What is an Arraignment and whose this attorney?

Brandon WaltripCriminal Defense

One of the first steps in a criminal prosecution is the arraignment. This is when the accused is brought before a judge or magistrate to determine whether he or she wishes to hire an attorney, have the court appoint an attorney, or waive the right to an attorney. It is in many respects the most important moment in any criminal …

3 Tips for a Driving on Suspended Charge

Brandon WaltripCriminal Defense

Have you been charged recently with a driving on suspended license? Here are a few quick tips to help yourself, and help your attorney, get your charged reduced or dismissed altogether. 1.PAY OFF COURT FINES. It is important to pay off any outstanding court cost or fines. If you have court costs or fines in multiple jurisdictions, or owe excessive …

Self-Defense Law; A “Beast of Burden”

Brandon WaltripCriminal Defense

The Rolling Stones song “Beast of Burden” has nothing at all to do with the self-defense law. But, when I hear about a self-defense case, such as the recent Trayvon Martin incident in Florida, I can’t help but think of the song. “You can put me out, on the street!” rings in my head. “Beast of Burden” is a song …

Virginia DUI Laws: “Driving or Operating”

Brandon WaltripCriminal Defense

The Virginia laws on Driving Under the Influence are fairly set in stone. The Legislature in Richmond, however, continues to change the laws in respects to punishment. Each year they try to raise the mandatory minimum as to Fines, Incarceration Periods, and Periods for a Loss of License. But, that doesn’t change the case law. Here is an overview of …