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Do I Qualify for an Expungement? │ Attorney Andre A. Hakes

Criminal records are the gift that keeps on giving.    In Virginia, when you are charged with a crime, even a misdemeanor, the information about that charge is entered into the Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN, pronounced “Vee-sin”, and maintained by the Virginia State Police) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC, maintained by the FBI) Read More

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Should you “Voluntarily” speak with the police, or not?

Officer Not So Friendly: A Choose-Your-Own-Misadventure Story The Hope Diamond is missing, and Officer Friendly thinks you stole it.  He types your name into a computer, and instantly knows where you work, where you live, what you drive, and whether or not you’ve been in trouble before. He calls you on the telephone, and tells Read More

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What “Not” to say during a DUI stop

The story of a Virginia DUI CHAPTER ONE:   It is 11:00 p.m. and you are on your way back from dinner. You are pulled over for a check point, speeding, or a taillight out. The officer walks up to your car shining the flashlight in the backseat on the way past, looking for drugs, beer Read More

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No “Due Process” for University of Virginia Student’s Accused of Sexual Misconduct:

I have been seeing a lot of sexual misconduct cases out of UVA lately. The procedures followed in those hearings are not fair, and not what we are accustomed to in judicial proceedings in this country. 1. Right to be Silent: Your “right to be silent” is otherwise known as your 5th amendment privilege against Read More

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Incidence of False Convictions Higher Than Thought

Is it surprising the incidence of false convictions is so high? (See link below) Don’t talk to the police without an attorney present, ever. Daily Progress Article Please contact us if you have questions about a criminal defense charge. Tucker Griffin Barnes Attorneys at Law Charlottesville, VA 434-973-7474  

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