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Written by James Panagis

The Pleasures and Pratfalls of Duck Hunting on Virginia’s Eastern Shore

With an abundance of habitat, food, water, and wildlife the Eastern Shore of Virginia is a paradise for hunters. Many individuals who choose to hunt the Eastern Shore do so on their own private property. These hunters who are properly licensed...

October 05, 2022 in Criminal Defense - State & Federal

Written by Brian Latuga

The Virginia Habitual Drunkard Law is Unconstitutional, But You Were Just Interdicted

The City of Virginia Beach has far surpassed any other jurisdiction in creating these ‘habitual drunkards’. It seems the Tidewater area is trying to take the prize for greatest number of interdicted persons established through the “untouched”...

February 10, 2020 Criminal Defense - State & Federal; DUI Defense

Written by Brian Latuga

ASAP Good Behavior Violations in Virginia

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...

October 19, 2018 Criminal Defense - State & Federal; DUI Defense

Written by Brian Latuga

A Fight Over A "Deadly Weapon"

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...

July 19, 2018 in Criminal Defense - State & Federal

Written by Stephen Pfeiffer

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

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...

April 30, 2018 Criminal Defense - State & Federal; DUI Defense

Erin Andrews From Ten Thousand Feet

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...

March 04, 2016 Criminal Defense - State & Federal; Litigation

The Death of Antonin Scalia and Former VA Governor Bob McDonnell

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...

February 16, 2016 in Criminal Defense - State & Federal

Is Smell Still Sufficient for Probable Cause in Virginia?

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...

August 24, 2015 Criminal Defense - State & Federal; DUI Defense

Written by Stephen Pfeiffer

3 Little Known Facts About Field Sobriety Tests In Virginia

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 50...

July 27, 2014 Criminal Defense - State & Federal; DUI Defense

Arthur Walker: Spy or Sap

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...

July 11, 2014 in Criminal Defense - State & Federal