The Unseen Punishment—The collateral consequences of criminal convictions.

A question we frequently get from clients who are facing their first criminal charge is how this will affect them in the years to come. Criminal penalties include incarceration, fines, restitution to … [Read more...]

DUI Under 21 in Virginia

Most people believe that if you have a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) under 0.08, you are safe to drive and cannot be charged with DUI.  However, in Virginia, that is not the case. If you are under 21 … [Read more...]

Unlawful Search and Evidence Retrieved – What Might a Court Do?

For years, evidence that police find in violation of a person’s rights under the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution – the right against unlawful search and seizure- is commonly ruled inadmissible … [Read more...]

Virginia License Suspension Forgiveness – For now, a temporary reprieve.

This year Virginia has seen a change in how it handles license suspension. There have been many articles and news outlets stating that through a budget amendment effective July 1, 2019 Virginia law … [Read more...]

DUI (DWI) under .08 BAC in Virginia

Most people believe that if you have a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) under 0.08, you are safe to drive and cannot be charged with DUI (DWI).  However, in Virginia, that is not the case. Consuming any … [Read more...]

Handling a College Campus Sexual Assault Hearing—Contested Cases Mean Cross-Examining Witnesses

Under federal law, when sexual harassment or sexual assault is reported on a college or university campus - the colleges and universities are empowered to investigate and resolve the complaints of … [Read more...]

Campus Sexual Assault Title IX Investigations — Criminal Law Inside Universities

Under any circumstance, no parent ever wants to get a phone call from their child saying that they have been the victim of sexual assault or are facing an accusation of sexual assault.  For those with … [Read more...]

Restitution with Juveniles: How do you recover when it is a juvenile committing the property damage?

Crimes are seldom limited by age of the offender - and a common question a prosecutor will ask a victim is how much it will cost to repair the damage a juvenile has caused in a property destruction … [Read more...]

October 2019 Civil Rights Restoration Update

Governor Northam announced on Wednesday October 9th, 2019 that since he took office in January 2018 over 20,000 Virginians have had their civil rights restored (22,205 to be exact). Felony … [Read more...]

Expungements after guilty verdicts in Virginia. What options do you have?

A question we frequently hear is whether a conviction can be expunged that is "years old" or that was "simply a misdemeanor". Generally, the answer is no—no matter how old or how minimal the offense … [Read more...]