Questions Answered by Bryan J. Jones

Q: Can I video record the exchange of my own child between his mother and myself on public property?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Child Custody for Virginia on
Answered on Apr 10, 2019
Bryan J. Jones' answer
It's legal as long as it's public and there's no expectation of privacy. You should be careful because the situation could escalate. Most people don't like having cameras in their faces.

Q: Someone recorded our phone conversation without me knowing and shared it with other people

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Virginia on
Answered on Feb 20, 2019
Bryan J. Jones' answer
In Virginia you are allowed to record a phone conversation if you are one of the parties to the conversation.

Q: Is it illegal for an adult to tell an adult to kill themselves through a text?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Virginia on
Answered on Feb 11, 2019
Bryan J. Jones' answer
I could be. If you encourage someone to commit a crime. There's a high profile case recently, although in a different state, where someone was convicted of a crime for encouraging someone to commit suicide.

Q: I was wondering if i needed a lawyer to fight my case?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Virginia on
Answered on Feb 11, 2019
Bryan J. Jones' answer
It would probably be a good idea to have a lawyer because the reckless driving ticket would be a permanent criminal conviction. There's a chance a lawyer could help you get the ticket reduced to a simple traffic infraction.

Q: What is the likely hood of jail time and for how long for

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Virginia on
Answered on Jan 10, 2019
Bryan J. Jones' answer
It's impossible to say with the little information that you've given. Make sure that you have an attorney to represent you. Your attorney will be able to go over all the facts of the case with you and advise you.

Q: im 17 & slapped a pregnant women , i now have a court date what might happen?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Answered on Dec 12, 2018
Bryan J. Jones' answer
You will probably be put on probation and have to complete counselling and stay out of trouble.

Q: Hi I'm 20 years old and i got a possession of alcohol under 21 charge. The bottle had a sip left. My record is clean

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Virginia on
Answered on Dec 5, 2018
Bryan J. Jones' answer
You should have an attorney representing you. If you're convicted, it would be a permanent criminal conviction. If you have a clean record, you are probably eligible for the first offender program. The first offender program is like probation, but if you successfully complete the program, the charge gets dismissed so you don't have a permanent criminal conviction on your record.

Q: Is it illegal for a officer to reach in your car without a warrant to grab anything?

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Virginia on
Answered on Oct 5, 2018
Bryan J. Jones' answer
If an officer has probable cause, they can reach into your car and seize evidence. In this case, it appears that the officer probably had probable cause.

Q: I recently got caught shoplifting about 100$ worth of items, they pressed charges & i got charged with petty larceny

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Virginia on
Answered on Sep 19, 2018
Bryan J. Jones' answer
If you have a clean record, you probably will not get active jail time. You may only get a fine. You should contact a local attorney because you may be able to have the charge dismissed so that it's not on your record.

Q: My husband was charged with a misdemeanor for assault and battery while incarcerated. I need resources or legal advice

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Virginia on
Answered on Sep 12, 2018
Bryan J. Jones' answer
If he's charged with a crime, a lawyer will be appointed to represent him. If he's just charged with an internal jail offense, he will almost certainly not be able to have an attorney assist with that process.

Q: Who would be a good pro bono lawyer for a murder case that happen in 2008?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Virginia on
Answered on Sep 11, 2018
Bryan J. Jones' answer
You should contact the various innocence projects/clinics to see if they can help you.

Q: Im currently fighting 2 felonies 5 misdemeanors. Felonies certified at preliminary, the misdemeanors nolle prosequed

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Virginia on
Answered on Sep 1, 2018
Bryan J. Jones' answer
The preliminary hearing is part of the process, but it's not the final trial. The trial is much more involved than the preliminary hearing.

Q: Arrested for a Protective order violation and on the arrest warrant there are no particulars.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Virginia on
Answered on Aug 22, 2018
Bryan J. Jones' answer
You will be given the chance to hire an attorney or have an attorney appointed to represent you. At that point, your attorney will be able to get more information about the case. Protective orders can be violated even if you don't have physical contact with someone. If you call, text, or email someone that could also be a violation.

Q: Criminal case file

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Virginia on
Answered on Aug 9, 2018
Bryan J. Jones' answer
Probably not. You're attorney may be able to review the file, but prosecutors in Virginia are not required to turn over your case file.

Q: If two people are fighting and both are threatening each other but one continues can either be charged

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Virginia on
Answered on Jul 12, 2018
Bryan J. Jones' answer
If they both made threats, they could both be charged. It's not a guarantee that they will be charged because it depends on the content of the texts.

Q: My husbands ex wife has recently accused me of “stalking her neighborhood”, I haven’t, what should I do, if anything?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Virginia on
Answered on Jul 10, 2018
Bryan J. Jones' answer
If you feel threatened by her, you may be able to get a protective order against her. The requirement to get a protected order is that she has placed you in imminent fear. That may be difficult if the only thing she is threatening is criminal charges. You should also avoid any contact with her.

Q: Over 6 months ago my BF took and refused to return my car

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Virginia on
Answered on Jul 7, 2018
Bryan J. Jones' answer
Yes it is possible. Grand theft auto is a felony and there is no statute of limitations on felonies in Virginia.

Q: I need to know if I need to get a lawyer or what steps should i take

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Virginia on
Answered on Jun 30, 2018
Bryan J. Jones' answer
If you're charged with hit and run you should definitely hire an attorney. You should also not speak to any law enforcement officials without first speaking with an attorney.

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