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Pipe with Residue Insufficient to Support Possession with Intent to Distribute Charge

The Court of Appeals of Virginia recently reiterated that possession of drug paraphernalia (in this case a pipe) with the residue of drugs on it is insufficient by itself to support a conviction for possession with intent to distribute. The result is unsurprising, but serves as a reminder of the importance of having a skilled attorney on your side. In the unpublished opinion of Kincaid v. Commonwealth of Virginia, 1623-15-3, the Court of Appeals considered Mr. Kincaid’s challenge to the legal sufficiency of his conviction for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. At trial, the only evidence of methamphetamine introduced was the residue recovered from a glass pipe. The glass pipeRead More …


Criminal Process: the Initial Appearance and Arraignment

A criminal charge in Virginia can occur with little advance warning, which means you, as the defendant, are often unprepared and uneducated regarding what is going to happen next. The process can seem as intimidating as the charge.  Complicating matters, the process differs in each jurisdiction; so the information that your friend is telling you based on experience in Fairfax County will be different than your experience in Arlington County or Alexandria City.  Nonetheless, here is a brief overview of the initial process in many Virginia state courts. Once you are arrested and booked at the police station, you will be taken in front of a local magistrate “without unnecessaryRead More …


There is no “Pokemon Go” Defense to Trespassing in Virginia

The recent release of the game “Pokemon GO” has gotten literally millions of people out of their homes and out into public chasing elusive virtual monsters. The game is played using a smartphone and GPS. It generates “Pokemon” (Japanese for “Pocket Monsters”) that can be caught if you travel to their position. Yes, it’s a video game you “play” by traveling to various locations throughout the real world. Judging by the numbers alone, the game is, quite obviously, a big hit. I think that at the very least it’s great to see all these people out and about. But despite this, there have already been some strange incidents associated withRead More …