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Plea Bargaining in Virginia

Plea Bargaining in Virginia

Ideally, your criminal case will end in a dismissal or a victory at trial. If the Commonwealth lacks credible or inculpatory evidence, or if the evidence against you was obtained unlawfully, it is extremely likely that you will be able to beat the charges and walk...
The Law of K9 Searches

The Law of K9 Searches

Police use canines (commonly referred to as “K-9’s”) to sniff the exterior of homes, cars, people’s luggage at the airport, etc., in the hopes of finding contraband. These dogs are generally born and raised for the purpose of becoming K9’s, and they typically are...
The Bail Process in Virginia

The Bail Process in Virginia

The Bail Process in Virginia When people hear the maxim “Innocent until proven guilty,” it generally makes them think that person will only be incarcerated after their guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. The sad reality is that this is simply not the...
The Failed War on Drugs

The Failed War on Drugs

The War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration It is well-settled that the United States has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world. Incredibly, countries like India and China, who have populations at least 4x greater than ours, have a lower number of total...
Why the Travel Ban Will Fail in the Supreme Court

Why the Travel Ban Will Fail in the Supreme Court

Why the Travel Ban Will Fail in the Supreme Court This article is not intended to focus on providing a personal opinion of the travel ban. Instead, the purpose of this article is to provide a plain-English road map of precisely why the travel ban will not pass...
Common Defenses to Criminal Charges

Common Defenses to Criminal Charges

Common Defenses to Crimes in Virginia The question I get most often from clients in criminal cases is “What defenses do I have?” The reality is, there is no “one-size-fits-all” answer to this question. In fact, because every case is different, charges in one case...
The Leniency Afforded to First Time Offenders

The Leniency Afforded to First Time Offenders

The Leniency Afforded To First Time Offenders First time offenders generally get the most lenient and fairest treatment in the criminal justice system. Depending on the severity, judges are far likelier to impose lenient sentences on first time offenders out of...