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  • I got pulled over for no plate light, and the officer asked to search my car and I agreed, well I had just left my fiance's mom'

    Pulled over no plate light, fiance's mom left her full script in my car on accident. Now I'm going down for it.

    Loren’s Answer

    Why go down for it without a fight? Many cases where there is a simple misunderstanding can be straightened around by a good lawyer who has experience practicing criminal defense and a good reputation with the court and prosecutor. Sounds to me like you may be representing yourself which is a really horrible idea (and probably the main reason you are "going down for it" unnecessarily.

    If you want to defend your case and work towards avoiding a conviction and jail, do yourself a favor and hire a good lawyer ASAP. There are many 10.0 rated criminal defense lawyers on Avvo and many of us offer a free consultation.

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  • How long could it take to be contacted? What could the consequences inquire? Thank you so much.

    My daughter who is 15 shoplifted two pairs of underwear from Victoria's Secret. She has no prior prosecutions. This happened today so we have not been contacted by authorities although the store workers were very suspicious of her. They also k...

    Loren’s Answer

    First of all, great decision not to include the correct city and state, assuming you are in Michigan. Prosecutors and police regularly troll the internet looking for evidence in cases and admissions on line can be severely complicating in any case. If you are not in Michigan, any answer given by a Michigan lawyer would be unreliable and potentially inaccurate given that ever state has different laws and procedures.

    As for your daughter, she will be charged in juvenile court. The process can take several months. If you do nothing and wait for the charge, you are potentially going to cost your daughter a blemish on her record that can substantially impact her life in a negative way. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can intervene immediately. There are statues and court rules that can be employed in juvenile court that can result in your daughter's record being sealed at 18. Generally, a juvenile conviction in Michigan stays on a person's record until their 31st birthday. A good lawyer may be able to negotiate with the prosecutor before the charge is issues and steer the case to a more favorable outcome. It may even be possible to avoid the charges entirely.

    Do your daughter a favor and hire a good lawyer now so that she has the greatest chance possible to avoid the impact of a conviction/adjudication on her record.

    Avvo is an excellent place to find an experienced criminal defense attorney. Many 10.0 rated lawyers even offer a free consultation.

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  • How concerned should I be about the consequences of violating my probation for a no show & late testing for pbts?

    I am currently on 6 months probation for a DUI reduced to an OWI. Part of my conditions is pbt before 9am. I violated my probation for having a single no show & late testing for my pbts over winter break. This is my first offense ever & my first v...

    Loren’s Answer

    You should be very concerned but hope is not lost. Jail is always a realistic possibility for a violation of probation but it is not necessarily required. A good lawyer will be able to work with you and formulate a plan to mitigate any potential sentence that may be imposed. Furthermore, depending on your circumstances, the court and the facts of your case, an experienced attorney should be able to formulate a persuasive argument to keep you out of jail and lessen any sanction that may be imposed.

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  • Have a felony larceny conviction from 96 that I would like to try and have set aside and would like to know how much it would be

    Looking to get felony conviction from 1996 set aside and wanted to know the related cost. I'm 37 this conviction is from when I was 17 years old. Also have misdemeanor conviction of minor in possession of alcohol and 2 OUIL convictions from 1995 &...

    Loren’s Answer

    The law in Michigan is that you can get an expungement if you have one prior felony and no more than two prior misdemeanors. If one of your misdemeanors was when you were a juvenile, you may still be eligible. At 16 years old, your conviction would've been a juvenile disposition, not an adult conviction. You should try and contact a 10.0 rated Avvo lawyer for assistance with your case. Many of us will offer a free consultation.

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  • Could I still be charged with a felonious assault if I grabbed a gun in self defense of me and my sister?

    Bad breakup. Ex girlfriend comes over and threatens to assault a guest in the house. I safely get my guest out of the house. Ex girlfriend proceeds to assault myself and my sister, she also knows where my guns are in my room. I grab one of my guns...

    Loren’s Answer

    Of course! Hire a lawyer ASAP. STOP posting specific facts about your case on the internet. Do not wait to be contacted by the police and do not talk to the police under any circumstances. Let your lawyer do the talking.

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  • Will the secretary of state have me arrested

    I have old misdemeanor warrants in Michigan but need to get a state identification card and want to know if I will be arrested obtaining one at the secretary of state?

    Loren’s Answer

    It is very possible they could contact the police if your record indicates that there are outstanding warrants. Why not just get the warrants taken care of so that you no longer have to be looking over your shoulder?

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  • Can a DUI charge be added to my open intox charge? This is my first offense, how severe will my punishment be?

    First and foremost I want to say I was not driving under the influence. However, I Was Given a citation for open intox in the state of Michigan. That is the only citation I received that night. I Performed a field sobriety test, no Breathalyzer te...

    Loren’s Answer

    Probably no chance of an OWI charge without a blood or breath test. You should have a retained lawyer for the open intox case though. Any criminal charge is serious and you can still go jail for up to 93 days and get up to 2 years probation. Don't underestimate how serious it is.

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  • Should I expect to get a call to take another test before my court date?

    My dui case (1st offense) in the 47th district court (Farmington Hiils) was continued until January, as terms of my bond I had to take a urine test, which I passed. The judge said I could be called at any point to take another before my court date...

    Loren’s Answer

    Many people do not realize that an OWI or DUI stays on your criminal history for life and can never be removed. It is sounding like you do not have a lawyer (given that you are asking questions on Avvo). You should really not take this matter lightly and should look into hiring a good lawyer ASAP. Someone with experience in that court can give you advice about what to do or not do on bond and help you get the best possible result. There are two judges in the 47th District Court and each handles cases very differently. The probation department can be tough there as well and it can really take a persistent attorney to get them to treat a client fairly. Do yourself a favor and get a good lawyer to help you.

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  • Do I have a right to travel without a driver's license freely in a automobile for pleasure not for profits

    I got two drunk drivings one in 1999 and the other in 2000. I haven't had a drivers license since then. I thought traveling is a right not a privilege protected by the constitution and a right that can't be taken away. The corporation took it awa...

    Loren’s Answer

    I agree with the two previous answers. Why not just get your driver's license back? It's been 5 years since your last conviction so you are now eligible for an appeal to the DLAD to get reinstatement. Hire a great DLAD lawyer to help you so that you maximize your chances of winning.

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  • Does he have to worry about getting a court date in the mail or getting arrested at some point

    My friend got caught shoplifting at Walmart was only like fifty dollars got detained they asked him for ID and address that was it he never signed anything and police were never involved could he still get charged at a later date

    Loren’s Answer

    A warrant is going to be issued for your friend's arrest and he or she may or may not get notice. Experienced retail fraud lawyers may be able to intervene and prevent the warrant from issuing and prevent your friend from being arrested. If charges are inevitable, there are things your friend should be doing now to gain an advantage in court later. It takes a good lawyer to know what to do to protect and client and how to get it done. If you want to be a good friend, encourage your friend to consult with a couple criminal defense lawyers ASAP.

    Avvo is an excellent place to find a 10.0 rated criminal defense attorney. Many of us even offer free consultations.

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