LeCruise Law Blog

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 Specifically, the General Assembly repealed the long-standing presumption against bond that existed for many criminal offenses.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.

New Year, New Fines for Driving with Handheld Cell Phones

Effective January 1, 2021, there are new penalties for driving with a handheld personal communications device, including a cell phone. According to the Code of Virginia: It is unlawful for any person to operate a moving motor vehicle on the highways in the Commonwealth while using any handheld personal communications device to: Manually enter multiple…

New Year, New You – And Time For an Expungement

In Virginia, you are eligible to petition the court to have your record expunged if: You were found not guilty and acquitted of the charges The charges against you were dismissed The Commonwealth withdrew the charges against you and they were nolle prossed You received a pardon from the Governor Someone else committed a crime…

Norfolk Criminal Defense Attorney Jamilah D. LeCruise Featured in Virginia Business Magazine Legal Elite Profile

In its 21st annual Legal Elite publication, Virginia Business magazine interviewed Virginia’s Young Lawyer of the Year Jamilah D. LeCruise. Read more here.

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…