Skip to main content
Jennifer Raimo
Avvo
Pro

Jennifer Raimo’s Answers

504 total


  • Personal Protective Order

    A few days ago my ex boyfriend and I had a disagreement. I was at his residence. He was upset because I confronted him about something. He put hands on me and left me with some marks. I called the cops, but because I was so shaken up, I did not fi...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    You can't get what you don't ask for. You might want to bring pictures of the injuries if you have any and be prepared to explain why you are the second one to arrive at the courthouse.

    See question 
  • Charged w releasing expunged records but had permission to do so and blocked expungement, didn't know they'd been expunged...

    Retaliation harassment using judicial system by ex who perpetrated severe domestic violence and is under investigation now by CPS. The DAs office helped me block expungement of records and I recently had written the judge asking again for this si...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    This is a very serious charge and your statements seem to conflict with themselves. You say the Commonwealth helped you block the expungement and had no idea the expungement had been granted. But, expungements typically only have one court hearing, if you were working with the Commonwealth to prevent it, you should have known the outcome immediately. However, I am not asking you to clarify online because anything you say can be used against you in court.

    Don't trust the system to see things your way. Get a lawyer and start planning your defense now.

    See question 
  • I was caught shoplifting 3 items that added up to about $60 will I go to jail ? I've never been in trouble for anything

    I've never been in any trouble with the law

    Jennifer’s Answer

    Jail is not an impossibility and you should at least consult with a local attorney before your court date. Petit larceny can carry a sentence of up to 12 months in jail and/or up to a $2,500 fine. It's also a crime of moral turpitude, which is a fancy way of saying it involves stealing and can haunt you in the future (more so than other charges).

    Some counties will consider some type of diversion to avoid being convicted on this charge. Others won't. Don't post any more details online. Instead, look for a lawyer to tell you more about what's realistic for you. Many offer free consultations.

    See question 
  • Can a person's ip address be used as evidence in court . pertaining to email's sent.

    I WAS TRIED IN GENERAL DIST COURT FOR CONTEMPT of court . for calling , and sending email's to someone the court had ordered me not to. that was in 2013 , I was tried and convicted and recevied 10 days suspended,and a fine. so anyway here comes...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    I agree the IP address can be used against you.

    DO NOT agree to take the polygraph. It is junk science that is used to verbally force a confession out of you. They will just tell you over and over again how you failed the lie detector, call you a bad person, tell you the machine is never wrong, etc. Get a lawyer to cut off police communications with you and don't speak with the police again.

    See question 
  • Do I plead guilty or not guilty

    I was charge with petty theft and its also my first offense and I don't know if I should plead guilty or not guilty

    Jennifer’s Answer

    • Selected as best answer

    No one can know what the best thing is for you to do without getting more information from you in a confidential setting. Many lawyers offer free consultations. Make an appointment so you can get some idea of what you're realistically looking at.

    See question 
  • How do I know if Iam on unsupervised probation anymore?

    I was put on it years ago and have since then paid all the fines for it. Yet I have got no word on if Iam still on this probation or not. I thought it would end when all the fees was paid but ain't received a confirmation.

    Jennifer’s Answer

    They don't normally notify you when unsupervised probation ends on good terms. Check the file to see how long the probation term was for. If you've never had any problems and the date has passed, then all is well.

    See question 
  • Is there anything I can do to get the charges dropped or at least lesson his sentence?

    My boyfriend and I got into a fight and we both got physical with each other. When the cops wrote their report they only wrote down what he did and he is now being charged with felony strangulation, misdemeanor assault of a family member, and misd...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    You can expect to have a conversation with a prosecutor, even if it is just before court starts on the first hearing date. During that conversation you can tell the prosecutor what you want to see happen, but the prosecutor does not have to do what you want. Once the police were called, that decision was taken out of your hands.

    You may want to discuss the facts of the case with a criminal defense attorney (someone other than your boyfriend's lawyer) to make sure you are not exposed to any possible charges. Most offer free consultations.

    See question 
  • The superme court just ruled the 3 strikes law unconstitutional, what exactly foes this law pertain to

    I had read up on this and under 3 strikes it had a paragraph that states that if u had 3 prior offenses of larceny and u were charged with a misdemeanor shoplifting and it was upped to a felony but the act itself was originally a misdemeanor that ...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    I found a couple of internet articles you may have seen that imply all 3 strike law are now unconstitutional as of a few days ago. Quite honestly, I am skeptical of how true the articles are. It is interesting to note that none of them name the case or provide a link to the opinion. A quick review of the U.S. Supreme Court website is not showing me anything of the sort. As a criminal defense attorney, I would expect this type of decision to be something my peers and I would be discussing thoroughly in the courthouse hallways, but you are the first person I've heard mention it. However, because you've mentioned it and there are some articles online, however questionable they are, I will continue looking during the week,
    because if it's true it would affect several of my pending cases.

    If you are charged with 3rd offense petit larceny, you need an attorney you can trust to help you in court. The law is complicated and not something I would expect an untrained person to be able to do well.

    See question 
  • My daughter's past shoplifting in present trial

    My daughter was recently caught shoplifting at target for about $100 worth of merchandise. She is an adult (over the age of 18) so they gave her a summons and an arraignment date. She came to me and said that she is extremely worried because she a...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    Unless they caught her stealing in the earlier cases, it is unlikely they will start reviewing everything they've recorded for however far back the tapes go. It's like looking for a needle in a haystack. That being said, you should not post any additional information online. Anything your daughter has told you can be used against her and this is a public forum. I'm sure you don't want to do anything to hurt your daughter and telling all of cyberspace she got away with committing a crime in the past could easily hurt her.

    Your daughter needs a local lawyer who can tell her what is a realistic expectation for her case. It sounds like you're already on the right track with that. Good luck.

    See question