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July 2015
Virginia has been slow to respond in reforming the Commonwealth’s distracted driving laws.  This basically means that Virginia has shown a more relaxed attitude towards cell phone use and texting while driving than many other jurisdictions. While the attitude is somewhat relaxed, especially in a state that is somewhat infamous for its tough traffic law...
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Virginia is infamous for its enforcement of the speed limit. According to the Virginia State Crime Commission, there is an average of 538,900 speeding charges in Virginia’s District Courts every year. Assuming no one gets more than one ticket per year (which we all know is not true), the math works out that almost ten...
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Virginia is known for being hard on drivers who fail to obey the law. The Commonwealth has laws that criminalize behavior that in many other jurisdictions, would result in a simple administrative ticket and points on your license. In other words, in Virginia you might end up spending time in jail for something that in...
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In countless television shows, the criminal is pulled over and the vehicle is searched. When marijuana is found, the accused often replies, “It’s not mine.”  While in the plot of the show this may or may not be true or, what happens in real life when this type of situation occurs?  Obviously, it adds intrigue...
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Marijuana possession is a serious charge in Virginia. A conviction can result in jail time, a criminal record and the loss of driving privileges. If you read the newspaper or look at Internet news sites, you often see articles where people are arrested for possession of marijuana and you often see an additional charge in...
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Typically, when most people think about DUI, they think about people going out to bars and having too much to drink and then driving drunk. While this has received much of the focus of the media and law enforcement, there is a push among law enforcement agencies to get tough on drivers who are under...
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Virginia’s DUI laws are considered among the harshest in the US. For example, a third DUI conviction is punished as a felony and even first offenses often result in jail time. Since the laws are perceived as being so aggressive, many people consider refusing to take a breath or blood test when they get pulled...
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Everyone knows the danger of drinking and driving. You can get pulled over by the police and get hit for severe fines, costs, and even potentially spend time in jail. What you might not know is that there are ramifications for you even if you would never consider driving after having a drink. Virginians face...
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There was a recent article published on Yahoo News that illustrates the need to have a good defense attorney represent you if you are charged with a crime. The article, published June 23, 2015, is a cautionary tale that, frankly, makes your jaw drop and leaves you thinking that there is no way that this...
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With all of the hubbub surrounding the legalization of marijuana in some states and in DC, some people have forgotten what should still be obvious – Marijuana possession and distribution is still a violation of federal and Virginia law. Amazingly, there are some who think that because you can cross the Potomac and get marijuana...
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