Category Archives: Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

Federal DUI – DWI Law in Virginia | A criminal defense lawyer’s explanation of issues related to DWI arrests and Refusal to Take a Breath Test

This article is written by a criminal defense attorney licensed to practice law in the Federal Courthouse in the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria. This article contains detailed and easy to understand explanations of the various laws, penalties, and defenses for Federal DUI / DWI charges in Virginia. […]

United States Federal Conspiracy / Agreement Offenses: Fraud, Money Laundering, False Claims

CONSPIRACY OVERVIEW Conspiracy charges are found in many fraud cases and money laundering cases. § 371. Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States If 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 […]

RECKLESS DRIVING CHARGE IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA IN ALEXANDRIA

WHAT IS RECKLESS DRIVING? Reckless driving is a misdemeanor criminal charge in Virginia. If your speed was either 20 miles over the speed limit, or if you were speeding above 80 miles per hour, then your “speeding ticket” is likely a Virginia Uniform Summons for Reckless Driving. And so, what looks like a regular speeding […]

Federal DUI & DWI Laws: Minimum penalties for repeat offenders for driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence

§ 164. Minimum penalties for repeat offenders for driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence (a) Definitions.–In this section, the following definitions apply: (1) Alcohol concentration.–The term “alcohol concentration” means grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath. (2) Driving while intoxicated; driving under the […]

U.S. decrees that marijuana has no accepted medical use

“Nonetheless, the DEA concluded that marijuana has no accepted medical use, Leonhart wrote in her letter, because its chemistry is not known and adequate studies have not been done on its usefulness or safety. “At this time,” she said, “the known risks of marijuana use have not been shown to be outweighed by specific benefits […]

Federal Drug Conviction Overturned due to the govt’s “impermissible speculation.”

PUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT  UNITED STATES oF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. No. 08-4764  KEVIN ANTHONY HICKMAN, Defendant-Appellant.  Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, at Baltimore. William D. Quarles, Jr., District Judge. (1:07-cr-00261-WDQ-8) Argued: September 22, 2010 Decided: November 29, 2010 Before […]

Revealed & Explained: Virginia Reckless Driving Law – Not Just a Speeding Ticket

In Virginia, what looks like a regular speeding ticket may be much more than points on your record. If your speed was either 20 miles over the speed limit, or if you were speeding above 80 miles per hour, then your “speeding ticket” is likely a Virginia Uniform Summons for Reckless Driving. If you are […]

Recent Virginia & Federal Cases

School Board v. Commonwealth 02/25/2010 In a petition by a school board against the Commonwealth, alleging breach of contractual duty under the Virginia Local Government Risk Management Plan to defend and indemnify the board for educational and legal expenses awarded in administrative proceedings and an ensuing federal civil action to a child’s parents who alleged […]