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J. Edward Jones

J. Edward Jones’s Answers

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  • I have 3 non violent felonies from over 20 years ago since then I received one dui Is it possible to have the felonies expunged

    I want to be able to get a passport, my wife to be is from Germany and would like to visit with her.

    J. Edward’s Answer

    The number of convictions could be a challenge to qualify for expungement. I would recommend having an attorney assist you in getting the felonies reduced to misdemeanors before applying for a certificate of expungement eligibility. That would greatly increase your chances of getting the charges expunged.

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  • Is accepting plea in abeyance same as being convicted and having a conviction?

    Is accepting plea in abeyance same as being convicted and having a conviction?

    J. Edward’s Answer

    In Utah, a plea in abeyance is where you enter a plea, but are not sentenced for a period of time (the abeyance period). If a person entering into a plea of abeyance agreement pays a fee and accomplishes certain requirements, then at the end of the agreed period, the plea is withdrawn, and the case is dismissed. For most purposes, a plea in abeyance does not amount to a conviction, because the person has not yet been sentenced, and could still withdraw their plea. That being said, Drivers License Division (DLD) looks at a plea in abeyance as it would a conviction if the person entering the deal is a commercial driver. Also, most courts in Utah do not report pleas in abeyance to DLD, but if they do, a persons drivers license could be suspended for drug charges.

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  • If your name is spelled incorrectly on a no trespassing notification form is it valid?

    I was told that I was not allowed to enter a trailer Park as of that point in time. I was never told I was not allowed there anymore nor was I given any form that said that. I went to the trailer park der 3 months to take food to my cousin and the...

    J. Edward’s Answer

    Just because your name is spelled wrong on a form does not invalidate notice.

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  • Can police arrest you for assault if the person said you didn't hit them or anything ?

    My son was arrested for simple assault for arguing with his girlfriend in a parking lot. An anonymous caller called the police, but his girlfriend told the police he didn't do anything to her or touch her. They checked out her body for marks, and ...

    J. Edward’s Answer

    Police need probable cause to arrest someone for assault. Police officers will often not believe a victim of perceived domestic violence if she says nothing happened, and arrest someone based on circumstantial evidence. Depending on the evidence, which is different in every case, a prosecutor may file charges or dismiss.

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  • Hello I am recently being investigated for stolen property I bought gold off the street pawned It now the police is after me .

    I didn't know the gold was stolen at the time I bought it and I just came back from being question from a detective . what should I do ?

    J. Edward’s Answer

    Please remember, you have the right to remain silent, and you should not give any statement to law enforcement prior to consulting with an attorney.

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  • I have been charged with a DUI with a previous and the possession of weed this is my first offence, wanting to know outcome it

    It been 2 years since my last arrest, this time they pulled me over they said because of failure to signal the cop asked me if i had been drinking i am over 21 so i told him a couple of glasses of wine with a friend not knowing i was alcohol r...

    J. Edward’s Answer

    I agree that you need to speak with an attorney regarding the details of your case in a less public forum. An attorney may be able to find issues with the police stop and investigation that could benefit your case.

    In regards to the blood draw, the police have a right to obtain a chemical sample from you to determine if you are under the influence. If you refuse to give a breath sample, they can get a warrant and compel you to give a blood sample.

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  • How long would UTAH have to issue an arrest warrant or serve a Summons to Appear after charges are filed for a state felony?

    Raided via search warrant Nov. 2012. Drugs found, but no arrest made. Felony possession charges filed in Jan. 2013, but no warrant for arrest issued and have not been served a Summons to Appear as of April, 2013.

    J. Edward’s Answer

    If felony charges were filed in January, then there is a good chance that a warrant has been issued for your arrest already, without a summons to appear. Consulting with an attorney, or checking with the court or arresting agency could help you find out the status of your case.

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  • I just got my first DUI this past weekend and am trying to get an idea of what to expect?

    I feel inclined to say that the stupidity of my decisions overwhelms me, but I was driving without insurance at the time. Also, i'm not sure what role this could play, but I am on informal probation in California for a misdemeanor vandalism charge...

    J. Edward’s Answer

    If you cannot afford an attorney, then you will need to request a Drivers License Hearing on your own as quickly as possible. You only have 10 days from the date of your arrest to make that request or your license will be suspended and your life will become much more complicated. A public defender will be able to help you navigate the criminal charges. If at some point you are able to hire an attorney, then that is always an option.

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  • Can I leave the country when I'm on a warrant?

    I have a DUI (BAC .147) and my court is near but I'm wondering if miss the court would I be able to leave the country? I know I would be on a warrant but does it also mean that I can't leave the country? FYI I'm an International Student studyi...

    J. Edward’s Answer

    You should be able to leave the country and avoid a warrant. If you hire an attorney, or have one appointed, they can appear on your behalf, even when you have left the country. I have clients all over the United States and in other countries who never come back to court because I appear on their behalf. If you do fail to appear for court and get a warrant that could complicate your visa status. You should consult with an immigration attorney for more information in that regard.

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