorney to see if there is a similar law on your books.

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  • I was in a car crash taken to the hospital forced to do a blood draw by state troopers and was not arrested due to medical issue

    I was not arrested due to three broken vertebrae's and was not arrested after release from the hospital the officer gave a referral to the courthouse

    Matthew’s Answer

    Where I practice I have seen charges come from this where alcohol or drugs were in the client's system. Best of luck with a speedy recovery I am sorry to hear about your misfortune.

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  • How do I get charged with disorderly conduct

    There was an call made from the manager at Wal-Mart stating that me and my cousins came into Wal-Mart to start or fight an employee. It was said that I came to Wal-Mart twice one with my cousins and one time by mysled but that isn't true we all ca...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Where I practice disorderly conduct is commonly a fallback charge where nothing else can be filed. As a defense attorney it's a frustrating charge because it seems very subjective. Just being loud in a public place, as crazy as that sounds, is enough to get charged with a disorderly. Add alcohol to the equation it's a very easy case for you to be prosecuted for. However it's a pretty entry level misdemeanor charge and there may be some type of way to keep it off your record or fight it.

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  • Can my probation be extended for 2 years so I may be able to pay my restitution?

    This case concerns a check that was not cleared.

    Matthew’s Answer

    Probably need more information. Where I practice I would say that depends. As I understand it our lower courts (the District Courts here) can only supervise probation for two years and the circuit courts (the higher courts) five. Depending how long your court is allowed to watch you may have bearing on your answer. If you've been good about your terms of probation you may want to have an attorney motion and eloquently make the case for an extension.

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  • If unable to make it to court due to weather conditions, what should I do? Will they change court date?

    I have a super speeder ticket in Soperton, Georgia, however I live in north Alabama. I planned to go to court on tomorrow and was supposed to be leaving today (trying to stay ahead of the situation), however, we're in the middle of a winter storm ...

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    TRY TO GET TO COURT.

    Avoiding this could result, at where I practice, in lots of inconvenient and expensive outcomes. You might end up with the ticket being defaulted, you might end up with a suspended license, and/or you might end up with a warrant. If you can't personally be there you should hire an attorney with rapport in that court if your appearance is mandatory. In that case counsel will be able to explain to the court your circumstances and at very least get you some time to make your appearance. Alternatively, they may be able to resolve the issue for you saving you appearance. Lawyers will always tell you to goto court it's always easier to resolve when you have the first bite at the apple. Skipping out can make your simple case a mess.

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  • My younger brother was in a DUI driving a car I own. It's not insured to me, but to my dad. Do I need to do anything?

    My brother was in a DUI and got 5 tickets at the scene. I am the registered owner but I haven't driven or touched the car in 2 years. My dad has insurance on it and I am not on the policy. I think I need to get the car from impound, but am I legal...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Where I practice I believe the vehicle could be immobilized. If your jurisdiction has similar laws that would obviously affect you. However, there may be a way to avoid that with an affidavit or offer of proof that you did not have knowledge of your brother's intoxicated use of your car (provided the allegations are true). Should be something a local attorney would be able to address.

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  • Can I press charges against and sue someone for calling my job making accusations of drug use that got me fired?

    I have copy of the voice mail he left on my employers phone

    Matthew’s Answer

    The police are always at your disposal to make a complaint. From there it may be investigated and passed along to a prosecuting authority to determine if a charge can be brought. I always advise people dealing with making a report to police to do so very politely and concisely. They deal with a large volume of complaints and you want yours to be given the attention it deserves. I do however agree with counsel above, these facts may be a little 'bare' as he put it though this might substantiate some type of harassment charge. Sorry about your misfortune.

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  • A 19 year old has 2 tickets with court dates within a month of each other. What should she plead on the first court date?

    This is my daughter. Not sure what speed limit was broken on the first one (Douglasville, GA), but the second ticket is 89 in a 70 mph (Soperton, GA). However, she has court in Soperton, GA first. I'm unable to go with her. Advice on what she shou...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Always worth it to get an attorney on something like this. Where I practice most jurisdictions will waive the client's appearance and the lawyer can resolve the case on their behalf. Moreover any ticket can possibly

    1) Result in a suspension if not taken care of;
    2) Affect the client's license status;
    3) and/or result in insurance repercussions.

    If you absolutely cannot be there have your daughter politely ask for an adjournment (fancy lawyer talk for delay) to hire an attorney. I have found when asked for most courts will grant this as they know cases get more effectively resolved when counsel is involved.

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  • I would like to know what to do about disputing a speeding ticket on slippery road conditions.'

    I was stopped on a slippery road by the officer who accused me of going 49 in a 35. As the officer tried to stop me he cleary was sliding himself from a cross the road from the parking lot. I pointed out the fact that there was no way I was speedi...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Where I practice you could set this for a hearing and dispute it with the Officer and a judge or magistrate would decide the outcome. Though being represented is advised there should be a streamlined system for you to self represent given that many people do for traffic issues. A common trope on these threads is get a lawyer for any traffic issue because the ticket can 1) result in a suspension if you don't deal with it 2) affect your insurance and 3) possible have bearing on your license status.

    If you weren't speeding you should talk to someone about formulating a viable defense.

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  • A bond reduction

    My husband is in Detention Center in Las Vegas. He has a $3500 bond I cant pay. The Immigration charged hem. Can I ask for bond reduction?

    Matthew’s Answer

    In Michigan bond can be addressed at all hearings. Experience dictates that a Judge is more likely to consider a reduction when an attorney is involved, it sends the court the message you've invested in your case and will return to court. A bail bondsman may be an alternative but you likely will not get your money back if you take that route.

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