Virginia Ignition Interlocks a factor in hundreds of crashes

By | 2019-06-17T15:33:26+00:00 June 17th, 2019|DUI Lawyer, News, Reckless Driving, Uncategorized|

Technology that is designed to deter previous offenders from drinking and driving is producing alarming crash statistics. The Department of Motor Vehicles reports that the number of crashes due to Ignition Interlock devices has gone up from 407 in 2012 to 678 in 2016.  Virginia state law mandates that individuals have the device installed in [...]

False Confessions and the Fifth Amendment

By | 2019-05-19T22:44:20+00:00 May 19th, 2019|Criminal Defense, News, Uncategorized|

In June 1996, 18 year old Angie Dodge from Idaho Falls, Idaho was murdered.  Police found Dodge’s half naked body with multiple stab wounds, her throat cut, and evidence of rape.   The tragedy, however, was perpetuated by the fact that two innocent men were accused of the murder. With no leads for 6 months,  [...]

Another Speeding Ticket? Virginia drivers 4th most likely to re-offend

By | 2019-04-22T12:44:10+00:00 April 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

There might be some bad news if you get Speeding Ticket in Virginia.  If you get one Speeding Ticket, Virginia is the 4th worst state in the nation when it comes to the possibility you will get a second speeding citation. The insurance quote comparison website Insurify analyzed data collected from 1.6 million people who [...]

West Virginia and Virginia permits DUI arrests on Private Property

By | 2016-11-10T11:04:43+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Criminal Defense, DUI Lawyer, Uncategorized|

DUI on Private Property? In Virginia, a person can be charged with a DUI for drinking and driving on private property. Last week, the West Virginia Supreme Court interpreted West Virginia DUI law the same way. Chief Justice Menis Ketchum wrote in the majority opinion “The Legislature’s definition of the phrase ‘in this [...]

Blatant Racism on a Jury? : Supreme Court to decide if it’s okay

By | 2018-02-01T03:54:59+00:00 April 18th, 2016|Criminal Defense, DUI Lawyer, Reckless Driving, Uncategorized|

This spring, the United States Supreme Court is considering a case that may determine whether jury deliberations should remain secret, even if the jury includes members that make racist comments to encourage the conviction of a defendant. In 2007, a Mexican national named Miguel Angel Pena-Rodriguez was convicted of unlawful sexual contact and two counts [...]

Werth trial for Reckless Driving scheduled for February 3, 2015 in Fairfax County

By | 2018-02-01T03:59:08+00:00 January 5th, 2015|Criminal Defense, DUI Lawyer, Reckless Driving, Uncategorized|

Nationals baseball player Jayson Werth appeared in Fairfax County Circuit Court today in order to set a trial date for his charge of Reckless Driving.  The court scheduled the jury trial for February 3, 2015 at 10 AM.  At this time a judge has not been assigned to the case.  Typically judges in Fairfax County [...]

Even Jayson Werth faces jail time for Reckless Driving in Fairfax

By | 2014-12-05T22:25:43+00:00 December 5th, 2014|Criminal Defense, Reckless Driving, Uncategorized|

I was in the outfield stands with my nine year old son on October 11, 2012, a blustery autumn night.  That is when Jayson Werth treated me to the greatest sports moment that I had personally witnessed.  I had been a Washington Nationals season ticket holder since their 2005 return to RFK stadium.   I [...]

How to Avoid Being Arrested on Black Friday

By | 2014-11-26T12:38:26+00:00 November 26th, 2014|Criminal Defense, Reckless Driving, Uncategorized|

Every year our law firm sees an increase of people being accused of shoplifting during the holiday shopping season.  Some people have never been involved in the judicial systems before they had a serious and momentary lapse of judgment.  However, many other people I have helped during my career did not commit any crime, but [...]

Save it for Festivus — Avoid Fights on Thanksgiving

By | 2014-11-24T14:41:38+00:00 November 24th, 2014|Criminal Defense, DUI Lawyer, Reckless Driving, Uncategorized|

Debates and arguments around the dinner table are big Thanksgiving traditions with many families.  Here are some tips to avoid having a good-natured discussion become a great deal more serious. Driving angry after dinner can cause encounters with local law enforcement for speeding and Reckless Driving.  Leaving a dinner party early after drinking too much [...]

Judge Cannon remembered by Loudoun Attorneys Carlos Wall and Alex Gordon

By | 2014-11-12T12:03:35+00:00 November 12th, 2014|Criminal Defense, DUI Lawyer, Reckless Driving, Uncategorized|

On October 17, 2014, the Virginia legal community was surprised to learn of the death of  former Loudoun County General District Judge Julia Cannon. Judge Cannon served on the bench in Loudoun from the early 1990s until her retirement in 2011.  Judge Cannon had graduated from the University of Virginia Law School. The lawyers of [...]