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Jennifer Raimo

Jennifer Raimo’s Answers

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  • If the only evidence is what a owner saw on recorded survaliance that is no longer availble enough for police to press charges?

    In Virginia can a store owner press charges for shoplifting 2 days after customer leaves store by stating what she viewed on a recorded survaliance video that is no longer available? Manager ID's him from rewards card then claming to view customer...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    The police only need probable cause, not proof beyond a reasonable doubt. A judge can take the lack of a recording into consideration when deciding whether he or she believes the store representative at trial. However, the testimony of a store employee is still evidence that can be used against you. There is no requirement that a video exist in order for you to be convicted. If the judge believes the store employee, you can be convicted.

    Get a lawyer to help you. It's a serious charge that could have a strong impact on your life in a bad way.

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  • Do I have to pay the civil demand if they took all the products and I already paid restitution?

    Hi, I'm a full time college student who made a stupid decison and stole at wal-mart. When we were about to leave, Lost Prevention approached us and asked to follow them to a room. The cops were already in the room when we got there. The case went ...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    There is a statute that allows Walmart to demand the $200. The idea is that they are entitled to be reimbursed for their expenses in having you arrested and following through with prosecuting you, including the time the loss prevention person spent in court.

    At this time, I am not aware of anyone who has actually been sued. So, the decision is up to you. They can save up some unpaid demands and file suit on all of them at the same time to save themselves a little money on the expenses, but they don't have to. They can also sue just you if they're willing to go to court for just one fee. Or, they can decide not to sue you at all.

    As for what happened in court, it is possible you didn't give up your right to appeal when the guilty plea was entered. If that's true, you have 10 calendar days to appeal your case. After that, the right to appeal is gone.

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  • Am I allowed to look at my own case file?

    i have a pending felony charge and i would like to look at the case file to see who will be subpoenaed to court and all that good stuff. Will they let me look at it without any hesitation?

    Jennifer’s Answer

    Yes, you are entitled to look at the case file in the clerk's office. That does not necessarily mean you will see the subpoena(s) or whether they've been served. That information has a way of not getting into the file until the last minute. If you are facing a felony charge, you really need a lawyer to help you through the court process as soon as possible.

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  • Does video over rule,CI history.

    Im asking does a video and or wire recording prove guilt even if the confidental informant can be discredited.he has history of drug abuse and selling drugs.CI Continues to sell drugs..is it worth fighting.

    Jennifer’s Answer

    Are you saying the CI somehow did some kind of special effects trick to the video? All admissible evidence is given the level of consideration the judge or jury believes is appropriate. If there is a problem with the video, it will be given less consideration. CIs tend to have a history and tend to be CIs so they can get out of their own police troubles. It's all stuff for the judge or jury to consider.

    This question tells me you need a lawyer to help you in court. I suggest you get one ASAP.

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  • Will he go to jail I'm worried

    My 14 year old broke a door with 2 other people and stole stuff ? Will he get arrested ? Probation? Anything even if he still returns the stuff ?

    Jennifer’s Answer

    I can understand why you're so worried. Virginia law does not take into consideration what happened after a crime occurred when determining whether the crime actually occurred. The fact is breaking a door and stealing stuff makes your son responsible for a few crimes. The other 2 people are also criminally liable.

    Returning the stuff helps with mitigation at sentencing, meaning it helps convince a judge to go softer on your son, but does not avoid liability altogether. Get your son a lawyer. He'll need one.

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  • What are the charges and punishments for lying on dmv paperwork to recevie license plates that should belong to another car?

    someone i know has gotten a license plate for their car by using someone elses indentification and vehicle information. they do not have plates because they have no paid a registration fee. they mailed in the paperwork to the dmv and had the pla...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    I see the potential for a couple of charges, things like forgery, and fictitious tag/plate that belongs to another. Forgery is a felony and could lead to prison. Your friend will eventually be discovered. He or she needs to get a lawyer to help fix things if it even can still be undone.

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  • Will writing a letter to the judge as a character reference for my husband/explaining my extreme hardship help at all?

    Husband is awaiting a hearing for habeas corpus to vacate a conviction based on ineffective assistance to get released from immigration custody. The letter would be to the judge in the circuit court hearing the merits of his writ.

    Jennifer’s Answer

    Habeas corpus is a kind of appeal where your husband's lawyer is arguing that as a matter of law the DOC or local sheriff has no right to be detaining your husband. While I'm sure your husband is a great guy, his character is not an issue that the judge can consider at this time. Ask your husband's lawyer if there is anything you can do to help. Maybe you can be a factual witness about what went wrong with the first lawyer.

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  • How do I go about handling that ?

    I went to court for a misdemeanor poss of marijuana where the judge said it was reduce to misdemeanor poss of paraphernalia but when I looked at my record on the court's website it still said misdemeanor poss of marijuana.

    Jennifer’s Answer

    The website is a nice reference, but it's not the official record and it's not always updated or accurate. Get a copy of the actual disposition and look at what the judge wrote. If the judge crossed out the marijuana charge and wrote paraphernalia, the record is exactly as you remember. If not, you can file a motion to reconsider within 60 days of the trial date. You may want to get a lawyer to help you do that.

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  • My question is when I turn myself in will the magistrate give me the same bond or will I have to do the whole process over again

    I caught a street charge while I was incarcerated, when my release date arrived I was granted bond on my new charge and was released when my prior sentenced was over, when I went to preliminary my charge was nolle processed.. They have recently br...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    It depends on the magistrate and the charge. If the magistrate sets a new bond, it means you will have to pay it again. However, I have seen some cases where the magistrate chooses to set a personal recognizance bond upon hearing that the charge is one that was dropped and brought back, especially when the defendant turns himself in. At the end of the day, it's the magistrate's decision at the time of arrest. That decision can later be reviewed by a judge during a bond motion if you are detained.

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