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Ely, Counselor at Law
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Thank you for your time. I was convicted of Grand Larceny (

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Thank you for your time. I was convicted of Grand Larceny ( shoplifting ) and given probation for 3yrs. This was last year around the same time. I have received 2 visits from a Deputy Sherif when I wasn't home. I have reason to think I may be arrested for the same thing or parol violation. He asked me to call. I feel very uncertain since I currently have no representation. Any thoughts? Cindy
JA: Since laws vary from place to place, what state is this in? And when did this happen?
Customer: Virginia. I was visited sometime on this past weekend and today.
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: No one returned my call
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I'm no longer in touch w/my lawyer from last year I do some work from home.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ely replied 1 month ago.

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I am sorry to hear about this situation. Have you done anything to make you think you violated probation? Honestly?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Expert:  Ely replied 1 month ago.

Please note the website's reply for the call request: "Payment for this service failed." A lot of times, it is because it snags to verify the charge. You may wish to contact your card's customer service and confirm it is okay.

Now look, I am going to be completely honest. If you violated probation, and if the PO likely knows about it, chances are, they will violate your probation, or at least talk about the situation. If the PO has never asked you to call them and has never came to look for you, and all of a sudden does (around the time they may have found out about your violation), chances are that is the reason.

Running from it only makes things worse. The more you avoid the situation, the less likely the PO will agree to work with you. Keep in mind that the PO has the ability to overlook the discrepancy. If you show good will, then perhaps the PO will give you another chance.

And of course there is the possibility that they simply want to address an unrelated issue.

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