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Lawrence James Arnkoff

Lawrence James Arnkoff

Criminal Defense- Federal and State- Tennessee and Florida
  • White Collar Crime, Criminal Law, DUI & DWI...
  • Florida, Tennessee
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Practice Areas
  • White Collar Crime
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Personal Injury
  • Entertainment & Sports Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Arbitration & Mediation
Additional Practice Area
  • Federal Criminal Defense
  • Free Consultation
    In most cases I will provide a free telephonic or office consultation.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    I use Law Pay- I believe they take most credit cards
  • Contingent Fees
    In negligence or personal injury cases
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    For most criminal cases I set flat fees or sometimes I agree to hourly rates depending on the work that needs to be done.
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6th Circuit
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Federal Circuit
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University of Miami
J.D. (1974) | Law
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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
B.A. (1971) | History
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Professional Associations
Tennessee Bar # 026140
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Florida State Bar # 178570
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34 Questions Answered

Q. Can I retain an attorney while I'm on the run from a charge? Or will they make me turn myself in.
A: Yes, you can retain an attorney even if you are a fugitive. Your attorney can then give you advice on how to best resolve your situation. That most likely will include surrendering at some point. However your attorney cannot compel you to do anything you don't wish to do nor can he or she actively participate in any action that would encourage you to remain a fugitive. Hire an experienced criminal defense attorney and he or she should have the knowledge and experience necessary to best counsel you in this situation.
Q. what happens if i couldn't get a lawyer in time for court
A: Don't panic. If the Court determines you are indigent and cannot afford to hire counsel an attorney will be appointed. If you are not indigent or you prefer to hire private counsel most likely the judge will give you a reasonable amount of time to hire one. Be prepared to tell the judge what your current financial situation is and if you wish to hire counsel tell the Judge you have an attorney in mind and how much time you will need to retain him or her.
Q. I am 16 and was caught stealing gifts cards at walmart, so they fired me and said they would file a police report
A: Due to your age you should be charged as a juvenile although they have the ability to charge you as an adult. If you are charged as a juvenile I don't see any realistic way your parents will not be involved. Where in Tennessee did this happen?
Q. My son is in fed prison however he has a hold on him in blount co for probation violation. His time is done there.
A: This is a fairly common situation. It is very difficult to get the state authorities to resolve an outstanding case prior to the federal prisoner completing his federal sentence. The Federal Bureau of Prisons is required to transfer a prisoner to the state authorities if there is an outstanding hold. The reality is the state prosecutor isn't usually interested in resolving a case until the defendant is in their jurisdiction. There are several possibilities. Your son can make a demand under the interstate compact demanding he be brought to the state jurisdiction and if the state does not respond timely the warrant can be dismissed. Also if you engage the services of a local attorney in Blount County perhaps they can get the prosecutor to agree to a dismissal prior to release from the federal facility.
Q. Does the defendant need legal counsel during grand jury proceedings?
A: My answer may be little unconventional but I think it is practical. I have represented quite a few clients in federal grand jury matters. In state cases the defendant either agreed to bind the case over voluntarily, a general sessions judge bound it over at a probable cause hearing or the District Attorney submitted it to the Grand Jury after a general sessions judge found no probable cause. The defendant will not in most cases appear before the grand jury but there are occasions when they can petition for permission to do so. You are really trying to figure out if it is prudent to give a retainer to the lawyer before the grand jury meets. It is a very good question. Since the defendant will almost certainly be indicted perhaps the attorney is quoting the retainer fee for representation when the indictment is actually filed. I would suggest you wait until the indictment is filed before retaining the attorney or you have the attorney put a clause in a written fee agreement that in the event the grand jury declines filing an indictment the retainer will be refunded immediately.
Q. My daughter is 17 and was written a citation to appear in court for shoplifting. What I can I expect to happen?
A: I agree with my fellow counsel who have already posted that you should seek out an experienced criminal attorney for your daughter. In today's world if someone has criminal history it can impact them in in a negative manner for years to come. Finding the right attorney should reduce your stress levels and hopefully resolve your daughter's case without a conviction.
Q. My roommate wants her boyfriend to move in with us. I have a young daughter so Did an arrest and backgroun check on him.
A: Your intuition regarding letting this man move in is correct. Nothing about the situation or his background would lead you to conclude it would be prudent to expose your daughter and yourself to take that risk. Not having his criminal history in front of me I can't say for sure what is on it but any category that shows department of corrections would most likely mean he has spent time in custody. Trust your instincts and ask both of them to relocate.
Q. I am a fireman that just got charged with simple possession. I've never been in trouble before and seeking Diversion.
A: Diversion requires a plea of guilty however the Court withholds adjudication of guilt while you complete the conditions of your supervision. If you are successful the case eventually gets dismissed and you can seal your record. If you are unsuccessful you will wind up with a conviction. A better alternative would be to seek a retirement of the charge. That does not require a plea of guilt. A retirement on simple possession can last a year and include conditions similar to a diversion. After one year if you have not incurred a new case you can move to seal your record. If a conviction of the simple possession is what will cost you your job then a diversion would stop that. If merely pleading guilty will cost you your job try to negotiate a retirement.
Q. I am looking for information on how to obtain my Pre sentence investigation report from 2001.
A: I am assuming from your question that you have a federal conviction. If so your PSR should be available at the U.S. probation office in the district your were sentenced. Also the attorney who represented you at the time should have a copy. If that fails you could file a pro se motion in that court asking the Judge to have the clerk of the court release a copy of the PSR to you. Since it is not public record the clerk cannot release it without a court order.
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