can you film the police

Can you Film the Police?

In recent years Courts have issued conflicting opinions about a citizen’s right to film the police. For example, one Federal Court held in 2011 that, although not unqualified, “a citizen’s right to film government officials, including law enforcement officers, in the discharge of their duties in a public space is a basic, vital, and well-established liberty safeguarded by the First …

What is a Sentencing Hearing?

A sentencing hearing is a separate proceeding from the traditionally known courtroom trial (where an individual is deemed guilty and convicted of a crime) and may be better understood as the punishment portion of the trial process. What happens at a sentencing hearing? In Virginia, sentencing hearings tend to follow the same specific process.  First, the Commonwealth is permitted to …

Imprisonment and Your Social Security Benefits

What is the difference between Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income benefits? Social Security disability insurance benefits (SSD or SSDI) and Social Security retirement benefits are only available for individuals that have paid into the Social Security system.  These benefits are funded through past contributions taken out of your wages by your employer over the lifetime of your …

Imprisonment & Military Benefits

Do I get to keep my military benefits if my spouse or I are incarcerated? The continuation of your benefits will be determined by the type of military benefits you receive and the reason for your incarceration. Do my military disability payments continue? Most disability payments will continue during your incarceration at a reduced rate if you have been sentenced …

Don’t give them a reason to stop you.

Now, I don’t mind defending my criminal clients–in fact, that’s what I do. BUT, I do have a suggestion for you that may save you a lot of time and money: Take the Dangling Object off of your Car Mirror! I have had several cases lately in which the only “reasonable suspicion” for the traffic stop (required before the officer …

You don’t have to talk!

Just had a client hire us who actually did not say anything to the arresting officer! The police report read, “Miranda warning given to suspect. No statement given.” Ok, now we’re getting somewhere…! You are an American–you do not have to contribute to your own prosecution.