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Oppressive Virginia bail procedures can be remedied with proposed bill

Oppressive was a great way to describe so many aspects of the Virginia criminal legal system, before the death penalty was abolished, before a whirlwind of criminal defendant-friendly legislation was passed in the 2020 through 2021, and before more enlightened (but not always as defendant-friendly...

Fairfax Prosecutors Opposing Cash Bonds is a First Step for Defendants

Fairfax prosecutors on December 7, 2020, received official written confirmation from their boss not to seek cash bonds against criminal defendants. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I can see how this news as reported in the media might at first blush seem pro-criminal defendant, and...

Facing court alone – Fairfax criminal lawyer on its risks

Facing court without a lawyer can be risky even for the most seemingly simple appearances. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that unrepresented criminal defendants are fishes out of water facing a highly experienced judge and a prosecutor whose abilities run from knowing the...