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Criminal Defense

What are possible defenses to theft?

Theft charges can result in jail time, fines and other possible penalties and consequences. For that reason, individuals who have been accused of a theft crime should be familiar with their criminal defense options and how to go about them. Defenses to theft charges...

Woman arrested for DUI after turning onto train tracks

Driving is a privilege and should be treated as such. Motorists are expected to be properly licensed and are trusted to operate a motor vehicle in accordance with the rules of the road. In Virginia, like other states across the nation, motorists are legally obligated...

What constitutes criminal family abuse in Virginia?

Those who are accused of domestic assault may have many concerns. They may wonder how these charges will affect their children and their job. These are valid concerns, which is why it is important to have a basic understanding of domestic assault laws in Virginia....

Traffic stop leads to DUI and felony assault charges

In Virginia, when a person is investigated by law enforcement for a possible case of driving under the influence, it can lead to an arrest. The penalties for a DUI conviction are often harsh with the possibility of a driver’s license suspension, jail time, fines and...

Reckless driving in Virginia-it’s serious

When a person is facing a traffic infraction in Virginia they may not think it’s a big deal. I mean, everyone gets a ticket at some point in their driving career, right? Not all driving tickets are created equal and one such serious charge is reckless driving. What...

Attacking witness credibility may be key to your defense

There are a lot of aspects to a prosecutor’s case that must be executed with precision before a conviction can be obtained. Amongst them is compelling witness testimony. However, there’s much more to a witness’s testimony that what he or she says about the alleged...

A basic overview of drunk driving laws in Virginia

We often toast to the holidays with a drink. Whether it is a cocktail at a holiday party or a glass of champagne on New Year’s Eve, many people in Virginia will choose to celebrate the season with alcohol. However, it can be all-too-easy to overindulge, possibly...

Suppressing evidence might save you from conviction

Drug charges have a certain stigma attached to them. As a result, mere allegations can be damaging to your reputation. A criminal conviction on drug charges can be disastrous, affecting your freedom, your finances, your career, and your potential for the future. With...

Arlington man arrested after trying to break into motel room

Many criminal assaults are the result of spontaneous outbursts of anger. When the anger fades, the would-be assaulter usually calms down. Many people who might commit an assault are willing, after the violent urges subside, to talk to police and to allow themselves to...

A first-time domestic violence charge is a serious affair

While it might not be pleasant to think about it, it is really pretty easy to get charged with a crime related to domestic violence. In some cases, too much alcohol or just a really stressful set of circumstances can lead to a resident of Northern Virginia acting out...