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  • Will l be arrested if I inquirie in person about a circuit court fine of 13,000.00?

    I was arrested in Front Royal VA. For public intoxication 2012 paid a fine of 100.00 and spent the night in jail. I now find that the circuit court has a (legal item) of 13,600.00 I want to find out what this is about as it is affecting my credit...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    You have a First Amendment right to inquire about this matter, and anything else any government arm does. That does not automatically mean that all government employees understand the First Amendment, or won't claim that a person criminally threatened or otherwise menaced them.

    You can arrange for a lawyer to do the inquiry if you are concerned about any backlash against you, or the best way to approach the overall matter.

    All the best to you.

    Jon Katz

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  • So if a minor starts setting a older man and he didn't know her age but responded to the dirty text messages what's the out come

    I had young lady claim to 19 from a online dating site, she took my number and all started out great conversations, then she started talking dirty and showing herself. Me not knowing she was under age replied back with one dirty picture. Received ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    You have learned an important lesson about the risks of having anonymous sexual communications. It would be great if you could remove your posting from this forum to avoid having your words come back to haunt you.

    If you are concerned enough about possible further risks to you from this incident, you can consult privately with a qualified lawyer.

    All the best to you.

    Jon Katz

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  • DWI reduced

    I blew a .11 at a checkpoint I have a perfect driving record and have never got in trouble. I did get a lawyer for 2500$ and I don't think he is really trying to get this reduced. He stated that it would merely be a favor he would ask of the judge...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Wondering about your chances of getting a disposition better than DWI should only be part of your inquiry. You are accused of a serious crime, and it is important that you and your lawyer be fully ready for trial, negotiations, and any possible sentencing proceeding.

    If you are not satisfied with your lawyer's representation or advice, you have the option of seeking a second opinion or a replacement lawyer, whether or not your original lawyer will be amenable to returning part of the fee you paid the lawyer, if you obtain a replacement lawyer (and I am not stating any view on whether your lawyer has any obligation to do so).

    You have indicated that you are short on money, but you are not going to find on AVVO Answers a sufficient answer to your inquiry.

    All the best to you.

    Jon Katz

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  • Can a person be charged with offenses picked up in another state after being violated on probation in the state of VA?

    My son was on probation for the state of VA being supervised by a NC officers because NC is where he lives. She violated him several time but VA kept ignoring it. They finally told her to release him and they issued a warrant that was in June. He ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Your question itself shows that many relevant details are involved in your son's case that would take many more pages to recite than what is in your question. Such sensitive detail should not be added in this public forum.

    Instead, if your son has concerns about his lawyer's advice, your son can seek a second opinion from another lawyer or can hire a new lawyer.

    All the best to your son.

    Jon Katz

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  • How can I fix this possession of marijuana charge?

    The night before last I was pulled over for a faulty tail light, when the officer came to my car he said he could smell marijuana in the car (a friend and I were smoking a few hours previous to this) and when they searched the car they found a roa...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    You can help write the answer to your question by obtaining a qualified lawyer, for starters. With that lawyer, you can address such defenses as challenging the ability of the prosecution to prove that the seized substance is marijuana, and your considering such proactive steps for negotiations and possible sentencing as ultimately providing weekly clean urine drug tests, entering a drug education program, doing community service, and doing some documented live or online self help meetings (for instance AA, or Marijuana Anonymous).

    All the best to you.

    Jon Katz

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  • Does it really matter how i plead guilty, not guilty or no contest?

    i have court in a few weeks. i would like to represent myself but i am unsure how i should plead in my case. i have been told pleading no contest makes it sound like you know more than you actually do. i could plead guilty but i feel like the o...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    The prosecutor will love to see you appear in court without a lawyer, particularly with AVVO answers having been your only interaction with a lawyer. If you wish to serve yourself rather than the prosecutor, it is very important that you obtain a retained or court-appointed lawyer.

    All the best to you.

    Jon Katz

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  • Reconsideration

    My mom was sentenced to 5 years with 4 years suspended ,she had signed a plea for mid range of her guidlines,,is she able to do a reconsideration? She has been in for 5 months and been in work release and paid all her fines and restitution.would ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    If you mother is interested in a sentence reconsideration or other relief concerning her conviction or sentence, she should immediately consult with her original lawyer or another qualified lawyer about her options. That lawyer will be able to ask the questions and obtain the information needed to provide a useful answer on this matter.

    All the best to your mother.

    Jon Katz

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  • I am in the asap program for a drug charge but I took program 251

    They lowered my case to misdemeanor and I am placed on 6 months probation while I'm currently doing outpatient program one of the test became positive for alcohol and I took another one the next day became negative I only had one beer that made my...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Your question sounds best posed during a confidential conversation with your original lawyer or a different qualified lawyer.

    Rather than merely focusing on your inquiry about the worst case scenario, the lawyer can talk with you about proactive things you might consider to reduce the risk of a probation violation charge, probation violation finding, and jail, including your lawyer's talking with your probation agent and your possibly taking such proactive steps as getting frequent private alcohol testing, attending a recommended number of AA meetings, doing a recommended number of community service hours, or even entering an alcohol education/treatment program.

    All the best to you.

    Jon Katz

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  • How do i answer a background check question on criminal record

    Had youth offender sentence in n.j. in 1989..police show no record but i did 5yrs and register as a sex offender

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Your question sounds best directed to a qualified lawyer through a confidential consultation. The lawyer can then review not only the specific question being posed to you, but also the instructions on the application and your 1989 case itself.

    Beyond your simply knowing the importance of being honest in answering questions. that does not preclude having a lawyer assist in answering the question, advising not to answer the question, or explaining your answer, in a more persuasive or less damaging way than you might.

    All the best to you.

    Jon Katz

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  • I need to know if anyone can contact me please I have a case Monday and my lawyer, legal representation.is too busy to focus on

    Last year around Oct. Nov. There were gaming items that I traded into the store for credit towards cash or other game items, being that the holidays were coming up n the store had a huge promotion for all trade ins. That leads me to what happened,...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    A long time interval has passed between your arrest date and tomorrow's court date, suggesting that it was not just yesterday that you questioned that your lawyer is not focusing sufficiently on your case. Such an interval might make any lawyer hesitate to go to court with you tomorrow without having known anything about your case before now, let alone finding a lawyer who even is available on such short notice.

    All the best to you.

    Jon

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