Violation of BWC policy –> case dismissed

Body worn camera

Body worn cameras have forever changed criminal prosecutions. On balance, I think they help the defense. No longer do we need to simply take the officer’s word on things.

Still Brady v. Maryland

The prosecutor can hardly blame me for being skeptical.  I ask her about one of the counts that was dropped from the complaint, and she tells me it was because the complaining witness said a few things to… Read More

Cue the Radiotape

I am a middle-aged man with some life experience. I have been doing criminal defense for a while now. Just yesterday I posted how many police officers “editorialize” when testifying. Still, I continue to be surprised – each… Read More

Complaints, Excuses, and Justifications after a Lost DWI Trial

Before beginning my practice in Virginia, I went over to traffic court in Fairfax County to observe, and was struck by the large number of DWI cases that pled. One piece of blue paper after another was passed… Read More

Dancing with the Prosecutor at a Preliminary Hearing

When it comes to preliminary hearings, prosecutors want to have their cake and eat it too.  And the court will often indulge them. Not wanting to tip their hand, prosecutors usually try to put on as little of… Read More