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  • For leaving the scene of an accident with unattended vehicle - plead guilty, no contest or not guilty and go to trial?

    My wife backed into an unattended vehicle and left the scene because she could not see an owner and my baby daughter was having a meltdown in the backseat. She panicked and left. The police did catch up with her later and she was cited with leavin...

    Lori’s Answer

    You should consult with an attorney before deciding whether to enter a plea or not. Unless your wife has significant prior criminal traffic offenses, she is not going to be sentenced to anywhere near the statutory maximum. When an owner is not present, a note with her contact information and insurance info is what is required to be left at the scene. Best of luck.

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  • Is there a possibility he can get it expunged or released?

    My uncle was arrested in 1999 in Illinois for a controlled substance, intent to sell, Class 2 felony. He had 1 gram of cocaine. And now he is incarcerated in a federal prison for the past 15 years. Now he is trying to expunge the case, for the mat...

    Lori’s Answer

    I can't speak to Illinois expungement law, but feel confident saying that since he has been convicted of a federal felony, he will not be able to expunge the state drug prior. With that said, it doesn't matter as the Clemency Process contains his Pre-Sentence Report and that prior will be in that document. So even if he were able to seal or expunge it, the Clemency Petition will contain it and will be something that it considers in whether to grant it or not. Given its age it's not likely to prevent him being considered if he meets the other criteria for Clemency.

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  • Just found out my mother was arrested for Grand theft - 3rd degree a couple weeks ago. Need advice on getting her help!!

    The store was Kohl's, and the amount was $521. She is in her 50's and never been in trouble. She is bipolar and is blaming her actions on that. She also has had an addiction to prescription drugs for years, but this is the first time she has gotte...

    Lori’s Answer

    You can help her by hiring an attorney to represent her. As my colleague indicated, she would likely qualify for a diversion program with a drug / mental health evaluation and treatment if she has no prior record. You can also help her by supporting her treatment and follow-up for her mental health and addiction problems. Best of luck to you and your Mother.

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  • Do I need an attorney? What is the penalty for such a "crime"? How much will it cost to get the charge dropped?

    My son came home to WPB for winter break, he is 19 and going to college in st. Augustine. He went to visit a high school friend who is living temporarily with his family at uptown suites in Rivera Beach. While attempting leave the parking lot, a p...

    Lori’s Answer

    Your question answers your first question of whether you need an attorney. Yes, contact an attorney in your area and discuss this situation fully. Best of luck.

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  • What would be going on do you think and why would neither the cop nor my p.o. Leave a message after calling ?

    Police came by my house with my probation officer. They both called as well but neither one left a message and no cards or notes were left either.

    Lori’s Answer

    In all likelihood, your PO is conducting a random search, which he/she can because you are on probation. Law Enforcement is there in case contraband is located. If you simply have been violated already and the warrant is outstanding, I doubt the PO would be there too. They didn't leave a card or a phone message because they will be back. They want to catch you off guard. Proceed accordingly.

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  • Should individual be able to obtain job with school system?

    Adjudication was withheld on a grand theft charge for a bank overdraft over $300, after serving one yr probabtion record was sealed almost 10yrs ago. Wants to get job at with school district. Is that considered guilty?

    Lori’s Answer

    It is not considered a guilty adjudication. Even though it was sealed, it still could be subject to disclosure since working for the school board or district is an exception to releasing previously sealed offenses. In other words, if you don't include the sealed offense on your application, it could still be discovered and be a reason to deny your employment.

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  • I had a warrant unknownly got picked up and not marandized. Who do I present this info to in case.

    I was recently arrested and was not read my rights. Who would I tell this to.

    Lori’s Answer

    As my colleagues have said, being Mirandized has nothing to do with the lawfulness of your arrest or the state's ability to prosecute you. You can tell the lawyer you hire. Unless they questioned you and got you to confess without reading your rights after having you in custody, this is not a defense. Good luck.

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  • I had a warrant unknownly got picked up and not marandized. Who do I present this info to in case.

    I was recently arrested and was not read my rights. Who would I tell this to.

    Lori’s Answer

    As my colleagues have said, being Mirandized has nothing to do with the lawfulness of your arrest or the state's ability to prosecute you. You can tell the lawyer you hire. Unless they questioned you and got you to confess without reading your rights after having you in custody, this is not a defense. Good luck.

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