Skip to main content
Stephen Patrick Pfeiffer
Avvo
Pro

Stephen Pfeiffer’s Answers

431 total


  • What happens of your Miranda rights aren't read to you

    In 2013, I was arrested twice, I'm sure that upon being arrested, your Miranda rights are supposed to be read to you. However mine weren't read to me, is it possible for the charges to be dropped or overturned?

    Stephen’s Answer

    As everyone else stated, Miranda only protects you from incriminating statements made post arrest or while in custodial interrogation.

    See question 
  • Im wondering if i have a case against Virginia beach Police Department VA. An if there is alawyer that can take my case.

    I was attempting to record an altercation between VBPD . I was infront of the surrounding crowd. We was asked to move back to the side walk and the mounted officers approached me quickly on the horses. I was still recording but was scared to turn ...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Instead of focusing on a case against the police you should be focusing your energy on defending the case against you. I would suggest you meet with local counsel soon. It sounds like you may have a good defense but It can best be evaluated in a one-on-one confidential meeting with an attorney.

    See question 
  • I've been found guilty of reckless driving. Is it possible to get the sentence reduced in the future to possibly??

    I'm going for a job that will most likely be halted due to this conviction so I need to know if I can get it dropped down to something lower in the future because I know I can't get a reckless driving expunged

    Stephen’s Answer

    If you are still within the 10 day appeal period you should go to the clerk's office and note your appeal to Circuit Court. Then hire or requested to be screened for a court appointed attorney.

    See question 
  • I had a failure to appear...

    I was issued a capias for failing to appear on a misdemeanor charge. I went to the courthouse and the judge withdrew the capias. Will i still be charged with failure to appear?

    Stephen’s Answer

    Generally, in Virginia Beach if the judge withdrew the capias they will normally drop the failure to appear. However, you need to be prepared to go in and defend your absence if necessary.

    See question 
  • Interlock Violation

    I got my 2nd DUI along with refusal to blow. I was given 365 and they suspended 335. My license was revoked for 1yr. I then petitoned the court for restricted. It was granted under stipualtions of No alcohol consumption and interlock in my truck f...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Depending on the circumstances the case worker may not violate you with the court but require you to get 6 six months more interlock. If she does violate you consult local counsel.

    See question 
  • Do I need a attorney for failed to be off good behavior?

    Hit-and-run and then got a DUI. I would need an attorney to request weekends due to currant status of the DUI.

    Stephen’s Answer

    With so much jail time over your head you should seriously consider hiring Or getting court appointed counsel.

    See question 
  • Will a first offense hov violation cause problems with probation?

    I received a ticket for failure to yield right of way at the beginning of the year. Judge said he was treating it as a probationary matter. I just received a ticket for traveling in the hov lane (I was passing a slower moving truck didn't even rea...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Honestly, it depends on the judge. You may want to consider taking a driver improvement school before appearing in front of the original judge.

    See question 
  • What types of questions will the judge ask in traffic court?

    i have been charged with altered/forged license plates and failure to turn in revoked tags/plates (more than one charge of each) stemming from multiple dates my question is is the judge likely to ask me questions about the tags or will they just...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Respectfully, I would not go to court without an attorney for these charges. You will get a rude awakening in Virginia Beach. I would highly suggest that you hire counsel and if you can't afford counsel you go to the clerk's office and apply for court-appointed counsel a minimum of 10 days prior to court.

    See question 
  • Is it worth getting a paid for lawyer?

    I'm currently on probabtion for a PWI felony and just recently got pulled over with a half oz. of marijuana and some valium. They charged me with a PWI for the pot and possession schedule 4 for the valium. Now I know my best possible outcome would...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Right now your thinking you're going to be convicted. That is the wrong approach. Hire an experienced defense attorney and explore your defenses to see if you can have the charges dismissed. If you cannot that attorney can help you minimize the damage.

    See question 
  • I live in Virginia have been subpoenaed as a witness for the Commonwealth. I have now been subpeona by the defense is this ok

    I have contacted the Commonwealth's Attorney handling the case.

    Stephen’s Answer

    There is nothing wrong with the defense attorney also issuing a subpoena for you. In fact the defense attorney is doing their job correctly.

    See question