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  • A foreigner in US can get released on bail /bond for identity theft?

    My friend Indian citizen was warrant out from EasEastern district court of Virginia for violating 18 USC1028 ( Identity Theft ).He is detained in Alexandria Detention Center Virginia. Can he get bail / bond . Once Megistrat Judge has refused re...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Your friend should consult with his lawyer on this matter. The right to be considered for bail is a Constitutional right that applies equally to those who are and are not United States citizens.

    Then again, the immigration authorities sometimes seek to put non-citizens into immigration detention depending on their immigration status and criminal charges. A good immigration lawyer can assist and advise in that. All the best to your friend. Jon

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  • Does she need a criminal attorney?

    My sister called me this morning telling me that she has done something wrong and someone's now in the city of Alexandria jail for it. Basically she picked a fight with her boyfriend and he grabbed her by the neck and held her against the wall to ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Your sister will benefit from speaking with a lawyer both to address any interest she has in dropping the charges aginst her boyfriend, and to be ready in the event she is charges with assaulting him.

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  • If this is my first offense, how long should I expect to be in jail once I turn myself in?

    I have a warrant for my arrest for assault. How likely is it that I'm going to serve jail time?

    Jonathan’s Answer

    A more comprehensive approach sounds sensible, of working with your lawyer to find ways to win your case and to reduce your exposure to an adverse sentence if convicted. All the best to you. Jon

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  • Appealing a Plea Deal in Montgomery County District Court

    I don't mean to sound ungrateful for getting a good plea deal, but I had to confess to Reckless Driving, which will make it so that my car insurance is so sky high with 6 points. I took the deal, because I did not want to go to trial an...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    It sounds wise for you both to consult with a qualified lawyer right away and also to assure that you do not miss correctly and timely filing an appeal. After consulting with a lawyer, you may (or may not) decide not to appeal or to withdraw any appeal. All the best to you. Jon

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  • Would an 18 years old being very intimate and/or having sex with a 16 or 17 years old person be illegal?

    As a 16 y/o dating a 17 y/o, we are touchy with each other, but refrain from having any actual sexual intercourse. Our birthdays would eventually cause the older half to turn 18, while I would be 16 for a couple of months. Would we have to r...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Watch out about what state you are in (for instance, you are at risk in Virginia), whether you will be charged with having non-consensual sex, and whether you will be filming or photographing the activity (which then can risk a child pornography prosecution). All the best to you. Jon

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  • What can I be charged with if my friend shoplifted, got caught, ran, and I drove him.

    I drove my friend to a store. He shoplifted then was approached by loss prevention and ran, but was never caught.

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Particularly depending on how many such scenarios recently happened in Waynesboro, you may wish to consider finding a way to remove your posting from the public's eyes. All the best to you. Jon

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  • I was caught shoplifting 3 items that added up to about $60 will I go to jail ? I've never been in trouble for anything

    I've never been in any trouble with the law

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Your jail exposure should only be one of your key questions, another being how to defend yourself against being found guilty in the first place. It is vital that you obtain a qualified lawyer. All the best to you. Jon

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  • How does prosecutor prove distribution of drugs

    indicted for 1 count

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Not only is it important for you to consider your question, but also for you to hire a qualified lawyer and to work together to tip the scales against the evidence against you. All the best to you. Jon

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  • Do I need a attorney for failed to be off good behavior?

    Hit-and-run and then got a DUI. I would need an attorney to request weekends due to currant status of the DUI.

    Jonathan’s Answer

    It sounds like you are risking jail time if you are found in violation of probation, which makes it essential for you to be represented by a qualified attorney. All the best to you. Jon

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  • Do I need a criminal lawyer w/a "gun specialty" background or will any criminal attorney work? Class 6 felony vs Class U

    My fiancé was arrested recently. He is currently on probation for a drug charge and was in a car when it got stopped (supposedly by DEA) ,another person (also a convicted felon) was in the vehicle & a gun was found in console- no drugs were found...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Particularly when considering that your fiance is already on probation for a drug conviction AND that he has such a serious charge as the current one, a key question in his search for a lawyer will be the lawyer's ability to enhance your fiance's chances of a good outcome in his case and to do damage control.

    It certainly sounds reasonable for your fiance to inquire about his potential lawyer's experience with search and seizure issues, challenges to gun charges, and drug charges as to his probation case. In the end, your fiance will want to find the best possible lawyer for him in this case whose fee he is willing to pay. All the best to your fiance. Jon

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