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Privacy rights preserved- Reversing crabbed Virginia Supreme Ct. opinion

Fairfax criminal lawyer celebrates SCOTUS's keeping some teeth in the Fourth Amendment. Privacy rights are critical to criminal defense, including the essential Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures and against warrantless searches that require search warrants only issued upon probable cause. As a...

Beware arrest when in shady surroundings, warns Fairfax criminal lawyer

Beware arrest when in shady surroundings. As a Fairfax, Virginia, criminal lawyer, I know that anybody who stays at a party when some people start doing lines of cocaine, remains with a "friend" who shoplifts right next to the innocent person, or, much worse, takes...

Virginia- Police may not inventory-search cars with unfettered discretion

When police claim the accused possessed contraband, a key path of attack is to seek to suppress evidence of the seizure and search that turned up the alleged contraband. Praised be Virginia’s intermediate appellate court for recently overturning a contraband-bearing car inventory search, because: “[W]e...