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Alexander John Gordon

Fairfax DUI / DWI Attorney.

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  1. In the state of Virginia is it legal to read a Juvenile his or her Miranda rights without a parent or legal guardian present?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Lu Aloupas
    2. Alexander John Gordon
    3. Kevin Reese Pettrey
    3 lawyer answers

    Sadly, it is legal to read Miranda Rights to a Juvenile without a parent being present. However, Miranda rights are just that, a list of rights read by a law enforcement officer that is intended to inform a child that they have the rights and that those rights can be waived by the juvenile or accepted by the juvenile. The child can simply waive the rights (to counsel, to remain silent) when the child begins to answer a police officer's questions after he has been arrested or has been placed...

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  2. What's going to happen to me now that I've missed court twice?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Alexander John Gordon
    2. James S. Lawrence
    2 lawyer answers

    As a Virginia attorney who has helped a great number of clients in Juvenile Court in Northern Virginia, the likelihood of the Juvenile Domestic and Relations Court judge issuing a bench warrant is pretty high. What that means is that you can be arrested at any time, on the street or at home, and taken to the Adult Detention Center (ADC). There you will appear before a magistrate who may set a bond, but as you have missed two court appearances, the bond may be high or he may deny bond. If he...

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  3. What are the odds of a nolle prosequi being brought back to court (Virginia)?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Mark Steven Paullin
    2. Alexander John Gordon
    3. Kevin Reese Pettrey
    3 lawyer answers

    You would be best served by asking the lawyer you originally hired on this case this question. Be cautious about making this issue more public than it already is. The consequences of additional publicity of the nolle prosequi could be embarrassing and damaging to both you and your family member.

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  4. Should I pay the civil demand?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Alexander John Gordon
    2. Mitchell Scott Sexner
    3. Benjamin J Lieberman
    4. Slavik Steve Leydiker
    4 lawyer answers

    I would guess that you were charged criminally and have a court date in criminal court. Talk to your lawyer. Your payment may be used as an admission of the theft. Wait until your lawyer gives you advice

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  5. Can I represent myself and ask for a diversion program if it is a first offense petty larceny charge?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Alexander John Gordon
    1 lawyer answer

    Unfortunately, each county in Virginia has its own diversion program. To get responsible advice, contact a lawyer in Lynchburg that does criminal defense. Even diversion programs may leave things on your criminal record that can have a lasting effect on you later in life. Please be warned -- Don't just take the advice of the police officer.

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  6. Hit and Run w/ suspended license. Is there enough evidence??

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Jonathan Hayes Groff
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Alexander John Gordon
    4. Harry Edward Hudson Jr
    4 lawyer answers

    As as attorney who has practiced in Northern Virginia for 12 years, I would strongly encourage you to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney. You and your boyfriend could face serious consequences as a result of the potential charges. It is also necessary for you to realize that your interests differ from that of your boyfriend. A lawyer can contact the officer on your behalf. The lawyers efforts may be able to prevent the warrant from being issued against you and may prevent...

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  7. Can one judge change the sentence of another if judge is retired

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Alexander John Gordon
    2. Juan Carlos Garcia Jr
    2 lawyer answers

    The long suspension of your driving privileges was probably the result of a conviction for Driving with a Suspended License as a Habitual Offender. Habitual Offender status is incredibly difficult to get removed. In my experience, any judge can remove the status, even if your former judge is now retired. Speak with a local criminal defense attorney to learn more about the requirements in the Blufield courts. Each judge has different standards. In Fairfax County, it usually requires proof...

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  8. What are the conditions of the 251 First Offender Program in Virginia? I was issued a court summons for poss. of marijuana.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Rachel Elizabeth Wentworth
    2. Alexander John Gordon
    2 lawyer answers

    I disagree with the advice provided by the student lawyer and the previous counsel. A dismissal after completion of a 251 program cannot be expunged from your criminal record. Even if the case is dismissed it can have serious consequences for your future. http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/beware-of-virginia-marijuana-251-dismissal

  9. My son was convicted on drug related charges Can he records be expunged?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Mitchell Paul Goldstein
    2. Alexander John Gordon
    3. John Skyler Riordan
    3 lawyer answers

    Unfortunately, for a drug conviction in Virginia, an expungement is not permissible according to Virginia law. The only way to have such a record erased is through a pardon from the Governor, which is a complex and difficult process. It is difficult to achieve employment with a conviction, but I wish you and your son success in the future.

  10. How long can a person be held with no bond in state jail. And the other ppl that were involved has a bond.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Alexander John Gordon
    2. Tai Christopher Bogan
    2 lawyer answers

    Your friend can be held without bond until his trial is held. He should hire a lawyer, or ask for court appointed counsel, to file a bond motion in hopes of having a bond set. In Virginia, for certain crimes of violence or if the crime involved a weapon, there is a presumption against bond. Contact a local attorney that practices regularly in Culpeper for more insight. Here are two: Blake Woloson Bradley Buster