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    • Asset Forfeiture Shakedown

      Local police and prosecutors have the authority to take cash, cars, homes, and private citizens without a court convicting those citizens of any crime. In some cases, they take these things without ...

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    • College Students: Life After an Arrest

      A criminal charge, as many of you already know, comes with serious repercussions. Some of the most common include: Jail time Probation Serious fines Being convicted of a crime can negatively impact ...

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    • DUIs and Vehicular Manslaughter: The Truth Told

      Receiving a citation for driving under the influence is never a positive experience, but when it comes to following an accident where someone dies, it becomes a very serious criminal matter. The ...

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    • 21 and Over: A Look at Virginia’s Zero-Tolerance Law

      Drinking and driving is never a good idea, no matter how old you are. We understand that life happens and mistakes are made. But what happens a minor is caught driving under the influence in Virginia? ...

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    • Are Assault with Deadly Weapon Charges Felonies in Virginia

      Many people assume Virginia prosecutors give assault charges when people harm others, but that’s not true. Assault charges stem from threats or attempted physical attacks by someone against someone ...

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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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    • 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 control ...

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    • Virginia Lawmakers Pass Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

      Virginia lawmakers passed a bill decriminalizing marijuana. On Sunday, March 8, it was sent to Governor Ralph Northam's desk for approval. If he signs it, the measure would take effect in July of ...

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    • Why You Should Always Fight Marijuana-Related DUID Charges

      Over the past years, we have seen substantial changes in marijuana laws across the country. However, in Virginia, marijuana remains illegal for recreational consumption. This means that being charged ...

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    • Give a Loved One the Gift of Experienced Drug Defense

      Drug charges can be devastating to the defendant under certain circumstances, especially when the charges are serious. Individuals who qualify for a public defender often find themselves with an ...

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    • 21 and Over: A Look at Virginia’s Zero-Tolerance Law

      Drinking and driving is never a good idea, no matter how old you are. We understand that life happens and mistakes are made. But what happens a minor is caught driving under the influence in Virginia? ...

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    • DUIs and Vehicular Manslaughter: The Truth Told

      Receiving a citation for driving under the influence is never a positive experience, but when it comes to following an accident where someone dies, it becomes a very serious criminal matter. The ...

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    • Why You Should Always Fight Marijuana-Related DUID Charges

      Over the past years, we have seen substantial changes in marijuana laws across the country. However, in Virginia, marijuana remains illegal for recreational consumption. This means that being charged ...

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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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    • 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 trial ...

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    • New Virginia Texting And Driving Law Starts Today

      Starting today, July 1 st , 2013, Virginia has put a new texting and driving law into effect. As of now, anyone found texting while driving could be guilty of a primary offense. The law considers ...

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    • What qualifies anyone to be called the "best" attorney?

      People occasionally ask me who is the best criminal attorney in Fairfax. My response is that like any subjective question, that determination is a matter of opinion. The most accurate way to determine ...

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    • Waze App Calls In Heavy Debate

      The Bedford County, Va Sheriff has become a vocal leader in a national campaign of law-enforcement officials against the popular app Waze. At a meeting of the National Sheriffs Association, he said ...

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    • DUIs and Vehicular Manslaughter: The Truth Told

      Receiving a citation for driving under the influence is never a positive experience, but when it comes to following an accident where someone dies, it becomes a very serious criminal matter. The ...

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    • Murder-Manslaughter Charges in Virginia

      In the Commonwealth of Virginia, the distinction between murder and manslaughter charges is a complex legal issue. The difference between murder and manslaughter is malice. When malice is present, the ...

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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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    • Why I hate Plea Agreements

      In a healthy lawyer client relationship an effective trial attorney will not "pressure" the criminal defendant to accept the plea agreement. In my experience, the decision whether or not to plead ...

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    • Common Defenses

      To be found guilty a defendant must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The defendant has an opportunity to present a defense. Most of the time criminal defendant's say "I didn't do it" or "I ...

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    • Traffic Stops

      A large percentage of criminal investigations arising out of police traffic stops. Many times, the police pull over a vehicle and subsequently begin an intense search of the car and its occupants. ...

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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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    • 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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    • 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 from the most prevalent rape scenario. 84% of women who were ...

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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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    • 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 as reasonable ...

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    • Can You Go to Jail for Driving Too Fast?

      Can You Get Arrested For Speeding? The short answer: yes . 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. ...

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    • What Makes an Assault Aggravated?

      Many people get confused about assault and battery charges , but everyone should understand how they work. Vaughan C. Jones, Attorney at Law is here to help you see the differences between simple ...

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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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    • 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 its initial ...

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