Post-Script On The Guy Who Left His Car On Our Brick Wall

April 11, 2010
Aerial view of DC

Yesterday I posted about the guy who drove his Lexis onto our brick wall and then left it there.  I assumed he had been drinking. I assumed we would never see him again. And, as suggested by another… Read More

“Every DWI Case Is Defensible”

April 10, 2010
Jefferson Memorial

You often hear criminal defense lawyers who are just starting out say that they will initially handle drinking-and-driving offenses, like DWI or DUI, until they get their feet on the ground.  The cases are, they say, straightforward and… Read More

On Becoming Certified to Administer the Standardized Field Sobriety Test

April 9, 2010
U.S. Capitol building

There is nothing more gratifying for a criminal defense lawyer than the moment on cross-examination when the prosecution’s key witness begins to sweat.  The witness gets that panicked or confused look in the eye and keeps glancing over… Read More

Disenchanted with Avvo

April 1, 2010
U.S. Capitol building

My niece attended her first baseball game when she was four or five years old. After the first inning or so, she announced that she was done with baseball. I am done with Avvo. As reflected on the ABA… Read More

Juvenile Court Forever

March 26, 2010
U.S. Capitol building

You watch him go.  You realize that, from his perspective, the future is nothing more than a quick visit with the judge, a bologna sandwich and coke for lunch, and then a trip back to the detention center to gather his things.  So yes, you think again, this time with more certainty, it will be for forever.

On Mirriam Seddiq and the “Not Guilty No Way” Blog

March 25, 2010

There are two fairly new criminal law blogs that have recently been given a lot of attention in the blawgosphere: Liberty and Justice for Y’All and Affirmative Links. In both cases the attention is deserved. Each blog is… Read More

A Probation Officer Should Be A Client’s Best Friend

March 15, 2010
American flag

It is amazing to me how many clients spend more time in custody than they need to.  The sad fact is, violating the terms of probation is frequently a major cause of people going back to jail when… Read More

My Career as a County Prosecutor

March 5, 2010
American flag

Unlike many of my colleagues in the criminal defense bar, I would have no moral qualms about working for the prosecution. In fact, during the summer after my first year at law school, I interned at the U.S…. Read More

Finding The Right Name For A Criminal Law Blog

February 25, 2010
Jefferson Memorial

Scott Greenfield of Simple Justice wrote a complimentary piece about this blog earlier this week. While I was very flattered to be described as “one of the newest and brightest additions to the blawgosphere,” Greenfield continued to encourage… Read More

The Virginia Bar Exam: How Much Studying Is Enough?

Aerial view of DC

One of my favorite episodes from the old T.V. show Taxi included the scene in which the Reverend Jim Ignatowski, the character played by Christopher Lloyd, accidentally burns down the apartment of Louie DePalma, the character played by… Read More