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Not Guilty Verdict in Reckless Driving Case

In Bedford County, our client was recently charged with reckless driving. We took the case to court and ultimately obtained a not-guilty verdict. This preserved his driving record and spared him from possible jail time, a $2,500 fine, and a license suspension. The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any Read More

Federal Drug Sentence Reduced Despite Prior Convictions

In a federal drug case, our client was charged with falsifying and passing off bad prescriptions. Under the current federal guidelines, and due to the man’s prior marijuana convictions, he was potentially facing 151 to 188 months in prison. At Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico, our Roanoke criminal defense lawyers, investigated the matter and by presenting some issues with the time it took to try the case in federal court, we Read More

Man Removed from Virginia Sex Offender Registry

At Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico, our Roanoke criminal defense lawyers were recently contacted by a man interested in being removed from Virginia’s Sex offender Registry. We reviewed his case and confirmed that when he was 19-years-old, he was convicted of engaging in consensual sex with an underage female in another state. The man registered under that state’s requirements, before moving to Virginia, which at the time had no official registry. Read More

Arguing Against Enhancements Allows for Reduced Sentence in Federal Child Porn Case

As computer technology develops, cases relating to the internet, like those involving child pornography are also becoming increasingly sophisticated. However, while hi-tech evidence collection and online sting operations are employed, there is a massive discrepancy in how individuals are sentenced. In fact, in the vast majority of child pornography cases, the penalties handed down are based, at least in part, on outdated technology and data. For instance, the Roanoke sex Read More

Dismissal in Halloween Toy Gun Case

Halloween is a time when people suspend reality and like to play dress-up. While this revelry is typically harmless, when people go a little too far or act inappropriately the effects could be more severe than you intended. During a Halloween costume party, a man dressed as infamous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar got into a confrontation with his sister’s roommate, who he believed was harassing her. The argument did not Read More