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Fairfax police shortage- How does it affect my criminal defense?

Fairfax police shortage is in the news, with the county police department  short two hundred law enforcement officers (LEOs). As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I see this shortage as an opportunity to reassess our overly-policed nation. Public safety and sufficient pay, terms and conditions for...

Virginia probation supervision is a pain, says Fairfax criminal lawyer

Virginia probation supervision invites more risks of probation violation charges and convictions therefor, than when on unsupervised probation. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I talk to my clients about how seriously probation conditions must be taken when probation is a part of their sentencing. Probation...

Aggravated Assault Defense – Criminal Lawyer on Malicious Wounding

Aggravated assault is an apt phrase for characterizing Virginia's malicious wounding statute. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I read with a dropped jaw at Lennis McNair, Jr.'s ability to convince a judge to sentence him only to three months active jail time, despite being convicted...

Federal executions resume- Fairfax criminal lawyer advocates abolition

Federal executions have resumed this year after a 17 year informal moratorium over the course of botched executions and court challenges. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that defending any murder or homicide case is demanding enough as is, and defending a capital punishment...

Imitation Drug Sales is a Virginia Crime says Fairfax Criminal Lawyer

Imitation drug ("ID") selling does not insulate a Virginia criminal defendant from a conviction. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that an ID is "(i) a counterfeit controlled substance" or (ii) a substance that is not a controlled substance but which by such factors...

Challenge all police searches says Fairfax criminal lawyer

Challenge police searches if the search leads to your being prosecuted. As a Virginia criminal lawyer, I know that the Exclusionary Rule of the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment will sometimes yield the suppression of the evidence seized by police. Aaron Emile McArthur is a recent beneficiary...

Coaching as Part of My Work as a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Coaching has perhaps become an overused phrase by those offering that category of professional services. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I view lawyer counseling not as Chris Farley's cracking us up as the man in the van down by the river. Instead, I know that...

Challenges with Fairfax Prosecutors Limiting the Misdemeanors they Handle

Challenges abound with the Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office's recently-announced shift to only prosecute a limited universe of misdemeanor cases. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that this change is a double-edged sword, both providing opportunities and hurdles to the defense. On the one...

Child sexual offense trial in VA permits jury to know prior sex convictions

Child sexual offense prosecutions involve particularly damning accusations. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that additionally the prosecution in its case in chief may attempt to inform the jury of the defendant's conviction of another sexual offense.. Va. Code § 18.2-67.7:1.; Va. S. Ct. R....