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Appealing from Virginia probation revocations & stricken 251s

Appealing from any loss in court is an important option to consider, including for probation revocations and stricken dispositions under Va. Code § 18.2-251 (also known as 251). As a Virginia criminal lawyer, I know that any feeling of dread over a probation revocation or...

Beware Virginia “facts sufficient to prove guilt” dispositions

Beware when judges and prosecutors dangle before criminal defendants the prospect of an ultimate dismissal of a criminal case after first necessitating a finding of facts sufficient to prove guiltB , whether under Va. Code § 19.2-303.2 or otherwise. Beware even when criminal defense lawyers encourage...

A sampling of recent case successes

Most criminal defense lawyers have a high number of clients who actually committed a criminal act. That reality does not automatically preclude an outright acquittal or dismissal.

Achieving victory through teamwork and patience

The criminal justice system at best masquerades as more just than it is. In the American criminal justice system, countless presumed-innocent people are caged on no bond or excessive bond pretrial; too many acts that should not be criminalized are criminalized (for instance marijuana, prostitution,...

Virginia marijuana defendants – Fairfax criminal lawyer on 251

Virginia marijuana defendants in some Virginia District courtrooms constitute a parade of unrepresented people on their first court date. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that word has gotten out that if a marijuana possession defendant has no relevant prior convictions, s/he can save...