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2021 Legislative Update from LeCruise Law – New Virginia Criminal Laws Go into Effect July 1, 2021

The following legislation has been approved by the Virginia General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Northam. The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) has published very useful summaries of the new criminal laws and here are the most important changes going into effect. Bail Admission to Bail: Eliminates the rebuttable presumptions against being admitted…

Norfolk Defense Attorney Jamilah D. LeCruise Named 2021 Influential Woman of Law by Virginia Lawyers Weekly

This June, Virginia Lawyers Weekly announced its 2021 class of “Influential Women of Law” and Norfolk defense attorney, Jamilah LeCruise, was among the women included. The program recognizes women lawyers and judges for their contributions to the justice system, tireless efforts on behalf of their clients, commitment to community service, and service to the legal…

New Virginia Marijuana Laws Effective July 1, 2021 Legalize Simple Possession with Certain Restrictions

Effective July 1, it will be legal for adults 21 years and older to possess no more than one ounce of marijuana for personal use. It will still be illegal to possess more than one ounce of marijuana. A person possessing more than one ounce but less than one pound of marijuana will be subject…

New Virginia Marijuana Law Allowing Home Growing Goes into Effect July 1, 2021

Effective July 1, 2021, adults 21 and over can grow up to four (4) marijuana plants per household. This law only permits 4 plants to be grown at a main place of residence and permits 4 marijuana plants to be grown per household, not per person living in the home. There are additional requirements for…

Norfolk Criminal Defense Attorney Named 2021 Super Lawyers Rising Star

Attorney Jamilah D. LeCruise was selected again this year as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2021, which is the fifth consecutive year that she has been selected. Last year, there was a two-page feature about her legal career in the magazine. After being nominated, Super Lawyers engage in in-depth independent research and evaluate candidates…

Change to Virginia Robbery Code Going Into Effect in 2021

Currently, under the Code of Virginia, “if any person commit robbery by partial strangulation, or suffocation, or striking, or beating, or by other violence to the person, or by assault or otherwise putting a person in fear of serious bodily harm, or by the threat or presenting of firearms, or other deadly weapon or instrumentality…

Changes to Getting Bond in Virginia Criminal Courts are Coming Soon

During the most recent legislative session, the Virginia General Assembly passed a variety of criminal justice reforms. One significant change implemented was in the area of bail and bond. Specifically, the General Assembly repealed the long-standing presumption against bond that existed for many criminal offenses. In practice, this meant that magistrates were not permitted to…

Changes in Virginia Traffic Stops Going into Effect in 2021

Effective March 1, 2021, law enforcement officers will no longer be able to stop a vehicle for: The odor of marijuana Defective equipment Dangling objects from the rearview mirror Dark window tint Following too closely Loud exhaust Be sure to check back this summer for LeCruise Law’s annual criminal legislative update and call our office…

Virginia Criminal Justice Reforms Going into Effect in 2021

Among the changes to the Virginia criminal law and procedure codes that became effective March 1, 2021 include: The authority of local prosecutors to dismiss any criminal case A bar on police from searching due to the odor of marijuana A ban on no-knock search warrants The creation of more secondary traffic infractions to prevent…

Norfolk Attorney Jamilah D. LeCruise Elected as Vice Chair of City’s Board of Zoning Appeals

Jamilah D. LeCruise has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the City of Norfolk Board of Zoning Appeals for 2021. She has been a member of the seven member board since 2017. You can read more about the Board of Zoning Appeals in Norfolk here.