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  • What does this statement mean?

    requests any warrant issued be stayed until jail call on Monday 9/7. Ct. heard, so ordered. Case is recalled, to amend that the jail call will be on Tuesday 8th, due to holiday.

    Michael’s Answer

    It means the defense lawyer did a good job and kept his or her client from being subject to arrest over the upcoming long holiday weekend for failing to show up in court as required.

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  • How long can your probation officer send you to jail for a dirty ua

    How long can she keep me in jail just for failing a drug screen

    Michael’s Answer

    You can be revoked for violating the rules of your supervision, or committing a new criminal offense. "Just" using illegal drugs is probably sufficient, and if you are being revoked, you will remain in jail pending the outcome of those proceedings. A person needing and seeking help with an addiction is more likely to be offered an alternative to revocation than one displaying an attitude that they will continue to use illegal drugs no matter what because they see it as no big deal. Good luck.

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  • Rules for employers and jury duty

    My son was selected for jury duty. He is assigned to a case. He is a flex security officer. Which means he doesn't have a steady shift. They him place whenever and wherever he is needed. His employer still schedules him for hours after he is done ...

    Michael’s Answer

    While this is a question better asked of an employment lawyer, he was doubtless asked questions about his ability to serve as a juror and any conflicting obligations before being selected. If the questions were answered honestly, and the judge did not see his schedule as an impediment to jury service, it seems unlikely that his employer is required to give him time off unless his jury service conflicts with his scheduled hours.

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  • Should I get my occupational license now?

    I just had my initial appearance for an OWI 2nd this morning. Should I try and get my occupational license immediately, or should I wait until after I am convicted to get it?

    Michael’s Answer

    You can't get an occupational if your license is still valid. If you are administratively suspended, and your license has not been suspended or revoked for anything else in the last 12 months, you should be occupational eligible. If you are or will be revoked for refusing testing, you are subject to a waiting period and an IID requirement. Once revoked by the court, you will be subject to a waiting period and an IID requirement. You must also be in compliance with any assessment order, as well as an resulting driver safety plan. You need a lawyer. If you can't afford one, go see the public defender.

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  • Can I make my theft charge go away?

    I was charged with theft. It was a misdemeanor and it was reduced to an ordinance ticket. Is there anyway to make it go away so places that I look to get jobs cant see it?

    Michael’s Answer

    No, there is no way to obscure or destroy public record to make it easier to lie on a job application. Just being honest on an application might be better than getting caught in an omission. Good luck.

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  • I was in an accident today, I didn't seem injured and now my knee is swollen. I do not know where to go from here.

    My car is totaled and the police report states it was the other drivers fault. Neither the other driver or I have Insurance.

    Michael’s Answer

    You should go the doctor and get your injuries properly treated. Since you failed to follow the law and have no insurance of your own, unless the at fault party has significant assets, which is not normally the case with people who don't carry insurance, this may turn out to be a very expensive lesson in why insurance is not just required, but a good idea.

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  • What more compensation and damages am I entitled to by law and how should I proceed with getting justice/restitution in my case?

    I was physically assaulted by a previous co-worker while on an out of state work assignment. I sustained injuries as a direct result of the attack and it was all witnessed by a current co-worker. The police were contacted. I have recently been n...

    Michael’s Answer

    Start by talking to a Worker's Comp lawyer. As insurance does not provide coverage for intentional acts, suing your co-worker directly presents collectability problems, which may make the economic viability of a lawsuit against your co-worker questionable. Good luck.

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  • Can you appeal a underage age drinking if you were not drinking, Charged and license suspended for not going to court?

    In a car with alcohol. Hard working 19 year old. Working full time as a cna in cancer unit at hospital. Just started Technical School. Suspended license, fine, needs to get Occupational license now. What steps to take to appeal? Success rate? Need...

    Michael’s Answer

    If you were convicted by default for not bothering to show up, you can't appeal, you'll need to move to reopen the default. Consult a local attorney.

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  • Trespassing dispute

    I was recently at a local festival where I had a truck and trailer parked in the pits with permission of the facility, i left my vehiclesin the area and went to another section of the festival. When I arrived back to my vehicle I found it locked i...

    Michael’s Answer

    The question is not whether they can, it's whether the charges will hold up if you contest them. If you have been cited or charged criminally, schedule a confidential consult with an attorney who practices regularly in the jurisdiction involved. As already noted, charging is one thing, proving the charges is another.

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  • Early discharge from probation.

    July 2009, I was sentenced to 8 years of probabtion. 2011, I got an atr I failed and another I completed. I have not been revoked. Since then I have graduated colleg, negative UA's, paid all of my restitution, satisfied all conditions of probabtio...

    Michael’s Answer

    If you can't afford a lawyer, consult the public defender.

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