LeCruise Law Blog

What is Contempt of Court in Virginia and How Does a Judge Punish It?

According to the Code of Virginia, a judge may punish the following behaviors as contempt of court: Misbehavior in the presence of the court, or so near thereto as to obstruct or interrupt the administration of justice; Violence, or threats of violence, to a judge or officer of the court, or to a juror, witness,…

What Should I Do If I Miss Court in Norfolk? What are the Penalties for Failing to Appear in Court in Virginia? How Do Failures to Appear Affect My Bond or Any Future Criminal Cases?

According to the Code of Virginia “whoever…willfully fails to appear before any court or judicial officer as required, shall, after notice to all interested parties, incur a forfeiture of any security which may have been given or pledged for his or her release, unless one of the parties can show good cause for excusing the…

How are Shoplifting and Concealment of Merchandise Punished in Virginia?

In Virginia, whoever, without authority, with the intention of converting goods or merchandise to his or her own or another’s use without having paid the full purchase price thereof, or of defrauding the owner of the value of the goods or merchandise, (i) willfully conceals or takes possession of the goods or merchandise of any…

What is a Riot and How is it Punished in Virginia? What Does Unlawful Assembly Mean in Virginia?

According to the Virginia Code, any unlawful use, by three or more persons acting together, of force or violence which seriously jeopardizes public safety, peace or order is a riot. Every person convicted of participating in any riot in Virginia shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. If such person carried, at the time…

What Types of Powers Do Law Enforcement Officers Have During Times of Rioting in Virginia?

According to the Code of Virginia, if it appears to the Governor that the power of the locality is not sufficient to enable the sheriff or other officer to execute process delivered to him or to suppress riots to preserve the peace, he may order law-enforcement agencies, National Guard, militia or other agencies of the…

2020 Legislative Update From LeCruise Law – New Virginia Laws Go into Effect This Summer

2020 Legislative Update from LeCruise Law – New Virginia Laws Go into Effect in this Summer The following legislation has been approved during the 2020 Virginia General Assembly Session and will become effective laws on July 1, 2020. The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) has published very useful summaries of these new laws and here…

What Does Trespassing Mean in Virginia? How Can I Be Charged with Trespassing in the City of Norfolk?

Under the Code of Virginia, If any person without authority of law goes upon the lands, buildings or premises of another, or any portion or area thereof, after having been forbidden to do so, either orally or in writing, by the owner, lessee, custodian, or the other person lawfully in charge thereof, or after having…

Norfolk Attorney Jamilah D. LeCruise Named Virginia State Bar’s R. Edwin Burnette Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year

Defense attorney Jamilah D. LeCruise of Norfolk has been awarded the 2020 R. Edwin Burnette Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year Award by the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference. The award recognizes young lawyers who demonstrate dedicated service to the conference, the legal profession, and the community. LeCruise has served in numerous roles both at the VSB…

Are Animal Control Officers Real Police Officers? Can Animal Control Officers Arrest Me or Charge Me with Crimes?

While there is often confusion as to the powers local animal control officers possess, it is important to recognize that they are real law enforcement officers who enforce a variety of criminal offenses, many of which are jailable. Failure to comply with the legal orders of an animal control officer can lead to you being…

How Many DMV Demerit Points Will I Get for a Traffic Ticket? How Long Do These Points Stay on My Driving Record?

If you are convicted of a traffic offense, the court where you are convicted notifies the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the DMV assigns demerit points to your driving record based on the seriousness of the driving offense. Here are some common examples of moving violations in Virginia and the demerit points associated…