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How can I legally carry a handgun in my car in Virginia?

The Commonwealth of Virginia has a significant and growing number of responsible gun owners, and Virginia law protects and encourages the right of each individual to keep and bear arms. When it comes to carrying a handgun in a car, there are several… Read More
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Winning a lawsuit vs. Getting paid for your damages

From Loudoun County, Virginia, comes this story: Combs-LaFleur Estate awarded $15 million in wrongful death lawsuit.  Short version of the backstory (without gruesome details): a man viciously killed his wife; he made up an unbelievable story to mi… Read More
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Of the many concerns with criminal juries...

…they are unpredictable. The decision to take a criminal case to a jury is a very tough decision. Compared to a bench trial, which occurs only in front of a judge, a criminal case in front of a jury is an entirely different ordeal. In weighing… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense

I have to go to a preliminary hearing in a General District Court in Virginia. What is a preliminary hearing?

When a person is charged with a felony in Virginia, their case will usually proceed through two different phases:  A preliminary hearing in the General District Court. A trial in the Circuit Court.  The preliminary hearing is a very important… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense

I am charged with possession of marijuana in Virginia. What are the possible consequences? Can I avoid a conviction if it is my first offense?

In Virginia, possession of marijuana is a criminal offense. It is often referred to as “simple possession” to distinguish it from more serious felony drug charges, such as Possession with Intent to Distribute (PWID). Possession of marijuana is a… Read More
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"Revenge Porn" in Virginia: New Law, First Case, Lots of Questions…

A woman from Augusta County was charged with violating Virginia’s new law against so-called “revenge porn.”  Virginian-Pilot Article. This story begins like a garden-variety relationship dispute: A woman sent a nude photo of herself to a man.… Read More
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Reckless Driving by Speed vs. Simple Speeding Ticket? What’s the difference?

Like most every other state, Virginia has the basic traffic infraction of “speeding” (sometimes called “simple speeding”). The most common consequences of “simple speeding” are a fine, court costs, and DMV demerit points.  Virginia also… Read More
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