hiya my husband is in a crimonal house in florida and is in the confinement. we have very good reason to believe he was given a DR in retaliation from the correction officers because i fought to get a FAC code changed and it looks like I will be sucessful and it will cause the correctional officers to lose some control in being able to suspend an inmates visits. if i was to retain an attorney how long should it take for an attorney to obtain an inmates prison file and place a phone call to the inmate? i would like to know the quickest it could take and the longest it could take. also can i not being an attorney get the prison file from the institution if i pay whatever the fee is would they release his whole file to me and how would i do that?
State/Country relating to question: Florida
this really doesnt apply
I am a Florida criminal defense attorney and I believe i can provide assistance in this matter.
I have been asked to contact the Florida Department of Corrections ( DOC) for a variety of reasons. In general, I typically receive a response in about two weeks. As to calls to inmates, those are much quicker and often accomplished within a day or two.
As you alluded to, it is possible for a non-attorney to handle this matter as well. In fact, DOC keeps a great deal of information online. You might check out their website, it is located at www.dc.state.fl.us. They also have an email address available for assistance with inmate information, that address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please let me know if anything requires clarification.
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thank you i am actually very good with getting information on line but what is needed is not provided on line specifically a copy of all deciplinary reports reports for Spence (the inmate) can i request that and other information like that.from the institution inmates records and have it mailed to me or faxed i am expecting to pay a fee which is fine the institution is 9 hrs away.
The email address I provided above can be used for all requests regarding inmate records. As an attorney, DOC will send me any information I need for my client. Candidly, I am uncertain what information DOC will turn over to a non-attorney. My speculation is that they will provide disciplinary records as they would likely not be considered sensitive to the running of the facility. Regardless, just send your request to the email address and they will let you know.
If I'm wrong and they refuse to turn it over, then simply contact his attorney as the attorney should have no difficulty in getting whatever he needs from DOC.
Fees, if any, will be nominal. While I do not recall exact costs, my recollection is that it is something like a quarter a page.
I have 15 years experience in criminal litigation including several years as a felony prosecutor
funny you said that about his attorney the reason i am asking these questions is because i gave an attorney several thousand dollars and retained his services on spence's behalf eight weeks ago and as of friday he has yet to get the file or place a call to him. it was every penny i had and i am pretty much at a loss at this point. thank you i will try to get the file myself hell i got a FAC changed i should be capable of getting the file. thanks again
Sorry to hear of your difficulties with the attorney, always disappointing to hear of an attorney that gets paid and then does nothing. Regardless, best of luck to you and your husband.
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