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Q: released from jail yesterday for a dirty ua on hope an they call my color to go ua again itcomes backdirty. Options?

On hope probation created by judge alms. Went in for a dirty ua that I admitted to did my 4 days in jail got out an they called my color again an my ua again came back dirty should I contest the ua on grounds of not enough time for the drug to detox through my system?

Mark Simonds
Mark Simonds answered on Mar 24, 2018

It depends. If your use was marijuana, the active chemical compound (tetrahydrocannabinol, otherwise referred to as THC) can take up to 30 days to completely leave the body. Other drugs can metabolize much quicker. I’m a lawyer, not a chemist, so you may wish to conduct some research on the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Hawaii on
Q: if you have multiple charges for the same crime, how is the sentence handled

say you have 20 charges of money laundering and the sentence is 5 years, are you serving five years or do you receive 100-year sentence?

Mark Simonds
Mark Simonds answered on Mar 22, 2018

It depends. Prison sentences can run consecutively, which means they may be ordered at sentencing to run one after the other (your “100 year” scenario) or concurrently, which means they all run together (your “5 year” scenario).

If a sentence of probation is ordered, it is only...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for Hawaii on
Q: What does a free standing order mean for restitution
Mark Simonds
Mark Simonds answered on Mar 21, 2018

A free-standing order of restitution is an order for restitution which can stand on its own, apart from the criminal case it is connected to. What this means is that the person to whom restitution is owed (the “victim” of the crime) may enforce this order against the defendant in the same way... Read more »

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