Virginia Drug Laws: Drug Distribution vs. Drug Possession Charges

Did you know that the difference between drug distribution charges and drug possession charges could be 40 years in prison and over $95,000 in fines? Like most other states, Virginia treats drug crimes seriously. However, there are significant differences between the penalties for drug distribution and drug possession.  Keep reading to learn more about the…

What to Look for in a Criminal Defense Lawyer: A Step-By-Step Guide

Have you been served with a criminal summons? If yes, don’t fret! You can fight your case with the help of an experienced defense attorney who’s in a better position to represent your interests and tell your story. But, with the influx of lawyers in the market, choosing a good defense attorney can be an…

Choosing a Criminal Defense Lawyer: How to Pick the Right One

Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about how to hire the right criminal defense lawyer for your situation. If you’ve run into trouble with the law, don’t worry. You’re not alone. In fact, there are thousands of people every year who find themselves in a situation where they need to hire…

The Advantages of Fighting a Traffic Ticket

It’s very common to face a traffic violation of some kind at some point in your life. Even the most careful drivers can sometimes be caught out on a bad day. Some minor traffic infractions are easy to deal with by simply paying a fine, but there are some occasions when you might want to…

The Reckless Driving Penalties You Need to Know About

In 2016 there were 23,948 speed-related crashes in Virginia. To reduce these numbers, Virginia police will hand out reckless driving tickets. These aren’t your standard traffic citations. You face a lot more consequences than a monetary fine you have to mail in. Not sure what reckless driving penalties you could face after your ticket? Keep reading, and we’ll…

Do I Need a DUI Attorney After a DWI Charge in Fairfax County?

Have you heard the phrase, “innocent until proven guilty?” If you haven’t, it means that until the prosecutor has presented enough evidence to convict you of a charge, you are considered innocent. Unfortunately, when you are being arrested for a DUI, it seems to be the opposite. Once you’ve been charged with driving under the influence,…

The Most Common Causes for Reckless Driving Charges in Fairfax County

As of 2017, there were 6,087,245 licensed drivers in the state of Virginia. There was even more registered vehicles, sitting at a whopping high of 8,234,406! So it comes as no surprise that many people are on the receiving end of reckless driving charges. Reckless driving in Virginia is a disregard for the safety of your fellow road-sharers. But…

Miranda and Beyond: Know Your Rights When Arrested in Fairfax County, Virginia

If you’ve ever watched a murder mystery or police procedural television show, you are already familiar with the concept of Miranda rights. Being read the Miranda warning informs an arrestee that he or she has the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, and the right to have an attorney provided if he…

What Should You Do After Being Charged With a DWI in Fairfax County?

If you’ve just been arrested for a DWI in Fairfax County, chances are there’s a lot running through your mind right now. You’re scared and worried about what’s going to come next. Unfortunately, with 7,285 alcohol-related crashes and 248 deaths in 2017, Virginia isn’t messing around. If you’re charged with driving under the influence, you can’t afford…

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Traffic Violations
  • Reckless Driving
  • Felonies and Misdemeanors

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1985
  • District of Columbia, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1985
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims


  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1985
  • Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1982
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: Economics & Philosophy