Let’s imagine the following. Two sets of attorneys. They appear in the same courtrooms. They try the same cases. They have the same level of experience and competence. But they have one very big difference.  They receive drastically unequal pay. Welcome to the wonderfu...

July 23, 2018

Officer after being informed that he can have no pie because of illegal search.

Police officers are overwhelmingly good and honorable people who follow the rules.  A minority are not.  This observation is not unique to the police.  Most defense attorneys are conscientio...

July 14, 2018

Do you associate with ugly, sick, or poorly groomed people? Perhaps a co-worker with bad skin? Maybe a high school bud who wears a ratty hoodie?  An uncle going through chemotherapy? The Court of Appeals has a message for you: It’s time to kick those fugly mofos to the...

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...

June 25, 2018

Are you interested in pursuing an exciting career as a high priced criminal defense attorney, but don’t have the time and money for law school?  Then you’ve come to the right place.  Westendorf & Khalaf is proud to announce the launch of our quick and easy video tutori...

Lesser known brother Zeus Stolle smiting defense attorneys.

I am a defense attorney. My job is to fight like hell for my clients...even the super naughty ones.

Despite my role, I know that deep down inside I absolutely love good prosecutors. Not just because they make fo...

May 9, 2018

I used to have a ritual of reading the new Court of Appeals of Virginia (CAV) opinions every Tuesday afternoon in my office with a hot cup of coffee.  Nowadays I scan them once a month or so, and I need something a lot stronger than coffee to make it through. The CAV h...

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...

April 29, 2018

Ronald and Wendy are in a committed relationship.  One day Wendy is perusing Ronald’s phone when she comes upon something that shocks her.  It’s a text from Grimace attached with a photo.

Hey Ronnie, I know you miss these McMuffins.  Come on over to unwrap the happ...

As attorneys in private practice, we’ve come to fully appreciate the powerful social stigma attached to public defenders.  A fairly typical consultation for us goes something like this:

Client:  I need to hire you.  I can’t be represented by a public defender....

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