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Virginia mistrial law addressed by Fairfax criminal lawyer

Virginia mistrial law gives prosecutors even wide shenanigan latitude before a criminal defendant may benefit from making a mistrial motion (MM) l and arguing that the Sixth Amendment Constitutional Double Jeopardy clause bars a retrial. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I see that the Virginia...

Virginia contraband proximity can result in conviction, says Fairfax lawyer

Virginia contraband prosecutions tend to focus on illegal drugs and unlawful firearm possession. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that even innocent people risk prosecution and conviction for when in close proximity to such items. Consequently, be careful about being with people you do...

Virginia Drug Prosecutions Can Include Snitches & Undercover Police

Virginia drug prosecutions are big business for police, prosecutors and state drug lab workers in the commonwealth. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I have successfully defended hundreds of defendants in the nation's decades-long failure of a drug war that threatens alleged drug traffickers and manufacturers...

Collective knowledge doctrine gets Virginia drug conviction affirmed

Collective knowledge doctrine can be a hurdle to Virginia criminal defendants seeking to suppress evidence Collective knowledge doctrine (CKD) was addressed this month by the Virginia Court of Appeals in denying a drug felony appeal. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that this doctrine...

Documents Near Drugs Not Enough to Convict

Documents in your name are not desireable when found in close proximity to illegal drugs, also known as controlled substance's. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that a conviction for drug possession cannot be obtained absent proof beyond a reasonable doubt of knowledge, dominion...

Beware convictions for nearby contraband warns Fairfax criminal lawyer

Beware what happens when police find contraband in the automobile in which you are in the driver's or passenger's seat. As a Fairfax criminal defense lawyer, I know that too many Virginia police and prosecutors will pursue a prosecution of everyone in the car, leaving...

Drug case defense addressed by Fairfax criminal lawyer

Drug cases (marijuana and non-marijuana) are among the most common non-traffic / non-DUI prosecutions on Virginia criminal court dockets. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I have defended hundreds of such cases, and provide some insights herein on such defense.

Pot odor- Distinguish between the smell of burnt and raw marijuana

Pot odor is stronger when burnt than raw says Fairfax criminal lawyer Pot odor is often used by police to justify searches for more serious activity, where this is allowed by cops in the midst of constant marijuana decriminalization. (UPDATE: As a Fairfax criminal lawyer,...