MAJOR change to post conviction practice and the law of actual innocence! New options in Virginia for clearing your record even when you have plead guilty to a crime.

A question we get nearly every week from people with convictions long in their past is whether they can get them stricken from their record. Ordinarily, no, a criminal conviction in Virginia will … [Read more...]

Boiling the frog—at what point do I need to get a protective order?

The nature of domestic violence means it is almost always hidden from public view. It happens in secret, behind closed doors, late at night, and around people who inherently have an ax to grind and … [Read more...]

How do I repair the damage? Can a false accusation—a criminal charge—be “fixed” in the public eye?

Our firm gets questions almost weekly from people who call asking what they can do about criminal charges or other public allegations that were filed or published against them that they were factually … [Read more...]

Virginia ABC Policy Changes During COVID-19 Outbreak

Over the past several weeks, Governor Northam has issued a number of Executive Orders related to what is and is not allowable for Virginia retail businesses and restaurants. Following the … [Read more...]

COVID-19 and Social Distancing: The Criminal Implications

At this point we are all aware of the Governor’s orders that all gatherings are to remain at less than 10 people. Virginia’s Executive Order numbers 53 and 55 state that any gathering of 10 or more … [Read more...]

Setting up your appeal when trial doesn’t go as planned.

Every attorney who does any significant trial work—and many clients beside them—recognize even in the middle of trial when a ruling has gone against them and their case will not recover. It’s a … [Read more...]

Getting bail in Virginia—what you need to know during the pandemic

When someone we love is accused of a crime and taken into custody, the most immediate issue in our minds is getting them somewhere safe outside of a jail. Family and friends are always rightly … [Read more...]

Electronic Tracking Devices in Virginia

Several years ago, Virginia’s legislature clarified the legality of using an electronic tracking device to monitor someone without their permission. Virginia Code § 18.2-60.5. “Unauthorized use of … [Read more...]

Getting preliminary protective orders—when time is crucial

People who are suffering abuse from people in their homes or lives understandably do not have the luxury of waiting to litigate their rights during bankers’ hours. They frequently need relief now—to … [Read more...]

Expert testimony ≠ “certified” expert in Virginia

A misunderstanding that many clients have in litigation is whether they can testifying to an opinion on an area they have better-than-average knowledge in. The short answer is that, ordinarily, laymen … [Read more...]