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Drug death can lead to a Virginia homicide conviction, says Fairfax lawyer

Drug death happens too often from overdosing on illegal drugs. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that opioids often are the culprit in such deaths, not helped at all by physicians who overprescribe Oxycodone, then deny addicted patients' frantic requests to accelerate the Oxy...

Toking pot as a civil offense- Fairfax criminal defense lawyer weighs in

Toking pot is popular with millions of people. As a Fairfax criminal defense lawyer, I know that Virginia's governor has approved legislation decriminalizing marijuana, with a few minor recommended amendments.  Virginia SB 2.  July 1, 2020 is the default date for new Virginia legislation to...

Opioids with Xanax risk driving safety says Fairfax criminal defense lawyer

Opioids are already known to be very risky to one's health. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that people risk a DUI under the influence of drugs prosecution for driving after ingesting dangerous drugs or mixing medications in dangerous combinations. Such a dangerous combination...

Sea change with chief NoVa prosecutors- Fairfax DUI lawyer weighs in

Sea changes are happening that benefit criminal defendants with the new Virginia chief prosecutors in Fairfax County, Arlington and Loudoun As a Fairfax DUI lawyer, I see numerous personnel changes at these Virginia commonwealth attorneys' offices; more flexibility with numerous case negotiations; and more opportunity...

Cannabis decriminalization passes House panel- Fairfax criminal lawyer

Cannabis decriminalization and legalization movement has been proceeding at a dizzying pace in numerous states over the last years, after previous decades of organization, toil and sweat by marijuana activists nationwide. As a Fairfax criminal defense lawyer, I deeply thank these activists for their accomplishments,...

Incoming new head prosecutors – Fairfax criminal lawyer on what to expect

Incoming new head prosecutors will start their terms in January 2020 in Fairfax County and Arlington County, and possibly even in Loudoun County. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that each such county that gets a Democratic commonwealth's attorney will experience a prosecutorial sea...

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...

Private prisons are subject to Miranda says Fairfax drug lawyer

Private prisons and private jails abound in the United States, and are popular with many investors. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, my concerns about private prisons include the risk that the prisons will put investors' profit interests above treating inmates right, and about possible limited...