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Virginia Personal Injury Attorneys

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November 5, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

A JuryVerdict In Excess of $1 Million? Not every lawyer or law firm has what it takes to obtaina verdict inexcess …
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I just want to consult a Virginia lawyer!

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August 24, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Zoom Legal Consultation with Virginia Lawyer! Sometimes you just need to speak to a Virginia attorney!  You may have called …
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Virginia FOIA Law Firm

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December 22, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Virginia FOIA Lawyer – Andrew T. Bodoh  Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) Law Firm Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, …
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A summary of the law for wrongful death in Virginia caused by the negligence or wrongful act of another.

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June 2, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Call Today –> 804-783-2000 A summary of the law of wrongful death actions in Virginia. When a family member dies …
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Summary of defamation, slander & libel in Virginia

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January 28, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Overview: Slander, defamation and libel are all treated the same in Virginia. Defamation is a false statement of fact published …
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Summary of Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”)

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April 2, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

What is Virginia FOIA? The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Va. Code § 2.2-3700 et seq.) is a powerful tool …
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Richmond Police Department Stop Black Drivers Disproportionately

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February 14, 2024 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

“Driving While Black” in Richmond City It’s official – “Black drivers have a problem in Richmond, Virginia. Richmond Police Department …
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ADA & Private Schools

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January 1, 2024 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Title III of the ADA applies to Private Schools! Private Schools – Public Accommodation by Definition The statutory definition in …
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Happy Hanukkah

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December 7, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

 Happy Hanukkah – Despite Hamas Hanukkah & Hamas On October 7, 2023, the world witnessed the most recent attack on …
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Unregistered Vehicle on Private Property In Virginia

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November 22, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Can the City remove my inoperable vehicle from my yard? There is no reasonable expectation of privacy if exposed to …
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Is the Virginia state stalking statute unconstitutional?

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November 11, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Is the statute overly broad under the First Amendment, and facially unconstitutional? State stalking statutes unconstitutionally chill speech in violation …
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Can I sue police for not acting?

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November 6, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Failure to Furnish Police Protection to Specific Individuals in Virginia Are Police Liable for Not Acting? Probably not.  Under the …
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Middle East Conflict

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October 10, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Nobody has cornered the market on good, although some have come close on evil.  The Middle East is no different, …
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PRACTICE TIP – APPEALS FROM GENERAL DISTRICT COURT IN VIRGINIA

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September 15, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

No “piggyback appeal” from General District Court in Virginia. When ever there is a counterclaim or cross-claim asserted in General …
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Editorial Opinion and Virginia Law regarding Virginia Candidate Susanna Gibson’s Sex Tapes

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September 13, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Presidential Bid Next?  The bar is already so low, why not? (As long as the election is determined by metropolitan …
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Lt. Caron Nazario update – Town of Windsor Settles suit by Virginia Attorney General – 9/7/2023

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September 7, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Settlement by Town of Windsor 9/7/2023 – The Town of Windsor Virginia settles the suit brought against it stemming from …
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In Virginia, Prison officials violate the Eighth Amendment’s cruel-and-unusual-punishment clause when they are deliberately indifferent to a substantial risk to an inmate’s safety or medical needs.

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August 6, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

8th Amendment Eighth Amendment Violations  Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution states “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor …
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Wrongful Termination in Virginia

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July 20, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Do I have a case for wrongful termination in Virginia? What is an “At-Will” Employee? If you do not have …
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Insurance coverage for injuries sustained when using the vehicle as a vehicle in Virginia

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July 13, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

In Virginia, there is coverage under the automobile insurance when injuries occur from the use of a vehicle even if …
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Expert on Due Process – Andrew T. Bodoh, Esq. Quoted by Virginia Supreme Court

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June 21, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Virginia Supreme Court cites expert Andrew T. Bodoh, Esq. with the law firm of Thomas H Roberts & Associates, PC …
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Summary Contempt and Punishment in Virginia

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June 12, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

When judges violate the law – summary contempt and punishment for conduct outside of their presence. Judges have substantial power …
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What is the difference between medical malpractice and battery in Virginia?

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May 31, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

If the physician intentionally performs an additional procedure beyond the consent given by the patient is he liable for battery …
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The Attorney-Client Privilege a cornerstone of the legal system.

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May 26, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

The client-attorney privilege, also known as attorney-client privilege, is a fundamental principle in the legal system that protects the confidentiality …
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Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s but no more! A tale of Government Thievery.

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May 26, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Tale of Hennepin County Minnesota’s shameless theft from a 94 year old woman. The United States Supreme Court slapped a …
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What is the definition of “public business” for Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA)?

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May 24, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

The answer — “public business” in Code § 2.2-3701 means business that is on a public body’s agenda or is …
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Why I would NOT buy AARP/Hartford Insurance

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May 16, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Refusal to Renew policy for estate Review AARP/Hartford Homeowner’s Insurance Review – Avoid AARP/Hartford Insurance You would think that an …
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Who is responsible for fallen tree?

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April 27, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

My neighbor’s tree fell onto my property, who is responsible for the damage? Answer: Probably not the neighbor’s – unless …
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Solitary Confinement in Virginia

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April 18, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Virginia Solitary Confinement – When does it become “cruel and unusual”? Is the Cumulative Effect Extreme? Does the segregation or …
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Can I sue police for a retaliatory charge in Virginia?

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February 24, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Retaliatory charges are illegal in Virginia and violate your constitutional rights.


Lt. Nazario’s successes in litigation

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January 31, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Despite the shocking jury verdict, Lt. Nazario faithfully served his country and his oath to support and defend the Constitution …
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Police Brutality – Tyre Nichols

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January 27, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Critical legal analysis of the Memphis Police brutal beating of Tyre Nichols by Civil Rights Attorney Tom Roberts – Tyre Nichols had a right to run for his life due to excessive use of force by Memphis Police


Contractor Took My Deposit – Contractor Fraud In Virgnia

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January 23, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

My contractor took my deposit and disappeared! Call the law firm – Thomas H Roberts & Associates, PC 804-783-2000 Virginia …
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Jury Verdict – Lt. Nazario v. Windsor Police Officers

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January 14, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Lt. Nazario attacked with pepper spray

it is unlikely that the verdict will send a message to police officers, other than to let them know that this behavior will not result in any meaningful consequences – It is open season on citizens in Virginia and across the county.


Merry Christmas

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December 23, 2022 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

…so that he might catch what she had so that he could experience her symptoms and better care for his …
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Did Trump really call for the termination of the provisions of the Constitution?

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December 5, 2022 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

In the social media platform Truth Social, Donald J. Trump, posted that fraud “allows for the termination of all rules, …
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Medical Evidence in Virginia General District Court

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November 10, 2022 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

So you want to put into evidence medical records, a report or other information — how do you do it …
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Can I sue somebody for putting an electronic tracker on my car?

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October 26, 2022 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Answer: Yes, but you are not likely to get the damages you hoped to get. It is illegal in Virginia …
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Lawyers for the Onion Held In Contempt by U.S. Supreme Court

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October 4, 2022 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Lawyers representing the Onion were held in contempt, imprisoned and water-boarded for writing a lengthy but brilliant amicus brief in …
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Trespass and the 4th Amendment, Objective and Subjective Factors

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September 27, 2022 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Question – If I tell the police officer without a search warrant to get off my front porch and to …
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Liability of Parents

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September 5, 2022 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

“Your son broke my window – Pay Me!” Not so fast! In Virginia, the parent is not liable for the …
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The Hazards of Contracting Without a License in Virginia

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August 18, 2022 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Contracting without a license is illegal! EXPOSES YOU TO 12 MONTHS IN JAIL AND $2500 + $500/DAY FINE! Contracting for, …
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BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT IN VIRGINIA

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July 25, 2022 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

What is proof beyond a reasonable doubt in Virginia? Must exclude every reasonable hypothesis of innocence and be consistent only …
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Settlement Terms Released for 2020 RPD Violations of 1st Amendment Rights of Protestors at Lee Circle on June 1, 2020.

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July 24, 2022 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Settlement – Watch Channel 8 1st News Coverage of Law Suit – Watch Channel 12 Transparency – Part of the …
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Insurance Liability for Defamation in Virginia

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July 11, 2022 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Insurance Liability & Duty to Defend Defamation is a personal injury — any assertion to the contrary is frivolous. Under …
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Happy 4th of July!

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July 4, 2022 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

“So what actually happened on July 4, 1776 – ‘Independence Day’?” Happy 4th of July! Musing of Tom Roberts, a …
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“Legal Mail” in prisons & jails

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April 8, 2022 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

6th Amendment – right to counsel The opening of legal mail out of a prisoner’s presence may cause some prejudice …
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Hidden or Lost Will

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April 6, 2022 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

When you know you were named in a Will but the family has hidden the Last Will & Testament and …
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Parental Rights – Termination of parental right and adoption and Va Code § 63.2-1215 factors

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March 15, 2022 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

3-15-2022 – Reversal of Termination of Parental Rights. On March 15, 2022, the Virginia Court of Appeals reversed the Prince …
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Tortious Interference with Doctor-Patient Relationship

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November 18, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Physician-Patient Relationship Doctor-Patient Relationship The practice of medicine, and its embodiment in the clinical encounter between a patient and a …
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COVID-19 Legal Cases to Watch

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November 11, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

COVID Fatigue – this page is not being updated.  See e.g., https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/328102 BST Holdings v. OSHA 5th Circuit Stay Petition …
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Sexual Abuse in Churches and Legal Recourse – Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

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November 3, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Sexual Abuse of Minors Victims of sexual abuse are among the most vulnerable.  They need aggressive counsel who will fight …
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Wrongful Death Claim Against Alec Baldwin, et al.? Probably Not – He Will Be Shielded By Worker’s Compensation’s Exclusive Remedy

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October 30, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

1st Question – Worker’s Compensation Alec Baldwin is probably protected from civil liability due to New Mexico’s worker’s compensation laws. …
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Malicious Prosecution and False Arrest in Virginia

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October 29, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

What should you do if maliciously charged or falsely arrested? 804-783-2002 Live to See Another Day! Be careful not to …
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Ethics & Sciences – Creating SARS

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October 18, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Hazards of creating pathogens – SARS In 2015 scientists sent people into caves to gather a RsSHC014-CoV from Chinese horseshoe …
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INTENTIONAL MISCONDUCT – FAILURE TO PROVIDE INFORMED CONSENT – COVID-19 JAB/”VACCINE”

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October 7, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) does not give immunity for intentional misconduct.  (To Learn More) WHAT PATIENTS …
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Immunity under Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act)

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September 16, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) authorizes the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services …
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Science – What We Knew Pre-COVID-19 That We Now Ignore

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September 6, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

“Leaky” vaccines allow more virulent versions of a virus to survive July 2015 – “Imperfect Vaccination Can Enhance the Transmission …
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The Fall of Afghanistan

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August 21, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Seeing people clinging to planes flying from Afghanistan is heartbreaking.   I spent my elementary years growing up in Lashkargah in …
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Unlawful termination for refusing to disclose COVID-19 “vaccine” status in Virginia

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August 8, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Can a Virginia employer lawfully terminate me for refusing to disclose whether I have been “vaccinated” for COVID-19? Answer: No, …
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Is a Virginia employer at risk when hiring or retaining a person registered as a sex offender?

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August 2, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Yes – there are real risks There can be 3 separate legal basis for liability should the employee harm another.  …
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Striving for American Ideals

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July 23, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Commentary – Striving for American Ideals Early in our nation’s history the concept of equality and freedom in religion and …
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Petersburg Jury Awards $300,000 for Civil Rights Violations

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July 12, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

July 12, 2021 – Petersburg Virginia jury awarded Monica Cromartie $300,000 in compensatory and punitive damages against a Petersburg Police …
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Victims of Sexual Assault by Chiropractor

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June 22, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Is the Board of Medicine or Psychiatrist liable to victims for putting sexual predator in a position to harm patients? …
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Malfeasance, Misfeasance & Nonfeasance

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May 27, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

What’s the difference? Malfeasance in office is the doing of an act for which there is no authority or warrant …
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Exposure to supervisor’s sexual misconduct with others does NOT create Title VII liability

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May 27, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Can I sue my employer for a hostile work environment when I witness the boss having sex with a co-worker …
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Spoliation – destroying evidence – in the Fourth Circuit

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May 19, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Spoliation “Spoliation refers to the destruction or material alteration of evidence or to the failure to preserve property for another’s use …
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First Amendment in the WorkPlace

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May 18, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

(Public Employee — Generally not applicable to Private Companies) A public employee must establish four elements to state a claim …
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1st Amendment Retaliation Claims in the 4th Circuit

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May 18, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Your right to speak freely – to criticize the government and government officials! The First Amendment guarantees an individual the …
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Lt. Nazario v Town of Windsor Police Officers – Official Update

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May 6, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Because this important civil rights case highlights the need for national attention and reform – this page will serve the …
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Suit Filed in Norfolk Against Windsor Police for Civil Rights Violations against Lt. Caron Nazario

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April 8, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

TO READ THE LATEST UPDATES – CLICK HERE Nazario v Gutierrez & Crocker, Case 2:21-cv-00169 -Filed 04/02/21 Eastern District of …
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ROUNDUP

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February 27, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

ROUNDUP LITIGATION The official Court – Information Page – In re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2741) Case No. …
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Advancing Racial Harmony through Litigation

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February 10, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

One Step At A TimeRacial Harmony and HealingFront Royal, Virginia On July 9, 2001, at the town counsel meeting, the …
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Can I file a civil rights claim after my conviction was reversed for an illegal search or 4th amendment violation?

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January 11, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

So your conviction was overturned because the evidenced was suppressed under the exclusionary rule due to a violation of the …
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“Amen and Awoman”

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January 4, 2021 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

“Amen and Awoman” Representative Emanuel Cleaver II, a 5-term congressman from Missouri ended opening prayer for the new 2021 Congress …
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Free Speech and the 2020 Election

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December 13, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Disturbing Trend To Silence Lawful Speech The New Left frequent and continuing attempts to silence speech is disturbing. This trend …
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Wrongful death suit arising from breach of contract

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September 29, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Can I Bring a Wrongful Death Claim for a Breach of Contract in Virginia? What is a Wrongful Death Claim? …
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Do I have a right to refuse to be vaccinated? A look at mRNA vaccine issues.

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September 26, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

COVID Fatigue – this page is not being updated.  See e.g., https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/328102 People have lost the ability to think when …
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Family Fights Over Inherited Real Estate – Rights, Rents, Costs, Attorneys Fees and Partition Suits

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August 21, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Family Fights Over Inherited Real Estate – Rights, Rents, Costs, Attorneys Fees and Partition Suits Family Fights Related to Property …
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Private Nuisance – Tort in Virginia

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August 3, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Private Nuisance – lawful activities that become obnoxious to occupants of neighboring dwellings endangering the life or health or obstructing …
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Does the statute of limitations toll because I didn’t know that I could file a lawsuit or because I didn’t know the name of the defendant?

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August 1, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

NO! BUT MAYBE – when it comes to Misnomer v Misjoinder? No, unless the defendant has actually obstructed you from …
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WHY THE LEE MONUMENT LAWSUIT AGAINST RPD?

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July 4, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

QUESTION: “I would like to know why you think dispersing an unruly crowd with non-lethal means is a civil rights …
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THIS HAS TO STOP! – police brutality – Class Action filed against Richmond Police officers.

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June 16, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Civil Rights Law Firm of Thomas H Roberts & Associates PC Protecting 1st Amendment Rights Under United States Constitution! Summary: …
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TORTIOUS INTERFERENCE WITH PARENTAL RIGHTS

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May 14, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

TORTIOUS INTERFERENCE WITH PARENTAL RIGHTS Another litigation and appellate victory for the Law Firm!   On May 14, 2020, the Virginia …
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Worker’s Compensation Windfall and Legal Malpractice Pitfall Whenever a Prosthetic Device is Used in Treatment

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May 8, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Worker’s Compensation Windfall and Legal Malpractice Pitfall Whenever a Prosthetic Device is Used in Treatment.   Until the Virginia legislature …
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Can I sue person who gave me herpes, chlamydia, HIV or other STD in Virginia?

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April 5, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

A: Yes–You may sue the person who failed to disclose known STDs to you when engaging in sexual relations for …
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Summary of Virginia Whistleblower laws

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March 24, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Does Virginia have “Whistle-Blower” protection? Yes. An employee of Virginia state or local governments have protection against retaliation or discipline …
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What are the elements of a “bad faith” claim against an insurance company?

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March 5, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

If an insurance company intentionally disregards the financial interests of their insured and fails to settle a claim within the …
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How do I get a copy of the search warrant, affidavit and return

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March 4, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

So, the police have searched your home but didn’t give you a copy of the warrant, the affidavit upon which …
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Taxing Settlements and Judgments – Are Attorneys’ fees paid included in income to litigant?

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February 25, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Are attorneys’ fees paid from a settlement included in the gross income to the plaintiff – are they “above-the-line deduction”, …
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2-5-2020 – Law Enforcement Officer Cannot Lawfully Retaliate For First Amendment Speech By Attempting to Induce Another Officer To Issue a Traffic Citation

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February 6, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

2-5-2020 – The law firm of Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, PC. achieved another victory for the First Amendment with …
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Injunction by Gun Owners of America likely to Fail

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January 17, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

1 (Photo by Cary Drane – 2020 Lobby Day in Virginia – (c) 2020 – Cary Drane)   Unfortunately, it …
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Civil Rights In Virginia – Upheld by Virginia’s Highest Court – 2020

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January 16, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Virginia’s Highest Court Confirms That It Will Not Tolerate Virginia Law Enforcement Violations Of  The 4th Amendment To The U.S. …
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Intestate Succession in Virginia

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January 12, 2020 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

What happens to real property in Virginia when the owner dies without a will or descendants? When a person dies …
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Defamation Republication on the Internet

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December 31, 2019 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Q: When is a statement “republished” on the internet or in social media, so as to constitute a new cause …
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FREE VIRGINIA CLE COURSE 2019 – NEED TO KNOW: MAKING AND ENFORCING VIRGINIA FOIA REQUESTS

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September 11, 2019 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

NEED TO KNOW: MAKING AND ENFORCING VIRGINIA FOIA REQUESTS   A Free, 3-hour Virginia CLE Course October 15, 2019, at …
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How do I file suit by myself in Virginia? Pro Se in General District Court

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May 11, 2019 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Litigation is often expensive.  There are many cases where it just doesn’t make financial sense to hire an attorney.  This …
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Sliding Scale For Personal Jurisdiction in Electronic and Internet Cases

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December 22, 2018 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Sliding Scale For Personal Jurisdiction in Electronic and Internet Cases Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, PC scores in its opposition …
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2018 – Virginia Accepts 2 Civil Rights Appeals to Address Sovereign Immunity Issues

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December 19, 2018 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Virginia Supreme Court grants two petitions to address sovereign immunity issues argued by Virginia’s Civil Rights Law Firm – Thomas …
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Andrew Bodoh – Media Profile

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October 24, 2018 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

MEDIA PROFILE Andrew T. Bodoh, Esq. Senior Associate with Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C. 804-783-2000 x 110 andrew.bodoh@robertslaw.org   …
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Police pointed weapon at me – is that excessive?

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May 8, 2018 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Question:  Is it a violation of the Fourth Amendment for an officer to aim his loaded weapon at a person where …
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Successful Defense of High Profile Criminal Case – Dinwiddie County

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February 8, 2018 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

February 7, 2018 – Civil rights attorney Tom Roberts successfully defended  former Dinwiddie County Deputy Hector Jimenez in a high …
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January 23, 2018 – Another Free Speech Victory

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February 1, 2018 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

“…I shall obey the laws of the United States of America and of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and shall support …
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Virginia Civil Rights Law Firm Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, PC obtains a $25.35 Million Judgment for Sexual Assault Victim

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October 23, 2017 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Virginia Civil Rights & Personal Injury Law Firm Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, PC obtains a $25.35 Million Judgment for …
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Civil Rights Law Firm Lands A Jury Verdict for Police Misconduct

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April 29, 2017 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

April 28, 2017 – Civil Rights Victory in Petersburg–Jury Verdict For Police Misconduct.   A Petersburg jury awarded damages against former Petersburg …
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Is “floating the title” or “title jumping” legal?

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March 23, 2017 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Q:  Is it lawful to buy a car from one person, obtain the title without filling in the name of …
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Can I sue for injury or death of my pet dog or cat and can I recover emotional damages?

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February 2, 2017 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Question: Somebody injured or killed by dog or cat, what are the damages a court will award? Short Answer: The …
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1st Amendment – ANOTHER BLISTERING CRITICISM OF PETERSBURG GOVERNMENT BY THE COURTS TODAY WITH AN OPINION BY THE 4TH CIRCUIT STRIKING DOWN PETERSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT BAN ON SOCIAL MEDIA CRITICISM OF THE DEPARTMENT

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December 15, 2016 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

12-15-2016– THE US COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE 4th CIRCUIT REMOVES WHAT IT DESCRIBED AS A “VIRTUAL BLANKET PROHIBITION ON ALL …
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A SUMMARY OF POWER OF ATTORNEY LAW AND DUTIES IN VIRGINIA

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October 21, 2016 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

A SUMMARY OF POWER OF ATTORNEY LAW AND DUTIES IN VIRGINIA   What duties does an “attorney-in-fact” have acting under …
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Summary of the Collateral Source Rule in Virginia – Injured party recovers all damages even if paid by a separate 3rd party insurance contract

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October 6, 2016 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Summary of the Collateral Source Rule in Virginia – Injured party recovers all damages even if paid by a separate …
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My down payment was stolen in a email/internet/wire scam before the closing – what can I do?

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October 4, 2016 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Q:   My down payment was stolen in a mail/internet/wire scam before the closing – what can I do? Immediately …
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Absence for medical treatment may constitute a reasonable accommodation under the ADA

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June 23, 2016 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Question: Is unpaid time off from work for medical appointments and treatment a reasonable accommodation under the ADA?   Answer: …
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5-6-2016- Election Fraud Criminal Charges Dismissed against Charles City Sheriff Candidate

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May 6, 2016 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Election Fraud Charges against Charles City County Sheriff Candidate Vance Richards Dismissed. 5-6-2016 Attorney Tom Roberts together with an associate …
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“Sex”, Bathrooms and the Rule of Law

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April 20, 2016 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

4-20-2016 – Attorneys Andrew T. Bodoh and Jonathan M. Arthur of the Virginia civil rights firm Thomas H. Roberts & …
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Beth Sloan’s Letter re: Religious Liberty in Powhatan – 11/22/1999

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April 9, 2016 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Beth’s Letter November 22, 1999   To Whom It May Concern,   I have recently been in the news because …
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7-23-2003 – Henrico County Religious Freedom

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April 9, 2016 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

News – Henrico County Supports Religious Freedom The Students Become The Teachers Fellowship of Christian Athletes To Be Treated Equal …
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5-5-2000 – Religious Liberty Restored

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April 9, 2016 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

News – Religious Freedom and Equal Access Restored Powhatan Student and Fellowship of Christian Athletes Settle Suit in Federal Court–School …
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Should the insurance company pay for the depreciation, decreased or diminished value of my car due to the accident?

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April 6, 2016 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Question: Should the insurance company pay for the depreciation, decreased or diminished value of my car due to the accident? …
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Rights mean nothing unless those we do not like are afforded those rights.

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January 29, 2016 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, PC represents people that many in society don’t like and would prefer had no rights. …
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How do I subpoena out-of-state documents from a nonresident non-party?

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January 23, 2016 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Question: How do I subpoena out-of-state documents from a nonresident non-party? Answer: Through the Uniform Interstate Deposition and Discovery Act. Code …
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Virginia Construction Law Firm Explains Construction Fraud

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January 23, 2016 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

What is the difference between construction fraud and breach of contract under Va. Code 18.2-200.1? The Commonwealth must prove 5 …
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FOIA – a matter of transparency

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January 22, 2016 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

FOIA – Freedom of Information Act – is intended to provide citizens transparency to view the actions of the public …
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Liability of websites for defamation

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October 21, 2015 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

QUESTION: Can you obtain a judgment or an injunction against an interactive computer service obtaining damages or enjoining it to …
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The Virginian’s Guide to FOIA – Andrew T. Bodoh, Esq.

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October 19, 2015 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

The Virginian’s Guide to FOIA – Andrew T. Bodoh, Esq. Andrew T. Bodoh, an associate attorney of Thomas H. Roberts …
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FOIA setback is the fault of the Virginia legislature

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September 22, 2015 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Editorial Opinion – Virginia FOIA By Andrew T. Bodoh, Esq. (Author of Virginian’s Guide to FOIA) 9/22/2015 –  If we wish …
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Isaac Roberts, 2015 law clerk, explains that the US Supreme Court has usurped from citizens the democratic process for amending the Constitution

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September 17, 2015 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

A 2015 summer high school law clerk for the law firm explains that the process for amending the Constitution by …
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Constitutional Free Speech in Public Schools

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September 17, 2015 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Jonathan Arthur, a Civil Rights Attorney with Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, PC in Richmond Virginia, grew up in Montgomery …
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Verdict for Vietnam War Hero mistreated by jail

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September 11, 2015 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

In 2015, the firm obtained a jury verdict against a Pamunkey Regional Corrections officer for excessive use of force against …
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Rights of parents to religious training of their children in intra-parental custody-visitation disputes.

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April 20, 2015 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

How should courts deal with religious differences of parents and its impact upon the upbringing of children in the context …
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Tutorial on Attorneys’ Fees in Civil Rights Cases

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February 16, 2015 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Tutorial on Attorneys’ Fees in Civil Rights Cases Attorneys’ Fees are to be awarded to plaintiff if he obtains an …
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Do I have to pay back my insurance company for medical expenses from my settlement or recovery for personal injuries in Virginia?

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January 5, 2015 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Do I have to pay back my insurance company for the medical expenses from my settlement or recovery for personal …
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Discovery Deposition Testimony may not be used as a basis for summary judgment or a motion to strike in Virginia (except for some punitive claims).

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December 16, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Question: Can a litigant in Virginia state courts use discovery deposition testimony as a basis for summary judgment or a …
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Torture – When Our Nation Denies the Basis of Human Rights

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December 13, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

So is it any surprise that the US Government that routinely fails to recognize the difference between separation of state …
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Freaky Friday Halloween Decision – Drink and operate your car radio on your property may result in DUI conviction

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November 3, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

(See update below)  Freaky Friday Halloween Decision by the Virginia Supreme Court.  The public is mystified by what it considers …
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Firm offers 2014 CLE – Advancing Civil Rights in Virginia – 6 CLE

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September 27, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C. and Hull Street Law hosted a one-day seminar entitled “Advancing Civil Rights in Virginia” at the Richmond …
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First Amendment protects the free-exercise rights of owners of businesses.

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September 27, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

OWNERS OF CLOSELY HELD BUSINESSES DO NOT GIVE UP THEIR RIGHTS TO CONDUCT THEIR BUSINESSES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS …
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Governor of Virginia vetos clarifying legislation regarding religious freedom in schools.

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April 7, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Your freedoms are at risk where people attempt to supplant “Freedom of Religion” with “Freedom from Religion” On March 7, …
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Una Pregunta: ¿Puede la policía registrar a mi Coche sin tener un orden de registro?

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February 13, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

English -Can the Police Search My Vehicle without a Warrant Una Pregunta: ¿Puede la policía registrar a mi Coche sin …
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Can the Police Detain a Witness Who They do not of Suspect Wrongdoing?

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February 11, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Question: Can the Police Detain a Witness Who They do not of Suspect Wrongdoing? Answer: Yes – but only under …
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La Muerte Injusta – Un resumen de la ley en Virginia

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January 24, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

In English – Wrongful Death in Virginia La Muerte Injusta – Un resumen de la ley en Virginia Cuando un …
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Can I sue my employer for sexual harassment by non-employees?

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January 23, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Q. Can I sue my employer for sexual harassment by non-employees? A. Yes – if the employer knew and negligently …
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Civil Suit for Damages from Sexual Molestation and Abuse in Virginia

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January 13, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Victims of sexual abuse are among the most vulnerable.  They need aggressive counsel who will fight for them.  Thomas H. …
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A summary of the law related to Searching Minors

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January 13, 2014 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

En Español Searches of Minors Summary: Minors are protected by the Fourth Amendment, but have fewer rights (less expectation of …
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Overview of Special Grand Jury In Virginia

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December 11, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

SPECIAL GRAND JURIES IN VIRGINIA Special grand juries have substantial power to conduct an investigation and limited power to return …
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Can the police search my vehicle without a warrant?

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October 17, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

En Español Q. Can the police search my car without a warrant? A. Yes, if the car is readily mobile …
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Can I be convicted for republishing information related to matters of public concern where the information was illegally obtained by a stranger?

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October 6, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Q.  Can I be properly convicted for republishing information related to matters of public concern where the information was illegally …
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Can I sue the judge?

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September 8, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Q. Can I sue the judge for damages?  A. No. The judge is absolutely immune from a claim for damages …
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Can an employer be held liable for negligent training in Virginia?

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July 16, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Q.        Can an employer be held liable to a third person for negligent training of its employee in Virginia?  A.        …
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Can I keep my handgun or firearm in the secured but unlocked glove box or console of my car in Virginia?

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July 15, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Q. Is it legal to have a handgun or other firearm in the unlocked but secured glove box or console …
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I’ve been sued for defamation–how do I defend a defamation claim?

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July 11, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

You’ve been accused of defamation in Virginia.  What’s next? A general summary of defamation and the steps that should be …
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Challenging Local Criminal Ordinances In Virginia

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July 8, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Challenging Local Criminal Ordinances in Virginia Attacking the Validity of a Local Ordinance – A Good Defense! The best defense …
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Liability for suicide at jail or prison – only for deliberate indifference

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June 28, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Q.  Can I sue the jail or prison for the suicide death of a pretrial detainee or inmate? A.  You …
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Can I sue a police officer for Brady violations – for concealment, doctoring, or destruction of evidence?

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May 31, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Can I sue a police officer for Brady violations? § 1983 action against police officer for Brady violations–concealment, doctoring, or …
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Are public employees protected against discharge and retaliation for things they say as a citizen?

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February 20, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Are public employees protected against discharge and retaliation for things they say as a citizen? Public employees do not shed …
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Unreasonable Force in “Terry Stop” Gives Rise to Officer Liability

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February 9, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

En Español Quarter Million Dollar Verdict to Richmond Police Officer Wesley Moore, represented by Civil Rights Attorneys Tom Roberts and …
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THE GROWING POLICE STATE – FREEDOM FADING

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January 28, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

THE GROWING POLICE STATE – FREEDOM FADING Editorial Opinion – Freedom Works Foundation 1-27-2013 Chris Hawkins is one of a …
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Religious Intolerance and Violence in Afghanistan

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January 26, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Religious Intolerance and Violence in AfghanistanEditorial Opinion 4-3-2011 Recent violence in Afghanistan has killed many innocent lives as Afghans protest …
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Freedom Works

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January 9, 2013 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Freedom Works Commentary by Thomas H. Roberts, Esq. Founder of Freedom Works Foundation The United States of America was founded …
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Prior Restraint of Speech – First Amendment Violations

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December 20, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

RIGHT TO BE FREE FROM PRIOR RESTRAINT AND CENSORSHIP IN VIRGINIA You Can Help Defray the Legal Fees of Cox …
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“Blue-Pencil” Clauses in Virginia

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December 17, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Virginia Courts will not re-write or strike out, or “blue-pencil” restrictive covenants. Traditionally, an editor would use a blue pencil …
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Summary of the law of non-competition in Virginia

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December 17, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Non-competition Agreements in Virginia An employee’s duty to his employer not to compete arises out of his relationship to his …
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Can My Employer Require Me to Get a Medical Examination?

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December 7, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

An employer subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may make post-hiring inquiries into the ability of an employee …
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What is Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress in Virginia?

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December 7, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

This is a summary of intentional infliction of emotional distress, a tort in Virginia.  The law in Virginia is not …
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Can I sue the prosecutor or the Commonwealth Attorney?

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August 27, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Question: Can I sue the prosecutor or Commonwealth Attorney for malicious prosecution? Answer: Probably Not.  Explanation:  In Andrews v. Ring, …
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What is a hostile work environment? Are my complaints protected?

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August 14, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Issue # 1: – What constitutes an unlawful hostile work environment under Title VII? Title VII is violated only when …
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In Virginia, if an officer arrested me outside his jurisdiction, can I file suit against the officer?

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July 17, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

In Jordan v. Shands, 255 Va. 492, 497 (Va. 1998), the court stated “We have defined false imprisonment as “the …
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Innocent Child Photographs and the Law

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April 1, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Innocent Child Photographs and the Law   Facts              Billy, a minor child, using a disposable …
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Summary of unemployment law in Virginia: I was fired, am I entitled to Unemployment Benefits in Virginia?

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March 13, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Summary of unemployment law in Virginia: I was fired, am I entitled to Unemployment Benefits in Virginia? Unemployment Benefits are …
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11th Amendment Immunity – Federal Suits

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March 5, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Generally speaking states are immune from being sued in federal court. Practice tip: Sue in state court. The 11th Amendment …
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View Point Discrimination Violates the First Amendment

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March 4, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Commentary – View Point Discrimination Violates the United States Constitution Viewpoint discrimination violates the First Amendment of the United States …
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Public School and Physicals

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March 4, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Public School and Physicals Facts     Question: Can Public Schools Require Physical Examinations (More than Drug Testing) as a Condition of …
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Virginia Contract Law – “Act of God”

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March 4, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

  Virginia Contract Law – “Act of God”   Q: What is meant in the contract by an “act of God” …
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Truth Matters

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March 4, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Truth Really Matters I have a wonderful mother-in-law. I know she’s a genius because she raves about my art and tells …
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FreedomWorks

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March 4, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Freedom Works Commentary by Thomas H. Roberts, Esq. Founder of Freedom Works Foundation   The United States of America was …
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Discussion of Islam – Impossibility of Salvation by Works & Submission

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March 4, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Discussion of Islam – Impossibility of Salvation by Works & Submission. د اسلام په اړه بحث – د کار او …
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Should I have my criminal or civil case tried by a judge or a jury?

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February 26, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

There are many factors that may impact your decision to have your case tried by a judge or jury.  Some …
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“Exculpatory Evidence” – Does the prosecutor have a duty to disclose information which is favorable to the accused tending to negate this guilt or show that he is innocent?

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February 26, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

With respect to evidence and witnesses, the prosecutor has responsibilities different from those of a lawyer in private practice: the …
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Can I be tried twice for the same or similar charge?

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February 26, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Double jeopardy is a procedural defense that forbids a defendant from being tried again on the same (or similar) charges …
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Do I have a right to a trial by jury?

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February 26, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Generally speaking, criminal defendants may demand a jury for all serious crimes and have their case tried by a jury …
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What right do I have to confront my accuser?

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February 26, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

In a criminal case, a defendant cannot be deprived of the opportunity to put his evidence and version of the …
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What are the penalties for misdemeanor convictions?

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February 26, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

§ 18.2-11. Punishment for conviction of misdemeanor. The authorized punishments for conviction of a misdemeanor are: (a) For Class 1 …
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What are the penalties for felony convictions?

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February 26, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

§ 18.2-10. Punishment for conviction of felony; penalty. The authorized punishments for conviction of a felony are: (a) For Class …
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What are my rights to a speedy trial in Virginia?

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February 25, 2012 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Code § 19.2-243, the speedy trial statute, provides that if a defendant accused of a felony is continuously held in …
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Qualified Immunity – 2001 Victory

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November 21, 2001 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Victory in 4th Circuit Court of Appeals The law firm of Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C. announced an important …
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The right to criticize police – Lynchburg Excessive Use of Force

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July 10, 2001 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Civil Rights News   Independence Day Celebration Commonwealth Declines to RequestIndictment for Man Charged With Assaulting Lynchburg Police Officers On …
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Fourth Amendment Law

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January 1, 2000 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, …
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Will Contest In Virginia

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August 20, 1999 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

News – Jury Invalidates Will In Contest Against Judge Willard Douglas, Jr. Richmond Jury Throws Out What Former Judge Willard …
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