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Getaway driver is as culpable as the robber in Virginia criminal law

Getaway drivers are culpable as principles in the second degree under Virginia criminal law Getaway drivers (GD’s) in robberies often are lulled by police with the following questioning: “I know you were just the GD, and did not hold up the bank. Right?” As a...

Appeal when convicted in a Virginia trial on an indictment

  Appeal after a Circuit Court trial conviction on an indictment, says Fairfax criminal lawyer Appeal your Virginia Circuit Court guilty finding at trial on an indictment. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer I say this (there are exceptions to every rule) because governing caselaw generally...

Object to inadmissible jury sentencing evidence – Fairfax criminal lawyer

Object to inadmissible jury sentencing evidence, or have the Virginia criminal defendant suffer the consequences. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that in the heat of battle the defendant's lawyer needs nevertheless not to overlook both objecting timely when an objection needs to be...

Innocent inmate learns 17-year prison lesson about misidentification

Misidentification is rampant in causing arrests, prosecutions and convictions. I have said it before, including here. I also say it today, with the news of an innocent Kansas inmate -- Richard Jones -- freed 17 years from incarceration, only after he learned about a look-alike...

A possibly misidentified man is serving a 9-year Virginia robbery sentence

Criminal defendants fingered primarily or exclusively on eyewitness testimony should fight tooth and nail to get the most beneficial jury instructions, should preserve any cross-racial identification issues for argument and appeal, and should consider whether an eyewitness identification expert should be hired.