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James Stanton Abrenio

Fairfax DUI / DWI Attorney.

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  1. What to do if I can't afford a lawyer for a first offense possession of marijuana charge?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. James Stanton Abrenio
    1 lawyer answer

    With regard to your court date, you should call the court and tell them about your conflict with school. They can tell you how to seek a continuance in the case, which will entail filing a motion (unless the local court allows you to do it by phone - I've never practiced there so I dont know). With respect to the charge itself, when individuals possess a possibility of jail time, they are entitled to court appointed counsel. Given that this is your first offense, the Commonwealth will...

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  2. I ve talked to a detective on the phone is it too late to consult an attorney and how should i go about informing the detective?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. James Stanton Abrenio
    2. Stephen Patrick Pfeiffer
    3. Jimmie David Gentle
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with Stephen. It is certainly not too late to invoke your 5th Amendment right to counsel. For people who are actually guilty of whatever charge may be on the horizon, speaking the the law enforcement officer will only serve to incriminate. Everything said to an officer in a consensual meeting will be used in court, if it gets there. Often times, I get calls from people who are innocent, and they want to meet with an investigator because they do not want to be seen as "lawyering...

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  3. Was on city bus and was hit by car from behind went to hospital in ambulance lower back hurting who is liable ?

    Answered 14 days ago.

    1. Timothy J. Connors
    2. James Stanton Abrenio
    3. Brian P Finnerty
    4. Melanie Soloman
    5. Steven S. Bloom
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    Given that the bus was rear-ended by another car, it's most likely that the car was at fault. It's also possible that, for instance if your bus driver stopped short, he/she may have contributed to the accident. Best bet is to call a local personal injury attorney to discuss the case. Best of luck!

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  4. Can lottery tickets be void or canceled after they have been printed out?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. James Stanton Abrenio
    2. Robert A. Stumpf
    2 lawyer answers

    I dont know that it is, in fact, a legal question. It sounds more factual even if it is an important fact in a criminal case. I always find the best way to answer questions like this is to go to people that do the stuff on a day to day basis. Perhaps the question should be referred to the local store that sells loto tickets.

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  5. Will my expunged misdemeanor show up on a Maryland State police background check for a hangun permit for my job?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. James Stanton Abrenio
    1 lawyer answer

    Which state was your marijuana conviction in? In Virginia, NO conviction gets expunged. Often times, I have clients come in and tell me that their marijuana charge was dismissed pursuant to a deferred finding. But that's not the same as an expungment. Assuming it's not a Virginia charge, and it was appropriately expunged, then you do not have to disclose a charge or arrest. Nevertheless, with the internet, who knows how they are running checks. And probably a good idea is to go ahead...

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  6. How much will a persons bond be when they have been taking to jail for assault?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. James Stanton Abrenio
    2. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    3. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    3 lawyer answers

    While I dont practice in MO, a particular bond set for an offense depends on alot of variables. The first is the actual circumstances surround the assault. Was it particularly violent or aggravated and is there any indication if, let out, he would continue to pursue the victim? The next is possibility of danger to the community, which is where the judge will look at his criminal record to see if there are any other violent offenses (or other types of offenses that are uniquely dangerous)....

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  7. Can this get dismissed automatically?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. James Stanton Abrenio
    2. Standish Alexander
    3. Joseph Aragon
    3 lawyer answers

    You certainly need to meet with an attorney. You first need to find out if this is a felony charge. I could imagine it being charged as a felony under forging public documents. If it is a felony charge, there is no statute of limitations in Virginia. HOwever, if it does turn out to be a misdemeanor, there will be a SOL issue. When it comes down to the facts of your case, I have not researched the issue, but it seems like there may be an argument that you did not intent to falsify...

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  8. I was gave a bond for a dwi in virgina 2,500 secured do this mean I have no chance in court?

    Answered 2 months ago.

    1. Bradley R. Henson
    2. James Stanton Abrenio
    3. Julia E. Simmons
    3 lawyer answers

    Each case is different and results can stand on a single fact. Call up some local attorneys, and they will give you a run down of the specifics of your case. Unfortunately, with criminal charges, many times, you won't know the outcome until when it happens because results really do depend on a lot of different factors. It's good that you didn't hurt anyone and weren't a jerk. But, again, whether you can get it reduced or not will really depend on a lot of things. Best of luck.

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  9. I was a victim of slander or defamation of character. A client knowingly lied to my company to get me fired. I have proof.

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Zaheer A Shah
    2. James Stanton Abrenio
    3. Matthew B Kaplan
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree. These are typically very difficult cases. And there are always two sides to every story. So you should speak with an attorney and make sure he/she knows every fact that you know. The last thing you want to do is get involved in litigation and, a year down the road, realize that you have no case because of a fact you didn't reveal. Best of luck! James S. Abrenio

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  10. My cousin has civil law suit with a major corporation case has been open for 7yrs. How long can it go on with no judgement in VA

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Jarrett Lee McCormack
    2. James Stanton Abrenio
    3. Dennis Wayne Tackett
    4. Jamie Lynn Karek
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree. There's a lot that can possibly go on with litigation, particular when the individual is still suffering. Best bet is for him to reach out to his attorney and figure out what's going on.

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