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Winning a DWI trial after keeping out the breath test result

If given a choice between having my client’s drunk driving case prosecuted in Virginia or Maryland, ordinarily I would choose Maryland. In the Maryland counties where I practice most often, including Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Howard, ordinarily, absent such unusual circumstances as a bad accident...

Winning a DWI trial by suppressing the arrest

Image from National Institute of Standards & Technology. Sometimes criminal defendants win their cases by getting the evidence suppressed. That is how I won a recent DWI case. Where I practice, judges, not juries, decide evidentiary issues over suppressing stops, searches, seizures, arrests  and statements...

Winning a DWI on a 0.09 BAC result

Image from National Institute of Standards & Technology. Recently I met with a potential client charged with drunk driving. When I was addressing some of his case defenses with him, he replied: "I am guilty, so why should I be pleading not guilty?" Why, indeed....

Assault trial victory is benefitted by Virginia’s one-party taping law

Assault trials are a unique challenge to win for the defense, as I have learned after having defended a few hundred of them. For simple assault, sometimes they are most often winnable in a “he said-she said” testimonial situation with no witnesses and no pictures...

A win is a win

A great number of my clients probably have committed the crimes they are charged with committing. A large percentage of my trial acquittals has likely been for people who committed the alleged crimes. Whether my clients have or have not committed the alleged crimes, and...

“Innocent” can be a beautiful plea

The amazing Sunwolf inspires me to see reality as no obstacle in the fight for my clients. As I repeatedly tell my clients when advising them to plead innocent and go to trial, that is the only way to have a shot at beating the...