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  • My 17 year old son has a 15 year old tried push him off of a railing. My son ended up punching now they are pressing assult cha

    David’s Answer

    This is a wonderful site to use as a resource for information. However, rather than wait for an answer from attorneys from all over the country, I would suggest using the "Find a Lawyer" feature here, and use it to find an attorney in your area IMMEDIATELY.

    As to whether "they can" press charges against your son or not, the obvious answer is that they ARE. An experienced and seasoned attorney in your area will guide you and your son down the best path based on these circumstances, and local practices. Please make appointments with local counsel as soon as possible, after reviewing their credentials here.

    I wish you and your son the best of luck,

    -David Golden

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  • I was charged with embezzlement of $740 i wasnt able to pay the whole amount and my court date is very soon am i going to jail?

    David’s Answer

    The best person to answer this would be local criminal defense counsel in your particular jurisdiction. I would strongly suggest you hire a local criminal defense attorney, or, if you can not afford one, at least apply for the public defender in the mean time. I know sometimes Public Defenders are frowned upon, but they are in court every day, and know what is customary. Additionally, many of the better private attorneys are former Public Defenders, so you might get lucky with who gets assigned your case.

    Without more information, I do not know if this next court date is an arraignment date, or a docket call, but typically people only go to jail at their sentencing date. Again, please try and make arrangements to have counsel before, however, to afford yourself the best possible outcome.

    I wish you all the best,

    -David Golden

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  • If I have a restricted license in Michigan & I move to florida, does the restrictions follow me?

    David’s Answer

    CAUTION!

    One thing you do not want to do is hide or misrepresent information to DHSMV. Many people have have come to Florida having licenses suspended in other states, just to try and obtain one here. What they fail to appreciate is that by signing the application they are swearing to all of the information contained therein as being correct, so any misrepresentation or omission could wind up constituting a felony perjury charge.

    Best of luck,

    -David Golden

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  • Need of a DUI attorney

    David’s Answer

    In addition to using AVVO, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) also has a website for criminal defense attorneys by state. Another idea is to contact the local Public Defender's Office in that county, and ask for the names of the better private attorneys, or for someone who just left their office and is now on their own and respected in the community.

    I hope this provides some additional help, and wish you the best of luck.

    Cordially,

    -David Golden

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  • I am on probation for dwi

    David’s Answer

    Mitchell Sexner's answer is correct, and I too strongly urge you not to run. I would also recommend contacting one of the Texas Avvo attorneys listed here with respect to the rehab you did out of state. Courts often recognize that rehab out of the area may be better for the individual, but I do not know if yours was done as in house residential, or as an out-patient. If it was done as an out-patient, this may be why you're not getting credit for it. I also don't know why your probation officer allowed this if you couldn't get credit for it, but this too is something a local attorney needs to review as there may be some arguments to make to the judge for reconsideration.

    Please contact local counsel as soon as possible, and make sure you are following all of the conditions of your probation in the mean time.

    I wish you the best of luck,

    -David Golden

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  • Interlock Violation-Not on probation

    David’s Answer

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    In additon to using Avvo, there are a couple of other online resources you can use to find a great DUI lawyer in your area. FACDL is the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and they have listings of their members by county. There is also a National College of DUI Defense Lawyers that has member listings by state. Peer review is also important, as noted here with Avvo, and you should also conider finding someone with a Martindale-Hubbell "AV" rating, and, or, someone who is board certified.

    I hope this provided you with some additional resources, and wish you the best of luck in defending your case.

    -David Golden

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  • Im on probation and was in a house when the police raided the house.I was in the living room and there was a large amount of can

    David’s Answer

    I practice in Florida, but not in the Orlando area. Before you are arrested for violating your probation, I would immediately retain a reputable criminal defense lawyer in the Orlando area. Once you have done so, I would coordinate with your attorney on when and how to notify your probation officer of your recent arrest. They will find out anyway, and maintaining credibility with them will come in handy. Also, obtaining a drug screen test asap may also come in handy if it can demonstrate you haven't been using.

    With regard to your case at hand, the fact that it isn't your house helps tremendously. You being in another room when law enforcement arrives is also beneficial, though if the contraband was in plain view, it's a little more problematic. This is what's known as a "constructive possession" case as opposed to an "actual possession" case when the goods are found on your person.

    In any possession case the State must show that you had knowledge of the items, and the ability to control them. If either of these elements are lacking, the State cannot prove their case. Again, you have a very defensible case, and I suggest you contact a local defense attorney immediately.

    I wish you the best of luck,

    -David Golden

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