We are thrilled to announce that Laurel Brigade Law Group’s very own Rhonda Wilson Paice was named one of our community’s three favorite attorneys in Loudoun Now newspaper’s inaugural Loudoun’s Favorites poll. Rhonda was first runner-up in this year’s poll. This informal yet meaningful acknowledgment of Rhonda’s years of professional and community service is a reflection of the high regard in which she is held by her clients, colleagues, and neighbors. We’d like to give a shout-out to our esteemed colleague, longtime Leesburg attorney Bob Sevila, who is this year’s winner. We think this … [Read more...] about Rhonda Wilson Paice Named One of Loudoun’s Favorite Attorneys
What happens when a teenager uses the excuse of not knowing any better as a defense to their crimes? While 10 years ago the idea of affluenza may have been unheard of, if not completely laughable, in today's day and age the defense of affluenza may actually work. Several years ago a Texas teenager used his affluent upbringing as the reason behind him not knowing the difference between right and wrong. Initially, this defense was seen as the desperate attempt of a wealthy family to defend their son against charges resulting from a drunk driving crash that killed four people. After a lengthy … [Read more...] about Affluenza as a defense
We all have choices regarding the manner in which we conduct our lives. Unfortunately, at some point we all make ill-advised choices. Sometimes, our ill-advised choices may get us in trouble with the law. People commit crimes everyday and when caught, they could very well have to face the consequences of their actions. And the potential consequences of alleged actions that result in felony charges could be quite severe. Felonies are considered the most serious types of crimes that a person can commit. Crimes such as murder, rape and robbery are all considered egregious acts, which means they … [Read more...] about Punishments a person can receive for committing a felony
Juveniles are capable of committing illegal acts that will land them in prison or on probation. While many get away with the crimes they commit, there are some who are caught and end up having to face their day in court. It is only fair that they have consequences for their actions, but not all juvenile crimes warrant a harsh punishment. Being charged with a crime is a scary thing. Luckily, it is not something they have to go through alone. Whether the person facing charges is an adult or juvenile, when this happens, they have the option to hire an attorney to help their case. Often, they … [Read more...] about An attorney may help you avoid a harsh sentence
In 2013, a 40-year-old woman who had never run afoul of the law was pulled over driving under the influence of alcohol. She was at a Christmas party and was driving two guests from the party home. She had some wine, and the result was that she was arrested and branded a DUI offender. She pleaded guilty for a reason -- she would serve no jail time and she would be placed on probation. And yet, even though she was placed on probation, she was constantly getting into trouble in the months that followed her placement on probationary status. She didn't new crimes, however -- she simply couldn't … [Read more...] about Probation can be a scary time in anyone’s life
There are crimes being committed every day around the United States. Some people are lucky enough to get away and never have to deal with the consequences of their actions, but there are others who are caught and ultimately face their day in court. When this happens, courts will likely review what crime they have committed to allow them to determine if it is a felony and what punishment is fitting for the crime. The following crimes are considered felonies: Burglary. Arson. Prostitution. Robbery. Forgery. When committing a felony, if a person is caught there is no telling how harsh … [Read more...] about What types of crimes are considered felonies?