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Fairfax Police Online Sting Ends with 8 Arrested for Child Sex Crimes

Police out of Fairfax County, Virginia have claimed to make eight arrests during a three-day online sting that aimed to catch people trying to use the internet to commit child solicitation crimes. The ...
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If Interrogated, How Do You Assert Your Right to Remain Silent in Today's World?

For a number of years people believed that the Fifth Amendment Right to Remain silent was sacred. However, this appears to be changing with new decisions from the United States Supreme Court. I ...
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Students Being Charged With Title IX Violations

What is Title IX? If you have a child in college, or perhaps you are attending college, you have probably heard about Title IX. Title IX is a civil right that prohibits sex discrimination in ...
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Employment & Higher Education When on the Sex Offender Registry

Because §§9.1-905 and 9.1-906 are both concerned with issues relating to employment and education, it is helpful to discuss them in the same section. The major difference between these two ...
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Sex Offenses That Prohibit Entry On School or Other Property

There are few things more precious to us other than our children. Many people required to register on the SOR are abandoned by family and friends and are left without any hope for their future. ...
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Getting off the Sex Offender Registry

Removal of a convicted offender from the SOR is one of the more common issues defense counsel will encounter. The controlling statute is §9.1-910 of The Code of Virginia. This section does not ...
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Sex Offender Registration Procedures

§9.1-903 covers the "how-to's" of registration on the SOR. While most of this section does not warrant further explanation, defense counsel may encounter situations when there is ...
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Reducing the Frequency of Sex Offender Registration

Section 9.1-908 addresses how long a convicted offender is required to register in Virginia. In short, it a non-violent offender is required to register until a Court enters an order lifting this ...
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Failing to Register or Register as a Sex Offender

§§9.1-907 and 18.2-472.1 both deal with violating the registration requirements set forth in earlier sections. The major difference between the two sections is that §9.1-907 is a civil ...
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Sex Offender Reregistration

Once an offender registers on the SOR, they are required to periodically reregister. The topic or reregistration will be explained more fully in the section covering §9.1-907: Reduction in the ...
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Who Is Required & What Offenses Are Required in Sex Offender Registration?

§9.1-901 designates who is required to register on the SOR. This section is relatively straightforward and can be found in Appendix 7-1. Briefly, the following people are required to register on ...
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The Virginia Sexual Offender Registry Explained

The Sex Offender Registry Explained In theory, the Sex Offender and Crimes against Minors Registry (hereinafter referred to as "Registry" or "SOR") "is to assist the efforts ...
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Video Shines the Light on Transgender Discrimination

One of our staff members recently created a video which highlights the violence which is all too often targeted at transgender individuals. People in the LGBT community in Virginia are unfortunately ...
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How Legitimate Are Videos Provided to Your Attorney?

Not too long ago, I received a video from the Commonwealth, that appeared to show my client shoplifting. He was charged with Petit Larceny. This was a first offense for him, with no other criminal ...
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Questionable Measure Passed in Virginia, Allowing Administrative Subpoenas to Access Computers Suspected of Child Porn

Sex crimes are some of the most serious offenses that occur today and the penalties reflect this reality – often more serious than murder charges. For Debra Corcoran's firm, it is imperative ...
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Going Green at The Law Office of Debra D. Corcoran

At The Law Office of Debra D. Corcoran, we not only care deeply for our clients and their futures, but we care about the environment. We are proud to announce that we are the first law office in ...
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Support for Family Members When a Loved One is Charged With a Sex Crime

Is one of your loved ones, family members or friends being charged with a sexual crime? This blog is for you. Quite often, when a family member is charged with a sex crime, the rest of the family is ...
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Richmond Criminal Defense Firm Builds Mock Court Room

Debra D. Corcoran is an experienced Richmond criminal defense lawyer who has proven herself as a truly committed, passionate legal professional. Continually focused on helping clients through ...
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New Expungement and Pardon Changes for Virginia as of May 2014

As of May 15, 2014, Virginia has made changes that make it more difficult for an individual to "sanitize" a criminal record. Clarification is needed however, as to what type of remedies are ...
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When Can You Get an Expungement in Virginia

I often receive phone calls from individuals wanting to obtain an Expungement. First and foremost, the laws in other states differ from Virginia, and this blog only deals with Virginia's laws on ...
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Sexual Charges? Read This Article

Recently, I had the opportunity to read an excellent article in The New Yorker Magazine entitled, "The Science of Sexual Abuse ". The title of the article is somewhat of a misnomer. The ...
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Local Student Charged with Distribution of Marijuana

In the state of Virginia, the law maintains that marijuana is an illegal drug. Currently, possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor and is punishable by 30 days in ...
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IS THERE A PARTICULAR TYPE OF PERSON WHO MAKES FALSE ALLEGATIONS OF ADULT CRIMES?

IS THERE A PARTICULAR TYPE OF PERSON WHO MAKES FALSE ALLEGATIONS OF ADULT CRIMES? Many false allegations cases are uncommon, but they are an issue of concern for any defense attorney, and they appear ...
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SORNA: The Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act

The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) mandated a national registry of people convicted of sex offenses and expands the type of offenses for which a person must register, applying ...
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When an Interpreter is Needed

There are times when an Interpreter is needed in a case, whether it be for an individual who is deaf or perhaps the individual charged is from a foreign country. Extreme caution must be utilized in ...
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