Sadly, so many of these arrests arise from police stings that are another example of police wasting their resources rather than focusing on such key crimes as robbery, burglary, assault, rape, and murder.
It is essential that you hire a qualified criminal defense lawyer, and that you discuss your defenses against a conviction, and things you can both do to try to obtain an agreed disposition that is better than the current charge. Efforts that might assist with negotiations may include your...
Particularly with the stakes being so high for you, it is essential for you to hire a qualified lawyer. Unfortunately, pursuant to governing Virginia appellate caselaw, if you took the witness stand merely to say you exclusively were a passenger, the prosecutor would then be be permitted to ask you anything else relevant to the case, including your drinking behavior prior to the stop. All the best to you. Jon
Any communication with the police will ideally be with a qualified criminal defense lawyer, consulted with right away, most importantly well under 24 hours after the incident. Talking with the police yourself can boomerang painfully back at you.
All the best to you. Jon
You risk very severe penalties if convicted, even for false allegations. You should hire a qualified criminal defense lawyer now.
I will not address the slander and malicious prosecution matters you raise other than the following;
- If the criminal charge were filed as a result of your complaint about the investigation, who is to say that your posting here -- available for law enforcement and everyone else to see -- will not make the cops all the more interested in an effective...
You have checked out several lawyers, and probably realize that the quoted fee is but one of the factors that is important in choosing a lawyer. If your preferred lawyer is one of the higher-quoting lawyers, you may wish to ask the lawyer why s/he is billing more than the others. Maybe the lawyer will say that s/he bills what s/he feels is necessary to provide you a full court press, or that s/he does not compare what other lawyers are billing, or that the fee covers not only the lawyer's full...
Your case may be winnable. A qualified lawyer can work with you to increase your chances of victory. The prosecutor against you has legal education and trial experience; a qualified criminal defense lawyer will level your playing field. All the best to you. jon
It is better for your bond determination for you to turn yourself in than to be picked up on an open arrest warrant. It can be ideal to do so with a lawyer, and is important that your lawyer -- or lawyer's capable designated substitute lawyer -- be available for a bond hearing if one is needed. All the best to you. Jon
Sadly, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit last year followed all the other federal circuits deciding the issue, that a Hobbs Act robbery conspiracy is actionable even when there is no potential robbery victim. I orally argued that issue to the Fourth Circuit among the four lawyers that appealed the convictions in the trial court, and have linked the opinion below, along with the Hobbs Act.
All the best in this case. Jon
Your questions are best directed to a qualified lawyer via a consultation. You mention a witness, who I assume is a civilian and who I assume will be unable to provide sufficient evidence to prove that you were guilty of DUI or DWI. Nevertheless, that does not automatically preclude a charge against you, and if police try to talk with you, your words can help make any prosecution against you stronger.
Consequently, by your meeting with a qualified lawyer, you can get a better understanding...