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Thomas Ifversen

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  1. Facing 4th DUI. Seek treatment now or wait?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Harold L. Wallin
    2. Thomas Ifversen
    3. Anthony Michael Solis
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    5. Thomas G. Briody
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    Impossible to give any concrete answers to this question. I always advise my clients to seek treatment when they are looking at a difficult case like this (I have no qualifications to diagnose anyone with an alcohol problem, but I know that anyone with 4 DUI cases has a problem that needs to be addressed). While being in an intensive treatment program is unlikely to make a judge deviate from a mandatory minimum sentence, being in treatment should make it less likely that the judge goes above...

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  2. Are paid attorneys able to get better deals than public defenders?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Thomas Ifversen
    2. Melissa Aura Keiko Odama
    3. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
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    This is an impossible question to answer. I am sure if you gave me $50,000 as a retainer, I would have much more motivation to try and get you a better deal that the guy getting paid whatever the state contract dictates, but that is about all anyone could ever promise. When people ask me the question about what I can do that a public defender cannot do, I always tell them that I have nowhere near the cases that a public defender has, and that means I have the luxury of speaking and meeting...

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  3. When/How Can I Terminate My Probation Early?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Matthew Murillo
    2. Andrew Joseph Bouvier-Brown
    3. Anthony Michael Solis
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    The fee answer you have been getting is spot -on. Nothing is guaranteed in this business. If you have completed all of the conditions of probation, and there is less than half of your probation remaining, it couldn't hurt to file a motion requesting successful termination of probation. Remember that it costs the State money to monitor you, and if there is nothing left to monitor you for, then it doesn't make a ton of sense keeping you on probation. In my experience, judges like rewarding...

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  4. Breathalyzer question. First time dui offense .15%

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Matthew Murillo
    2. Michael Jon Fremont
    3. Michael Kevin Cernyar
    4. Thomas Ifversen
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    Is it okay for the officer to do that? Sure. does it make your case harder to prove from the State's perspective? Absolutely. The roadside breathalyzers are very inaccurate,and easy to attack at trial. that doesn't mean the State can not prove you guilty. You need a good lawyer who is very experienced with DUI cases. No one on this site can possibly give you a thorough legal opinion without all of the facts.

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  5. Once again, is a third conviction for a duii going to have my license revoked for life? None were felonies,no accidents.This is

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Thomas Ifversen
    2. Justin N Rosas
    3. Jasen Bodie Nielsen
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    The DUII statute mandates the lifetime revocation, so the Court has no discretion if they find that it is your third conviction in your lifetime. You are eligible to apply for reinstatement after 10 years. No one knows exactly how that is going to shake out, since the statute has not been on the books for 10 years yet. It may be possible to attack the prior convictions. If any of them can be invalidated, you can file a motion for the Court to ignore the prior conviction, and sentence as...

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  6. If I recieved a DUI, and my court date is 9/2/13, which is Labor day and courts are closed. What are my options

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Thomas Ifversen
    2. Emily M. Oberdorfer
    3. Kevin H. Pate
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    Call the court and make double-sure. You will want to speak with criminal calendaring. They will probably tell you what the custom is in that jurisdiction for such an error. Then the most important thing to do will be to get yourself a good attorney! Some courts will simply issue a warrant since you haven't been arraigned on the citation. Your attorney should be able to avoid this happening, and be able to reschedule the arraignment. The WORST thing you can do is to just ignore it. Somebody...

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  7. What are the likely consequences for a second DUI offender?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Clayton Tullos
    2. Thomas Ifversen
    3. Richard E Oberdorfer
    4. Sunil K Raju
    5. Jasen Bodie Nielsen
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    I would be advising a client in your situation to be prepared for a 60 to 90 day sentence. It could be more, it could be less. The Court is not going to be pleased about the prior assault, and the driving in this case. I would also be advising my client to get enrolled in a serious alcohol treatment program. It may not stem the wrath of the judge, but it will prevent an even worse outcome. Most importantly, you should be getting in touch with experienced DUII attorneys. You are going to...

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  8. I was charged with forgery by being in possession of a fake twenty, I was unaware it was fake, what should I do?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jay Bodzin
    2. Thomas Ifversen
    3. James Donald Garrett
    4. Benjamin O Falk
    5. Sunil K Raju
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    Get in touch with a good criminal defense attorney. Do not post any specifics about your case online. The State is going to have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you knew the bill was fake. They can do that circumstantially if the bill is obviously fake, or there is some other reason a normal person should have known it was fake. Hopefully you didn't say anything that hurt your case. Talk with a lawyer... And ONLY with a lawyer. This is a scary charge, but the State has a very...

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  9. Is it possible to request for jail time or community service in exchange for court fines if it has been sent to collections?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Thomas Ifversen
    2. Anthony Michael Solis
    3. Jasen Bodie Nielsen
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    Different courts and even different judges are going to have different ways of dealing with this issue. A lot is going to depend on how you have done on probation other than the financial obligations. Did you complete a treatment program? Did you get violated for committing other crimes or using drugs or alcohol? Have you made ANY effort to pay the financial obligations? If not, there is a good chance that the Court would work with you. The best solution would be to get those obligations...

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  10. If detectives did improper work on your case and you were found guilty of 1st degree assault under measure 11, could you appeal?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Thomas Ifversen
    2. Justin N Rosas
    3. Jonah Morningstar
    4. Joshua Sachs
    5. Anthony Michael Solis
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    You have 30 days from the date of the entry of the judgement (usually the day after the judgement is signed) to file a notice of appeal. One thing I find that most people don't understand about appeals is that you can not appeal factual findings (unless there is no evidence to support them). That means that if your jury was a collection of knuckleheads who bought the State's weak case hook, line, and sinker, ignoring all the good evidence to the contrary, well... Them's the breaks! You don't...

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