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Q: I was exposed to coronavirus due to negligence as a nurse. What are my options?

I was subjected to a high risk exposure of Covid-19 due to emergency department staff not doing their due diligence. A patient with covid symptoms was not tested and rushed to the floor. During his stay the patient was given an aerosolizing procedure shortly before I entered the room. This is a... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 5, 2020

A Virginia attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for a week. I'm sorry this happened to you and that greater safeguards were not taken to protect your safety. Contact a Virginia employment attorney to see if you could arrange a free initial consult (many attorneys offer that,... Read more »

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Q: I was scammed online for over $1000 dollars and want to take legal action
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 25, 2020

A Virginia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. For lawsuits in this range, most state court systems have a small claims section, enabling claimants to save money by handling cases on their own. Depending on the nature of the matter, that could be a... Read more »

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Q: Do I need to be represented by a lawyer for a trespassing charge? No prior charges or convictions. Thanks.

Court date is June 29th, Henrico General District Court. Law section 18.2-119. The block is not marked on the section of the summons that says "You may avoid coming to court only if this block is checked...". Thanks.

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

You need to appear as trespassing is a class one misdemeanor that carries up to twelve months in jail and up to a $2500 fine. The court should advise you that you are entitled to an attorney since the crime carries potential jail exposure. The court could also choose to waive jail time which... Read more »

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Q: I stored my lawnmower in a family friends shed. He won’t let me get my equipment out . By law what can I do to get it

My equipment is stored in a family friends shed his grandfather will not let him get it out it is locked, his grandfather just went into a retirement home. Legally how can I get my personal property from this friends grandfathers shed

James H. Wilson Jr.
James H. Wilson Jr. answered on May 27, 2020

Specific personal property or its fair market value can be recovered in Virginia by a Warrant in Detinue filed in the General District Court or Circuit Court, depending on the value of the property.

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Q: Are employers (VA) obligated to reimburse for pet care, while traveling for said business?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 3, 2020

That sounds like something that would generally be up to individual employers in their policies for travel expense reimbursement more so than something addressed by state law. Your post remains open for five weeks - for the most meaningful input, you could check with a Virginia employment attorney.... Read more »

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Q: In the state of Va, can I buy a gun if I have a misdemeanor conviction of brandishing a firearm? 5years ago
Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins answered on Mar 2, 2020

Typically, this type of charge would not prevent you from purchasing a firearm. However, I would consult the potential firearms purchase form and make sure you answer all questions TRUTHFULLY.

https://www.vsp.virginia.gov/Firearms_PurchaseEligibility.shtm

You can also contact the...
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Q: my sons apartment complex caught fire and people are convinced it started accidentally what recourse can neighbors have
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 21, 2019

If they suffered damages, they could contact the complex owner/manager to ask about fire insurance for the premises. If local fire department is conducting investigation, any claims could possibly have to await the outcome of any such investigation. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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Q: I was reported to cps for smacking a child at the daycare I work for but on video you see I swat thier hands away

From another childs face Is that child abuse? and should I find a lawyer, I have a fixed income.

Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins answered on Oct 8, 2019

You should hire a lawyer if there are criminal charges brought. CPS will conduct an investigation as well to verify the information. Make sure you are given a copy of the video of the incident. If CPS makes a negative finding, you can appeal it but I would see if you can speak with a family law... Read more »

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Q: How many hours per year of pro bono work are attorney's supposed to do?
Paula Hough
Paula Hough answered on Apr 20, 2019

The Virginia State Bar Professional Guidelines Rule 6.1 states:

(a) A lawyer should render at least two percent per year of the lawyer’s professional time to pro bono publico legal services. Pro bono publico services include poverty law, civil rights law, public interest law, and...
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Q: Can I get hired at a restaurant in Virginia with and expired drivers licence and a social security card?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 12, 2018

It's up to the restaurant manager.

Tim Akpinar

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Q: I have a woman who was supposed to move in & there is no lease or any written agreement on anything.

I decided that I do not want her to live here anymore, she does not sleep, shower, get mail, or reside here and no money has been paid. I asked her to get her stuff out when I am available to be there, but she keeps saying that she will get when she has the time. She has also blocked any way for me... Read more »

Matthew Lane Kreitzer
Matthew Lane Kreitzer answered on Apr 1, 2018

You should, under no circumstances, remove her property from the home until after going through proper eviction procedures. You should locate a landlord/tenant attorney in your local area to discuss what notices have to be given and what length of time you need to wait before eviction proceedings.

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Q: test question this is just a test to see if the account is working?

My questions don't seem to be posting. I would like to sue my veterinarian for spay surgery performed on my canine in 2008 but had a question about the statute of limitations in Virginia. After the surgery was performed my dog showed signs of heat as if she had never been spay. This continued... Read more »

Gary D. Godman
Gary D. Godman answered on May 24, 2016

It's working as far as posting questions is concerned. Perhaps this response will send you a notification. Ask away!

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Q: Am i facing jail time?

I recently pulled over for failing to yield. When pulled over i was asked for my drivers license. That's when i remembered it was expired. I misinterpreted the information i read on-line about a 30 day driver's license grace period. The officer didn't arrest me. I just had to... Read more »

Gary D. Godman
Gary D. Godman answered on May 23, 2016

You're right that 46.2-300 holds those potential sentences for a first offense. While it may be unlikely that someone with a good record won't receive any jail time, it is indeed up to the judge's discretion if you are found guilty. Sometimes a judge may reduce the charge to... Read more »

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Q: Can I still get child support if I get social security for my son based on his fathers eligibility?

I am in a pending divorce and my son's father has been less than helpful. We currently have joint custody that was made before marriage and since the split he has ran from his responsibilities. He is supposed to have my son on weekends, but nearly every weekend he has a story as to why he... Read more »

Gary D. Godman
Gary D. Godman answered on Mar 23, 2016

He would get a credit for the amount that is paid for the child's benefit, but with other sources of income, the guideline child support might be higher than his credit for the child's derivative Social Security benefit. Consult with a family law attorney to help run potential... Read more »

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Q: filing citizenship

I am a green card holder and used to worked at gas station. I accidentally sold alcohol to minor and I got cought. Case went in court and I was ended up paying penalty. It's been over 5 years now. I am filling citizenship form and question came up that have even been involved in criminal case?... Read more »

Gary D. Godman
Gary D. Godman answered on Mar 20, 2016

You really need to 1) be fully honest when filling out Form N-400 and 2) consult with an immigration attorney to help make sure whether your specific conviction and the timing of it is going to bar you from naturalizing. Based on the description, it sounds like you're still eligible, but... Read more »

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Q: What is the typical hourly rate for an attorney in Reston VA?
Gary D. Godman
Gary D. Godman answered on Mar 12, 2016

It's going to depend on the type of case, expected duration of the case, and the particular expertise of the lawyer. Generally, in Northern Virginia, you're probably looking at $300 to $600 per hour, but it's impossible to nail it down for you. Call around! Search the web for... Read more »

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Q: how does suit by allotment work
Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Nov 8, 2015

You need to give some basic facts here in order to get any sort of answer.

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Q: My sister was killed by her son and her daughter was in there too. They were all having an argument can I sue?

My nephew shot and killed my sister and my niece was there too he was 18 she was 24. They were having an argument with my sister who was 46 when the shooting accord. A jury trial is October 29 and 30. I have been through check and back with this and have been struggling with PTSD because of this.... Read more »

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Oct 14, 2015

In order to sue for wrongful death, there basically must be someone with a lot of money to go after. Otherwise, there is no sense in getting a judgment against someone who is indigent.

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Q: If two people's names are on a vehicle registration, can one party go to the other's home and take the vehicle legally?
Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Sep 27, 2015

You have not provided enough facts for a solid answer. It appears that you are asking whether something can be done which has actually already occurred. That is not the right question. The right question is what can be done at this stage, and the answer to that depends upon the facts. One... Read more »

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Q: Im 18 and my 15year old girlfriend is pregnant. She doesnt want her mom or the law to know Im the father.Can she hide it

If her mom finds out it is my she will attempt to send me to prison and I don't want to go. I want to help raise to child and I want to be with the girl. We are wondering is there a.way for her parents not to find out who the baby daddy is?

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 27, 2015

Here is a link which will help you learn more about the law and what you are facing here. http://www.ageofconsent.us/state-laws/virginia-age-of-consent-laws/

You need to go see a private criminal defense attorney about this. Do not post anything on the internet and do not talk with anyone...
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