If you are charged with an out-of-state crime, must you physicallygo tocourt or can an attorneyappear for you?

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If you are charged with an out-of-state crime, must you physicallygo tocourt or can an attorneyappear for you?

I live in GA and have a child support obligation in FL. When I moved here, I received a letter from FL telling me that they were no longer enforcing child support and that GADCSE would be doing so. I advised GA to attach my retirement income to apply to the child support obligation which they never did. After my previous child support case was closed, it took FL 6 months to issue a check to me which is when I realized the support was not being taken from my retirement. Now FL is not letting GA enforce the support and has issued me a summons for criminal contempt of court for child support. Can I get representation in FL without having to go there? Where can i find a criminal law attorney in Lee County FL?

Asked on November 17, 2010 under Criminal Law, Florida

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M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Generally speaking, a party accused of a crime needs to appear in person before a Judge to answer the charges.  However, I would call and speak with an attorney in the Lee County area and discuss the case in detail and see if there are any preliminary calls that can be made on your behalf to iron the matter out.  It may not need a criminal attorney so much as a family law attorney.  The Lee County Bar Association: www.leebar.org  or call the Lee County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service at (239) 334-4491. The Bar Association will be able to help you find an attorney best suited to your needs.  Good luck.

 


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