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Jill Dominique Sinatra

Jill Sinatra’s Answers

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  • What can happen with a first time simple assault charge?

    Me and my boyfriend's ex wife got into a fight over the way she spoke to her children in my house she hit me first but I caused physical damage in self defense. I filed a police report as well but nothing was done.

    Jill’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Keller. You should speak with a criminal defense attorney to explore your options. You may prevail at trial or you may be able to negotiate a plea that would involve reduced charges or ADR. Many firms, including mine, offer free initial consultations. I strongly recommend that you speak one-on-one with an attorney about the specific facts of your case.

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  • What happens when West Virginia Criminal Cases get picked up by the Federal Government?

    My boyfriend has been locked up in a Regional Jail for 4 months now. He has been arraigned and indicted by the state. Well we found out the the Feds are picking his case up. What happens now? People are telling us that when the State dismisses the...

    Jill’s Answer

    Without any information regarding the nature of the charges or your boyfriend's criminal history I can't say what his federal bond would be. It's true that the feds could pick him up in jail or, if federal charges haven't yet been filed, arrest him later. Does your boyfriend have an attorney? If not, he should retain one immediately. Federal charges are serious. His lawyer will be able to advise him how best to deal with the federal charges and the bond issue.

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  • My son was convicted and imprisoned for child molestation. how do go about getting him out of prison. he has served 8 yrs

    my son was sentenced to 25 years in prison he has served approximately 8 years . how do i go about getting his sentence reduced and how do i prove he never committed the crime. he is in a prison in va and they have banned parole in that state. he ...

    Jill’s Answer

    You indicated in your question that your son was convicted in VA. I recommend that you address your question to attorneys in that state. Furthermore, it sounds like your sons case has a lot of complicated factual and legal issues that can't be fully fleshed out in a forum like this. You (and your son) will need to speak one on one with an experienced criminal defense attorney about the specific facts of your case. I recommend that you sit down with a Virginia attorney experienced in criminal appeals and habeas corpus cases.

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  • I am a Canadian citizen I was just charge in west vergina with a dui I have never been charge with a dui. What are the laws

    If I go home would this effect my license in Canada. Would I be able to cross the usa boarder afterwards

    Jill’s Answer

    My website has a page that answers some of the frequently asked questions about DUI laws in West Virginia. You can read more by clicking here: http://www.fuchelandsinatra.com/Criminal-Defense/West-Virginia-DUI-FAQ.shtml

    It is important to consult with a criminal defense attorney in West Virginia to address the specific facts of your case. Be mindful of time limitations as well. For example, if your BAC was below .15, you may be eligible for the DUI Deferral Program. You must apply for consideration for the program within 30 days of your arrest, so it's important to act quickly.

    You should also consult with an attorney in Canada to find out if there will be any consequences for your license there.

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  • Is dine and dash illegal in Pennsylvania?

    My boyfriend went out for a night of Karaoke and he met up with someone he thought he knew there. My boyfriend did not order any alcoholic drinks, however, this person spiked his to bring his inhibitions down, and proceeded to leave the bar and th...

    Jill’s Answer

    On the face of it, it sounds like the bar is trying to bully your boyfriend into paying for someone else's drinks. I'm not sure why you mentioned the spiked drink. Did something else happen at the bar that makes you believe your boyfriend might be on the hook for something? You mentioned lowered inhibitions, which indicates that there might be more to this story. If you believe he was drugged, call the police and report the incident without delay.

    If the bar does pursue a criminal action against your boyfriend -- justified or not -- you should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

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  • I was caught for theft of a 26 dollar item. Will it be expunged after I pay a fine, and is a fine all I will get?

    It was a 26$ item and I am only 17. I keep looking up the laws and keep finding I will be charged a huge fine and possible jail time? I have never been in trouble for anything before, why so extreme?

    Jill’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Keller. You need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Many firms, including mine, offer free initial consultations. I recommend that you obtain counsel so that you can effectively deal with this charge.

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  • What will my public urination citation entail?

    My friend and I were recently cited for Public Urination in Pittsburgh at the Saint Patricks day parade this week. It seems to be a problem every year. There are no public bathrooms anywhere. The three men that cited us took our name and addresses...

    Jill’s Answer

    Because there is no specific public urination provision in the PA criminal code, Pittsburgh passed its own ordinance targeting public urination. There is even a potential additional charge for failure to clean up after yourself after urinating in public. You are facing a maximum fine of $500.00 plus court costs. I strongly recommend that you speak with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Many Pittsburgh lawyers, including me, offer free initial consultations to discuss the facts of your case.

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  • Can o get custody of a child that isn't biologically mine or not related in any way?

    I raised him since 3 weeks old he is now 2.5yrs old. I also have another child who is 1. He calls me mommy, and my youngest son and him are inseperatable(spelling my apologies). He doesn't know anyone but me. And his biological father and I have n...

    Jill’s Answer

    It is difficult -- but not impossible -- for a court to rule that you stood in loco parentis to the child and therefore have standing to ask for custody. That being said, these cases can be very challenging. The fact that your boyfriend has been in the picture will most certainly complicate your claim. I strongly recommend that you speak with an attorney. Many lawyers offer free initial consultations to discuss the facts of your case. Take advantage of that so that you can discuss the specifics of your case more in depth.

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  • Parental alienation question

    My child's father has been telling my very yound child to call me by my first name and not mommy even though my child has been calling me mommy since he could speak. He has been putting his girlfriend on the phone (even though the order says that ...

    Jill’s Answer

    Since your case is on appeal I'm assuming you have an attorney. You should bring these concerns up with your lawyer immediately. Most custody orders contain provisions permitting phone contact and prohibiting negative comments about either parent to or in front of the child. If you have a custody order, your attorney will be able to assess whether a petition for contempt is appropriate.

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  • Should my brother-in-law be charged? Does my brother have a case of self-defense? Do we wait for the court date?

    My brother and brother-in-law got in to a yelling match last night. My Brother-in-law ran up the stair at my brother who ran in to his room and grads his arm to pull him back out. When my brother finally closed the door my brother-in-law went bac...

    Jill’s Answer

    I agree that your brother needs to speak with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Many lawyers offer free initial consultations. You should both also refrain from discussing the incident on social media.

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