Case Histories

In more than 30 years of criminal defense, we and our clients have faced extremely challenging and life-threatening situations. With each, we come together first to understand the situation completely, as well as what we want out of it, and then we devise a strategy that will be carried out with my determination and decades of experience. Below, you'll see successful results in criminal cases ranging from DUI to first degree murder. While these results are not intended to provide a false promise that your case will result the same exact way, they do serve as examples of what can be done in the courtroom, even when one feels there is no hope.

If you're facing a criminal charge, call our firm today at (757) 785-0201 for truly skilled representation.

  • Charges Nolle Prossed

    Criminal Defense

    Date: September 27, 2017

    Court: Chesapeake General District Court

    Charge: Strangle Another; Assault and Battery

    Result: Charges nolle prossed by the Commonwealth

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  • Charge Dismissed

    Fraud

    Date: September 15, 2017

    Court: Virginia Beach General District Court

    Charge: Embezzlement

    Result: Charge Dismissed

    Notes: Our position from the beginning of this case was that the charge should have been civil and not criminal. We were successful in having the charge dismissed once we agreed to pay full restitution.

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  • Charge Dismissed

    Stalking

    Date: September 15, 2017

    Court: Virginia Beach General District Court

    Charge: Stalking

    Result: Charge dismissed

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  • Reduced to Reckless Driving

    DUI

    Date: September 6, 2017

    Court: Virginia Beach Traffic Court

    Charge: DUI

    Result: Reduced to Reckless Driving

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  • Dismissed

    Criminal Defense

    Date: August 14, 2017

    Court: Virginia Beach General District

    Charge: Animal Cruelty

    Result: Dismissed

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  • Dismissed

    DUI Drugs, Va. Code Section 18.2-266

    Virginia Beach General District, Traffic C
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  • Not Guilty

    Domestic Assault and Battery

    Court: Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court

    Charge: Va Code 18.2-57.2 Domestic Assault and Battery

    Result: Not Guilty

    Notes: Our client was charged with domestic assault and battery. We entered a not guilty plea and proceeded to a bench trial. Upon the completion of the trial, our client was found not guilty and the charge was dismissed.

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  • Dismissed

    DUI Drugs/Accident

    DUI Drugs/Accident
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  • Reduced Charges

    Felony Cases

    Date: March 9, 2017

    Charge: Embezzlement (Felony) Va. Code Section 18.2-111

    Court: Virginia Beach General District Court

    Result: Reduced to Misdemeanor Embezzlement, Va. Code Section 18.2-111, Unsupervised Probation--No Jail time to serve

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  • Dismissed

    Felony Cases

    Date: March 2, 2017

    Charge: Firearm Possession by Convicted Felon (Felony) Va. Code Section 18.2-26 False Information to Criminal Investigator (Felony) Va. Code Section 18.2-308.2:2

    Court: Virginia Beach General District Court

    Result: False Information to Criminal Investigator Dismissed; Reduced to Firearm Possession by Convicted Felon (Misdemeanor) Va. Code Section 18.2-460 Unsupervised probation—No Jail time to serve

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  • Dismissed

    Object Penetration by Force

    Date: February 28, 2017

    Charges: Object Penetration by Force Va. Code Section 18.2-67.2

    Court: Norfolk Juvenile & Domestic Relations

    Result: Charge Dismissed

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  • Reduced Charges

    Grand Larceny

    Date: February 24, 2017

    Charge: Grand Larceny (Felony) Va. Code Section 18.2-95

    Court: Virginia Beach General District Court

    Result: Reduced to Petite Larceny (Misdemeanor) Va. Code Section 18.2-96 Unsupervised probation—No Jail time to serve

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  • Dismissed

    Domestic Assault & Battery

    Date: February 6, 2017

    Charges: Domestic Assault & Battery (2 counts) Va. Code Section 18.2-57.2 Destruction of Property Va. Code Section 18.2-137

    Court: Norfolk Juvenile & Domestic Relations

    Trial: Judge

    Result: All charges dismissed

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  • Dismissed

    Fraud

    Court: Virginia Beach General District Court

    Charges: Va Code 18.2-258.1 Prescription Drug Fraud

    Result: Dismissed

    Notes: At the preliminary hearing, the Judge determined that there was insufficient evidence to proceed further with the charges. All charges were dismissed against our client.

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  • Dimissed

    Domestic Assault and Battery

    Date: December 5, 2016
    Charge: Domestic Assault & Battery Va. Code Section 18.2-57.2

    Court: Norfolk Juvenile & Domestic Relations

    Trial: Judge

    Result: Charge dismissed

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  • Dismissed

    Indecent Exposure

    Court: Virginia Beach General District

    Charges: VB City Ordinance 23-11 Indecent Exposure

    Trial: Judge

    Result: Charges dismissed after trial

    Comment: This was a case where a civil dispute led to a mooning incident and charges being brought against our client. At trial we developed the underlying civil dispute, the ages of the parties involved and the Judge dismissed.

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  • Dismissed

    Forcible Sodomy & Aggravated Sexual Battery

    Court: Hampton Circuit Court. Judge Wilford Taylor

    Trial: Jury Trial

    Charges: VA Code 18.2-67.1; Forcible Sodomy (5 counts), Va Code 18.2-361 Crimes against Nature (5 Counts), Va Code 18.2-67.3 Aggravated Sexual Battery (5 Counts) Va Code 18.2-370.1 indecent Liberties Custodial 3 (1 count)

    Disposition: Acquitted on all counts. All charges dismissed. This is our firm’s second acquittal in a little more then a month from a jury in Hampton.

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  • Dismissed

    Rape

    Court: Norfolk Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court

    Charges: 4 counts rape [18.2-61], 4 counts forcible sodomy [Va Code 18.2-67.1], and 1 count abduction [18.2-47]

    Result: Dismissed by Court at preliminary hearing

    Comment: Our client’s girlfriend had moved into his apartment and when they broke up she refused to move out. They continued to have sex from time to time though! He called it “collecting the rent” ( I know I know) He was just about to throw her out when one day, after one of these consensual encounters she called the police while he was at work , claimed he raped her, and had him arrested when he came home. She did it so she could continue to live in the apartment rent-free. He comes home from work, cops are there. He was ordered out of his own place, and was thrown in jail without bail! She got to stay in the apartment rent-free! It was an uphill battle even to get him a bond. But we did, and after several months, we finally had the charges dismissed after the preliminary hearing, which is a rare event indeed. This poor fellow was totally innocent from the beginning. There ought to be a way for him to get justice beyond just getting the charges dismissed, like having HER go to jail, but unfortunately, that doesn’t happen. Folks are just relieved to be in the clear.

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  • Dismissed

    Possession of Marijuana Section 18.2-250

    Charges dismissed following a bench trial. The Government failed to prove that the marijuana found in the car belonged to the Defendant.
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  • Dismissed

    Rape

    Court: Hampton Circuit Court/Judge Bonnie Jones

    Charges: Va. Code 18.2-61; Rape

    Trial: Jury

    Result: Charge Dismissed

    Comment: We picked the jury and had opening statements. The Commonwealth called their first witness, the alleged victim and the ex-girlfriend of the defendant. After one and one-half hours of rigorous cross-examination, we broke for lunch. During the lunch break, the prosecutor made the decision to drop the charges against the defendant, a young Hampton University student. Following the lunch break, Court was convened and the Commonwealth made a motion to drop the charges. Said motion was granted by the Court and the defendant was discharged.

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  • Reduced Charges

    Rape 18.2-61 and Carnal Knowledge 18.2-63

    We took this matter all the way to trial because we refused to admit the Defendant’s guilt to the felony charges which would have required him to register as a sex offender. We were able to obtain a plea agreement for two misdemeanor charges which do not require registration. A very successful result.

    Result: Charges reduced to two counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor

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  • Not Guilty

    Felony Rape Victim Under 13 Years Old

    Court: Chesapeake Circuit Court

    Charges: Felony rape victim under 13 years [VA Code § 18.2-61]

    Trial: Jury Trial

    Result: Found Not Guilty following jury trial

    Comment: Great result. Any time we have to go to a jury trial that is a big event. In Virginia, juries recommend sentence, so a conviction in this case could have resulted in a LIFE term. Instead, we were shaking hands with the client and getting hugs from his family in the hallways outside the courtroom. I have been fortunate to be able to obtain good results from juries, they are the foundation of our legal system. Jury trials were considered by our Founding Fathers to be the one thing separating the individual from the tryanny of the State. Always consider this option.

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  • Dismissed

    Aggravated Sexual Battery

    Date: April 12, 2016

    My client was charged with one count of Aggravated Sexual Battery following an investigation that originated in South Carolina and later involved charges in Virginia as well. We were successful in having the one count of Aggravated Sex Battery dismissed against him following a bench trial.

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  • Dismissed

    Malicious Wounding, Resisting Arrest, Curfew Violation

    Charges: Va Code 18.2-51 Malicious Wounding, Va Code 18.2-479.1 Resisting Arrest, Va Code 15.2-926 Curfew Violation

    My client was a juvenile out past curfew at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront who was confronted by a visibly intoxicated adult. During the confrontation my client defended himself and during the fight the adult was seriously injured. The Commonwealth charged my client with malicious assault and moved to transfer him to be tried as an adult on the felony. We were successful in negotiating with the prosecutor to have the felony charge dismissed.

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  • Dismissed

    Traffic Violations

    Court: Virginia Beach JD&R

    Charge: Speeding in a School Zone

    Result: Dismissed

    Notes: Our client was charged with going 42 mph in a school zone. We successfully defended the case and the charge was dismissed.

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  • Dismissed

    Public Nudity

    Court: Virginia beach general district court

    Charges: Public nudity [22-10. Virginia beach municipal code]

    Trial: Judge Trial

    Result: Dismissed

    Comment: This was a case where the bars, body paint and a bachelorette party simply did not mix with the streets of Virginia Beach. After a night of celebrating the pending nuptials of a friend on the “Block” in VB, two of the party goers attempted to walk home wearing nothing from the waist up save for body paint. They stepped out onto the sidewalk at Atlantic Avenue and, because their bare chests were covered by only a layer of thin opaque latex paint, an unamused and repressed Virginia Beach police officer issued each of them a summons for public nudity and obscene display. They were lovely girls after all and he could have just issued them a warning. So silly! At trial charges were dismissed on the basis that the coverings, although perhaps meeting the criteria for nudity, did not rise to the level of an obscene display. The photos were quite attractive actually. Thank you Judge Woolard for great discretion. Both young ladies had important jobs and couldn’t afford a criminal conviction. Great result.

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  • Charges Dropped

    Rape

    Va Code 18.2-61 Rape

    Prior to a scheduled jury trial, the charges against our client were nolle prosequi by the Commonwealth of Virginia. We fought this case through the preliminary hearing and right up to the day of a scheduled jury trial. The issue was whether the sex was consensual, in that the defendant and the complainant knew each other and she had, in fact, invited him to her motel room at a late hour. We obtained all the phone records in this case and were able to prove before trial that the complainant was not being truthful about her account of the events of the evening. The Commonwealth tried to get my client to plead to a misdemeanor sexual battery, but he refused any plea deal to anything. The Commonwealth elected to drop all charges on the day before trial.

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  • Charges Nolle

    Criminal Defense

    Court: Virginia Beach Circuit Court

    Charges: Va Code 18.2-83 Threaten to Bomb

    Result: Charges nolle prosecuted by Commonwealth

    Comment: This was a case of mistaken identity. Our client was charged and held for several months, however, we were successful in getting the charges dismissed after DNA evidence proved he was not the perpetrator.

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  • Reduced Charges

    Felony Cases

    Va Code 18.2-95 Grand Larceny

    Charges were reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor with our client receiving a suspended 6 month sentence.

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  • Dismissed

    Robbery, Assault & Battery

    Court: Northhampton JD&R

    Charge: Robbery 18.2-58 and Assault & battery 18.2-57

    Disposition: the Robbery charge was dismissed. the Assault and battery charge was nolle prosequi.

    Notes: While at a preliminary hearing for the robbery charge, we made a motion to strike the evidence based the grounds that our client had a bona fide claim of right to the property, therefore he could not be convicted of a robbery. The motion was granted and the charge was dismissed. Client very happy.

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  • Reduced Charges

    3rd DUI

    Court: Virginia Beach General District

    Charge: Va Code 18.2-266 DUI 3rd

    Disposition: Reduced to DUI 2nd

    Notes: We obtained a bond for our client shortly after his arrest and got him into rehab. based upon his scccessful completion of rehab, the charge was reduced to 2nd Offense DUI and he was sentenced to time served. Client very happy, and still in Rehab.

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  • Charges Reduced

    4th Offense DUI/DWI

    Charges: 4th Offense DUI/DWI - 18.2-266, 18.2-270; Refusal 18.2-268.3; Driving on a revoked license 46.2-301

    This was a difficult case since the defendant here had a third offense pending in Richmond and couldn’t get bond. However we avoided the felony and the mandatory six month. Our client’s parents wrote a nice testimonial.

    Result: Charges reduced to 2nd offense dui/dwi with credit for time served and defendant released from jail; refusal dismissed

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  • Not Guilty

    Multiple DUIs

    Charge: Va. Code 18.2-266; Va Code 18.2-270; Va Code 46.2-391; Felony Third Offense DUI/DWI and Felony Driving on a Revoked Operators in connection with a DUI/DWI

    Trial: Judge

    Result: Not Guilty on Felony Third Offense DUI/DWI and Not Guilty on Felony Driving on a Revoked Operators in connection with a DUI/DWI . Guilty of misdemeanor driving on a revoked or suspended operators. A conviction of both the above criminal offenses would have resulted in two felony convictions and eighteen months (18) months of mandatory prison. The successful defense of the Felony DUI/DWI charge, prevented the driving charge from being considered a felony.

    Comment: This case seemed hopeless, quite honestly, when it first came into thie office. We weren’t offered anything by the Commonwealth, so we had to try the case. We won and everyone was happy with the result!

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  • Not Guilty

    Criminal Defense

    Court: Chesapeake Circuit Court

    Charges: Va Code 18.2-47 Abduction (2 counts); 2 Counts Possession of a Firearm

    Trial: Judge Trial

    Result: Not Guilty on all charges.

    Comment: This case was a great result based upon a lot of pretrial work and some excellent work in the courtroom. These charges carried mandatory prison time of at least six years on the gun charges, and it was a tough decision on whether to try the case to judge or jury. We elected to go with a judge trial. The case boiled down to the reliability of the eyewitness identification of the defendant, and the process that the police used at the scene of the crime to identify the defendant. The case turned on the legal issues discussed in Spottswood vs. Commonwealth. A BIG win! But then all cases are big to the client. And we treat them all as big cases.

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  • Dismissed

    Military Defense Services

    In this case, our client – a former Navy Seal and current State Department contractor – was charged with assault when he verbally confronted his neighbor over a dispute involving our client’s daughter. We moved to strike the assault charge, relying on Bennett v. Commonwealth, 35 Va. App. 442 (2001), which held that words alone do not constitute an assault. Although our client allegedly “stepped in [his neighbor’s] face,” he made no overt act or attempted to do physical harm to his neighbor. As a result, the Court granted our motion and the assault charge was dismissed.

    Result: Assault Charge Dismissed on Defense Motion to Strike

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  • Dismissed

    Criminal Defense

    Court: Northhampton General District

    Charge: Va Code 18.2-308 Concealed Weapon

    Disposition: Dismissed After Trial

    Notes: We moved to suppress the evidence on grounds that there was insufficient probable cause to make the traffic stop. Motion granted and charges were dismissed. Client very satisfied.

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  • Dismissed

    Criminal Defense

    Court: Northhampton General District

    Charge: Va Code 18.2-308 Concealed Weapon

    Disposition: Dismissed After Trial

    Notes: We moved to suppress the evidence on grounds that there was insufficient probable cause to make the traffic stop. Motion granted and charges were dismissed. Client very satisfied.

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  • Dismissed

    Traffic Violations

    Court: Virginia Beach General District Court

    Charges: Va Code 18.2-272 Driving after Forfeiture of License

    Result: Dismissed

    Notes: Our motion to strike was granted due to the fact that our client was driving a moped and the statute under which our client was charged excluded mopeds.

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  • Dismissed

    Traffic Violations

    Court: Virginia Beach General District Court

    Charges: Va Code 18.2-272 Driving after Forfeiture of License

    Result: Dismissed

    Notes: Our motion to strike was granted due to the fact that our client was driving a moped and the statute under which our client was charged excluded mopeds.

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  • Reduced Charges

    DUI

    Court: Newport News Circuit Court

    Charges: Va Code 18.2-266 DUI

    Result: DUI was reduced to reckless driving on appeal. Defendant was able to get a restricted license without the requirement of an interlock device.

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  • Reduced Charges

    DUI

    Chesapeake Circuit Court, DUI reduced to Reckless Driving, $300 fine
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  • Dismissed

    Felony Cases

    Court: Virginia Beach Circuit Court/ Judge John Morrison

    Charges: Va Code 18.2- 57(c) Felony assault on a police officer, VB Municipal Code 23-10 Disturbing the Peace and VB Municipal Code 23-7.3 Resisting arrest

    Trial: Bench Trial Before Judge Morrison

    Result: Charges Dismissed after a trial before a judge sitting without a jury

    Comment: The defendant, a Hampton University student, was arrested on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront after being thrown out of a bar. She was loud and angry and resisted arrest after the police tried to arrest and cuff her for disturbing the peace. She later according to police kicked the officer twice, once while being put in the car and later when she was being taken to the station from the car. We tried the case and the Judge determined that the charges should be dismissed. We argued that loud language alone was not disturbing the peace, that she was lawfully resisting an unlawful arrest and that any kicking of the officer was unintentional . Probably most significant was the fact that she had no record , and was very apologetic for her behavior. We rejected an offer for a misdemeanor offered just before trial, because the defendant had recently graduated from college and didn’t want to have any criminal record. Felony assault on a police officer carries mandatory jail time of at least 6 months.

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  • Not Guilty

    Felony Cases

    Court: Virginia Beach Circuit Court

    Charges: Felony Child Abuse [VA Code § 18.2-371.1]

    Trial: Bench Trial (Scheduled for a jury trial but we elected to waive jury trial on the day of trial)

    Result: Found NOT GUILTY

    Comment: Very difficult and complex medical and custodial issues. This was a big time consuming case involving legal issues, and expert testimony. Issue turned on who caused the injuries, what the injuries were, and exactly when. Great result for a very nice client who had no record and professed her innocence from the beginning.

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  • Not Guilty

    Malicious Wounding

    Court: Northampton Circuit Court

    Charge: Va Code 18.2-51 Malicious Wounding

    Result: Not Guilty

    Notes: Our client was charged with malicious wounding. Our client pleaded not guilty at trial in Circuit Court. At the conclusion of a bench trial, the judge found our client not guilty and dismissed the charge.

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  • Dismissed

    Under Age Possession of Alcohol

    Court: Newport News General District Court

    Charges: VA Code 4.1-305 under Age Possession of Alcohol

    Trial: Bench Trial

    Result: Dismissed

    Comments: This was a case where our client had been summoned for underage drinking. When the police arrived on the scene of a house party our client was attending, the kids that didn’t run were separated into different rooms and questioned. Our client then made incriminating statements which led to a charge of misdemeanor possession of alcohol by a minor. According to Miranda v. Arizona, the police, upon taking a suspect into custody, must inform them of their 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination. We put our firm’s resources into researching the current state of the law in this area and presented that the police had failed to “mirandize” our client. The Judge agreed, leading to compete dismissal of all charges not only for our client but also for the codefendants who appeared that day.

    Although underage drinking is a relatively minor criminal offense, our client took it very seriously and so did we. We are ever mindful of the fact that to our clients, and for us, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A SMALL CASE.

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  • Bench Trial

    Criminal Defense

    Court: Virginia Beach Circuit Court

    Charges: Malicious Wounding, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Driving under suspended Operator’s License [VA Code § 18.2-51, 46.2-894, 46.2-301]

    Trial: Bench Trial (Sentencing only)

    Result: The client retained our services to handle sentencing after she had already been convicted. Although facing ten years in the penitentiary, we successfully obtained a suspended sentence for all but twelve months of that jail time.

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  • Dismissed

    Brandishing a Weapon

    Va Code 18.2-282 Brandishing a Weapon

    Our client had an ex-girlfriend who came to the house they used to share, and accused him of stealing her bracelet. When he denied stealing her bracelet, she left the house and called the police, alleging that our client had threatened her with a gun. The police searched the home extensively and were unable to locate a gun. Nevertheless, he was charged with brandishing a firearm. At trial, we successfully argued that the charge was not supported by sufficient evidence. The charge was dismissed.

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  • Dismissed

    Trespassing

    Court: Virginia Beach Criminal Court

    Charge: Trespassing Va. Code. 18.2-119

    Result: Dismissed

    Notes: This was a domestic type situation that we negotiated to a dismissal. Client happy.

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  • Dismissed

    Rape

    Date: October 21st, 2014
    Court: Northampton County Circuit Court
    Charges: Va Code 18.2-61 Rape
    Result: Charges dismissed.

    Prior to a scheduled jury trial, the charges against our client were nolle prosequi by the Commonwealth of Virginia. We fought this case through the preliminary hearing and right up to the day of a scheduled jury trial. The issue was whether the sex was consensual, in that the defendant and the complainant knew each other and she had in fact invited him to her motel room at a late hour. We obtained all the phone records in this case and were able to prove before trial that the complainant was not being truthful about her account of the events of the evening. The Commonwealth tried to get my client to plead to a misdemeanor sexual battery, but he refused any plea deal to anything. The Commonwealth elected to drop all charges on the day before trial.

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  • Dismissed

    Domestic Assault and Battery

    Date : October 2nd, 2014
    Court : Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
    Charges : Domestic Assault and Battery – Va Code 18.2-57.2
    Result: The charge against our client was dismissed.
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  • Reduced Charges

    Possession with Intent to Distribute

    Date: August 27th, 2014
    Court: Virginia Beach Circuit Court
    Charges: Va Code 18.2-248.1 Possession with Intent to Distribute
    Result: Charges were reduced to a misdemeanor and defendant avoided any active jail time and instead received a suspended sentence and a restricted license.
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  • Dismissed

    Criminal Defense

    Court: Virginia Beach General District Court

    Charge: Drunk In Public (VB City Ordinance 23-7.2)

    Result: Dismissed

    Notes: Our client was charged with drunk in public. The court agreed to continue the case generally for 90 days and dismiss the case at the next court hearing provided our client remained on good behavior. At the June 23, 2014 court date, the Court dismissed the case.

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  • Dismissed

    Possession of Marijuana

    Court: Virginia Beach General District Court

    Charges: Va Code 18.2-250; Possession of Marijuana

    Trial: Judge Trial

    Result: Charges dismissed after first offender

    Comment: Not all First offender cases are the same. Some involve a lot of work and several court appearances, especially if the client has received other charges since the last court date. This was a great result because it took us over a year and a half to finally get all charges dismissed. A lot of work, but worth the extra effort.

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  • Not Guilty

    Criminal Defense

    Date: April 28, 2014
    Court: Northampton Circuit Court
    Charge: Va Code 18.2-51 Malicious Wounding
    Result: Not Guilty
    Notes: Our client was charged with malicious wounding. Our client pleaded not guilty at trial in Circuit Court. At the conclusion of a bench trial, the judge found our client not guilty and dismissed the charge.
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  • Dismissed

    Criminal Defense

    Court: New Kent Circuit Court/ Judge Thomas Hoover

    Charges: Va. Code 18.2-308.2; Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon

    Trial: Jury Trial

    Result: Charge Dismissed by Judge Hoover on Motion to Strike at close of Commonwealth’s case .

    Comment: This client was facing a mandatory 5 year sentence if convicted. I worked so many hours on this case. The hard work definitely paid off. This client is so happy!

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  • Finding Under Advisement

    Petit Larceny / Shoplifting

    Court: Virginia Beach Circuit Court

    Charges: Va. Code 18.2-96 ; Va Code 18.2-103 Petit Larceny / Shoplifting

    Trial: Judge Trial

    Result: Finding under advisement, deferred disposition of the case. If defendant remains on good behavior and completes counseling, then the charge will be dismissed in a year. The defendant must return to court and provide such proof to the court.

    Comment: The defendant got caught stealing, but it was the first offense. Now, first offenses are not always treated the same. Sometimes, we can persuade the court to give the person a break, and, quite honestly, on some cases, the judges refuse. Here, this person got a break. Great result. Charges were dismissed in 2011.

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  • Dismissed

    Multiple Sex Crime Charges

    Date: August 8-9, 2011
    Court: Hampton Ciruit Court. Judge Wilford Taylor
    Trial: Jury Trial
    Charges: VA Code 18.2-67.1; Forcible Sodomy (5 counts), Va Code 18.2-361 Crimes against Nature (5 Counts), Va Code 18.2-67.3 Aggravated Sexual Battery (5 Counts) Va Code 18.2-370.1 indecent Liberties Custodial 3 (1 count)
    Disposition: Acquitted on all counts. All charges dismissed. This is our firm’s second acquittal in a little more then a month from a jury in Hampton.

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  • Dismissed

    Felony Cases

    Date: May 2, 2011
    Court: New Kent Circuit Court/ Judge Thomas Hoover
    Charges: Va. Code 18.2-308.2; Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon
    Trial: Jury Trial
    Result: Charge Dismissed by Judge Hoover on Motion to Strike at the close of Commonwealth’s case.
    Comment: This client was facing a mandatory 5-year sentence if convicted. I worked so many hours on this case. The hard work definitely paid off. This client is so happy!

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  • Not Guilty

    Felony Cases

    Court: Norfolk Circuit Court
    Date: August 17, 2010
    Charge: Va Code 18.2-32; Va Code 18.2-51; Va Code 18.2-53.1; 1st Degree Murder, Malicious Wounding, and 2x Felony Weapons Charges
    Trial: Jury
    Result: Not Guilty of Murder in the 1st Degree, Not guilty of Malicious Wounding, Not Guilty of the two Felony Weapons charges. Guilty of the lesser included Voluntary Manslaughter. Jury recommended a 12 month sentence

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  • Not Guilty

    Object Sexual Penetration — Felony

    Date: April 25, 2008
    Court: Chesapeake Circuit Court
    Charges: Object Sexual Penetration [VA Code § 18.2-67.2] — Felony
    Trial: Jury Trial
    Result: Not Guilty, dismissal of all charges after a trial

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  • Not Guilty

    Military Defense Services

    Date: January 15-16, 2008
    Court: Norfolk Circuit Court
    Charges: VA Code 18.2-63 Carnal Knowledge (2 counts) and VA Code 18.2-370 Indecent Liberties
    Trial: Jury Trial
    Result: Not guilty on all counts
    Comments: This was a case where our client had been accused of sexual intercourse with a fourteen-year-old girl. In a two-day trial, we successfully convinced a jury of the inconsistencies in that juvenile’s story resulting in a full dismissal on both counts of Carnal Knowledge as well as the single count of Indecent Liberties. A conviction would have resulted in a mandatory four (4) years in prison away from our client's wife and infant child along with the loss of a promising Navy Career.

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  • Reduced Charges

    DUI

    Date: May 17, 2007
    Court: Hampton General District Traffic Court
    Charges: Va Code 18.2-266 DUI
    Trial: Judge Trial
    Result: DUI amended to reckless driving. No license suspension. Suspended sentence and fine plus costs.

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  • Dismissed

    DUI

    Date: July 13, 2006
    Court: U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk
    Charges: Va Code 18.2-266 DUI
    Trial: Judge Trial
    Result: Dismissed following a trial before a Federal Magistrate

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  • Not Guilty

    Forcible sodomy, abduction with intent to defile

    Date: November 14-16, 2005
    Charges: Forcible sodomy, abduction with intent to defile
    Court: Norfolk Circuit Court
    Trial: Jury Trial
    Result: Found not guilty by jury after three day trial, all charges dismissed

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  • Reduced Charges

    DUI Second Offense

    Date: June 30, 2005
    Charge: DUI Second Offense
    Court: Virginia Beach Circuit Court
    Trial: Judge Trial
    Result: Reduced to reckless driving

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  • Not Guilty

    Felony Cases

    Date: March 17, 2003
    Charge: 1st Degree Murder; Illegal Use of a Firearm
    Court: Chesapeake Circuit Court
    Trial: Jury Trial
    Result: Not guilty finding by a jury after a one week trial, all charges dismissed

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  • Not Guilty

    Object Sexual Penetration; Aggravated Sexual Battery

    Date: March 12, 2002
    Charge: Object Sexual Penetration; Aggravated Sexual Battery
    Court: Chesapeake Circuit Court
    Trial: Jury Trial
    Result: Not Guilty finding after a three day jury trial.

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  • Not Guilty

    Aggravated Sexual Battery

    Date: March 5, 2001
    Charge: Aggravated Sexual Battery
    Court: Newport News Circuit Court
    Trial: Jury Trial
    Result: Not guilty finding after a two day jury trial. All charges dismissed.

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