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In October of 2009 my ex was granted permission to relocate to Colorado with my daughter primarily because she ''could not find work in Pinellas County''. Before leaving, my ex tested positive for methamphedamines and marijuana according to a Child Protection Investigation summary conducted by the Pinellas County Sheriff''s Office. I requested an injuction to prevent removal of my child from the state until the investigation could be completed which was denied. I also submitted a motion for rehearing based on the fact that the judge told me during the final hearing that evidence of substance abuse was not to be taken into consideration for a petition for relocation and Florida Statute 61.13001 p. 7 (J)(K) states otherwise. The motion was denied. Now we are in July and I discovered a few days ago that my ex had an arraignment today (in Florida) for writing a worthless check. She was not at the arraingment because she had not been served the notice in Colorado. Today I gave the court her current address. They are going to attempt to serve her at the address I gave them and have set another arraingment for 8/9/10. The judge stated if she did not show up, he would issue a warrant for her arrest.My question at this point is in the event there is a warrant issued for her arrest would that qualify as a substantial change in circumstance to modify custody or would she have to be convicted of a crime?With nearly $600/mo coming out of my check for child support I can barely make ends meet for myself let alone retain an attorney so I''m basically on my own. I have begged and borrowed because I know I need representation to get my child out away from the substance abuse issues, but the bottom line is I can''t shell out the money up front for a retainer, but if I were to get my child back I would be able to pay $300/mo to pay off an attorney. I''m truly stuck, but I want my child out of this situation.

A:  I suggest you contact DCF and have them get involved in this situation. Then contact the legal aid office in your area and have them get involved. Both departments should be able to help you gain custody of your daughter. AFterall, you stated the DCF has evidence of their report....

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I''m not sure if this is the right category to ask this question under, but 5 months ago i was pulled over for a traffic light violation and after being questioned i eventually handed over a bag of marijuana containing less than 1 ounce. before any charges were filed or any tickets were written a drug task force agent approached me with an offer. he said instead of going to jail i will allow u to become a confidential informant. so thats the path i chose. i did fill out some paperwork with him and signed my marijuana as evidence over to him. he told me i would need to help him get a couple of convictions and i would be done by summer. well i did help him get a conviction and suddenly confidential wasnt so confidential. i received numerous threats against me. so i laid low and didn''t bother trying to find anyone else who sold marijuana, infact just about every one i knew who sold found out i was an informant. well 2 days ago the drug task force agent called me and said if i don''t have someone to convict by today he will put a warrant out for my arrest. can he do this? how long is the statute of limitations for misdemeanor possession? If i do get arrested will the court take into consideration my help with the first conviction? any advice is greatly appreciated.

A:  Do what you should have done 5 months ago and hire a lawyer. The statute of limitations is usually two years....

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A girl I barely knew accused me of ''burglary''. I was not aware of this until an attorney went into court to pull awarrant on a Vehicle code violation. ''(I was at social services the morning of the hearing'' anyway he comes back to tell me of this new case the DA filed against me.I received no notice of the complaint or anything, in fact I found out the DA had a bench warrant issued for my arrest, had I appeared for the traffic violation, I would have been arrested.I have two witness statements stating I was with them the day of the accusation. I have not been booked or been to jail, I am trying to protect myself and find out what is going onWhat can I do??

A:  Get a lawyer. Why aren''t you talking to the lawyer who was assisting you with the warrant on the Vehicle Code violation?...

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Recently my fiance ran into an old friend of his family. Coincidentally he was looking for a tenant and we were looking for a place. He owns a rather expensive home that is way out of our price range but has offered us to live there rent free in exchange for cleaning it up to be put on the market. The lease he has written up states that we will be paying 2770 a month for 12 months to be paid before we occupy the premises in the amount of $32400. Him and his father own the home and they both run construction companies in the local area. I have looked them up online and it seems very legit. I wonder if there is more to it though. He does not live there because he is a prior convicted felon and his house was raided. They found a firearm and arrested him on a bad check charge. He was released from jail, but failed to appear in court and was issued a warrant. Basically he is on the run. He said he has had 2 other people stay in the home and the cops have came by looking for him and searching the house. He said to prevent this he is going to have his lawyer fax the lease to the police department to show it is being rented out now. Would this be correct procedure?

A:  The more urban a residence is, the more likely teh police will come to the door looking for a former tenant, or law-didging offsite owner. If you rent a residence from a felon, you are not violating the law. If the Police come to the door, and yous show themt eh lease, they will probably go away and change their data base. (that is as long as you and yoru boyfriend do not have outstanding warrants) Your description of the lease agreement seems confusing. You say that you will be fixing the premises up for sale in exchange for rent, but then you say that the lessor wants you to sign a lease saying you will pay $2770 a month. There is no need for the $2770 lease if ou are doing reparis in lieu of rental payments....

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i am in the bad check program with the pima county attorney they are insisting that i pay 3 times more than i can afford, i have given my pay stub and my tax return and pay an amount montly that i can afford and every 3 months they put a warrant out for my arrest and i have to go to court, what can i do

A:  Information on Pima County''s Bad Check program can be located on Pima County''s website.  According to the website, participation in the program is optional and is offered as an alternative to being prosecuted. However, if a bad check is not paid, the Pima County Attorney has the discretion to offer the opportunity to enter a diversion program, pay restitution or proceed with prosecution. You may want to look through the documents available on the Bad Check Program''s website to familiarize yourself with the process. If you decide that you want to speak with an attorney about your specific situation, you may want to take a look at the article on this site titled, "Where to Find an Attorney for Specific Legal Advice." July 24, 2009...

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I didn't pay my ticket on time, plus I missed the court date (which was optional) what are my options?

A:  Ask a City of Lauderhill, Florida cop. They know EVERYTHING See a lawyer court dates are generally only optional if you plead guilty and pay a fine in advance (and at that only for a limited range of crimes; not all charges have an ''optional'' court appearance). If you do neither you generally get a warrant. You can try to schedule a new court date (based upon the warrant, most likely) where you can make your plea to the judge. Many states have an exception to a general license suspension along the lines of ''suspended except in the course of employment'', which allows you to drive to and...

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Gotta a question about missing court?

A:  theres no help for her. when you do not show up for court that consider that a failure to appear and she will have a warrant issued for her arrest. Bench warrant: Go to jail free card if anyone ever runs any kind of check on you. They WILL put a warrant out for her in California...for sure! She can avoid it and never go to Cali again...or hope she never gets pulled over for anything while in Cali....or she can deal with it. Go to the court there, turn herself in and ask them what to do. With all the crime in California, they aren''t going to be too hard on her. She will probably get arrested and let out quickly, and...

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missed court date! Warrent for arrest?

A:  Q: My question is, what will happen if he goes to the courthouse and explains that he lost his paper with the court date on it? A: Everyone will laugh because of that tired excuse. Q: Will they still arrest him? A: Probably. Q: THEN, somebody will have to make his bail... and that''s just money that we don''t have to spend right now. Around how much would the bail cost anyways? A: He may be let out on his own recognizance (meaning he promises to come back without having to put up any dough...but don''t expect that since he''s already proven he won''t show up for court). Q: Or is he better off just hoping he doesn''t get arrested for the next...

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Going to court with a warrant?

A:  Yes. They''ll check your ID, so even if the warrant was issued in a different court than the one you''re going to, they''ll figure out that you''re late for your vacation and book you into the hotel. You know, it would be best to have a lawyer set this up for you so that you don''t get arrested on the way to the courtroom. It would really suck to be taken straight to jail and then get hit for FTA just as you finish serving your sentence. If you want to make the right choice, turn yourself in. The police will make sure you show up for court. The fact that you skipped out on turning yourself in amazez me, because it was only 10 days. You are...

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dui...forgot court date...now what?

A:  Hello, The first thing you need to do is check her bond papers, alot of times they say you cannot leave the state. The next thing you should probably do is call the court house and talk to the clerk, tell them what happened and see what they say. Best of luck to you, keep us posted. Bini She almost certainly has a warrant out for her arrest. The best thing she could do is get an attorney and turn herself in. Thank you very much for the info! Now the bond issue... is that on her ticket? When she recieved it? She really kept the whole family in the dark, so besides the ticket that has the court date, I don''t know if she got any other papers.... I am sorry for asking...