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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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  • My boyfriend was arrested on a felony probation violation. How long can they hold him before he is charged?

    He's been in jail for two weeks and hasn't been told what he is being charged with or why he was violated. How long can he sit there with no bond, no arraignment and no charge?

    James’s Answer

    I agree. Something is missing from the story. Call his prior attorney and get him to look into it.

    Best of luck,

    James

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  • What specialization attorney should I seek to contest an $800.00 fine for 3 $1.25 VA Express lane toll violations?

    The tolls were not paid because I was using my EZPASS and thought I had paid them. When the bills came I thought there must have been a mistake. I was unable to get through to a person or the EXPASS website because I no longer remember my password...

    James’s Answer

    I agree. This is becoming a pretty common occurrence. I've heard of finds reaching the thousands of dollars. There are many attorneys locally defending the case. You can find them through this website.

    Best of luck,

    James S. Abrenio

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  • Would I have a valid case against the driver?

    I was in a single vehicle accident of reckless driving on May 10th of this year. I have made daily life sacrifices such as inability to continue school sports or work and had been unable to be medically checked due to the inability to gain insuran...

    James’s Answer

    This is not a criminal question, it's a personal injury question.

    To clarify, where you a passenger in the kid's vehicle and wrecked? If so, he's required to give you his insurance information. If not, tell him you will report him to the police, because that's required by law. Also, do you not have health insurance? Because if you do, you should use it to get treatment. If not, you should seek out a free clinic.

    Keep in mind, if you want to make a claim for personal injury, you need to be able to verify your injuries through doctor treatment (otherwise, the value of your claim will be minimal). Since it's been almost a month, there's already going to be some serious questioning of your injuries, as the insurance company will claim you waited so long that clearly you couldn't have been injured.

    That said, you should pursue the claim because frankly you don't have much to lose. If this kid injured you due to his driving and then won't even give you his insurance information, it doesn't sound like he's much of a friend.

    Best of luck,

    James S. Abrenio

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  • Towed by the City?

    Hello, I parked my car in a (4 hour parking between 8am and 5pm) street spot at 7pm. At 11pm when im walking the dog my car is gone and there is road work being done. I call city parking and they say my car was towed for a "parking violation."...

    James’s Answer

    This isn't really a criminal defense question. But frankly sounds like you're going to end up wasting more than $117 of your time to try to get this remedied. If it were me, I'd pay it and be done. I've had my car towed illegally before. After calming down, I realized it would only make me even angrier to go after them. That's not a legal opinion. That's my practical thoughts.

    Best of luck,

    James

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  • I would like to know if the final disposition of a case is supposed to have 1 page or 2 pages.

    I have a disposition with only one page and am not sure if my lawyer tricked me. It does not have the check box of facts sufficient. It only has the plea, my info, and that I paid a fine. Is it supposed to have the box of facts sufficient? I wante...

    James’s Answer

    I agree. If you have questions, call your attorney and ask him to clarify it to you.

    James Abrenio

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  • I received probation and time on the Sheriff's Weekend Workforce for nonviolent offenders, will I be drug tested?

    Chesterfield County, Virginia. I go in for the initial interview next week I haven't been given any paperwork detailing my probation, the judge said something about it in court when he was giving the sentence but I have nothing to show for it

    James’s Answer

    I agree. This is not joke. Don't mess around or you're going to throw away an opportunity that most don't have.

    James Abrenio

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  • Do I have a malpractice suit?

    I was misdiagnosed for approx. 7 yrs. by several psychiatrists, got on social security disability, for several medical reasons, then found out that I had been totally misdiagnosed, including ECT treatments, meds, etc..., which thankfully, I am com...

    James’s Answer

    I agree with Adam. You need to speak to a malpractice attorney. The details you provide are pretty vague. And medical malpractice cases are very complex and expensive.

    Best of luck,

    James S. Abrenio

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  • If I'm on probation in one county and I get charged in another, how long am I going to jail?

    I am on the first offenders probation in prince William county and just got a charge in Loudon County. When I go to court for this new charge is my probation in Manassas going to put me in jail for a long time?

    James’s Answer

    That's a very complex question that depends on a lot of things to include what your underlying charge is in PWC, what your new charge is in Loudoun, whether you're actually going to be convicted in Loudoun, your criminal record, your history of probation, your judge, etc.

    Your best bet is to call up a local attorney in Loudoun/PWC and sit down to discuss. In reality, with many probation violations, it's hard to predict. Some are straight forward, but sometimes judges can surprise people.

    Make the calls now. You can also get some advice on steps you should be taking now in order to give you the best chance at a probation violation hearing.

    Best of luck,

    James S. Abrenio

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