Virginia Assault and Battery: What You Need to Know

Many people assume that assault and battery are a single crime, but they are actually two separate offenses. A person can be accused of committing assault, battery, or both in a single instance. Whether charged with only one offense or both together, the penalties for conviction of assault and battery crimes can be severe.  If you or someone you know has been accused of committing these offenses in either Northern Read More

Is There a Duty to Retreat Under Virginia Criminal Law?

One of the perennially controversial topics in criminal law - and one that we still see discussed vigorously today - is about the so-called “duty to retreat,” which deals with the question of when an otherwise criminal act of violence is justified by self-defense. Different states have different approaches, with some states employing the duty to retreat approach, which means a defendant cannot successfully assert Read More