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COMMONWEALTH V. G.S.

​​​​​NOT GUILTY DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND BATTERY AFTER TRIAL OCTOBER 2019

Our client was in a difficult position because of a prior domestic assault and battery charge on her record. Despite our best efforts, the prosecution refused to drop the charge and only offered a deferred finding that would have left our client waiting for two years before the possibility of a dismissal. Instead we fought the charge and convinced the judge that there was reasonable doubt as to whether our client had an intent to harm when the alleged assault occurred. The charge was dismissed and our client was able to move on with her life.

COMMONWEALTH V. S.C.

​​​​​INDECENT EXPOSURE DISMISSED OCTOBER 2019

We came to court with four different cases demonstrating that indecent exposure requires proof of not only nudity but also a sexual intent. The police officer opposing us was extremely professional and discussed the situation with us prior to trial. After we showed him the case law, he agreed that the evidence did not support the charge and agreed to dismiss the charge.

COMMONWEALTH V. A.D.

POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE MARIJUANA AMENDED TO SIMPLE POSSESSION SEPTEMBER 2019

Our client found himself in serious hot water after a toll attendant on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel smelled a strong odor of marijuana and signaled to police. A search of the car revealed close to a pound of marijuana resulting in a felony charge. We went through several hours of bodycam footage and discovered a legal issue with the questioning of our client. He had been placed in handcuffs and questioned prior to administration of the Miranda warnings which put us in a strong position to argue that all of his statements were inadmissible. In the end, the prosecution offered to reduce the charge to simple possession in exchange for not litigating the suppression issue. It was a great deal for our client.

COMMONWEALTH V. M.C.

​​​​​UNDERAGE POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL, REFUSAL TO PRESENT ID, PUBLIC INTOXICATION ALL DISMISSED SEPTEMBER 2019

Our client had a bad night at the oceanfront and ended up in jail after an encounter with the police. It was a high stakes situation because he was in the Navy and facing other possible punishments. We put together a plan that enabled all charges to be dismissed upon the completion of an alcohol program. our client walked away with a clean record and no additional consequences through the Navy.

COMMONWEALTH V. M.M.

​​​​​POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE HEROIN REDUCED TO SIMPLE POSSESSION WITH TIME SERVED SEPTEMBER 2019

This was an incredibly complicated case. We took over for another attorney in the middle of representation after the prosecution demanded a jury trial. We were convinced that our client was an addict rather than a dealer. We subpoenaed three expert witnesses in addictionology who specialized in treating heroin addicts. All agreed that the amount of heroin and packaging was consistent with personal use. We also subpoenaed a deputy at the jail who had seen our client when he was arrested and recognized that he was suffering from withdrawal symptoms. After the case had been pending for almost two years, the prosecution finally caved and agreed to reduce the charge to simple possession with no additional time to serve. We were beyond thrilled for our client who had been facing 5 to 40 years if he had been convicted as charged. 

COMMONWEALTH V. D.M.

TWO COUNTS ​​​​​​FELONY FALSE STATEMENT ON GUN PURCHASE FORM REDUCED TO ONE MISDEMEANOR JULY 2019

We took over for another attorney after our client was offered a felony conviction with 6 months to serve. We set the case for jury trial. We secured documents showing that our client had done the right thing and successfully petitioned a circuit court to have his gun rights restored. What our client didn't realize is that the gun rights restoration didn't solve all his problems because he still was subject to a protective order and had a prior domestic assault conviction. In the end, the prosecution knew that it was going to be difficult to prove that our client had knowingly and intentionally made a false statement. Instead of a felony and 6 months, our client walked away with a misdemeanor and a few weekends.

COMMONWEALTH V. C.W.

​​​​NOT GUILTY ASSAULT AND BATTERY AFTER TRIAL JUNE 2019

Our client was charged after a co-worker claimed that he was struck during an altercation at work. We interviewed and subpoenaed an independent witness who confirmed that the co-worker was the aggressor and instigated the situation. After hearing the testimony, the judge agreed that there was reasonable doubt and the charge was dismissed. 

COMMONWEALTH V. B.L.

​​​NOT GUILTY DRIVING ON SUSPENDED LICENSE DUI RELATED AFTER TRIAL JUNE 2019

This case was a good example of how even relatively small cases can become complicated. Our client was charged after an officer discovered that his license was suspended during a routine traffic stop. The initial charge was under 46.2-391 which requires proof of a suspension for DUI second offense. Our client only had a prior DUI first offense.  After consulting with a prosecutor, the officer realized his mistake and amended the charge over our objection to a violation of 18.2-272 which covers suspensions for DUI first offenses. In the end, we still won because we successfully argued that the DMV abstract failed to prove that our client was still suspended for the DUI first offense. 

COMMONWEALTH V. J.F.

​​​FELONY POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE DROPPED JUNE 2019

Our client was facing a felony conviction and jail time after heroin was recovered in a vehicle during a traffic stop. We discussed the case with the prosecutor and highlighted the facts that: there were several people in the car with drug histories, there was no proof of how long our client had been in the car, there was no evidence that our client had recently used, and the drugs were not readily visible. We were thrilled when the prosecutor tapped out allowing our client to walk away with a clean record.

COMMONWEALTH V. G.B.

​​NOT GUILTY FELONY POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AFTER TRIAL MAY 2019

Our client was facing a felony conviction and possible prison time after a bag with meth residue was found in a van he was driving. We successfully argued that although he admitted prior drug use, there was no proof that he was aware of the presence of the bag as required in a constructive possession case. The judge agreed with our analysis, and our client walked out of the courtroom with his charge totally dismissed. 

COMMONWEALTH V. P.M.

​​​​​​OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE AND PUBLIC INTOXICATION BOTH DISMISSED MAY 2019

Our client was a passenger in a car pulled for a DUI investigation. He had a big problem on his hands after the police accused  him of interfering with their investigation. We came prepared with a mountain of case law showing that failing to fully comply with an officer is not enough to prove obstruction of justice. After discussing the situation with the officer before court, we came to an agreement that both charges would be dismissed.

COMMONWEALTH V. K.R.

FELONY PANDERING DROPPED BEFORE HEARING, MISDEMEANORS FOR AIDING PROSTITUTION AND MAINTAINING BAWDY HOUSE BOTH DISMISSED AFTER TRIAL MAY 2019

Our client was arrested at a hotel in Virginia Beach and accused of running a prostitution ring. We successfully argued that no evidence proved that any prostitution occurred in the city of Virginia Beach and all charges were dismissed.

COMMONWEALTH V. H.C.

NOT GUILTY STALKING, DOMESTIC ASSAULT, AND TRESPASSING AFTER TRIAL APRIL 2019

Our client's ex-boyfriend made a series of false allegations after she broke things off with him. Through a tough cross-examination, we were able to show numerous inconsistencies with his version of events. The judge agreed that his testimony was not credible and dismissed all charges.

COMMONWEALTH V. A.S.

​POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY FELON, POSSESSION OF FIREARM WITH DRUGS, CONCEALED WEAPON, AND POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE I OR II CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE ALL DROPPED APRIL 2019

Our client was charged with numerous felonies carrying mandatory minimum prison time after a gun and drugs were recovered during a traffic stop. We were fortunate to work with an experienced prosecutor who agreed with our analysis that the evidence didn't prove that our client knew any of the illegal items were in the car.

COMMONWEALTH V. N.H.

ASSAULT AND BATTERY DISMISSED AFTER TRIAL APRIL 2019

After a hard fought trial, the judge found the evidence was sufficient to support a conviction but agreed to continue the case for 3 months. After the end of the 3 month period, the charge was dismissed, and our client walked away with a completely clean record.

COMMONWEALTH V. S.W.

​​​​​NOT GUILTY POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AFTER TRIAL MARCH 2019

The police stopped our client as he was pulling out of a driveway and discovered a bag of marijuana. We successfully argued that the police violated our client's 4th Amendment rights by detaining him without any reasonable suspicion of criminal activity. The marijuana evidence was suppressed and our client walked away with a clean record.

COMMONWEALTH V. W.T.

 NOT GUILTY OF POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY VIOLENT FELON AFTER JURY TRIAL FEBRUARY 2019. 6 REMAINING FELONY CHARGES AND TWO MISDEMEANORS ALL DROPPED PRIOR TO TRIAL.

Our client was charged with seven felonies and two misdemeanors after an incident in his backyard led to the discovery of a gun. This was an extremely tough case. Six of the felony charges were dropped after we successfully argued that our client's double jeopardy rights were violated. Unfortunately, our client was still facing a mandatory minimum 5 years in prison on the remaining gun charge. It looked like a long shot because two police officers testified that they had wrestled the gun out of our client's hand. We successfully argued that forensics evidence didn't back up the officers' version of events and the jury found our client not guilty. Both misdemeanors were also dropped prior to trial. 

COMMONWEALTH V. D.B.

​​​​NOT GUILTY BRANDISHING A FIREARM AFTER TRIAL JANUARY 2019

Our client was charged after his girlfriend's vengeful ex claimed that he brandished a weapon. We demonstrated that he was acting in self defense and that the weapon did not meet the required definition under the law. The charge was dismissed and our client kept his record clean.

COMMONWEALTH V. H.C.

​​​NOT GUILTY PROFANE LANGUAGE OVER PUBLIC AIRWAY AFTER TRIAL JANUARY 2019

Our client was charged after sending an angry text message with colorful language. We brought a mountain of case law proving that her statements were protected speech under the First Amendment. The judge agreed that while her language was offensive, it was Constitutionally protected and the charge was dismissed.

COMMONWEALTH V. D.G.

POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE MARIJUANA DROPPED JANUARY 2019

Our client was charged after almost two ounces of marijuana was found in a vehicle during a traffic stop. Our client was smart enough to exercise his right to remain silent and called us. We rejected a plea offer that would have included jail time and scheduled the case for a hearing. On the day of court, the prosecution conceded that they could not prove constructive possession of the marijuana, and the charge was dropped. 

COMMONWEALTH V. M.W.

​​MALICIOUS WOUNDING AND FELONY DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY DROPPED JANUARY 2019

An innocent night out on the town turned into a nightmare after our client was charged with throwing a bottle at his ex-girlfriend. After closely examining surveillance footage, we were convinced that our client was innocent and came to court prepared to fight. After discussing the case with the prosecution, we were thrilled when both felony charges were dropped.

COMMONWEALTH V. G.C.

​NOT GUILTY BREAKING AND ENTERING, FELONY CONSPIRACY, PETIT LARCENY AFTER TRIAL JANUARY 2019

Our client sat in jail for almost 5 months before he called us. A plea agreement that called for a felony conviction and sentencing guidelines recommending years in prison had been offered to him.  He was confused and desperate. We reviewed bodycam footage and quickly determined that he had a valid defense to both felony charges. After a hard fought trial, the judge agreed with our analysis and dismissed all charges other than a misdemeanor trespassing. Instead of years in prison, our client walked out of jail the same day.

COMMONWEALTH V. R.N.

MAINTAINING A DISORDERLY HOUSE DROPPED JANUARY 2019

An innocent college party resulted in our client being charged with a class 1 misdemeanor when the police responded to a noise complaint. The city attorney tried to steamroll her into accepting a guilty plea with 50 hours of community service, apology letters, and court costs. We stood our ground, rejected the offer, and prepared for trial. The city attorney tapped out at the moment of truth, and our client walked out with a totally clean record, no fees, and no courts costs. 

COMMONWEALTH V. J.C.

​​DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND BATTERY DROPPED DECEMBER 2018

Our client's career was put in jeopardy due to a frivolous claim that she assaulted her ex-boyfriend. We pulled court records proving that he had a history of assaultive behavior and were prepared to go to trial to prove our client's innocence. On the day of trial, the prosecution requested a continuance. We objected that there was no good cause. The judge agreed with us and the charge was dropped.

COMMONWEALTH v. A.R.

​​POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE DISMISSED, RECKLESS DRIVING REDUCED TO SPEEDING DECEMBER 2018

A simple traffic stop turned into a much bigger problem when the officer found marijuana and testified that our client was uncooperative during the arrest. We took all of the charges to trial. We used case law to successfully argue that the lack of cooperation did not rise to the level of criminal obstruction. We beat the marijuana charge on a technical argument using VA Code 19.2-188.1 and 187.1. The cherry on top was that the reckless driving was reduced to regular speeding with a small fine.

COMMONWEALTH v. C.J.

​POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY FELON DROPPED NOVEMBER 2018

Our client faced a mandatory minimum 2 years in prison after a gun was found in a vehicle during a traffic stop. Although there were 4 people in the car, the police arrested him because he was the closest to the gun. After the preliminary hearing, we were confident that the prosecution couldn't prove our client had placed the gun in the car or ever exercised "dominion and control" over it. We scheduled the case for a trial and waited for forensics that would clear our client. After the forensics failed to materialize, the prosecution dropped the charge without a trial.

COMMONWEALTH V. A.M.

​NOT GUILTY POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY VIOLENT FELON AND POSSESSION OF FIREARM WITH A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AFTER TRIAL NOVEMBER 2018

This was a high stakes trial with our client facing 5 years mandatory minimum prison time if convicted as charged. The prosecutor's office made no offers based on his prior record so the choice to go to trial was easy. We successfully argued that although our client acknowledged knowing a gun was in a car, he never exercised dominion and control over the gun as required in a constructive possession case. After a hard fought motion to suppress and trial, we eventually prevailed and our client was found not guilty of both firearms charges. 

COMMONWEALTH V. R.Z.

​DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND BATTERY DROPPED NOVEMBER 2018

Our client was caught in a nightmare after being unjustly accused of domestic assault. His employer put him on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the case putting him in a position where he couldn't support himself or his family. To make matters worse, his case wasn't scheduled for trial for more than 3 months! He couldn't afford to be out of work for that long so we went to work. We talked to the prosecutor and showed the charge wasn't justified. We were able to get the case on the docket immediately and the charge was promptly dropped.

COMMONWEALTH V. C.P.

FELONY DRIVING ON SUSPENDED DUI RELATED REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR FOLLOWING HEARING NOVEMBER 2018

Our client was pulled over after driving on the wrong side of the road. His problems became much bigger when the officer discovered that he had been convicted of felony DUI within the past year. He was charged with a felony carrying a mandatory minimum one year in prison, and sat in jail for almost 3 months before we were hired. Within a week of getting the case, we had him out jail and he never went back. We successfully argued that his driving did not meet the legal standard for endangerment to life, limb, or property and the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor with time served.

COMMONWEALTH V. E.W.

NOT GUILTY OF DUI WITH CHILD IN CAR AFTER TRIAL NOVEMBER 2018

A routine traffic stop after 4th of July fireworks turned into a huge problem when the police found an open container of beer in our client's car. He was facing mandatory minimum jail time before he gave us a call. Through a tough cross-examination, we successfully demonstrated that his performance on the field sobriety tests was not consistent with impairment. He walked out of the courtroom with no criminal conviction and no jail time.

COMMONWEALTH V. L.B.

FELONY CHILD NEGLECT DROPPED NOVEMBER 2018

An innocent night at a hotel turned into our client's worst nightmare after her child got out of the room and was found alone in the lobby. The police responded and charged  her with felony child neglect. The charge was completely unjustified as what occurred could have happened to any parent. We were fortunate to work with a reasonable and fair prosecutor and the charge was quickly dropped. 

COMMONWEALTH V. J.S.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND BATTERY DROPPED OCTOBER 2018

Our client was charged after her ex called the police following an argument. We were able to gather evidence demonstrating that her ex had a history of drunken and disorderly behavior. That helped convince the prosecutor that the case should not be prosecuted and the charge was dropped.

COMMONWEALTH V. D.W.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND BATTERY, ASSAULT AND BATTERY DROPPED SEPTEMBER 2018

This was a high stakes case. Our client's Navy career was put in jeopardy after false accusations were made against him. It took two separate court dates, but we successfully managed to have both charges dropped.  We and our client walked out of the courtroom with big smiles that day.

COMMONWEALTH V. D.B.

FELONY STRANGULATION, DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND BATTERY, DESTROYING A PHONE LINE ALL DROPPED AUGUST 2018

When our client's family first called us, he was in jail on no bond.  Within 48 hours, we got him out of jail and back to his family and job. With our guidance, all charges were dropped and the worst chapter in his life is behind him.

COMMONWEALTH V. S.S.

UNLAWFUL DISSEMINATION OF AN IMAGE DISMISSED AFTER TRIAL JULY 2018

Our client was charged under the so called "revenge pornography" law.  Our client had a different attorney in lower court and was convicted and received jail time.  We were hired to handle the appeal and filed motions arguing that the law is an unconstitutional infringement on the First Amendment.  After two different court dates worth of argument and legal briefs, the case was ultimately dismissed after we convinced the judge that the court did not have proper venue to hear the case.

COMMONWEALTH V. A.M.

HIT AND RUN DROPPED JUNE 2018

 Our client was charged based on a claim that he struck another vehicle in a parking lot.  He had a different attorney in lower court and was convicted and ordered to pay a fine and restitution.  We were hired to handle the appeal and immediately got to work investigating the case.  We discovered that the location of the damage and the relative size of the vehicles supported our client's story that he didn't realize that contact was made.  After presenting the evidence to the prosecutor, the case was dropped and our client walked away with a clean record and no court costs.

COMMONWEALTH V. L.O.

FELONY STRANGULATION AND MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT AND BATTERY DROPPED MAY 2018

Some domestic cases are dropped with little opposition from the prosecution. This was not one of those cases. We put in extensive work including interviewing witnesses, meeting with the complaining witness multiple times, and helping to negotiate a protective order. Along the way, we rejected multiple plea agreements. The hard work paid off with all charges dropped and our client keeping his job.

COMMONWEALTH V. K.H.

CONCEALED WEAPON DISMISSED AFTER TRIAL APRIL 2018

Our client was charged after the police discovered a gun in his jacket during a traffic stop.  With our guidance, our client obtained his concealed carry permit prior to the court date and we convinced the judge to dismiss the charge.

COMMONWEALTH V. B.L.

​DRIVING ON SUSPENDED LICENSE DUI RELATED DISMISSED AFTER TRIAL MARCH 2018

A routine traffic stop turned into a big problem for our client when the state trooper discovered that his license was suspended for a DUI.  Our client received 30 days to serve in lower court, and we appealed.  In higher court we successfully argued that the evidence didn't prove that our client had notice of the suspension.  The charge was dismissed, and he walked away with no jail time and no fine.

COMMONWEALTH V. K.W.

TWO COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY DISMISSED AFTER TRIAL FEBRUARY 2018

Animal control officers charged our client after his dogs were found dehydrated in his home. We successfully argued that he had no intention of leaving the animals unattended and the charges were dismissed.  

COMMONWEALTH V. C.J.

POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY VIOLENT FELON, POSSESSION OF FIREARM WITH DRUGS, AND POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE I OR II DROPPED FEBRUARY 2018

Our client was charged after a gun and molly were found in the vehicle he was driving.  The case was drawn out for almost a year, but we were thrilled when our persistence paid off and the prosecution conceded that they could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that our client had placed the items in the car or knew they were present.

COMMONWEALTH V. S.H.

TWO COUNTS OF ASSAULT AND BATTERY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER DROPPED JANUARY 2018

Our client was charged with two felonies carrying a combined mandatory minimum of 1 year behind bars.  Needless to say, it was an extremely stressful situation for our client.  We spent hours viewing video security footage and identified key portions that contradicted the official version of events. Prior to a jury trial, the prosecutors did the right thing and agreed to drop the charges.  We were beyond thrilled for our client.

COMMONWEALTH V. S.S.

NOT GUILTY OF OBTAINING MONEY BY FALSE PRETENSES AFTER TRIAL JANUARY 2018

Our client was charged after pawning what turned out to be stolen property.  It was a high stakes case because a conviction would have led to a violation of our client's probation. We convinced the Court that there was reasonable doubt that our client knew the property was stolen and the charge was dismissed.

COMMONWEALTH V. B.H.

NOT GUILTY OF POSSESSION OF COCAINE AFTER TRIAL DECEMBER 2017

Our client was a passenger in a car where cocaine was found. The police testified that he was highly nervous and admitted to cocaine use the previous day. We successfully argued at trial that the prosecution could not prove that our client placed the cocaine in the car or knew it was there. Our client avoided possible prison time and a lifetime of being a convicted felon.

COMMONWEALTH V. J.J.

FELONY HIT AND RUN AND POSSESSION OF METH PRECURSORS DROPPED. NOT GUILTY OF POSSESSION OF METH AND POSSESSION OF LSD AFTER TRIAL NOVEMBER 2017

Drugs were found in a car driven by our client after an accident. We successfully argued at trial that the prosecution could not prove that our client was aware the drugs were in the car and all felony charges were dismissed. He walked away a free and happy man.

COMMONWEALTH V. S.Y.

RAPE CHARGES DROPPED OCTOBER 2017

Our client was a college student accused of rape. His case received enormous media exposure indicating that the evidence against him was overwhelming. He was thrown in jail and faced the possibility of life in prison. Needless to say, he was terrified. We worked tirelessly to uncover evidence that was never reviewed by the police.  That evidence led us to a key witness who had never been interviewed. In the end, we were successful in proving that our client was the victim of a terrible false accusation. We were incredibly excited when his charge was dropped, and we're currently working to have his record completely expunged so that he can move forward with his life.

COMMONWEALTH V. D.F.

NOT GUILTY OF ATTEMPTED POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY FELON AND FALSE STATEMENT ON CONSENT FORM AFTER TRIAL JULY 2017

Our client innocently tried to purchase a gun and ended up charged with two felonies.  We successfully argued at trial that the prosecution could not prove that he had previously been convicted of a felony and both charges were dismissed.

COMMONWEALTH V. M.J.

POSSESSION OF HEROIN DROPPED, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA DISMISSED AFTER TRIAL JULY 2017

Heroin and marijuana were discovered in a car that our client was driving. We successfully argued that the prosecution couldn't prove that our client knew any drugs were in the car.  The marijuana charge was dismissed after trial and the possession of heroin was dropped before trial in higher court.

COMMONWEALTH V. A.A.

FELONY EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGES DROPPED JULY 2017

Our client was accused of embezzling more than $40,000 from her employer.  We investigated the case and discovered that the employer made an insurance claim on the supposed theft that paid out $25,000.  We did more digging and discovered that the employer had a felony fraud record under a different name!  In the end, the prosecutor agreed that this was likely insurance fraud with our client being falsely accused to cover up the crime.

COMMONWEALTH V. J.M.

NOT GUILTY OF ROBBERY, USE OF A FIREARM, AND FELONY THEFT AFTER JURY TRIAL JUNE 2017

Our client was charged with robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and felony credit card theft.  The stakes were high with our client facing state sentencing guidelines recommending a low end punishment of more than 9 years in prison.  We were humbled that our client placed his faith in us and exercised his right to a jury trial.  It was a big risk because if he was found guilty as charged, he faced a minimum sentence of 9 years in prison and up to life incarceration.  After a hard fought trial, we were thrilled when the jury returned not guilty verdicts to all felony charges and instead convicted him of only one misdemeanor.

COMMONWEALTH V. J.C.

POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY FELON DROPPED JUNE 2017

Our client was charged after a gun was found in a vehicle he was driving.  We requested forensic analysis that ultimately did not link our client to the gun and the charge was dropped.

COMMONWEALTH V. S.C.

POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY CONVICTED FELON DROPPED MAY 2017

Our client was one of several young men in a car during a traffic stop.  The police found two guns under one of the seats and charged our client who was the closest to the gun.  DNA analysis failed to prove any link between our client and the gun and the charge was dropped.

COMMONWEALTH V. D.J.

POSSESSION OF AMMUNITION BY A FELON DROPPED MAY 2017

Our client was charged after police found a box of bullets in his glove compartment during a traffic stop.  The prosecution agreed that the evidence could not prove that our client placed the box in the car or knew that it was there.

COMMONWEALTH V. B.C.

GRAND LARCENY, CREDIT CARD THEFT, TWO COUNTS CREDIT CARD FRAUD ALL DROPPED APRIL 2017

Our client was accused of using a stolen credit card to purchase items at a motorcycle shop.  The clerk claimed that she could identify our client.  We conducted a lineup after the preliminary hearing and she selected somebody other than our client.  With the identification crumbling, the prosecution agreed to drop all charges.

COMMONWEALTH V. C.B.

DISTRIBUTION OF HEROIN AND COCAINE DROPPED FEBRUARY 2017

Our client was charged after several bags of heroin and cocaine were recovered from a vehicle he was driving.  He was smart enough to ask for an attorney immediately.  The prosecution could not prove that he even knew the drugs were in the car let alone that he was distributing them.  Both charges were dropped.

COMMONWEALTH V. K.C.

MURDER CHARGES DROPPED DECEMBER 2016

Our client was charged with murder after a shooting outside of a bar.  Two witnesses identified him as the shooter.  It did not look good for him. Fortunately for him, we have extensive experience with eyewitness misidentification.  We worked with an eyewitness testimony expert and used video enhancement to successfully prove that our client was not the shooter.  All charges were dropped without a trial and our client walked away a free and happy man.

COMMONWEALTH V. O.C.

NOT GUILTY OF FELONY LARCENY AND CONSPIRACY AFTER TRIAL SEPTEMBER 2016

Our client was accused of stealing extremely long and heavy extension cords from a construction site where he had previously worked. A co-defendant in the case had another lawyer and pled guilty and accepted felony convictions and jail time.  We took the case to trial.  We used surveillance video to successfully demonstrate that our client could not have possibly taken the cords which weighed several hundred pounds.  The trial  stretched over three days and the judge required legal briefs but in the end it was worth it because all charges were dismissed.

COMMONWEALTH V. D.R.

NOT GUILTY OF ATTEMPTED POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY FELON AND FALSE STATEMENT ON CONSENT FORM AFTER TRIAL SEPTEMBER 2016

Our client was charged with attempted possession of a firearm by a felon and false statements on the state firearms form.  We took the case to trial and successfully argued that the court records were ambiguous and did not clearly prove that he had been previously convicted of a felony. Both charges were dismissed.

COMMONWEALTH V. P.P.

NOT GUILTY OF FELONY OBTAINING MONEY BY FALSE PRETENSES AFTER TRIAL JUNE 2016

Our client was charged with felony obtaining money by false pretenses.  He deposited a fake check for over five thousand dollars into his bank account. The bank erroneously honored the check and gave our client five thousand dollars in cash. We took the case to trial and successfully argued that our client was the true victim of receiving a check that he didn't realize was fake.  The charge was dismissed and our client avoided a felony conviction and possible jail time.

COMMONWEALTH V. K.J.

POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A VIOLENT FELON DROPPED JANUARY 2016

Our client was charged with possession of a firearm by a violent felon and faced a mandatory 5 years in prison. The police recovered a firearm under his seat during a traffic stop and our client was wearing a holster. Needless to say, it did not look good for our client. On our motion over the prosecution's objection, the firearm was sent to the Department of Forensic Science for DNA testing. DNA was recovered from the trigger of the gun that did not match our client. That ended up being the key to the case and forced the prosecution to concede that they could not prove that our client had handled the gun. The charge was dismissed and instead of spending the next 5 years in prison, our client is working and supporting his family.

COMMONWEALTH V. D.C.

RAPE AND OBJECT SEXUAL PENETRATION CHARGES DROPPED DECEMBER 2015

Our client was charged with rape. He sat in jail for three weeks after being told by another attorney that "nobody gets bond in rape cases." We took over the case and put on a lengthy bond hearing that resulted in him being released. We worked with a sexual assault nurse examiner who was able to demonstrate that the woman's injuries were completely consistent with consensual intercourse. When our client refused to plead guilty, the prosecution used all of their power and leverage and indicted on more charges. With our help, our client stood his ground. We set the case for a jury trial. In the end the prosecution dropped all charges without a trial, and our client avoided the possibility of life in prison.

COMMONWEALTH V. B.S.

ROBBERY, ABDUCTION, BURGLARY, USE OF A FIREARM CHARGES ALL DROPPED NOVEMBER 2015

Our client was accused of a violent gunpoint home invasion. There was a laundry list of serious charges including abduction, robbery, and multiple counts of use of a firearm. We became aware that a photo lineup had never been conducted with the victim. After the victim refused to participate in a photo lineup with us, we asked the court to order a photo lineup. The prosecution ultimately acknowledged that the victim could not identify our client and all of the charges were dropped.

COMMONWEALTH V. A.L.

FELONY DUI AND REFUSAL DISMISSED SEPTEMBER 2015

We successfully argued there was no reasonable basis for the officer to stop our client and the case was dismissed.

COMMONWEALTH V. C.O.

TWO MALICIOUS WOUNDING AND ASSAULT AND BATTERY CHARGES ALL DROPPED SEPTEMBER 2015

Our client was charged with stabbing two people and assaulting a third person during an altercation outside an oceanfront bar.  We were confident that we could prove that our client acted in self-defense and scheduled the case for a jury trial.  The prosecution offered multiple plea offers but we stood firm.  Before the scheduled trial date, the prosecution dropped all of the charges and our client avoided felonies and serious jail time.

COMMONWEALTH V. K.B.

NOT GUILTY OF FELONY STRANGULATION AFTER TRIAL JULY 2015

Our client was charged with a felony assault on his ex-girlfriend. The prosecution insisted on a felony conviction. We took the case to trial. We subpoenaed an EMT who had treated her on the night of the supposed strangling and noted that she was highly intoxicated and had no visible injuries. The judge dismissed the charge based on our argument that her lack of injuries was completely inconsistent with the assault she described, and our client walked out of jail on the same day.

COMMONWEALTH V. J.C.

FALSE STATEMENT ON CONSENT FORM DROPPED AFTER HEARING AUGUST 2015

Our client was accused of failing to disclose a domestic assault and battery conviction when he attempted to purchase a gun.  We successfully argued that the prosecution could not prove his prior conviction and the felony was dismissed.

COMMONWEALTH V. R.S.

NOT GUILTY OF FELONY LARCENY AFTER TRIAL JULY 2015

Our client was accused of stealing expensive electronic equipment from a neighbor.  We tracked down a police officer who was able to testify that the neighbor had made prior false accusations against our client. After hearing the officer's testimony, the court quickly dismissed the charge and our client walked away a free man.

COMMONWEALTH V. V.H.

POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE COCAINE DISMISSED AFTER HEARING JUNE 2015

Our client was charged with distributing cocaine after several baggies of crack were found in the car he was driving.  We successfully argued that the prosecution could not prove that our client was aware of the drugs and the case was dismissed.

COMMONWEALTH V. T.W.

POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE COCAINE DISMISSED AFTER HEARING JUNE 2015

Our client was charged with distributing cocaine after several baggies of crack were found in the car he was driving.  We successfully argued that the prosecution could not prove that our client was aware of the drugs and the case was dismissed.

COMMONWEALTH V. C.W.

NOT GUILTY OF FELONY LARCENY AFTER TRIAL JUNE 2015

Our client was accused of felony theft of lighting equipment outside of a business.  The stakes were high because the outcome had major implications on his pending contested custody case.  During our preparation for trial, we took photos of the business and established that they regularly left lighting equipment in the area of their dumpsters.  At trial we successfully argued that our client reasonably believed that the lighting equipment was abandoned property and the charge was dismissed.

COMMONWEALTH V. R.R.

FELONY DUI REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR WITH TIME SERVED MARCH 2015

Our client sat in jail for over a month after being told by another lawyer that it was impossible to get bond in felony DUI cases.  We helped to get him into treatment and out on bond.  When the prosecution made no offer, we took the case to trial and successfully argued that one of the two prior convictions was inadmissible.  Our client avoided a felony that would have resulted in the loss of his job and didn't do a single additional day in jail.

COMMONWEALTH V. D.D.

TWO ROBBERY COUNTS REDUCED TO MISDEMEANORS AFTER TRIAL DECEMBER 2014

Our client was charged with two counts of robbery and use of a firearm.  The victims were robbed at gunpoint outside a mall and our client was accused of being the getaway driver.  We took the case to trial and successfully argued that our client didn't know in advance that the co-defendant was going to commit a robbery and panicked when he saw what was happening.  Both robberies were reduced to misdemeanors and our client was released from jail.

COMMONWEALTH V. V.S.

TWO COUNTS BURGLARY BOTH REDUCED TO MISDEMEANORS AFTER TRIAL NOVEMBER 2014

Our client was accused of breaking into a house and stealing money and food.  We successfully argued that our client had been in the house previously and entered the house with the intent to seek shelter rather than the intent to steal.  Our client avoided a felony record and a lengthy jail sentence.

COMMONWEALTH V. T.A.

NOT GUILTY OF POSSESSION OF COCAINE AFTER TRIAL OCTOBER 2014

Our client was charged with possession after a bag of cocaine was found during a traffic stop.  We successfully argued at trial that the prosecution couldn't prove that he was aware that the bag was in the car and the charge was dismissed.

COMMONWEALTH V. J.H.

FELONY DUI REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR AND TIME SERVED OCTOBER 2014

Our client was charged with felony DUI and faced mandatory minimum prison time because it was his fourth DUI.  We successfully argued that two Tennessee convictions could not be as enhancement because that law was not substantially to Virginia's DUI law. Our client was released that day.

COMMONWEALTH V. R.B.

4 COUNTS MALICIOUS WOUNDING AND 4 COUNTS USE A FIREARM ALL DROPPED AFTER JURY TRIAL SEPTEMBER 2014

Our client was accused of a drive by shooting in which four different people were shot and seriously injured.  We took the case to a jury trial.  We argued that the only witness who identified our client had a history of bad blood with our client's family and could not be trusted. After hearing all the evidence, the jury could not reach a verdict and a mistrial was declared.  The prosecution dropped all charges before a second scheduled trial and our client was released.

COMMONWEALTH V. A.L.

TWO COUNTS OF ASSAULT LAW ENFORCEMENT REDUCED TO MISDEMEANORS AFTER TRIAL.  CLIENT AVOIDS DEPORTATION AUGUST 2014

Our client was charged with two counts of assault and battery of a law enforcement officer and faced a mandatory minimum of one year in jail. Even worse he was here on a green card and faced likely deportation.  He was desperate.  He had been in the U.S. for over a decade and had a wife and children who were American citizens.  Despite our best efforts, the prosecution refused to work with us to reduce the charges.  We took the case to trial and after fighting tirelessly we were able to convince the judge to find him guilty of disorderly conduct and to give him a sentence that would not effect his immigration status.

COMMONWEALTH V. N.B.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING CHARGE DROPPED NOVEMBER 2014

Our client was a former police officer whose ex-girlfriend accused him of deliberately throwing boiling water on her. We were able to demonstrate through medical records that she was highly intoxicated and that the injuries she suffered were likely the result of her own drunken negligence.  Multiple witnesses confirmed that our client was sober, calm, and cooperative.  We had to refuse multiple plea offers and the prosecution eventually conceded and dropped all charges.

COMMONWEALTH V. J.J.

NOT GUILTY FOUR COUNTS OF FELONY FALSIFYING A PUBLIC DOCUMENT AFTER TRIAL JUNE 2014

Our client was charged with 4 felonies after he signed a false name to four different traffic summons.  We refused an offer for misdemeanors that would have included weekends in jail and took the case to trial.  We successfully argued that there was no genuine intent to commit fraud and that our client was simply expressing his displeasure with the traffic stop.

COMMONWEALTH V. C.M.

FELONY ELUDING REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR AFTER TRIAL.OUR CLIENT STAYS IN THE NAVY JUNE 2014

Our client was charged with two counts of felony eluding and multiple misdemeanors after a high speed chase with the police. He was a young sailor in the Navy with a bright future.  He had made the worst mistake of his life and was facing prison time and a bad conduct discharge from the Navy.  The prosecution refused to make any offer to reduce the charges.  We took the case to trial and convinced the judge to find him guilty of a misdemeanor offense.  Our client avoided a felony and stayed in the Navy.

COMMONWEALTH V. T.H.

MURDER CHARGES REDUCED TO MANSLAUGHTER AFTER 3 DAY JURY TRIAL APRIL 2014

Our client was accused of stabbing a man to death during a fight outside a restaurant.  Video surveillance showed that it was our client who had been attacked first.  We took the case to a jury trial and argued that our client had lawfully defended himself. After three days of fighting for our client, the jury found him not guilty of murder and instead convicted him of manslaughter.

COMMONWEALTH V. G.E.

NOT GUILTY OF RAPE AFTER JURY TRIAL MARCH 2014

Our client was charged with rape based on the claim of a co-worker.  He was held without bond and was extremely scared. A sexual assault nurse examiner claimed that the woman had suffered blunt force trauma. First we fought to get our client out of jail on bond. Then we worked with our own sexual assault nurse examiner to prove that the conclusion of blunt force trauma was false. The prosecution was not willing to give up easily. We took the case to a jury trial. After two days of fighting for our client, the jury deliberated for less than thirty minutes before returning a not guilty verdict.  Our client walked away a free man instead of facing 5 to life in prison.

COMMONWEALTH V. G.D.

ATTEMPT MURDER, ROBBERY, AND USE OF  FIREARM CHARGES DROPPED FEBRUARY 2014

Our client was accused of shooting and robbing a man at a rap concert. The victim identified our client as the man who shot him.  We conducted our own photo lineup with the victim who could not pick out our client.  The victim subsequently admitted to the prosecution that he could not be sure that the assailant was our client and all charges were dropped.  Instead of the possibility of life in prison, our client walked out of jail on the same day.

COMMONWEALTH V. S.W.

NOT GUILTY OF FELONY LARCENY AFTER TRIAL NOVEMBER 2013

Our client was charged with felony theft from a department store.  The store's loss prevention officer claimed that he could identify our client as the woman who had exited the store with over $500 worth of merchandise.  We conducted our own photo lineup with the loss prevention officer who selected a woman who was not our client. We took the case to trial, presented the evidence of the false identification, and the charge was dismissed.

COMMONWEALTH V. L.P.

8 FELONY DRUG AND GUN CHARGES ALL DISMISSED AFTER SUCCESSFUL MOTIONS AND TRIAL OCTOBER 2013

Our client was charged with distribution of narcotics, possession of a firearm by a felon, and six counts of possession of ammunition by a felon.  We argued successfully in pre-trial motions that all of the ammunition charges violated our clients double jeopardy rights.  At trial we successfully argued that the prosecution could not prove that our client knew that the narcotics and firearm were in his car.  He walked away a happy man with all charges dismissed.

COMMONWEALTH V. S.B.