The Qualified Immunity Quandary

Under qualified immunity, a police officer can be sued for damages if he or she violates a clearly established constitutional or statutory right.

Criminal Records, Expungement, & Marijuana

Starting July 1, 2020, possession of marijuana in Virginia will not be a crime. What does that mean if you have a prior charge or conviction of marijuana possession when it was a crime? Generally under Virginia law, convictions or “first offender dismissals” can never be expunged from a criminal record. But the new marijuana […]

PPP May Not Help Your Small Business at All

Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (also known as the “CARES Act”) in March. It is the single largest economic stimulus package ever in the history of the United States and will add $1.8 trillion to the already colossal federal budget deficit (the difference between revenue in and spending out).  Your federal government is already […]

How Lawyers Steal From Their Clients

Every day attorneys across Virginia commit grand larceny. No area of law is exempt. Whether it’s criminal defense lawyers charging flat fees, or civil attorneys and their hourly billing, lawyers everywhere are taking their clients’ money but doing little meaningful work. THE HOURLY BILLING RACKET Let’s start with hourly billing. Law firms most often mandate […]

No, Marijuana & Hash Oil Are Not Legal in Virginia… Yet

Sorry everyone, but you still must make the trip into Washington, D.C. to get your legal marijuana fix (assuming you’re interested in following the law). However, Virginia has taken another step toward full marijuana legalization. This week, the governor approved a bill that decriminalizes marijuana. That means instead of being punished as a misdemeanor crime, […]