Another thing to consider is this type of case can pose problems to prosecutors. If a package was intercepted, police usually reseal it and deliver it to the addressee. Then they arrest and try to get statements admitting to knowledge of what's in the package. They also try to obtain additional evidence that would tend to prove knowledge of what's in the package.
Whoever you're asking this question on behalf of needs to speak with an attorney to see if there are possible defenses.
I agree. You have 10 days to note the appeal of a finding in the general district court. So if you pre-paid, and it's outside of 10 days, then you're out of luck. You should definitely reach out to a local criminal defense attorney.
One thing also to consider is it may be that the clerk did not completely fill out your finding, and that's why it is not showing guilty. If it was entered correctly, there should be a guilty plea and conviction. Speak to an attorney first because if you...
Also, keep in mind, because you were a juvenile at the time (at least that's the way I read your question), it wasnt a criminal charge, but rather an "adjudication." Juvenile records are supposed to be confidential, so hopefully that gives you some buffer room. I wouldn't be overly concerned about it. But just have an answer ready if someone does happen to ask you about it in an interview.
One thing, also, if the case was dismissed, you should file a motion to expunge the charge. Even...
I dont practice in that county, but I will say in Northern Va, it's rare that a judge will let an attorney out of a case. Over the years, every defense attorney comes to a disagreement with a client that warrants a request from the court to withdraw as counsel. Unless the situation is serious, the court will usually require the attorney to stay in. That being said, it seems odd that you wouldnt even have any idea as to why counsel would withdraw from your case.
Sounds like your violation is based upon failure to complete community service, and if I am not mystaken, a knew theft charge?
Regardless, if you cannot afford an attorney, you can request a court appointed attorney if they are looking to put you in jail.
James S. Abrenio
I agree. Unfortunately, Virginia is one of the most difficult states to be in when it comes to criminal records. A charge can only be expunged if it was dropped by the commonwealth, dismissed after trial, and a few very limited other circumstances.
You can try to seek a pardon from the Governor. However, that's a very difficult process and one which I've never actually done. But there are local attorneys that do practice in that area. Keep in mind, from my understand, it's a difficult...
I agree. An expungement is essentially a civil law suit against the Government to seal/destroy your records. The details of when it is permitted are in the link provided by Mr. Kim. If your case is simple, you might be able to do it yourself. But, frankly, I think it's best if you call up a local attorney and get him/her to help out. Court is always a risky thing. And criminal records can have serious consequences, even if you weren't ultimately convicted.
I agree. Your best bet is to call a local attorney in that jurisdiction. They can call the warrant desk to see if a warrant indeed is pending. They can also check the court file to see what is outstanding. Given that it's such an old charge, who knows. It's good that you were a juvenile when it was charged, but it may be a pretty big hassle.
I agree. I can indeed be changed. If you want it locked in, you can certainly pre-pay it if that's an option. but as stated, it is a six point offense, so be aware of that. You can certainly retain an attorney to see if you cant get a better deal. But some prosecutors may see this as pushing your luck. Ultimately, it's your choice.
Best of luck.