Criminal Law

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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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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When is Self-Defense in Virginia a Crime?

Self-defense Virginia, Virginia self-defense law

In Virginia, the law allows you to defend yourself, your family, and your home when you are facing an imminent threat. However, there are limits to your right to self-defense, and the laws surrounding self-defense are complex. In some cases, people unknowingly cross the line in their efforts to keep themselves safe. Keep reading to…

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What Does it Mean to Plead No Contest?

Plead no contest, what does it mean to plead no contest

Pleading no contest, also known as nolo contendere, can be a good option for some people facing criminal charges in Virginia. However, many people choose to plead no contest without understanding what it actually means or what the repercussions are. If you’re in a tough legal position and are considering your options, keep reading to…

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