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

    I worked for a company that was contracted through a city to clean the buildings. One of the city employees that overseen the contract got me fired. He told the president of my company that I went into a county building yelling and screaming and c...

    James’s Answer

    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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  • I had surgery and the next morning had a stroke the surgery was never completed but the surgeon charged me $85,000.00.

    It really was malpractice but the statue has run out to file that but he did not complete surgery, isn't that fraud?

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    I agree. This seems to be a very complex set of facts that an attorney would need to review before giving you an informed opinion. You should give one a call and lay out the entire story.

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  • 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

    He was injured on the job had back surgery. The doctor hasn't released him to go back to work. He has been unable to get disability or any other income like unemployment.

    James’s Answer

    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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  • Juvenile Delinquency : What will I be facing when I move back to the USA?

    I was 14 and a half years old and a stupid teenager. I had a confrontation with a teacher and drew pictures of that teacher in a notebook with a gun pointed to her head saying all sorts of foul things and that I was going to kill her. One day I...

    James’s Answer

    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.

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  • I was arrested when I was traveling with my friend, who was driving car with an expired drivers license.

    When I was doing my masters in USA I was arrested( i do not know if it is called arrest or not , as i was not put behind bars) as my friend was driving car with an expired drivers license. I was asked to sit in the police station for just 90 mins...

    James’s Answer

    I agree. They don't fingerprint for mere traffic infractions.

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  • I do not qualify for expungement because got a deferred finding.

    Can expungement be approved with a deferred finding after certain amount of years if there is no other offense on record and it was charged for a misdemeanor? Is there any volunteer work or something else that I can do to get expungement approved?

    James’s Answer

    I agree. And just to add a little bit, unfortunately, Virginia is one of the most rigid states with it comes to expungments. Unless there's a change in the law (which I don't see coming anytime soon), a deferred finding on an adult case is simply not expungeable.

    That doesn't mean it's the end of the world though. I've seen people go on and do great things even with criminal records. I think the best thing you can do is move forward and demonstrate to everyone that this incident was a "blip on the radar," and not representative of you as a person.

    Best of luck.

    James Abrenio

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  • Last 9/11/13, a bottle of sulphuric acid that my housemate had on his stairs spilt on my foot. can i file claim?

    my foot is permanetnly scarred. Pain and suffering was several months ambulance bill still due

    James’s Answer

    To add just a little bit, I have to admit that this is a very unique set of facts. And I'm sorry you had to go through it. When considering your claim, assuming the claim is in Virginia, the first thing you need to realize is there is a two years statute of limitation from the date of accident to file a lawsuit. So you still have time, but need to make sure to keep that in mind.

    Second, whoever you end up calling, the attorney will certainly need to know exactly how the accident happen. Really the issues is did you do anything to contribute to it. Unfortunately, Virginia is one of the few states that apply "contributory negligence." What that means is that if you are 1% percent at fault, meaning you caused the accident at all, you get nothing. So things to think about would be where you aware that the acid was there, did you have a chance to remove it, did you know how dangerous it was, etc.

    Next issue is damages, ie what is your claim worth. Now when you say your foot is permanently scarred, that can mean different things to different people. To be honest, I've been told my feet are just plain ugly. So if i were to receive a small scar on it, my claim probably wouldn't be worth much. But if it's significant scarring, you can may have a more "valuable," claim. Given that you stated your pain/suffering was several month's i'm taking it that it was a pretty severe burn.

    Just to help organize your claim, you'll probably want to have pictures taken to show the scarring (and if you had pictures from before the accident, and fresh injury pictures that would be great too).

    Another thing you'll have to consider is where would funds come from. The first place you want to know was there homeowners or renters insurance that you could make a claim against. Or perhaps some other types of insurance. if no insurance is available, then you'd have to get the money directly from your housemate. That can be difficult because (probably like most people), he/she doesn't have a bunch of money sitting around.

    Obviously, there's a lot to be done to evaluate your claim. So start hitting the phones! Of course you can give my office a call. But most attorneys are willing to evaluate your claim for free.

    Best of luck,

    James S. Abrenio

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  • What steps can be taken in order to assist a prisoner with being transferred to a correctional facility closer to family?

    My father was convicted of cons. to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana and is serving 235 months. He has served 8 years total and is now in Hopewell Virginia. He became eligible to transfer to a minimum security prison in Jun...

    James’s Answer

    I agree, you can always have an attorney make the request. But it's going to be a long shot. If they allow such a request, then they will get a lot more because everyone wants to be close to their family/friends. However, best of luck.

    James Abrenio

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  • Can Traffic Charges be increased after the fact?

    Hello, I was recently charged for speeding and given an Infraction (Code 46.2-870 for general speeding). This is all well and good, I'm happy to pay the ticket and move on. However, although I was not charged with Reckless drivi...

    James’s Answer

    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.

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  • Want to sue sheriffs department for nerve damage done to my wife's wrist from the hand cuffs.

    One trip to doctor and one to a hand specialist confirms its from cuffs. She can't feel her thumb, its numb. They say the nerve is damaged. My wife even complained at the time the cuffs were too tight. I was a witness to that and the excessive use...

    James’s Answer

    And whoever you speak with, be prepared to discuss the details as to why she was handcuffed in the first place. One defense that will likely come is that her behavior placed her in the position requiring her to be handcuffed and that she likely injured herself because she was not being complaint.

    I'm not saying that is what happened. I'm just letting you know that you need to understand that perspective because for attorneys to evaluate the claim, they need to consider what a jury would do if they heard the case. And someone on that jury would be thinking that.

    Best of luck.

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