March 13, 2020

Sometimes I get word in the courthouse that someone's about to argue that they're a "sovereign citizen" and therefore not bound by state or federal laws. I rush down to the courtroom and love every second of it because it's entertaining, it never works, and it makes me...

March 4, 2020

My 4-year-old's a cute kid (not pictured above). In his simplified worldview, police officers "stop bad guys." As a defense attorney who stands on the opposite side of the courtroom, I must be on Team Bad Guys, right?

Partly because I don't want my kid thinkin...

November 15, 2019

     In basic terms, an assault is an unwanted harmful or offensive touching. Of course, when you decide to play football (or box, or play hockey, etc.), you consent to the inherent “harmful” violent contact that the sport entails. No one’s catching a charge for making...

July 3, 2018



One of our most cherished rights in America is the right to remain silent when charged with a crime.

You might wonder why this right is so critical. In short, the Brits used to compel defendants to explain their innocence. Americans are smarter than Brits because, as...

April 30, 2018

Alright, if you clicked on this article you have a 99% chance of picking up a DUI at some point in your life. So go on and grab a seat...because this is your intervention.

Here's what happens when you cash that case in Virginia:

A first offense DUI can get you up to 12 m...

January 6, 2018

We’ve all seen those little tree-shaped air fresheners that hang from rear view mirrors.  Unfortunately those fragrant little bastards can get you pulled over.

The first and most obvious questions are how and why?  This is America.  If I want my car to smell like Royal...

December 11, 2017

I spent a dreary December morn neglecting my family and looking at crime statistics.  Specifically, the data compiled by the good folks in the Virginia State Police’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

In my search for holiday cheer, I found an interesting stat...

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