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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 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...

November 29, 2017

I've represented a lot of people facing jail time for the sole reason that they smoked marijuana.  I'm sad to say that despite my best efforts some of those people have gone to jail.  What makes me sick to my stomach is that some of those people have gone to prison for...

November 24, 2017

Bond hearings are often the single most important aspect of a criminal case. That statement would likely make even an experienced criminal attorney raise an eyebrow, but I've learned it's true. Can you imagine if you were thrown in jail today?  What would happen to you...

November 15, 2017

Nolle prosse.  Good god.  What is it good for? Absolutely nothing. Say it again.  That was my thought after reading the unpublished CAV opinion Bland v. Commonwealth that came out today.  The basic facts were the following:  Blan...

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