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James Stanton Abrenio

Fairfax DUI / DWI Attorney.

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  1. James’s Top 10 Criminal Rules Every Virginia Freshman Must Know.

    Written by attorney James Abrenio, over 1 year ago.

    Jamess Top 10 Criminal Rules Every VirginiaFreshman Must Know I remember being a freshman in college and being given advice about my rights. Unfortunately, most of that advice was flat out wrong. Having had the opportunity to represent countless college students over the last se...

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  2. Deferred Findings in Virginia – Not Always as Great as they Seem

    Written by attorney James Abrenio, almost 2 years ago.

    Several charges in Virginia (including domestic assault and possession of marijuana) provide the possibility of a deferred finding for a first offense. A deferred finding is when a defendant comes before the court, pleads guilty (or no contest) to the charge, the court finds eno...

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  3. Miranda – What do you do?

    Written by attorney James Abrenio, almost 2 years ago.

    One comment that keeps coming up from clients is, they never read me my Miranda rights, this case should get thrown out, right? My response is invariably its more complicated than that. In this article, I will explain what the Miranda warnings are, when they need to be used by l...

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  4. You’ve Been Charged with DWI – Here’s What to Look For.

    Written by attorney James Abrenio, almost 2 years ago.

    As a defense attorney, I have an analysis that I apply to every DWI charge that is initiated by a traffic stop. 1) Was it a proper stop? In order for a client to be convicted of DWI, law enforcement needed to have reasonable suspicion that the client was violating a law (crimina...

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  5. Limited Criminal Discovery in Virginia General District Courts

    Written by attorney James Abrenio, almost 2 years ago.

    Often times, clients will come to me charged with a crime. When deciding to hire me, they want to know when I will go over and get the police report in their case. They also want to know when I get to obtain the witness statements and pretty much everything else the prosecuting a...

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  6. How to: Sentencing Support Letters from Friends and Family

    Written by attorney James Abrenio, about 2 years ago.

    If you have a loved one who is facing a sentencing hearing, do not be surprised if his or her attorney asks that you help out for purposes of that sentencing.If the attorney does not aske you to testify on your loved ones behalf, it is likely that the attorney will ask you to wri...

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  7. So You Want an Expungement, Well You Know...

    Written by attorney James Abrenio, about 2 years ago.

    Expungements in Virginia So you've been charged with a crime.Naturally, you are asking yourself, "Will I ever be able to get this off of my record?"The process of having your record cleared is called "expungement."Likely, you have heard of the term before.Perhaps you had a frie...

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  8. "Victimless Prosecutions" in Virginia Domestic Assault Cases

    Written by attorney James Abrenio, about 2 years ago.

    Imagine this Scenario: You have been charged with a domestic assault in Virginia, and the complainant in your case decides he or she wants the charge dropped. Are you in the clear? Not so Fast! Many charged with domestic assault have the mistaken belief that because the complai...

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  9. Foundations of Domestic Assault Charges in Virginia

    Written by attorney James Abrenio, about 2 years ago.

    Domestic Assault charges in Virginia. Domestic assault is a very serious charge that brings with it serious consequences.Many facing domestic assault have had no prior experience with the criminal justice system.For the past several years, I have been defending domestic assault ...

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  10. The Pitfalls of Family and Friend Phone Calls with an Incarcerated Loved Ones.

    Written by attorney James Abrenio, about 2 years ago.

    Introduction Time and time again do we, as defense attorneys, become frustrated with family and friends who communicated with incarcerated persons regarding sensitive matters. While their intentions are sincere, communication made to incarcerated individuals through phone calls...

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