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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Virginia on
Q: convicted of a non violent felony that was then dropped to a misdemeanor

would i still be able to own a gun if it was dropped to a misdemeanor

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answered on Feb 25, 2024

While your felony charge being dropped to a misdemeanor is a positive development, it's important to understand that federal law still prohibits individuals convicted of any misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from possessing firearms. Additionally, state laws regarding firearm ownership... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Virginia on
Q: Do I have a case against the police department for being put in handcuffs with six guns drawn on me for shooting bbgun?

I was teaching girlfriend how to safely shoot bbgun twords the woods,when someone reported us and even after cooperating and voicing it was only a toy with my hands in air they drew 5 guns one to my head in the middle of the street in broad daylight in front of all my neighbors.

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answered on Dec 9, 2023

In considering a case against the police department for their response to you shooting a BB gun, several factors need to be evaluated. The police response, including drawing weapons and handcuffing, is typically assessed based on the reasonableness of their actions given the circumstances they... View More

Q: Can a Federal agency hire a vendor to do something the agency isn't allowed to do?

If a Federal agency feels it is in the best interest of the government to take an action, but it is not authorized to take such action, is it legal for the agency to hire a contractor to perform that action? If the agency feels it would be in the best interest of the nation, but the action would be... View More

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answered on Oct 15, 2023

In the United States, federal agencies operate within the bounds of statutory authority and regulations. They cannot take actions that are not authorized by law or regulation, even if they believe it may be in the best interest of the government or the nation. If an agency wishes to undertake an... View More

Q: I need to talk to someone about a case where an inmate's constitutional rights and due process are being violated. Pleas
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answered on Jul 7, 2023

I'm sorry to hear about the situation. If you believe that an inmate's constitutional rights and due process are being violated, it is important to seek legal assistance from an attorney who specializes in civil rights or criminal defense. They can provide guidance and advice based on the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Virginia on
Q: My boyfriend was arrested for a gun charge and it got transferred to feds. He got bail and broke his conditions.

If he’s waiting to be sentenced for his federal gun case could they extend his sentencing for breaking the bond conditions and being involved in the hit and run?

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answered on Mar 19, 2023

It is possible for a federal court to consider a defendant's conduct while on bail or pretrial release when imposing a sentence for a separate offense. If your boyfriend has been charged with violating the conditions of his release and/or for his involvement in a hit and run, these charges... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes and Military Law for Virginia on
Q: How do i find JAG or NCIS records about crime that was committed against me in the NAVY

A crime was committed against me in 2006 on a aircraft carrier stationed in Norfolk Virginia. it involved theft of funds several thousand dollars by a known shipmate. I was interviewed by JAG and NCIS and the shipmate was special court martial. At the time the carrier was deployed to the middle... View More

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answered on Mar 15, 2023

To obtain records related to a crime committed against you in the Navy, you can start by contacting the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and requesting a copy of the investigative report. The NCIS is responsible for conducting investigations into criminal matters involving members of the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Virginia on
Q: I have court for a situation that occured where I had a firearm on federal property. Need to ask more questions

I was planning on commiting suicide when a friend called the police on me and a firearm was found in my car which was on federal property. I was just given a court appearance citation which is in 2 days. I don't know how much trouble I could be in and I need help.

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answered on May 15, 2022

Go to your court appearance and either ask for a public defender or more time to hire an attorney. He will need an attorney report for this type of charge. Generally, it is a misdemeanor.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Virginia on
Q: Can I own a gun if I had a class 1 misdemeanor 11 years ago? It was for third offense driving with a suspended license,
Brian M. Latuga
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Brian M. Latuga
answered on May 7, 2022

There is no bar with a conviction of driving suspended to ownership of a firearm as allowed under other applicable laws of Virginia and the US.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Federal Crimes for Virginia on
Q: VA Intestate Probate, on day of death, Spouse moved all money out of decedent's businesses he did not own any of

Spouse had wife own businesses while she was alive because he had "no credit", got huge loans in her name as guarantor, sometimes under false assertions about losses (SBA EIDL), acted as manager in member-managed LLC without being a manager or member, after 23 years of marriage used... View More

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on Dec 14, 2021

Your description requires a series of follow-up questions, but other than the car registration, I don't see anything that is likely to excite a prosecutor. There may well be a question of undue influence or competence at the time she signed everything over to him, but you will likely need to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes for Virginia on
Q: I have already been sentenced in federal court and am to self surrender on Nov1, I wrote my sentencing judge and asked f

For electronic monitoring instead of prison, I was denied because she doesn't have jurisdiction since she sentenced me. Who can I talk to about it now.

Ashley Robinson Winn
Ashley Robinson Winn
answered on Oct 14, 2021

Federal court is very strict with procedures and Home electronic monitoring should have been requested at sentencing. If the sentencing judge has lost jurisdiction, there is little that can be done, particularly if the appeal time has passed.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Virginia on
Q: Hi. I was wondering during if I would go to jail for a second theft charge?

my last theft was from 3 years ago and all I had for this new theft charge was a necklace and nothing else.

Bernard Crane
Bernard Crane
answered on Jul 19, 2021

Its almost impossible to answer this question in a vacuum. There are too many variables. You say your "LAST" theft charge. You didn't say your "only other" theft charge. If this is your third or more theft charge, there is a higher probaility of at least SOME jail time.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Military Law for Virginia on
Q: Do military police count as “law enforcement”?

I am active duty and live in Virginia where open carry is legal. My question is, a lot of establishments ban open carry unless you’re law enforcement. I’ve seen different things online, but are we still technically law enforcement?

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answered on Mar 30, 2021

Neither the Commonwealth of Virginia nor the federal government recognize you as a law enforcement officer. You don't have the ability to arrest or do any of the other things that are unique to police powera. That having been said, this is really more about the rules a private entity has set... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Banking, Civil Litigation and Federal Crimes for Virginia on
Q: Is it a crime to deposit/cash a check if it is to 2 named people, he signed the back twice and she didn’t sign

My sister and her husband are going through a bad divorce. He left two weeks before the birth of their last kid. She has the house. He filed taxes jointly, and the federal return came to the house. She held it and they came to an agreement on how to spend it. It was only in a text so nothing... View More

Kelly L. DiCorrado
Kelly L. DiCorrado
answered on Mar 2, 2021

I would recommend taking the copies of checks you have along with these facts to your local magistrate or police department to discuss the options of pressing charges.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: I was convicted of a felony as a juvenile in Virginia when I was 16 years old. I am now 29, Can I buy a firearm?

Does an underage felony conviction prevent firearm ownership for the rest of my life?

Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins
answered on Jun 22, 2020

At this point, now that you are 29, you should be able to purchase a firearm as long as you weren't convicted of certain violent offenses. You can actually follow up with the State Police to ask them about the firearms form because they run all background checks for firearm purchases. here... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Virginia on
Q: The feds are saying unless you turn in people they will charge you with a crime you didnt commet
William Jaksa
William Jaksa
answered on Jun 8, 2020

Sounds like they are putting pressure on you with the hopes that you cooperate with them. Call a local criminal lawyer to understand the liability you are facing. There is not enough information in your question to get any meaningful advice here.

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Admiralty / Maritime and Federal Crimes for Virginia on
Q: How can I be put under a law that I wasn't charged or sentenced under

I was given a plea bargain in 2003 the law was changed in 2005 which is a harsher punishment

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answered on May 7, 2020

You can't.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Probate and Gov & Administrative Law for Virginia on
Q: Can my probation officer make me bring ib my pills that is a narcotic to my appointment

The office ia at the jail and I was thinking all I need to do is bring a print out of the script instead of the pills them self

Susan Fremit
Susan Fremit
answered on Feb 26, 2020

Ask your probation officer whether you should bring the pills in their container or whether you should simply bring a pharmacy printout.

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Virginia on
Q: Court did not complete plea agreement. Plead guilty to misdemeanor instead of felony. Court processsed as felony.

More than one legal issue regarding the trial of case. However most important issue is the plea agreememt was to plea guilty to two misdemeanors instead of 2 felony charges. Just got a letter about not voting rights, so looked up charge online. Court said plead guilty to a felony. I have plea... View More

Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins
answered on Feb 10, 2020

Sounds like it could be a paperwork error. You need to have a lawyer file a post-trial motion on your behalf to make sure the court's records are correct.

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Can my boyfriend be evicted from a property for being convicted of a felony? There was nothing in the lease about it.

My boyfriend signed a lease on January 11 for a rental property starting on February 8th. The property is a condo with three other adult renters on the property. On January 27th he was convicted of a felony in North Carolina for Grand Larceny, this crime occurred over a year and a half ago and he... View More

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof
answered on Feb 3, 2020

Assuming the credit application and the lease do not require a disclosure about a previous crime, he may not have to disclose it. I would need to review all the documents before I could tell you for sure.

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2 Answers | Asked in Federal Crimes and Civil Litigation for Virginia on
Q: Why can I not get any attorney to help a friend who as been sexually abused in federal prison by a member of staff ???

No attorney will take the case they won’t even look into it! All remedies filed up to DC. Bivens filled now waiting defendants to be served. We have substantial evidence the member of staff was dismissed due to misconduct. My friend desperately needs help to bring this lawsuit to court. None of... View More

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof
answered on Aug 8, 2019

I regret that I do not handle criminal law or sexual abuse cases. Sorry.

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