Blog Posts in October, 2015

  • If It's Just a Misdemeanor, Should I Just Plead Guilty?

    || 26-Oct-2015

    If you are charged with a misdemeanor, there are many considerations you must mull over before you decide if a guilty plea is the right decision. In Virginia, misdemeanors are divided into four classes based on the maximum punishment enforced. The classes and punishments associated include: Class 1: Up to 12 months in jail, a fine worth up to $2500, or both Examples: Carrying a gun without a ...
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  • Early Termination of Probation in Virginia

    || 20-Oct-2015

    If you were convicted of a crime in Richmond, perhaps you heard that you may get an early release from probation if you complied with your conditions and paid on time. What if you paid everything and had zero violations – not even a parking ticket, do you still have to complete your entire probation? After all, you did everything the judge asked you to 100%. You have held down a steady job, ...
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  • Is My Case Eligible for Appeal?

    || 16-Oct-2015

    Have you been convicted of a criminal offense ? You may have a chance for appeal. Initiating the appeals process is possible in cases where there were legal or judicial mistakes made during the trial. It gives those who believe the proceedings of the trial were unfair or the evidence had no merit. These are the two primary grounds for appeal: The courts made a serious legal error or judgment ...
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  • Why Should I Hire a Private Attorney Over a Public Defender?

    || 15-Oct-2015

    Having the right to a court-appointed attorney may provide you with a financially-friendly option for your case; however, the benefits of hiring a private attorney substantially outweigh those of a public defender. Amount of Time Available to You Public defenders are assigned to an enormous case load, meaning they have a limited amount of time to become fully acquainted with their clients. They ...
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  • Can I Speak Directly to the Prosecutor?

    || 9-Oct-2015

    Should defendants speak with prosecutors? Most of the time, prosecutors tend to avoid corresponding with the defendants in the case. Even if the defendant does have the chance to speak with the prosecutor, there is a chance that it could harm the outcome of the case, in the long run. Although, this can be prevented by learning how to negotiate effectively with the prosecutor. According to ...
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  • Do I Have Any Alternatives to Jail?

    || 1-Oct-2015

    If you’re like most people, you have no desire to go to jail. Once you’re locked behind bars, your life on the outside can fall apart. How would a jail sentence affect your job, your family, and your relationships? Jail is known for being a dangerous place; after all it houses violent criminals and gang members, which is especially the case with state prisons. While state prisons have ...
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