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Jennifer Raimo

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  • How do I drop the protective order I have on my son's mother before the court date after it's been extended once in Virginia?

    Jennifer’s Answer

    You should be able to file a written motion to rescind the Protective Order and have that motion docketed. The date the motion can be heard may be a bit far out though, because many courts are even more backed up then normal due to the COVID-19 shutdown last year.

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  • Charged for possession with intent. 3 of them. BOGUS CHARGES

    Jennifer’s Answer

    You don't actually ask a question here. I strongly recommend you consult with an attorney in a private setting rather than write about what happened in a public forum. It sounds like you may find yourself facing charges if you aren't already.

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  • Can I legally say no to ever having a conviction with a dismissed felony?

    Jennifer’s Answer

    You are correct. If you successfully completed the first offender program for drug cases, the case was dismissed and you have not been convicted. However, the fact you were arrested still shows up on your record and can easily be discovered by anyone who runs a background check.

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  • Dinwiddie,Va

    Jennifer’s Answer

    Talk to a lawyer in your area about whether you should demand a jury trial in circuit court.

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  • What do I do now that I am being investigated for welfare fraud? Please help.

    Jennifer’s Answer

    I agree. You really need to discuss this in a secret setting with an attorney. Do not post any details to this forum. Many criminal defense attorneys provide free consultations. If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, ask the court to appoint someone to represent you.

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  • Will they run my name if I take warrant out?

    Jennifer’s Answer

    Police officers routinely do a warrant/records check for everyone with whom they discuss an alleged crime. This includes, victims, suspects, and witnesses.

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  • If you're 19 & trying to file a restraining order & your university gets involved, is it legal for them to notify parents

    Jennifer’s Answer

    If you're 19, you are an adult and the university and police are not mandated to tell your parents anything. By the way, "mandated reporters" are required to report suspected child abuse to child protective services, not to the parents.

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  • Can I withdrawal a plea of no contest ?

    Jennifer’s Answer

    Assuming this was in JDR court, you have 10 calendar days to get a judge to enter the conviction so you can appeal to circuit court. That will get you a new trial in front of a different judge and the right to a trial by jury. If more than 10 days have passed, you are stuck with the diversion program.

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  • Will I go to jail if I am caught ridding a motercycle without any licence ?

    Jennifer’s Answer

    6 months in jail and $1,000 plus court costs is the maximum, not the minimum. In many cases, jail time can be avoided and the fine is a lot less for a first offense. Talk to an attorney who knows your local court tendencies for more information about what you can expect.

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  • Can you appeal a circuit court guilty in absentia?

    Jennifer’s Answer

    It will be virtually impossible to appeal a circuit court case that is tried in your absence. You would be better off filing a motion to reconsider, which must be filed and decided upon by the judge no more than 21 days following the date of the final Order.

    To file an appeal, you would need to file a Notice of Appeal in the circuit court within 30 days and a Petition for Appeal with the Court of Appeals. There are very strict deadlines and procedures for the appellate process. It is not a new trial like circuit court was. Instead, the court of appeals will only look at what happened in circuit court to determine whether the judge correctly applied the law to your case. Part of the process is to send the Court of Appeals a transcript or a statement of facts describing in detail what happened in court. I'm guessing you did not pay a court reporter to be present and prepare a transcript and you can't possibly write a statement describing what you were not present to experience. That alone will be enough to kill your appeal. So, again, I recommend writing a motion to reconsider for the circuit court judge to decide whether you deserve another chance to have your day in court.

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