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Bench pushback in Northern Virginia addressed by Fairfax criminal lawyer

Bench pushback is here in Northern Virginia, where judges will not automatically rubber stamp mutually agreed requests to dismiss criminal charges nor mutually agreed sentences and suspended imposition of sentence terms and conditions. Some judges will even ponder from the bench about whether certain prosecutorial...

Dismissing misdemeanor marijuana cases in 2 Virginia courthouses

Dismissing or not prosecuting misdemeanor marijuana possession cases is now the policy of the chief prosecutors in Portsmouth (except for likely still prosecuting juveniles for possessing marijuana) and Norfolk Virginia. As a Fairfax drug lawyer and civil libertarian, I applaud this move and encourage a...

Virginia criminal defense – When is expungement available?

Criminal defendants have many questions about expunging their court and police criminal case records, including the meaning of expungement, the best timing and approach to filing for expungement, and eligibility for expungement. Today's blog entry is limited to availability of expungement. Virginia's " key statutory...