December 29, 2017

Let's imagine that Granny above was a little bit wilder in her youth and ended up convicted of a felony.  Maybe she snorted some coke.  Maybe she shoplifted.  Maybe she spray painted a neighborhood fence.  Does that mean that she should lose the right to defend herself...

December 18, 2017

If you've been a criminal defense attorney for very long, you've suffered through your client destroying his own case by testifying.  When it's happening, it feels like a razor sharp knife slowly twisting into your spine.  The client who was calm, cool, and collected d...

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...

December 9, 2017

As the video above demonstrates, jury trials in Virginia are extremely rare (make sure to turn on the captions).  In fiscal year 2017, a staggering 91% of felony sentences were the result of guilty pleas, 8% were convictions after bench trials, and 1% were the result o...

December 7, 2017


Eyewitness misidentification is nasty stuff.  It's the leading cause of false convictions by far according to the Innocence Project. Of the 16 DNA exonerations in Virginia, eyewitness misidentification played a role in 13 of the bad convictions...

December 2, 2017

Being arrested is a scary experience.  The next step can be equally frightening.  How do you find the right person to represent you in court?  If you google "criminal defense attorneys in fill in the city," you're going to see a lot of results.  Some of the attorneys a...

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