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Pleading ‘No Contest’ in Virginia: What You Should Know

When charged with a crime in Virginia, the first thing you may be asked is how you want to plead.  This is typically early in the court process, and virtually everyone has seen a depiction of someone entering a plea of ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty.’ There are also a few less familiar options. These are ‘no contest’ or ‘Alford’ pleas. Broadly, these allow you the benefit of maintaining your innocence Read More

University Rape Allegations and What You Should Do If Accused

False accusations of sexual assault are all too common on college campuses today. Most Virginians will remember that in 2014, Rolling Stone magazine published a now-retracted story called “A Rape on Campus,” which described in graphic detail rampant sexual assault that went unpunished at the University of Virginia. The only problem was, Rolling Stone’s main source for the article fabricated her story. Fortunately, no one was prosecuted as a result Read More

Strategies to Obtain Reduced Federal Sentencing

If you’re convicted of or plead guilty to a federal felony, you’ll attend a hearing where the judge will decide what your sentence will be. This sentencing is not automatic, and the judge has a lot of leeway for reduced felony sentencing. This leeway falls under the scope of federal sentencing guidelines. If you’re facing charges for a federal crime, you want the least restrictive sentence available. The criminal defense Read More

DUI Charges Involving Injuries – DUI Maiming

DUI maiming occurs when someone is seriously injured while you are driving under the influence, and a conviction for such an offense can affect every aspect of your life. You can lose your driver’s license, face incarceration, and more. In addition, you’ll have a mark on your criminal record. If you’ve been charged with DUI maiming, you need immediate legal assistance from a Virginia DUI lawyer experienced in this kind Read More

What’s the Difference Between Murder and Manslaughter?

If you’ve been charged with murder or manslaughter, you’re facing a serious situation that could put you in prison for many years. These offenses have vastly different consequences that could affect every aspect of your life. Understanding the differences between murder vs. manslaughter is vitally important, as getting your charge reduced can make a huge difference in your case. At Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico, our attorneys are here to help Read More