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Criminal Defense

How Long Does a Criminal Case Last?

A common question for criminal defense lawyers is how long the criminal case will last. There are many reasons your case may be taking longer than you would like. Most cases take at least a few months to work themselves out, but it can be much longer if there are delays. No one wants to… read more

What Happens After You Are Arrested in Virginia?

Getting arrested is a scary experience for anyone. Part of that fear is how unfamiliar it is. If you’re unsure about what to do or how the process works, it can make the whole ordeal much more overwhelming and frightening.  Knowing what to expect can help you keep a clear head and make the right… read more

Can I Expunge or Seal My Case?

An expungement is a removal of certain crimes from your criminal records. Many convicted felons find it hard to obtain work, housing, and financial aid because of their past and seek to expunge their record. However, the laws for expungement in Virginia are changing and won’t be fully complete until July 1, 2025. You can… read more

What Does a Criminal Defense Attorney Do?

The right to an attorney is one of the rights we have as U.S. citizens. It is granted by the 6th Amendment. The reason is simple. The state holds all the cards when they charge someone with a crime. They know the laws, the procedures, and the requirements to convict, and you don’t. Without representation,… read more

What Cases Do Criminal Defense Attorneys Deal With?

There are many kinds of law – so many that no lawyer can competently work in every kind. Instead, lawyers choose a specialty for practice. A firm, like ours, may specialize in multiple kinds of law, but a single lawyer will usually stick with one. Criminal defense lawyers deal with defending individuals against criminal cases… read more

Can I Go to Jail for a Minor Crime?

The term “minor crime” is a bit ambiguous. Most traffic violations will not send you to jail and do not leave a criminal record. A better term for minor crime would be misdemeanor. Some of these can send you to jail, but not all of them. So, the answer is yes, you can go to… read more

What Should I Do When I’m Falsely Accused for a Crime?

False accusations for crimes are a common occurrence. Even though there is the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, that doesn’t mean the law is entirely in your favor. All criminal accusations need to get treated seriously, as they can result in severe penalties that can impact your life forever.  Knowing how to respond if… read more

How the Supreme Court of Virginia’s Judicial Emergency Order #4 May Impact Your Case

by Nikita Wolf, Trial Attorney with the Pendleton Law Team On May 6, 2020, the Supreme Court of Virginia issued its “Fourth Order Modifying and Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency.” As you may be aware, back in March, the Supreme Court of Virginia issued an Order declaring a Judicial Emergency… read more