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ASAP Good Behavior Violations in Virginia

October 19, 2018

Perhaps you haven’t broken any criminal or traffic laws since your DUI or Reckless Driving conviction. But now, your front door is decorated with a summons from your local court for a “Good Behavior Violation- Failure to Comply with ASAP.” What...

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A Fight Over A "Deadly Weapon"

July 19, 2018

What can be considered a "deadly weapon" in the state of Virginia? The answer is almost anything depending on how the object or instrument was used during a criminal act. However the inclusion of "deadly weapon" charges can have a tremendous impact...

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Private Property DUI: Do I Have to Give A Breath or Blood Sample?

April 30, 2018

Stephen Pfeiffer of Wolcott Rivers Gates discusses when you are legally required to provide a blood or breath sample in the state of Virginia. In this article, Mr. Pfeiffer also shares ways to avoid accidentally providing incriminating evidence...

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Erin Andrews From Ten Thousand Feet

March 04, 2016

Beyond doubt, Erin Andrews was emotionally injured by the conduct of Mr. X when he surreptitiously altered Ms. Andrews’ hotel room door peephole so that he could video her o’natural and then publish the video on the internet. Ms. Andrews was a...

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The Death of Antonin Scalia and Former VA Governor Bob McDonnell

February 16, 2016

Perhaps no individual litigant will be more affected by the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia than former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. The Governor’s appeal to the United States Supreme Court from his “corruption” conviction is...

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Is Smell Still Sufficient for Probable Cause in Virginia?

August 24, 2015

As many criminal defense practitioners can attest, the typical fact pattern for a “routine” marijuana charge is your client being stopped by police for some minor traffic infraction and upon approaching the window of the car smells a distinct odor...

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3 Little Known Facts About Field Sobriety Tests In Virginia

July 27, 2014

Your Weight May Be A Defense One of the tests you perform in the SFSTs is the One-Leg Stand test. When the tests were conducted it was concluded that people who are overweight by 50 or more pounds had difficulty performing this test. If you are...

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Arthur Walker: Spy or Sap

July 11, 2014

Over the years I have reflected on the wild ride that surrounded Arthur’s arrest, indictment and trial. I have also thought of him – the man. I have never been able to decide if he was a spy or a sap. There is no doubt that Arthur took...

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AN ALFORD PLEA LEADING TO MORE TRIALS?

May 19, 2014

Tonya Bundick has been granted the right to approximately 60 separate trials on the approximately 60 charges of arson she faces arising from the fires on the Eastern Shore. She has already been found guilty of one offense of arson and one offense...

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EXPUNGEMENT IN VIRGINIA: THE BRUTAL TRUTH

April 29, 2014

Almost weekly, I get a call from someone asking me to help them with an expungement in Virginia. Typically, they want to wipe out “old” charges from their record. The reasons vary: employment and educational applications, security clearance...

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