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Assault victory obtained by Fairfax criminal lawyer

Assault victory does not come from merely praying for a good outcome. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that is the same for all Virginia criminal defense. I write this article only days after winning a Virginia assault trial where the only civilian prosecution...

Virginia DUI deals- Converting DWI & refusal to wet reckless

Virginia DUI deals -- and all Virginia criminal case negotiating -- must be backed with a position of trial-ready strength. As a Fairfax DUI lawyer, I view trial readiness as plan A, B and C, thus making settlement negotiations important, but low stakes by being...

Guaranteeing no jail for my VA DWI- Which lawyer can assure that?

Guaranteeing no jail time is such an urgent concern for so many Virginia DUI defendants that many ask me about that from the moment we calendar an initial confidential consultation. As a Fairfax DUI lawyer, I know that minimizing -- and, better yet, eliminating --...

Virginia false negotiating barriers- Fairfax criminal lawyer comments

Virginia false criminal negotiating barriers frequently arise with prosecutors who talk about "office policy" and criminal defense lawyers who harp about barriers to dealing with a particular commonwealth's attorney's office about particular kinds of prosecutions. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, numerous times I have heard...

Engage, entertain and emote with the prosecutor for criminal deals

Engage, entertain and emote is my watchword in negotiating for settlement agreements with Virginia prosecutors. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I take a page from Sun Tzu's admonition to keep the opponent "constantly engaged; hold out specious allurements, and make them rush to any given...

Transforming Virginia criminal court curveballs to victory

Transforming curveballs into victory is an essential part of a successful Virginia criminal defense lawyer's toolkit. As a Fairfax DUI lawyer, I found myself more than once reminding the prosecutor in my two then-upcoming Virginia DWI trials -- set for the same court date --...

Fairfax reckless & refusal converted by me from 2nd DUI charge

Fairfax reckless driving and first-time refusal results are far from guaranteed when a defendant is prosecuted for a second alleged Virginia DUI and refusal offense. As a Fairfax DUI lawyer, I am delighted when my client and I reach such excellent results, as I did...

Virginia repeat DUI charges need a full defense

Virginia repeat DUI charges bring mandatory jail time if convicted, together with a lengthy suspended driving period. Do not take any DWI or other criminal prosecution lying down. As a Virginia DUI lawyer, I urge you to obtain a qualified attorney work as a strong...

FST weakness gets pounced on and results in a DUI trial acquittal

FST (field sobriety testing) often get overly built up by police and prosecutors in Virginia DUI trials. In reality, prosecutions typically have holes to mine, enlarge and exploit in fighting for acquittal. Sometimes that yields acquittal, like with my recent DWI bench trial. In this...