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Zachary J Cantor

Zachary Cantor’s Answers

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  • I have dv felony with a no contact order my next date is on Sept 4 can I request a peaceful contact order.

    Zachary’s Answer

    In Florida the victim in a case like this can request that the no contact order be modified to a no violent contact order. Therefore, in your situation your wife would be able to request that the court modify the no contact order to a no violent contact order which would allow you to have contact with her.

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  • What do I do if I have a criminal case and have been appointed a divorse attorney.

    Zachary’s Answer

    If you feel like your attorney is not fighting to get you the best possible result on your case you should fire your attorney and hire a new attorney. If your attorney is court appointed and it is difficult for you to find the financial means to hire a private attorney you should think about how important this situation is and find some way (borrow from a friend, borrow from a family member, take an advance from an employer etc.) to come up with the funds to retain a private attorney. This is your case and it is your future on the line so when your question basically boils down to, "I don't like my attorney what should I do?" the answer is fire them, find an attorney you like and hire them.

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  • I'm a sophomore in college and was caught stealing groceries from walmart. My court appearance is tomorrow, what do I do?

    Zachary’s Answer

    You're young and the fact that you are a college student shows that you are clearly concerned with creating a successful future for yourself. A conviction for any crime can act as a road block to your future goals. If you can not afford a private attorney you should ask to be appointed a public defender. In order to be assigned a public defender you will first have to fill out an indigency application - if you qualify as indigent you will be appointed a public defender. If you are assigned a public defender and you don't think they are effectively advocating on your behalf I would urge you to talk to your family/friends and find a way to come up with enough money to hire a private attorney. A criminal charge is incredibly serious and carries with it potential life changing ramifications - you need to treat your situation with the seriousness it merits so that 2, 5, or 10 years down the line you don't have severe regrets about how you resolved your criminal case.

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  • What is the maximum amount of jail time will someone get if they are charged for Indecent exposure for a second time?

    Zachary’s Answer

    Indecent exposure is generally charged as a first degree misdemeanor punishable by a maximum incarcerative sentence of a year in jail. If the exposure was done in the presence of a minor under the age of 16 the charge can be enhanced to a second degree felony punishable by a maximum incarcertative sentence of 15 years in prison. If your case is a standard misdemeanor indecent exposure case you are not facing addition jail time if it is your second time being charged with the crime.

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  • Is it possible to get a bond for VOP if I hire a lawyer before my warrant is out and I get arrested?

    Zachary’s Answer

    Is it possible to get a bond on a VOP? The answer is yes. When the judge signs the violation of probation warrant they make a determination as to whether or not they will give you a bond. Prior to signing the VOP warrant the judge will review an affidavit provided to the judge by the probation officer. The allegations being alleged in the affidavit, as well as the sentencing recommendation of the probation officer, will sometimes act as a persuasive influence on the judge's decision as to whether or not they are going to give you a bond. Hiring a criminal defense lawyer as early as possible can be helpful in your situation. An attorney can contact the probation officer and speak to the probation officer on your behalf. Having effective advocacy at the earliest possible date is highly recommended when dealing with a criminal matter such as yours.

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  • MY first offense for petit theft, how to get in Diversion Program?

    Zachary’s Answer

    Based upon what you are saying, if you have no prior criminal record, it is highly likely that you will be offered diversion. If you are offered diversion, and you wish to accept entrance into the diversion program, you will be given a diversion contract to sign. As long as you comply with the conditions of diversion at the end of the contractual period your charges will be dropped. If you fail to comply with the conditions of diversion you will be kicked out of the diversion program and will be back at square one regarding resolution of your petit theft charge. It is worth noting (in case you didn't know already) that petit theft under $100 is a second degree misdemeanor in Florida. Second degree misdemeanors in Florida are punishable by a maximum incarcerative sentence of 60 days in jail.

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