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October 2016 Archives

What are some assault and battery defense options?

When a resident of Virginia is accused of a violent crime, it is likely that he or she will want to take action to avoid the harsh penalties that a conviction could carry. Criminal charges for assault and battery could have serious consequences, impacting the personal and professional life of the accused. Therefore, it is important to understand what criminal defense strategies are available for these criminal allegations.

Driving under the influence of alcohol: Field sobriety tests

A field sobriety test is a tool used by police officers to enforce drunk driving laws. It is normally administered before giving a Breathalyzer test when a person is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. If an officer in Virginia suspects that a motorist is impaired due to alcohol consumption, then he or she will usually instruct the motorist to perform a three-part sobriety test.

Criminal charge defense remains frustrated by elusive "Blue Book"

When someone is charged with a federal crime in Virginia, the burden of proof resides with government prosecutors. During discovery, prosecutors are required to present certain information to the defense that describes the basis of the prosecution's case in order to try the criminal charge. One document created is called the "Blue Book," which is a document that the government creates detailing the information prosecutors are required to give to the defense team.

Things to know about Stand Your Ground laws and weapons crimes

After Trayvon Martin was shot in Florida by an armed community watch volunteer, Stand Your Ground laws were thrust into the national media spotlight. It quickly became apparent that the laws put in place to allow citizens to defend themselves were confusing, and that many people had vastly different interpretations of what was and was not legal. Even if the outcome is not as tragic as the Martin case, many in Virginia who use force to protect themselves may be at risk for being charged with weapons crimes or other felonies.