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Pierre Priale’s Legal Cases

Commonwealth v. M.Q.J. (Fairfax County)
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Description: Client was charged with Grand Larceny (a Felony) and Misdemeanor Embezzlement. After negotiations with the prosecutor, we resolved these matters with a plea to a misdemeanor petit larceny, with no active jail and no fine.
Date: May 2, 2016.

Commonwealth v. H.F.R. (Fairfax County)
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Description: Client was charged with Malicious Wounding. This is a Class 3 Felony (this carries a punishment range between 5 and 20 years and a fine up to $100,000). We had a jury trial and client was found guilty of the lesser offense of Assault and Battery. This is a Class 1 Misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of up to 12 months in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.
Date: April 26, 2016.

Commonwealth v. M.T.G. (Fairfax County)
Practice Area: DWI/DUI Defense
Description: Client was charged with DWI 2nd Offense in 5 years (mandatory minimum jail sentence of 20 days). Client blew at station and the result was a BAC of .14. We filed pre-trial motions to suppress the stop and arrest of our client. On the date of trial, after arduous negotiations with the prosecutor, the charge was amended to DWI first offense with no active jail sentence.
Date: April 22, 2016.

Commonwealth v. J.B.H. (Fairfax County)
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Description: Client, a Virginia CDL holder, was driving a tanker with the liquid/chemicals used to pre-treat roads ahead of snow storms. He was stopped by Fairfax County police after he ran a red light due to defective brakes. Client was charged with Reckless Driving (a Class 1 misdemeanor and 6 points on your license), Over License weight (a Class 2 misdemeanor), Fail to Obey Traffic Signal, and Drive Without Proper License Endorsement (also a Class 2 misdemeanor). This case was resolved via negotiations with the prosecutor to two infractions: Failure to Obey Traffic Signal and an amended/reduced charge of Defective Equipment (which carries no demerit points in Virginia).
Date: April 21, 2016.

Commonwealth v. J.M. (Prince William County)
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Description: Client, a D.C. driver, was charged with Reckless Driving for going 50 mph in a 25 mph zone. We waived Client’s appearance and resolved the matter to a dismissal after Client completes a Driver Improvement course and pays court costs.
Date: April 20, 2016.

Commonwealth v. A.R.A. (Fairfax County)
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Description: Client was charged with Reckless Driving (a Class 1 misdemeanor and 6 demerit points in Virginia) for going 82 mph in a 55 mph zone. Client had prior Reckless Driving conviction. We resolved this case with an infraction of Speeding – 64 mph in a 55 mph (3 demerit points in Virginia) with a $150 fine.
Date: April 20, 2016.

Commonwealth v. S.C.Z. (Fairfax County)
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Description: Client, an unlicensed driver, was charged by Fairfax County police with Reckless Driving for striking 2 vehicles in an apartment complex driving too fast for conditions. Charge was amended to an infraction of Improper Driving with a fine of $200.
Date: March 24, 2016.

Commonwealth v. J.R.B. (City of Alexandria)
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Description: Client was charged with Attempted Malicious Wounding by Mob (Class 5 Felony). Allegations were that Client and other co-defendants chased victims with knives. After a trial with a Judge in Circuit Court, Client was found guilty of a Class 1 Misdemeanor Attempted Assault by Mob.
Date: March 16, 2016.

Commonwealth v. S.S.G. (Fairfax County)
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Description: Client was charged with Driving on Suspended after a DUI Conviction. This is a Class 1 misdemeanor that carries a possible punishment of up to 12 months in jail and a one year license suspension by the DMV. After negotiations with the prosecutor highlighting the weaknesses in their case and presenting our defenses, the government agreed that they could not prove the charge and dropped the charge.
Date: March 9, 2016.

Commonwealth v. O.D.G. (Fairfax County)
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Description: Client was charged with Trespassing (a Class 1 misdemeanor: max. penalty of up to 12 months in jail and/or a $2,500 fine) and Drunk in Public (a Class 4 misdemeanor: max. penalty of a $250 fine). After negotiations and presentation of mitigating factors, the prosecutor dropped the Trespassing charge and Client pled guilty to the Drunk in Public with a fine.
Date: March 8, 2016.

Commonwealth v. I.G. (Fairfax County)
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Description: Client was charged with Assault and Battery (Class 1 misdemeanor) against a co-worker. The charge was dropped by the government upon entry of a Peace Bond. A peace bond is a court order that requires Client to be of good behavior and refrains from acts of violence against complainant. Failure to comply results in Defendant paying the amount set in the bond by the Judge.
Date: February 23, 2016.

Commonwealth v. J.G.L. (Fairfax County)
Practice Area: DWI/DUI Defense
Description: Client was charged with DWI 1st Offense (Class 1 Misdemeanor) with an elevated BAC (mandatory 5 day jail sentence), Hit and Run (Class 1 Misdemeanor), and No Driver’s License (Class 2 Misdemeanor: Maximum Penalty of up to 6 months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine). This case was worked out to a DWI 1st Offense with no active incarceration with the remaining charges being dropped by the prosecutor.
Date: February 17, 2016.

Commonwealth v. R.V.M. (Prince William County)
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Description: Client was charged with Felony Hit and Run (Class 5 Felony), Assault and Battery (Class 1 Misdemeanor), Reckless Driving (Class 1 Misdemeanor), and No Driver’s License (Class 2 Misdemeanor). This case took lengthy negotiations with the prosecutor, the officer, and the victim. We resolved this matter with a plea of guilty to the Reckless Driving and No Driver’s License charges. There was no active incarceration and the Felony Hit and Run and Assault and Battery misdemeanor were dropped.
Date: February 2, 2016.

Rafael Hernandez v. Commonwealth of Virginia
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Outcome: Reversed and Remanded
Description: Virginia Court of Appeals, On Brief.


Xavier Racine’s Legal Cases

Mendoza Leiba V. Holder(Mendoza Leiba v. Holder, 699 F.3d 346 (4th Cir. Nov. 9, 2012)
Practice Area: Immigration
Date: Nov 19, 2012
Outcome: Case approved.
Description: Published precedent decision by 4th Circuit Court of Appeals overturning Board of Immigration Appeals precedent and allowing certain Lawful Permanent Residents convicted of Aggravated Felonies to apply for 212h waivers.

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