Notable Cases from Central, Virginia
Here is a representative sample of some good results I have obtained in some very difficult cases.
-Steven P. Hanna
Commonwealth v. F.W., Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment, trial by jury on June 26, 2007 in Petersburg Circuit Court, judgment for defendant. Case later became one of the preeminent cases on expert witness testimony in Virginia in Commonwealth v. Wynn, 277 Va. 92 (2007).
Commonwealth v. C.B., First Degree Murder and 3 related felonies, trial by jury on April 23, 2015 in Hopewell Circuit Court, acquitted on all charges. Jury deliberated for 26 minutes before returning a verdict.
Commonwealth v. T.P., Possession of Cocaine, client had numerous prior drug convictions. Charge reduced by agreement to misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia on August 19, 2015 in Hopewell Circuit Court.
Commonwealth v. Q.D., Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment, trial by jury on November 14, 2014 in Petersburg Circuit Court, judgment for defendant.
Commonwealth v. C.B., 2 Counts of Attempted Capital Murder on Police Officers and 4 related felonies, trial by jury on February 18, 2014 in Petersburg Circuit Court, acquitted on 5 charges, jury hung on sixth with said charged later being nolle prossed.
Commonwealth v. M.R., 1 count of Rape and 1 count of Forcible Sodomy, trial by jury on March 9, 2012 in Prince George Circuit Court, acquitted on both charges. Expungement later granted to client.
Commonwealth v. T.H., Felony DUI 3rd within 5 years in Dinwiddie General District Court. Client had no prior felonies. Came to agreement with the Commonwealth to reduce the DUI to misdemeanor 2nd within 5 years. Client sentenced to time served on March 14, 2016.
Commonwealth v. T.H., Felony shoplifting 3rd or subsequent offense in Henrico Circuit Court on February 3, 2015, client had a significant record. Client plead guilty as charged and sentenced to the low end of the state sentencing guidelines of 9 months but allowed to serve said sentence on home incarceration with work release. Said case triggered a probation violation in Colonial Heights Circuit Court, client had 9 years previously suspended. On December 1, 2015 the court revoked 30 days for the violation but allowed client to serve said sentence on work release or weekends.
Commonwealth v. A.W., Misdemeanor Assault and Battery, Dinwiddie General District Court. Acquitted by judge on March 21, 2016.
Commonwealth v. J.W., Misdemeanor Assault and Battery, Dinwiddie General District Court. Acquitted by judge on July 27, 2016.
Commonwealth v. W.D, Reckless Driving resulting in accident, Petersburg General District Court. Trucker ran through light hitting another vehicle. On February 11, 2016, case reduced to defective equipment which is not a moving violation.
Commonwealth v. M.P., Reckless Driving, Prince George General District Court. Charge reduced to defective equipment on January 27, 2016. Charge is not a moving violation.
Commonwealth v. J.P., Red Light Violation, Petersburg General District Court. Charge dismissed on April 7, 2015.