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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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    • Is Marijuana Legal in the State of Virginia?

      In the state of Virginia, possession of marijuana is considered a Class I misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine of $500. A second marijuana possession offense is ...

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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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    • 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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    • Juvenile Court and Domestic Relations Courts

      If you have been charged with assault on a family member or a domestic violence offense in Fairfax County you will definitely need legal assistance. These charges are almost exclusively heard in ...

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    • Is Marijuana Legal in the State of Virginia?

      In the state of Virginia, possession of marijuana is considered a Class I misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine of $500. A second marijuana possession offense is ...

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • The Dallas Cowboys Arrest Hall of Fame

      DALLAS COWBOY ARREST HALL OF FAME: It's that time of year again. The NFL season is starting and fans are fighting over whose team is the best. Some things are beyond debate. Pittsburgh has the most ...

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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 arise 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. Some ...

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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 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?

      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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    • 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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    • 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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