Q. “My lawyer got me a nice deal of no conviction on my felony, calling it a ‘withheld adjudication,’ so how can they now treat me like I’m convicted?!” A. “Things have changed, and you NEED to know this,” explains John M. Castellano

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“Be careful thinking you’re avoiding all consequences of a ‘conviction’ in your life, just because you score an ‘adjudication withheld’ — which otherwise means that the Judge is ‘withholding’ the ‘adjudication’ from you, NOT ‘adjudicating’ or ‘convicting’ you, as a disposition of your felony charge. — #FortLauderdalecriminaldefenselawyer JohnContini

“I say this because, an ‘adjudication withheld’ is STILL a ‘conviction’ for ALL purposes in the context of any ‘immigration’ issues or concerns, as the Feds and Homeland Security (formerly INS folks) unfortunately don’t respect the State’s differentiation between an ‘adjudication’ (‘conviction) and ‘adjudication withheld.’ They will treat the ‘adjudication withheld’ the exact same way they treat an ‘adjudication’ or ‘conviction!,’ and you NEED to know this!” — #Floridaccriminalattorney John Castellano

“Another concern now — and you need to know this too, is that the State prosecutors (and not just the feds now!) are now treating the coveted #adjudicationwithheld as a #conviction too, *if you end up getting charged again in the future with another felony. They will go back and ‘score’ your ‘prior’ felony disposition (even though it was an ‘adjudication withheld’) as though it were an ‘adjudication’ or ‘conviction,’ and you’ll then score #prison under the State’s #criminalpunishmentcode … which is otherwise known as #Floridasentencingguidelines … thereby defeating the purposes of achieving the ‘adjudication withheld’ in the first place!” — #Florida #federal criminal defense lawyer John Castellano

Please know that you can always call me in the office @ 954 766 8810 and I will go the extra mile (Matthew 5;41) to help you. I am, always there for you and your family,

John Castellano


About the Author:

John M. Castellano is a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney who has helped thousands of clients throughout Florida. While building a reputation as a premiere Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney, Mr. Castellano has worked tirelessly to develop strategies to best protect the rights of those arrested for DUI in Broward, Dade and West Palm. However, Mr. Castellano is not just a drunk driving lawyer. He has been a successful domestic violence attorney, drug trafficking attorney, as well as all other Felony and Misdemeanor cases.

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