BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT IN VIRGINIA

Posted Posted in Criminal Law

What is proof beyond a reasonable doubt in Virginia? Must exclude every reasonable hypothesis of innocence and be consistent only with the guilt of an accused! Suspicion or “probably” is NOT enough! “It is elementary that the burden is on the Commonwealth to prove every essential element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. The evidence must exclude every reasonable hypothesis of innocence and […]

Successful Defense of High Profile Criminal Case – Dinwiddie County

Posted Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Law

February 7, 2018 – Civil rights attorney Tom Roberts successfully defended  former Dinwiddie County Deputy Hector Jimenez in a high profile criminal case.   Mr. Jimenez had been charged with two felonies: taking indecent liberties with a minor in violation of VA Code § 18.2-370(A)(4), with potential imprisonment of between 1 and 10 years, and aggravated […]

5-6-2016- Election Fraud Criminal Charges Dismissed against Charles City Sheriff Candidate

Posted Posted in Criminal Law, General

Election Fraud Charges against Charles City County Sheriff Candidate Vance Richards Dismissed. 5-6-2016 Attorney Tom Roberts together with an associate with the law firm successfully defended Vance Richards against 9 felony charges of election fraud in Charles City County Virginia in a 2 day jury trial. The Commonwealth contended that Richards did not properly establish […]

Freaky Friday Halloween Decision – Drink and operate your car radio on your property may result in DUI conviction

Posted Posted in Criminal Law, General

(See update below)  Freaky Friday Halloween Decision by the Virginia Supreme Court.  The public is mystified by what it considers a new legal absurdity –Listening to your car radio in a private driveway while drinking is illegal and may result in a DUI conviction!  Sarafin v. Commonwealth of Virginia, October 31, 2014. The odd conclusion in […]

Can I be convicted for republishing information related to matters of public concern where the information was illegally obtained by a stranger?

Posted Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Freedom of Speech and Press

Q.  Can I be properly convicted for republishing information related to matters of public concern where the information was illegally obtained by a stranger? A. No.  (However you may be wrongly convicted!) The civil rights law firm of Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C. defends persons facing charges for reposting or publishing information on matters […]