The Simms Firm, PLC - Superior Legal Representation

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The Simms Firm, PLC is a law firm that prides itself on the fact that the attorneys are former prosecutors that have the ability to provide professional and superior legal services to clients seeking representation. When clients retain the services of The Simms Firm, PLC, they get more than just one attorney; they get a legal team with years of trial experience and extensive legal knowledge. The Attorneys at The Simms Firm, PLC understand that pending legal matters can be extremely stressful and confusing for clients and their family. This is why the attorneys with The Simms Firm, PLC make it a point to effectively communicate with clients during each and every phase of the legal process and patiently answer any and all questions. The attorneys know that it is essential for us to be accessible and approachable so that our clients are fully aware of the work being done on their behalf. All clients are given full and unobstructed access to their legal team at The Simms Firm, PLC. The attorneys at The Simms Firm, PLC have experience handling many different legal matters on behalf of our clients. If you have a pending legal matter or questions, please contact The Simms Firm, PLC for your free consultation. Our attorneys can provide you with the answers to your questions and provide you with superior legal representation from an experienced and accessible legal team.

The recent "Supreme Court decision will now require that a S.E.C. case seeking disgorgement be filed within five years o...
06/15/2017
Supreme Court Casts Doubts on a Potent S.E.C. Weapon

The recent "Supreme Court decision will now require that a S.E.C. case seeking disgorgement be filed within five years of the violation, pushing the regulator to complete its investigation more quickly or risk losing that remedy."

A recent decision will now require the agency to seek disgorgement within five years of a violation, and the fine print is raising more questions.

Healthcare start up calls foul on lender who seized $200,000, that was previously loaned, from the start ups account. Th...
05/24/2017
Qliance healthcare startup cites lender fraud for sudden shutdown as patients are left in the lurch – GeekWire

Healthcare start up calls foul on lender who seized $200,000, that was previously loaned, from the start ups account. The U.S. Attorney is said to be investigating the matter as possible "lender fraud".

Qliance Medical Management — a Seattle-based healthcare startup originally backed by investors including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, TV personality Drew Carey and computer mogul Michael Dell — closed…

Article on one of our recent federal matters
11/23/2016
Judge dismisses fraud charges

Article on one of our recent federal matters

A federal court judge has dismissed cases against two of the people involved in a visa fraud scam by a local company.

How Jeff Sessions could change the Justice Department
11/19/2016
How Jeff Sessions could change the Justice Department

How Jeff Sessions could change the Justice Department

Under the Obama administration, Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch dedicated Justice Department resources to areas such as civil liberties, voting rights, same-sex marriage, environmental and consumer protection.

The Simms Firm Making News for Getting Results
11/10/2016
Judge tosses federal charges for Brady violation

The Simms Firm Making News for Getting Results

An Alexandria federal judge has thrown out criminal charges against two people accused in an illegal “visa-for-sale” scheme based on prosecutors’ failure

11/10/2016

Recent Client Review Submitted on Behalf of Managing Partner Jonathan Simms:

"I had the pleasure of having Mr Jonathan Simms represent me in a very complicated and a serious case. His extra-ordinary level of Intelligence, Analytical Skills, Attention to details and Acumen of this field were the greatest advantages in my case. His ability to comprehend complex statements or situations and break them down in terms of legal clauses and apply them in my favor was incredible. He has a highly systematic work disciple which I presume is the SECRET SAUCE. I sincerely appreciate his discreet yet attentive disposition at the trial and when he spoke it was always SUBSTANCE and INFLUENTIAL. He consistently everyday surprised me with his indepth understanding of the case and the way he addressed at the trial. I have clearly seen RESPECT in the eyes of the Judge when she addressed him or heard him, and I am sure that was because of his respect and understanding of this filed.
He has an able and efficient team who clearly know their roles and they do it diligently. I wish the Simms Firm a lot of success."

10/13/2016

Congratulations to Attorney Melanie Wright! Her tireless efforts and aggressive defense strategy resulted in a not guilty jury verdict for our client who was alleged to have committed Abduction and Use of a Firearm in Comission of a felony in Fairfax County.

08/25/2016

The Simms Firm, PLC is expanding and has openings for 2 Associate Attorneys:

Experienced Personal Injury Attorney (2+ yrs of Experience)
Experienced associate attorney to litigate personal injury and civil litigation matters. The firm is expanding our areas of practice. Compensation package will depend on experience.

Entry Level Attorney Position (0-1yr of Experience)
Entry level attorney to litigate criminal defense cases in federal and state court. The successful candidate will receive training from senior staff attorneys. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, hard working, and willing to put in the hours to learn the craft and handle a descent caseload at the same time. Prior internships with either a prosecutor's office or criminal defense office is a plus, but not required.

Please direct all resumes to: [email protected]

03/19/2016
www.justice.gov

EVER HAVE YOUR DRIVING LICENSE SUSPENDED FOR FAILURE TO PAY A COURT FEE OR FINE?

The Department of Justice is putting state courts on notice that the incarceration and/or imposition of additional penalties on citizens, for failure to pay court fees and fines may be a violation of their constitutional rights. The letter includes some of the following language:

"To help judicial actors protect individuals’ rights and avoid unnecessary harm, we discuss below a set of basic constitutional principles relevant to the enforcement of fines and fees. These principles, grounded in the rights to due process and equal protection, require the following:

(1) Courts must not incarcerate a person for nonpayment of fines or fees without first conducting an indigency determination and establishing that the failure to pay was willful;

(2) Courts must consider alternatives to incarceration for indigent defendants unable to pay fines and fees;

(3) Courts must not condition access to a judicial hearing on the prepayment of fines or fees;

(4) Courts must provide meaningful notice and, in appropriate cases, counsel, when enforcing fines and fees;

(5) Courts must not use arrest warrants or license suspensions as a means of coercing the payment of court debt when individuals have not been afforded constitutionally adequate procedural protections;

(6) Courts must not employ bail or bond practices that cause indigent defendants to remain incarcerated solely because they cannot afford to pay for their release; and

(7) Courts must safeguard against unconstitutional practices by court staff and private contractors.

In court systems receiving federal funds, these practices may also violate Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d, when they unnecessarily impose disparate harm on the basis of race or national origin."

THE FULL LETTER CAN BE FOUND AT: https://www.justice.gov/crt/file/832461/download

03/10/2016

WHAT IS A PRELIMINARY HEARING?

A preliminary hearing is a procedural requirement. The right to a preliminary hearing applies to criminal law defendants that are arrested on a felony offense. The hearing occurs prior to indictment by the grand jury.

The preliminary hearing is conducted by the general district court. During the preliminary hearing a judge will determine whether there is “reasonable ground to believe” that the accused individual committed a felony offense. The general district court judge hears the evidence presented for and against the accused, and then makes 1 of 3 determinations:

(1) there is insufficient cause for charging the accused, in which case the accused shall be released;
(2) there is sufficient cause only to charge the accused with a misdemeanor, in which case the court may proceed to try the accused; or
(3) there is sufficient cause to charge the accused with a felony, in which case the court shall certify the case to the circuit court.

It should be noted that The Commonwealth Attorney may obtain a true bill of indictment even after a preliminary hearing determination that there is not grounds to charge the defendant with a felony. This process is known as obtaining a direct indictment.

The preliminary hearing will represent the first opportunity that your defense attorney has to cross examine the prosecutor’s witnesses and test the evidence against the accused.

"In recent years, the Supreme Court has limited the legal scope of what is considered public corruption. In campaign-fin...
01/16/2016
Supreme Court will review corruption conviction of former Va. governor Robert McDonnell

"In recent years, the Supreme Court has limited the legal scope of what is considered public corruption. In campaign-finance cases, including Citizens United v. FEC, the court has noted that mere political favors for contributors do not amount to corruption.

In a case involving former Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling, the court scaled back one of federal prosecutors’ favorite tools for pursuing corrupt politicians and self-dealing corporate chiefs. The court narrowed the definition of what constitutes depriving the public or a company of a leader’s “honest services,” essentially saying it had to involve accepting bribes or kickbacks to be criminal."

The justices will decide if the former governor’s efforts to help a benefactor were illegal or routine politics.

This article is 2 years old, but still relevant considering El Chapo's capture and impending extradition to the U.S. The...
01/10/2016
How a Mexican Drug Cartel Makes Its Billions

This article is 2 years old, but still relevant considering El Chapo's capture and impending extradition to the U.S. The article will give you a complete understanding of how Mexican drug cartels started and continue to operate. It's lengthy but a worthy and accurate read.

How the world’s most powerful drug traffickers run their billion-dollar business.

New Supreme Court Ruling Limits Marital/Spousal Privledge: On Thursday the Court held that conversations between married...
01/01/2016
Married Couple Conversations Not Always Protected in Court | JD Journal

New Supreme Court Ruling Limits Marital/Spousal Privledge: On Thursday the Court held that conversations between married couples are only protected when it involves their marriage or themselves. Specifically, only statements induced by the affection, confidence, loyalty and integrity of the marital relationship” will be considered confidential.

Conversations between married couple’s are only protected when it involves their marriage or themselves ruled the U.S. Supreme Court.

A commission appointed by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has decided not to recommend re-establishing parole to the state...
11/20/2015
Virginia commission won't recommend return of parole

A commission appointed by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has decided not to recommend re-establishing parole to the state's criminal justice system any time soon.

Although, the group decided Wednesday that there are shortcomings in the sweeping reforms that largely abolished parole there 20 years ago, they concluded that more study is needed before such a major step is feasible. The group also noted a significant lack of legislative support for the move.

Under the current system, inmates are required to serve atleast 85% of the imposed sentence in felony cases.

A commission appointed by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has decided not to recommend re-establishing parole to the state's criminal justice system any time soon.

The Defendant Ingmar Guandique was previously convicted of this offense, but he was granted a new trial by an appeals co...
11/20/2015
Attorneys for man accused of killing Levy request evidence on Gary Condit

The Defendant Ingmar Guandique was previously convicted of this offense, but he was granted a new trial by an appeals court after newly discovered evidence showed one of the prosecutor's star witnesses had credibility issues. Guandique is currently serving time in prison for similar attacks, and admitted to seeing Levy that day, but says he didn't kill her. This murder happened in 2001.

Ingmar Guandique’s attorneys are preparing for a retrial in March by offering alternate suspects to a jury.

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