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Mr.Tamez--

I have a 1st offense misdemeanor conviction. The case itself was really stressful. The initial charge was a serious felony, the attorney my dad hired managed to keep it out of court for about 1 year, then it was reduced to a class B misdemeanor, and I was sentenced to 3 years in prison suspended to 5 years probation. I have no other arrests...I had 1, but it was expunged 4 years ago.

People keep screaming about "warrants," "prison," etc. around here. I'm low on the totem pole, so people mess with me openly, especially the men. I'm doing well on probation. I'm 1 year in without any problems, all fines paid, etc. People--mostly my neighbors--have been talking about prison and warrants and such ever since I was arrested, about 2 years ago.

I don't understand the legal system. If I had a warrant, would I be arrested immediately? Would my probation officer say/do something? Would my attorney know? I was sentenced 1 year ago. I was also pulled over by the cops a bit less than 1 year ago. They let me go (no ticket), and they didn't say anything about a warrant or anything.

I know this sounds bizarre, but keep in mind: this is a small, southern town, and I'm the lowest person on the totem pole. I just don't understand what's going on. How would I know if I had a warrant?

Thanks.

--Ian

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Ian-

The Reader's Digest version is YES, if you had any kind of outstanding warrant on you, your lawyer would most probably be told, but I can assure you, if you had an outstanding warrant, your probation officer would most certainly know.

Additionally, if you are in a small town (and we have worked in several), the local police would know you and where to find you if there was an outstanding warrant.

Don't worry about "small town gossip." Some people aren't happy unless they are talking badly about other people.

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Kevin M. Tamez serves as one of the most senior and experienced consultants at The MPM Group, Inc. During more than 27 years of both state and federal law enforcement experience, Mr. Tamez held supervisory roles with state law enforcement as well as senior management positions with the U.S. Department of Justice - serving in both domestic as well as foreign posts. In addition to his extensive foreign operational experience, Mr. Tamez is a court adjudicated expert in most Title 18 and Title 21 complex criminal, undercover, and electronic (Title III) intercept investigations. As a senior manager, he is also an authority in most government administrative matters to include Human Resource and Workers’ Compensation issues. Mr. Tamez has broadened his already considerable expertise by authoring various legal reference and inmate advocacy manuals. Mr. Tamez is frequently sought after for his expertise in counseling and preparing convicted law enforcement personnel, politicians, and other “celebrities” for reporting to a federal penal facility.

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More than 27-years of both state and federal law enforcement. Uniform patrol, Tactical Operations, SWAT, Detective Bureau (Narcotics), and Uniform Supervision. U.S. Federal Agent (Series-1811), all facets of complex domestic investigations, Special Operations, Paramilitary operations overseas, senior management, strategic planning, etc.

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Mr. Tamez has authored several formal "Position Papers" as well as several legal reference manuals to include “The Pre-Release/Post-Release Process for Federal Inmates," “Medical Issues for Federal Inmates,” and “The Administrative Remedy Process for Federal Inmates,” thereby establishing himself as one of this industry’s foremost authorities in BOP procedural and administrative matters as well. In addition to his recent legal reference manuals and other professional publications, Mr. Tamez recently authored the critically acclaimed “The BOP’s Failure to Properly Implement the 2nd Chance Act of 2007” as well as the educational website www.FederalPrisonCampTour.com.

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Mr. Tamez holds a Bachelor's of Arts Degree and has done graduate work at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Tamez is a graduate of the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy and both the Basic & Advanced Special Agent courses in Quantico Virginia.

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