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Christopher Scott Rowland

Christopher Rowland’s Answers

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  • CAN I FILE CHARGES ON SOMEONE FOR THROWING WATER IN MY FACE ?

    Christopher’s Answer

    In the legal system, this would be considered a criminal battery. You could file a complaint with the magistrate in the county this took place. This would depend on the Commonwealth and other factors if there would be a conviction of a battery.

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  • What are the penalties for 3rd offense A B ON FAMILY MEMBER?

    Christopher’s Answer

    A Domestic Assault 3rd + Offense under 18.2-57.2 is a class 6 Felony and carries a penalty of up to five years. a Strangulation under 18.2-51.6 is a class 6 felony and carries a sentence up to five years. You will need to talk with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. as you can see, these charges can carry significant prison time.

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  • I got welfare fraud charges?

    Christopher’s Answer

    Your question is tricky because there is not enough information to directly answer. If you have charges that are pending, then it is too soon to answer your question. It would depend on the outcome of the case. If you were found guilty of the charge or took a plea deal that resulted in guilt, then you will not be able to expunge the charge. It will always be on your record. If you were found not guilty, or the case was dismissed, then you may expunge the charge and remove it from your record. Hope this answers your question

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  • What is considered assault in Virginia?

    Christopher’s Answer

    Assault is the unlawful act of placing a person in fear or apprehension that a bodily harm will occur. Mere words are not enough. In your situation, the employee saying he would slap your wife probably would not be enough to file assault charges. However, this certainly is not appropriate behavior and your wife should discuss this situation with her employer.

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  • How do I drop assault and battery charges?

    Christopher’s Answer

    You will not be able to drop the charges. This charge is a crime which means it is the Commonwealth of Virginia v. Defendant. The Commonwealth attorney would have to be the person who either dismisses the case or they could decide to prosecute the case. I should add that depending on the situation, you could receive a charge of filing a false statement, which is a crime. You may want to speak with a criminal attorney or the very least your boyfriend should speak with a criminal attorney if he has not already done so. An Assault charge can have serious implications, depending on the situation of whether it is a domestic assault under 18.2-57.2 or a misdemeanor assault under 18.2-57.

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  • Try to get a misdemeanor of my record

    Christopher’s Answer

    There is a little more information needed here but this can be answered. First, if the misdemeanor charge was a finding of guilt or a plea of guilt, then the misdemeanor will stay on your record and you cannot expunge the charge from your record. However, if you were found not guilty then you may try to expunge the charge. You may also be able to do so if the charge was dismissed.

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  • How do I get a copy of my transcripts from a Virginia circuit court?

    Christopher’s Answer

    You should talk with your defense attorney. if you are wanting just the paperwork with the outcome, the clerk of the circuit court may be able to help you but I would probably ask the attorney. The clerk's more than likely will charge a fee for any paperwork they copy. If you want the actual transcript (what was actually said by the witnesses, objections, motions, etc.) that will require a request for a court reporter to transcriber. I will warn you that this can run into hundreds of dollars. Best advice is to discuss what you are looking for with your attorney.

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  • How can I get my record expunged ?

    Christopher’s Answer

    May need more information here. If you were found guilty or took a guilty plea then the charge cannot be expunged. It will stay on your record forever. if you were found not guilty of the charge or the charge was dismissed, then you may be able to expunge the charge. Just a note on expunging a charge, it takes a while before the charge is actually removed from your record even after the court approves it.

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  • When someone is allowed bond on a felony & then they refuse the plea deal, how can they charge again calling them new charges?

    Christopher’s Answer

    This question may require more information to answer fully. Your friend was probably charged with other offenses with the malicious wounding charge. However, the Commonwealth Attorney may reinstate the original charges if the plea is not accepted. The dropping of the charge may have been a condition of the plea deal. Depending on their investigation, if there is probable cause that your friend committed another offense, then they can issue warrants for those additional charges. Your friend should discuss this with his attorney. His attorney should be able to explain why the new charges and between them should develop a defense strategy.

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  • How can I get my vehicle from ex girlfriend

    Christopher’s Answer

    Would need more information to answer this question. Is the title or the loan in both your names. Is your name on the title or loan and hers not. If her name is not on the title or loan, then it may be best to report the vehicle stolen and tell the police where it can be found. I f her name is on the title or loan with yours, you have very little options. You may want to discuss this with an attorney who can give you options on what to do.

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