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  • I was detained in a store or retail fraud, no charges were filed at the time, how we ill i know if they are lter filed?

    My dauhter threw some earrings in the cart ,she had left the store, i checked out. Outside i ws stopped. They sid they didnt know what would happen. Tht ws a month ago.

    Matthew’s Answer

    You will probably either be contacted by loss prevention or local law enforcement. Charges can definitely come through the pipeline a month after an offense has occurred. Misdemeanor theft is a very manageable charge in most jurisdictions I have practiced in.

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  • Where do we stand with a DUI?

    My daughter was pulled over in Troy Michigan. Asked if drinking said she had two glasses of wine. After asking to step out take a few field sobriety tests which she passed they asked her to blow..result 0.08.. They took her in while in the station...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Charge seems likely though there are certainly worst courts you can be in. Definitely may be issues to litigate and depending whether it is charged by the State or the City will determine if this is ripe for negotiation. As stated above probably a good time to lawyer up.

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  • I violated probation by giving the wrong contact information for community service. What can I expect to happen in court?

    The charge was use of marijuana

    Matthew’s Answer

    This is about as Judge specific as it gets. In my opinion an intentional misrepresentation is going to be treated with more scrutiny than an oversight. Research and retain local counsel this is where somebody with experience in that jurisdiction will be best positioned to get you optimal results.

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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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