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  • Criminal stalking

    Prefer to discuss in person

    James’s Answer

    I agree. Best to check with a local attorney (you can search on this site.)

    Best of luck,

    James S. Abrenio

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  • Get my record sealed

    I was charged with a pet larceny misdemeanor. I served jail time. Paid restitution did my class, completed probation with no problem and payed off my fine. I have always wanted to be a nurse that's my passion is to help people and save lives but t...

    James’s Answer

    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 process.

    Best of luck,

    James Abrenio

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  • Can more then one criminal charge be expunged from a criminal record.

    If I have three charges of domestic violence on my criminal record but all charges have been dismissed, can all be expunged? And what's the process of going about this? Thanks

    James’s Answer

    In Virginia, assuming all have been dismissed & you have no criminal record, that would be a possibility. I think your best bet is to call a local attorney. Because, given the nature of the charge, I imagine they will fight you on it.

    Best of luck,

    James S. Abrenio

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

    I have 10 days to serve when I go to court next week. I recently did 7 days waiting for bond on a different charge in a different jail. Is there a way to get credit for that time served?

    James’s Answer

    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 you'll be able to "transfer" that time to Fairfax if you end up getting time on that case.

    Best of luck,

    James S. Abrenio

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  • Can I get a Pardon form a misdemeanor ( shopplitting ) charge?

    I was charges with misdemeanor larceny. It was my first time in trouble.

    James’s Answer

    I practice in Virginia, so don't know about North Carolina. I think it's best to call up a local attorney and go over the details. However, from my experience in Virginia, pardons can be a pretty uphill battle. I will say though, Virginia is one of the most difficult states to deal with when it comes to criminal records.

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  • After expungement what is left on my record?

    I was charged with 6 counts of misdemeanor theft and 5 counts of forgery and they all occurred in one arrest. 1. After I get them expunged, if I can, what will be left on my record? 2. If I want to take the CPA Exam after my expungement period is ...

    James’s Answer

    I don't practice in Kansas, but I do do a lot of expungement work in Virginia. So this answer is limited to my experience here. When a charge is expunged, it means the police and court records related to that arrest are sealed or destroyed. So that means when you pull your criminal record, there shouldn't be anything . And if someone where to go to the Court in the jurisdiction in which you were arrested, they shouldn't be able to find your records.

    Note, however, that expungements do have limitations. So with today's internet world, things that go on the net are not affected by a local expungement. For example, if an article was written about your arrest, an expungement is not going to cause that to be sealed. I also know that there are private background websites that report arrests. Those too are not affected.

    Given this, it's hard to tell what potential employers may see. I think it's safe to assume that if you are going to work for a government agency, that runs back ground checks, lie detectors, etc., they will probably find out at some point. Let's face it, NSA is probably listening to my calls to my mom (joking, sort of ha).

    But for average small business, it's less likely because they lack the resources for such. Again though, it's possible though.

    I think, assuming you get the expungement, you should do your own background check to see what you can pull up. And also google your name.

    One tact you can do is assume that they will find out. And voluntarily disclose it the arrest, but that the charge was dismissed (or dropped) and even expugnements. In essence, you're innocent. Obviously, you can also not disclose and just hope they dont find out. Really, it's a very fact specific question, and no real right answer.

    Regardless, whether or not you able to get an expugement or not, you should still push forward with your college career. Sure, there will be stumbling blocks, and this will be a hurdle. But I've had many clients go on to do great things. There's always the possibility of starting your own business. But without education, you're getting behind the curb.

    Go talk to a local attorney, and get the ball rolling.

    Best of luck!

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  • My ex is naming me in a felony theft of her mothers jewlery. can i sue her for false accusations

    she had movers move her but i and the mover are the ones she named in the theft.

    James’s Answer

    When it comes to legal issues, treat them like an onion. You've got to take care of the outer layer first before you worry about getting deeper. You've got a serious charge against you - get representation on that charge.

    Assuming you win that case, you can try to take civil action. I'm not sure the value of such claim, but being convicted of a felony is far more serious right now.

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

    Was on back of bus when car hit us from behind went to hospital

    James’s Answer

    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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  • Can an immigrant that was arrested and found guilty for domestic abuse be allowed to become american citizen while incarcerated?

    A family member was found guilty of domestic violence and was sentenced to 6 years in prison with the possibility of parole in 5 years. He's been held in kearny, NJ for 1 ½ years which will count towards his sentence so he's got 3 ½ years to go. H...

    James’s Answer

    I'm not an immigration attorney, but that sounds like a hard sell. Call a couple of immigration attorneys to discuss the issue.

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  • Self defense

    My son has been assualted two days in a row at school by the same kid first day punched second day choked. talked to school. roundabout said well kid has issues. i told them that not my sons problem. Said he can't defend himself he will get in tro...

    James’s Answer

    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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