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Virginia to Test Decades of Backlogged Rape Kits

When allegations of sexual assault are made, samples of the potential victim’s hair, bodily fluids, and garments are collected and stored, commonly referred to as rape kits. Once analyzed in a lab facility, these pieces of evidence can provide DNA evidence for use in a criminal trial. However, law enforcement agencies across Virginia–and the nation– often fell short, even failing to send rape kits to a laboratory. As a result, Read More

Can I Be Forced to Take a Polygraph?

We’ve all seen the movies. A suspect is fastened to a chair in a dimly lit room. There are wires attached to their fingers, a strap across the chest, and needles jump across a chart with knowing glances between the administrator and the detective. While these scenes are suspenseful plot devices, they are actually just a dramatized version of a polygraph test. The entertainment industry may take a fair amount Read More

Man Sees Reduced Sentence for Cooperating In Federal Drug Case

Being charged with a crime is a very scary ordeal for anyone. If you find yourself in a situation involving criminal accusations, it is always best to consult with a criminal defense attorney who can help you navigate this daunting process. Not only can a skilled lawyer work to set you free, their experience will prove invaluable when you need to mitigate the impact of a criminal conviction. Such was Read More

Man Avoids Classification As A Career Offender

When someone is charged with a crime, it is essential to find an attorney with wide-ranging knowledge and the ability to thoroughly research the current trends in criminal law, which can help protect an individual’s rights and is critical in achieving the best possible outcome. Not long ago, a man with a checkered criminal history came to Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico in an effort to avoid a lengthy prison sentence Read More

Inaccurate DUI Ignition Interlock Results Lead To Dismissal

The need to deter people from driving under the influence is a serious issue across the country and it is no different in Virginia, where a DUI conviction requires the installation of an ignition interlock device. This is installed in the offender’s vehicle at their own expense for at least a six-month period and requires them to blow into an apparatus to confirm their BAC is below the legal limit Read More