Category Archives: Criminal Law

Virginia law change requires courts to grant a Commonwealth’s motion to dismiss

With the election of several Commonwealth Attorneys across the state who had deciding not to prosecute certain crimes in the interest of criminal justice reform, some judges had refused to accept dismissal motions presented by the Commonwealth Attorneys. However, that … Continue reading

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Does a center console count as a ‘secured container’ for purposes of the Virginia concealed carry law?

Last year I received a call from a prospective client who had been charged with carrying a concealed firearm without a permit.  For purposes of this article, we will call him ‘Bob’. Bob had been initially appointed counsel and was … Continue reading

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Private sales to Curio and Relic license holders under Virginia’s new universal background check law

Since Virginia’s so-called ‘universal background check’ law went into effect on July 1, 2020, there have been a number of questions about its applicability to different circumstances. I have previously written about whether one could still gift a firearm under … Continue reading

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