Posts by John Fishwick

Denied Coverage After an Accident? Consider a Declaratory Judgment

After a car accident, the last thing you want is a denied insurance claim. Unfortunately, many victims face unwanted red tape, delays, and unreasonable denials. While a jury trial is sometimes necessary to resolve these issues, a declaratory judgment action may efficiently resolve coverage disputes. In this blog, Fishwick & Associates explains the essentials of…

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Can I Settle a Misdemeanor Out of Court in Virginia?

Accord and Satisfaction, Misdemeanor, Criminal

If you’re facing misdemeanor criminal charges in Virginia, you may be eligible for a unique form of dismissal, called “accord and satisfaction.” Rather than face prosecution, the court closes your case because you made it right with the victim—either through financial compensation or some other form of consideration. Many people are surprised to find out…

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How to Challenge a Zoning Decision


Virginia Code § 15.2-2280 et seq., grants localities the power to enact zoning ordinances, which can include provisions related to a number of zoning matters, such as rezoning properties, granting special exceptions or variances, and administering and enforcing zoning matters. Final zoning decisions are typically made by either the local governing body or a board…

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Considerations in Defending a Drug Charge

Drug offenses are serious crimes, often with significant penalties, including mandatory minimum sentences. What are some of the important questions to consider for an individual facing drug charges? What are some of the issues a criminal defense attorney explores when defending a client charged with a drug offense? Because the penalties for drug offenses can…

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Outside Counsel for Internal Investigations and Cold Cases

Rely on Fishwick & Associates as Outside Counsel for Internal Investigations When a corporation, municipality, or religious entity needs to investigate wrongdoing within the organization, for example, fraud or the mishandling of events, they may be tempted to conduct their own investigations with in-house counsel or investigators. But that may be a mistake. Instead, such…

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A Guide to Injuries and Damages in Virginia Medical Malpractice Cases

Medical Malpractice in Virginia

Medical malpractice occurs whenever a healthcare provider deviates from the standard of care in his or her profession, and as a result, causes an injury. In this article, we explain what injuries are compensable under Virginia’s medical malpractice laws, and what damages plaintiffs can recover for those medical malpractice injuries. What Is Medical Malpractice? Medical…

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Title IX and Employment Discrimination

: Title IX and employment discrimination

In the same way that educational institutions and school systems must not discriminate in their treatment of men and women’s sports programs, educational institutions and school systems that receive federal funds cannot discriminate on the basis of sex in employment. Accordingly, in appropriate circumstances, a claim under Title IX for employment discrimination, either on its…

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Virginia’s Hazing Statute Provides Criminal Penalties and Enables Civil Claims

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The dictionary defines hazing as “an initiation process involving harassment.” That definition does little to capture the humiliating, abusive, and dangerous acts that are associated with hazing in American universities and high schools. Nor do media depictions of hazing, from the comparatively tame Animal House to the raunchier Old School, adequately reflect the reality of…

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Arrested for First-Time Possession of Marijuana in Virginia? Know Your Options

marijuana possession

Despite changing attitudes across the nation, possession of marijuana remains a serious offense in Virginia. Under Virginia law, you cannot knowingly or intentionally possess marijuana, with a few exceptions.   A conviction for marijuana possession is a misdemeanor and may result in up to a 30-day jail sentence and a $500 fine. Even worse, subsequent convictions for possession of marijuana become a…

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What to Do If You Were Hit by a Drunk Driver in Virginia

Drunk driver Virginia, drunk driving attorney Virginia

Drunk driving remains a serious problem in Virginia. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, there were 7,285 crashes involving a drunk driver in 2017, killing 248 people and injuring another 4,430. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a drunk driving accident, it’s in your best interest to consult with an…

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