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  • Can I apply for CPA exam with DWI on my record?

    I would like to apply for CPA exam. I had a DWI in 2009. Can this disqualify me from exam?

    Derek’s Answer

    Typically a DWI will not disqualify you for licensure as a CPA, so you should be able to sit for the exam.

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  • I need some advise if possible on what I need to do to get my license back I live in Minnesota but the dui happened in Illinoi

    I have 2 dui convictions they both happened back in 2004 March and April 1 was in Missouri and the other was in Illinois..the one in Illinois is the problem it's not allowing me to get a license in the state I live in now (Minnesota)

    Derek’s Answer

    You won't be able to get valid in another state, including Minnesota, until you clear things up with every state where you've had a DWI. Contact the DMV offices in each one to make sure everything is cleared up.

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  • What is protocol and how do get started?

    In the interest of brevity I will get right to the point. This case is over seven years old and currently stands as a failure to appear out of Deschutes county Oregon. On July 24, 2008 I was on my way home from the Eugene Oregon area after c...

    Derek’s Answer

    Contact the court administration in the County of arrest in Oregon to see if you still have a current warrant. Then consult with an Oregon DUI attorney for further advice.

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  • Can a judge revoke bond on a misdemeaner based solely on his 'mood' without further allegations?

    I'm a 46 y/o disabled veteran with prescription 'narcotic' pain meds. Wasn't driving - but was 'in control of my vehicle', and ultimately charged with DUI for the 'traces' of medication. I posted bond. Approx. 3 months later, encountered a (sa...

    Derek’s Answer

    Judges do have this power, so I hope you have representation for both of these offenses. If you know you're innocent, please do NOT rely on the justice system to "get it right" without hiring an attorney. The system is not really designed to get it right nowadays. All they want to do is get a conviction and move on.

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  • What are the consequences in Nebraska for DUI and what is the best way to go about defending.

    My brother was in an accident and is being charged with a DUI

    Derek’s Answer

    Like my colleagues have mentioned, it's important for your brother to consult with an experienced DUI attorney ASAP. Consequences will include criminal sanctions and administrative penalties like license revocation. There may be strict deadlines to follow if he wants to keep all options open to fight this or minimize the impact.

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  • Am I able to drive in IN? I thought it was part of the inter-state compact, but nothing says my IN license is suspended.

    I received a wet and reckless in CA, the CA DMV ran it as a DUI. My license was suspended and I did all the necessary procedures and payments to have it reinstated in CA. Now my question is - it is still suspended in CA and I am resolving that now...

    Derek’s Answer

    I have noticed that many states will not act unless there's an actual criminal conviction for DUI/DWI in the state where the offense occurred. The amendment to Reckless Driving may have prevented IN from taking action, but check your status every once in awhile to make sure. IN would need to send you some kind of notice before they can take your license, but those notices can get lost in the mail too.

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  • What are my options

    Fiance was indicted on his 3rd DUI. Sentencing is in March. However, he was arrested a couple of weeks ago and got another DUI. He wants to go to rehab. He has no family, I am all he has and I work a minimum wage job and can't afford $3500 for a l...

    Derek’s Answer

    It never hurts to start calling around to a handful of experienced DUI lawyers in your area to see if someone can work with your fiance. If not, then he should apply for a public defender. He's going to need someone on his side because the prosecutor and the judge will want to be harsh given his history.

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  • How can I find out if have a clean driving record when my dui was dismissed is court

    If my first dui was dismissed in court (arresting officer was a no show ) will my driving record be clean?

    Derek’s Answer

    A typical DUI incident will create at least two marks on your driving record. One is the administrative action to take your license and the other is the final charge you were convicted of. The officer no-show you had may have only affected one of those entries on your driving record.

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  • Which state should I plea my 2nd DUI charge

    So I was charged with a DUI Thursday night in Glynn County. In the mean time I just agreed to a plea bargain, given lesser consequences, for a OVI that happened a year ago in ohio, but havent signed any papers due to being out of the state. So te...

    Derek’s Answer

    This is a good issue to explore before you make any more moves, and you need to consult with attorneys in both states to properly analyze the issue and make the best decision. Work on getting someone retained in each state so they can work together to minimize your troubles.

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  • Is this some type of misconduct?

    I received a 3rd dwi in metairie in may of 2011 and now I'm going for my final status update on jan 25th. The cop that arrested me quit the force and moved to another state. It took them 4 yrs to get him here to testify for motions. They have no c...

    Derek’s Answer

    This sounds like a question for your attorney, although I assume you have tried to reach your attorney or have already discussed this issue with your attorney and just want a second opinion. The problem with this is that none of us have seen the evidence or handled your file. Your attorney is best suited to answer your question. If you are not satisfied with your attorney, then you always have the option of hiring someone else to take over your case, but I would urge you to do everything you can to get on the same page with your current attorney first.

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