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How Virginia Forfeiture Laws Apply in Drug Cases

Virginia forfeiture laws have come under serious scrutiny over the past few years, as civil liberties groups have questioned the legality of taking property without first proving a crime occurred, yet they are still in full force—and employed often to seize property from suspected narcotics traffickers and other drug dealers. In fact, $62 million in assets has been seized by Virginia law enforcement from suspected narcotics traffickers and other drug Read More

Will Parole Get a Second Chance in Virginia?

For the past 20 years, discretionary parole hasn’t existed here in Virginia. Every person sentenced to prison time has been required to serve at least 85 percent of his or her sentence, and most serve the entire time handed down. For the first time in a long time, it looks like parole may get a second chance. Governor Terry McAuliffe has commissioned a study to reevaluate whether or not reinstating Read More

Federal Statute of Limitations

As a general rule, the federal statute of limitations is five years for any crime per 18 U.S.C. 3282. This is the default statute of limitations for any crime that does not have specific conflicting related statute. There are, however, some general exceptions to this rule: Any capital offense (any offense that is punishable by the death penalty) has an unlimited statute of limitations. Crimes related to terrorist acts that Read More