Change to Virginia Robbery Code Going Into Effect in 2021

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

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 Specifically, the General Assembly repealed the long-standing presumption against bond that existed for many criminal offenses.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

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…

New Year, New You – And Time For an Expungement

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

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.

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

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?

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…

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

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 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?

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?

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…