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Motions to Suppress: Getting Evidence Excluded

Physical evidence, witness statements, records, and other forms of evidence play a significant role in the outcome of every criminal case. However, in a situation where the evidence was obtained through unlawful means or while violating the person's rights, the defendant may be able to file a motion requesting the judge to exclude such evidence from trial. A practiced Virginia criminal defense lawyer can educate you about filing motions to suppress evidence that are inadmissible in court.

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Getting Released on Bail in Charlottesville or Albemarle, Virginia

Bail is the procedure used in the criminal court system to temporarily release people from custody while they wait for trial.

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Understanding Evidence in a Criminal Trial

You’re being investigated or even charged with a criminal act and face potential prosecution in a court of law. You’ve heard the phrase “beyond a reasonable doubt” when it comes to a jury’s convicting you based on the evidence submitted.

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What Qualifies as Solicitation of a Minor?

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, enticing or luring a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity is a serious offense that is often punished severely. A defendant convicted of online solicitation or sexual solicitation of a minor may face devastating penalties and other immediate and life-long consequences. Also, they may be asked to register as a sex offender in the state upon their release.

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Falsely Accused of Simple Assault

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, a person may be arrested and charged with assault crimes for threatening or putting another person in fear of harm or offensive contact. At Bryan J. Jones, LLC, we are committed to protecting individuals falsely accused of assault or other crimes.

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Expungements in Virginia

Virginia law allows you to seek expungement of your criminal records if you do not want them to appear on a background check for school, work, or other essential services. Removing these records from public view may improve your likelihood of being accepted into a school of your choice, receiving a security clearance to get work, or renting that dream house you have always wanted.

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The Benefits of Plea Agreements

One way to resolve a criminal case is for the prosecutor and accused to enter into a plea agreement in which the defendant agrees to plead guilty to a specific offense in exchange for the prosecutor offering the defendant some reward or benefit.

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Habeas and Plea Agreements: Walters v. Martin, Civil Action No. 5:17CV96

John Walters is serving a forty-year sentence for burglary and malicious assault. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced in Berkeley County Circuit Court, West Virginia.

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Falsely Accused of Rape

Being accused of rape can ruin your life in an instant, even if the accusation is false. However, just because an accusation of rape is false does not mean that you do not have to take the situation seriously. In fact, it is imperative that you act quickly to keep the situation from spiraling out of control.

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Ineffective Assistance of Counsel and Ways a Trial Lawyer Can be Ineffective

Your right to counsel embraces the right to receive effective assistance of counsel, as defined by the U.S. Supreme Court in Strickland v. Washington. The Sixth Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees effective counsel (and a fair trial) as a right. Ineffective assistance of a lawyer during your trial is a common claim for habeas corpus because it represents a chance to overturn a conviction and/or vacate a sentence.

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