Virginia DUIs: New Tougher Penalties for DUIs Involving Injuries

On February 23rd, 2019, the House of Delegates voted to approve tougher penalties for DUIs that involve injuries in Virginia.  The Senate had previously approved the bill unanimously by a vote of … [Read more...]

Embezzlement—a crime proven by excluding the other possibilities

In our increasingly digitized society, white collar crime is fast becoming one of the most frequently seen kinds of fraud by business owners, auditors, and law enforcement. It is estimated to cost US … [Read more...]

Federal Crime Victims and Their Rights

Most people have forgotten about him, but one of the more lurid cases to come out of the federal courts in the last 10 years was that of Jeffrey Epstein. After success in finance and science … [Read more...]

Big Changes to Virginia Tobacco Laws: Age to Purchase now 21

On February 21, 2019, Governor Northam signed into law a bill to increase the age for purchasing tobacco products in the Commonwealth from 18 years old to 21 years old. Virginia will join … [Read more...]

Commonwealth v. Hall Implications: How involved does your property have to be before the government can take it under a forfeiture?

How can you be punished for a crime? Most people would answer with prison, jail, or a steep fine. But what many people don’t know is that—when you use some kinds of property to commit a crime—the … [Read more...]

Expungements: a way to prevent problems down the road

A question attorneys often get is whether a conviction goes on someone’s “permanent record.” In Virginia, every conviction—and, frequently, every charge—is entered into the National Crime Information … [Read more...]

Is it a threat? Or just words? The difference between a conviction for assault and keeping a violent offense off your record

A frequent argument we see in trials for assault is whether a threat alone constitutes an “assault.” In Virginia, there are two kinds of ‘assault.’ One is attempting to offensively touch another … [Read more...]

Marijuana Possession in Virginia Update

  Last week, two bills that were attempting to redefine how the Commonwealth of Virginia treats marijuana were again defeated in the General Assembly.  A bill to legalize marijuana for … [Read more...]

Protective orders: tricky to obtain, but powerful once issued

Anyone who knows someone who has suffered at the hands of a vindictive and even frightening ex- has seen the effects of living in fear. People who are being stalked, slandered, or threatened by that … [Read more...]

First time offenders and deferred dispositions: New opinion from the Attorney General permits some kinds of ‘deferred dispositions’

The criminal justice system is, thankfully, one that many of us never have to deal with. But too often, someone who has never dealt with it finds themselves charged with an offense. A frequent worry … [Read more...]