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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...

Confessing crimes – Fairfax criminal lawyer on staying silent

Confessing crimes is what police want from suspects. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that silence is golden, and that criminal suspects are playing with fire to talk with police -- if at all -- without the presence and assistance of a qualified lawyer....

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...

ESL speakers risk much to talk with police – Fairfax criminal lawyer

Fairfax criminal lawyer on the extra risks ESL suspects face in talking with police. ESL - English as a Second Language - suspects are at a great disadvantage talking with English-speaking police. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I already know that it is rare that...

Miranda warnings – Fairfax criminal lawyer on two-step interrogation

As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that police would prefer the non-existence of the half-century-old Supreme Court Miranda opinion that requires police to advise in-custody criminal suspects of their Fifth Amendment right to remain silent before non-booking police questioning begins.

Drugged driving and importance of silence – Fairfax criminal lawyer

Avoiding a drugged driving conviction starts with silence Drugged driving arrests are many and, like DUI cases, sometimes follow serious car accidents. As a Fairfax Virginia criminal lawyer, I know that the temptation to speak with the police and the court magistrate is great after...