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How New Virginia Criminal Laws Will Affect You

Every year new laws in Virginia take effect on July 1. This year legislators have enacted a number of new laws that affect police, public safety and its citizens. These laws range from obscure ...
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Virginians Finally Recognizing The Idiocy Of Creating A Felon State

On March 18, the Richmond Times Dispatch held a public Square forum to address the high number of convicted felons in the commonwealth. ...
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Is the Word "Thug" Being Used to Justify the Use of Excessive Force?

Last year conservative talk show hosts claimed that Missouri teen Michael Brown was killed because his street ways finally caught up to him when he was shot in self-defense by a conscientious police ...
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First Time Offenders In Virginia

Most people think that the first time they get in trouble, the justice system will give them a break since they don't have a prior record. Sadly, the request for leniency has different results ...
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WEIRD VIRGINIA LAWS

Virginia is for Lovers has been the tourism and travel slogan of the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1969. In some ways that just isn't true. Virginia has some of America's strangest and most ...
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Passing DUI Checkpoints and The Recent Viral Video

GET THROUGH SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS: Sobriety checkpoints are one of the most misunderstood police tools in common use. A viral video posted this week shows a Florida man testing out a clever approach ...
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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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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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The Value of Discretion and Confidentiality

A person faces criminal charges very often endures the most humiliating moments of their lives. Arrest records are public information. Many jurisdictions have "jail tag" or ...
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Grand Larceny and Shoplifting

One of the most frequent crimes in our area is larceny and other theft related crimes. These crimes can be as innocuous as a shoplifting at a local mall or as insidious as the grand larceny an ...
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Defenses for Drug Possession

Have you been arrested for the possession of controlled substances? Whether you were accused of possessing illegal drugs for personal use or possession with intent to sell, a Richmond drug crimes ...
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Drug Offenses in Henrico County

In the Richmond area Henrico County has the highest incidence of drug related arrests. This is a function of many factors. One of the primary factors is the population. It is important for an ...
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