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John E. Melton

Marlette Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Received an OWI in Troy. Chances of reduction to reckless or careless driving? Or possibility of OWVI under advisement?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Allen M. Wolf
    2. Jan Jeffrey Rubinstein
    3. John E. Melton
    4. Jared Clayton Austin
    5. Scott Matthew Aaronson
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    I agree with the previous answer. Unless you have a strong defense, you are looking at a reduction to impaired driving and NOT under advisement. www.DriveLegal.biz

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  2. 2 DUI My main concern are the six notarized sobriety letters. I don't have six people who would do that is there another way?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Frank B. Ford
    2. John E. Melton
    3. Becket J. Jones
    4. David B. Carter Jr.
    5. Marshall S. Tauber
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    You don't need six letters, but you do need at least three. This will be a strike against you, but not fatal. The letters better be really good and very specific. You increase you chances when you have an attorney to make sure that the record at the hearing is complete. www.lawmelton.com

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  3. The prosecutor here gives better plea bargains to clients of certain attorneys. Do I have a cause of action?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. John E. Melton
    2. David B. Carter Jr.
    3. Jared Clayton Austin
    4. Andrew Charles Lapres
    5. Stephen F Wallace
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    No. Some lawyers are better at getting deals because they are more skilled and perhaps more likely to go to trial if needed. Also, since no two cases are alike, its hard to determine why a prosecutor will offer a deal in once case and not another. www.LawMelton.com

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  4. What is the track record of the Sanilac County, MI court system?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Gerald R Stahl
    2. John E. Melton
    3. Christopher Irvin Simser
    4. Derek Anthony Patrin
    5. David B. Carter Jr.
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    My office is in Sanilac County. On a 1st Offense, they will offer an impaired driving. Expect 6-12 months of non-reporting probation and about $1200 in fines and costs-with a payment plan if you need one. If you have a defense, the judge will listen, He's a former defense attorney. Is this a first offense My office is in Marlette- in Sanilac County. www.lawmelton.com - 989-882-1182

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  5. This might be a really dumb question, so please bear with me.

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. John M. Kaman
    2. Jared Clayton Austin
    3. John E. Melton
    4. Mani Khavajian
    5. David B. Carter Jr.
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    This is not a dumb question. The other lawyers who answered are correct. The victim does not need an attorney. A victim will not be charged attorney fees by the prosecutor.

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  6. What are the major differences between an OWI and Impaired Driving regarding Sanilac County, MI?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Becket J. Jones
    2. Michael A. Liquigli
    3. John E. Melton
    4. Jared Clayton Austin
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    Impaired is a misdemeanor. But there are less points (4 instead of 6) and the Secretary of State usually will issue a restricted license instead of a suspended license. Your insurance will go up-but not as much as with an OWI. www.lawmelton.com Office in Marlette. This charge cannot be expunged.

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  7. For a dui.I got 2 years of probation&in home breathalyzer,AA meetings 3 times a week. is it allowed being my first offense??

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Daniel P. Hilf
    2. Jamil Kamel Khuja
    3. John E. Melton
    4. Becket J. Jones
    5. Loren M. Dickstein
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    I'm not sure that you should blame your lawyer. You did avoid jail. As for the fines, ask the probation officer if you can defer some of that with community service. It sounds as though you did not make a good impression on the judge and/or the Probation Department. This is harsher than most 1st DUI sentences given out in Port Huron County. The judge must have had a reason for doing all of this.

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  8. For my drunk driving case, my court appointed attorney filed a motion without my knowledge. Can he do that?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Timothy J. Klisz
    2. John E. Melton
    3. Becket J. Jones
    4. Cy M. Abdo
    5. Steven Arnold Heisler
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    The attorney did the right thing. The judge could throw out the dtatamaster. As a result, your case might get dismissed or the charge might get reduced. The best way to win a jury trial is to win boefore getting to the jury.

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  9. I left the state of MI over 10 years ago she had a felony charge for weed possession perhaps with intent to sell can I go back

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Timothy A. Dinan
    2. John E. Melton
    3. David B. Carter Jr.
    4. Ezra N. Goldman
    5. Becket J. Jones
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    Get a lawyer and turn yourself in at the courthouse. A good lawyer may be able to get a resolution negotiated before you get there. Get this behind you. This charge could come up at a traffic stop in your new state and you could be arrested. The fact that you are no longer in Michigan does not prevent this. Sooner or latter, this situation may very well come back to bite you-even from another state.

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  10. If one pleads guilty to a charge but co-defendant takes case to trial, loses, takes it to Supreme Court, and law gets

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Jan Jeffrey Rubinstein
    2. John E. Melton
    3. David B. Carter Jr.
    4. Jared Clayton Austin
    5. Gary Francis Kennedy II
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    The answer depends on the particular circumstances of the case and the Supreme Court's decision. There just is not enough information given to provide a good answer. As usual, trying for free advice without giving specifics is not a substitute to hiring an attorney. www.LawMelton.com

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