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Q: I need a lawyer for a drug case
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Andrew Lawrence Moses answered on Jun 25, 2019

We can assist you. Please contact our office at 407.377.0150. Thank you...Andrew Moses

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Q: I recently had my criminal case closed the judge ordered me probation and that my record be "held from adjudication"

I just need to know for when im applying to jobs if they run a background check will they see my charges? Do i have to finish probation and then its gone?

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Andrew Lawrence Moses answered on Apr 19, 2019

It sounds as if the judge "withheld adjudication". This means that you are not convicted of the crime. A background search will most likely show this arrest. However, you may answer that you have not been convicted of a crime. Additionally, you may want to consider sealing your record if you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Florida on
Q: If I was with someone when they were charged and arrested for things that didn’t apply to me, am I considered a victim?
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Andrew Lawrence Moses answered on Mar 25, 2019

You would know if you were a victim of a crime. Simply being present when someone is arrested does not make you a victim.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: Burglary, possession of burgl tools with intent, and petty theft?

I found a key to the life guard tower in the sand and then used it to open the tower to sleep in. Nothing was damaged or taken. At 6am an officer openned it and said "your under arrest" for burglary and possession of burgarly tools (my self defense pocket knife) with intent to use. Also petty theft... Read more »

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Andrew Lawrence Moses answered on Mar 25, 2019

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This sounds more like a trespass than a burglary. You were certainly in a place that you did not have authority to be in, however there was no crime committed in the place. The argument on the key is that it was abandoned property and that you did not steal it. I would imagine...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Family Law and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: Two teachers held my 7 year old down and cut her hair i have already filed assualt charges I need a lawyer to help me

With the next steps

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Andrew Lawrence Moses answered on Mar 18, 2019

The criminal charges will be handled by the State Attorney's Office and retaining your own attorney is not necessary. However, you may consider retaining a lawyer to act as your advocate in the criminal case. If you are considering a civil law suit you will also need a lawyer. Your questions... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: My husband got locked up last night for going into someone's apartment with a BB gun.

He went in because he saw the guy in that apartment stealing one of our other neighbors televisions and game consoles

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Andrew Lawrence Moses answered on Mar 14, 2019

Your husband needs to retain an attorney. You do not indicate what he was arrested for, but clearly he was arrested and now needs assistance.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: My son received a red light camera ticket 3 months after the fact. Can he fight it?

He requested a hearing back in December when he got the ticket, heard nothing from them until yesterday when he got a letter notifying him that his license would be suspended for failure to show up in court. He NEVER got the notification for the court date. He called today and the rep claimed it... Read more »

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Andrew Lawrence Moses answered on Mar 14, 2019

He can pay the $23 reinstatement fee and request a hearing. I am sure that he never received the notice but he will need to pay in order to make sure that his license does not go into suspension.

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Q: Hello I recently received a speeding citation in my county in Florida.

My question is the speed limit and address listed on my citation are incorrect for the area i was pulled over in. What should I do to fix this in my citation? The difference in speed limit would lower my citation penalty price.

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Andrew Lawrence Moses answered on Mar 14, 2019

You will either need to go to court yourself or retain an attorney to go for you

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Florida on
Q: Is there a 10 day cool down period before you can file request for arrest after you've been assaulted
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Andrew Lawrence Moses answered on Mar 14, 2019

No, if you are the victim of a crime you can immediately file a police report. The law enforcement agency will then do the investigation and will either obtain an arrest warrant from law enforcement or send the case to the state attorney's office for review.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Florida on
Q: Me and my mom got into altercation she stated I pushed her and I stated I pushed her because she had a bat and I'm

I'm pregnant and my kids were there police were called no one was arrested or wrote a statement but since stories was vonficted on the report we both were charged with domestic violence what will happen next and will this be on my record

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Andrew Lawrence Moses answered on Mar 14, 2019

I am not sure what you mean by charged if nobody was arrested. If the case is sent to the state attorney's office for review, a prosecutor will look over the report and decide if anyone will be charged. If you are concerned about being arrested, you should consult a lawyer in your area.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: I would like to know about what happens when someone becomes a convicted felon

Rights they have and how they can get their rights back

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Andrew Lawrence Moses answered on Mar 14, 2019

This is a very broad question and much will depend upon the felony that someone is convicted of. A person will lose the right to posses a firearm. They will lose the right to vote for a period of time and perhaps permanently depending upon the conviction. If you are contemplating entering. This... Read more »

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Q: Can I be charged with grand theft of my friends dog

He went to new york. I was watching him. He is back and wants his dog. He never paid me the agreed upon money for me watching him. I have waited for 2 days for his girlfriend to come pick him up. Now he says he called the sheriff and is pressing charges against me Is this possible?

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Andrew Lawrence Moses answered on Mar 14, 2019

You cannot hold a dog ransom until you are paid for dog sitting. You may have a valid civil claim against your friend. If you refuse to return the dog, you could be charged with theft.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Federal Crimes and Gov & Administrative Law for Florida on
Q: Should I believe the DEA when they tell me I'm not in trouble? Can they arrest me for something non-drug related?

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Andrew Lawrence Moses answered on Mar 14, 2019

The DEA can arrest you for something non-drug related. If you were approached by a DEA agent, I think that you should contact an attorney who could then reach out to the agent to determine your roll in an investigation. Perhaps you are simply a witness, but you could also be a person of interest... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: Charged for crime which friend in car committed.

I drove friend home because she was unable to drive, pulled over and contraband found inside vehicle, already had probable cause for pulling us over, and conducting a search. cases are separate, and friend already took guilty plea. I am still being charged with same crimes which friend plead guilty... Read more »

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Andrew Lawrence Moses answered on Mar 14, 2019

This is a constructive possession case. The government is trying to argue that although you did not have actual possession of the contraband, you had the ability to exercise dominion and control of the item(s). It is not a situation where a motion is going to get a case dismissed. You need an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: Is it possible to get a only a fine for 2nd petty theft charge
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Andrew Lawrence Moses answered on Feb 21, 2019

Yes, it is possible to be sentenced to a fine for petit theft (second offense).

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: How likely would it be fore someone who was arrested on felony drug charges to get out on drug court or probation?
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Andrew Lawrence Moses answered on Feb 21, 2019

The question seems to assume that the person is incarcerated. If someone is incarcerated and does not bond out of jail they will be remain in jail until the case is resolved. There is no set time on when someone can be sentenced or referred to drug court. This person's attorney should contact... Read more »

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Q: Can you be charged for drugs if they didn’t locate any drugs?
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Andrew Lawrence Moses answered on Feb 19, 2019

Your question is fairly broad. You could be charged with a conspiracy to traffic in drugs. You could not be charged with simple possession of drugs if no drugs were found. More specifics are needed to give you a more complete answer.

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Q: My friend of mine went to a child hear say hearing and the court reserves ruling what happens next?

Florida statue

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Andrew Lawrence Moses answered on Feb 14, 2019

The court wants additional time to consider the evidence and apply it to the law. Most likely, the judge will issue a written ruling on the issue and either allow the hearsay to come in or rule against it.

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Florida on
Q: how much will it cost to hire a dui lawyer
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Andrew Lawrence Moses answered on Feb 21, 2019

The legal fees for any criminal case will depend upon the complexity of the case, the experience of the attorney hired, and the likely the geographic area of the case. It is important to speak with any attorney you are considering to hire and make sure that you feel comfortable with their... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for Florida on
Q: can A restraint order be dropped at a arraignment
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Andrew Lawrence Moses answered on Jan 21, 2019

A restraining order is a civil (non-criminal) matter, and therefore will not have an arraignment. However, if you are asking if a restraining order or injunction can be dismissed at a hearing or after a hearing is held, then the answer is yes. Additionally, the injunction may be able to be... Read more »

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