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James Stanton Abrenio

Fairfax DUI / DWI Attorney.

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  1. In the state of Virginia, can a person successfully sue their ex-boyfriend/girlfriend for emotional distress?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Zaheer A Shah
    2. James Stanton Abrenio
    3. Kyle James Shelton
    3 lawyer answers

    And just to add a little Virginia specific perspective, a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress is a very difficult claim inherently. And to bring a claim will likely only cause more emotional distress. I can tell you that one obvious defense will be that you had pre-existing mental issues. They will go through your medical and mental health records, and you will not only "feel like you'll be on trial," you literally will be on trial. I'm sorry to be so negative,...

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  2. I was evicted and my property was stolen

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Matt Clay Pinsker
    2. James Stanton Abrenio
    2 lawyer answers

    Also, if the magistrate wont issue a warrant, you are always free to make a civil claim against your former landlord. First thing to do is to determine what items were missing and determine the value of those items. But keep in mind that the civil litigation process can be slow and time consuming. If it's relatively low value items, it may not be worth your time. But that's a decision you'll have to make. Best of luck, James Abrenio

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  3. I was at work and we got robbed but no one seen the robbery

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Matt Clay Pinsker
    2. Justin Wage Esworthy
    3. James Stanton Abrenio
    3 lawyer answers

    This is one where you absolutely need to speak with an attorney to "affirmatively" build your case. You also probably shouldnt be giving more facts here because of the sensitivity of the situation. But things to think of are how to verify your innocence. No video camera in store, do you remember what the robber looked like/what he was wearing, people who came into the store before and after the robbery, family or friends who can verify that you called and where scared after having just...

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  4. Will I get jail time for failure to appear at my own court date to collect child support from father?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. James Stanton Abrenio
    2. Ian M. Whittle
    2 lawyer answers

    This is a complicated question that would required an attorney to know more details about the history of the case. It bodes in your favor that it sounds like you were genuinely confused about the dates. And also that you showed up a couple of times after the court date in an effort to have things resolved. But you will need to hire an attorney to place yourself in best position to avoid being put in jail. Most attorneys are willing to do a free consultation. Best of luck, James S. Abrenio

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  5. Can my boyfriend take out a retraining order or civil law suite on me?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. James Stanton Abrenio
    2. Peter Anthony Jabaly
    2 lawyer answers

    I agree with Peter. Your X-boyfriend is free to try to obtain either a protective order or prosecute a civil suit against you. In either case though, you didn't do it. His uncorroborated "hunch" isn't enough, and he will have to prove it in court. Should he decide to pursue either route, you will have to be properly served with notice of such court action. If/when you receive it, reach out to an attorney to discuss next steps. At the end of the day, you're innocent. You need a lawyer to...

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  6. Can you be on two bonds at one time for the same charge (shoplifting) while still on probation?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Jennifer Raimo
    2. James Stanton Abrenio
    2 lawyer answers

    I agree with Jennifer. The judge will likely require some type of secured bond given the multiple offenses. Simply dont pay it. If she's supposed to stay with you, you can also let the court know that she's not welcome at least for the time being. However, be careful. I often get parents who do not want their children bonded out. So the child gets a friend (or significant other) to post bond, then the child essentially treats the parent as an enemy. My suggestion is if you are...

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  7. My 17 year old son had an accident in Pittsylvania County, VA & was given a citation for 'failure to maintain control'.

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Kevin Douglas Wilkins
    2. Richard Davis Mattox III
    3. James Stanton Abrenio
    4. Arash Khorsandi
    5. Mark Steven Paullin
    5 lawyer answers

    Also, as you probably know, his actions could have civil ramifications depending upon if there are claimed personal injuries. In some instances, his plea in the traffic court can be used against him in a civil case. So definitely speak with an attorney about where to go with the case.

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  8. If someone gets charged with conspiracy and embellezement for items under $1000 & have no prior record what consequences

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Wilfred Ward Yeargan III
    2. James Stanton Abrenio
    3. Johnnie Hart
    3 lawyer answers

    To add just a little bit as well, when I have clients come in with a case like this, my concern is them getting a felony conviction on their record. Aside from the possible jail time, felonies are just plain worse that misdemeanors. You lose basic civil rights such as voting, sitting juries, and owning fire arms. But, at least in my mind, from an employer's point of view, I would think felonies would truly make it hard for serious consideration of competitive positions. With that in...

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  9. I was charged with a aggravated assault felony and on probation under my first offender. How do I answer felony question on app

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. James Stanton Abrenio
    2. David Joseph Dischley
    3. Kevin Reese Pettrey
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with the other attorneys. What I will say is that you may have mis-understood your probation officer a bit. What he may have said was that you have to say "yes" if it asks if you were ever "charged" or "arrested" for an offense. He may have likely also said that you may want to disclose the charge even if not specifically asked. The reason being is that, should a criminal record check be performed, it will likely show that you were charged. And being up front about it may be better...

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  10. What can my son be charged with if he broke 3 windows and a door ? He's 14, what could happen to him.

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Julia Jane Wills Ovando
    2. David Joseph Dischley
    3. James Stanton Abrenio
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with my colleagues. Destruction of property is the appropriate offense (at least from the limited facts provided). Given that he's a juvenile, however, its not actually a "charge," but rather an adjudication. Juvenile records are more protected than adult records. However, he still needs to be aware if the offense results in a felony vs. a misdemeanor, as the latter can be easier to deal with in the future. Given his lack of history, I would hope that a prosecutor would be...

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