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DUI stigma addressed by Fairfax Virginia DWI lawyer

DUI stigma needs to be acknowledged by defendants, says Fairfax DWI lawyer DUI stigma is a real phenomenon. As a Fairfax DUI lawyer, I know that even the more defense-friendly chief prosecutors and judges either are themselves uncharitable about driving while intoxicated or under the...

Racial injustice cannot be ignored in court – Virginia criminal lawyer

Racial injustice remains too common. Society has made important strides towards racial justice after Martin Luther King, Jr., shared his dream, but we remain far from reaching his goal for full racial justice. As a Virginia criminal lawyer who moved from Manhattan to attend law...

Judges are capped by jury sentencing input – Virginia felony lawyer

Judges in a Virginia felony or class 1 misdemeanor Circuit Court jury trial sitting with a jury must first preside over a jury sentencing trial (if the jury convicts) before the judge sets the final sentence. Va. Code § 19.2-295.1. The sentencing risks of a...

Criminal defense is war, and never for the faint of heart

Soldiers and street fighters battle without referees nor the expectation of referees' presence. They fight in the law of the jungle. As we approach four years of the buffoon-elect in chief's White House tenure, I have low overall expectations of Trump's upcoming nominees to...

When elected judges overrule juries sparing execution

Even in states where judges ordinarily handle sentencing in criminal cases rather than having the jury recommend the sentence, currently all states but Alabama prohibit a death sentence unless the jury recommends such a sentence. Sadly, this effectively means that Alabama judges -- all elected...

A criminal defense lawyer needs to help the jury avoid buyer’s remorse

The right criminal defense lawyer truly can make the difference between a favorable and unfavorable trial outcome, not only through case preparation, but by fully internalizing and well-executing the importance of the lawyer's role in swaying the jury in the right direction.

Lawyers must know the terrain of the courthouse before court day

A hilarious story -- but pathetic were it not fiction -- came across a lawyers' listserv once, about an out-of-state lawyer who arrived for trial in a small Louisiana town. Soon after the lawyer's arrival, the judge took the bench, and greeted everyone in French.