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James Stanton Abrenio

Fairfax DUI / DWI Attorney.

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  1. Can you travel internationally, once already outside the US with a bench warrant for felony eluding

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. James Stanton Abrenio
    2. Joshua Sabert Lowther
    3. Robert David Richman
    4. Jonathan H Levy
    4 lawyer answers

    Do you mean being extradited from say Europe (by European authorities) to the US? I doubt that is an answer anyone can give. It seems doubtful to me that an international government is going to take someone in overseas. However, is it possible...I imagine yes. What is more likely, at least in my experience, is that when the person decides to come back to the US, they get picked up at the airport. Either way, that is the problem with being on the run. The person is always going to...

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  2. What does 2Nd mean on a warrant

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. James Stanton Abrenio
    2. Barry Franklin Poulson
    3. Richard Bruce Rosenthal
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with the other attorneys in that we need additional information. However, be aware that a 3rd domestic assault conviction constitutes a felony in Virginia. If you have a prior, that would certainly make sense.

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  3. Do I get credit for time served in a different county?

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. James Stanton Abrenio
    2. Shashi S Jairam
    3. Stephen Walter Sawyer
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    More specifically, regarding Virginia, you will only get credit for the charge for which you were being held . So for example, let's say you're in Loudoun waiting on bond for larceny. Then you get it, and then have a drug charge in Fairfax that you know you're getting time for. The days that you spent in Loudoun for the larceny will only go to credit time you get in Loudoun for the larceny. No time you spend in Loudoun will go to the Fairfax case. I'll also say it's very unlikely that...

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  4. Can i sue a hospital for improper care while i was an inpatient

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. James Stanton Abrenio
    2. Rixon Charles Rafter III
    3. Matt Clay Pinsker
    4. Colin Patrick O'Dawe
    5. William J. Maddix
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    It's not necessarily "can" you sue. Rather it's "should" you sue. When it comes to law suits relating to pain and suffering caused by a medical provider, you've got to prove that it was the provider's was the "proximate" cause of your injury and that as a direct result, you suffered damages. Proving cause can be a difficult AND expensive thing. First, the defense will explore your medical history and will point to every medical issue reasonably related as the cause of your pain, and...

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  5. Self defense

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    2. James Stanton Abrenio
    3. Robert Jason De Groot
    4. Jay Scott Finnecy
    5. Jonathan D. Esten
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    Another tact you could try is warning the school that you will go to the police if nothing is done internally. I've represented kids prosecuted by local authorities for far less. Best of luck. James Abrenio

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  6. Am i in trouble?!

    Answered 30 days ago.

    1. James Stanton Abrenio
    2. John Anthony Manuel Boneta
    3. Jonathan L Katz
    4. Steven George Casanova
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    Generally, they give you the summons in person. But I have heard of people getting notices in the mail. Look, theft is a criminal offense. If you were an adult, it would be a class I misdemeanor (assuming the hoodie was under $200). That means a potential of up to a year in jail and a $2,500 as maximums. For a first offense, that's not usually the case, but it is the maximum. Because your a juvenile, you'd receive a juvenile petition for juvenile court. That court deals more with...

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  7. Can a Class 1 Misdemeanor Assault be dismissed if the victim refuses to press charges after the Commonwealth has charged me?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. James Stanton Abrenio
    2. Kevin Reese Pettrey
    3. David Joseph Dischley
    3 lawyer answers

    This is a very important question. From a "legal standpoint" the prosecutor represents "the people," and not the "victim" (in this case your boyfriend). The issue where the victim doesn't want to go forward comes up alot in may serious domestic assault cases. The prosecutor's main concern (at least in my experience) is that the victim doesn't want to go forward because the accused (at least in the prosecutor's opinion) may be pulling strings - ie threatening the victim not to testify....

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  8. What are my chances of beating a drunk in public charge? It was at night in the backyard- no lights were on and no one could see

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. James Stanton Abrenio
    2. Lorrie Ann Sinclair
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    First a "show cause" is essentially an allegation that you violated your probation on your DA and Poss of MJ charges. Even if you are not actively being supervised, you are still required to remain of "general good behavior" and not violate "any" laws. When you get convicted of a new charge (and in theory even charged), you are required to come before the court and "show cause" why either your suspended sentence should not be imposed or (which may be your case) a conviction should not be...

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  9. Would a public defender be good or should we find a defense lawyer with his/her own practice. what possible outcome could result

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Michael David Thomas
    2. James Stanton Abrenio
    3. John Leif Fossum
    4. Susan Elizabeth Philbrick Allen
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    As a former public defender, they do great work and they are passionate about their clients. Unforunately, they get a bad wrap because they usually get the worst facts. I can tell you that Charlottesville is one of the most respective PD's office in the state as well. Meet with the PD and keep an open mind. When I was working at my office, I'd meet with a client only to find out later that they retained. They wasted a great opportunity at virtually free, excellent representation....

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  10. CONVICTED OF DUI AND DID MY MANDATORY 20 DAY SENTENCE... i HAVE ASAP INTAKE THE 18TH... SHOULD I TELL THEM

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. James Stanton Abrenio
    2. Jonathan D. Esten
    3. Patrick L. Bales
    3 lawyer answers

    Probation (ASAP) violations are only for actions committed while on probation. Sounds like you're pretty certain it's in your system, so you'll need to disclose whether you've smoked prior to being placed on probation so they don't try to violate you for it. If they violate you, they violate you. And you'll have to deal with it in court. But the argument is that any activities were committed prior to ASAP. Best of luck, James S. Abrenio

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