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Matthew Thomas Martin

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  • If I got a DUI in Illinois, while being licensed in MN, will it affect my MN DL?? Will it show up on my driving record?

    I was living temporarily in IL. I received a DUI there. I live in Minnesota. I want to know if it will affect my MN driver's license and record.

    Matthew’s Answer

    In short, yes. Upon receiving notice that you have a new conviction from an alcohol related offense the Minnesota Department of Public Safety will take the appropriate action with respect to your driving privileges. However, the appropriate consequences are driven by several factors (i.e., I need more information). Please feel free to give my office a call or send an email so we may properly answer your question.

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  • How can you expunge a Level 1 offender.

    A friend who was over the legal age dating a minor by 3 years I think. She married him and had 2 children. Now divorced after 8 years. I believe in the system but if you knew her an excellant mother and citizen, this was a wrong senario for the ...

    Matthew’s Answer

    I suggest you start by gaining a better understanding of what expungement means and how that translates into a benefit for your friend. Check out the Legal Guide link below.

    Additionally, most criminal defense attorneys offer a free case evaluation where you can discuss privately the specifics of your matter. Good luck!

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  • Any advice would be appericated..I got terminated form a program because of a false pos ua/my termination is now a prob. violat

    I was currently in a year long treatment program which had Ua's 2-3 times a week/This was a term of my probation and I got terminated from the program bc of a False Pos. UA.They retested it and it came back POSITIVE again. I told my couselor I wou...

    Matthew’s Answer

    I suggest you contact local counsel for assistance. You have a right to a hearing and more information is needed to clarify this matter.

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  • Which of the following are considered misdemeanors for a job application? DWI, Disorderly Conduct, Speeding, Open Container,

    Failure to Maintain Insurance, Driving on Suspended, Failure to Yield Left Turn All fines have been paid and records show case "dismissed" or "terminated"

    Matthew’s Answer

    I suggest you speak with your previous attorney. If you represented yourself on these matters, then I would bring the records to a local criminal defense attorney and seek assistance. Criminal charges can be different levels and the disposition of the matter may not result in the same level charged. Moreover, if a charge was dismissed then you likely do not have a criminal record. Most criminal attorneys offer free consultations. Good luck!

    Disclaimer: This communication is not intended as legal advice, and no attorney client relationship results. Please consult your own attorney for legal advice. This is for entertainment purposes only.

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  • How long do I have to pay my second underage ticket in wisconsin?

    I'm 19 and I recently got my second underage ticket in wisconsin. my first one was 4 months ago, also in wisconsin. how long to i have to pay my second fine and how much will it actually be for?

    Matthew’s Answer

    If you need more time to pay the fines, I suggest that you contact court administration and or set the matter on a hearing officer or court calendar to arrange the disposition and establish a payment plan.

    Disclaimer: This communication is not intended as legal advice, and no attorney client relationship results. Please consult your own attorney for legal advice. This is for entertainment purposes only.

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  • If a cop give you a dui intoxilizer breath test hands you the tube and gives the tube to you {intoxilizer 8000)

    He commands you to blow in it at that moment another officer runs in and says 'wait wait' we don't want this one to get out of it The first officer snatches the breath tube out of my hand.and says how do we do it the second officer says here let m...

    Matthew’s Answer

    it is possible that based on the litigation surrounding CMI’s Intoxilyzers 5000 and 8000 machines, that the police may have stopped your breath test to avoid complications with discovery requests assuming relevant charges were filed. I agree you need to speak with a local criminal defense attorney. Good luck!

    Disclaimer: This communication is not intended as legal advice, and no attorney client relationship results. Please consult your own attorney for legal advice. This is for entertainment purposes only.

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  • I was pulled over for and recieved a dui and speed ticket. After doing a breathalizer I blew a 0.076. what should I plead?

    After being given a field sobriety test, which I cannot pass completly sober they took me to the station in cuffs and gave me a breathalizer. The test read a 0.076 and they gave me back my license, as well as the two tickets, and sent me on my wa...

    Matthew’s Answer

    I suggest you contact a local criminal defense attorney. In the interim, I suggest that you be cautious with statements made on a public forum (i.e., “I cannot pass completly sober”). An experienced criminal defense attorney can help discuss the facts, legal issues, procedures, etc related to this matter. Make sure you understand your situation before you decided to enter a plea. Most criminal attorneys offer free case evaluations. Good luck!

    Disclaimer: This communication is not intended as legal advice, and no attorney client relationship results. Please consult your own attorney for legal advice. This is for entertainment purposes only.

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  • Can u be arrested when you are a passenger, next to your wife in your car for Penal Code 647 (F) (( drunk in public ))?

    Me and my wife pulled out of a driveway of a restaurant and right away were pulled over by the police. She was driving and I was the passenger. Once stopped, My wife asked why we were pulled over? and they answered, just suspicion. They asked i...

    Matthew’s Answer

    In an effort to respond timely I will comment but please understand that I am not licensed to practice in California. As such, I suggest that you contact a local criminal defense attorney immediately. In the interim, please remember that you and your wife have a Constitutional right to remain silent. Generally, when situations like this escalate comments meant to defuse the situation often make them worse. Seek legal counsel – even for a free consultation – and good luck.

    Disclaimer: This communication is not intended as legal advice, and no attorney client relationship results. Please consult your own attorney for legal advice. This is for entertainment purposes only.

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  • Can you transfer traffic court to a different state

    we (me and my boyfriend) was coming to ohio from Nebraska and he got pulled over in Illinios can we transfer his traffic court to ohio? he has no valid license

    Matthew’s Answer

    You may be able to handle the matter without going back to Illinois. I suggest you contact a criminal defense attorney licensed to practice in Illinois and located near the city the citation was issued in. If he did not have a valid license then you may have more to worry about then a speeding ticket. As such, most criminal defense attorneys offer a free consultation and I encourage you to contact one. It may help you plan your next step. Good Luck!

    Disclaimer: This communication is not intended as legal advice, and no attorney client relationship results. Please consult your own attorney for legal advice. This is for entertainment purposes only.

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  • Can i pass a background clearance if i get my felony conviction vacated?

    i need to pass a background clearance but i have a felony can i get it vacated and pass?

    Matthew’s Answer

    In general, the process of expunging court records is something a local lawyer can assist you with. However, please understand that even with a judicial order sealing your court record your question is complicated by the dissemination of information and the separation of powers. For example, in Minnesota, a judicial order sealing court records is persuasive but not mandatory upon all law enforcement agencies. Why is that a problem? Because law enforcement agencies are commonly used the by companies that provide criminal background check services to employers. Moreover, even if the records are sealed and the law enforcement agencies comply, you still must consider the issue of old information and the time it takes for outdated records to dissipate (e.g., bad information on the internet). Overall, I suggest you speak with an experienced expungement lawyer in Arizona about your concerns. Good Luck!

    Disclaimer: This communication is not intended as legal advice, and no attorney client relationship results. Please consult your own attorney for legal advice. This is for entertainment purposes only.

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