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...]

Reckless driving using a phone: Changes coming January 1st, 2021 for drivers in Virginia

A topic of contentious fighting amongst drivers everywhere in Virginia is how we should treat those who are using handheld devices like cell phones while driving. Being distracted by a conversation … [Read more...]

Disorderly conduct by students in Virginia schools: A new law attempts to sort out the mess.

A common headache teachers, administrators, and school resource officers face in school fights is figuring out who started the incident. Assault and battery of one student by another is still just as … [Read more...]

Criminal Law Update: Major change in law concerning jury punishment in Virginia

For decades now, Virginia has divided jury trials into two parts—first the “guilt” phase, where the members of a jury decide whether someone is actually guilty of an offense. The second was the … [Read more...]