Criminal Defense Law

Criminal defense law consists of the legal protections afforded to people who have been accused of committing a crime. Law enforcement agencies and government prosecutors have extensive resources at their disposal. Without adequate protections for the accused, the balance of power within the justice system would become skewed in favor of the government. As it is, fair treatment for criminal defendants often depends as much upon the skill of their defense attorney as it does the substantive protections contained in the law.

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  • West Virginia DUI Checkpoints Near Me – Police Checkpoints – Sobriety Roadblocks

    West Virginia is one of 38 states that permit warrantless, random sobriety Roadblock and DUI checkpoints. These cases can be won, since (until proven to have been properly set up, authorized and operated in accordance with a programmatic level plan) are deemed to be unconstitutional.

  • Can I go to Jail for a Traffic Ticket?
      by HG.org

    Continued traffic tickets need attention for resolution before law enforcement need to take more drastic measures. However, the first step is usually a suspended driver’s license that could lead to the individual losing his or her vehicle to impound when caught driving, and then police may arrest the person if he or she incurs additional violations.

  • Cruel Swatting Prank Leads to Stranger’s Death

    Swatting is the act of calling in a false report of a very serious crime to police in order to prompt them to send a SWAT team (Special Weapons and Tactics) to someone’s home. This so-called prank has led to terrible legal consequences for some and worse, it led to the death of an innocent man at his home in Kansas this past December.

  • Punishment for Possession of a Controlled Substance in Virginia

    According to the Virginia code, section §54.1 – 3401, the controlled substance in Virginia is “a drug, substance, or immediate precursor in Schedules I through VI of this chapter.”

  • Reckless Driving Ticket Fines & Penalties in Virginia

    Reckless driving is a serious traffic violation and therefore, it is categorized as a Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia

  • Overview of Assault and Battery Laws in Georgia
      by HG.org

    Georgia assault and battery crimes include “simple” offenses along with “aggravated” offenses. These legal distinctions are very important regarding the nature of criminal charges against a defendant and the potential penalties that the defendant is facing.

  • Cellphone Data Forensics Expert Witness Testimony
      by HG.org

    Unraveling the specifics in cellphone data is complex and could lead to complicated situations without an expert to testify and provide additional details. These experts have tasks that permit them to break down the software and GPS information within the electronic so that others may understand how it connects to the case.

  • Changes in Federal Criminal Law Since Trump

    Many of my clients ask me how the election of Donald Trump to the presidency has changed the outlook on their cases. As one would expect, the existing criminal laws are now being enforced much more harshly, resulting in unfair incarceration for many first offenders. Below are the three major areas that I have seen substantial changes in the last year

  • The Rights of Those Falsely Accused of Sexual Assault in California
      by HG.org

    In late 2017, a widespread “#MeToo” campaign tore across the country, highlighting multiple incidents of high-profile assaults committed by actors, CEOs of large corporations and other prominent members of the community. This campaign also caused millions of people across the country to reveal information about their own assaults and make accusations against people who may have never been confronted before.

  • How to Regain Driving Privileges in North Carolina After a DWI Suspension
      by HG.org

    In North Carolina, it is common for people to lose their driving privileges after being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. In some cases, it is possible to have these driving privileges restored.


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