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Sonja R Porter

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  • Violating probation while on a deferred sentence. Felony DUI probation, then got a drug charge while on probation.

    A friend of mine got his second DUI and it was a felony, he got a deferred sentence and was placed on probation (DA) for 2 years. Less than a year into probation, he violated it and got arrested for possession. Both arrests were in different count...

    Sonja’s Answer

    DA probation differs for each DA's office. Not all of them will run the person's record to look for new arrests because they don't have time or manpower to care. So, as long as they don't learn about it, they won't file a violation of probation. Your friend should make sure that everything is paid in full ahead of time and all requirements are turned in. That's what usually causes them to look. If everything is paid and done, then it's really a wait-and-see. Just know that some DA probations will run the name. So the motion to accelerate might not get filed until the day before the deferred sentence expires.
    If a motion to accelerate is filed based on the new charges, it's not necessarily the end of the world. But he will need to hire a lawyer to help him address it. He should start to get some money set aside for that.

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  • I need some legal direction. I plan to file a grievance. Advice? Can I get any of my money back?

    I hired a lawyer to defend me against criminal charges. About a month and a half has passed since he postponed my preliminary hearing, despite the judges obvious discontent with doing so. The only time the lawyers office would contact me was when ...

    Sonja’s Answer

    unless your attorney has been allowed to withdraw by the judge then this attorney will have to show up. if he withdraws or you wish to fire him you will have to hire another attorney.
    whether or not you're satisfied with him, he will still get to keep money earned through time and effort expended.

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  • Can the court clerk lift a bench warrant if I make a payment big enough to almost clear half my court costs? Do I need a lawyer?

    I have a pending warrant in Oklahoma because I have been unable to pay on my fines and court costs since entering a no contest plea deal on a misdemeanor. I am on a six month deferred sentence, under two months remaining before it is supposed to e...

    Sonja’s Answer

    if it's just a cost warrant in Oklahoma county then you need to call Judge Easter ' s chambers. his clerk will tell you what to do to get the warrant lifted for less than all the money in full. you can find phone number on oscn.net.
    All of the money including probation fees must be paid in full when your deferred expires or it will not be dismissed. also probation people will typically file an application to accelerate and have another warrant issued if you are behind.

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  • Could the county I'm on probation in find out I left the state?

    I am currently on deferred probation for a nonviolent felony, and have six months left on supervision. I recently got a job offer out of state (which includes housing), but they need me asap. I've learned that there are a lot of hoops that I would...

    Sonja’s Answer

    I won't repeat what my colleagues have already stated. Instead, I'll make a SUGGESTION: It is possible to be on probation outside the state and not transfer the probation IF your probation officer is satisfied that you will report as directed and is otherwise comfortable with you being outside his ability to drop by and visit. If you have a good record of reporting and being clean and such, then consult with your PO. He might work with you. If he is not sure if he can, he/she can actually consult with the ADA and get the OK. If they won't agree, then the request an be taken to a judge.
    I have had clients who were allowed to travel out of state to work, and stay temporarily, which is the key. (you keep your OK address as permanent, so that your DL is still OK)

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  • Will I have to come up with the full bond amount to get him out if hes already received credit for half the amount?

    My husband received a traffic ticket and it never got paid. A warrant was issued for his arrest. When he was arrested and went to court they gave him a cash bond. I was told he is being credited $25 per day while sitting there. If he has already s...

    Sonja’s Answer

    The simple answer is call the court clerk where the tickets are and ask them how much does he still owe on the tickets? and if you pay that amount, can he get out?
    don't say cash bond, and here's why:
    if the court is giving him credit, then it sounds like he has plead guilty to the ticket bc credit can only be applied towards his fines and costs that he owes. Jail time is never credited towards a cash bond. so what you would be paying is the balance of what he owes towards the fines and costs. (assuming he agreed to plead guilty to the ticket).

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  • What is to be expected during a judge trial

    What is to be expected with a judge trial.i have a lawyer as well.

    Sonja’s Answer

    curious as to why you're asking lawyers you don't know when you have a lawyer.

    a trial by judge is a trial without a jury. after evidence is presented and arguments are made, the judge will decide guilty or not guilty. if guilty, he will also decide and pronounce punishment.

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  • I'm on probation for a duo it's my first offense I want to know if I will be drug tested

    I'm 19 years old and I've never been in trouble before until I got a dui 6 months ago

    Sonja’s Answer

    You say you are already on probation. Then you should already know what your rules and conditions of probation are unless you have just been placed on probation in OKC Municipal and haven't had your orientation meeting yet. OKC supervised probation will require random UA's. Twice a month.

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  • Can a violent crime felony conviction be expunged and does it also prevent a person from becoming a licensed claims adjuster?

    In 1998, I was charged with a felony conviction of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. It was against my husband (we were arguing and I stabbed him in the stomach) that was in the Military and it happened inside our home on a Military base (Ft. Polk,...

    Sonja’s Answer

    to clarify further, there is no action in Oklahoma state court that you can take. you will need an attorney familiar with military law or federal law

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  • What is the process to doing a Sentence Modification for someone that is already in Prison?

    My fiance is sentence to doing 23 years for first degree robbery. He was already done 7 years and has completed all the required courses.

    Sonja’s Answer

    too late to apply for sentence modification.
    could apply for a pardon or shortening the sentence. the application and instructions can be found on the pardon and Parole boards website.

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