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  • What do i do? what is going on ? is this real or a scam or extortion attempt ?

    so i was texting this girl who online she said she was 18 and ill admit things got out of hand. and the next day i get a call from her "dad" and he said there was a fight and a laptop got broken and that he wanted me to got to jail because she was...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Even if this is a scam, you may have engaged in behavior that would have otherwise risked criminal prosecution exposure. The risks include child pornography if the person sends you nude photos and is under 18, and obscenity where the U.S. Supreme Court has given a vague definition of obscenity.

    Another responding attorney suggested contacting the police. However, because that could open another can of worms, it sounds best for you to consult with an attorney before considering going down that route.

    All the best to you. Jon

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  • If the only evidence is what a owner saw on recorded survaliance that is no longer availble enough for police to press charges?

    In Virginia can a store owner press charges for shoplifting 2 days after customer leaves store by stating what she viewed on a recorded survaliance video that is no longer available? Manager ID's him from rewards card then claming to view customer...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    People are charged with crimes all the time, with the strength of the evidence running from weak to strong. If you are a suspect, it is a good idea for you to obtain a qualified lawyer. If you get charged with a crime, then it definitely is time to obtain a qualified lawyer. All the best to you. Jon

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  • My friends used my car to shoplift at lowes I was not with them but they have my license plates and detectives have been asking

    My friends used my car to shoplift at lowes I was not with them but they have my license plates and detectives have been asking to talk to me with no warrant what do i go ?

    Jonathan’s Answer

    One option I have when hired by a suspect with whom the police want to speak, is for me to tell the police that I represent the suspect, that I will speak with police, but that my client will not.

    In any event, even if it was your friends and not you whom committed a crime, it remains important for you to obtain a qualified lawyer to assist you.

    All the best to you.

    Jon

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  • What should he or she expect?

    Someone I know was arrested for VA statute 18.2-95 (grand larceny, >200 not from person) and three counts of 18.2-178 (obtaining money under false pretenses, larceny <200). This person has only one other offense in Virginia, a DUI in 2012.

    Jonathan’s Answer

    The defendant can help write the outcome in the case by hiring a qualified lawyer, by pursuing the best defensive approach, and considering presenting pursuing and such equities as completing many hours of documented relevant community service, seeking a good prognosis from a psychological professional, and doing a live or online theft or ahoplifting class.

    All the best to your friend.

    Jon

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  • How much time do you get an indictment for distributed and selling marijuana

    Going to court on the possession of marijuana

    Jonathan’s Answer

    You can help influence the answer to that question by obtaining a qualified lawyer and considering such preparation by you as producing regular clean urine drug tests and doing many hours of relevant community service.

    All the best to you. Jon

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  • Should he be locked up. Is there anything I do to help him get out.

    I am a trying to figure out if my fiance should be incarcerated for this. He and his friends went to a mutual friend of my fiances house. The friend got robbed but my fiance didn't know that was gong to happen and also didn't have anything to do ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Sadly, police too often arrest innocent people, and prosecutors too often prosecute them.

    While the alleged victim's statement about your fiance's lack of criminal involvement may or may not carry the day, that statement makes it all the more important that your fiance get a quaified lawyer right away to
    present the strongest defense possible.

    All the best to him.

    Jon

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  • What are the chances of them dismissing this or making him pull time?

    My husband had a warrant from 9 years ago and got caught at a random traffic stop. He didn't know about the warrant due to the fact that he served a small prison sentence and when he was released they told him there was no retainers on him nationw...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Like my colleagues have already said here, your husband should obtain a qualified lawyer. Factors that might affect the outcome include, but are not limited to, the extent to which your husband and his lawyer can show that his life has been otherwise law abiding and productive since the alleged failed court appearance, the reason for any alleged failed court appearance, the basis for the alleged probation violation, and your husband's defense thereto.

    All the best to him,. Jon

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  • What more can I do to persuade the judge to rule in my favor and dismiss or lower the charge so it will not affect my career?

    Last may I got pulled over after a concert for my tags being expired and they searched my car claiming they smelt marijuana (which I had smoked with friends in my car before the show). When they searched my car they found less then a gram of marij...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Hopefully you are working closely with your lawyer to pursue the best possible result. You may wish to talk with your lawyer about whether it is best or not to seek a court date postponement (in the event that tomorrow is a dispositive hearing) for you to take proactive steps to improve your possible outcomes in your case.

    Your description of your situation does not make clear enough the circumstances of your case for me to comment on the question contained in the title to your question.

    All the best to you. Jon

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  • Probation and drug test help?

    I was put on probation last tuesday for two years and part of my probation is for me not to use any drugs. Ive been a habitual user of opiates. The day after I was sentenced probation I had to go to the county jail for intake and to set up my comm...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    A key here is to avoid ingesting illegal drugs, to avoid eating priducts (for instance poppy seeds) that could cause a false positive, and to stay away from people smoking marijuana, to avoid a positive from secondhand smoke.

    Any claim of a positive drug testbcan be challenged.

    All the best to you.

    Jon

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  • Do I need to expose to a potential employer my criminal background and can they legally not hire me for any PBJs on my record?

    I was sentenced to Probation Before Judgement for a theft crime. I have completed 2 and a half years of probation so far and I will be done in May of 2017. I am aware that my record will still show my charges, however I have been denied a couple ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Fortinately, a PBJ is not a conviction. Unfortunately, employer questions can end up asking if one has been charged with a crime, regardless of the outcome.

    I am not aware of any legal prohibition against a pn employer's rejecting an applicant on the basis of his or her PBJ record.

    All the best to you.

    Jon

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