Notice To The General Public During the Coronavirus Crisis (COVID-19):

Please be advised that the Virginia Supreme Court has closed all courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia until April 26, 2020, except for emergency matters such as bond hearings, arraignments, protective order hearings, and other motions, etc. This law office continues to work on its cases and is open to serve the public during these difficult times. Attorney Yeargan wants to help you with your legal problem. Feel free to contact the law office and make an appointment or to discuss your case over the telephone in a free consultation.

Existing clients are being kept informed about the status of their cases and any new court dates. New clients are being given the same high standard of service and attention to detail as in the past. Attorney Yeargan is dedicated to serving the public with compassion and patience during the COVID-19 crisis.

Virginia Court of Appeals Decision on Marijuana- Constructive Possession and Car Ownership

The Virginia Court of Appeals recently ruled in Lewis v. Commonwealth of Virginia that the evidence was insufficient to convict defendant of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, when the drug was found in the locked glove compartment of defendant’s vehicle and he was not in the car at the time of the stop. The Court ruled that the state did not carry its burden to prove that the defendant exercised dominion and control over the marijuana in the glove compartment and that he was aware of the presence and character of the substance. The Defendant made no statements admitting the marijuana was in the car. The theory of constructive possession therefore did not apply to the defendant and the felony charges were dismissed.

The case was decided on April 26, 2011.

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