Specificity Matters: Suspect’s request for a “Lawyer, Dog” ambiguous

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2017/10/orleans_rape_suspects_lawyer_d.html Almost everyone is aware of the rights that a criminal suspect is entitled to when questioning by the police.  These … [Read more...]

Opioid Epidemic in Virginia

On October 26, 2017, President Trump declared a national health emergency due to the opiate epidemic in the United States. In Virginia, deaths related to opiate overdose have sharply increased over … [Read more...]

DNA Evidence and Virginia Criminal Law – The Truth Behind the Myth

Over the past twenty years, DNA evidence has become inextricably linked to crime scene investigation and criminal justice.  Almost every crime television show has every crime solved by a quick DNA … [Read more...]

Virginia and the First Offender Program for Possession of a Controlled Substance

In Virginia, a first offender program is available for those charged with drug possession, regardless of the type of drug.  Va Code § 18.2-251 outlines the criteria by which first offenders may be … [Read more...]