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DUI defense works in Va. (access required)

Based on double jeopardy A new DUI defense based on double jeopardy has worked apparently for the first time in Virginia: A Roanoke County general district judge last Wednesday dismissed DUI charges against a defendant whose license had been suspended ...

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Rookie lawyers hit for $30K (access required)

Three novice lawyers have been ordered to pay $30,000 in attorney’s fees to an opposing party in a civil rights case for refiling a claim that a judge said had no evidentiary basis. The fee award, which was issued by ...

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Negotiating attorneys' fees (access required)

The Mahoney case on good faith also offers guidance on how banks and borrowers can negotiate over attorneys’ fees. While the guarantors appealed as to good faith, the bank appealed on fees. The bank claimed that the trial court should ...

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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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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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