Criminal Offense Charges: How Public Are They?

Criminal Offense Charges How Public Are They

WHO HAS ACCESS TO MY CRIMINAL OFFENSE RECORDS? In Virginia, whenever a person is charged or arrested for any criminal offense, from Drunk In Public or Reckless Driving, to a DUI or Robbery, this information will be in court records and police files; and the criminal charge or arrest information is available on “Websites” and on police […]

Criminal Charges Misconceptions

Criminal Charges Misconceptions

COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT CRIMINAL CHARGES There are many misconceptions about criminal law and criminal charges, one of which is the role that Public Defenders play. A person qualifies for a public defender or court appointed counsel by being financially unable to retain a private attorney [read, below the poverty line], then that is the attorney they […]

How Do Criminal Records For Low Level Offenses Affect People

How Do Criminal Records For Low Level Offenses Affect People

  LOW LEVEL CRIMINAL RECORDS: THE HARSH REALITY! Low level criminal records can and will affect you at a deeper personal level than you may at first imagine. People can be affected in a thousand different ways by a charge, arrest or a conviction record, particularly in the Northern Virginia area, because virtually everyone in Northern Virginia […]

Criminal Offense Advice: How People Hurt Their Own Case

Criminal Offense Advice How People Hurt Their Own Case

CRIMINAL OFFENSE ADVICE: THE #1 MOST  DAMAGING MISTAKE PEOPLE MAKE THAT CAN HURT THEIR CASE The number one mistake that people make who are charged with any criminal matter is that they simply talk too much. In America, we are raised to be courteous and pleasant, to assume and be taught that the police are […]

Do People Realize the Severity of Their Criminal Charge?

Do People Realize the Severity of Their Criminal Charge

UNDERSTANDING THE SEVERITY OF A CRIMINAL CHARGE? People often don’t realize what a criminal charge actually is, especially criminal traffic charges. They see the charge only from their point of view; but not from the point of view of the prosecutor, the police, the Judge or society; which is crucial. A large part of my […]

Are You Being Charged With A Criminal Offense?

Are You Being Charged With A Criminal Offense

HOW DO PEOPLE GENERALLY DISCOVER IF THEY ARE BEING CHARGED WITH A CRIMINAL OFFENSE? Well, frankly, most people know they’re being charged with a criminal offense when they directly receive a “Summons” from the police in their motor vehicle or otherwise, or receive a “Warrant of Arrest” from the police or a Magistrate at the […]

Mercy of the Court | Criminal Lawyers VA NovaLegalgroup, P.C.

Mercy of the Court

CAN PEOPLE DEPEND ON THE “MERCY OF THE COURT” IN A CRIMINAL CASE? The idea of throwing oneself on the “Mercy of the Court” is just a cliché; there is no substance to it whatsoever! People who say, “I’m going to throw myself on the mercy of the court”, don’t even know what it means. […]

Do Police or Prosecutors Ever “Overcharge” People?

Do Police or Prosecutors Ever “Overcharge” People?

THE SIMPLE ANSWER IS YES! POLICE OR PROSECUTORS DO “OVERCHARGE” PEOPLE It depends on the jurisdiction, the person’s actions, and their prior criminal record, if any; but yes, sometimes. In fact, in some jurisdictions, they do the opposite. They “Undercharge” a person. If somebody is caught with marijuana, of course they’ll be charged with possession of marijuana; […]

Personal Injury In Virginia: How Is Someone Compensated?

Personal Injury In Virginia: How Is Someone Compensated?

HOW IS SOMEONE COMPENSATED IF THE OTHER PARTY HAS NO INSURANCE? Fortunately, it does not happen often, but it does happen. The reason why it does not happen often is because most states, including Virginia, require drivers to carry uninsured motorist coverage, in addition to both bodily injury and property damage liability insurance. That means, if you’re […]

Personal Injury Attorneys: How Do They Get Paid For A Case

Personal Injury Attorneys: How Do They Get Paid For A Case

HOW DOES AN ATTORNEY GET PAID FOR A PERSONAL INJURY CASE? A personal injury attorney is different from other type of attorneys, such as tax, criminal, maritime and estates and trusts attorneys, who get paid either a flat fee or on an hourly basis, because we are compensated on a contingency fee basis, which means that the […]