Tag Archives: Criminal Law

Probable cause to arrest for driving under the influence (access required)

An officer had probable cause to arrest defendant for driving under the influence based on signs that defendant’s alcohol consumption observably affected his “his manner, disposition, speech, muscular movement [and] general appearance or behavior.” Further, despite defendant’s arguments to the ...

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Defense counsel has no conflict of interest (access required)

Where counsel for a defendant accused of money laundering never formed an attorney-client relationship with another defendant, never obtained any privileged information from that defendant nor was ever consulted or communicated with his lawyer, there was no conflict of interest ...

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Three directions: Court splits on confrontation challenge (access required)

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The judges of the Virginia Court of Appeals went in three different directions in analyzing when a document – a signed proof of service – can take the place of live testimony to prove violation of a criminal statute. At ...

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Fairfax adopts model criminal discovery order (access required)


Basic criminal discovery procedures adopted by circuit judges in Fairfax County could inspire similar model discovery orders for courts around the state as criminal justice lawyers adjust to a new set of rules. The Fairfax judges distributed a model discovery ...

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