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Sonja R Porter

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  • Will petty larceny be on my record if I only got a ticket

    Almost a year and a half ago, I decided to shoplift food when I didn't have any money. It was about $30, and the police was called. I got a ticket for petty larceny and paid that off in time, but I didn't get arrested or anything. I always put thi...

    Sonja’s Answer

    As my colleagues have said, without being an arrested this is probably not on your OSBI background check. However, if this charge was with OKC Muni, then it's very public - and probably still online. Other municipalities - while they have their own files, if they don't put them online anywhere, then there's a good chance it's not easy to locate.
    But I will also definitely encourage you to consider expunging it come November as suggested to make sure.

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  • I have been railroad from day one can you help me get to the bottom of this, an have my life back?

    I mwas accussed of a statoury offense in 1998.victim claims it was mostly her fought. nothing was done until 2002 I was found guilty of attempting to elude a police off. an sentenced to 7yrs. in prison. court brought up case n.1998-818 statoury of...

    Sonja’s Answer

    your information given is not enough to provide an answer. to give you a proper answer an attorney will need to look up your court records. so it will be best for you to call and set up to meet with one closer to you.

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  • Can I trust that, I would think they would lock her up anyway?

    My friend was issued a bench warrant for failure to appear and pay in 2011. She had no idea about the warrant cause she lost her home and had no place to receive any mail, so I found this warrant about 2 days ago at the local county court records ...

    Sonja’s Answer

    if this is in Oklahoma county then she will not be arrested if you follow the instructions given. this is the plan that the court came up with to help pepe people to resolve the warrant and for the courthouse to start getting paid.

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  • Will I have to do any jail time? Or can I just pay the fines and restitution? I have a good job and don't want to lose it

    Had a warrant put out on me for a case that happened 4 years ago. This is my first time and it's with grand larceny. The money was only 500 and was already returned but since there is no documentation of the money being returned. The lady waited 3...

    Sonja’s Answer

    every county courthouse is different. some will give you probation without any jail and some will require some jail time. this is why you will need to hire an attorney.

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  • How to get my lic. back

    I got a dui about 18 years ago I have not had a drivers lic. because of this for 18 years is there any way possible to get my lic, back . At the time my lawyer told me it was a fine only of $200.00 he did not tell me about the state would pick it...

    Sonja’s Answer

    you need to contact the "driver improvement" division of the Department of Public Safety and ask them. they can look up your exact situation and tell you what to do. and there's no getting around what they tell you to do, whether you find the requirements to be a nuisance.

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  • Should we be concerned about criminal action? Should we hire a lawyer or consult with one?

    My wife was fired today for stealing money from her work. This is chain restaurant of which she was a manager. Around 50 employees. She stole the money in small increments over the period of about a month, and they have her on camera doing so. She...

    Sonja’s Answer

    In addition to the advise of my colleagues :
    be aware that your wife doesn't have to be arrested or speak to police before charges can be filed. Rather, in embezzlement cases, it more common that the information is presented to the DA office who makes the decision to file. If charges are filed, your wife will not receive any type of formal notice. It will be up to you to watch for charges if you want to avoid the surprise arrest at an inconvenient time. you can search the court records at oscn.net. and run searches for several months if not a full year. it can take the DA several months to file charges that are presented.

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  • What are my options? I need to know what I can do to keep this from going on my record. I can not afford an attorney

    I was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The paraphernalia was on the coffee table, and the residue was what they said the marijuana was. It was a guy that I was dating stuff.

    Sonja’s Answer

    If you were arrested and booked in (fingerprinted and photographed) then this is already on your record and will not come off until a judge orders it to be removed. Those who attempt this without an attorney are rarely, if ever, successful. You need an attorney who will get the best possible outcome and can explain how to eventually get it expunged. You may think you cannot afford one, but if you care about your future, you can't afford to not have one.

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  • What would be the best way to do this and when should I do it? Thank you.

    I am charged with a DUI. Due to finances, I have not hired an attorney yet. My arraignment is coming up, and I am wanting to file a motion to extend my first court date, after my arraignment, so I can afford an attorney.

    Sonja’s Answer

    You do not need an attorney for the arraignment. Judge will enter a "not guilty" plea and give you another court date.
    If your is in OKC municipal court, you only need an attorney if you want any good deals like probation. if you can't afford one you can apply for public defender. otherwise you can show up and plead guilty and be at the mercy of the court.
    If your court is in Oklahoma County district court, you will be required to have an attorney for any court after the arraignment. if you paid money to get out of jail you won't be given a public defender.

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  • What kind of drug test will I receive if the 5 panel UA wasn't checked but the random drug testing was checked for a DUI?

    DUI arrest in December. Received a one year deferred sentence probation that upon completion will be expunged from my record. On my court ordered requirements, there is a check for 5 panel UA and a check for random drug testing; however, only the ...

    Sonja’s Answer

    it means you will be tested randomly using a 5 panel screen. if you're wondering if you'll get caught using wees, the answer is yes if you've used within 3-4 weeks of the test.
    if you lied to your PO, that could be bad for you if you later test postive.

    And just so you know, if you manage to successfully complete your deferred, the case will lot be expunged off your record. only the courthouse file will be expunged. the charges will stay on your background.
    but if you don't give up the drugs, you aren't going to make it.

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  • Violating probation while on a deferred sentence. Felony DUI probation, then got a drug charge while on probation.

    A friend of mine got his second DUI and it was a felony, he got a deferred sentence and was placed on probation (DA) for 2 years. Less than a year into probation, he violated it and got arrested for possession. Both arrests were in different count...

    Sonja’s Answer

    DA probation differs for each DA's office. Not all of them will run the person's record to look for new arrests because they don't have time or manpower to care. So, as long as they don't learn about it, they won't file a violation of probation. Your friend should make sure that everything is paid in full ahead of time and all requirements are turned in. That's what usually causes them to look. If everything is paid and done, then it's really a wait-and-see. Just know that some DA probations will run the name. So the motion to accelerate might not get filed until the day before the deferred sentence expires.
    If a motion to accelerate is filed based on the new charges, it's not necessarily the end of the world. But he will need to hire a lawyer to help him address it. He should start to get some money set aside for that.

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