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  • Served 1.5 years of 2 year probation, all fines paid and all requirements done. Worth trying to get off?

    It's been quite a few months since I paid everything off and have completed all requirements. I'm wondering if it is worth hiring counsel to go in front of a judge and try to be done with probation all together. It's been a long time, not a single...

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    I've read Mr. Finnecy's answer and I suspect he has never been on probation, had to deal with testing, probation appointments and various other obligations imposed by probation. For most working class people, all of those appointments and the cost associated with them can be very burdensome. Maybe a successful attorney such as Mr. Finnecy would not mind the expense of a $10.00 alcohol test a couple times a week but for many people, that is gas or food money that could be used for other important things.

    This being said, it is ABSOLUTELY worth trying to get off early. Many judges will consider an early discharge in Michigan after 50% of probation is served. You've completed 75%. It is best to start with a request to your probation officer to make sure he or she will support you. If you can afford to hire a lawyer, that would give you the best chance of being successful. If you cannot afford an attorney, you can contact the judge's chambers and request a "review" or a hearing to request early discharge. It is best to put your request in writing and attach supporting documents showing how well you've done over the past year and a half. Again, a good attorney can best advise you on how to draft such a document. It may be worth checking with your original lawyer if he or she was retained and that person may be willing to still help you.

    Best of luck!

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  • Can I expunge my criminal case while I am out of state?

    In a previous question, I learned that I am eligible to expunge my criminal case after five years of the end of my probation term. For family and work reasons, I may have to move to Canada, and I am thinking of hiring a lawyer to represent me in...

    Loren’s Answer

    It is absolutely not a problem that you do not live in Michigan. You can still get an expungement. There are many judges who will allow a lawyer to handle the entire process, including the final hearing, without the client ever appearing. There are some judges who will require you to appear for the motion but a good lawyer with experience handling expungment motions will know the judge your case is assigned to and will be able to guide you on this issue. Just by way of example to better illustrate my point, we recently did an expungement in Oakland County on behalf of a client living in Kuwait at there was no issue.

    There are many 10.0 rated criminal defense lawyers on Avvo. Some of us even offer a free consultation. Take a look at a few profiles and see if you can find someone who seems like they would be a good fit for you. Best of luck!

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  • How many times can a prosecutor reschedule a preliminary hearing?

    First time all the evidence wasn't in. Second one of the defendants retain a new lawyer. Third someone in the judges family passed away. Case in Michigan

    Loren’s Answer

    If your lawyer believes the adjournments are not in your best interest, he or she can object and fight the adjournment.

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  • When I was 18 years old. I was charged with a felony for UDAA. , I am now 43 yrs. old. do I have to get my record expunged?

    the car was never stolen, I was not trying to steal it. Just trying to steal cassette tapes back then. with me being young and naïve, the court appointed lawyer told me to plead guilty which I did.

    Loren’s Answer

    Have you tried an expungement motion? If the offense was written under the motor vehicle code, you may not be eligible for an expungement (Motion to Set Aside Conviction). If that is the case, consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney, there still may be some options available to you.

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  • MCL 750.154a immoral costing

    How come this one guy has accosting for immoral purposes and not ve on a reg sex offender list, how in the world can this be possible for him, the judge did something 13 years ago and he has never reg once. Somethings are left unsaid need to be r...

    Loren’s Answer

    Without knowing the facts of this case or seeing the actual judgment of conviction, it would be very hard to answer your question. If you were the victim of a crime and you are looking for answers about a case that involved you, you could contact the prosecutor's office and ask to speak to a victim's advocate.

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  • Will I be charged with embezzelment

    I bought doors and a window at Lowes w permission of the account holder. I could not make a purchase with out the account holder authorizing it wich he did I was not his employee or I didn't have any contract or application with him I was day labo...

    Loren’s Answer

    If you were day labor for the account holder and he is claiming that you used his account to pay for items used for your benefit, that would be embezzlement. If he did give you authorization, that would be a very good defense. Maybe is is claiming you exceeded his authorization? It's hard to say.

    The most proactive, responsible thing you can do at this point would be to hire a criminal defense attorney right away who can contact the detective and advocate for you. Maybe a really skilled criminal defense lawyer can help prevent charges from wrongfully issuing against you.

    There are some great 10.0 rated criminal defense lawyers on Avvo. Many of us will offer a free consultation.

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  • Is it possible to get anger management after a domestic violence case?

    Suppose there is no proof whatsoever that the person ever hurt anybody & the victims support to drop charges.

    Loren’s Answer

    It is very possible and generally ordinary for a judge to order some form of anger management counseling as a result of a domestic violence. Prosecutors are generally not receptive at all and really do not even consider requests from the "victims" to drop charges. With regard to proof that someone was hurt, there is no requirement for an injury or even physical contact for a domestic violence charge or conviction. It sounds to be like this situation is a bit more serious than you may realize.

    Any time someone is charge with a crime, let alone a violent crime, it is critical to have the best legal representation possible. There are 10.0 rated domestic violence/criminal defense attorneys on Avvo. Many of us offer free consultations. Do yourself a favor and hire a really good defense lawyer to help you.

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  • I'm on probation for a DUI, yesterday I went to drug testing and I blew a .009. Then waited 15 minutes and blew all 0s.

    They told me it counts as 0s but they have to notify the court anyways. I have a prescription for a solution that gets rid of cold sores which is 93 percent alcohol... am I going to be okay?

    Loren’s Answer

    What court is your case pending in? If Rochester, the judges there may have you come in for a hearing despite the fact that you blew all zeros after 15 minutes. Courts in Oakland County are somewhat notorious for filing bond and probation violations based upon test results with minimal findings.

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  • Worthwhile 6.500 or waste of time?

    Involved in case last year that’s collected a bit of dust now, where only evidence used by prosecutor was police report. Love triangle where romantic rival encouraged victim to press charges on event that occurred 8 months prior. My lawyer did n...

    Loren’s Answer

    Any lawyer would really have to take the time to review the entire case file to be able to give you a reliable opinion on whether a 6.500 Motion is viable at this time. Your best bet is to contact a really good criminal defense lawyer and scheduled a consultation to review the case. If the motion is viable and the lawyer is good, he or she will know how best to advise you. You can find a 10.0 rated criminal defense lawyer on Avvo and many of us will offer a free consultation.

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  • Can i get charges of identity theft and usung a computer to commit a crime reduced to misdemeanor so that they xan be expunged

    From my record permanently

    Loren’s Answer

    I would need to know much more about your situation before you could be given any type of reliable answer to your question. Prior record? Amount of loss or damages? What county and who is the judge?

    No matter what the answers are to the above questions, getting one or more felonies reduced to a misdemeanor is an uphill battle. Your best hope is with a great criminal defense attorney. Avvo is an excellent place to locate a 10.0 rated criminal defense lawyer and many of us will offer a free consultation.

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