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Virginia Miranda loopholes- Fairfax criminal lawyer says beware

Virginia Miranda loopholes can be looked at cynically as an effort by those hostile to Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966), to do an end-run against that landmark Supreme Court decision requiring custodial police interrogation to be preceded by warning the suspect of their Fifth Amendment Constitutional right...

Virginia strangulation defense addressed by Fairfax criminal lawyer

Virginia strangulation charges are damning, and the phrase "strangulation" overexaggerates the situation under circumstances where the allegation is for nothing more than the brief interruption of the blood flow or airflow in the alleged victim's body. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I warn people that...

Virginia involuntary manslaughter- Fairfax lawyer warns about driving risks

Virginia involuntary manslaughter (Virginia IM) prosecutions call for a full court defensive press, just as does with all Virginia criminal defense. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that anything less than full sharpness when driving on the roads can result in very serious accidents...

Protect yourself through silence with VA cops, says Fairfax criminal lawyer

Protect yourself by declining answering police questions as a suspect, says Fairfax criminal lawyer Protect yourself when police ask you questions when a criminal suspect or potential suspect. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know you help yourself by asserting your Fifth Amendment right to...

Loose tongues can get convictions underlines Fairfax criminal lawyer

Loose tongues are what police love with criminal suspects. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I read with sadness how blabbermouthing with police in 2012  is the only thing that got Ruben Edward Moore convicted of a 1981 murder in a cold case. Moore v. Virginia,...

Coercion – Fairfax criminal lawyer on its Fifth Amendment role

Coercion by police is among the first things I look for as a Fairfax criminal lawyer pursuing the suppression of my client's statements to law enforcement. In 1986, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a Fifth Amendment or Miranda violation does not take place...

Waiving Rights with Police is Playing with Fire

Waiving rights with police is all too common by criminal suspects who do not have attorneys. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that it rarely benefits an unrepresented criminal suspect to relinquish his or her rights to remain silent with the police, to have...

Immunity and the Fifth Amendment = Fairfax Criminal Lawyer

Immunity law needs to be considered by any trial witness wishing to assert the Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I have experienced several case dismissals for assault cases where the complaining witness hires a lawyer who tells the prosecutor...