I am on administrative parole, due to have ended by now. Still owe about $1,100. In the meantime, I was ticketed for a suspended license, due to an expired tag. As soon as knew, I got it reinstated. Although surprised, that is a violation of my p...
You say you are on administrative parole. Do you mean unsupervised probation? Is it in Pinellas County? The problem with a violation of probation is that it comes with a warrant and no bond. I would try to wait until you have the funds to hire an attorney and then have him/her surrender you to the court on a date he sets and resolve the violation, costs, etc. at that time. I think you will avoid sitting in jail and can finally get the case concluded. Avoid contact with the police until that time. When you have the funds, hire an attorney because you will not be able to do this on your own. Good luck to you.See question
Is it normal process for the state of florida to have a state attorney against me in a second degree misdemeanor arraignment when I have no attorney?
Yes, because the state is represented by an Assistant State Attorney in every criminal case, no matter if it is only a misdemeanor of the second degree. If the state is not seeking jail time against you, you are not entitled to a court-appointed lawyer if you are indigent in this circumstance. If you want to be represented, which is a smart idea, then hire a lawyer. Best of luck to you.See question
My sister's ex knows I went to another country to pay for prostitutes and he's threatening to expose me to the law. There isn't anything they can do about that right?
If you are traveling to another country for the purpose of having sex with underage girls for money or not, you can be prosecuted by our federal government. If you are limiting your activities to consenting adults (over 18) in another country, you are only subject to action by that country. Ignorance of the age of the "prostitute" will not be a viable defense if she is, in fact, underage.See question
Someone gave a friend four painkillers, I don't know what kind but they were prescription. If someone told the police what could they do?
Yes, they can be arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance or worse, a distribution offense. No money needs to change hands for distribution. Of course, just telling the police doesn't mean someone will be charged since there must be witnesses and evidence to prove it, but it should cause concern. If contacted by law enforcement, this person should remember there is a 5th amendment right to remain silent. He/she should exercise that right.See question
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...
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.See question
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...
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.See question
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...
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.See question
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...
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.See question
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.
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.See question
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?
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.See question