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“You always smile when you object,” the prosecutor told me

A prosecutor recently pointed out "You always smile when you object" when we try cases together. I replied that I smile while firing my proverbial bullets, and mentioned the great World War II movie scene where the American soldier calmly smiles in the moment, while...

Winning at trial with the smoking video

For defending criminal and DWI prosecutions, the defense early on needs to move to preserve and obtain video, audio and photographic evidence of and related to the incident. At first blush, the criminal defense lawyer might ask whether it is better to try to make...

DWI defense- Get the incident video

For DWI cases, I want the incident video if it exists. For all other criminal cases, I want the incident video unless I should first explore further with my client whether seeking the video will be the only reason that the prosecutor will himself or...

“I knew you would pull it off,” said my client

"I knew you would pull it off," said my client, after I felt like I had pulled a rabbit out of a hat getting his misdemeanor case dismissed. On our third trial date, the prosecutor finally agreed to dismiss my client's marijuana possession case after...

Winning a Virginia DWI trial on appeal to the Circuit Court

The judge granted my objection to the breath testing results coming into evidence, due to the prosecutor's inability to satisfy the above-referenced 20-minute rule. The judge subsequently found my client innocent/not guilty.