Criminal Law

Video Discussion: Cold Cases

In the latest episode of our firm’s video web series, which can be viewed below, firm owner John P. Fishwick, Jr., associate attorney Daniel J. Martin, and firm investigator Isaac Van Patten discuss our role in investigating cold cases. While this is not our most common practice, we are honored to be able to assist victims and…

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Video Discussion: Marijuana Decriminalization

In the twenty-ninth episode of our firm’s video web series, which can be viewed below, firm owner John P. Fishwick, Jr., associate attorney Daniel J. Martin, and firm investigator Isaac Van Patten discuss the decriminalization of marijuana in Virginia against the backdrop of Governor Ralph Northam announcing his support for the legalization of recreational marijuana in Virginia.…

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Video Discussion: Virginia’s New Jury Trial Sentencing Law

In the twenty-sixth episode of our firm’s video web series, which can be viewed below, firm owner John P. Fishwick, Jr., associate attorney Daniel J. Martin, and firm investigator Isaac Van Patten discuss a groundbreaking change in Virginia criminal law – sentences imposed by judges! Many people are often surprised by the fact that in Virginia, if…

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Video Discussion: Federal Criminal Cases

In the twenty-fourth episode of our firm’s video web series, which can be viewed below, firm owner John P. Fishwick, Jr., associate attorney Daniel J. Martin, and firm investigator Isaac Van Patten discuss federal criminal cases, and how our firm’s experience on both the prosecution and defense side gives us an edge in defending our clients against…

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Grand Juries in Virginia

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Grand juries are one of the more unique features of the United States’ criminal justice system. While regular (or “petit”) juries decide whether a particular defendant is guilty of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt, grand juries decide whether criminal charges should be brought in the first place. Grand juries are essential to not only…

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Video Discussion: Deadlines

In the twentieth episode of our firm’s video web series, which can be viewed below, firm owner John P. Fishwick, Jr., associate attorney Daniel J. Martin, and firm investigator Isaac Van Patten discuss deadlines in legal cases, formally known as statutes of limitations. In criminal prosecutions, statutes of limitations require the prosecution to charge a defendant within…

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Video Discussion: Changes to Virginia Law for 2020

New Laws on the Books

In the fourth episode of our firm’s video web series, which can be viewed below, firm owner John P. Fishwick, Jr., and firm investigator Isaac Van Patten are joined by Senator Creigh Deeds (D-25), a member of the Senate of Virginia who has represented the 25th district (Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Alleghany County, Bath County, Highland County,…

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The Accommodation Defense in Drug Distribution Cases

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Giving, distributing, or possessing with intent to give or distribute a controlled substance is a serious crime in Virginia, which may result in up to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $500,000.00 per charge. Not all drug distributions are alike, however. Virginia law recognizes that a seller of drugs should not be treated the…

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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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Considerations in Defending a Drug Charge

New Laws on the Books

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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