Virginia Criminal Law

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Federal DUI / DWI Charges – Federal Parks – Federal Roads – Park Police Charges 36 CFR 4.23

36 CFR § 4.23 – Federal Park Police DUI and DWI Charges 36 CFR § 4.23 punished two variations of drunk driving: (1) driving under the influence (“DUI”) in violation of 36 C.F.R. § 4.23(a)(1), and (2) driving while intoxicated (“DWI”) in violation of 36 C.F.R. § 4.23(a)(2). Operating a motor vehicle in a National […]

Vehicular Manslaughter & Maiming from Driving While Intoxicated | Virginia Law Explained

Virginia Maiming Charges – Va Law 18.2-51.4 Virginia law punishes the causation of bodily injuries as a result of driving while intoxicated as a class 6 felony entitled Maiming. Maiming is punished by up to 5 years in prison. Virginia law 18.2-51.4 states in relevant part: Any person who, as a result of driving while intoxicated […]

Pentagon Reservation Traffic Misdemeanors and DUI / DWI Laws

Pentagon Traffic Misdemeanors and DUI / DWI Laws The Pentagon Reservation, located near Arlington, Virginia, imposes its own federal Pentagon DUI and DWI laws and imposes local Virginia traffic laws as well. Offenses and arrests on the Pentagon Reservation are prosecuted in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria, […]

Virginia Felony Malicious Wounding Laws, Penalties, and Defenses | Virginia Criminal Law Attorney

Malicious Wounding – Virginia Law Explained Under Virginia Law § 18.2-51, malicious wounding is a Class 3 Felony criminal offense punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. Virginia law on malicious wounding can be summarized as: any person who maliciously shoots, stabs, cuts, or wounds any person, or, by any means cause him […]

Virginia Criminal Charges for Threatening — VA Law Explained by Criminal Defense Attorney

Threatening Harm – A Crime Under Virginia Law Virginia law criminalizes threats to kill or commit a bodily injury as a class 6 felony offense, punishable by up to 5 years in prison. If the threat instead appears to intimidate or harass, then the threat is a class 1 misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to […]

Virginia Arson and Malicious Burning Laws, Penalties & Defenses

ARSON / MALICIOUS BURNING LAW IN VIRGINIA Malicious Burning is the charge for criminal arson under Virginia law. Malicious burning of an occupied dwelling is a Felony offense punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted. We strongly recommend that you contact us immediately if charged with any Malicious Burning offense in […]

Attorney Representation During Police Investigation

Police Investigations: Should I Obtain Criminal Defense Attorney Representation? “Should I consult with an attorney, or hire an attorney, if I am being investigated by the police for a criminal offense?” The answer is yes, and yes. Do not speak to police officers prior to consulting with an attorney.

Federal Cyber Crime Defense Attorney Explains Computer Crime & Hacker Charges in the Federal United States District Court in Alexandria Virginia 18 U.S.C. § 1030

Federal Cyber Crime Federal cyber crimes and computer crimes generally consist of cyber attacks and hacking, even Anonymous “hacktivist” activity. Most computer crimes are Federal jurisdiction due to the interstate nature of the hacking activity and server location. Some computer crimes are Federal in nature due to the Federal government owning the target computer, server, […]

Virginia Drunk in Public / Public Intoxication Laws, Penalties and Defenses

Drunk in Public / Public Swearing and Intoxication is a Misdemeanor Criminal Offense Under Virginia Law What is public intoxication law in Virginia? Drunk in Public or Public Intoxication is the Virginia criminal misdemeanor charge for public displays of drunkenness. Virginia law 18.2-388 punishes drunk behavior in public places. A conviction for public intoxication, or for […]

Virginia DUI Laws, Penalties and Defenses Explained by DWI Attorney for Alexandria, Fairfax, Arlington

Virginia DWI & DUI Laws and Penalties: VA Law 18.2-266 What is the DUI / DWI law in Virginia? DUI and DWI laws in Virginia are outlined in VA Law 18.2-266, which encompasses DUI, DWI, and DUID as drunk driving criminal offenses. Virginia classifies the DUI / DWI offense as a class 1 Misdemeanor crime under Virginia […]

Carrying Concealed Handgun While Intoxicated in Virginia, Class 1 Misdemeanor Va Code 18.2-308.012

CARRYING A CONCEALED HANDGUN WHILE INTOXICATED Virginia law criminalizes the carrying of a legally concealed handgun while under the influence of alcohol or drugs under Va Law 18.2-308.012. This is a Class 1 misdemeanor offense punished by up to a year in jail, a $2,500 fine, and revocation of a concealed handgun permit. Moreover, an […]

Virginia DUI Second Offense Penalties

Virginia DUI / DWI Law: Second Offense Virginia classifies 2nd Offense DUI and DWI offenses as Class 1 Misdemeanor criminal acts punishable by at least 10 days in jail (with a maximum punishment of 1 year in jail), a fine between $500.00 and $2,500.00, 3 years of driver’s license suspension, probation, and alcohol education classes. […]

Drunk Driving: DUI and DWI Laws and Penalties in Alexandria Virginia

Alexandria Virginia DWI & DUI Laws and Penalties: Law 18.2-266 What are the DUI and DWI laws in Alexandria, Virginia? Alexandria’s DUI and DWI laws are outlined in VA Law 18.2-266, encompassing behaviors known as DUI, DWI, and DUID as a class 1 misdemeanor drunk driving offense. Alexandria punishes DUI and DWI convictions by up to 1 year […]

Virginia Hit and Run Laws, Penalties and Defenses for Charges in Alexandria, Fairfax, Arlington

Hit and Run in Virginia: Leaving the Scene of an Accident What are hit and run laws in Virginia? Under Virginia law, a Hit and Run is defined as a criminal offense, and it is charged when you leave the scene of an accident without providing your insurance information to the other driver. The hit […]

Explanation of Virginia Laws and Penalties for Felony, Misdemeanor and Criminal Traffic Offenses

Overview of Virginia Felonies, Misdemeanors, and Traffic Offenses. Definition of Misdemeanor under VA Law – Offenses punishable by fine not exceeding $2,500 or being jailed for a term not exceeding 12 months or a combination of fine and jail within these limits. Criminal record attached upon conviction. Definition of Felony under Va Law – A […]

Virginia Firearm & Weapon Charges and Hunting Laws: Defense Lawyer’s Explanation of Brandishing, Reckless Handling of a Firearm, and Hunting Offenses

WHAT IS A FIREARM IN VIRGINIA? Virginia law defines a firearm as an instrument which was designed, made and intended to expel a projectile by means of an explosion. It does not need to be “operable,” “capable” of being fired, or had the “actual capacity to do serious harm.” A deadly weapon is an instrument […]

Virginia Reckless Driving 46.2-862 / 46.2-852 Misdemeanor Speeding Laws, Penalties and Defenses – Explained by Criminal Defense Attorney

WHAT IS RECKLESS DRIVING IN VIRGINIA? What is the Reckless Driving law in Virginia? Reckless Driving is a criminal traffic offense in Virginia, punished as a Class 1 Misdemeanor. Under Virginia law 46.2-862, anyone driving in Virginia is guilty of Reckless Driving when operating a motor vehicle on a Virginia road either: at a speed […]

Virginia Marijuana & Drug Charges, Defenses, Penalties: Possession of Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Felony & Misdemeanor Drug Charges, and Drug Laws FAQ

Possession of Marijuana Law in Virginia What is Virginia’s marijuana law? Marijuana remains illegal under Virginia law. Possession of marijuana is illegal under Va law § 18.2-250.1 and punished as a misdemeanor criminal offense. First offense possession of marijuana in Virginia is a misdemeanor crime punished by up to 30 days in jail, a $500 fine, […]

Virginia Assault and Battery Laws and Penalties – Defense Attorney’s Explanation of Misdemeanor Charges Under VA Code 18.2-57

VIRGINIA ASSAULT & BATTERY: LAW & PENALTIES What is assault law in Virginia? Assault and Battery, or Simple Assault, is class 1 Misdemeanor criminal charge under VA Law 18.2-57. Assault and Battery are punished by a maximum jail sentence of 1 year, a maximum fine of $2,500.00, and full restitution to the victim. First offense […]

Virginia Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Explanation of Laws, Penalties and Procedures for Juvenile Charges: Possession of Alcohol by a Minor, Grand Larceny, Petit Larceny, Possession of Marijuana, and Other Offenses

SPECIAL TREATMENT FOR JUVENILES UNDER VIRGINIA LAW Juvenile criminal defense is different under Virginia law from adult criminal defense. Juveniles generally experience more lenient treatment under Virginia Law. Crimes by Juveniles are generally prosecuted as delinquency acts in Virginia Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts. Juveniles are defined by their age for purposes of prosecution: […]

Virginia Lawyer Explains VA Law of False Pretenses, Forgery, Uttering and Fraud

WHAT IS THE CRIME OF OBTAINING MONEY BY FALSE PRETENSES IN VIRGINIA? False Pretense is the crime charged when money or ownership of property is obtained from a person by intentional misrepresentation, trick, or lying. The most commonly charged False Pretense crime occurs when individuals receive cash in exchange for fake or fraudulent checks at […]

Synthetic Marijuana Virginia Penalties and Defenses Explained for Va Law 18.2-248.1:1

SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA OFFENSES IN VIRGINIA VA Law 18.2-248.1:1 entitled Penalties for possession, sale, gift, or distribution of or possession with intent to sell, give, or distribute synthetic cannabinoids; manufacturing prohibits synthetic marijuana AKA synthetic cannabis usage in Virginia. Virginia penalties for synthetic marijuana: 1) The knowing or intentional possession of synthetic marijuana is a class 1 misdemeanor. 2) […]

Embezzlement in Virginia: Felony & Misdemeanor Charges, Penalties & Defenses

What is the crime of Embezzlement under Virginia Law? Embezzlement under Virginia law can be simply defined as a wrongful taking of money or valuable property, that took place while the offender was entrusted with someone else’s property. This improper taking does not need to benefit the accused, it can benefit some other person. An […]

Virginia Destruction of Property and Vandalism Laws, Penalties and Defenses – VA Code 18.2-137

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY Destruction of Property is criminal vandalism under Virginia law. Virginia punishes the intentional destruction, damage, defacing, and removal of property belonging to someone else. Generally, regardless of what kind of property you destroy in Virginia, the offense will be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony based on the value of the […]

Federal Criminal Conspiracy Laws Explained by Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

18 U.S.C. § 371—Conspiracy to Defraud the United States The general conspiracy statute, 18 U.S.C. § 371, creates an offense “[i]f two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose.” The gist of the crime […]

Virginia Law & Penalties for Unauthorized Use of Vehicle Explained by Defense Attorney

Virginia Law 18.2-102 – Unauthorized Use of Vehicle Unauthorized use of a vehicle is a Class 6 Felony under Virginia law. It is punished by up to 5 years in prison and a $2500, in addition to restitution. Borrowing a vehicle without permission, even though you planned to return it and never intended to steal […]

Dissemination of Nude Images Virginia Law 18.2-386.2

Dissemination of Nude Images – Virginia Law 18.2-386.2 It is illegal under Virginia law to distribute nude images maliciously. Unlawful Dissemination of Nude Images is prohibited under Virginia Law 18.2-386.2. This is a Class 1 misdemeanor offense punished by up to 12 months in jail and a $2500 fine.   § 18.2-386.2. Unlawful dissemination or […]

Virginia Punishment for Conviction of Felony

Virginia punishment for conviction of a felony range from death penalty to imprisonment and a fine. Penalties for Virginia Felony Charges Felony Class Maximum Imprisonment Minimum Imprisonment Maximum Fine Class 1 Life in Prison N/A $100,000.00 Fine Class 2 Life in Prison 20 Years $100,000.00 Fine Class 3 20 Years 5 years $100,000.00 Fine Class […]

Virginia Punishment for Conviction of a Misdemeanor

Virginia punishment for conviction of a misdemeanor criminal offense includes jail time and a fine, in addition to a criminal record. A misdemeanor is a criminal offense. Virginia has four categories of misdemeanor crimes – ranging from Class 1 (the most serious) to Class 4 (the least serious). Misdemeanors are criminal charges and will be […]

Virginia Rape Laws and Defenses Explained by Criminal Defense Lawyer

Virginia Rape Law Rape is a serious felony offense under Virginia Law 18.2-61. It is punished by a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, with a minimum penalty of five years in prison. Adult rape is defined as having sexual intercourse with another, against their will, by force, threat, or intimidation. The force, threat, or intimidation element is judged […]

Virginia Law – Brandishing Firearm

Virginia Law Explained: Brandishing Firearm, Va Law 18.2-282 Under Virginia law 18.2-282, it is a class 1 misdemeanor criminal offense to point, hold or brandish any firearm in such manner as to reasonably induce fear in the mind of another. The maximum penalty for brandishing a firearm in Virginia is 12 months in jail and a $2500 […]

Virginia Domestic Assault Laws & Penalties: Defense Attorney’s Explanation of Va Code 18.2-57.2 Assault and Battery Against a Family or Household Member

Virginia Domestic Assault Law 18.2-57.2 Assault and battery against a family or household member The Virginia domestic assault charge is called assault and battery against a family or household member. Assault and battery against a family or household member is a class 1 misdemeanor crime punishable by up to one year in jail under Va […]

Virginia Credit Card Criminal Laws & Defenses Explained by Defense Lawyer

VIRGINIA CREDIT CARD AND CREDIT CARD NUMBER THEFT Under Virginia law, if you obtain another person’s credit card or credit card number, without their knowledge or consent; or, even if you just receive or buy the credit card or credit card number from someone without personally stealing it but you intend to use it or […]

Virginia Law: Computer Crimes

COMPUTER FRAUD Computer fraud is a relatively new type of fraud. The law tends to lag behind technological developments, so the law punishing use of computer technology to commit fraud is in a very simple stage right now. Virginia adopted what is called the Virginia Computer Crimes Act to punish various criminal abuse of computer […]

Virginia Law on Solicitation of Prostitution Explained by Criminal Defense Attorney

Virginia Law: Solicitation of Prostitution One of the most commonly charged decency offenses in Northern Virginia is Solicitation of a Prostitute. Criminal solicitation of prostitution is a Class 1 Misdemeanor, punished by up to 12 months in jail, a $2500.00 fine, and a sexually transmitted disease blood test. The crime of Solicitation of a prostitute […]

Virginia Self Defense Law Explained

Virginia Law: SELF-DEFENSE Life is the most basic right of them all. Human beings have an inherent right to protect their life. Virginia law protects your right to use reasonable force in self defense and in the defense of another person’s life. In many instances, Virginia police and prosecutors will not charge someone using self […]

Virginia Self Defense and Use of Force Laws, Defense of Excessive Police Use of Force

Virginia Law of Self Defense Virginia law protects your right to use reasonable and necessary force in self-defense and in the defense of another person. Virginia sanctions the use of reasonable and proportional force to defend life, limb, and property. Self-defense, however, is not summarized in a statue or through a simple equation. Instead, self-defense […]

Law Enforcement / Police Use of Force in Virginia

POLICE OFFICER TRUSTED LAW FIRM MEDVIN LAW PLC is one of the very few law firms trusted by the local police department and local law enforcement officers for defense in various internal investigations, criminal investigations, and personal matters. We have represented police officers, their friends, and their family members from many of the local VA/DC […]

Federal Criminal Lawyer for Campaign, Corruption, Fraud and Election Law

Public Corruption and Fraud Public corruption in any form is the misuse of a public or government office for private gain. It is a basic tenet that government is not to be used for personal enrichment and the extending of benefits to the corrupt. A democracy is effective only if the people have faith in […]

Miranda Rights and Self Incrimination in Virginia FAQ

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT AGAINST SELF-INCRIMINATION The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees that “[no] person . . . shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.” In Miranda v. Arizona, the United States Supreme Court extended the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination to individuals subjected to custodial interrogation by […]

THC Oil & Hash Oil – Virginia Law & Penalties

Virginia Law and Penalties for Possession of THC Oil & Hash Oil Possession of THC Oil & Cannabidiol Oil is prosecuted under Va Law § 18.2-250 as a Class 5 Felony for Possession of Schedule I Controlled Substance. The maximum penalty in Virginia for a Class 5 Felony drug possession offense is 10 years in prison, ASAP drug […]

Virginia ASAP Violation / ASAP Non-Compliance in Alexandria, Fairfax and Arlington

VIOLATING DUI PROBATION: ASAP VIOLATION / ASAP NON-COMPLIANCE Revocation of suspension of sentence Upon conviction of a DWI offense, Virignia courts sentence guilty persons to ASAP classes and ASAP probation. VASAP or ASAP is the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program. This is a 20-hour program which focuses on substance abuse and driving, substance abuse and health, and […]

Attorney Explanation of Virginia Law 18.2-266.1 Driving After Illegally Consuming Alcohol Under 21

Virginia “ZERO TOLERANCE” Law for Underage Drinking and Driving Virginia law VA Code 18.2-266.1 punishes juveniles and persons under the age of 21 who are caught driving after illegally consuming alcohol with a BAC between .02 and .07. Driving after illegally consuming alcohol is punished as a Class 1 misdemeanor charge in Virginia criminal code. […]

Virginia Disorderly Conduct Laws, Penalties, and Defenses for Charges – Va Code 18.2-415

DISORDERLY CONDUCT Disorderly Conduct under Virginia law is defined as a criminal act that: takes place in a public place, has direct tendency to cause violence at the person at whom such conduct is directed, and the accused intended to cause a public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly created a risk for one of […]

Virginia 4th Amendment Search and Seizure Law for Searches of Vehicles and Persons in Marijuana, Drug, and Weapons Cases: FAQ Answered By Criminal Defense Attorney

TEXT OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons […]

Virginia DUI Third Offense Penalties

VIRGINIA DUI / DWI LAW: Third Offense Virginia classifies 3rd Offense DUI and DWI offenses as Class 6 Felony criminal acts punishable by a minimum of 6 months in jail (and up to 5 years in prison), a fine between $1,000.00 and $2,500.00, at least 3 years of driver’s license suspension (and possible permanent loss […]

Virginia DUI First Offense

Virginia DWI / DUI First Offense Virginia classifies 1st Offense DUI and DWI offenses as Class 1 Misdemeanor criminal acts punishable by up to 1 year in jail, a fine between $250.00 and $2,500.00, at least one year of driver’s license suspension, probation, and alcohol education classes. The punishment increases significantly if you were arrested […]

Virginia Criminal Conspiracy Laws, Penalties, & Defenses

WHAT IS CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY? Under Virginia law, conspiracy is defined as two or more people deciding or agreeing together to commit some crime, or to accomplish a legal act by unlawful means. A person doesn’t need to know every detail of the criminal plan to be a conspirator, it’s sufficient to know just a portion […]

Virginia Concealed Carry Permit Restrictions for Criminal Convictions or Pending Criminal Charges

Virginia Concealed Carry Permit Restrictions Virginia concealed carry law precludes the grant of concealed carry permits to individuals who have been found guilty / convicted of certain criminal offenses and even with those who have certain pending (not yet finalized) criminal charges. Under VA law, the following persons are disqualified from obtaining a concealed carry […]

Virginia Larceny Lawyer’s Explanation of Grand Larceny, Petit Larceny and Concealment Laws and Penalties

Virginia Larceny Law What is Virginia theft law? What is a larceny in Virginia? Larceny is the Virginia crime of theft. Virginia courts define larceny as the wrongful or fraudulent taking of things of value, belonging to another, without that person or business’ consent, and with the intention to permanently deprive that person or business […]

Alexandria Federal Detention Hearings and Bond Motions

Alexandria Federal Detention Hearings and Bond Motions In Alexandria Virginia’s United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia Bail and Detention in Criminal Cases: The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that “excessive bail shall not be required . . .” U.S. Const. Amend. VIII. The United States Supreme Court has […]

Driving on a Revoked or Suspended License, Review of Virginia Laws & Defenses

VIRGINIA LAW ON DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE Virginia law punishes driving behavior as a crime. If you drive in Virginia after your driver’s license was suspended or revoked, you will be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor offense under VA Law 46.2-301 (shared by county code 82-1-6 in Fairfax). A third or subsequent offense […]

Failure to Appear on a Misdemeanor or Felony Charge in Virginia: A criminal defense lawyer’s explanation of charge 19.2-128

FAILURE TO APPEAR IS A VIRGINIA MISDEMEANOR & FELONY OFFENSE Forgetting to show up in a Virginia court or skipping it on purpose is a crime. If you were supposed to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge, then not showing up is a Class 1 misdemeanor offense. If you were supposed to be there […]

Virginia Law – Making a False Statement on Criminal History Consent Form When Purchasing Firearm

Making a False Statement on Criminal History Consent Form Virginia Code 18.2-308.2:2 outlines a Class 5 Felony offense for lying or making a false statement on a criminal history form when purchasing a firearm. This is a serious criminal offense punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment in Virginia. This is most commonly applicable […]

Federal Bank Fraud Charges in Alexandria Virginia

Federal Bank Fraud 18 USC § 1344 Section 1344 of Title 18, United States Code punishes by up to 30 years of imprisonment, the use of a scheme or artifice either to defraud a Federally chartered or insured financial institution or to obtain any of the monies, funds, credits, assets, securities, or other property owned […]

Federal Charges for Theft, Embezzlement & Misapplication by Bank Officer or Employee in Alexandria Virginia

The federal government can charge Bank Fraud as Embezzlement, Abstraction, Purloining or Willful Misapplication under one of two code sections, Sections 656 and 657 of Title 18, United States Code. These charges will differ mainly in the types of financial institutions to which they apply. 18 U.S.C. § 656 applies to banks, while 18 U.S.C. […]

Virginia Sexual Battery Laws Explained by Criminal Defense Lawyer

Sexual Battery Under Virginia Law Sexual battery, first offense, is a Class 1 Misdemeanor criminal offense under Virginia law, punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a $2500.00 fine. A third sexual battery offense is a Class 6 Felony, punishable by up to 5 years of imprisonment. A defendant commits sexual battery when […]

Virginia Penalties for Indecent Exposure, Crimes Against Nature, Bestiality, Obscene Acts, Sexual Battery, etc.

§ 18.2-387. Indecent exposure. Every person who intentionally makes an obscene display or exposure of his person, or the private parts thereof, in any public place, or in any place where others are present, or procures another to so expose himself, shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. No person shall be deemed to […]

Dangerous Dog and Canine Criminal Laws in Virginia

Dangerous Dog and Canine Criminal Laws in Virginia Relevant Virginia criminal canine code sections, not an exclusive list, is below. Relevant local code sections from localities Alexandria, Fairfax, Arlington, Vienna and Falls Church are also highlighted. § 3.2-6585. Dogs and cats deemed personal property; rights relating thereto. All dogs and cats shall be deemed personal […]

Federal Sexting Laws & Penalties: Creation of or Enticement to Create Child Pornography, Sexual Exploitation of Minors, etc.

This law firm represents teenagers and young men and women accused of Federal crimes for exchanging photos and videos depicting teenagers under the age of 18 while nude or engaged in sexual acts. The exchange of these photos and videos is commonly referred to as “sexting.” Sexting takes place over text messages, in chat apps […]

Sexting Laws in Virginia Explained by Criminal Defense Attorney Defending Charges in Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington

What is “sexting” in Virginia?” Sexting is the act of sending explicit images to another person using digital devices. The act in itself isn’t illegal. It becomes illegal when the subject in the photos is a minor. Virginia law creates a presumption that the image is of a minor when the person in the image […]

Bond Motions, Virginia Bail & Bond Law applied in Alexandria, Arlington & Fairfax

Virginia Bail and Bond Motions Alexandria | Fairfax | Arlington Individuals charged with serious offenses and individuals who have a history of not appearing in court, will not be set free after an arrest (bail will be denied by the magistrate.) The defendant will need to have an attorney file a motion on his behalf […]

Virginia Obstruction of Justice Laws & Penalties Explained by Criminal Defense Attorney

Virginia Law: Obstruction of Justice The crime of obstruction of justice occurs when “any person by threats of bodily harm or force knowingly attempts to intimidate or impede … any law enforcement officer, lawfully engaged in the discharge of his duty….” VA Law § 18.2-460(C). Obstruction of Justice is a Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia, […]

Virginia Resisting Arrest Laws & Penalties Explained by Criminal Defense Attorney

Virginia Law: Resisting Arrest Resisting Arrest, a misdemeanor under VA Law 18.2-460(E), is defined as fleeing from an officer while he is attempting to make a lawful, proper arrest of the individual charged. Resisting Arrest is a Class 1 misdemeanor criminal offense in Virginia, which is punishable by up to a year in jail, and […]

Virginia Laws & Legal Research Links

This list of legal research resources has been independently compiled by MEDVIN LAW PLC to assist you with legal research for a Virginia criminal charge. Virginia Legal Resource Links Virginia Laws & Statutes City / County Municipal Laws Arlington County Code Virginia General District Court Forms Virginia Department of Corrections Information […]

Fairfax County Criminal Laws and Penalties

Fairfax County, Virginia Criminal Laws and Penalties Fairfax County enforces Virginia felony and misdemeanor laws, in addition to Fairfax County local laws. Fairfax County Police Department enforces local Fairfax County laws and Virginia laws through citations, summons, and arrest. Misdemeanors, traffic tickets, Reckless Driving citations, and DWI charges are prosecuted in the Fairfax County General […]

Federal Penalties & Defense for Simple Possession of Marijuana and Other Drugs

Review Our Drug / Marijuana Case Results This is a chart of the maximum fines and terms of imprisonment that may be imposed as a consequence of conviction for violation of Simple Possession of marihuana and other drugs under the federal Controlled Substances Act and other drug and marijuana laws. 21 U.S. Code § 844 […]

Vienna Virginia Traffic & Criminal Laws & Penalties

Town of Vienna, Virginia Traffic & Criminal Laws and Penalties Vienna is a Town in Virginia which enforces Virginia felony, misdemeanor, & traffic laws, in addition to Vienna local laws. Vienna local laws may be found here. The Town of Vienna Police Department enforces Vienna and Virginia laws through citations, summons, and arrest. Misdemeanors, traffic […]

Virginia Maiming Defense Attorney Explanation of Maiming Laws and Penalties

Maiming Defined and Explained Maiming is a class 6 Felony offense punished by up to 5 years in prison. Maiming is usually charged together with a DWI, driving while intoxicated. Maiming is a criminal negligence statute that punishes injuries caused by a vehicle collision when the driver is under the influence of alcohol. Any person […]

Virginia Murder Defense Attorney Explains Murder and Manslaughter Laws, Penalties & Defenses

Virginia Murder and Manslaughter Laws Homicide is the unlawful taking of human life. Criminal homicide in Virginia is defined as Murder or Manslaughter. These are felony crimes under Virginia law and are separated into five types, listed from most serious to least serious: Capital murder, First-degree murder, Second-degree murder, Voluntary manslaughter, and Involuntary manslaughter. The […]

College Campus / University Rape Allegation Attorney Representation

Virginia University / College Campus Rape Allegation Representation We offer criminal defense representation for individuals accused of rape or sexual assault on Virginia University and College Campuses. Rape accusations and disciplinary hearings / proceedings can lead to disciplinary actions, expulsion from the schools, and criminal charges. We strongly recommend that any individual accused of rape […]

Virginia Rape Victim Attorney | College Campus & University Rape Victim Representation

Virginia Rape Victim Representation While our Virginia attorneys specialize in criminal defense, we believe it is paramount for all victims to be adequately represented by an experienced attorney as well. If you are a victim of a rape, we may accept your rape victim case, or, if you feel more comfortable, we can also refer […]

Concealed Carry Insurance to Cover Attorney Fees

Concealed Carry Insurance Responsible gun owners now purchase concealed carry insurance, or self defense insurance, along with their weapons. This is now common, just as purchasing homeowners insurance for your home or auto insurance for your vehicle. As a criminal defense law firm that supports the 2nd Amendment and invokes self-defense frequently, we strongly encourage […]

Virginia Boating While Intoxicated, Recklessly Operating Boat & Watercraft Criminal Offenses

Boating Criminal Offenses “Boat DWI / DUI” is known as a BUI / BWI: Operating Boat While Intoxicated Virginia law section 29.1-738 punishes operating a boat while intoxicated with a BAC level of .08 or above, or under the influence of drugs. This is a Class 1 Misdemeanor criminal offense punishable by up to 1 […]

White Collar Criminal Defense

White Collar Criminal Defense White Collar Criminal Defense is the criminal defense of prosecutions and investigations pertaining to businesses and corporations, senior executives, public officials and other individuals engaged in public positions. We defend individuals charged or investigated under Virginia law, and for Federal crimes. White Collar Practice Areas Grand Jury Investigations Embezzlement Business Fraud […]

United States District Court Violation Notice for Federal Courthouse in Alexandria Virginia

United States District Court Violation Notice for the Federal Courthouse in Alexandria Virginia The United States District Court Violation Notice is a Federal ticket for criminal and traffic offenses issued by law enforcement personnel from agencies such as the U.S. Park Police, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Department of Defense Police, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Provost […]

Criminal Offenses in Alexandria Virginia

List of Local City Ordinance Criminal Offenses in the City of Alexandria, Virginia Sec. 13-1-1 – Abusive language. If any person shall, within the city, in the presence or hearing of another, curse or abuse such person, or use any violent, abusive language to such person concerning himself or any of his relations, or otherwise […]

Virginia Law on Criminal Records & Background Checks

Businesses and corporations may conduct background criminal record checks of their employees by the submission of a signed and notarized “Criminal Record Name Search” form SP-167. This costs $15 and takes 12-14 business days for processing. Examples of entities/individuals eligible to use this form are: > Individuals > General Public > Private Companies [embeddoc url=””] […]