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  • I got charged with shoplifting (50 dollars )and possesion of alcohol, Im 17 and i dont know what to dom its my first time.

    how long does it takes to take those charges out of my record if i do everything they tell me.

    James’s Answer

    I agree. You're going to want to meet with a local criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Most do free consultations. The attorney will be able to walk you through the process. Also, if you do have any defenses to your case, the attorney will identify those to see if they can be put to use in your case.

    Best of luck,

    James

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  • What are the possible outcomes?

    Im 16 , i was recently charged with Grand Larceny and Check Larceny & Conspire to commit larceny. And i have other charges , such as Obstruction of justice and Disorderly conduct.

    James’s Answer

    I agree. There's a lot of different things that can happen, depending on a lot of factors. Meet with a local attorney. Most will meet for free to discuss your case. And meet before court - don't wait.

    James

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  • Can a judge suspend asap if the charge is over 4 years old and Ive spent 4 years in prison?

    Offense date June 8,2011

    James’s Answer

    You need to provide more information.

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  • Can you charge somebody for selling birth control pills as pain pills?

    Somebody sold my friend some pills but it turned out they were birth control pills. My friend is trying to charge them with petit larceny, is that possible? It's been 4 years and they have no proof that I know of.

    James’s Answer

    Yeah, you need to tell your friend to start thinking things through a little more thoroughly.

    James

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  • Okay..I got a felony charge in 2010 in virginia. IF i move to anothet state will it follow?

    Is there a statewide background and nationwide background? My one felony was conspiracy took a plea..October will b 3years free of probation,.fones, etc.

    James’s Answer

    There are both state and national background checks. Your conviction will be accessible. The best way you can mitigate is to create time between your conviction and the present. Thus, make sure it was only a one time thing.

    Best of luck,

    James S. Abrenio

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  • Will a second deferred charge hurt my first charge?

    Back in July 2014 i received a deferred charge from the state of Virginia for Marijuana Possession (its called VA 251). I've completed all the necessary components of my probation on time but afterwards in August I received a charge of Underage Po...

    James’s Answer

    I agree. The purpose of giving you a deferred disposition is to say "hey, we understand this isn't a murder case, and we'll cut you a break. But you need to earn it." By picking up a new charge, they may find that you failed to earn the deferred dismissal. You need to speak to a defense attorney soon so that they can help you craft a good defense.

    Best of luck,

    James S. Abrenio

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  • Can a noll prossed charge be picked back up by the plaintiff for any reason once they drop the charge

    my husband was charged with unauthorized use of a car and the charge was noll prossed due to the plaintiff dropping the charge in court . Can the plaintiff change her mind , say she gets mad and wants to press charges , and bring it back to court ?

    James’s Answer

    I don't practice in Roanoke, but in my experience in Northern Virginia, prosecutors know when they are being used. For felony charges to have been dropped (generally) the "victim" would have likely OK'd it. For her to reverse positions, I would think practically speaking she would have to have a good explanation for the prosecutor. I think it would be a hard sell for them to reissue the charge just because the victim got mad. That's not to say that it's impossible. But youall should stay clear of her so as to avoid the drama.

    Best of luck,

    James Abrenio

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  • Minor car accident, no damage, both agreed to leave with no exchange of information.

    Earlier this morning I was backing out of a parking space and bumped into another car that was passing by which I didn't see. Thankfully I bumped into her front tire at a very slow speed and sustained no damage to either vehicle. We both agreed th...

    James’s Answer

    When it comes to hit and run pertaining to attended cars, Virginia Code § 46.2-894 is what you're going to look at. It essentially says when someone is hurt you must report it. Since doesnt sound like anyone was hurt (after you did your due diligence, but stopping, and talking to the other driver), you should be ok.

    Of course, if law enforcement contact you about a criminal investigation, make sure to talk to an attorney before doing anything.

    But, at least from the criminal side, I think you did what the criminal code would want you to do. Check to see if the other person was alright, and check to see if they wanted to get the police involved.

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  • I was drunk looking for my phone keys and wallet I thought it was my friends car but it wasn't police are saying I was trying t

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    James’s Answer

    You didn't complete your question. But I'm assuming it was going to finish with they police thought you were trying to steal a car. To be convicted of a criminal offense, you must have had criminal intent. Since you lacked any intent, in theory, this should be a simple defense. However, establishing a lack of intent is not guaranteed, and our system isn't perfect. Speak with a good attorney soon. Best of luck,

    James S. Abrenio

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  • How do i know if insurance company is low balling me?

    Had a fall in apartment complex parking lot because of ice. The complex claimed its at fault. I broke my right humerus (upper arm) . Had to have a rod ,plate, and screws put in my body. Could not find work because of this.

    James’s Answer

    I agree. Slip and fall cases can be pretty complex. There are a lot of defenses insurance companies can use to try to get out of it. So the facts of how you feel is important.

    When it comes to value of claims, that's also a pretty complex question. To be honest, at least in most of the cases I deal with, once fractures and surgeries are involved, I tend to think an attorney should be involved. it's a complicated and important financial decision, and insurance companies have too much bargaining power of the unrepresented client.

    Best of luck,

    James S. abrenio

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