Congratulations to Christine Mougin-Boal, who has been selected by the Virginia Law Foundation as an incoming Fellow of the Class of 2020. The Virginia Law Foundation’s mission is to promote the rule of law, access to justice and law-related education through philanthropy. Fellows of the Virginia Law Foundation are leaders in their profession and community who represent the highest ideals of the law and the concept of the citizen lawyer. She is a past president of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association and a founding member of the Loudoun Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys … [Read more...] about Christine Mougin-Boal Named Virginia Law Foundation Fellow
Congratulations to two of the firm’s partners for being named Super Lawyers for Virginia for 2019! Rhonda Paice was selected for the second year and Eric Demetriades was named to the list for the first time. Eric was honored as a Rising Star by the publication for the five preceding years. Congratulations on the recognition and keep up the good work! … [Read more...] about Partners Rhonda Paice and Eric Demetriades named 2019 Super Lawyers by Super Lawyer Magazine.
The Laurel Brigade Law Group is pleased to announce that our partner, Rhonda Paice, has been selected to the 2018 Virginia Super Lawyers List, and our partner, Eric Demetriades, has been selected for the fifth time to the 2018 Virginia Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” List. Super Lawyers is an attorney rating service that recognizes lawyers from across the United States based on the area of practice, firm size, and geographic location. Super Lawyers are nominated by other attorneys and then reviewed and scored by a panel of lawyers who are also nominees. Only the highest-rated attorneys are … [Read more...] about Partners Rhonda Wilson Paice and Eric Demetriades named 2018 Super Lawyers
Congratulations to our Partner Eric Demetriades on being named to the Loudoun Time-Mirror Top 40 under 40 Professionals of Loudoun County. The awards ceremony was held at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg where Mr. Demetriades was presented with his award. … [Read more...] about Eric Demetriades named Loudoun County Top 40 Under 40 Young Professional by the Loudoun Times Mirror.
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
It is not always easy to know whether a crime is classified as a misdemeanor or a felony. There are a number of crimes that will be considered a misdemeanor and others that will be considered a felony, depending on the circumstances. As such, it is not surprising that many do not know if and when a DUI is considered a felony. Drunk driving is one crime that is considered a misdemeanor when it is a first offense. However, if a defendant has previous DUI convictions, then subsequent charges could be elevated to the felony level. Since some people choose to drive drunk often and have been … [Read more...] about When is a DUI considered a felony?
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
There are a number of crimes that people can commit and, depending on what they are, these crimes will fall into different classifications. It is never wise to commit any crime, but when people do make the decision to disobey the law, they may want to consider the penalties that go along with the type of crime they commit. Those who are charged with a misdemeanor can expect that their punishment will be fitting of the type of misdemeanor they are found guilty of committing. When people commit crimes, if they are caught, they will have to face the consequences of their actions. For example, … [Read more...] about Misdemeanors and possible punishments for committing them
There are a number of drugs that a person can be convicted of possessing. Like most people facing drug charges, you have the option of pleading guilty or not guilty when you face your day in court. How you choose to plead is up to you, but should you decide to plead not guilty and fight the drug charges, there are a number of defenses you can use. The following are defenses that a person can use when they have been charged with drug possession: Unlawful search and seizure. Entrapment. Drugs belong to another person. Seized substance was not an illicit drug. Should a person use any of … [Read more...] about What defenses can be used against a drug possession charge?