I talked with the detective and also with the person whom I owe the money. The person is ready to accept the money and drop the charges. The detective says that if he does not press charges, then he might be able to go to district attorney's office and get the charges dropped and there will not be any warrant against me further. I would like to get your advise on this aspect. Also, he can provide me with a document which would state that there are no charges and/or warrant against me.
Do you practice in Virginia? If I like you, can I hire you as my criminal lawyer?
I'm sorry, no, I don't practice in Virginia except for Social Security Disability cases and, FYI, we here at JA are not permitted to represent JA customers outside of this forum. We are only allowed to give legal info, not legal advice, etc. etc.
However, in terms of basic info, I am so glad you have made some positive headway! If you can achieve what you have described, that is absolutely the best result, so go for it! You might want to see if you can get an attorney to handle this resolution for you, to ensure it is carved in stone, I wouldn't want to see the VA officials pull a fast one on you. I am NOT saying they would do that, but I have seen people thing things are getting dismissed only to find out that it was not in writing and it was not so. Of course, your former friend withdrawing his charges could be very helpful.
I wish you the very best here!
Can you please elaborate on VA officials pulling a fast one? What exact;y does this mean? Also, if the person does not press futher charges, then can th epolice press charges on their own? Can a judge refuse to dismiss charges if the person does not press charges?
Thanks for all your replies. I am liking you even better!
I have one more question though. Also, I would be happy to know your expectations for the time that ypou have spent for me.
Would this be considered as a moral turpitude from immigration point of view even if the charges are dropped? I mean, I pay the person, he does not want to push charges and say, if the prosecutor also decide to drop charges, then when they report back to immigration, would they consider this a moral turpitude and deny a green card? So, my question is thhat wpould moral turpitude hold good in the event of dropped charges?
My expectations are that you do what strikes you as the appropriate thing to do, in your circumstances, for what you feel you have received. And thank you for the kind words :)
As for the moral turpitude, I am not an immigration lawyer, so I can not so say, however, I highly doubt it would constitute moral turpitude. I think immigration will simply realize the charges were dropped and that would be it. I mean, you were not convicted if they drop it, which means it could not even be established by ANY entity with any level of proof that you were guilty of anything. Not to mention, I'm not convinced that this type of crime, even if convicted, constitutes 'moral turpitude.' Rape, murder, that is moral turpitude -writing a bad check? Not. But again, you want to seek an immigration attorney for that - at least a consult. Incidentally, although you can't be represented or receive legal advice her, we do have an immigration section you could pose that question too.
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