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...]

Traps for the unwary! Strict liability felonies in Virginia.

There are some crimes that people can commit without knowing the law is “on the books.” Or even committing it entirely inadvertently if they did know. These are called “strict liability” offenses, and … [Read more...]

Intoxication as a Defense in Virginia

Since the start of the pandemic, most everyone who has been following the news knows that while everyone is passing the time in quarantine people are drinking alcohol more. The pandemic has also made … [Read more...]

How criminal defense counsel can help in Virginia: Recharacterizing felonies as misdemeanors.

In an earlier post on collateral consequences, we wrote about how felony convictions can result in life-altering events that forever change the course of how society treats you. Frequently clients … [Read more...]

Decriminalization of the Simple Possession of Marijuana in Virginia

  On Sunday, April 12, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam signed a bill into law decriminalizing simple possession marijuana in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Presently, with regards to a … [Read more...]