Blog Posts in 2014

Five Reasons Why Prosecutors Find it Hard to Prosecute Date Rape Cases

The subject of acquaintance rape has garnered a tremendous amount of publicity in recent weeks. This type of sexual assault is far and away the most prevalent rape scenario. 84% of women who were ...
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Asset Forfeiture Shakedown

Local police and prosecutors have authority to take cash, cars, homes, and from private citizens without a court convicting those citizens of any crime. In some cases they take these things without ...
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Local Police Departments Are Now Equipping Body Cameras

HENRICO AND NORFOLK - Two of Virginias largest police departments are preparing to equip its officers with body cameras. On October 1, 2014 Henrico county police officers will begin wearing body ...
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The Reality Of Domestic Violence Charges

According to the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, domestic violence is defined as “[a] pattern of abusive behaviors used by one individual intended to exert power and ...
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Absurd Traffic Stops in Virginia

Virginia police pull over thousands of motorists every year for having "dangling objects" or "windshield obstructions." Local and state officers use Virginia Code Section 46.2-1054 ...
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Can You Go to Jail for Driving Too Fast?

In July 2014, a writer for an automotive website spent three days in jail after he was caught speeding while he test drove a new Camaro. Patrick George of Jalopnik.com was caught going 93 mph in a 55 ...
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Excessive Police Force During Arrest

In July a shocking viral video showed NYPD employing a choke hold on an unarmed man. Police were trying to arrest him on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes outside of a beauty parler. During the ...
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Police Arrest and Ticket Quotas in Virginia

For years Virginia citizens have felt that officers write more tickets at the end of each month to meet perceived arrest and ticket quotas. in July 2014 a former officer with the Chesterfield Police ...
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Do You Know the Norfolk Four?

The Norfolk Four are four men, convicted for the 1997 horrific rape and murder of a woman in Norfolk, Virginia. All four were US Navy sailors. None of them had criminal histories. No scientific ...
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The Flaws in the American Plea Process

A federal judge has publicly stated what practicing criminal defense attorneys already know. Manhattan Federal Judge, Jed Rakoff says the American plea process is "broken." In a lecture at ...
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Video Recording Police Misconduct

In Virginia it is NOT illegal to take a video of police conducting their duties in a public place. Earlier this month a Manassas McDonalds customer saw two Prince William police officers violently ...
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Should Police Be Able to Search Your Smartphone?

Would you be upset if police read your emails and text messages without your permission? What if they listened to your voicemails? The US Supreme Court is considering a case that goes to the core of ...
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The 5 Worst Movie Courtroom Dramas

Courtrooms are the perfect setting for fantastic drama. In addition to being great entertainment, good legal movies help non-lawyers understand basic tenets of courtroom procedure. As much as ...
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Reduction in Low Level Casualties in the War on Drugs

U.S. Attorney general Eric Holder is proposing to reduce sentencing exposure for 70 percent of the drug offenders in the federal system. The attorney general is trying to cut the burden on the Federal ...
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The CSI Effect: The Myths and Truths

Criminal legal dramas have been popular on TV since the invention of television. In recent years the most popular sub-genre of crime shows focuses more on forensic crime scene investigation and ...
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Increase in Prosecution for Racy Text Messages Between Teens

National and local news outlets reported last week that police charged a 16-year-old Virginia girl with child pornography crimes after police say she posted photos of herself naked on Twitter. ...
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JAY-Z Fact Vs. Fiction -99 Problems

In the now classic 2004 song 99 problems. Jay-Z describes an encounter with police during an automobile traffic stop. Jay-Z portrays himself as the driver of a "dirty" (full of drugs) car. ...
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Sons of Anarchy: Fact and Fiction From an Attorneys Perspective

SONS OF ANARCHY: FACT vs FICTION Sons of Anarchy ("SOA") is a great television show. Gritty and violent at times, humorous and gut wrenching at others. Although I discovered it well after ...
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