Blog Posts in 2012

Computer crimes and child pornography

Use of the Internet has led to a host of new criminal offenses. Many erroneously believe that computers provide a cloak of anonymity. Nothing could be further from the truth. Computer hash tags and ...
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FEDERAL WEAPONS CHARGES

Federal prosecutors and probation officers often try to enhance or increase sentences for drug offenders using an allegation that a weapon was involved in the crime. To prove a two level enhancement ...
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New Virginia DUI laws

The Virginia General assembly recently passed a bill requiring all people convicted of first time DUI offenses to acquire an ignition interlock device in their automobiles. Early estimates indicate ...
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COURT APPOINTED vs PRIVATE ATTORNEYS

One of the first questions a court asks a person accused of a crime is whether the defendant wants to hire his own attorney. Many people do not know the difference between a court appointed lawyer and ...
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Trayvon Martin and Self Defense in Virginia

The outrage over the shooting death of a Florida teen continues to grow. As a parent and an American I join in that outrage. As an attorney I somberly recognize that it might be difficult to obtain a ...
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What do I do if I am under investigation but I haven't been charged

Often for strategic reasons law enforcement agencies will chose not to arrest an individual that is suspected of committing a crime. Usually, the officers use the time between development of a suspect ...
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Ten Common Police Tactics

As a former prosecutor, I am keenly aware of the tools police use to acquire convictions. The most important and effective evidence in any criminal case is a confession. As a result good police ...
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What to do if you're falsely accused

19th century English lawyer Sir William Borrow introduced the phrase "innocent until proven guilty", The problem with this phrase is that it implies that although criminal defendant starts a ...
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