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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Challenging Local Criminal Ordinances In Virginia

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

Challenging Local Criminal Ordinances in Virginia Attacking the Validity of a Local Ordinance – A Good Defense! The best defense often is a good offense, even when facing criminal charges. This is especially true when the crime charged is the violation of a city or county ordinance. Defendants can always argue they did not commit […]