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  • How often do you see a defendant offered probation or diversion for drwlsr 2nd habitual if the defendant gets his hardships DL

    I am a 2nd habitual driving offender for getting 6 drwlsr in ten years. Imy license will be reinstated in 2018. I will be receiving my hardships license. Just wondering if hardship license will suffice for driver license

    Jonathan’s Answer

    You have to be driving-free in order to get a BPO or WPO. If you picked up a new DWLS, you won't be eligible.

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  • Will my reckless driving charge show up on my background check for employment?

    I was charged by DWI 1st, (A.18.2-266) in VA, but My amended charge = RD-Generally-MISD (A.46.2-852) and got guilty on that. Does this record show up on my background check for employment? Is it ok not mention about it? like kind of employment ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Rafter. It's often better to disclose the arrest, and disposition to an employer. That's true even if you are able to get the court record sealed or expunged. The VA lawyers in this forum can advise you if that is an option for you.

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  • Is me and my family screwed

    I vop because of money my truck was stolen and crashed that was my business I lost my contacts but this is my 1st offence it's for mis domestic violence me and my wife are great it's been 2 yrs we have 4 kids ones a new born and I'm the only one t...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Speak to your PO about this. You may not be violated. In any event if you don't have the ability to pay, so it's not willful, a judge should not put you in jail. What would that accomplish?
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  • Best way to get a felony no filed?

    Cop was gonna arrest me on a bogus DV charge so i decked him...it was a mistake and im regretful. I need this no filed. How can i do this? I HAVE A GOOD JOB AND CANNOT LOSE IT WITH THIS BEING FILED.

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Based on your candid statement of facts, I would say there is little chance that the State will not file some charge against you. Decking a cop for any reason, particularly if your reason is in retaliation for his decision to arrest you, is going to result in a felony charge and a State offer of jail and an adjudication of guilt.

    That said, if you, through your lawyer can reach out to the officer and offer an apology, AND you don't have any violent priors, it's "possible" that the State might reduce the charge to simple battery. Might.

    You need a smooth lawyer to straighten out the wrinkles in your messy case. Find one ASAP.

    I hope I've been helpful and Good Luck.

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  • DUI VOP question

    My father had court today for VOP for a DUI. The state offered 20days in jail. My father cannot do 20 days in jail at this time, due to financial problems and needing to relocate out of state. He plead not guilty because the public defender said h...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Here's the legal answer: he's facing at least 6 months in jail on the VOP.
    Here's the practical answer: if his violation is a "technical" nature, like late payments or missing an appointment, and it's not willful and intentional, then I doubt he would be sentenced to a longer period than 20 days.

    But, as my colleague Mr. Gillespie, points out, the judges in Kissimmee can't be harsh. You should find a local criminal defense lawyer to guide you folks.

    I hope that I've been helpful and Good Luck.

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  • If an arraignment is cancelled due to a plea of not guilty, why would it go to case disposition?

    Isn't case disposition where they rule you not guilty or guilty? They don't try to offer you an agreement that may be beneficial to you?

    Jonathan’s Answer

    The State will make offers to resolve your case at this hearing. Your lawyer should explain the process to you.

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  • What is the possible charges for possession of drug paraphernalia but no drugs?

    A friend of mine was caught with marijuana in my car while my pipe was in the vehicle, of course there was residue inside of the pipe however none of the marijuana that she was caught with was used in my pipe nor by me. I was not present at the ti...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Not much of a distinction here. It can be charged with both possssion of cannabis and possssion of paraphernalia. Those are both misdemeanors. If you have no priors you might be offered a pre trial diversion program.

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  • Will a deferred judgement of guilt under HYTA show up on an employment background check?

    Over 5 years ago I was charged with a shoplifting misdemeanor and placed on Homes youthful trainee act. I paid my fines and everything and now it is dismissed and on nonpublic record. If I apply at a credit union will my background check come back...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Credit Unions use a variety of different databases. It's possible that it could come up.

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  • Does Job Corps have access to juvenile Records?

    I'm just wondering if they have access as I was told my son's juvenile records are sealed to the public. He is now 17, but had an assault charge when he was 14. It was a 3F. He did spend time in a residential program, completed probation and the c...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Not likely discovered unless you disclose it.

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  • What can impossibly be looking at? I used 18 bad checks that total close to 4000. And am on probation for burglary for 5 years.

    I took my husbands checkbook in his name, wrote 18 checks totalling close to 4000. He cancelled the checkbook. The place where i cashed the checks is proceeding with charges. I am on probation for burglary of a structure for 5 years which I comple...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Two bits of advice:

    1. Stop posting confessions of crime on the internet.

    2. Hire a lawyer.

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