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Gun Rights Restoration After a Felony in Virginia, Part II: Petition the Circuit Court

***Check out the new Frequently Asked Questions page for gun rights restorations.*** A felony conviction is a life-changing event. Among the many consequences of a felony conviction is that the individual automatically loses their right to posses… Read More
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For inmates in Virginia: your phone calls are being recorded!

From the Virginian Pilot comes this article: “Jails are all ears for inmates’ phone calls.” The article is long, but well written. It explains the various ways that jail phone calls can, and often do, impact the outcome of a criminal case. Eve… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense

Of Body Cameras & Police Officers

Another story of body cameras and police officers. Police office, an Iraq vet, praised for refusing to shoot “suicide by cop” suspect.  Although this story is from Ohio, its relevance crosses state borders. There are several interesting… Read More
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Categories: Other News

[Video] Seriously. Don't talk to the police.

“[A]ny lawyer worth his salt will tell the suspect in no uncertain terms to make no statement to police under any circumstances.” Watts v. Indiana, 338 U.S. 49, 59 (1949) (Justice Robert Jackson, concurring in part and dissenting in part… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense

Who should I choose as my agent for a durable financial power of attorney?

What is a durable financial power of attorney?  If you have an accident or illness that leaves you incapacitated, who will manage your financial and legal affairs on your behalf? If you are in a hospital in a coma, someone needs to be able to use y… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning

I missed my court date for my case. What happens next? Do I have any options?

You missed your court date for a case in a General District Court in Virginia. Now what? If you missed your court date for a minor traffic case, you were most likely found guilty in your absence. (See below for reckless driving charges and other crim… Read More
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Can I get my criminal conviction expunged / cleared from my record?

This is a question I get fairly often. A criminal conviction can follow a person forever. It can cause all kinds of difficulty with employment opportunities, security clearances, and even collateral issues like child custody. Conviction vs. Charged v… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense

What happens after a driver's license suspension?

Many people do not realize that driving on a suspended license is a Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia. It is punishable by up to 1 year in jail, a $2500 fine, and an additional license suspension.Moreover, on the third or subsequent conviction, the ju… Read More
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I'm supposed to go to an arraignment. What the heck is an arraignment?

In General District Court, an arraignment is when someone is formally advised of the criminal charges against them and advised of their right to an attorney. It is very likely that a person will need to appear at an arraignment on charges of Driving… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense

How fast can you travel over the speed limit without being pulled over? Is there a "buffer zone" for speeding tickets? And, how it may mean the difference between a criminal conviction and a simple traffic infraction.

It is safe to say that almost all drivers travel faster than the posted speed limits. In some regions, driving at or below the speed limit is downright dangerous. Of course, most people assume they will not get pulled over as long as their speed is w… Read More
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Categories: Traffic Offenses

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