Virginia, criminal charges, and autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disability.

During the past General Assembly session, the legislature took on a number of criminal justice reforms. This included a comprehensive review of how persons with mental health diagnosis are treated in … [Read more...]

Plea withdrawls. Is it too late?

A question we frequently get from people is whether they can withdraw their guilty plea. Virginia Code § 19.2-296 provides that a “motion to withdraw a plea of guilty … may be made only before … [Read more...]

Change to Penalty for Refusal of BAC Test in Virginia

On July 1, 2020, a major change was implemented concerning the penalty for refusing to cooperate with a blood or breath test following arrest for a DUI charge. Virginia has an “implied consent” … [Read more...]

Can Filing for Bankruptcy Stop the Lawsuit Against You?

If you are in the midst of a lawsuit and experiencing financial hardship, filing for bankruptcy may seem like a quick fix that will prevent judgment against you. In some cases, that may be true, but … [Read more...]

Public intoxication—what you need to know

With the weather warming up and people finally spending more time outside their homes, an issue that frequently arises concerns arrests for being intoxicated in public under Virginia Code § 18.2-388. … [Read more...]

Decriminalization of the Simple Possession of Marijuana in Virginia Effective July 1st, 2020

On Thursday, May 21, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam formally signed a bill into law decriminalizing simple possession of marijuana on the Commonwealth of Virginia. In early April, the two bills … [Read more...]

July 1st, 2020 Brings Another Change to the Grand Larceny Threshold in Virginia

On July 1, 2020, the threshold amount for a felony grand larceny will increase again from $500 to $1,000.  This law change comes quickly on the heels of the General Assembly increasing the threshold … [Read more...]

Social Media Scams and the Quarantine

  During this pandemic we have all been spending more time in our homes than we did previously. As we remain at home, more people are relying on online platforms to purchase items directly … [Read more...]

Destruction of a will – a crime with a harsh punishment in the Commonwealth of Virginia

A last will and testament is a legal document that articulates a person’s wishes for after they have passed away. It’s an important document that maps out who will be named their executor, how one’s … [Read more...]

Assault and Battery in Virginia Against a Family or Household Member: First Offender

In Virginia, assault and battery charges where the victim is a family or household member are handled in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. “Family or household member” is defined … [Read more...]