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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for District of Columbia on
Q: What can i do if someone threatens to expose my private convos with a partner? Sexual convos

They manged to hack my phone and send all my txts and pics to an email and now they want to "expose" me. Its an angry boyfriend that is mad that after 6 years of cheating on me i finally gave him a taste of his own medicine. Is there anything i can do if he acts out on his threats?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
answered on Aug 13, 2017

You may need to file for an injunction and an action for invasion of privacy and potentially other torts. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for District of Columbia on
Q: In conspiracy if ther is no verbal agreement between 2or more persons how can they be charged with conspiracy

People were conversations about how they liked this particular item and different ways they can be gotten but nobody never mentioned anything about getting together and committing a crime

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
answered on Aug 13, 2017

This is too vague. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Libel & Slander for District of Columbia on
Q: My aunt on behalf of my grandfather filed for cpo in order to evict during the hearing it was established that she had

No power of attorney but she was allowed to sit with him speak for him and coach him but the worst act is when she made a false statement that the police raided the home with an arrest warrant looking for drugs and guns with a warrant with my name on it and that I wasn't arrested because I... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
answered on Jul 26, 2017

Have a lawyer review these complex facts and allegations with a fine-toothed comb to determine your rights and obligations. You might have a basis for suit if you were illegally defamed or maliciously prosecuted. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for District of Columbia on
Q: What's the marijuana law in Washington DC?
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
answered on Jul 18, 2017

See: https://mpdc.dc.gov/marijuana

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for District of Columbia on
Q: hi i just want to illustrate my case.

what happened was that i was working on the store ( fitting room ) and accidentally my phone was gonna fall of my hand and it has a flash light.

when i was trying to grab it so that it won't fall the girl that was in the fitting room saw the flash and complain ,call the police , the... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
answered on Jun 25, 2017

You may need a criminal defense lawyer, as you might be facing a sex crime and an invasion of privacy lawsuit. I offer representation re: such matters. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Probate for District of Columbia on
Q: My 12 years old involved in painting other people property's, and he witnessed his friends setting something on fire.

We are going to have a meeting at detention center I don't know what's going to happen and do I need a lawyer

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on Jun 25, 2017

Yes.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for District of Columbia on
Q: I have this case

My case is now going. To us attorny what is that means

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
answered on Jun 23, 2017

It sounds like you're facing criminal charges in federal court, is that right? More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for District of Columbia on
Q: How do I file a complaint against a lawyer for tampering with and destroying evidence.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
answered on Jun 22, 2017

Was it a prosecutor? You can file a motion for sanctions, seek appellate relief, and report the lawyer to the DC Bar. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law and Personal Injury for District of Columbia on
Q: What are the responsibilities in D.C. of rescue, police, and other parties at a 2-car hit-and-run car crash scene?

Details: The reg'd owner of a car whose occupant(s) fled, and which caused a hit-and-run (1 death, 3 injuries) on a divided highway turns up at the scene after the crash. He says his (now disabled) car was stolen. He has it towed away. Later, his car turns out to be registered to a nonexistent... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
answered on May 16, 2017

You would need proof of who the driver was. Perhaps a private investigator can help you find this out and whether the owner has any relationship to those persons. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for District of Columbia on
Q: do release conditions ordered by court apply if you were never let out of custody?
Quentin Douglas Driskell Esq.
Quentin Douglas Driskell Esq.
answered on Apr 22, 2017

Context is important to answer this question. I can see a situation where someone was being released on one charge, but was being held on another charge. If that were the case the release conditions would apply whenever the person was finally released.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Domestic Violence for District of Columbia on
Q: How many times will a judge "continue" a PFA?

I have a PFA me and my kids temp was issued 3/2/17 hearing was 3/9/17 - was continued til 4/20/17 pending investigation of possible Criminal Charges. What are the chances judge will just continue again since investigation is still pending vs just giving us a Final pfa

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
answered on Apr 19, 2017

Continuances are based on the facts of the case and relevant law. They are determined by judges using their discretion on a case-by-case basis. They should not be abused. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Can I choose who to charge in a breaking and entering case? (Washington DC)

I had an incident occur today where three people I know broke my front door and proceeded to enter my residence without my permission or knowledge. Can I charge two of the three with breaking and entering and totally absolve the third of any wrongdoing or would all three most likely get prosecuted... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
answered on Apr 17, 2017

You can sue in court for trespass and related damage. If you report the matter to the police, they may investigate all 3 people, and the DA solely (nobody else) determines who to charge. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for District of Columbia on
Q: If a officers lies on a search warrant on specifics of what happened like saying someone was shot and they weren't ?
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
answered on Apr 3, 2017

You can challenge the warrant's validity and the evidence that is found due to the invalid warrant, potentially. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Military Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Do you think I'll be getting chaptered?

About a month ago I was caught inderage drinking. I filled out a sworn statement, signed the counselings, everything. I was told I would be getting a Co Grade Article 15. Its still sitting at legal. Now, i just recently got caught underage drinking again mainly becuase i got in a fight and broke my... Read more »

Robert Donald Gifford II
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Robert Donald Gifford II
answered on Mar 21, 2017

With your youth, relative newness to the Army, and rank - you can expect a harsh Article 15 punishment. Being chaptered is possible, but my experience has been that the Army has invested time and money in you and hopefully they see this as something that's in the past. You need to soldier on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for District of Columbia on
Q: How to counter a criminal summons with a civil claim before a court date?

State of Virginia Trooper in collusion with a Sherrif's deputy and towing companies. Anti-fraud statute should apply under Sherman Act, presumably?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
answered on Feb 20, 2017

You should contact a VA lawyer about this, rather than posting on the DC forum. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for District of Columbia on
Q: A vendor in a grocery store intentionally kicked a plastic step ladder my direction. It hit my cart can I file charges?

A coca cola vendor in a crowded grocery store violently kicked a plastic step ladder in my direction after I politely asked him if I could pass by him. After ignoring me for about a minute he rolled his eyes then kicked the ladder so hard it hit into my cart! It could've been me but luckily My... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
answered on Feb 8, 2017

This may be considered assault, and you can report it to the police. You can also report it to the store manager. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Juvenile Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Who won the District of Columbia v. Heller case?

It is a case that focuses on the 2nd amendment. (I just need to know who won that case)

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
answered on Feb 1, 2017

See: https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/07-290.ZS.html

The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA,...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for District of Columbia on
Q: can i get barred from an apartment complex by false accusations

i was told by my mother in-law that if i come back on the property i will get arrested and he will get a 30days notice because they say i threaten the neighbor in front of the police. nothing is being done about these false accusation but me being put off the property for no reason

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
answered on Dec 15, 2016

You may have a suit for defamation. But property owners can exclude people at will, so long as they're not violating any contracts or statutes (e.g., discrimination). The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me on my law practice website. This... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for District of Columbia on
Q: i have pressed charges on my husbands nephew what happen if i dont show up to court? i already missed the first court.

He broke my car window and stole my licensed plates

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
answered on Dec 15, 2016

Is this a criminal or civil matter? If it's a criminal matter and you're the victim, the DA would handle the matter. If the DA or another party subpoenas you to appear in court, then you must do so. If it's a civil matter, you must appear in court if you filed the lawsuit, unless... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Can I sign a document on the behalf of someone else if I have their permission to do so.

I need one of my parent to sign an online application on FAFSA before my application can be processed. But she is unable to do so because she is far away in Africa and cannot read English or operate a computer.

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
answered on Dec 15, 2016

Definitely not. That's a federal loan application. She needs to sign it herself with the help of a translator. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me on my law practice website. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any... Read more »

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