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Prosecution continues fully says Fairfax criminal defense lawyer

Prosecution continues fully in Northern Virginia after vocal reformer chief prosecutors took office in Fairfax County, Arlington and Loudoun. As a Fairfax criminal defense lawyer, I correctly expected that the new chief prosecutors would be no worse for criminal defendants than their immediate predecessors, and...

Reform developments in criminal law- Fairfax criminal lawyer weighs in

Reform in criminal law -- to criminal defendants' benefit -- is a likelihood for this winter's Virginia legislative session, now that Democrats control both the executive branch and both houses of the Virginia legislature. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I am keeping track of these...

Firearm possession can be joint, says Fairfax criminal defense lawyer

Firearm and ammunition possession by those with a prior felony conviction is a Class 6 felony in Virginia, with more severe penalties if the prior conviction was for a violent felony. Va. Code § 18.2-308.2. As a Fairfax criminal defense lawyer, I know that firearm...

Appear timely in court- Fairfax criminal lawyer on FTA penalties

Appear timely for your criminal court date, or risk an appearance failure (FTA) prosecution and warrant for your arrest. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that many criminal defendants incur FTA charges, whether due to not appearing on the arraignment date, missing a hearing...

Trial day with your attorney- Fairfax criminal lawyer weighs in

Trial day is showtime, ideally when substantial preparation has already taken place by the attorney and his/her criminal defense client. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know how important it is not only to be fully prepared for trial, but also for the defendant to...

Probable cause definition- Fairfax criminal lawyer weighs in

Probable cause ("PC") under the Fourth Amendment is required both for police to conduct a search for a criminal investigation, and to arrest a suspect. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I find it curious at the very least that the Virginia Supreme Court continues to...

Misidentification experts- Fairfax criminal lawyer weighs in

Misidentification runs rampant in obtaining criminal convictions for murder, robbery, rape and other prosecutions. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I urge that the law be updated to at least permit wider opportunities than currently exist for Virginia criminal defendants to present jurors with expert witness...

Cameras abound- Northern Virginia criminal lawyer weighs in

Cameras abound to record our driving behavior, interactions with police, and even blowing our nose in a retail store. As a Northern Virginia criminal lawyer, I know that this ever-present camera situation provides both opportunities and challenges for criminal defendants. Virtually ubiquitous video cameras are...