Rights mean nothing unless those we do not like are afforded those rights.

Posted Posted in Assault & Battery, Civil Rights, Commentary, Due Process, Excessive Force, Fourth Amendment, Freedom of Speech and Press, Religious Freedom

Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, PC represents people that many in society don’t like and would prefer had no rights.  This is an excerpt of a response to an attorney who expressed “horror” that we considered whether or not excessive force was used in the shooting death of a fringe gun-tooting activist. I am reminded […]

Una Pregunta: ¿Puede la policía registrar a mi Coche sin tener un orden de registro?

Posted Posted in Civil Rights, Español, Fourth Amendment

English -Can the Police Search My Vehicle without a Warrant Una Pregunta: ¿Puede la policía registrar a mi Coche sin tener un orden de registro? La Respuesta:   Sí, siempre que tenga causa razonable y el coche se puede moverse sin tener problemas.     La ley de la patria.   La Corte Suprema de […]

Can the Police Detain a Witness Who They do not of Suspect Wrongdoing?

Posted Posted in Civil Rights, Due Process, False Imprisonment, Fourth Amendment

Question: Can the Police Detain a Witness Who They do not of Suspect Wrongdoing? Answer: Yes – but only under very limited circumstances. The Fourth Amendment – The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures The Fourth Amendment protects the right of the […]

A summary of the law related to Searching Minors

Posted Posted in Civil Rights, Fourth Amendment

En Español Searches of Minors Summary: Minors are protected by the Fourth Amendment, but have fewer rights (less expectation of privacy) while at school. By Law Enforcement Officers –Standard of Probable Cause The Fourth Amendment “right of the people to be secure in their persons . . . against unreasonable searches and seizures” generally requires […]

Can I keep my handgun or firearm in the secured but unlocked glove box or console of my car in Virginia?

Posted Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Law, False Imprisonment, Fourth Amendment

Q. Is it legal to have a handgun or other firearm in the unlocked but secured glove box or console of my car in Virginia without a concealed weapons permit? A. YES. The Virginia Court of Appeals addressed this issue in 2013.  They answered that it was not illegal.   The Virginia Attorney General also […]

Unreasonable Force in “Terry Stop” Gives Rise to Officer Liability

Posted Posted in Assault & Battery, Civil Rights, Excessive Force, Fourth Amendment, Personal Injury Law

En Español Quarter Million Dollar Verdict to Richmond Police Officer Wesley Moore, represented by Civil Rights Attorneys Tom Roberts and Andrew Bodoh. On January 30, 2013, a Richmond jury awarded a $250,000 to Richmond police officer Wesley Moore against a junior patrol officer for battery arising from a August 10, 2010 stop in South Richmond. […]