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Overton gains Appeals seat (access required)

The General Assembly elected Hampton Circuit Judge Nelson T. Overton to the Virginia Court of Appeals before legislators headed home Feb. 25. Overton’s selection was a compromise, as Democrats in the House and Senate initially failed to agree on a ...

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Tip: Double jeopardy in DUIs? (access required)

Virginia’s new administrative suspension statute may offer a blessing in disguise for DUI defendants: a dismissal of criminal charges. Attorneys are arguing that suspending a driver’s license for a DUI offense and then trying the driver in a criminal case ...

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Court appointments to be insured by state (access required)

Attorneys who handle court-appointed criminal cases will soon get free legal-malpractice coverage from the state for those cases. A bill placing court-appointed counsel under the state’s insurance umbrella breezed through both houses of the General Assembly, 138-0, and was signed ...

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Infrared breath test admissible (access required)

When prosecuting a drunken driver, the commonwealth may use test results from a machine performing an infrared analysis of the suspect’s breath, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression. The decision forecloses an argument ...

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