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DFS VA pot testing update addressed by Fairfax criminal defense lawyer

DFS -- the Virginia Department of Forensic Science -- on January 24, 2020, announced (1) a new testing procedure to rule out industrial hemp and (2) no longer requiring a court order for the agency to test suspected marijuana. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I...

Misnaming tests can preclude a conviction says Fairfax criminal lawyer

Marijuana field tests and DUI breathalyzer equipment should preclude allowing the field testing and breath testing results into evidence at trial. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I have in many DWI trials objected to breath testing results when the breath technician has mistakenly referred...

Naysayers May Neigh – A Criminal Lawyer’s View on Winning

Naysayers are many, but the criminal defendant must pursue victory, says Fairfax criminal lawyer Naysayers — those who too quickly insist that risks will fail — can abound in courthouses, even among some otherwise excellent criminal defense lawyers. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I remind...

Drug case defense addressed by Fairfax criminal lawyer

Drug cases (marijuana and non-marijuana) are among the most common non-traffic / non-DUI prosecutions on Virginia criminal court dockets. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I have defended hundreds of such cases, and provide some insights herein on such defense.

Pot legalization support from VA AG – Fairfax criminal lawyer

Pot criminalization unnecessarily taxes limited government budgets and civil liberties. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer and civil libertarian, I thank Virginia attorney general Mark Herring for recently stating his support for marijuana decriminalization as follows: "Virginia should decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, address...

MaryJane legalization makes inroads – Fairfax Criminal Lawyer

MaryJane/ marijuana legalization is about freedom of choice, personal privacy, and shrinking our overgrown police state. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I urge Virginia's lawmakers this legislative session to make major inroads for decriminalizing and ultimately legalizing marijuana.