LeCruise Law Blog

Is Trick-or-Treating Illegal in Norfolk?

With Halloween just around the corner, be sure to keep in mind that there are two restrictions to trick-or-treating under Virginia law. According to the Norfolk City Code: If any person over the age of twelve (12) years shall engage in the activity commonly known as “trick or treat” or any activity of similar character…

Virginia Senate Passes Police Overhaul Bill

Read more about the sweeping police overhaul bill passed by the Virginia Senate last week.

What Does Computer Fraud and Computer Trespass Mean in Virginia and How are These Crimes Punished?

According to the Code of Virginia, any person who uses a computer network, without authority and: Obtains property or services by false pretenses; Embezzles or commits larceny or; Converts the property of another; is guilty of the crime of computer fraud. If the value of the property or services obtained is $1000.00 or more, the…

What Type of Documentation Do I Need to Help Me in Court?

Are you wondering what to bring with you to court? In many cases, having the appropriate documentation will be the make or break in your criminal case as judges often use it to arrive at a decision. Don’t wait until the last minute to start gathering these important documents. Common examples of useful documents for…

When is the Best Time to Apply for an Expungement in Virginia? How Long Does it Take to Expunge My Criminal Record in Norfolk?

When is the Best Time to Apply for an Expungement in Virginia? How Long Does it Take to Expunge My Criminal Record in Norfolk? Before you begin the expungement process, keep in mind that the expungement laws in Virginia are very limited. Virginia does not allow for the expungement of any conviction from your criminal…

Norfolk Lawyer Jamilah D. LeCruise Gives Interview to Canadian Magazine

Lawyer’d magazine, which focuses on international Millennial attorneys, reached out to Jamilah LeCruise for an interview regarding her selection as the 2020 Virginia State Bar Young Lawyer of the Year. You can read more here.

Do I Need a Lawyer for My Probation Violation in Court? How Will a Probation Violation Lawyer Help in Court?

There are a variety of ways an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you when you go to circuit court for a probation violation. Defense attorneys have experience cross examining probation officers and other prosecution witnesses, highlighting critical points that are beneficial to your case. Attorneys can also present documentation of your work history, substance…

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…