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What does it mean to be a principal in the first degree, second degree, or an accessory?

Posted by Bryan Jones | Nov 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Sometimes people are be charged with committing a crime, even if they do not actually perpetrate the actual crime. It sounds strange, but if you assist or encourage someone to commit a crime, you can be charged with the same crime as the person who actually commits the crime. Unfortunately, many criminal defendants think because they were not the one who actually committed the offense that they are not guilty of a crime. But this is not always the case.

Virginia's New Jury Sentencing Law

Posted by Bryan Jones | Nov 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

One of the most important decisions that an accused must make is whether to have a jury trial or trial by judge. Going to trial by jury means that the prosecution must convince twelve jurors that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, whereas if you go to trial by judge, the prosecution only has to convince the judge.

Can I be arrested if I report an overdose?

Posted by Bryan Jones | Nov 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

The opioid epidemic has claimed many lives. Many lives have been lost because people feared being arrested and prosecuted for certain drug offenses if they sought medical help for themselves or someone else suffering an overdose. In 2015, Virginia enacted the Safe Overdose Reporting Law, which attempted to address this issue. The law is codified under Virginia Code § 18.2-251.03 and provides a shield against arrest and prosecution for certain people who seek or obtain overdose emergency medical attention. The purpose of the law is to encourage people to seek help without the fear of being punished.

What are the different types of pardons?

Posted by Bryan Jones | Oct 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Virginia Constitution, Art. V, Sec. 12, and the Virginia Code § 53.1-229, vest the Governor with the power to commute a death sentence and to grant pardons or reprieves, and this power is absolute. This means that once the court process is over, only the Governor has the power to alter your conviction. Nobody can reverse his decision. However, the Governor is not likely to substitute his judgment for that of the court in most cases. Only in cases of extraordinary circumstances can you expect the Governor to act.

How Do I Get My Firearm Rights Restored?

Posted by Bryan Jones | Oct 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Second Amendment guarantees that "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” However, one of the serious consequences of being a convicted felon is that you lose your gun rights. It does not matter that it was your first felony or that the felony was a minor one. If you have a felony on your record, it is illegal for you to possess a firearm. Contact Bryan J. Jones, LLC to find out if you are eligible to have your firearm rights restored.

Increase in Domestic Violence Accusations During COVID-19

Posted by Bryan Jones | May 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

In March, Governor Northam issued stay-at-home orders for most residents of Virginia. Couples and families are used to spending some time apart, like going to work or school, hanging out with friends, or out-of-town trips. Now, with so many people spending the majority of their time in the home, ...

Drunk Driving After Stay at Home Orders in Charlottesville

Posted by Bryan Jones | Apr 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

Governor Northam issued stay-at-home orders for most residents of Virginia. The temporary order was issued on March 30, 2020, and is to remain in effect until June 10, 2020, subject to change. This will keep many people at home over the next weeks and may lead to a change in daily habits, includi...

What is the Charlottesville Drug Court?

Posted by Bryan Jones | Mar 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Drug court began as a way to provide treatment to people with substance abuse problems as an alternative to incarceration. Individuals in Charlottesville, Albemarle, and Fluvanna are fortunate to have a drug court, which many other counties in Virginia lack. Drug court can be a good option if you...

Sexting Charges

Posted by Bryan Jones | Feb 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Sending suggestive pictures or explicit images to another person via the internet or digital devices, like your cellphone, is known as sexting. Sexting, generally speaking, is not an illegal act in Virginia. It can be considered a sex crime, though, when certain conditions or circumstances are pr...

Suspended Jail Sentences & DUI Convictions in Virginia

Posted by Bryan Jones | Feb 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

DUIs are crimes committed by people just like you and me. We are lawyers, janitors, teachers, doctors, police officers, sales clerks, and many more. For first-time offenders, a DUI can mean jail time, but it depends on the facts and circumstances surrounding the DUI event, any plea deal, the judg...

Police Bias & DUI Arrests: A Clear Example

Posted by Bryan Jones | Dec 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Recently in Denver, Colorado, a double standard involving police and DUI arrests was uncovered and reported on. It's not a surprising fact that police can be biased, especially in cases of DUI arrests, but in this specific circumstance, the double standard could not be any clearer.  So, though th...

Consequences of a Plea Deal in a Virginia DUI Case

Posted by Bryan Jones | Oct 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

It's late. You had a few drinks. You feel fine. You say goodbye to your colleagues in Charlottesville and head home. Little do you know a cop across the street had been waiting for the next person to leave the bar. You get into your vehicle and pull up to the traffic light, and on the red light, ...

Ecstasy and DUI in Virginia

Posted by Bryan Jones | Oct 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Driving while under the influence of drugs in the Commonwealth of Virginia is illegal, and this includes the use of the drug commonly referred to as "ecstasy." When driving under the influence of this kind of drug, a person can be stopped and arrested for DUI. What is Ecstasy? Ecstasy is a man-...

Plan on Sobriety Checkpoints in Virginia this Halloween

Posted by Bryan Jones | Oct 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Halloween isn't just for kids. Many adults enjoy this time of year. While kids are going door to door for their treats, many adults enjoy getting dressed up as vampires and celebrities to attend adult parties. Alcohol is often a treat as these parties. So, it goes without saying: be safe and don'...

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