Jump to Navigation

April 2015 Archives

Develop a firm defense against assault or battery charges

Our previous blog post covered how circumstances can lead to an assault or battery charge being upgraded to an aggravated assault or aggravated battery charge. When that occurs, there are more serious penalties associated with a conviction. Because of that, it is important for anyone facing these charges to understand that firm representation is vital.

Circumstances can lead to an assault charge upgrade

Hearing stories about people who are facing criminal charges for assault can bring up many questions. One question that might come up pertains to the difference between simple assault and aggravated assault. While both of these charges have the same basis, aggravated assault is a more serious crime because there are certain elements that allegedly occurred at the time of the incident.

School referrals for students to law enforcement soar in Virginia

The juvenile justice system is something that many people associate with unruly children; however, a recent report by the Center for Public Integrity shows that isn't always the case. In fact, it seems as though juveniles in Virginia are being referred to the juvenile justice system by schools at a staggering rate.

What are common terms used in the juvenile justice system?

Kids get into mischief sometimes. When that mischief turns into a criminal action, the child might end having to face the juvenile justice system. This system is one that places an emphasis on helping the child instead of just imposing jail sentences on the child. There are several terms people dealing with the juvenile justice system should know.

What are the different types of prison sentences?

In our blog post last week, we discussed the case of the man who was questioned about his shoe collection and taxes during the sentencing phase of a drug-related conviction. If you recall, the judge in that case sentenced the man to only 18 months in prison on the charges, even though the man faced 80 years behind bars. That case might have some people wanting to know more about the different types of sentences that judges can hand down.

Email Your Concerns

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

Contacting Us

Ronald E. Smith, P.C.
3900 University Drive
Suite 320
Fairfax, VA 22030
map and directions

Phone: 703-539-5825
Fax: 703-352-3370